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Salam alaikum

I had a surgery a few months ago, and since then I've been on medication. One of the medication's frequent side effects is hair loss. My hair has been falling out, but hair also falls out after having a baby and I just had a baby a few months ago too.

Just today I noticed my scalp showing through.

There is an alternative medication, but it is normally made from pig. There is a cattle derived version, but I've not yet investigated the feasibility of it (cost, availability, effectiveness).

So as I understand it, if medication is needed, it is permitted to use medicine made from non-halal animals, only to the extent necessary. What I can't decide is this: is hair necessary?

My husband won't say anything negative about the idea of me being bald, but probably because he is too kind and loving, but I suppose it would boil down to attractiveness to my spouse and my own self esteem.

Opinions: is hair necessary?

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Usually a medication that causes hair loss will not leave the person totally bald, just thinned out, as the body seems to adjust to the medication over time. I'm not sure the kind of medication you need or the price, but I have read that levothyroxine (Synthroid) is an alternative to the thyroid meds containing animal products. There must be plenty of men and women who live their lives without the hair on their head and might wear a hat or cap or scarf. It's good to have a full head of hair, but if you don't, it is best to not stress and think hair is not necessary.

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I can feel you ... Hardest feeling on any woman :( . I was in baldness state last year i guess and i posted about it , that was a nightmare!

 

Now, first things first!

You need to restore health. Hair is growing from your scalp. It needs nutrients. If you are anaemic (like i was last year) you should fix that too regardless of the medicine.

If you are deficient in vitamins, particularly vitamin B and D, you need to fix that.

Micronutrients like Zinc and Magnesium are vital.

 

To recover from lack of iron > Beet.

To recover from lack of vitamin d > Fig's water

To recover from lack of vitamin B >..... not sure but take some supplement.

To recover from lack of micronutrients > ..... supplements too 

 

 

There are many topical treatments that can help, castor oil was one thing i used that actually worked. But there are many oils that can be used alone or as mixture with others that can help hair get healthier. 

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The medication is levothyroxine and I'll be on it for the rest of my life. The two good news is that the precancerous cells were not cancer, and so far hair loss is my only side effect.

I take a multivitamin most (or maybe half) the time, when I remember it. I've read that fish oil or flax oil and vitamin d might help. We eat mostly vegetarian, having meat usually once or twice a week. I don't think it's a nutritional issue, though I could be vitamin d deficient because my skin never gets sunlight.

I haven't yet looked into topical treatments much. I knew my hair might fall out, but I was busy with life and only just noticed it today when I walked past a mirror.

I've always had long and thick, beautiful hair, so maybe it's a cure to my vanity.

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I started getting stress related hairloss about 5 years ago. It got to me at first, but then i realised i had to choose between caring about it and suffering and not caring about it and not suffering (or suffering less), because stressing out about it wasnt helping anything one iota. I'm kind of used to it now. My hairs never been my crowning glory (very fine, nightmare to control, easily gets dry and greasy and turns into a frizz ball in humid weather) so i generally try and ignore it. If i feel like giving it attention i henna it (the body art quality henna) which not only gives a nice auburn glow but seems to make it feel thicker also. Other advice i can give is to use the most natural products you can find and give yourself a nice gentle scalp massage in the evening (make sure your fingers arent dragging/pulling on the hair as you do this). Stimulation to the scalp apparently helps maximise hair growth.

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many types of oils may help hair, olive, castor ( needs to be mixed ), almond etc. Better of googling methodologies of mixing, when to apply, i.e : 1hour before shower etc.

 

 

off tangent but relevant to some extent.

