Medical history for hypothyroidism

During a medical history to find out whether you have hypothyroidism, your health professional may ask:

  • Whether you have had any thyroid problems in the past or any other medical conditions (such as diabetes or anemia).
  • About previous thyroid treatments (especially radioactive iodine treatment, radiation therapy, or thyroid surgery) and whether you have ever had previous exposure to radiation (therapy for cancer, facial acne, or a thyroid condition).
  • Whether you are taking any medications.
  • What your usual weight is and whether you have noticed any changes in your weight, particularly an increase in weight; also, whether your eating habits have changed.
  • How regular your bowel movements are and whether you have noticed any changes, particularly whether you are constipated.
  • Whether you have felt more tired than usual, felt weak, or had problems sleeping; whether you have had any problems concentrating or felt excited or moody; and whether you have an intolerance to cold.
  • Whether there have been any changes in your menstrual cycles and whether you have infertility problems.

Last Updated: August 25, 2008

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