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Old 08-24-2010, 12:27 PM   #1
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thyroid issues
I'm still waiting on the blood tests but we're pretty sure I've developed (or had really) a thyroid prob. My big question, if any of you can help, is HOW DO I HELP MY HAIR ????? All of the sudden my poor hair is brittle and breaking off and I'm losing my eyebrows!!!! I though at first I wasn't getting all my shampoo out casue I've lost a shower and gained a tuuuuuuuuuubbbbbb (ie old cast iron clawfoot masterpiece ) but it is clean and rinsed but soooo brittle and falling out ... any suggestions till i can buy the gallon of jojoba for hot oil????
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Old 08-24-2010, 12:38 PM   #2
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What type of thyroid problem? I've been taking medication for hypothyroidism for a long time.

I've not had a problem with my hair or eyebrows though. Well, I do have age related eyebrow issues. My thyroid problems showed more in cold feet and dry skin. I think once you're diagnosed and start medication your hair will improve.
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Old 08-24-2010, 01:10 PM   #3
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Sorry you are going through this. I've had Hypothyroidism for several years. My eyebrows are thin and I lose my hair. It's unavoidable, even with the meds I take. I wish I had something more helpful to offer! Not sure about jojoba. Sorry!!
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Old 08-24-2010, 01:29 PM   #4
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I'm still waiting on the blood tests but we're pretty sure I've developed (or had really) a thyroid prob. My big question, if any of you can help, is HOW DO I HELP MY HAIR ????? All of the sudden my poor hair is brittle and breaking off and I'm losing my eyebrows!!!! I though at first I wasn't getting all my shampoo out casue I've lost a shower and gained a tuuuuuuuuuubbbbbb (ie old cast iron clawfoot masterpiece ) but it is clean and rinsed but soooo brittle and falling out ... any suggestions till i can buy the gallon of jojoba for hot oil????
Only gently comb when it's full of conditioner, rinse with cool water, braid it for sleeping, treat it gently.
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You might look at sites that cater to african american hair. Their hair tends to be quite brittle, so they have to treat it carefully.

Some of the falling-out issues you may have to live with. My sister has complained about how much hair she loses at about 4 months post partum. She's dreading going through it again with her 3rd pregnancy. It's just hormones.

Some hints to get you started:
condition well, and look for conditioners for dry/permed/treated/curly hair

don't wash it every day - 2 or 3 times a week should be enough

be super careful when you brush/comb your hair - with my regular curly hair, I don't brush/comb it when it is dry, except to finger-comb it.

if your hair isn't long enough to braid, tie a scarf around your hair when you sleep, and buy a silk pillowcase so it won't pull at your hair when you sleep
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Only gently comb when it's full of conditioner, rinse with cool water, braid it for sleeping, treat it gently.
Cool water and braids I can do

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You might look at sites that cater to african american hair. Their hair tends to be quite brittle, so they have to treat it carefully.

Some of the falling-out issues you may have to live with. My sister has complained about how much hair she loses at about 4 months post partum. She's dreading going through it again with her 3rd pregnancy. It's just hormones.

Some hints to get you started:
condition well, and look for conditioners for dry/permed/treated/curly hair

don't wash it every day - 2 or 3 times a week should be enough

be super careful when you brush/comb your hair - with my regular curly hair, I don't brush/comb it when it is dry, except to finger-comb it.

if your hair isn't long enough to braid, tie a scarf around your hair when you sleep, and buy a silk pillowcase so it won't pull at your hair when you sleep
Switching back to Head and Shoulders. Had to quit using yrs ago because it left my hair greasy
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Any suggestions about the water retention? Besides apple juice and tea?


Doc just called...level came back high so I get to go give a bunch more blood (on top of the 6 vials last week) and find out whats up.
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Old 08-24-2010, 07:52 PM   #7
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All good advice above but it will take time to get your body regulated with your medication. I found out I was hyperthyroid 15 years ago and was given the choice of a thyroidectomy or radioactive iodine therapy. I took the iodine which I now believe was a mistake and although no doctors will say so I believe it contributed to a salivary gland tumor (fortunately benign after taken out) and possibly my breast cancer ( no hereditary problem. Anyway, once they put me on the thyroid hormone I eventually straigtened out although I have a never ending fatigue problem. I take a lot of vitamins. Most people have the opposite problem of hypothyroidism.
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I ended up having to go to an endocrinologist to get diagnosed. My levels always came back in the "normal range", but after deeper testing they found I was getting the normal amount, but my body was not using it properly so I needed a little more.
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Even though I don't have the 'good' oil I had a jug of almond oil so I mixed in clary sage, rosemary, and lavender and left it on my hair for 45 minutes last night and it soaked it all up!! and it was a ton of oil. Use head and shoulders and a conditioner. Mom said to get a mask for my hair but w/ not having a shower I question using one??????????? but this morning after ALLLLL that is the first time in weeks my hair FEELS ok. I know its still brittle and breaking but at least it doesn't feel awful.....oh and the pigtails are back snappy barretts to hold the bangs that are growing back in and two braids to hold the hair
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You could try olive oil, too, I did that yesterday as I have dryness issues etc from hard water and desert-like humidity...
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