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randibear
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if I loose any more hair, I'll be in a wig.

hate this.

anything we can do?

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Bartenderbonnie
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Hey randibear

I found this for you. It's a tough read with all the medical jumbo, but I condensed it .

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4289931/

Peppermint essential oil has been scientifically evaluated in the treatment of hair loss.

Peppermint oil has been reported to show anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anti-fungal properties as well as a strong antioxidant.

In this study, peppermint oil was diluted with jojoba oil. It was applied to mice, once a day, 6 days a week, for 4 weeks.

After week 2, hair was growing rapidly, after week 3, rapidly new hair growth.
After week 4, hair growth was reported at 92 %. The hair was noted as being very thick and long.

Wow, who knew ?

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Lymetoo
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Ask your doctor to check more than just the TSH. It's usually the thyroid to blame.

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map1131
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I highly recommend the website Stop The Thyroid Madness. Lyme folks really need to be educated about the thyroid diseases.

Lyme is known to attack the thyroid. This STTM is also about the adrenals, which we know takes a big hit with Lyme from fight or flight.

It's more than having TSH test. TSH when the thyroid is in distress is actually a Pituitary reading.

That's what is wrong with so many Americans today.....they are sick with thyroid illnesses and doctors from ancient schooling were taught it's all about TSH.

randi, it could be answers for your struggling weight issues too.

Pam

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quote:
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That's what is wrong with so many Americans today.....they are sick with thyroid illnesses and doctors from ancient schooling were taught it's all about TSH.


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Amen!

My favorite site is Thyroid Advocates.

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I would also have your ferritin level checked. If it is below 70, you may not be able to transport the hormone to your tissues. It needs to be at least 50, at minimum.

Your blood tests may all look fine, but it may be all staying in the blood, not in tissues where it needs to work, if there is not enough ferritin to transport it.

Labs usually will say that any ferritin above 12 is enough, but it isn't so.

I had perfect TSH, T3, T4, antibodies, reverse T3,etc. I am on NP Thyroid, but my ferritin was only 14, despite being post menopausal.

I had been vegetarian most of my life and have to force myself to eat beef twice weekly to slowly remedy the problem. It can be slow progress.

My ferritin is 40 now after almost 2 yrs. of working on this. If you can tolerate eating liver, you can move faster than I am.

Why not take an iron supplement? If your tummy can stand it, yes, but most of us just cannot tolerate them.

Even the "gentle" iron supps. are unbearable for me. I hear you can get injections, but I don't have those kind of doctors, sadly.

Also, one in six women have female pattern baldness, which is genetic. I have this, but it is happening younger than it should due to my Lyme affecting my ferritin/thyroid transport.

For me, taking a small dose of Maca root each morning has helped my hair start to grow back. I get it at vitacost, and I take 1 capsule instead of the 3 it says to take on the bottle.

Maca helps to balance hormones. Besides too little hair on my head, I have too much on my upper lip and it is much less since taking Maca.

I don't take the full dose, since it can be energizing, and I live in fight or flight hell, since I am 17 mos. into withdrawal from 33 yrs. of benzos. You may not need to take more than one bottle to rebalance things.

Best of luck!

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by map1131:
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That's what is wrong with so many Americans today.....they are sick with thyroid illnesses and doctors from ancient schooling were taught it's all about TSH.


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Amen!

My favorite site is Thyroid Advocates.

Thanks Tutu. I will check out this site also.


There is also a great FB page called TAWKI (thyroid as we know it). Very helpful admins, who used to be with STTM, until a parting of ways.

Pam

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Yes, no drama on Thyroid Advocates .. (what caused the parting of the ways on the other sites)

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I can't find the Thyroid Advocates site using Google. Can someone give me the link?

Thanks.

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Lymetoo
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It's on Facebook.

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Get a full blood workup, including a thyroid panel. Iron-deficiency Anemia can also cause hair loss.
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I'm still very worried about randibear. She has not been here in a very long time.

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Maybe this happens to others. When my hair gets really thin, it turns out new hair is pushing it out.

How I can tell is I hold my hair tight back from ny forehead, and feel the hairline. If there's tiny hairs there, it means new hair is growing in.

I feel my health causes my hair to stop growing for a while, and then it grows in all at once. This has happened at least a dozen times through the years.

Now that I'm older, it grows in a little thinner every time. Bummer.

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I guess no one here can contact Randibear to find out how she's doing.
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