Our team at Freeman Endocrinology understands thyroid problems and how they are treated. Our mission is to help our patients feel their best and help ensure they get the best treatment for their condition. Within this latest post, we’re going to highlight what you can expect when seeing an endocrinologist for treatment of thyroid problems.
The first step the endocrinologist will take, after meeting you, is to ask diagnostic questions to understand your health history and ensure that the thyroid is the issue that requires treatment. Their diagnostic questions might include the following:
- What medications are you taking and at what dose?
- What health issues have you face in the past?
- What are your dietary habits?
- Do you have any allergies?
Make sure you go into the appointment knowing the answers to these questions and prepare to discuss these topics with your specialist.
A discussion of symptoms
After their diagnostic questions, the specialist will then move forward to discuss the symptoms you may be experiencing related to your thyroid issue. It may be that you have no significant symptoms, but there might have been abnormalities seen in a previous test. Nevertheless, you will be asked about any day-to-day symptoms and whether these symptoms are affecting you.
Before moving forward in diagnosing your condition and providing treatment, the experts will perform several diagnostic tests including testing your heart rate and blood pressure. Your physician may also order blood tests and other type of non-invasive scans. Results from these tests will help to confirm a diagnosis and guide treatment.
The building of a treatment plan
Following these tests, the specialist will the move forward in building a treatment plan specifically for your thyroid problems. This plan might combine a range of elements, including dietary guidance, medication, and further specialist visits for monitoring. It’s important during this process that you note down any guidance provided by the specialist and ask questions if you are unsure about the type of treatment being suggested. Compliance with the treatment plan is particularly critical to managing thyroid problems.