Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

What’s Causing My Hair Loss, Tremors?

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Question: I have an overactive thyroid and am on Levothyroxine. I have had this condition for several years. I have had hair loss and tremors. Would my condition be causing these things, or the medication, or both?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Yes and yes. An overactive thyroid can produce elevated levels of thyroid hormone, sometimes dangerously high levels. Signs of thyroid hormone excess include fatigue, rapid heart rate, weight loss, hair loss, and tremors. Have your doctor recheck your thyroid hormone levels through blood tests.
 
Thyroid hormone treatments are used to replace deficiencies, but can also be used to help signal the brain to slow or stop thyroid hormone production. You should have a thyroid re-assessment right away. Excessive thyroid hormone supplementation can cause adverse symptoms. When the thyroid produces excess levels of hormone in addition, a “thyroid storm” is possible, and this condition is life-threatening if not managed properly.

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