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Hashimoto's hypothyroidism, done thyroid test. Increase in hair loss. Suggestions?

I have Hashimoto s hypothyroidism . The thyroid hormone levels are as follows Date TSH(ulU/ml) 10/03/2012 4.56 (method unknown) with anti- thyroglobulin antibodies (1579.2 U/ml) and anti-thyroid peroxidase antibodies 129 U/ml. I have been taking eltroxin 50 mcg since 15th March 2012. 29/05/2012 2.01 , Free T3 and TSH 5.61 and 16.43 respectively. (ECLIA) 23/08/2012 2.52 ( Free T4 1.15) (CLIA) From last 7 weeks, I am facing drastic and unusual ncrease in the hair loss . The TSH level during that period is 22/09/2012 5.21 (method unknown) 13/10/2012 2.77(CMIA), Free T3 and T4 16.04 and 3.47 respectively. Please give your suggestions. Thank you
Tue, 4 Nov 2014
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Brief answer: You should optimize your thyroid medications to keep TSH below 3 miu/L

Detailed answer:


Welcome to HCM. I had gone through your question and understand your concerns.

You are having Hashimoto's hypothyroidism for which you have to take thyroxine (Eltroxin) probably life long. But don't worry, this medicine is relatively free of side effects.

Regarding hair loss, How severe is it? Mild hair loss is associated with thyroid problems which will improve with eltroxin. But you should look for other causes like dandruff, vitamin deficiencies etc.

While you are on thyroid medications, in my patients , I will try to keep the TSH

Hope I have answered your question. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help.

Dr Ajish TP
Consultant Endocrinologist
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