WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Subclinical hypothyroidism is a condition that develops when your thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level is higher than normal. TSH is made in the brain and controls how much thyroid hormones are made. Thyroid hormones help control body temperature, heart rate, growth, and how you gain or lose weight.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
- Thyroid hormone: You are given this medicine to bring your thyroid hormone level back to normal.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or endocrinologist as directed:
You will need to have blood tests to follow your thyroid levels. Depending on the results and treatments given, your primary healthcare provider will tell you when your blood needs to be checked. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
The thyroid gland uses iodine to work correctly and to make thyroid hormones. Your primary healthcare provider may tell you to eat foods that are rich in iodine. He will tell you how much of these foods you need to eat. Milk and seafood are good sources of iodine.
Contact your primary healthcare provider or endocrinologist if:
- You have a fever.
- You have pain, redness, and swelling in your muscles and joints.
- You have questions about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You have sudden chest pain or trouble breathing.
- You have swelling in your legs, ankles, or feet.
- You faint or have a seizure.
- Your heart is beating faster or slower than is normal for you, or you feel restless.
- Your signs and symptoms return or become worse.
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