Dr. Hugh Melnick specializes diagnostic testing for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. To determine what causes a patient’s immune system to mistakenly attack its own healthy thyroid gland is a very intricate testing and evaluation process. Dr. Hugh Melnick can help you pinpoint the origins of your Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis – as well as any intensifying lifestyle factors – when designing a personalized hormone replacement therapy plan.
Symptoms of Hashimoto’s
Signs and symptoms of include:
- Fatigue and sluggishness
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Pale, dry skin
- A puffy face
- Brittle nails
- Hair loss
- Enlargement of the tongue
- Unexplained weight gain
- Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
- Joint pain and stiffness
- Muscle weakness
- Excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding
- Memory lapses
When to See a Doctor
See a hypothyroidism specialist if you experience any one or more of these signs and symptoms:
- Tiredness for no apparent reason
- Dry skin
- Pale, puffy face
- High blood cholesterol
Preparing for Your Hashimoto’s Testing
You must prepare for your appointment and know what to expect from Hashimoto’s Specialist Dr. Hugh Melnick.
- Be aware of any pre-appointment restrictions. When you make your appointment, ask if there’s anything you need to do to prepare for common diagnostic tests.
- Write down any symptoms you’re experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment. For example, if you’ve been feeling more forgetful than usual, this is important information to share with your doctor. Also tell your doctor about changes you’ve noticed in your physical appearance, such as unexplained weight gain or a difference in your skin.
- Write down key personal information. Include any changes in your menstrual cycle and in your sex life. Let your doctor know if your libido has changed.
- Make a list of all medications. Vitamins or supplements you’re taking or have used in the past. Include the specific name and dose of these medications and how long you’ve been taking them.
- Take a family member or friend along. Someone who accompanies you may remember something that you missed or forgot.
- Write down questions to ask the Doctor.
Create a list of questions so that you can make the most of your time with the Doctor. For Hashimoto’s, some basic questions to ask the Doctor include:
- What’s the most likely cause of my symptoms?
- What tests do I need?
- Is this condition likely temporary or long lasting?
- What treatment do you recommend?
- How long will I need to take medications?
- What side effects could I experience from the medications you’re recommending?
- How will you monitor whether my treatment is working?
- Will I experience long-term complications from this condition?
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Will exercise help?
- I have other health conditions. How can I best manage these conditions together?
- Should I see a specialist?
- Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you’re prescribing?
- Are there brochures or other printed material I can take with me? What websites do you recommend?
Don’t hesitate to ask other questions that occur to you.
What to expect from your doctor
The Doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:
- What are your symptoms, and when did you first notice them?
- How have your symptoms changed over time?
- Have you noticed changes in your energy level or your mood?
- Has your appearance changed, including weight gain or skin dryness?
- Has your voice changed?
- Have your bowel habits changed? How?
- Do you have muscle or joint pain? Where?
- Have you noticed a change in your sensitivity to cold?
- Have you felt more forgetful than usual?
- Has your interest in sex decreased? If you’re a woman, has your menstrual cycle changed?
- Are you being treated or have you recently been treated for other medical conditions?
- Do any of your family members have thyroid disease?
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Testing & Treatment Expertise
Dr. Hugh Melnick – founder of Advanced Fertility Services in NYC – has decades of research and clinical experience in diagnosing and treating Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Read the Doctor’s contribution to the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology about subclinical hypothyroidism and its effect on a woman’s fertility.
Your initial consultation with the Doctor can be conducted via telephone, Skype or FaceTime.
Schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Hugh Melnick at Advanced Fertility Services by calling 212.369.8700 – or – post your comments and questions below.