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Hi NGChild,

Would you mind sharing the brand of the prenatal vitamins?

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Loss of the hormones that support fertility will impact most people's brows.

I do the brow pencil thing as well.
Sometimes I use powdered eyeshadow applied with a brush, this seems to work best in the thicker area of the brow, closest to the nose.

I've also used castor oil on my brows and hairline, applied at night before bed with some success.

Be well
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I have always had very thick hair, so even with Hash/hypo thyroid and even the year of taken methotrexate when tons fell out...I still had much on my head. My problem is eyebrows. The classic literature on thyroid talks about the outer edge thinning - which mine has. Yet an eye brow pencil fixs that, but my inner brow has been receding. Pencil there looks like a weird smudge. Ugh. Hair plugs for eye brows?

On the neat part of hair....I discovered a epilator for removing my leg hair (haven't been brave enough to try it on my underarms yet). It is a strange surprise ting sensation, but not painful. The results are so smooth. I have also tried this on my chin area which is wonderfully fast at getting those two darn tough ones that creep up, and my upper lip which hurts like heck to do, but is so fast that it is worth it.

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6/12/14 2:36 A

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I used to go a week between washings. Because of allergies, I wash my hair more often, especially when on travel. Also, I have my hair layered so it is not as heavy as when all strands are the same length.

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I'm still lucky to have thick hair and I don't blow dry it either.
I try to go 4 days without washing it. Then the weight of it hurts and I have to wash it.
My sister in law tells me how she envies me. Hers is very fine and limp. I am lucky to
have a bit of a wave and so always have volume.

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6/11/14 12:34 A

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Thick wavy, albeit kinky, hair at past 75. Like you I do not blow-dry my hair but I bet the short kinky ends are due to heredity plus wringing when wet, something I try not to do anymore.


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Nana
You are right! Many of us here are envious of lots of long, healthy hair, especially at 70!
Good to meet another long haired babe!

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Just started testing for Hashi. I'm one of those disgusting people whose hair just keeps growing not matter what. Although, lately it does feel 'lighter weight.'

I almost never use a blow dryer or curling iron, I probably wash less than weekly (my husband decides when I should shampoo). I use 'kid-friendly' elastic ponytail holders, thanks to a son. I do not wring my hair or 'stretch' it when it is wet. When it is tangled, I use my fingers to untangle, easing the snarles apart from the bottom not the top. Afterall, that's where the loose end is found. Also, I stopped getting perms about 8 years ago and I've never colored. Sometimes for sleep, I will braid it. The mid-back length does get in the way for some activities. By the way, I'm nearly 70 and have so much hair my younger friends are jealous.

The shampoo I use is non-irritating and low on additives like color and perfume. I tried to stop shampooing when everything seemed to have formaldehyde. I also avoid the weird stuff in conditioners.

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HI NG!
thx for your contribution!
Vitamins are a good insurance policy.
Its difficult to get all the RDAs when you are limiting your calories, even with the best eating habits.

Glad you found something that works for you...

One Mecca, many roads...

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Hey there!

I have had a hypo thyroid condition since I had my son 3 years ago. I think I probably had it long before that but it was never diagnosed. After I had my son and went on meds nearly ALL of my hair fell out! I was devastated so say the least! (Felting and the combo with the meds I suspect!)

A friend mentioned she had thinning hair due to age and said she started taking pre natal vitamins to help since they helped her during pregnancy. I checked with my Dr. and have been taking them for the last year. My hair is fuller now than ever. I take the cheap ones from Walmart. $8 for a 240 day supply.

Just thought some might be interested in this trick if you have thinning hair.

Thanks for the other tips!!

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Thx Iv,ory!

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Of course having your thyroid meds optimized, plenty of estrogen, a healthy diet and ways to cope effectively with stress, some downtime to do the things ya love, exercise to keep the blood moving are all great.

I use the Giovanni line of shampoos and conditioners... I buy the big bottle on discount at Marshalls, TJMaxx wherever I can find it.

