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  • Anonymous
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      Hi Kay–

      I don’t think there is really anything that will help the hair loss besides stabilizing your thyroid levels, though if you do a search on hair loss you will find many good suggestions for taking good care of the hair that hasn’t fallen out. It’s hard to say how long your hair will continue to fall out because it’s a very individual matter.

      It seems some of us are really sensitive to changes in thyroid levels. For me, it’s the changes, not just hypothyroidism. That bathtub drain has been full of hair (not to mention my clothes, the floor, etc.) for much of the last four years while my thyroid has slowly died following RAI, but I’m not bald yet. There are always new hairs growing in of all lengths, and my hairdresser calls it “natural texturizing”.

      Dianne W
      NGDF Asst. Online Facilitator

      Anonymous
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        My mother was undiagnosed hypothyroid for years. She had significant hair loss at one point, years before her diagnosis. I know there are a number of options and suggestions for caring for thinning hair. A friend of mine uses the Nioxin system, available in hair salons. The chemical treatments used to delay, retard, or reverse hair loss might not be the best options for you right now. Rogaine originated as a cardiac medication. It’s hair loss treatment benefit was discovered as a side effect patients were experiencing. I would be very cautious and ask the pharmacist AND my endo before using it. Although it is topical, it might have warnings because it is absorbed into the bloodstream.

        My mother has chosen to cover her hair with wigs, for reasons of religion and vanity. I am not saying you should go out and do this, but If you find yourself very self-consious about it, this might help. Since she started wearign wigs regularly, my mother’s hair does seem to be in better condition. We share a hairdresser (even with a wig, she still had her grey dyed!) who would love to trim her hair to help it regain structure. Apparently by not trimming all split or damaged pieces, the damage spreads and makes the hair more fragile and thin.

        Anonymous
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          Does anybody out there suffer from hair loss? I had the problem shortly after I had RAI treatment in March 1999. Then it seemed to stop for a while, or at least it was not as bad. Then I went through a resurgence of my thyroid and finally had it removed in June of this year. Ever since then, my hair has been falling out in clumps (yes, I mean litteral clumps!). I know that my tsh level was still 37.6 last time I saw my doctor, and that hairloss can occur during hypothyroidism. My question is How long does it last, and is there anything I can do to keep from losing all my hair while I wait? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
          Kay

          Anonymous
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            Hi…I’m not an expert, but maybe you should ask your doc about Alopecia which is another autoimmune disease that can cause your hair to fall out in patches.

            Angie

            Anonymous
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              I suffer from hairloss. And I don’t know why. I am hyper with graves’ on tapazole. hope this helps.

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