 

Google : baking soda and molasses cancer cure

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Okay... so Synthroid is quite frequently associated with hair loss...  here a  few things you can do about it:

 

1. Get your serum T3, T4 and TSH levels checked, because hairfall  also occurs very commonly in hyperthroid states i,e. when your thyroid hormone levels are above normal. Since you have started on this drug recently it will might take a couple of dose adjustments to get your thyroid hormones in the optimum range. The most important indicator of thyroid hormone levels in the body is TSH, your TSH levels should fall between 0.3 to 3. Make sure your doctor is not following the old protocol which considers a higher upper limit of 5ml U/L as normal.. Also do not rely on TSH levels alone , insist on a full profile.

 

2. Synthroid is a T4 only preparation. Ask your doctor if he can shift you to a T3/T4 combo drug like Thyrolar. the alternate preparation you came to know of was probably Armour, armour is pig derived, thyrolar is prescribed to vegetarians so it should be okay for you.

 

3. This hair loss that you are experiencing is temporary in lots of cases. It is very likely that this hair loss will stop or at least slow down once the hormone levels are stabilised in the normal range. This may take some time but don't worry, I have never come across anyone who went bald due to thyroid medication. They might not return to like they were before, but some of your hair will grow back eventually, the follicles aren't frozen. :D

 

4. Meanwhile, what you can do is, make sure you are taking enough iron. and another supplement that I would recommend and which will surely help with your hair loss is evening primrose oil,it is an excellent source of essential fatty acids and will surely help in calming down the hair loss.take 1-2 cap daily.

 

hope will be of some help. I will be praying for you. :)

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Although, levothyroxine is a standard therapy for people suffering from hypothyroidism but studies have shown that people who're on a combination of T4 &T3 drugs usually respond better and experience lesser hair loss than those on purely synthetic t4 drugs like synthroid etc so do consult your Dr. for considering a combination therapy. Dose adjustment,titration should be carefully done whenever there's a need to increase or decrease the dose by regularly monitoring patient's Free T4, free T3, Reverse T3 and thyroid antibodies & by doing that an optimal dose that works best for the patient can be found but any medical negligency in this regard can lead to severe side -effects.

 

Even if you're currently receiving thyroid treatment,do consult a dermatologist as he'll run some tests to rule-out any underlying auto-immune disease such as alopaecia aerata & hashimoto's which are the leading causes for hair-loss in people living with hypothroidism.Start taking multivitamins such as Biotin,vitamin b complex.Include ferritin as well as it reverses the damage caused to hair by DHT.Consider other options like the use of topical hair growth stimulants such as minoxidil etc after consulting with your Dr.Once the hormone levels will start stabilizing(after few months),you'll discover improvement in hair growth.I'll pray for your speedy recovery.

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Okay... so Synthroid is quite frequently associated with hair loss...  here a  few things you can do about it:

 

1. Get your serum T3, T4 and TSH levels checked, because hairfall  also occurs very commonly in hyperthroid states i,e. when your thyroid hormone levels are above normal. Since you have started on this drug recently it will might take a couple of dose adjustments to get your thyroid hormones in the optimum range. The most important indicator of thyroid hormone levels in the body is TSH, your TSH levels should fall between 0.3 to 3. Make sure your doctor is not following the old protocol which considers a higher upper limit of 5ml U/L as normal.. Also do not rely on TSH levels alone , insist on a full profile.

 

2. Synthroid is a T4 only preparation. Ask your doctor if he can shift you to a T3/T4 combo drug like Thyrolar. the alternate preparation you came to know of was probably Armour, armour is pig derived, thyrolar is prescribed to vegetarians so it should be okay for you.

 

3. This hair loss that you are experiencing is temporary in lots of cases. It is very likely that this hair loss will stop or at least slow down once the hormone levels are stabilised in the normal range. This may take some time but don't worry, I have never come across anyone who went bald due to thyroid medication. They might not return to like they were before, but some of your hair will grow back eventually, the follicles aren't frozen. :D

 

4. Meanwhile, what you can do is, make sure you are taking enough iron. and another supplement that I would recommend and which will surely help with your hair loss is evening primrose oil,it is an excellent source of essential fatty acids and will surely help in calming down the hair loss.take 1-2 cap daily.

