Please help. The hair is falling out of my eyebrow on my left side. It's on the outer edge of the brow. It looks funny and very thin now. I've always had kind of bushy eyebrows (for a woman). I have never plucked.
Sounds like Alopecia, My Husband has it, some of his eyebrow, eyelashes, hair and body hair falls out, in patches and cycles. It is supposed to grow back within one year in most people. My husband has had it for years now, it grows back then falls out again.. very annoying..
Have you had a full check up lately which included a TSH level to check your thyroid?have you had anything else happen like weight gain,being tired more than usual?this 'could' be an indication of hypothyroid.just something you should check out to be sure.they can tell with a simple blood test.i just remember reading the signs since i thought i might have it,and eyebrow hairloss was listed as a possible sign of it.it can really make you feel lke crap.
until you can find out what is actually causing this,just use an eyebrow pencil to fill in the empty spot,or even pluck the other side a bit to match more closely,the one with the loss.just a suggestion.but i would get your TSH level checked out for sure.its just one of those conditions you don't know you actually have til you get the actual test for it.please let me know what you find out,K? good luck. FB
My doctor's will NOT run any further testing on me because I've had a lot of odd symptoms for the past 2 years and they are done with me. I have had very irregular cycles lately with several days of midcycle spotting and having a light period and then another regular period like 22 days later. I went to my OB-GYN hoping he'd do bloodwork, and he wouldn't because he said I can't be going through menopause because my mom is just now.
I'm 36 btw.
I also went to the doctor a couple of months ago because my tongue is swelling on and off and having a yellowish coating. They said it's nothing. I've noticed the coating kind of changes with my cycle. Like when I'm on my period it's fine.
Both edge of eyebrow hair falling out and irregular cycles CAN be thyroid-related. I would insist on a full thyroid panel (not just TSH, but free T3 and T4 as well, plus antobodies).
If you had your TSH tested in January and it has gone up since then you are in a really good position to know that this is probably the problem. Sadly, many doctors seem ill-informed about thyroid results (a lot of them go on old test ranges, and a lot of them simply don't understand the meaning of them in terms of the symptoms you are experiencing) so you need to inform yourself about interpreting them.
IF it is thyroid, then it can impact your fertility if that is of concern to you, so early action is best.
You will save yourself an awful lot of grief, if it is thyroid, and you can get on to it so soon. Even if that means getting assertive with your doc, a second opinion, or a referral to an endocronologist.
When you get the results, post them on the thyroid board here - there are some super folks on there who can give you insight.
Thanks Georgie04. So if your TSH goes up, even if it's in range, does that indicate a thyroid problem? In January '06 my TSH was 1.1 and January '07 was 2.2
I'm done having kids, but had a hard time conceiving as I've had irregular cycles since my mid 20's, but now I'm having really weird cycles and mid-cycle spotting. I'm not extremely overweight though, maybe about 10 pounds. So I think the doc brushes me off. I'm considering going outside my HMO and paying a doctor because all the docs in my HMO are linked. I've had so many problems in the past 2 years that they have basically called me a hypochondriac and blame it on anxiety.
But, I also have a lump in my neck next to my adam's apple (woman size, of course). The lump is visible when I tilt my head back, and I can feel it with my fingers, it's a little sore also when I press on it. I know that's above the thyroid though, but wondering if it's still related as now my eyebrow is falling out.
I had all sorts of weird symptoms for about five years before my thyroid symptoms were picked up by a rheumatologist - I was still within range but he noticed the changes and started me on medication. Things started turning around within two weeks once medication kicked in.
My primary doctor swore black and blue that there was nothing wrong with my thyroid and I was depressed (NOT true, and sadly there are many, many people who have the same experience).
I'm not a doctor obviously, but TSH means thyroid stimulating hormone - a message to your thyroid that it needs to work harder because your body isn't getting enough. You already have that trend going on so, yes, if you need to go outside of your current medical regime for a second opinion then I think it is definitely worth doing.
By getting the full thyroid panel you can tell a lot more about what is going on. I had gained an extra 30 pounds which I could not get off and developed really bad joint and muscle pain, as well as two ruptured ovarian cysts, fatigue, irregular cycles, dry skin, the eyebrow thing, memory problems - all sorts of things that I never put together at the time.
So it doesn't pay to wait with this, and even if it means doctor-shopping.
