Hair Loss Slowdown, my story (very long)
I wanted to share a success story. I searched and searched for success stories when I was first diagnosed with hypothyroidism and hardly found any. …especially on hair loss.
The hair loss devastated me more than any other symptom I was having.
Please note, I am not a medical professional of any kind, with no training or medical education. This is just my personal experience.
For the past year, I honestly felt terrible. I had no idea what was wrong, I was tired, wasn’t sleeping, no energy, just wasn’t myself. I honestly thought I was going through perimenopause at 41 years old. However when I spoke to my doctor about it, she thought I was crazy. Honestly I felt like I was going crazy….my monthly cycle was messed up, I wasn’t sleeping, moody, cranky,
moody, tired, no energy…moody, weight gain, arms and legs felt weighted down…did I mention MOODY
So I waited a year for my next yearly check-up….I had good days and bad days but finally it was getting worse. I started keeping track of my monthly cycles, making notes of how I felt etc. I started experiencing dry eyes, nose and mouth on top of everything else.
I really like my doctor, I was disappointed that she didn’t hear me out last year nor even thought of doing a thyroid test. But it’s in the past so I don’t dwell on it.
Before my yearly check-up, I was losing hair. Not a ton at this point but more than what I consider normal for me. Now, I am prone to hair loss…after I had each one of my children I lost a ton of hair for a while and thought I’d go bald.
Fast forward a bit, I went for my check-up and she checked my thyroid among other things. One day later she called (that’s what I call service LOL) and told me my TSH was high and called me in 25mg of Levothyroxine. I was a happy to know I wasn’t losing my mind, that I really did have a medical excuse for feeling so flipping crappy.
Off to the pharmacy to get my prescription. Oh my, did I read this right?! Levothyroxine can cause hair loss….for someone prone to hormonal hair loss, this is not what you want to read. So I called the doctor’s office and they ensured me it would be OK.
I started the very next day on 25mg….after a week I still felt like crap. At the end of the 2nd week, I started feeling good. I had 2 really good weeks after that…..then the bottom dropped out and I felt like crap again. Almost worse than I felt before and my hair started coming out in handfuls. Oh my goodness, losing 300+ hairs one morning was so sad. I bagged it up, yes I sure did LOL. I thought they will never believe me, I’m going to bag it up and date it and prove to them if I have to ha ha ha.
Back to the doctor I went….this time she checked my FT3, FT4 and checked me for Hashimoto’s and total TSH again. She looked at my scalp and even she was concerned about my hair loss. For nearly a month I was losing 200-300+ hairs a day (I continued to bag my hair loss after my shower and yes at one point even counted them <shameful look here>)
My results were, FT3 GREAT, FT4 bad, Hashimoto’s, negative (YIPPIE) and total TSH bad. So she upped my dose to 50mg…..oh and my hair was falling out in buckets.
One week after my dose upped, felt a tiny bit better. Hair still falling out…ugggg! Honestly how long can someone go without a bald spot. I had no bald spots, but thinning all over my head. Boo Hoo!
Two weeks after my dose was increased I’m feeling pretty good. Hair still falling out though…..now I start to wonder, is it the medication OR the hormone adjustment?!
Nearing the end of week 2, I started taking Zinc, 50mg at night (because it upsets my stomach I take it at bedtime). I have always taken vitamins, but I researched hair loss and hypothyroidism and changed some things around. Below is what I take, again I am NO professional…..some of these I have always taken, some I added recently. I would consult your doctor to ensure you are getting what’s best for you.
Vitamin B-complex (I have always taken) – take after breakfast
Biotin (recently added) – take after breakfast (this is a B-vitamin…but good for hair)
Fish Oil (recently added) – take one after each meal (I try to take at least 2 a day)
Multi Vitamin (I have always taken) – take after lunch
Vitamin C (I have always taken) – take after breakfast
Magnesium (recently added) – take after breakfast
Vitamin-D (I have always taken) – take after lunch
Zinc (recently added) take at night before bed
I noticed my hair loss was slowing down,
I was feeling GREAT as well. Yesterday I noticed there was less hair loss, this morning I noticed less hair loss…..so I’ve feeling pretty good about it. I feel it’s hormonal and not the medication. I’m not putting all my eggs in one basket yet…..after I have experienced a few weeks of less hair loss, I’ll feel really good. Now I have to hope for hair regrowth!
I wanted to write this for anyone worried and concern…seeking for hope to hold onto.
I will continue to stop by and post my results….hopefully my hair loss has stopped falling out abnormally. I will keep you posted.