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Saw these hair care products on a friend's page: "AWAKEN THERAPEUTIC LINE to strengthen and rejuvenate thinning hair and maintain a healthy scalp. Botanical Extracts in the products decrease DHT while Anti-Aging mineral ferments aid cellular renewal. Awaken is also great for treating dandruff and psoriasis!"

This is the cheapest price I could find for a 10oz. bottle from an online store: www.sleekhair.com/sur15-10-oz.html?g
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thx for your support, Angel!

Its always nice to get happy mail.
Don't forget to post your own tips, things that do a body good.

We all have something positive to share, collectively we can make a positive difference in the lives of others. That's what this team is about... sharing, learning, discussion and caring.

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Thank You for this wonderful advice and all the other great gems posted on this community.
Its much appreciated.

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HI Can do!
Ya, brushing and then combing with a wide tooth comb before washing REALLY helps out with the tangles! My hair is extra long compared to most adult women, and its always been fragile, so I take extra care of it.

If you just suds up the scalp and rinse, then apply conditioner thruout and use a wide tooth comb in the shower after letting the conditioner sit on there until you are ready to get out of the showr, let the weight of the water falling on your hair help detangle it, that's the best! A girl I was working with at a summer waitressing job when I was in my twenties taught me that trick and its really a good one.

If your hair has a bit of a wave to it than combing it under the falling water when you are rinsing out your conditioner is all you have to do... just blot off the extra water or put it in a towel while you get dressed and it will stay in waves when its dry.

I also put it in loose braids when I sleep and don a touk, which is a loose ski cap for those who don't know.

Thanks for your post!
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Thanks for all the hair tips, Mzzchief! I'm going to be more careful washing my hair and combing it right away before and after washing.
It's funny you mentioned throwing a bit of conditioner in your hair and leaving it, I just started doing that on days I'm not leaving the house (work from home, so weekdays) and it's working great! My hair's softer and not as prone to tangles.
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Thx, Whole Grain!

I didn't know about sunflower seeds and zinc, I do know that pumpkin seeds and oysters contain it... so thanks! Learn sumpin new here everyday. YUM I just bought some organic sunflower seeds a couple of weeks ago, so good timing!!

About links and such... I've been on this site since 2007 and still don't know all the ins and outs!
So I help out where I can, figuring the person is in the same boat as I am with regard to technology.

Another invaluable helper is the Edit function.
I can't tell you how many times, what I'm typing makes perfect sense to me while I'm writing it... then I'll post it, read it for errors and think: Huh? Whaaa? How does that many ANY sense to the reader?

Then go back and fix it!

Anyways that Katie Couric link really has a ton of info on it, and is very well written.

What I don't like about the ADD A LINK function is that you have to add it as you are typing, bc it shows up at the end of wherever you stopped typing. So if you come back to add a link, its going to show up at the bottom of the screen, not where you have positioned your cursor. Hhhhhh.(insert eyeroll here)

What I do it copy the link and paste it into the proper place, then come back and delete the one in the inappropriate place. So annoying!

I've asked for this to change a couple of times on the leader boards, but thus far it hasn't happened.

Anyways... hope you are having a good week!
its beautiful here but its time for me to do my taxes.

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Hi, Mzzchief!

Glad you liked the Katie Couric link, and THANKS for explaining how
to properly post a link on here! I didn't have a clue about how to fix that link
up correctly, so thank you for reposting it the right way so others could
get to it, quickly! I did think it was very helpful, and I really wanted
others to see it!

Right now, my latest anemia tests are in the "low normal" range, but
it all goes together with my thyroid levels, which are definitely indicating
low thyroid. I learned from my mom's thyroid history that anemia and
thyroid trouble often can go hand-in-hand.....and the symptoms of
anemia and low thyroid can be similar. So, I was glad Couric's show
covered this. Actually, Dr. Oz's show has been mentioning low thyroid
and anemia a few times this past year.....he must get a LOT of feedback
from viewers with these problems. Not surprised, but glad some media folks
are actually starting to cover this often-ignored subject!

