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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Hypothyroidism is a condition that develops when the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormones help control body temperature, heart rate, growth, and weight.
Call 911 for any of the following:
- You have sudden chest pain or shortness of breath.
- You have a seizure.
- You feel like you are going to faint.
Seek care immediately if:
- You have diarrhea, tremors, or trouble sleeping.
- Your legs, ankles, or feet are swollen.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
- You have pain and swelling in your muscles and joints.
- Your skin is itchy, swollen, or you have a rash.
- Your signs and symptoms return or get worse, even after treatment.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
- Thyroid hormone replacement medicine helps bring your thyroid hormone level back to normal.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her 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 healthcare provider as directed:
You may need to return for more blood tests to check your thyroid hormone level. This will show if you are getting the right amount of thyroid medicine. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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