A few months ago I noticed that my eyebrows were disappearing and that my eyelashes were getting much shorter. Over time my eyebrows have almost completely disappeared apart from a few wiry ‘Dennis Healey’ hairs.
The most common cause seems to be under active thyroid – however I’ve been on levothyroxine for almost 30 years since my daughter was born. My dose has been 112.5mcg a day for a number of years (100mcg one day and 125mcg the next).
I think I was diagnosed with autoimmune hypothyroidism but it was so long ago I can’t remember. However I have 3 other autoimmune conditions including vitiligo and Pernicious Anaemia.
I went through the menopause about 10 years ago but still get hot flushes.
I asked the nurse giving me my B12 jab about the eyebrows and she immediately booked me in for blood tests. I was told on the phone that most were normal but my thyroid results were ‘satisfactory’. When I queried that she said they were ‘good for you’.
Another nurse suggested I had a phone consultation with a Doctor who said basically the same thing but to come in if I felt I needed to. I’m very reluctant to do so as I have a new Doctor and have had such a lot of trouble in the past getting things diagnosed and treated properly. (It was about 13 years after a borderline B12 blood test that I was diagnosed with PA.)
So I asked a third nurse for my test results. She very reluctantly agreed to print just the thyroid results and gave me a lecture on using the internet.
These are the results:
Serum TSH level – 0.24 mlU/L (range 0.30 – 3.94 mlU/L)
With a note: On T4, adequate replacement
Serum free T4 level – 17.6 pmol/L (range 12.30 -20.20pmol/L)
I was surprised that these appear to be the only thyroid levels tested.
I don’t know what to do so any suggestions would be welcome. Should I insist on further tests? I’ve not felt well for years but get the response that the tests are OK and am made to feel they think I’m a hypochondriac. The disappearing eyebrows are a visible sign for once.