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bailsmom
10-28-2008, 09:38 PM
Oh my GOD!! I have been noticing in the last few weeks or so that my hair is getting thinner than normal and there's a bit of it on my pillow and it never used to be there before. I don't want to go bald! I'm scared to death of losing my hair. What do I do?

I have thin naturally curly hair, I don't shampoo - I condition instead - every 3rd day or so and what comes out in my hands is terrifying in so many ways. My mom suggested the Nioxin products and I'm trying those - Yikes they're expensive.

Could my hair products be causing my pores to be clogged? Is that even possible? Am I stressed?? Of course I am, but I exercise (jogging) at least 4 times a week. Minimum of 2 miles per day.

I haven't been to the doctor yet as I'm quite embarrassed about this and I don't know where to turn. I'm only 32 yrs old, I can't lose my curls, I just can't.

Help :verysad:

Jeremy
10-28-2008, 10:26 PM
Sorry about your predicament.:hug: I would start with your primary care physician. There are a number of medical reasons for hair loss in women or anyone for that matter. Thyroid disease for starters. If your diet is low in fat your body may not have enough to make estrogen which will make your hair fall out. Stress will also increase hair loss.

ctmax
10-28-2008, 10:35 PM
I would go see your doctor. I had the same thing happen after my son was born and I was really embarrased to tell anyone, but it got to the point all I could wear is a hat or everyone would know. It turned out I had Thyroid disease. I still have a problem with my hair thinning a little, but nothing like my bald patches.

Crycket
10-28-2008, 11:03 PM
I knew a girl who had Alapecia (I am sure that is not spelt right)
It was something where she just started losing her hair in odd patches. From what I remember her telling me, it was something that wasn't caused by anything, could start and stop for no reason, and could be light, or could be all your hair (like eyelashes and such.)

Hers grew back in a few months.

Not saying that is what you have, but might be something to look into...

lelvsdgs
10-28-2008, 11:22 PM
Definitely go see your doc. This is nothing to be embarrassed about and like the others on here have said, it could be a medical issue that you need to have diagnosed and treated. Don't put it off! This could be something simple and you will have worried for nothing.

Mike
10-29-2008, 12:07 AM
I finally gave in and started shaving my head.
Mine was thick curly hair and the ones that first left were the thick ones that cause the curls.

My mother and grandmother had thin curly hair when I knew them, both were on the thinning side. Perhaps it's par for the course. How's the person you inherited your curls from?
(I inherited my baldness.)

Are you eating? A friend who was a vegetarian for animal issues (rather than health issues) wasn't eating right and she cause all kinds of malnutrition problems like loose teeth and falling hair.

Definitely see a doctor. They probably have a cure for what ails you. They figured out my friend (by telling her to start eating meat).

Jan in CA
10-29-2008, 01:20 AM
There are a lot of things that can cause hair loss including stress. You need to go see your doctor. :hug:

Debkcs
10-29-2008, 01:23 AM
A doctor is just who you need to see when you are embarrased to go anywhere else. I'm betting it's a thyroid problem,and though they aren't usually 'cured' they sure can be fixed up well.

I don't think you'll have to join with Mike in shaving your head.

Good luck!

MoniDew
10-29-2008, 06:48 AM
Are you eating? A friend who ... wasn't eating right and she cause all kinds of malnutrition problems like loose teeth and falling hair.
Yes, I was just about to say, when I was a nutritionist, I used to see various nutritional deficiencies causing these types of issues. Have your thyroid checked. Be certain you are eating WHOLE foods (not refined, processed, "junk") and take a high-powered BIOTIN supplement from a health food store - along with a broad-spectrum multi-vitamin, multi-mineral, just to cover all your basics. Mineral deficiency is far more common that people realize, and it can screw up a LOT of things in your body. But minerals must come from plants (not vitamin pills) to be absorbed. So eat those leafy greens!!!
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PurlyGyrl
10-29-2008, 08:54 AM
Yes, see your doctor. I, too, lose a lot of hair. My doctor ran all kinds of tests to try to figure out why. I had thyroid disease. However, even after being on thyroid medication, I was still losing a lot of hair. My doctor finally decided I was just a natural shedder.
Yep, like a dog. At certain times of the year-spring and fall or if I'm under a lot of stress, my hair comes out more. I still have lots of hair even though its now turning gray:doh:
When my hair was really long, I had to remove my carpet because I kept burning up vacuum cleaners--my hair would twist around the beater bar and burn the motor up. It was easier just to sweep it up.
I still feel bad cause I shed on MY DOG!:shock: Ginger the poodle doesn't shed--I'm having to constantly remove MY HAIR from her coat!:hair:

1knittychick
10-29-2008, 09:20 AM
About 6 years ago my hair was falling out, I was tired all the time, achy and had gained 20 pounds over the course of 6 to 8 months. I contributed all my ailments to stress. I finally went to the doctor and he ran tests. I have hypothyroidism. He gave me a Rx and in time my symptoms went away--except for the extra weight (but I'm working on losing it--I've lost 10 pounds on Weight Watchers.) So, go to the doctor and keep us posted.

