Sharon asks…

How do I make my hair stop falling out?

I was diagnosed with GravesDisease 2 years ago. After they killed my thyroid with radiation my hair started falling out. I’m on thyroid hormone replacement and my levels are normal, but my hair continues to fall out. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with this and if there was something I could that would maybe help? Thanks!!

Helen answers:

Normal? TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) .

WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

Ck these:

http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm

http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/

http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html

http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

God bless

Ken asks…

how to take pills easier and without a horrible after taste?

I have always sucked at taking pills no matter what kind they are
right now i have to take a lot of pills due to being sick with graves disease, these pills disolve real quickly and taste horrible then later of a couple of minutes the taste is back in my mouth after i tried to rinse it out and it makes me want to vomit

How can i manage to tke these pills without having a horrible taste in my mouth then and later

Helen answers:

You could crush them and then take them with juice to help with the taste!

Chris asks…

Is there a correlation between Graves Disease and dry, flaky scalp? If so….what’s the cure?

I was recently diagnosed with Graves Disease and I’ve noticed that my scalp is really dry and extremely flaky. I just washed my hair last night and when I started to comb it this morning, I had tons of flakes all over. Is there a correlation between the two? I’ve read that Graves Disease is a Vitamin D/Omega-3 Deficiency. Is that true? How do I stop the dry flaky scalp??? Help!!!

Helen answers:

Yes there is. An overactive thyroid will cause that. I found this for you:

Vinegar is the answer, white or apple, some people leave it in for 20
min and do a towel rap. I just dilute it 1 to 1 with water and put it
in a spray bottle. Sprits my scalp while before I brush my teeth and
shave.

Good luck. Many people have this trouble. You are not alone by any means.

Mark asks…

Yesterday i was worrying in my sleep about my health, and i started shaking and i couldnt keep still?

Btw. 15 and my stomach felt funny and I worry about everything, but when I kept still and tried to relax and then it slowly weñt away, I hope this isnt graves disease????:'(

Helen answers:

It’s not a grave disease your having a panic attack.
You need to seek counseling.

John asks…

i was diagnosed with graves disease in 06. i heard on the news the thyroid can burn out and turn into hypothr

i was diagnosed with graves disease in 06. i heard on the news the thyroid can burn out and turn into hypothyroidism. is this true. i will be going to see my specialist in a month but i am curious now. i have been taking methemezole

Helen answers:

You are correct. Do know though that if you were ever to develop hypothyroidism that it is much, much easier to manage than hyperthyroidism.

In some severe cases of Grave’s disease, some doctors remove the thyroid gland making the patient become hypo. Also radioactive iodine therapy can cause the person to become hypo. That is what doctors desire, though, in choosing these treatment methods because like I said before, hypothyroidism is much easier to manage. It’s a simple pill once a day.

I do hope that the methimazole is working for you, and your numbers are better at your next appt. Take care!

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