I have been dealing with hyperthyroidism for 2 years now. I am feel very frustrated... with this illness. I am so afraid to take methimazole due to experiencing major hair loss. But I feel that now that I have been off the medication the hair loss worsen. I am so scare to go completely bald. I told the endocrinologists the problems that I have been experiencing with methimazole, but ignored me. I also requested a change in my medication, which that did not happen. So I decide to go off of it, which I am realizing now that that was not clever at all. But today I started the medication again because I really do not have a choice. I feel at a dead end with this illness. No one understands you. And at times I feel very discouraged. Any support will help. Thank you!
You have got to suppress the thyroid. Sometimes you can't avoid taking a medication just because you don't like it. Get back to your endo and tell him what you're doing. You don't have a choice of 10 meds with this. There are only 2. Loosing your hair is a small price to pay for your health. Get a nice wig. Has your endo told you of the things too much thyroid hormone can do to your body? Never stop taking a medication without telling your doctor.
I have been on this medication for almost a year now. My hair also has began rapidly falling out.You're not alone in this illness an people do not understand but I do an brings me to tears because I am in the same place. I would not wish this upon my worst enemy.
you should ask your endo to change you medication to PTU .. which is also called propylthiouracil. this med really help me with reducing the amount of hair loss
May I suggest that you read about the supplement, Biotin. Biotin can regrow hair, but it takes time (hair should not be dyed). You would probably see regrowth within 6 months, unless the medication you are taking cannot be "over-ridden" by the Biotin. If you want to try this, the suggested amount is 5 grams per day. (Please check with your doctor if you have any reservations.)
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