I agree about molasses being helpful. I do like molasses cookies, when
I can get them--they always seem to help, even though I don't really eat
that much in the way of desserts, anymore. One other thing that seems
to help me is sunflower seed butter and honey. I'm not sure how much
iron there is in the sunflower seed butter, but Dr. Oz said it has a lot of
zinc, which is good for making the thyroid work better. Even when I'm
having a REALLY lousy thyroid day, this stuff seems to help! Wholegrain7

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HI Dag!

Oops, ya know what, I just noticed this thread is supposed to be about HAIR!. Gah!
So sorry team!

Dag if you'd like open a new thread with your questions and we can talk better there. Plus you'll also get more responses since any updates to this thread is coming across as an update to "lets talk about Hair..."

Thx!
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Yea I have thought about going to a different doctor. But I guess I should next time, I'd be afraid they would want to retest since I was tested in December last...
Also I am not sure if maybe the doctor just doesn't know enough about thyroid but it is the lab that designates that range and maybe she just doesn't know that the ranges should be updated.
She had suggested I go to an edno because she is a GP but the waiting list for the nearest endo was really long...

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Your doctor has made her thyroid philosophy clear... she doesn't test Free T3, she doesn't prescribe T3 (Cytomel), her reference range for a healthy TSH is higher than a 2.

So rather than fight her, I'd find a doctor who uses the latest information and has an open mind about testing free T3 and prescribing Cytomel when needed. Its not your job to fight/change/educate your doctor... its your job to find the best care available!

If you do stay with your current doctor, at the very least I'd consider petitioning her for a raise in your levothryoxine (T4), since your T4 is in the lowest quarter of the normal range.

I have never had an ultrasound, bc I don't have nodules that can be felt thru palpation.
So I didn't see the need. I would ask her why she wants to do it. "Its time you had another one" is not a valid reason. So if she says that, then ask her what she is actually looking for in the ultrasound. I would also find out how much it would cost, and let her know you are on a budget. Ask if its a covered service with your health insurance. Many doctors have no idea what things cost... they just prescribe. That's great if you really need something or have a lot of throw away cash. But its not so great if they're just prescribing a test or a drug, because its what they call "Standard level of care"... routinely prescribed stuff without compelling need.

I have the same problem with health insurance. The monthly payments are killing me and I have a $2500 deductible so I literally can't afford to go to the doctor.

Obamacare is something you may want to look into, but the clock is ticking, since open enrollment ends 3/15.

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Yeah it was T3 I asked her about but she didn't think I needed it.
My Numbers...
TSH was 3.53 and their range is .35 to 4.94 so I am in that
FRT4 is 1.00 and that range is .70 to 1.48 so again I am not out of their range
That must be all they tested me for because that is all the paper said. I had my blood drawn at the hospital so that must be their range not my doctor's?
Oh and she keeps wanting to do an ultrasound on my neck again but I keep declining. I had it done twice before when I was in school and just haven't now since I pay for my own health insurance and yet it doesn't cover everything and I watch my budget. So I didn't want to get it done now...would that even affect her decision in dosing me?

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Hey Dag!

Not sure if it was a typo when you said your doctor didn't prescribe T4 but once, because T4 and levothyroxine are the same hormone... just different names.
Did you mean T3?

Salads... green leafy veggies... are excellent sources of vitamins and minerals.
When you eat veggies its always a good idea to have a bit of fat/oil with it to make the vitamins in the veggies more bioavailable (easier for the body to absorb).My thoughts are that any fat in the chicken or egg yoke prolly helped with that!

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I should look up my numbers for TSH and stuff and post them on here...I only got a printout once and that was most recent time.
I don't know alot about thryoid but I do hang out and read stuff on these boards and have told my doctor if she wanted to put me on a T4 pill or like Armour that I would be willing to try. She said she doesn't usually prescribe T4 and she only did it for one patient and had yet to see how they reacted (this was like 2 years or more ago)
Right now I'm on levothyroxin so....yea asking at the pharmacy would be a good idea.
I once tried Biotin for my nails/hair but I couldn't decide if it made much of a difference so I didn't buy another bottle when mine ran out.
Oh yes and as to the iron part I don't eat much red meat either. I eat mostly alot of chicken, turkey and fish. I did notice...I started eating a salad daily with chicken and a hard boiled egg. Ever since then my period has been lighter!! Its not perfect, a few months might have been heavy but overall it is lighter. I figure it must be the iron or something in the egg or chicken? That is the only thing I changed when I noticed that...so I try to be consistent in eating that for lunch. I think it must help...


