Hair issues with thyroid problem

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I have had major hair issues for the past year. I had to cut off all of my hair!! It is so dry brittle and unruly!

Some days are better than others. I even notice a difference sometime throughout the day. It seems like one day I am hyperthyroidism and the next I'm hypo. Does anyone else feel like this. I'm still going through diagnosis but I have had all the symptoms of both.

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    Hi Jillys, what you’re experiencing is pretty normal. As thyroid disease progresses, the thyroid tries to regulate itself and often toggles between hypo and hyper. Also, although we’re told that hyper and hypo symptoms are very different, it isn’t always easy to tell. You could have both hyper and hypo at the same time. For example high T4 and low T3, or the opposite. 

    The dry hair and dry skin is pretty much par for the course. I find the synthetic meds made my hair a lot worse.  The synthetic meds are T4 only, so you get high T4 and low T3. The NDTs have higher T3 than humans, but also (lower) T4, so you get hyper T3 on that with hypo T4. If you get one in range, the other is out or borderline.  So you can go nuts trying to get the dosage right.

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    Hair, skin and nails do suffer. My hair broke constantly as did my nails and my skin was very dry. 

    I have been on medication for 20 months now. 

    After a year of thyroxine my hair got back to normal and my nails are strong and healthy again.

    My skin is also almost back to normal. 

    It just takes time but you will improve. 

    Hope that helps. 

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    Hi Jillys, I started thyroxine September last year and my nails are absolutely awful, chipping, splitting and breaking. My hair some days I despair when I look at it, but everyone I have spoken to has reassured me that eventually everything will be fine. 
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    Yes I think I have both. I haven't been diagnosed yet because I am struggling with the state of Illinois to respond to Obama care so I can go see a specialist to have scan of thyroid. This last year has just been awful with this disease. Today I feel pretty good. I have good days and bad days. I feel my thyroid is totally out of whack. I just wish I could get through this rollercoaster! Thanks for all response to my post. At least I'm not the only one suffering with this. I love that I can discuss with others my issues and theirs. God bless

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      Hi Jilly, I should also say that after several years on the Levo, I went to a new hair dresser and he immediately commented on the state of my hair and asked if I took a lot of medication. Shortly after, I  was bedridden due to a broken foot. Things just kept getting worse until I went off the Levo and switched to a glandular.

      It’s still been a roller coaster, but at least I don’t have the added side effects of the Levo. And my hair is growing back.

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