 

hope will be of some help. I will be praying for you. :)

First time to hear about primrose oil! What's your source of herbal medicines star?

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salam 

 

Sorry to hear about your condition sis, one of my wives was diagnosed with severe case of hypothyroidism a few years ago. she was referred to a specialist Endocrinologist for treatment.

The Endocrinologist who was an expert and a professor in his field offered the following treatments for her condition;

1. medication- long term  

2. radioiodine therapy 

3. Surgery 

 

After discussing it with my wife and my close trusted experts on wellness on a natural alternative, we decided to go with a 4th option.

 

1. change of diet, no more fried foods and increase of raw organics foods and seaweed 

2. eliminate the virus in the gland that obstructs it from functioning properly, using a simple solution that costs $20 which has no side effects 

3. few drops of natural iodine solution containing 5% iodine and 10% potassium in purified water 

4. dua Jaushan e Khabir and salat ul layl for 40 nights.

 

Within 3 weeks, symptoms subsided,  regular cycles returned, sense of wellness was evident. Subsequent regular blood tests showed normal levels of T4 and TSH. Alhamdulilah we thank :Allah swt for answering our duas.

We monitor her levels regularly for the last few years and all is well almamduliah.

 

Disclaimer;

I'm not here to advocate, provide expert medical advise or treatments for any medical conditions as I'm not a licence medical profession . I'm not here to say there is a cure or treatments to any medical conditions, as I don't want to disturbed the $700,000,000,000 apple cart. This is only a personal testimony on an alternative option to a condition that was evident through professional medical diagnosis by consenting mature sane adults. 

 

If you believe my personal testimony might assist you in anyway, you're welcome to PM me.

Our duas are with you and we pray for your success and wellbeing.

ws

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I'm glad your wife is doing well. May Allah bless her with continued health.

In my case I had complete thyroidectomy due to the presence of what appeared to be cancer. It turned out to be only "precancerous cells", whatever that means. Short of learning how to grow a new gland, I'm going to be on medication for the rest of my long and healthy (inshallah) life. I didn't have hypothyroidism, I had a lump.

And now I'm going bald.

When all this house moving that I'm doing is done, I'll see about changing medication. I've also got an infant, and based on my research, the medication I'm currently on doesn't much go into the milk. If baldness is what I have to endure to keep one of my babies healthy, I can do that. If it makes my husband unhappy, I can get a wig. Meanwhile, I have some oils I can try, and I'll be extra sure to take my vitamins.

Thanks for the excellent advice and sympathy, everyone.

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Salaam,

 

Instead of washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner (which are filled with chemicals that as harsh detergents on our hair) wash your hair with an egg(s). Make sure to wash with cold water so as to avoid scrambled eggs in your hair:) One benefit of this is that it adds volume to your hair due to its protein-rich content. 

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Lol, I know what you mean. But try not to use shampoo! I know it's easier said than done, but that's kind of ruining the purpose (I've recently become a fan of the no-shampoo aka no-poo method). The recommended method for getting rid of the smell is to use essential oils--like lavender oil--to get the smell go away. Also, you can rinse your hair with rose water:)

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Now there has been a thinning of hair at the top of my scalp too. -_- I've tried minoxidil hair spray and it helps but a little. I've tried hair oils and they only make the existing hair thicker. I feel it only makes sense that its not possible to "plant" and grow new hair with medicines or oil once they're gone?

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Now there has been a thinning of hair at the top of my scalp too. -_- I've tried minoxidil hair spray and it helps but a little. I've tried hair oils and they only make the existing hair thicker. I feel it only makes sense that its not possible to "plant" and grow new hair with medicines or oil once they're gone?

A big difference is that you're male, and its considered normal and socially acceptable for men to have thinning hair or baldness.

Update: my hair is growing back, but white. I've got this really cool "Rogue from X-men" thing going on, which had started before but is much more pronounced now.

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