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Thx, Jet!
You've kinda gotta baby the skillet... if you used one before, you know what I mean!

For those that don't, that means "curing" it in the oven although I've now seen pre-cured pans for sale. Garage sales or thrift stores are another place to get one precured on the cheap.

Cast iron pans hate water!

So that means no leaving them in the sink or running them thru the dishwasher.

If you take good care of the finish (I don't!) you can just wipe it clean.

If you're like me, you can wash out the interior, dry it on a burner on your stove (make sure the bottom is dry), turn off the heat and add a bit of oil to seal the"pores" again.

Mines always out on the range, ready for action along with my tea pot!

Have a fun day, I'm off to Zumba!

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Okie dokie! Thanks so much!!! I need to find my cast iron skillet! I have suffered from anemia in the past, but numbers have been good last five years. Anyways, thanks for your wealth of information!

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HI Jet!

To answer your question, I cook in a cast iron skillet to increase my iron.
Stir steaming, stir frying and sautes are made in there, mostly veggies.
I also use it to roast turkey and chicken in the oven.

For boiling water and making tea... things that require water, I use stainless steel.

I have a long standing problem with anemia... in part bc I don't eat red meat, which is a highly absorbable form of heme iron. Plant sources and elemental iron such as found in cast iron pans is not as readily absorbable but its better than nothing!

One of the problems with anemia if you still get your TOM is that it results in well... hhhh, lets just say a red tsunami every month? This surfeit of blood loss, causes one to become more anemic...which causes increased blood loss, which increases anemia...etc... it can become a vicious cycle.

Incidentally is menorraghia is the cause of your anemia, there's a new medication on the market to decrease your flow, Lysteda. The generic is called tranexamic acid and its a synthetic version of lysine. Lysine is a common amino acid found in milk.

Wish I had this back when I was going thru this several years ago, would have made that time of month so much more bearable. Here's something about it:


www.lysteda.com/

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HI Dag!
We have a couple of people on here that have thalassemia.
So hhhh, ya, I'm familiar with being caught between Scylla and Charybdis .. having anemia but not being able to increase your iron. Of course breaking nails at this point is prolly the least of your problems, but it would be nice to have normal nail.

As a general rule, everything improves once you get your thyroid numbers in their "sweet spot". This may mean more thyroid T4 thyroid hormone (like Synthroid, Levoxyl, Tirosint) or the addition of T3 (Cytomel) or going on a Porcine (like Armour, Naturethyroid, Acella) which has both T3 and T4.

In any case it may be worth your while to hang out at your pharmacists and ask them who is prescribing Cytomel and Armour, and see what doctors they come up with.

Some other things to think about for your nails is silica (I use Biosil.. shop around the internet for the best price... I like the drops versus the pills bc there's no binder) , calcium, making sure you get adequate protein, lots of fresh fruits and veggies. Actually all the things that are good for your hair are good for the nails... go down to the Katie Kouric link if you haven't already, that's really an excellent article... THX again, WholeGrain!

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Why do you cook in cast iron? Thanks!

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DAGNY99, it sounds like you need a different doctor. Fire your doctor and get someone who listens.

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No I was tested around december and the dr said I was normal. I had my numbers though and I think the lab goes by the old numbers but then so does my dr. So I don't know what to do...
And anytime I mention something like being tired or the nails ect to her she doesn't listen. She will say it could be my anemia causing it...and I am also thalessemia minor or something so I can't take iron for the anemia.

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DAGny...


Sounds like you might need some more thyroid hormone meddie to take care of those residual symptoms?


