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major hair loos

WavieDWavieD Posts: 11Registered Users
Lately my once super thick hair has been getting thinner and thinner. I can feel such a huge difference. I also notice that I lose so much hair in the shower. I know that people do lose hair in the shower, but I don't think the amount I lose is normal. Does anyone know of any medical problems that may be causing this?

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  • rizzo_rrizzo_r Posts: 1Registered Users
    Hi, it could be so many different things A friend of mine loses hair when she is stressed. I started losing my hair because of PCOS. You might just want to get really close to your doctor and really talk things out, if you have a regular physician. I know this might sound weird and common sense, but make sure you tell your physician everything and make sure he or she is really listening. It took me five years to be diagnosed with PCOS. Before that? I was a fat teenager who just wasn't exercising enough and had developed Type II diabetes.
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    girlfriend, i feel your pain! i too had a full, full head of hair as does ever female in my family. all of them with beautiful hair, so when it happened to me i was so shocked. over the past few years i shed until i had visible bald spots on the frontal sides of my head...similiar to a receding hair line in men, and i lost about 2/3rd of the thickness in my hair. i went to my doctor and had blood tests done. everything, everytime came back normal. they never could tell me why i was loosing my hair except that it was probably hereditary or caused by stress. well, i know it's not heridatary because no one else in the family was loosing their hair, but stress, maybe. we know our bodies, and i knew something was wrong. it took me a while, and i mean probably 3 years to figure it out for myself. one of the biggest factors for me was diet and weight loss. i had lost about 20 lbs once year and maintained it off for the following 3 years. i know, that doesn't sound like much, but when you're 5'1'', it shows. i went down to 101 lbs. not really healthy for my body frame (my previous 'normal' weight was 120ish). add to that work related stress, stress from a home purchase deal gone bad, stress from being a single parent, and unhealthy eating habits and you get...hair loss. if you are not extremely stressed out, are eating healthy and maitaining a regular excersize habit, then it may be exterior factors. i began to eat better, gained back 10 lbs (believe it or not, our bodies need some fats for healthy hair, nails and skin), forced myself to reduce my stress levels and deal with what i can not control, began a no-poo regimen-in which i noticed immediate results, began drinking green tea (it has something in it that blocks an 'ingredient' in testosterone that causes balding) and using minoxidil. i can't say any one of these things individually helped my hair loss, but most likely all of them together helped. i would recommend you do see your doctor first in case there is something they can help you with, and then, follow a no poo regimen. the very first time i washed with no-poo, i only lost about 1/2 of what was usually falling out. it's been 5 months now and my hair line is back. give it time. something will work.
  • jabbyjabby Posts: 68Registered Users
    My hair went from being super thick and coarse - up until about age 13 or 14, to half the volume and thin strands, and it stopped growing completely for well over a year. For me, it was PCOS, which was luckily found immediately when I was 14. For a long time, I was nervous to cut my hair becaue I was afraid it might not grow again and I'd be stuck with a short cut for a long time. Thankfully, it grows fast now, and that part has never happened again.

    So I would say - see your ob/gyn, explain everything, and INSIST on a hormonal workup and ovarian ultrasound. At least it's a starting point.

    Of course, I also totally agree that if you have major stress in your life, that could very well be the culprit. I guess I took the more medical view. :wink:
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  • RacerWife7RacerWife7 Posts: 890Registered Users
    Ever since I was diagnosed as being hypothyroid, I've been losing my hair. Even though my hormone levels have been regulated for 16 years, now, I still lose it. Stress does seem to increase the loss, as well as hair-stress. By hair stress, I mean coloring, perming, straightening, etc.

    The only thing I found that made any difference at all in 16 years was - believe it or not - Pantene Pro-V shampoos & conditioners. However, since I recently did some TERRIBLE things to my own hair (shame on me!!!), even THAT isn't working!

    If you haven't already found the reason, you may want to check with your doctor about having your thyroid levels tested. ...Can't hurt to know, can it? Good luck! :D

    Janet Wilson 8)
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  • RacerWife7RacerWife7 Posts: 890Registered Users
    Ever since I was diagnosed as being hypothyroid, I've been losing my hair. Even though my hormone levels have been regulated for 16 years, now, I still lose it. Stress does seem to increase the loss, as well as hair-stress. By hair stress, I mean coloring, perming, straightening, etc.

    The only thing I found that made any difference at all in 16 years was - believe it or not - Pantene Pro-V shampoos & conditioners. However, since I recently did some TERRIBLE things to my own hair (shame on me!!!), even THAT isn't working!

