Not all hair loss was created equal. Despite the questionable grammar, the preceding sentence holds true.
This could be good news – if you are suffering from hair loss that is caused by a thyroid problem then there a wealth of treatments you may never have even considered.
Have a glance down our list of signs and symptoms, and see if you might be a sufferer.
1. Thinning on the Eyebrows
This is the number one reason as it is unique to thyroid hair loss, and is not a symptom of typical male pattern baldness (MPB).
If you notice thinning of the hair at the extremes of your eyebrows then this is a very strong indicator that you have a problem with your thyroid.
2. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome / Tendinitis
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) and tendinitis are both indicators of a thyroid problem.
In fact, it is not just these problems – if you are suffering from aches and pains in your muscles and joints, and if your arms are becoming weaker, you could well be suffering from a thyroid problem.
When coupled with hair loss, you have another strong indicator.
3. Neck Swelling
Your thyroid isn’t in your brain, it’s in your neck.
As such, it can cause physical symptoms that can be easily observed.
For example, if you feel that your neck is swelling up, or if you have a visibly enlarged thyroid and you are also losing your hair at a high rate, you could easily have a thyroid problem.
4. Depression / Anxiety
It’s one thing to feel low or anxious about hair loss, be it sudden or be it over an extended period of time.
If it is more than that, though, this too could be a symptom of the underlying cause being a thyroid problem.
With hypothyroidism, depression is a symptom.
With hyperthyroidism, anxiety is.
What’s more, if the thyroid is the cause then antidepressants won’t work.
If you are sleeping for what is normally an ample period of time (typically this is between eight and ten hours), yet still feel exhausted this could easily be a thyroid problem.
Furthermore, if it is hypothyroidism then you may experience insomnia which compounds the problem.
Again, when coupled with hair loss and one or more other symptoms, it points strongly to a problem with the thyroid.
6. Weight Changes
This doesn’t mean that if you start to lose your hair and your coping mechanism is to eat more.
More likely, you’ll be on a diet that usually works for you but doesn’t (or you follow all of the rules at a diet club but are the only one failing to lose weight).
Or, you could be experiencing weight loss but be eating the same diet.
Again, if you also start to experience sudden hair loss, this is indicative of a thyroid problem.
7. Family History
It isn’t immediately obvious, but a family history of thyroid problems can be a key indicator.
Because thyroid problems are underdiagnosed, and because there has been a change in terminology (gland trouble or goiter are older terms) it can often go unnoticed.
However, if you do discover you have a family history and you experience sudden hair loss, you should ask your medical practitioner to have your thyroid checked.
8. Changes in the Quality of your Hair
It is common for you to undergo changes in the quality of your hair if your hair loss is due to thyroid problems.
In fact, it is not unheard of for thyroid problems to be initially diagnosed by hairdressers!
With thyroid problems, the hair will become dry, brittle, and will both break and fall out easily.
Have you suffered from thyroid-related hair loss before?
Or from thyroid problems that manifested themselves in other ways?
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