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When you want to discuss hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Disease

  • My mother and grandmother were both diagnosed with a thyroid disorder – Hashimoto’s Disease.  Knowing I have a family history, what tests do I need to determine if I also have a thyroid disorder or Hashimoto’s Disease?
  • I have been experiencing hypothyroid symptoms, I am cold, putting on weight, my hair is falling out and I am constipated and now I am getting depressed. I would like to determine or eliminate if my symptoms are because I have a thyroid disorder. 
  • What tests do I need to ensure my symptoms are not thyroid symptoms?
  • What treatments are available if I do have hypothyroidism?
  • As my blood tests show my thyroid function levels are low, what treatment will I be prescribed?
  • Why is this medication prescribed for me?
  • How long do I need to stay on this medication?
  • Is this medication safe to take with other medications, vitamins and supplements and over the counter medications?
  • How often will I need to have a pathology test to check if I am taking enough medication?
  • Do I need to be reviewed or treated by a specialist?
  • What specialist treats thyroid disorders?
  • What side effects do I need to be aware of whilst taking this medication?
  • If I experience side effects what should I do and who should I contact?
  • What do I need to know, if I want to consider pregnancy whilst taking this medication?

When you want to discuss hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease

  • Many members of my family have thyroid disorders and I think I may also
  • I sweat a lot, can’t sleep, am experiencing heart palpitations, losing weight and have diarrhea, could this be due to an overact thyroid condition, as I don’t feel well?
  • My eyes are starry and starting to protrude and they water a lot, is that thyroid as well?
  • What tests do I need to know if it is a thyroid condition?
  • What thyroid condition could it be?
  • What treatment would I need?
  • How long would I need to be on the treatment?
  • Can this condition be fixed with treatment?
  • If the treatment doesn’t work is there any other permanent treatment that will fix it?
  • Do I need to be treated by a specialist?
  • What specialist would I see?
  • Will I get well when I have treatment?
  • Is there any other ongoing treatment I will need if I have a permanent treatment?
  • Will my eye symptoms fix itself if my thyroid is treated?
  • Do I need to have regular check-ups and blood tests?

When you have lumps, pain, swelling etc. in your neck around your thyroid gland

  • I have trouble breathing and swallowing and my neck feels sore and lumpy, can I please have a Thyroid Ultrasound to see if it is caused due to my thyroid gland?
  • I wake up coughing and have pain in my neck
  • After I have a Thyroid Ultrasound what happens next if there is something wrong with my thyroid gland?
  • Do I need to see a specialist?
  • What specialist would I see?
  • Can this be fixed or do I need surgery?
  • How do surgeons operate on the thyroid gland?
  • What type of surgeon should I see?
  • If the lumps are thyroid cancer, what type of treatment will I need?
  • Do I need to take medication after the surgery?
  • How long would I need to take medication?
  • Do I need regular blood tests if I am taking medication?
  • Will I be OK if I have surgery and is there anything I need to know about managing my condition?

Remember if you have any questions you would like to discuss with the ATF Team, please email: and we can provide information which can also assist when you discuss symptoms, changes with your thyroid gland, medications and treatment options with your doctor.



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