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Wow I don't think I have as much problem with my hair.
The only thing is I think I shred ALOT. Like when I comb my hair I shed. When I was my hair long strands shed in my tub. When I run the vacumm it gets stuck in the sweeper wheels and my dad has to give the vacumm a hair cut...
But I don't think my hair is really thinning or anything. I used to worry I would go bald for all I shed but I still have lots of hair so it must be growing back in when I shed?
I like to keep my hair long. I always have since I was little and liked my aunts long hair. So I want to keep it long until it won't stay long or doesn't look right...it looks ok now.
However my nails are another story. If I don't polish them they look brittle and break easily/chip alot. So I try to keep them polished each week so that isn't noticed.
Oh and my hands are dry during the winter...don't know if that is related.

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What Chinese herbs do you take for anemia?
I'm sure that would come in handy for many of us here.

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Fascinating. Thanks for the link. I am definitely eating much of what is recommended. And I take Chinese herbs that eliminate anemia.

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HI Whole Grain!
Thx for the link, here it is hyperlinked, so yall can just click on it and go. A pop up screen will come up, if you don't want to subscribe, just X out of it and you can still access anything on that page.
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I agree about the link between hair loss,anemia or just low iron in general.
Hypothyroids tend to have a problem with low iron... anemia mimics many hypothyroid symptoms inclusive of feeling fatigued, tachycardia.

I've been boosting my iron with blackstrap molasses in my Rooibos/Tulsi/Honeybush tea for about 6 months now.
Had to make the switch to this herbal mix, bc the tannic acid in my tea was blocking the absorption of iron and I wasn't eating enough as is was.

I've also included cooked spinach in my diet and use cast iron pan to cook most of my foods.Spinach is a goitrogen, so its best to cook it until it changes color, a sign that most of the goitrogens have been deactivated.

Increasing dietary iron be another reason why that last stubborn area of thinning hair at my hairline is growing back.

Have a fun and healthy day!
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Hi, all. Just thought I'd add that Katie Couric had a good discussion on her
show earlier this week on hair loss. Talked about causes (including thyroid
and anemia), good foods for it, and other related aspects. I'll try to post
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http://katiecouric.com/features/hair-loss-
101-symptoms-signs-treatments/

If this doesn't work, just go to katiecouric.com and try to find the article called
"Hair Loss 101." It aired on Wed, Mar.5, 2014. Good luck!

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Tapbelle!

Good info about side effects of meds causing hair loss.
Always a good idea to check any prescription medication or herbal/vitamin to see what the side effects are.

I'm pretty sure of some of us in perimenopause/menopause, some if not all of the loss is loss/imbalance of the reproductive hormones (estrogen and progesterone).

Ya'll might look into using a bio-identical topical cream or oil for this.
They are available on the internet.
I use both.

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Hey Ladies!

About me:
I've been in the process of growing my hair out, as the cost to foil frost it was becoming prohibitively expensive ($185 with tip) and my natural hair was getting darker with every year, requiring more trips to maintain it.

Nowadays I'll buy a $7 Revlon Frost and Tip, to add some light to the crown of my hair and blend in the greys. Not as glam as before, but much better for my pocket book and hair health.

Most of my hair has grown back in with minimal shedding now that I'm stabilized on thyroid hormones. I found I needed more thyroid hormone, specifically T3 once I got deeper into menopause.

My hairline still has thinner areas in it.
I've rubbed some NOW brand castor oil/primrose oil into those spots with good success.

Castor oil is very thick, so you do have to be careful and use only a small amount or dilute it with primrose oil or some other lighter weight oil. With castor oil,its imperative that you do a patch test on your arm to make sure you're not sensitive to it 48 hours ahead of trying it on your scalp. Some people have a sensitivity to the residual ricin in it.

What works for me is Giovanni shampoos and conditioners.
Since my hair is quite long, it has the potential to tangle.
What I do to help with this:
PREP:
~Brush, then comb out all tangles before I get into the shower.
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~Only shampoo my scalp, let the suds run from there thru my hair when I rinse and call it good
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~ "wet comb" my hair in the shower by allowing the weight of the falling water on my conditioner soaked hair to help detangle the top while I use a wide tooth comb starting at the ends and working upwards. The point is to have a sheet of hair and water any knots glide out.
~ Before I get out put a dime sized amount of conditioner on my palm, rub together and spread over my hair... leave it in
AFTER SHOWER:
~ put hair in a towel until its not dripping
~ use a Garnier silicone product for flyaways whch I apply using the same dime sized amount on palm, pat/rub thru hair
~ Last 6-8 inches of hair, I use a dime sized amount of castor oil, concentrating on ends, use a wide tooth comb on ends to distribute.

