Going Bald at 33.
It seems you've been able to help a lot of people, and I need a lot of help! So I'll spare you the emotional rant and stick to the facts. Here goes.
I've always had fine hair that breaks easily. It has never grown past shoulder length. At 19 I went to the gyno for a checkup and to start BC pills as I was getting married. She noticed my brittle hair and checked me for a goiter. It was small but definitely present. Enter endocrinologist and over a decade of synthroid. It was also determined I was slightly anemic. I did not always take the synthroid and iron regularly. However as I started to notice new symptoms, I became compliant. Other symptoms at that time included, intolerant to cold or a draft, palpitations, short of breath.
At 22 I stopped birth control pills. At 25 I started to develop regular heavy periods with large clots and a significant increase in pain and acne (which I had rarely experienced in teenage years). My thyroid was checked regularly and endocrinologist concluded it was normal but the goiter never reduced. At 29 my period caused me to miss at least one day of work a month. I have no children. I began notice excessive hair loss, the drain clogged daily.
At 32 new symptoms arrived. Facial hair, anger, irritability, hopelessness, panic attacks, operating with the full knowledge I'm behaving badly and doing it anyway, tenderness in the breast that prevents wearing a bra, headaches, low sex drive, night sweats, depression and even more hair loss particularly around the ears. It occurs mostly before and during my period. I have to use the hair on the crown to hide the patchiness. Looking for a better QOL, I ditched my endocrinologist and looked for someone that would consider armor thyroid.
I found him. I asked him to check my estrogen/testosterone levels to see if there was a problem he said they were normal. However he said he needed to get me stable before getting off synthroid. He increased my synthroid to 100mcg and added 4000 IUs of Vit D3 and Slow Iron. I added Biotin 5000mcg, and Super Primrose 1300mg. I've had times when it seemed I was getting better. But lately all the symptoms are getting worse, particularly hair loss heavy period and irritability. I've been on this regimen for about 9 months. I reduced my work hours to deal better with stress and get more exercise.
I'm now 33. My personal and work relationships are suffering. In 4-5 periods I will have to get a wig. I'm nervous about starting progesterone therapy because some have had an increase in hair loss initially.
Should I just start progesterone therapy and hope I don't go bald? Or since its already pretty bare, shave it, get a wig and lather up progesterone cream and hope it grows back? What do you think is really going on here?
Sorry it's so long, it's hard to know what to put in the thyroid column, the progesterone column or other.
Thank you in advance!