Re: Thyroid and hair loss

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Posted by The Kid (other posts) on May 22, 2018 at 12:17:54 Previous Next

In Reply to: Re: Thyroid and hair loss posted by Just Carol on May 22, 2018 at 11:42:28:

: Thyroid problems can cause hair thinning - in fact, hair thinning and diffuse hair that allows the scalp to be visible are classic signs of a thyroid issue. I'm assuming you have had thyroid tests done? It's possible your levels are off, in which case you might need thyroid hormone(s). At least T4. I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, had a lot of hair loss & thinning, but once diagnosed and put on thyroid hormone, the loss reversed itself. I take both T4 & T3.

: Since the doctor didn't initiate it, perhaps next time you see her you could ask if your thyroid might be a factor in your hair loss. Other signs (which I had), are dry, sallow, skin - brittle nails prone to breakage - thinning of eyebrows, especially outer third - constipation, and fatigue. These indicate hypothyroidism. Hyperthyroidism has some of the same symptoms, plus others. Ask the doctor about your thyroid hormones and hair loss.

I'm pretty sure the only thyroid test I've had besides ultrasounds to measure the size (it isn't growing much every 6 months) and 2 needle in the throat biopsies is an annual blood test by my primary doctor where he measures TSH which was 0.74 back in February of this year and the range is 0.40-4.50 (mIU/L) so that is good. Unfortunately the thyroid doctor doesn't have a patient portal and the only way to communicate with her is by phone and she calls during rush hour when I'm driving (I don't answer the phone when I drive) so I rarely talk with her outside the office. My next appointment isn't till October 29th.

I am making a list of questions for her now. I always have my hair tied up when I see her so she probably didn't see too clearly that my hair is thinning in the back.

Oh, I have very brittle nails that I have to keep short so they don't catch on things but my eyebrows and skin are fine.

I'm also gonna start taking hair vitamins next week that hopefully will work, but I'll know by October.

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