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Hair loss on thyroid medication - What is normal?
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Hair loss on thyroid medication - What is normal?

I'm still upping my thyroid medication and after awhile, I noticed my hair was growing back which was great.

Now, this morning, I look in the mirror and my hair is very much thinned out near my forehead.

Now I don't know what to think!?  Am I going hyper?  

Is this normal for you to lose hair when starting thyroid meds, then get the hair back, and then lose the hair again?  I'm so confused.

My TSH on 70 Synthroid was 1.26
Free T4 was 1.3 (Range: 0.8-1.8)

All I did was up the Synthroid to 75, not too big of a jump.  My hair was actually starting to look great, but now it's thinning out again.  What gives?

Thanks.
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Your Free T3 is spot on at 50% or range, do you have your Free T3?
50% of Range is a good level to be at, What caused you to increase the dosage? where you having other symptoms? Please Post Free T3 to compare and rule out conversion issues. Thanks FTB4
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Before being put on thyroid medication:

TSH 2.79 (Range: 0.40 - 4.50 mIU/L)
Free T4 1.0 (Range: 0.8 - 1.8 ng/dL) (20 percent of range)
Free T3 2.8 (Range: 2.3 - 4.2 pg/mL) (26.3 percent of range)

Don't have the Ft3 from 70 Synthroid, but do have it from 50 Synthroid:

TSH 2.77 (Range: 0.40 - 4.50)
Free T4 1.2 (Range: 0.8 - 1.8) (40 percent of range)
Free T3 3.5 (Range: 2.3 - 4.2) (63.2 percent of range)

As you can see, I am converting to the Ft3 well since my Ft3 values are increasing along with Ft4, with each dose increase.

What do you think about my original question?
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I still have some persistent symptoms - such as major physical fatigue.  That is why the dosage was increased.  My doctor wants to increase to 88 if this 70 does not make me feel much better (which it isn't).

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Hey there try some Avodart or Propecia!
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Your levels look like they should be in the ball park and now your MD just needs to tweek the dosage until you feel better, as far as your original question concerning hair issues, I have to admit, that once your levels are at an optimal status, I don't have any knowledge to offer on improving that situation, other than going back to where you were when this was not an issue, I am sure other members will offer other alternatives. Best Regards FTB4
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Thank you!  

Do you think I should feel better with my current thyroid levels?  I'm still physically exhausted.  Do you think it makes sense to increase my thyroid meds to 88 now?
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Please help me understand! I have just been diagnosed with hypo and am taking levo. 42 yr old woman. I have all the classic symptoms like insomnia, weight gain, intolerance to cold, extremely sore breasts amongst several others. However the one I fear the most is the hair loss!! At this point I haven't  noticed any loss, just a dryer texture and a bit of lack luster. I have searched everywhere but cannot find an answer to my question! Does EVERYONE who is hypo lose hair??? I'm am absolutley terrified. :,(
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Hello
I've been hypo for almost two years and never lost a hair. Stress can cause hair loss as well as vitamin defiecency. Please try not to worry. We all have very different symptoms. I will say that my outer eyebrows are gone but have been gone for years. My sister said when her levels got better her eyebrows grew back. This is a process however don't focus on any issues that might take place. There is something called mind body connection. You can create what's happening just by your thoughts. A merry heart does a body good.
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I have been losing hair with hashi's too but seemed to have slowed down now.
My endo told me that it can take 3-4 months for hair to be affected by a change in hormone levels, both for better and for worse. So if you get to a point where your levels are in range and you feel good otherwise, you hair will likely be the last thing to "catch up" and get healthy again. Unfortunately, as with so many things, it's a waiting game.
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Thank you both :)
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