I am so relieved to know there is a place to go that is on the same wavelength with me...I am a 63 year old new to this hair loss nightmare. Like many of you, I always had thick naturally curly hair and never dreamed hair loss would be the huge health issue I would be faced with at this stage of life. A year ago my vision became suddenly blurred. I was diagnosed with hypertensive retinopathy and at that time, discovered I was hypothyroid. I had been walking around for years feeling foggy and exhausted. The internist put me on Synthroid. I developed terrible leg cramps, so she reduced the dosage. I am extremely sensitive to medications. My thyroid levels worsened, so she doubled the dosage. Two months later, my hair started falling out. My new way of life is shampooing weekly, patting my hair so it doesn't move. I shake when I have to comb or style it, as hunks of hair are left in the brush. I started saving it so the doctor could see. It was horrifying to see how much had fallen out since September. I could see my scalp in the front and lost so much around the hairline. My hair became so thin, tangled, weblike, not at all like it was before. Doctors smiled and said I wasn't going bald. I finally took myself off Synthroid a month ago, as, even with a low thyroid, I never had hair loss. What else could it be. Waiting to see an endo, I went to a dermatologist yesterday. She said it was growing back but did a scalp biopsy, as my scalp was red and she said it may be autoimmune issues...thyroid again. I am so tired of doctors saying you lose hair from low thyroid, not the medication. That is NOT what happened to me. I am afraid to take anything now, even if I get in to see the endo who has a four month wait time. Only someone who has gone through this can imagine how terrifying it is. My mother had hair loss at this age but she was on the same meds and more. What did they know then? Will life ever return to normal again? My bitchy sister-in-law had the nerve to say more people wear wigs than you realize and it's not the end of the world. Wait until it's the hair on their head! She has a thick head of hair, like I used to. Perhaps if we lived in a society that wasn't so focused on beauty and appearance for women, it would be easier. I don't think so.