Thyroid and Hair Loss?

I have a hypothyroid issue and have for a while. For a long time I was taking half of my levothyroxine pill because when I took a full pill I got horrible stomach aches, I couldn’t sleep, etc. I have noticed recently that my hair is thinning like CRAZY so about a week ago I started back on the full pill again (I’d rather be nauseous than bald). I did go and get blood tests done and I needed to up my dose (my doctor told me to take the full pill again for the next two months and come back in for blood work). I was wondering if anyone had an experience with hair loss from thyroid and how long is took for your hair to grow back in?

4 comments

  • Anthony

    Thyroid problems can definitely lead to hair loss in some. Change your medications if you can.

    http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/h/hypothyroidism.htm

    There are several treatment options that may help to stimulate and encourage hair growth. If hair loss occurs as a result of an underlying condition or disease, then the condition needs to be treated first. The various types of hair loss are treated with specific medication which includes antibiotics, corticosteroids, or steroid injections. For more serious episodes of hair loss, surgical procedures such as hair transplants, scalp reduction or skin grafts may be performed to replace hair loss.

    Natural and holistic therapy offers a gentler alternative for people experiencing hair loss than the harsh effects of conventional medication. Treatments such as herbal and homeopathic remedies stimulate and encourage hair growth as well as support blood circulation, hormonal balance and thyroid functioning.

    Herbal remedies along with good nutritional diet (supplements in case of severe deficiency or if directed by your doctor) help hair grow stronger and more plentifully by nourishing it at the roots. They achieve this by stimulating blood flow and supplying nutrients to the hair follicles and hence promoting healthy hair growth and slowing down excessive hair loss. Although the process begins within a few days, as the hair grow slowly, the results are visible only after a few months.

    Herbs commonly used include Ginkgo biloba, Rosmarinus officinale and Xanthoxylum clavaherculis help to promote strong, abundant hair. Other powerful herbs such as Equisetum arvense, Avena sativa and Echinacea are effective combating hair loss and nourishing hair follicles.

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  • superstealth

    It depends on how much hair you’ve lost but most cases it will not take too long to grow back. So don’t worry and don’t be stressed about it. It is the truth that the hair will grow back!

  • irenaaneri1980

    Hi.
    Did you have the hair thinning before you started the Levothyroxine tablets?
    Hair loss can also be a side effect of this medication.

    http://endocrine-system.emedtv.com/levothyroxine/levothyroxine-and-hair-loss.html

  • Angelbunny17

    Hi Meg. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about a year ago. I went to the doctor because out of the blue, my hair started to fall out really bad. She did blood work, and it showed i had hypo. I went on medication right away, and my hair has never stopped falling out. I can’t get it to stop no matter what i do. I went to look at wigs yesterday because i am very close to going bald, and won’t be able to leave my house soon without wearing one. The doctors keep telling me it will stop falling out, and grow back, but in a year, i have seen no regrowth, or any sign that is letting up. I get so depressed sometimes, i really don’t want to live. I use to have long, thick, beautiful hair, and now it’s gone. I have the same stomach issues as you also. I get horrible stomach aches, especially when i eat. I could live with that, if my hair would just grow back. I’ve lost all hope of that ever happening. I’m sorry to give you such negative news, but it’s just what i have experienced, and nobody warned me when i was first diagnosed that this would happen. It has devastated me, and i cry almost every day. I hope your hair loss improves, so you won’t have to go through what i have. Hang in there.

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