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Ok confused!

Just noticed my hair and eyelashes are falling out/thinning!

Brief history: total thyroidectomy due to papillary carcinoma in 2002. Been ok on t4 although took ages to get dosage right over the years. Have always felt better when I was 'over medicated' according to test results.

Since having a baby in 2014 have felt pretty awful, culminating in progressive symptoms of exhaustion, wooziness, poor blood sugar control, blood pressure drops, nausea, etc since this June. Thought I was hyper, as lost weight, but Thyroid tests showed my free t4 had dropped by 7 points since Jan. Upped my thyroid meds 4 days ago (first taking a big dose of 75 mg extra that day to get me caught up!) and an already feeling significantly better (possible so soon?) also switched to taking in evening rather than morning. But only just noticed I'm practically bald on my temples and my eyelashes have been falling out!

Still getting the odd 'funny turn' which feels like blood sugar issues.

Even at its lowest my t4 was middle of range. How can I have felt too awful to even walk up the stairs and have lost my hair?? Has anyone else experienced anything like this?

(Ps - GP/consultant will not entertain the idea of t3 treatment/supplementation)

Pps - tested fine for diabetes, fasting glucose and adrenals.

Ppps - breastfeeding my 1 year old

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Hi Elzbeth

I feel a lot of sympathy for you especially you are looking after and breastfeeding a 1 year old.

Some doctors seem to me to me so hard-hearted when the patient is trying desperately to lead a 'normal' life without sufficient thyroid hormones to make her feel much better. I am giving a link from another Admin which might be helpful. Read her Profile:

You may have to have a private consultation in order to have a thorough consultation and put up a new post giving your area and ask for a Private Message to be sent to you.

Many women become hypo just after having a baby.

"I am not medically qualified in any way. I am qualified through my own personal experience with undiagnosed hypothyroidism and , once diagnosed, the statutory treatment regime of the BTA and their guidelines which didn't make me well. - in fact I had even more symptoms and pain but finally recovering my health with the help/advice of and alternative hormone to levothyroxine and comment is not given in my capacity as an Admin of Thyroid UK or endorsed by TUK. Information on the forum is not intended to be a substitute for medical guidance from your own doctor. - shaws"

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Wow - you are doing so well to still be feeding your one-year old :-) I have read that when hypo, breast feeding is difficult - a fact I only remember as I had great difficulty in feeding my first born back in 1967. Felt somewhat excused when I read that.

Hope your levels of VitD - Ferritin - Folate - B12 are good - have you had them tested recently ? I looked back at your earlier thread quickly - but couldn't see anything. You are sharing your nutrients at the moment - so good to have them optimal.

It may be good to have your FT3 tested to see if you are converting your T4 well. If you have the tests done privately and there is a problem - then your GP may think again about the T3.

Hope you soon feel your very best....

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