10 Things that Stopped My Thyroid Hair Loss

10 Things That Stopped My Thyroid Hair Loss

Dear Thyroid,

You will NOT take my hair.

Sincerely,

Me

I always had very thick, long, curly hair. Around the age of 30 I started noticing my hair clogging the shower drain from time to time. However since I still had so much hair, it wasn’t high on my personal list of worst hypothyroidism symptoms.

Then all of a sudden one close look in the mirror when I turned 42 years old changed all that.

As I was brushing my hair something caught my eye in the mirror.

Wait…is that my scalp showing through?

A closer look.

My hair was noticeably thinner on both sides of my head above my ears, front, and at the temples.

My gut reaction was a scream, then tears.

What happened to my hair?

Then anger.

Hey Thyroid, Do NOT mess with me.

I cut off all my long hair, literally into a short pixie cut. I couldn’t stand to watch the mounds of hair falling off my head.

I went into deep research mode, searching for every article and published study that I could find. I turned myself into a human guinea pig trying every supplement that I found connected to hair loss discovering a few that worked and too many that didn’t.

I saved my hair. And you can too.

Please note that I am not a doctor. I’m just sharing the ten things that worked for me in the hopes that you will discover what works for you too. I’ve included links to brands of supplements that I personally take in orange font. I didn’t just start taking all these supplements all at once. I always start with one supplement and try that for a few weeks and note any improvements in my symptoms or adverse reactions before introducing another supplement, and so on. As with all things in particular supplements mentioned at Hypothyroid Mom, consult with your doctor to be sure they are right for you and that you are taking the right dosage for your body. Our physiology is unique so what works for each of us will be unique too. Always consult with your doctor before taking supplements if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

1. Optimal Thyroid Treatment

Every part of the body requires thyroid hormone for proper functioning, and that includes the hair follicles. In 2008, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism presented the first evidence that human hair follicles are direct targets of thyroid hormones. This research demonstrated that the thyroid hormones T4 and T3 modulate multiple hair biology parameters from cycling to pigmentation.

You’ll notice that I bolded the words thyroid hormones T4 and T3. Why is this so important for those of us with hair loss?

In mainstream medicine, Levothyroxine drugs are the gold standard for the treatment of hypothyroidism. While these drugs work for some people, they fail for others. Levothyroxine drugs contain T4 thyroid hormone only. Our bodies are supposed to convert that T4 thyroid hormone to the active T3 hormone our cells need. For some of us our bodies don’t convert T4 to T3 properly, leaving us symptomatic. This is why many of us do better on a combination of T4 and T3 thyroid hormone replacement treatment.

The noticeable hair loss was a red flag for me that I needed to get to my doctor for thyroid testing. I’m on the natural desiccated thyroid Nature-throid plus a compounded time-release T3. My doctor did comprehensive testing including the essential thyroid tests TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, and thyroid antibodies. Turned out my Free T3 was middle of the range. I personally feel terrible when my Free T3 is low or even middle of the range. Optimal Free T3 for my body is when it reaches top quarter of the normal range, so adjusting my thyroid medication dosage was an essential piece to my thyroid hair loss. There are many different thyroid medication options. Finding a doctor open the treatment options to find what is right for you is key.

While optimal thyroid treatment was an essential piece of the puzzle, there were additional pieces critical to my hair loss solution.

2. Low Ferritin

Low ferritin (the stored form of iron) is one of the most common causes of hair loss in women. Given low ferritin is also a common problem for hypothyroid people, it is important to have iron testing including ferritin especially if you are experiencing hair loss. It is not enough to be told by your doctor that your iron levels are ‘normal’. Ferritin levels are not always tested. Get a copy of your lab results and be sure ferritin has been specifically tested. Even if ferritin is within the ‘normal’ range that doesn’t make it ‘optimal’.

Dr. Philip Kingsley is called the ‘Hair Guru’ by the New York Times. Why Is Ferritin Important? appears on his website:

Correct ferritin levels maximize your hair’s “anagen” or “growing” phase and encourage your hairs to grow to their full length. When you aren’t getting enough iron through your diet, your body takes ferritin stored in non-essential tissue, like your hair bulb, and gives it to essential tissue, such as your heart. Because your hair bulb is where all your hair cells are produced, this leeching of ferritin can cause your hair to shed before it reaches its maximum length.