    If you haven't already found the reason, you may want to check with your doctor about having your thyroid levels tested. ...Can't hurt to know, can it? Good luck! :D

    Janet Wilson 8)
    Janet ~ Northern NJ
    Properties: Dense, Fine, Low Porosity, Low Elasticity
    My Picasa Album
    What I used in this photo:
    Cleansing: Suave Tropical Coconut Condish
    Conditioner: CJ Smoothing Condish
    Styling: CJCQ
    th_d963586e.jpg
  • WavyWendyWavyWendy Posts: 138Registered Users
    Hello :)

    I second the suggestion to get your thyroid levels checked. But, I do suggest going to an Endocrinologist as opposed to your regular doctor. Most doctors don't keep up on the latest & greatest info., & often base test results on old information (leaving many people undiagnosed & untreated). I went undiagnosed for 10 years (old tests verified by an endocrinologist) & was only diagnosed when things go so bad that I was about one step away from a coma.
    I've had Hypothyroidism for about 6 & a half years....When my thyroid freaks out - my hair falls out big time. Stress will cause it, too (stress & hypothyridism do not play well together). One thing that does help us Hypo's is Evening Primrose Oil - since starting to use it - I get less fall out...


    Good Luck :)
    Wendy
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    Of course consulting with your doctor is always the first thing I would reccommend when it comes to dealing with hair loss. I had my thyroid checked before I consulted with a dermatologist about my hair loss. I've used Rogaine with success for almost 7 years.

    A month ago I started using a scalp treatment by Elastica. I have to say I am much more impressed with the results from this product than what I got from the Rogaine. This doesn't mean the Rogaine didn't work and I am bad mouthing it. This other product is much easier to use, one nightly treatment that washes out the next morning. I have noticed a huge difference in hair growth that is a much better texture than the peach fuzz I got with Rogaine, my growth is coming out in a nice, normal texture, not itty bitty thin fuzz. My scalp looks very good and there is A LOT less hair in the drain when I wash. A bottle of the treatment is $59 .

    I've also been using the Elastica oil free bounce back cream on my oily skin and wow, I have to say I have never had more compliments on my face. I have seen the fine lines become smooth. I've noticed my makeup is staying fresher longer and I just love the way my skin feels so smooth.
  • vampirecurlsvampirecurls Posts: 50Registered Users
    I am a PCOS sister and you can find valuable information, help, suggestions and advice from a web site titled "soulcysters.com" its devoted to all women of any race who face the trails and pitfalls of thinning hair brought on by PCOS. In a thread just above yours I wrote some information on some treatments and even some natural approaches to this. But I strongly suggest you seek out the web site for answers to some pretty touch questions that professionals seem unable to give. I have had the heartache of working with doctors who were clueless and until I found one that was understanding I was beside myself with worry and heartache. If you have any questions feel free to ask me and I will try to assist you in any way I can.
  • duality11duality11 Posts: 2Registered Users
    I went to several dermatologist and a endocronologist, and still no help. All blood work came back normal. They recommeded rogaine, but there has to be something that works better. I am eating better and taking vitamins. I'm trying to lose weight through dieting and working out. I'm on the low carb diet, but will incorporate fruit shortly. I'm just frustrated because i don't know what else to do. Any suggestions?
  • duality11duality11 Posts: 2Registered Users
    New Hair wrote:
    A month ago I started using a scalp treatment by Elastica. I have to say I am much more impressed with the results from this product than what I got from the Rogaine. This doesn't mean the Rogaine didn't work and I am bad mouthing it. This other product is much easier to use, one nightly treatment that washes out the next morning. I have noticed a huge difference in hair growth that is a much better texture than the peach fuzz I got with Rogaine, my growth is coming out in a nice, normal texture, not itty bitty thin fuzz. My scalp looks very good and there is A LOT less hair in the drain when I wash. A bottle of the treatment is $59 .

    Where did you purchase Elastica?
  • YolyCYolyC Posts: 3,758Registered Users
    I was losing a lot of weight and wasn't getting enough vitamins from what I was eating. My hair was falling out so bad you could see bald spots. The doctor recommended protien shakes and biotin. My hair has stopped falling out and is actually growing back pretty fast.
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  • JenredcurlyqJenredcurlyq Posts: 6Registered Users
    What is PCOS?

    I started losing a lot of hair in the shower, I noticed since that is when I comb it out. More than one hair stylist has noticed a dramatic difference in my hair texture. I remember one stylist describing it as baby fine(but still coarse and hard to handle, fuzzy) andI freaked out. Ive stated taking GNC Hair, Skin and Nail vitamins and also regular vitamins. I was going through a super stressful time when it was at its worst. Keep in mind I am only 23 years old.

    I have been to the dr about it but they tend to tell me to take vitamins and that I am probably stressed out, that its normal to lose some hair every day,
  • 2banonymous2banonymous Posts: 7Registered Users
    I've been reading your posts about hair loss, and I, too have experienced this. Mine happened after going off Ortho-Trycyclen. Definitely a hormone connection though my doctor said my hormone levels are fine. I lost about 2/3 of my hair and the stuff that's left is dry and not as curly. I've tried lots of things and haven't found a good solution, so let me know if you guys have success!

