Re: Hair Loss from Meds
I checked out 'autoimmune alopecia' on the net and it seems to describe this condition as the hair coming out in circular patches, which mine has never done. My mysterious hair shedding has always been uniform.
I'm hypo and have Hashimoto's and went untreated for at least 9 years and my menstrual cycles ended up crazy too. My thyroid doctor believes my hair shedding is related to the thyroid but in any number of ways. Firstly with thyroid issues the bodies metabolic process goes out of whack and it more or less needs to be syncronised all over again eg: this includes proper thyroid targets for T3 and T4, correcting any digestive issues, which are also common with thyroid sufferers, leading to malabsorption of nutrients, hormone issues get out of balance too eg: testosterone excess or imbalance of hormone cortisol and DHEA-S (often thyroid doctors dont look at ALL hormones and especially cortisol levels), low ferritin and vitamin D can also contirubte to hair shedding.
If you didn't have the problem in the first place, and it began when taking a particular medication and then you stop the meds and the hair stops shedding, then i'd say it's most likely your meds.
If, in my case, it's been continous then it can be any number of the things i mentioned. Mine only stops shedding for the two coldest months of winter then sheds more so in spring, but heaviest throughout summer and autumn. It just seems as though the entire telogen phase is speeded up. My hair regrowth occurs without a problem, just cant stay in my head long enough. I have half my hair left, but would be nice to get out of this vicious cycle.
On a side note, i did read somewhere of a connection to our bodies thermostat. I don't feel abnormally cold like a lot of thyroid sufferers complain of. I'm mostly always very warm.