The average reference ranges for ferritin are 14-170 micrograms per litre, but our research shows that ferritin should be at least 80 ug/L (micrograms per litre) in women for hair follicles to function at their best.

Treating low ferritin was another major piece of my hair loss solution. It’s not surprising to me at all that I had low ferritin given the decades I spent with irregular heavy menstrual cycles (which is another symptom of hypothyroidism, by the way) and my doctors all those years never tested to see if I was low.

I tried various iron supplements and many of them gave me digestive issues including gas, stomach cramps, and constipation. With a life-long history of constipation, that was the last thing I needed. I have personally found this brand Perfect Desiccated Liver Capsules from grass-fed cattle works well for my body. My doctor regularly checks my iron levels including ferritin to be sure I am taking the right dosage of iron supplements for my body and that I’m not taking too much because over-dosing on iron can be dangerous.

I’m careful to take iron supplements including multivitamins with iron at least 3 hours apart from my thyroid medication to ensure the iron doesn’t interfere with the absorption of my thyroid medication.

3. Low Stomach Acid

I read a fascinating interview with Dr. Jonathan Wright by Suzanne Somers Honey, I Shrunk My Ponytail! Turns out this article would change the fate of my hair.

DR. WRIGHT: If stomach acid is low, protein isn’t efficiently digested – and hair and nails are made up of… protein! If we are deficient in protein, our bodies know that we can live without hair or nail proteins, but we can’t survive without heart muscle proteins or other important body proteins. So if we are short in supply of protein, the hair or nails are the first to go.

Turns out low stomach acid results in malabsorption of iron (which as you know is necessary for maintaining our hair) and many other essential nutrients. Thanks to this article I discovered my own issues with low stomach acid and drinking warm water with lemon every morning and before meals has definitely helped. I drink it through a straw (I purchased an inexpensive set of stainless steel straws) to prevent damage to the enamel of my teeth. You can also try adding one or two tablespoons of Bragg Organic Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar with the ‘Mother’ mixed in water before meals. This has also helped me with heartburn, gas, acid reflux, and bloating. I know what you are thinking, all of you with heartburn and acid reflux are taking antacids to do the opposite – reduce, neutralize acid. Hmmm. Maybe the real source of your discomfort is too little acid and the real solution is increasing acid instead!

4. Nutrient Deficiencies

Nutrient deficiencies are a common issue for those of us with hypothyroidism. Not only are nutrients essential for thyroid function, but they also play an important role in keeping the hair on our heads from falling. A good quality multi-vitamin is important and of course a healthy diet is essential, but still nutrient testing is important because many like me will require additional supplementation to bring us to optimal. Testing should include iodine, zinc, selenium, vitamin D, B12, and magnesium.

Nutrient deficiencies are an issue for me personally. I supplement every day to maintain my nutrients at optimum. When I noticed a worsening of my hair loss last year, nutrient testing revealed that I was deficient in all those nutrients necessary for hair health. This high quality multivitamin Pure Encapsulations PureLean Pure Pack (it helped me lose a few pounds too) which includes the healthy fat omega-3 has made a world of difference. I also like Pure Encapsulations Energize Plus Pure Pack.

5. Drug-Induced Hair Loss

There are many different types of drugs that can cause hair loss. Here is a list of What Types of Drugs Cause Hair Loss by WebMD:

  • Acne medications containing vitamin A (retinoids)
  • Antibiotics and antifungal drugs
  • Antidepressants
  • Birth control pills
  • Anticlotting drugs
  • Cholesterol-lowering drugs
  • Drugs that suppress the immune system
  • Drugs that treat breast cancer
  • Epilepsy drugs (anticonvulsants)
  • High blood pressure medications (anti-hypertensives), such as beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, and diuretics
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Parkinson’s disease drugs
  • Steroids
  • Thyroid medications
  • Weight loss drugs

Did you notice that I highlighted thyroid medications on that list?

I’ve heard from many readers who had sudden worsening of their hair loss when they started one or another thyroid drug brand. Think back to the start of your hair loss, did it happen at the same time you started a specific thyroid medication?

6. Alopecia Areata

Alopecia Areata is a hair-loss condition that typically causes patchy bald spots on the scalp. It is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles.

What does this have to do with hypothyroidism? A lot.