    A.
  • MaudieMaudie Posts: 508Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I have a question. I have thick hair, generally, but in the past few years I have noticed my hair thinning mainly on one side. I can feel and see the difference. I sleep on that side and was wondering if this could be the reason. Stylists have told me that's not the reason, but I can't help but wonder. Any ideas?

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  • DazyDazy Posts: 1Registered Users
    Hello :D

    Where can I purchase this product?
    Is there a website?

    Thanks!
    Dazy
  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    I have been having the same problem. I guess its been thinning over the last year which explains why my hair wouldnt sit right after it dried. Over the last month I really noticed and my hair products just dont work the same way in my hair anymore. I used to have so much hair i had to really gel it make it not look like a huge afro or put it in a ponitail for a few hours after straightening. Now I have to do the opposite..I have really long hair and it doesnt look good thin...I'm just venting here. I know it sounds superficial to most of my friends but its a hard change to deal with for me.
  • crimsonshedemoncrimsonshedemon Posts: 2,098Registered Users
    You don't need to waste your oney on a specific "hair, nail, etc" vitamin although it can be convenient. You can buy the same vitamins at a cheaper price.
    From one of my medical books....
    Hair loss can result from poor nutrition or a rapid drop in weight. In such caeses, you should get back on a balanced diet. Talk to your doctor about supplementing with vitamin A, b complex, and C, as well as iron and zinc.
    My own note: B12 is not readily absorbed thru the stomach. You'll want a sublingual form (a liquid you hold under your tongue for a few seconds).

    The book also recommends to massage your scalp to improve circulation. A few drops of vitamin E oil massaged into the scalp is recommended to strengthen fragile hair and help preven dry, flaky skin.

    This is the B Complex I use (it's recommended by my doctor)
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    I don't order it from this site as my pharmacy carries it for my doctor.

    Just fyi, Puritan's Pride is having an amazing sale right now. Buy 2, get 3 free. They do this once a year. Some of the things are priced really well and others (like the Q10) are high. Their vitamins are of good quality also.

    Good luck
  • ldscurly-qldscurly-q Posts: 40Registered Users
    I lost a lot of hair when I was seriously dieting and had restricted to 800 calories per day. When I finally started to eat healthy again it grew back. You might want to check your caloric intake. It needs to be at least 1200 per day (so they say). You also might want to take a pre-natal vitamin too. HTH
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  • crimsonshedemoncrimsonshedemon Posts: 2,098Registered Users
    WavieD wrote:
    Lately my once super thick hair has been getting thinner and thinner. I can feel such a huge difference. I also notice that I lose so much hair in the shower. I know that people do lose hair in the shower, but I don't think the amount I lose is normal. Does anyone know of any medical problems that may be causing this?

    I have systemic lupus and hair loss is one of the symptoms.
    I've also developed an underactive thyroid despite my bloodwork showing everything is ok.... once I started the meds, I started to feel better.

    Make sure you're getting enough protein and a complex B vitamin.
    Good luck
    Nicole
  • cunninghamaircunninghamair Posts: 176Registered Users
    I started having a lot of hair loss (and mine is fine to begin with!) and went to my doctor and dermatologist. They checked my thyroid and iron levels and everything was normal. A couple weeks later I learned my cousin was a celiac. She convinced me to try giving up gluten (basically wheat) for a week. Amongst improving a lot of other health symptoms that I didn't realize were related, and hadn't gone to the doctor for--my hair loss improved after several weeks. It's worth considering.
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  • autumn.whispersautumn.whispers Posts: 59Registered Users
    Hi.... same problem here. The issue with hereditary hair loss is.... it may have happened generations back, or... not at all. Unfortunately, heredity isn't always a factor.

    All the women in my family, except for me 'now,' have long, THICK, curly hair... hair so heavy that they often opted for short hair to ward off headaches. No one in my family has had genetic hair loss...

    The only way to know for sure is to get a scalp biopsy, which is what I did. It's crushing hearing 'the bad news,' absolutely crushing. Even sadder, is the lack of support for women with this problem.

    My hair is also long and very thin, and unfortunately for me... I had TWO issues going on at the same time which caused my hair to fall out by the handfuls, actual CLUMPS of hair. No exaggeration... it was alarming. Sebhoreic (sp?) psoriases is what they were blaming the accelerated loss on, and I was given a topical that I was told I'd have to use... for the rest of my life. :(

    The good news?.... the topical stopped the shedding due to the psoriasis. The psoriases was actually VERY painful at times, miserable beyond words. But guess what?... the CG routine has all but stopped ALL of the discomfort and pain, and I lose only a tiny amount of hair, a normal amount each day... which is still an improvement from using the topical alone. :)

    I will never have again have the 'crowning glory' I once had, and I have to accept that. But there are days when I am still crushed by the very idea that of all the women in my family... "I" was the only one who got that bit of bad genes.

    Feel free to email or msg me if you want to talk. I'm not sure if women are afraid to talk about it, or if they're too ashamed to talk about it, but there seems to be very little support out there for us.

    XO
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