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I have all symptoms of hypothyroidism, but blood tests are normal. plus a swollen thyroid left side. What can cause this? Hair is really falling out.

I have all symptoms of hypothyroidism, but blood tests are normal. plus a swollen thyroid left side. What can cause this? Hair is really falling out.

Other possibilities.: The Thyroid is not the only endocrine gland that affects metabolism, mood, menstrual cycles and hair follicle activity in women your age. It's quite possible that you are experiencing peri-menopause, or that you have Vitamin D deficiency. Has the enlargement of the thyroid gland been confirmed/examined with ultrasound? If not it should be. Your other hormones and a D level should be checked also. ...Read more

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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ located in the front part of the neck. Its role is to make thyroid hormones, which control the way cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism results when the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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Why does hypothyroidism cause brittle or thin hair?

Why does hypothyroidism cause brittle or thin hair?

Yes: In general hypothyroidism associated with brittle and losing hair, and hyperthyroidism with premature greying of hair. Once the condition is treated and the thyroid functions are normalized brittleness and the loss of hair woudl go away. ...Read more

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I'm hypothyroid and my tsh is 2.36. Doc said it's normal but I'm having all the symptoms very tired , fatigue, thin hair etc doc only did tsh and T4?

I'm hypothyroid and my tsh is 2.36. Doc said it's normal but I'm having all the symptoms very tired , fatigue, thin hair etc doc only did tsh and T4?

TSH normal: It is unlikely that you are hypothyroid. Your symptoms may be related to menopause. It may help to consult your gynecologist for hormone replacement. Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco or alcohol in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Does hypothyroid cause brittle hair?

Does hypothyroid cause brittle hair?

May: Thyroid disease can cause many changes in your hair, including fragile brittle hair. ...Read more

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I have thin hair brittle nails very pail skin?

I have thin hair brittle nails very pail skin?

A lot of options: This could be nothing but it could also be a sign of some systemic disease. Iron deficiency is always something to consider but there are probably a lot of other conditions that can be considered. I would suggest you have your doctor help you out with this. ...Read more

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How to take care of my hair if I am suffering from mild hypothyroidism? What should I do to make my hair soft as they are dry and brittle?

How to take care of my hair if I am suffering from mild hypothyroidism? What should I do to make my hair soft as they are dry and brittle?

Be gentle: Avoid over-washing your hair. Don't apply shampoo directly to the roots. Distribute conditioner evenly through your hair. Avoid using hot tools (hair dryer, flat iron) every day. Use a deep conditioning treatment once a week. Do not comb or twist wet hair. Massage in warm olive oil or coconut oil and leave for 30-40 minutes before washing. Always use lukewarm (not hot) to wash your hair. ...Read more

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? Thyroid. Cold sensitivity, cold toes, fingers, joint(?)aches, dry skin, brittle nails hair, sore muscles, stiff body. diangosis w/ hypothyroidism 1990 & on .125 mcg meds. Normal TSH & t4. Problems now? What

? Thyroid. Cold sensitivity, cold toes, fingers, joint(?)aches, dry skin, brittle nails hair, sore muscles, stiff body. diangosis w/ hypothyroidism 1990 & on .125 mcg meds. Normal TSH & t4. Problems now? What

Thyroid "normal": As you obviously know all your symptoms fit into hypothyroidism. What you may not know is that the so called normal range thyroid levels is rather broad. You may very well still be hypothyroid. I would suggest seeing an endocrinologist who may be more liberal in your lab readings. ...Read more

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Diffuse thin hair all over the scalp, lost hairs near temples, sideburns and above sideburns, what could be the possible cause?

Alopecia aereta: This us a true dermatolical condtion involving hair loss and broken hair follicles. It is best evaluated by a dermatologist ...Read more

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