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Old 02-09-2014, 11:16 PM   #1
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Hair loss

Any solutions for hair loss and thinning hair. I think it is related to my thyroid problem getting adjusted, but I am afraid to style, curl or blow dry for fear of more coming out, and it is becoming a stress obsession for me.
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Old 02-10-2014, 08:47 AM   #2
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If "getting adjusted' means that you're getting stabilized on the right dosage of thyroid Rx, then the hair loss should be temporary and will resolve when you have the correct hormone levels.

That is very common.

There's also age-related hair loss in women due to hormonal fluctuations, and that typically happens at menopause and after. That, too, tends to stop after a while, but the hair remains thin and sparse for many.

There are volumizing shampoos and conditioners that you might look into because they help make the hair look fuller.
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:27 PM   #3
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I'm one of the post menopausal women Leo41 refers to in her response. I've been taking 50 mcg Synthroid for about 5 years, but I think my hair thinning issues is due to menopause. I had been noticing a lot of hair in the drain hair catcher after showering for a long time, but I never noticed the thinning on my head. Then one morning, I actually burned my scalp with the hair dryer, which opened my eyes to how thin it had gotten. So, I went online and did some research. I did not want to use monoxidil (sp?) (my sister used it and said it was costly and messy to use). I considered the Laser Max hair comb, but after reading conflicting reviews and noting the cost, I ended up buying 5000 mcg Biotin supplements which I've been taking for two months now. I wish I could say I have great results, but no. After about 3 weeks of taking it, I noticed that less hair was in the drain hair catcher, but that was temporary. The fact is, my Mother has thin hair and my sister has been complaining about thinning hair for years (even though she hides it well by the way she styles it). I'll continue to take the Biotin because it's not expensive and because I'm in denial.

As far as your situation, it could very well be your thyroid issues and if that is the case, as soon as your med levels are adjusted, it should stop. The printout that comes with my Synthroid says it can cause hair loss, but that it should stop after my body gets adjusted to the med. I never noticed hair loss when I was first diagnosed with thyroiditis or when I started taking Synthroid. But it could've been slowly occurring without me noticing it. Though, again, in my case, I do believe it's female hormone related due to menopause and this is my fate.

Leo41 gave good advice about using shampoos, conditioners and stylers that give your hair a thicker appearance. I've started using a sulfate free shampoo (L'Oreal has a full line as do other manufacturers). I'm not sure it's helping, but it's not hurting either.

Good luck to you. I do hope your situation is temporary.
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Old 02-10-2014, 08:25 PM   #4
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Thank you both for your input and comments.

Leo 41, and Ronnie 51, thank you for your input and comments. Blessings to you both.

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Old 02-11-2014, 02:01 AM   #5
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I would advise you to get it checked, because it could be any number of things. Possibly the thyroid, yes, but also other hormones, medication side effects, clashes, anemia or worse.

A few years ago I was losing a lot of hair and a blood test showed I was low on ferritin. That was a surprise as I definitely wasn't anemic, and was a regular blood donor. Still, the doctor explained that ferritin is not the same as haemoglobin, and that although my figures were within the normal range, they were too low to support healthy hair. I got some prescribed supplements, and the hair loss stopped very quickly, with new growth showing within months.

In short, do get it checked because it could be something easily reversible!
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