It is estimated that 90% of people with hypothyroidism have the thyroid autoimmune condition known as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune condition in which the body attacks its own thyroid gland. Despite the prevalence of Hashimoto’s, thyroid antibodies are often NOT tested. You may have Hashimoto’s and not even know it. There are two thyroid antibodies to test for Hashimoto’s: Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOAb) and Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb).

When you have one autoimmune disease, you are at high risk of developing other autoimmune diseases. In her guest post for Hypothyroid Mom Autoimmune Diseases Brew In Your Body FOR YEARS Before Diagnosis Functional Medicine nutritionist Tracy Konoske wrote:

Dr. Gerald Mullin from Johns Hopkins says statistically somebody with an autoimmune disease is at risk of a total of 7 autoimmune diseases in his or her lifetime.

I hear from readers all the time with multiple autoimmune diseases including Hashimoto’s and Alopecia. If this turns out to be the cause for your hair loss, it is important to address the underlying autoimmune issue.

7. Sex Hormone Imbalances

Perimenopause…are you freakin’ kidding me?!

The signs were there. My menstrual cycles changed very suddenly and became much shorter in length. At that exact same time my hair loss accelerated. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

I went to my doctor and had my sex hormones tested.

For me it turned out I was in perimenopause. What is perimenopause? It’s that rocky road of hormonal shifts leading to menopause. When perimenopause starts varies for each woman, but it can start 10 years before menopause.

Sex hormone testing revealed that my estrogen levels were declining and that was making a mess of my hair. Another common sex hormone imbalance is estrogen dominance, too much estrogen relative to progesterone. Don’t forget testosterone testing too…yes high testosterone can cause hair loss but so can low testosterone. Harvard-trained MD Dr. Sara Gottfried had this to say about testosterone in her article The Horrors of Hair Loss for The Huffington Post:

Another possible reason for hair loss? Too much testosterone. That’s right: Women also produce the hormone testosterone. In fact, testosterone is what gets us in the mood, gives us self-confidence, and keeps us vital and sassy.

But if testosterone levels are too high in women — whether because of menopause, excess weight, or other causes — we see symptoms of male-pattern baldness and rogue hair growth on the face. The hairs on your head are falling out, but you’re finding new ones on your chin? Totally unfair!

Sex hormone testing, especially for women and men with hair loss, should include DHT (DiHydroxy Testosterone). DHT is a derivative of the male hormone testosterone. In women, perimenopause and menopause marks a drop in estrogen which leaves hair particularly vulnerable to DHT. Women with PCOS struggling with hirsutism (excessive body hair in women in areas where men typically grown hair including the fat, check, and back ) and male-pattern hair loss should be sure testosterone and DHT are part of their lab testing too. The American Hair Loss Association describes DHT as “the enemy of hair follicles on your head”:

The hormonal process of testosterone converting to DHT, which then harms hair follicles, happens in both men and women. Under normal conditions, women have a minute fraction of the level of testosterone that men have, but even a lower level can cause DHT- triggered hair loss in women. And certainly when those levels rise, DHT is even more of a problem. Those levels can rise and still be within what doctors consider “normal” on a blood test, even though they are high enough to cause a problem. The levels may not rise at all and still be a problem if you have the kind of body chemistry that is overly sensitive to even its regular levels of chemicals, including hormones.

Testosterone is converted to DHT by the enzyme Type II 5-alpha reductase. Research is focused on the role of 5AR inhibitors in the form of prescription medications and topical lotions. Saw palmetto derived from the berry of the American dwarf tree has received particular attention as a botanical 5AR inhibitor.

8. Sugar

Dr. Apple Bodemer an assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health told The Today Show:

When inflammation is constantly driven by high glycemic and high sugar diets, [it] messes with the immune system and that is where the high sugar diets are coming more into play with hair health.

Juice cleansing is the classic example of not getting enough protein. They are literally just getting sugar. You can tell a difference in the hair.

I stumbled upon this recent study with the title Hair Follicle Characteristics As Early Marker of Type 2 Diabetes. Now that’s a warning bell, if I’ve ever heard one, to get focused on lowering daily sugar consumption and eliminating those blood sugar swings. You know those highs you get when you eat high carb, high sugar and then come crashing down? Yes, those.