I've read in about 3 books on thyroid that Hashi's causes the outer edge of eyebrows to fall out! Ask your doc to check your antibodies for that. Also free t 3 and 4. Just don't go by tsh. It can swing in Hashi's (the tsh) Have another test in 2 months from the last one. Good luck hon!
i know there is also whats called secondary hypothyroidism too where your TSH is actually in the norm range but you still can have it.this is what i think i personally have and am going to be speaking with my doc about it.something isn't right with me and i did have a thyroid nodule just show up on my last routine MRI that was not there only six months prior when i had the last one.i have been blasted with radiation from repeated angiograms i had to have when my brain aneurysm was dxed.i personally have not felt 'good" since that last one was done for follow up.and it was after that angio that the nodule just showed up on the right side of my thyroid.but my TSH and the T4 was normal too.the thing is,i have like every imaginable sign of it except i have unexlained wieght LOSS not gain,which i guess can occur with the secondary type as well?i don't know but something just is not 'right' with me either.go figure. FB
11-20-01,placement of hardware for failed fusion
9-22-03,removal of cavernous hemangioma that was inside spinal cord. Neuro damage to L hand L leg and R leg.
feelbad ,you have all the correct terms of your medical history ,I have a problem collecting detailed results for medical terms due to one of my conditions as soon as I leave the consultation room most of the information has gone, I do have a tape recorder ...but forget to take it ,but I have had things explained to me by consultants and doctors but the medical terms mean nothing to most people so a basic name for the illness or condition usually gives people some idea so that is the reason for the lack of information was because I did not think that there was any reason to list everything,I am 40 yrs and I have been so far diagnosed with
Rhumatoid Arthritis ( most joints )
High blood pressure
Kyphosis ( spine )
I have recently had a M R I scan of my neck , my doctor has informed me that my discs have deteriorated further,I have damage to my spinal cord , and narrowing of some sort of vessel conecting brain to spine ( sorry no correct medical terms )possibly this connection problem is the answer to why I have lost some of my hearing ( constant shushing and whistling noises )
I am currently waiting for a appointment for another opperation on the other shoulder
I have had another M R I scan of my spine, but I am waiting for the results.
I do also have severe hot sharp stinging pain and muscle weakness of both arms, legs.I cannot remember anything that I am told when visiting a specialist never mind the medical terms ,
So please please please! do not send me your list of medical term ailments your
Sorry if this message is annoying, but this is my first time on here for weeks due to being unwell ,and the reply you gave described in detail your medical history and in clinically correct medical terms and which was the last thing I wanted to read
Last edited by texastom; 10-27-2007 at 07:09 AM.
Reason: a little to brusk , and a little rude
i guess i am a bit confused with this post you gave???are you angry with me here for listing things or what?i really am sorry if i caused you problems.i really don't understand just what i did wrong or why you have taken offense to medical terms(these are healthboards afterall)?really,i don't quite understand this,could you elaborate?the list of medical issues at the bottom of the posts i make is something that is in the actual "signature".it is not something i put there on every single post i make just becasue i want everyone to know my problems.its just kind of "there". unless you 'click' it off it will automatically just show up.sometimes i forget to do things too.just so you realize.i did NOT "send" you anything.
when i signed up here back in 03,it actually asked for what your issues were and could state it in the signature part so it would show up.that is why its there.when i joined this healthbaords it was in the pain management forum so this is why those issues were there.this way the people there would know why i was there,and i wouldnt have to keep explaining.these "lists" of medical terms are in MANY peoples signatures,its kind of states just why we came here in the first place.believe me,since 03 when i started posting here,many other devistations have also occured to my brain ,liver and kidneys but i saw no reason to add them to my 'list'.
Have you seen a good knowledgable neurosurgeon(or are you just seeing a neurologist?) about your brain and spinal problems or interventional neuroradiologist who may also be of some help with the vascular problem you are having?obtaining an actual ultrasound with doppler would really show exactly how well the real bloodflow is flowing thru that vessel where your problem is.just some thoughts.
i do have some really good suggestions for you having to do with doc appts?i also have impaired memory but have found some ways to work around it.if at all possible have someone come with you to every appt(i have to do this too),but before you go,make a list of things,like your tape recorder,notebook and pen to bring with you and leave this list out so you can see it(or tape it to your door,done that one too) and then do exactly what it states on that list(i have to make lists every morning as to what needs to be done every single day) and have the person who is going with you double check everything for you so you know you actually have everything.i too have memory problems and having someone else there with me at every appt really does help,ALOT.you can also bring a notebook with you to jot down the most important info so you can go over it later on and also research the terms/conditions,Dxs that none of us really understand when were told them.it is just very hard to be by yourself at some of the types of appts we have with mostly specialists to try and take in and really understand everything we are being told.espescially if it is kind of "bad news" type stuff.having that other person with you just helps since they hear and pick up on differrent things than we usually will.just having my husband or my mom or both has helped me tons in making sure i heard everything right.
i really am sorry you are having to deal with all that you are.hopefully some level of specialist can help with the brain/spinal problems,and your other ongoing issues as well.i really am sorry if something in my post offended you,it was not my intent.really.please let me know how you are doing,K? FB
How are things going for you TT?i really DO want to know?i was just curious if you are obtaining all of your own copies of all your medical records and espescially the test results,like all of the copies of your MRIs?this REALLY helps me to try and stay on top of things with my various medical issues.this way,you always have the stuff you need to research your conditions with all the right terms to use for research.it's just almost impossible for me to try and remeber all of the terms too without the help of having everything right where i can see it.just being able to do my own research and looking for treatment options and just really understanding what it is i am dealing with gives ME the feeling that i DO still have some control over things in a very uncontrollable situation.it does help.just some thoughts for you.i do hope you are feeling better. FB