Low thyroid and now very dry hair

Submitted by Lynnp on Thu, 2009-12-10 23:53
I have been on thyroid meds since Oct 08.  Started on the Armour but couldn't get it lately so I got some substitute.  My hair seems to be like straw (just like before I started with the thyroid med) but no hair loss this time.  Could it be the thyroid?  Maybe I need to increase.  I was hypothyroid.  Can't afford to go to my out-of-network doc (he is expensive and doesn't take any insurance).  Maybe just go to my gp and get retested instead.  Anyone else have hair problems with low thyroid?  Lynn

Lynn, the hair symptoms indicate you may be going hypothyroid ..... I'm not sure what your "some substitute" for Armour is but it may not be working for you or you may need to increase your dose.  (Even the new reformulated Armour was causing many people (myself included) problems).  Yes, hair problems can definitely be a part of low-thyroid, or even a result of taking Synthroid (for some people).     Here's an exhaustive list of hypothyroid symptoms from this site:  FT4/FT3 testing would be one way to conclude where your levels are at to be sure. 

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Hey LynnP, did doc test you for RT3? He started testing folks after I asked him to test me and I came back positive. Then he told me that alot of his CPN folks that he tested came back positive.  I am on Cytomel, which is T3 only med.  

What will happen if your RT3 positive, your lab work will look like  you are hyperT, but what is going on is that you have all this thyroid medicine floating in your blood, but it is not being absorbed into the cells. Therefore, your lab work shows you are HyperT, but clinically you are hypoT

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You may want to look into Iodoral. I just ordered some through Amazon.com. It will support the thyroid gland. Also get a test for the Reverse T3 vs Free T3 ratio. This is important information to have.

If you want to support good hair health take Biotin. Since I have been taking it I have to have my hair cut more often as it is growing faster. I also take compounded T3 as my T4 is normal but my liver doesn't break down the T4 into the correct ratio of RT3 vs FT3. People who have thes chronic infections often have these problems.

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Hi Lynn, Be sure to eat seaweed daily -- check out Asian/Korean groceries for tasty seasoned seaweed -- for iodine, or take kelp supplements to get at least 1 mg iodine per day, plus eat 3-5 Brazil nuts per day or supplement with 200 mcg selenium.  The iodine promotes natural thyroid function and the selenium is needed for the selenocystine enzymes which convert T4 (as in your drug) to active T3 ... without selenium a T4 drug won't work.  These are basic steps, don't rely on drugs alone.
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Hi Lynne, I had very bad problems with dry hair and lots of hair loss, I am hypothyroid , but my ferritin level was very low and was causing my hair problems. I have been on iron now for four months and my hair has stopped falling out. Yesterday I had my hair cut and the hairdresser was amazed at how much had grown back. Check your ferritin level not just the iron level in your blood.  Hope this helps because hair problems can be most distressing for us girls! Best,Patti
FMS,CFS, 15 years,CPn antibodies,mycoplasm pn.,leison on posterior pituitary. Started CAP end of Dec. 08 mino.100 daily, azith. 250 MWF all supplements,compounded T3 therapy.

My doctor thinks that Iodoral is preferable to using seaweed or kelp supplements because it is a measurable dose of both Iodine and Iodide. He also suspects many kelp supplements may be contaminated with heavy metals depending on where it is harvested. I recently read an article about heavy metals and fish caught off the Northern California coast. The writer had his catch tested and found high levels of mercury. He was fishing off the shore where a power plant was located and caught a halibut there. If kelp is harvested in the same area, I would suspect the kelp would be absorbing mercury also. Raven

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I had the same concern regarding the Kelp comment.  It is hard to know where plants are grown these days with world wide distribution.
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when I was having my anxietty attacks. I started getting thinning hair and it started falling out. my doc tested my TSH levels but they came back normal. as always all my tests come back normal but yet I have all the symptoms are of a low thyroid.

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Lee, I found a doc that would put me on thyroid because I have all the symptoms.  I am in the bottom so called "normal" range which doesn't mean a thing.  It helped with my freezing hands and feet and now my hair doesn't fall out anymore so it must be working.

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lee - First, the range for TSH is way too wide.  Any TSH above 1.5 is hypothyroid, but they set "normal" around 4.0 so that only 2.5% of the population is diagnosed (in truth most Americans are hypothyroid).  What is your TSH?  Also, what were your T4/T3 levels?  Your doc should have done a full thyroid panel if you have symptoms like hair falling out.

In any case, you should eat lots of seaweed and 3-5 Brazil nuts or a selenium 200 mcg supplement per day.

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Raven, you shouldn't need to worry about heavy metals in seaweed, in general they only get concentrated in top-level carnivores.  Halibut eat other carnivores so they can have heavy metals but in general low-level carnivores like salmon or herring don't have significant heavy metals and neither do sea vegetables.
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I have low thyroid. Even with Levoxyl and Cytomel I have a hard time keeping my T3 and T4 above the 1/3 range. My hair fell out a lot before treatment but I don't recall it being dry. But I condition it a lot and take omega 3 oils and eat nuts daily. Perhaps your dry hair might have more to do with recent changes in diet?


"If kelp is harvested in the same area, I would suspect the kelp would be absorbing mercury also"

Not sure if kelp would have that issue.  Fish that eat other fish tend to have a lot more mercury in them than fish that don't eat other fish because each step up the food chain concentrates more and more mercury. Sinice kelp is pretty low on the food chain I'd suspect it wouldn't contain much if any. But if there are better ways to get your iodine it would make sense to go that route anyway.