Has your doctor told you that your blood sugar levels are too high? Low thyroid is one potential cause of diabetes, and it may be your red flag to have your thyroid re-evaluated. When my doctor once mentioned that my blood sugar was at the high pre-diabetic level and suggested starting diabetes medication, I asked for 6 months to try replacing my regular multivitamin with this one Designs for Health Metabolic Synergy (created by a nationally prominent doctor specializing in blood sugar) and by my follow-up appointment my blood sugar was completely normal and diabetes medication was not needed (what a relief).

 9. Hair Loss Supplements

Here are supplements that have made an obvious difference in my hair.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Are you on a really, really low fat diet? Is your hair breaking and falling out? Essential fatty acids are important for hair health.

Dr. Andrew Weil is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine. In his article Two Supplements for Thinning Hair, he wrote:

Make sure you’re getting enough omega-3 fatty acids. Eat wild Alaskan salmon, sardines, herring or mackerel two or three times a week, or sprinkle two tablespoons of freshly ground flaxseeds per day on cereal or salads. You can also supplement with a high-quality fish oil.

Supplement your diet with GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) in the form of black currant oil or evening primrose oil. Take 500 mg of either twice a day for six to eight weeks to see if it helps.

I love Carlson Cod Liver Oil which is free of detectable levels of mercury every day and I take evening primrose oil as I’ll describe next.

Evening Primrose Oil

Mary Shomon wrote this in her article at Very Well Health Hair Loss Solutions For Thyroid Patients:

According to endocrinologist Dr. Kenneth Blanchard:

“For hair loss, I routinely recommend multiple vitamins, and especially evening primrose oil. If there’s any sex pattern to it — if a woman is losing hair in partly a male pattern – -then, the problem is there is excessive conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) at the level of the hair follicle. Evening primrose oil is an inhibitor of that conversion. So almost anybody with hair loss probably will benefit from evening primrose oil.”

I use this brand of Evening Primrose Oil.

Silicon

I read this study on the benefits of a bioavailable form of silicon called choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid (ch-OSA) on skin, nails, and hair. Sure enough this silicon (ch-OSA) supplement called BIOSIL has made a difference not only in my hair but also my skin and nails.

Collagen

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body found in your skin, hair, bones, and tendons. Our body produces less and less of it as we age. I’ve long read about the benefits, including improved skin and nails and even pain reduction, of replenishing our depleting collagen stores with a form easily assimilated by the human body including hydrolyzed collagen and gelatin. I became particularly interested in collagen for hair loss when I read about a study published in Science in 2016. It all started with investigating the hair follicle stem cells of mice where researchers discovered that age-related DNA damage triggers the destruction of a protein called Collagen 17A1. The hair follicles of older people then convert themselves into skin cells, and over time baldness ensues. Think of the image of each hair follicle on your head disappearing leaving behind bare skin one at a time and on and on. My favorite brand is Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides grass-fed and pasture-raised.

Biotin

Biotin is a very popular supplement recommended by many doctors, pharmacists, health food stores, TV shopping channels, health websites and more when it comes to hair loss. To find some of the best supplement brands for me to try in my quest for thyroid wellness, combing the internet for customer reviews of various brands has been an important part of my process. I’ve read mixed reviews about biotin. Some users love biotin and others find no improvement or they complain about adverse reactions like acne breakout. Biotin didn’t make a significant difference for me but it might work for you and some brands get incredible reviews like this one.

Please note that in January 2016 the Endocrine News published this article January 2016: Thyroid Month: Beware of Biotin which stated that taking biotin supplements could cause falsely high and falsely low results in a variety of laboratory tests, including thyroid lab tests because biotin interferes with the test platform used for particular laboratory tests. If you are taking biotin and your thyroid lab results begin to change and not make sense in terms of your clinical symptoms speak with your doctor about doing a retest of your thyroid labs after several days of discontinuing your biotin supplement to be sure there is no interference.

10. Stress

The body relies on the adrenal glands located on top of each kidney to manage stressful situations. Given our busy stressful lives it’s not surprising that many of us suffer from issues of adrenal dysfunction.

How would you know if you have adrenal fatigue?

Check out these symptoms…

fatigue, insomnia, chronic pain, headaches, migraines, anxiety, depression, weight gain, joint inflammation, gastrointestinal issues (constipation or diarrhea), tendonitis, bursitis, low libido, fibromyalgia, irritability, anger, fidgety, nervous, addictions, obsessive, frequent urination, heart disease, blood pressure problems, light-headedness, and dizziness upon rising from a bed or chair

Don’t many of these symptoms sound a lot like the symptoms of hypothyroidism? Hmmm…

I’ve read that many hypothyroid people also have adrenal fatigue (whether they realize it or not). From this very list of symptom that’s not surprising really.

