This week the hairdresser noticed how much thinner my hair is and showed me around the back where it’s breaking away at the ends. I’ve been noticing it for a while now but it seems really easy to ignore things you hope will improve and not notice how long its been going on. Like my neighbour, he moved out to renovate his unit and back in with his mum. He must like it there because after a long time of not seeing him around and looking at the empty windows with no curtains I reckon he’s got the have been absent for more than 3 months. Trying to work out this morning how long my hair has been falling out, I guessed maybe 4 weeks but then remembered pre-warning a friend I shared a cabin with on holiday back in March that it was likely to be all over the floor. That was over 2 months and it’d been happening for a while by then. Almost as long as my neighbour’s been away.
Googling is utterly useless, you can find any answer online – hair loss is caused by too little thyroid hormone as well as too much. Both could be true, it’s a delicate balance. What I wonder is did it start in March in response to a dramatic drop in dose of T3 in January, or did it start in March in response to introducing T4?
I want to know, because the loss has gotten to a point now where it’s bothering me. I have very thick hair, so no one would yet notice a change, but the thought of having a visible indicator of being unwell, makes me feel quite threatened. And initially that strikes me as odd, given that for such a long time in the beginning I would wish that people could see I was unwell. That was most likely to be the people who I was surrounded by and the feeling that I had to prove I was unwell to them, because I don’t feel that any longer. I don’t have to prove to anything to anyone anymore!
Still, I’m worried. I want to talk to my doctor about it, but I recently rang him and we changed the dosage of the T3 so perhaps that’ll make a difference? It’s only been one week (I think?). What occurred to me however was the need to have a more adequate system of diarising this sort of thing. I realised when i went to see the doctor last time that I didn’t really remember what dosages I’d been on when. Seems crazy, but every time we made a change I assumed it was for the best and that this was just another step on the road to recovery and the only way was up. This set-back has worried me, I’ve been focussing on diet and I’ve decided I need to collate all the information I’ve got. It’s all over the place. I’ve got this blog, although the thought of reading back over it makes me a little anxious. I don’t really feel like reliving all of that. I have all the clinical notes and blood test printouts, my diary shows the doctors appointments as do Medicare records. I just need to put it in some order and perhaps be a little more diligent in paying attention to new symptoms especially around changes in medication. It’s ok and normal I’m sure that I put my faith in doctors but it’s wise to invest some more time in making sure that ‘project get well’ doesn’t go off track.
I’m going to start this plan today, right after I vacuum up the drifts of hair around my house!