Does hair loss always indicate a thyroid problem?

I'm concerned that I'm being dismissed too quickly by doctors when I've specifically gone to see them with concerns about my hair loss. They look to thyroid issues immediately, particularly hypothyroidism, and they dismiss other potential causes. I do also have some other potential signs of hypothyroidism but they are also potential signs for many other physical and even psychological ailments, like depression. Even though, as I stated, I do possess other symptoms that could indicate hypothyroidism or a thyroid problem, the most outstanding one is the hair loss. What other areas should I focus on to see if the hair loss is something that I may be causing through lifestyle choices and therefore I can affect by making different choices? I feel in my gut that this is not a thyroid issue and I'm looking for validation that there are indeed other conditions that can be associated with hair loss. Having acknowledged that, what else should I look at in order to make a better determination? It's wiser for me to seek assistance here because I'm open to suggestions on treatments or procedures to help me deal with this, especially if it continues and worsens and there appears to be no real cause.


F, 52, Utah

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Dear Pheb, I am sorry that you are having hair loss. Hair loss, particularly in women, can be caused by a multitude of factors. There are many medical conditions that can make women lose hair including hypothyroidism, menopause, and autoimmune diseases for example as well as certain common medications (blood pressure, cholesterol, and reflux medications). You may wish to make an appointment with a hair restoration expert (and make sure to bring with you a list of all medical conditions, current medications, and allergies). Good luck!