At that time when my hair loss noticeably worsened, I was going through an extremely stressful time in my life. At that very same time my menstrual cycles dramatically changed and my progesterone levels plummeted. The thyroid, adrenals, and sex hormones are all so intricately connected, and my experience showed that loud and clear.

The problem is that the adrenals are often NOT tested. In fact adrenal fatigue is not even a recognized diagnosis in mainstream medicine yet the problem is a serious issue for thyroid patients.

An essential part of my hair loss solution was the testing and treatment of my adrenal fatigue. I’m fortunate to have an open-minded doctor who understands the importance of the adrenals in thyroid health.

I took a saliva test (where I took samples of my saliva at 4 different times over the course of one day) that tested my cortisol. Cortisol production varies throughout the day with levels normally highest in the morning and lowest in the evening before bed (did you know that too high cortisol at night can be a cause of insomnia!). The advantage of saliva testing is that it takes cortisol levels at different times of the day and lets you know how your cortisol levels vary during the day. My results showed that my cortisol levels were below normal throughout the day. I was obviously struggling with adrenal fatigue and I’m so fortunate to have discovered this.

There are different ways to treat adrenal issues and what’s right for a person is individual too. I personally do well on adaptogenic herbs including Ashwaghanda, Rhodiola, Holy Basil, and Schisandra. I take adaptogenic herbs every day, especially in times of real stress. With this combination of herbs Pure Encapsulations Phyto-ADR my energy is also up, my anxiety is down, and I sleep like a baby.

That year when I was losing so much hair I was under too much stress.

I’m not always good at being good to myself.

I put other people’s needs before my own and let myself fall to the bottom way too often.

I take on far more than I should because I feel guilty to say NO.

NO

I’m not sure why that word is so hard for me to say.

I try to be everything to everyone, but me.

The particularly stressful events in my life at that time along with an unhealthy way of putting myself last wreaked havoc on my hair. I knew at that moment that I had to take better care of myself otherwise I would lose all my hair.

While all the testing, treatments, and supplements mentioned in this article were essential in stopping my hair loss, there was an even bigger thing that saved my hair above all else

SELF-LOVE

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About Dana Trentini

Dana Trentini M.A., Ed.M., founded Hypothyroid Mom October 2012 in memory of the unborn baby she lost to hypothyroidism. This is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for consulting your physician regarding medical advice pertaining to your health. Hypothyroid Mom includes affiliate links including the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program.

Comments

  1. I have been on 1 grain of Nature-Throid for about 2 years and have seen a drastic loss in hair and hair growth. All of my thyroid levels are fine, I truly think it’s the medicine. Has anyone else had this problem, and which medicine did you switch to that helped it grow back? Thanks!

  2. Great information! Thanks. Muchos Gracias. Namaste. Blessings. Peace be with you.

  3. I have been taking leverthrycine now for 3yrs .ihave put 2 stone on and suffer with hot flushes..but my doctor. When I get to see him he tells me there s no evidence to say you gain weight with these tablets . And checks my blood .I have to get my results from the receptionist. And to be honest I havent a clue about the. It as not been explained to me .my husband .thinks my weight as got worse .I feel I havent no control and I feel old .l look in the mirror and think God were have I gone.i feel like stop taking the meds .but will I have a heart attack .its shit having under active thyroid. And I think my doctor s dont want to spend no money .on educating us .

    • Hi Anne, you might try going on an anti-inflammatory diet. While causes of hypothyroidism are complex and multi-layered and vary from person to person, taking a look at what you put into your body can be a good place to start. Personally I was able to stop taking levothyroxine once I eliminated nightshade family foods from my diet. It is very, very difficult as nightshades are in just about everything, and they are so delicious! But for me personally, this group along with gluten, caused a lot of inflammation and problems. Nightshades include tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, okra, peppers (not black pepper seasoning), ashwaghanda, tobacco and lycii or wolfberry. There are others too. It is important to read all labels on any prepared foods as tomatoes, peppers (paprika or chili powder) and potatoes are used in lots of prepared foods. The thing is with this group you must eliminate them completely and it may take some time for results. Stopping for a few weeks or eating “just a little” will not cut the mustard, so to speak. If you are up to the challenge, it just might save your life. Or at least make it more bearable! There will be lots of naysayers because nightshades are beloved, they are addicting (all contain nicotine as well), and they generate billions of dollars per year. Again, this is what worked for me and it may not work for you. But it won’t cost you anything except time (checking ingredients, altering recipes and introducing substitutions) and willpower. Hope this helps, good health to all!

