Fosamax and hair loss

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I am now 47. I have low blood pressure and I am on Fosamax for osteoporosis and the lowest dose of Synthroid for hypothyrodism. Any thoughts?
Symptoms of female hormone imbalance Acne or oily skin Bloating Bone loss Decreased fertility Depression Excess facial and body hair Hot flashes Heavy or painful periods Irregular periods Irritability Loss of muscle mass Loss of scalp hair Low libido Memory lapses Mood swings Nervousness Night sweats Poor concentration Sleep disturbances Tender or fibrocystic breasts Urinary incontinence Vaginal dryness Weight gain Male hormone imbalance The testes produce nearly 95% of all male testos
0 MEQ/L CHLORIDE 109 101 - 111 MEQ/L CO2 27 21 - 31 MEQ/L I don't have many of the standard thyroid symptoms listed in most places --but have had a lot of more than usual hair loss over the past 6 mos. ( & my hair stylist says the consistency is like women with thyroid issues) & dry skin. I do take Fosamax. My mom is 87 & has been on thyroid meds for about 20 yrs.
I'm at my wits end and getting scared longer this is going on and rapid weight loss and hair loss,prob due to stress of pain and lack of proper diet,I try for 1,000 or 1,200 calories a day but its hard and have to force myself to eat,I try to keep my potassium up by drinking orange juice.I to take multi vitamin.
Regarding the hair loss, when I started going through menopause at age 47 I would find a hair ball in the shower. Lasted for a while and then stopped. I've read that hair loss can be attributed to a lack of estrogen. So not sure if you're at that age or not. Hair loss is also a symptom that some people with lupus deal with. I've had some estrogen issues just recently and have noticed my skin is a lot drier than usual, probably a result of the lowering estrogen.
I have literally found 3 hairs (I don't know why but I never find any hair anywhere under normal circumstances) so far on tx and I'm about to do shot #14 tomorrow. I wash my hair only twice a week and use very mild shampoos and conditioners from the health food store. Who knows it may all start falling out at an alarming rate but until now my hair is thick and full. Not everyone loses hair -- maybe you'll be one of the lucky ones. If you do lose hair, the most I have heard people lose is 50%.
I've read everything I can find about Arimidex on the Internet (I certainly don't get any real information from doctors)including forums where people who have used it discuss it, and I have seen nothing really negative about it. No hair loss, no nausea, etc. I wonder if anyone on this list has used it or knows anything about it? It seems far superior to Tamoxifan, except that it is very bad for the bones.
Studies have yielded conflicting results about their use, with some observational studies suggesting that high calcium intake is protective against vascular disease, and others showing that calcium supplements speed vascular calcification and increase mortality in patients with kidney failure and increase cardiovascular events and MI in women.
I think that predn has a side effect of hair growth, so I feel some of the hair loss was extra hair from predn and some from Imuran. The texture of my hair has changed, it is dry and some what more fine than before. I have to use conditioner or I have trouble combing my hair, it gets tangled and knotted. The other side effects I was told about with Imuran was it can affect red blood cells, so I have blood work every 6 months now.
I also explained that even while on hormone replacement, I've additionally been experiencing increased hair loss, weak/brittle nails, extreme dry skin, trouble using my hands/pain in hands and fingers, change in skin/complection, always feeling tired and all of these things, especially the bone pain, were beginning to make me feel depressed. He consoled me, telling me that I'm too young for osteo and that I am generally in good health, young and active.
Please also be careful of plastic ware for food and drinks, canned foods, toys that are made with the phylaylates (spelling), and paraben in skin and hair products. These contain estrogenic properties and will cause the dominance to continue.
Please note you should be testing FT3 and FT4 (frees, not the T3 and T4 which are total and include protein bound unavailable hormone). However, I would recommend starting on 1/2 of the 50 mcg for the first 4-6 weeks, then testing TSH again and adding in the second half if necessary based on both blood work and how you feel. I don't think 'most literature' states 5 - 10 TSH should not be treated. Most recent reputable literature states the opposite.
I often forget to take the right amount of calcium, and I do knw the doctor has warned me about it. He said the Fosamax will take the calcium from my bloodstream and make sure the bones get enough, but that other ares of the body will be lacking and there will be problems. I am going to add B12 and potassium, too, to see if that works. Incredible that so many women have the same thing and no one knows what it is. Please keep us posted if anyone learns anything.
Diagnosis: Chronic active hepatitis with marked interface components and bridging fibrosis. Ulcerative colitis and hypothyroidism. Can I pass onto my partner any sexual diseases? I am taking prednisone, imuran and losec, can any of these medications cause sores in the mouth (tongue)?
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