Please help! Back in March after feeling exhausted all the time, cold when others were not, losing hair, eyebrows thinning, gaining weight like nobody's business, and split nails, I went to my PCP. My TSH level was 3.8 (their scale is .4-4.0) They also checked the T3 & Free T4. I was within "normal range" so my Dr. said that it was unnecessary to prescribe any thyroid medicine. I couldn't take how I was feeling and was freaked out by the rapid hair loss so immediately changed Dr.'s. Dr. M prescribed 50mcg of levothyroxin and after 6 weeks my hair stopped falling out. Some of the symptoms subsided and I felt better but not great. They checked my TSH in June and it was 2.8. My hair started falling out again in Sept. I tryed to ignore it but it kept getting worse so I saw the Dr. a month ago. The TSH was now 2.1 but the hair was still falling out. She didn't want to increase the thyroid medicine. A few days later, I saw another Gen. Pract. to get her opinion. She agreed with me that it sounded like a thyroid problem but didn't write that in the chart but did send me to have another blood test. This time (within 1 week) my TSH went from 2.1 to 2.5. The Free T4 .82 on a scale of (.61-1.12). The T3 was 105 on a scale of (87-178). She referred me to a dermatologist. His nurse asked me if there was male pattern baldness in the family and I said yes (Dad). I was very ancy when I went to the appt. as I just got news that my Dad had a heart attack and he and my Mom were 7 hours away. It just came out of my mouth. Five minutes later in comes the Dermatologist like his pants were on fire. He would not let me ask ANY questions nor did he ask me any except to make a comment that I was there for hair loss. He looked at my hair and the chart and said you have Male Pattern Baldness and besides that the hair is falling out due to stress. He was in and out within 2 minutes tops. I find this very hard to believe with the symptoms I'm having. What about the dry skin (never had in my life), eyebrows falling out (I lost 1/2 off one in a week a couple of weeks ago), complete exhaustion, never feel rested, hair falling out REALLY bad and dry and brittle (never had this in my life), cold when others are hot, eating 1400 cal. a day and working out for an hour 6 days a week with just to "maintain" my weight. I weigh 226 and the scale will not budge. My regular PCP had her nurse tell me that she didn't think it was necessary to refer me to Endocrinology. I called today and asked that she rethink this as I don't buy the hair falling out from stress. I would IF I didn't have these same symptoms as before. I am considering upping the medicine from .50 to .66 on my own. Also I made an appt. to have acupuncture. However, in the back of my mind, I think what IF I increase the medicine and make things worse if it is hair loss from stress. Any thoughts/advice are greatly appreciated. Please tell me your opinions.