      • Kkatz,
        Quick question for you- did you have any hair loss or any hair loss while on synthroid? Then, did the elimination of nightshades help this is you had thus issue? I appreciate it!

        • Sorry for typos! I meant to type-did the elimination of the nightshades help with the hair loss IF you struggled with this issue?

    • Daniela Vachkova says

      How are you know ? Any better

    • Generic doesn’t work for many of us. Request name brand Synthroid.

    • Anne – You might be having problems converting your leverthrycine (which is T4 – a storage form of thyroid hormones). Many things can interfere with your body’s ability to convert T4 (storage thyroid hormone) to T3 (active thryoid hormone that helps make cellular ATP energy).
      If you aren’t already, start a blood pressure, pulse,and temperature log. Low temperature, hypertension and low pulse (or soemtimes elevated pulse as well) can allindicate a thyroid and/or adrenal issues. Both thyroid and adrenal issues can have similar symptoms so ask your doctor for a copy of your thyroid panel (make sure it is free T4 and free T3 levles being tested) and ask to get a 4 point saliva cortisol test kit (you take it home, provide saliva samples 4 times during the day, mail off kit).
      You could ask your doctor to do an RT3 test to verify conversion issues. RT# is an inactive hormone that your body produced from T4 – when your T4 levels are too high. RT3 can inhibit cellular uptake of thryoid hormones…rather like your body’s braking system when your T4 blood levels are too high. Most conventional doctors will do that test, considering it contraversial but I have yet to have one explain why.
      You could ask to be put on a combo of T3 and T4…with the majority being T3 with a little T4. Again most doctor do not like dealing with T3 because it forces them to address other health issues like cortisol, sex hormones, vitamin, and other imbalances. T3 is the active thyroid hormone, so it doesn’t need to be converted into another form. It can be tough to dose and can effect your pulse if you have thyroid resisance due to cortisol and other problems. I had severe thyroid resistance and had elevated pulse issues since starting T3. Almost 4 years later, my cortisol levels are almost normal..so I was ableto cut down my T3 dose and beta blcoker.
      Don’t let your doctor cow you into staying on T4. Your symptoms show that in all likelyhood, you are not converting the T4 adequately into T3, therefore still having hypo symptoms. Have him do a 4 point saliva cortisol test as elevated cortisol can cause weight gain and elevated blood sugar. Elevated cortisol can also make you feel very hot at times,,,depending when your levles are raised as cortisl levels can fluctaute…the reason a 4point saliva cortisol test is better than a one time blood draw. When I had elevated cortisol (levles were elevated from waking to bedtime-all day), my emp was 98.6-7 range which for me is hot (I run 97.4-98.0 normally). I would feel hot after any exhertion. I gained weight in my torso (lower belly, chest, butt) while I lost muscle in my limbs despite aveyr healthy active lifestyle and diet. No amount of diet and so forth can completely work if you arenals or thyroid hormone levels are off.
      Sex hormone imbalances, insulin resitance, leptin resitance, are other hormonal issues that can cause directly or indirectly both weight gain and issues with your thyroid medication.
      If your doctor is uncoperative, you might try an integrative doctor. In my limited experience most endocronologist were usueless…more narrow minded and limited in treatement options. I would suggest an integrative doctor. I am in Indiana and go to Dr. Windley at Schneck Integrative in Seymour. I had the worst case of thyroid resitance that he had ever seen…but he kept an open mind even when my thyroid labs loked hyper but I was having a mix of hypo and hyper symptoms. The endocrine system requires the doctor to have an open mind…since it is so compicated and we are all so different…sadly few doctors take that apporach, preffering one size fits all. It sounds like you are dealing with some form of thyroid resitance…not converting your T4 thyroid medication. ..maybe cortisol and or sex hormone issues. Good luck.
      I hope hypothyroid mom can suggets some good resources. I know of one, Stop the Thyroid Madness which really helped me as an informational resource 🙂

  4. I have been taking Naturethroid for about 6 years with success. In Jan 2019 I was switched to WP thyroid due to a shortage and then switched back to Naturethroid in June 2019. About that time my hair started shedding like crazy, I’m scared to wash my hair it is so bad. I had my thyroid checked and it is good except Free t3 is high (6.0). I asked to go back to WP but my doctor says it’s not my thyroid as she also tested for estrogen which was low (I’m 52). She won’t let me go back and instead prescribed estrogen and progesterone. I have read that some people have had trouble with the new Naturethroid. Anyone else?