~Air dry my hair, no blow dryers or straighteners.

I also sleep with a "touk" (a knit cap some people use while skiing) and put my hair in two braids to keep it from tangling and my scalp warm. Which I think may help hair grow,being as hair growth is faster in summer.

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Biotin
Nutritional yeast for its B vits, chromium and selenium

Hope this can help some of you!
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What does your doctor say?

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My hair has decided to come out in the brush and shower again. It is not on my shoulders at this time but it is so fine that getting thinner is scary.

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I am in my late 70s. My hair is thick, a bit kinky, curly, wavy. I am hypothyroid. I have never had thinning hair. It got a bit different when I dyed it but is back to its naturalness since I became wary after my husband had a close-call with bladder cancer. Some of the medications people take can have an effect on hair, like cholesterol medications. I eat mostly organic and local foods, lots of veggies, some fruit, no meat, some chicken and turkey, whole grains. I do not smoke. I rarely use a blow dryer. I avoid plastic containers as much as possible. Look at the info about the med(s) you are taking, which may make you more aware of the side effects and whether any can cause hair loss. There has to be a reason why you have hair loss. Do research, see your physician and maybe get a second opinion and maybe a third opinion.


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My hair is so sad. It is thin and dry. It comes out in tufts. It falls everywhere. I can see my scalp. I used to use rogaine for women, but it didn't help much. I had wonderful, thick lustrous hair in my youth. My relatives, starting in my 40's, and would look at me and they say in astonishment: "Your hair....????" My 87 year old mother has thicker, more lustrous hair than me. sniffle.

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I wonder if the problem is other than the intake of some form of thyroid medication. For example, cholesterol medications have side effects, one of which could be loss of hair.

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The hair texture thing is weird...and not weird at the same time. I'm 45, so I know the "machinery" is getting erratic, and use progesterone cream days 14-28 of my cycle.

I know it's hormone-related, but that leaves a lot of uncovered ground still.

The weird/dry/thin texture thing happens about every 2-3 months. It used to include A LOT of hair loss as well, but I recently added evening primrose oil to my regimen and that seems to have slowed the loss considerably (at least this time --- fingers crossed for the future!) The funny/not-so-funny thing is this: Day 14 of my cycle I'll resume the progesterone and the texture/loss thing will halt immediately -- I'm talking within 2-3 hours!! Wild, huh?

So there it is. Thoughts? Suggestions? Ideas? Facts? All are appreciated!

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I have been thinking about my hair alot lately. I am 47, diagnosed a few years ago hypo, take 75mcg levothyroxine daily, also take doxycycline 100mg daily for adult acne, a multi vitamin, 10mg Zyrtec for allergies, fish oil capsule and I eat a Brazil nut for the sellenium. Prior to thyroid issues I had oily hair and an oily face...hence the acne troubles I've never gotten away from! Now my hair has turned into a brittle, dry mess. (But the oil on my face is still in abundance)

I switched from shampoos for oily hair to a shampoo and conditioner for dry hair. Have tried various brands with not much result from any of them. I have long wavy hair that I blow dry straight. I used to wash daily now it is everyother day.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Oh goodness......I wish something could help my hair!! I'm finally (!!) optimized on my meds and am feeling a LOT better (still unable to lose weight, though)...but my God, my hair! It's so dry and frizzy!

I've thrown EVERYTHING at it! I put coconut oil in it every day (for an hour) for two weeks. Not a bit of difference. I've tried only washing every other day. I've tried leave in conditioners, hot oil treatments, deep conditioners, keratin treatments. I even made up an olive oil, egg, and vinegar concoction that I read about online.

Nothing. My hair is still as dry and frizzy as before I did any of it. :o(

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Hey Girls!

You know you want to talk about this!
Share your thyroid related hair problems and remedies here... mabbe even get/give a bit of help?

And have fun doing it... whining allowed...

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