    • Several months ago the pharmacy tech said that there was a shortage of Naturethroid and she was going to substitute with WP. I was taking one grain of Naturethroid but the one grain in WP seemed too much. I just cut back to 1/2 grain, so we’ll see. Honestly, my shedding has never improved on Naturethroid. I did read that customers/patients complained that Naturethroid had changed and patients weren’t experiencing same results with new Naturethroid. Therefore, causing the availability and drs were prescribing WP. I will continue and see if I feel better and stop losing hair. Haven’t lost any weight which is disappointing.

    • Marsha, March 2019 my doctor put me on naturethroid for the first time. The first week I felt very sick from it so stopped taking it after about a week. My hair started falling out drastically from April forward and initially it was a big bald spot on the crown of my head. Then along my forehead line. In July I went on some T3/T4 and the crown began to fill in but still more holes. The new doctor said I didn’t need the medication and wanted to try anti-fungal creams for a week. Still lots of hair loss and many holes. I’m very curious the references for the naturethroid? They might need to be held accountable for something. I never had hair loss before consuming their product.

  5. Michelle says

    How do you take all these supplements? There are many.

  6. Patricia says

    Thanks for all of the info. I have been dealing with my hair loss for such a long time that I
    Had already resigned to accept it and give up of finding e solution. You obviously have not and it inspires me to try some options. I can’t understand why so many Doctors are so slow at seeing the symptoms and requiring testing for hypothyroidism. A colleague was the first one to Identify my symptoms.

  7. Barb Mcmillan says

    Thanks so much for all the info and advice. I also have hypothyroid hair loss and noticed it got worse when starting bhrt. I think I will discontinue using this. Thanks again. Barb M.

  8. Omg really?! I’m so scared right now, I recently was diagnosed with hypothyroidism this March 2019 during a hospitalization of severe Anemia. Started on Levothyroxine 100 mcg white pill daily,went for my follow up in April, my dose was changed to 75 mcg purple pill daily. In June I started noticing my hair breaking and falling out so fast leaving me with a bald spot at the back of my crown. I immediately called my pcp to get seen. I also did a lot of research and saw a video on YouTube of a lady with hoshimoto which stated that her Endocrinologist figured out that it was the dye on her levothyroxine. She was taking 100 mcg the white pill then switched to 75 mcg the (purple) pill with dye spoke to her endocrinologist about her hair loss and was switched back to 100 mcg the white pill. She said that her hair stopped falling out within a weeks time. I spoke to my pcp about this and am taking 100 mcg daily the white pill again with the exception of not taking it once a week related to my dose is 88 mcg because that amount does not come in the white pill. Ive been following this new regimen since June 26th but my hair is still falling out at alarming rates. I’ve also used seasalt with shampoo, rice water treatments but nothing seems to work just so heart broken. I’m so scared to do anything to my hair because it just keeps falling off maybe the Epson salt will do the trick, thanks for your advise!!

    • if your PCP is not helping you then go to a Holistic Functioning Medicine Practitioner..try Amie Hornaman…she is local to me but I believe she sees clients remotely and she has had success with thyroid patients

    • I was diagnosed with Hashimotos Disease in about Jan, 2019. I had been loosing my hair for a year before that but the pain had finally set in. I went to the doc and was given the bad news. When this Thyroid problem starts to rage it hurts so much you can hardly tolerate the constant pain. I tried three different Thyroid meds and had good luck with number three. It is Armour and I have to cut the tiny pills in halves and take one half a day. Just today I purchased a product called Viviscal to try to save my hair. It has many of the above mentioned minerals and vitamins. I researched and found more people who had success than not. There is a wet line of products to accompany the supplements …. I will try all. My hair is knee length.

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