Sunshine's Mom
10-29-2008, 10:02 AM
Don't ever be embarrased to go see your doctor. They've seen it all before and would never laugh at you if that's what you're worried about. Go to your doc at once. New products that you try may not help but actually hurt the condition. Start at the beginning with a complete exam.

It'll be okay.:hug:

nephthys8
10-29-2008, 10:24 AM
Yikes--that would scare me, too! :hug:

I am only going to tell you what everyone else has said: go see your doctor. Look at it like this - doctors see all sorts of embarassing stuff that is way worse than hair loss, right? (I mean, really, just think about all of the crazy predicaments that people get into!) Would you rather that your doctor (who has to keep things confidential by law) know that you're having some hair loss, or would you rather that your spouse/friends/co-workers/kids notice after it has gotten really bad?

Go now, nip the problem (whatever it is) in the bud, and get your hair back before anyone else can tell. :) Think of it as covert-ops.

Dangles
10-29-2008, 12:58 PM
:hug: I'm sorry this is happening to you. But like the others have suggested, I recommend you seeing your physician. Doing sooner than later would be best.

Keep us posted.

ctmax
10-29-2008, 01:40 PM
take a high-powered BIOTIN supplement from a health food store

Will this help with thinning hair?

MoniDew
10-29-2008, 02:12 PM
Will this help with thinning hair?
Yes, If you'll check the label on the hair formulas at a healthfood store, you'll see that they have a LOT of biotin in them (or should!) You'll need to take around 3000 a day to see a difference, then taper back (2000, 1000) as your deficiency is improved. Consult with the healthfood store employees, and check to see if they have a nutritionist on staff. (That was my former occupation)
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bailsmom
10-29-2008, 05:38 PM
I finally gave in and started shaving my head.
Mine was thick curly hair and the ones that first left were the thick ones that cause the curls.

My mother and grandmother had thin curly hair when I knew them, both were on the thinning side. Perhaps it's par for the course. How's the person you inherited your curls from?
(I inherited my baldness.)

Are you eating? A friend who was a vegetarian for animal issues (rather than health issues) wasn't eating right and she cause all kinds of malnutrition problems like loose teeth and falling hair.

Definitely see a doctor. They probably have a cure for what ails you. They figured out my friend (by telling her to start eating meat).

I'm going to have to say no to the head shaving idea, but thanks for the suggestion. :teehee:

I got my curls from my Dad, and he's pretty much bald. :pout:

Am I eating??!! Are you kidding me! I'm always eating :rofl: I have a very fast metabolism, which most people hate me for (as if I can control it :roll: ) yes, I can keep my weight off easily, but only if I exercise, which I have started up again in the last few weeks. So I'm always eating something. I'm always hungry. I'm not a vegetarian either. We eat meat every night.

Phaedra
10-29-2008, 06:36 PM
I was also going to suggest having your thyroid checked. I had Graves disease (hyper) and through treatment am now hypo. And I've also had "shedding" issues periodically.

Mike
10-29-2008, 06:42 PM
I got my curls from my Dad, and he's pretty much bald.
That's not a good sign. Although baldness in men is from your mother's father your hair type could be like my mother's and grandmother's.

I'd still check with a doctor, what used to be inherited thinning isn't always the case now, like Rogain.
It wasn't worth the expense to me but for a female it probably would be.

I'm also skinny. I tell people who struggle with weight and comment on me they have to follow my special diet ... at least one cake, pie or cheesecake to yourself a week.
If they're going to hate you anyway, may as well rub it in. :p

bailsmom
10-29-2008, 08:07 PM
That's not a good sign. Although baldness in men is from your mother's father your hair type could be like my mother's and grandmother's.

I'd still check with a doctor, what used to be inherited thinning isn't always the case now, like Rogain.
It wasn't worth the expense to me but for a female it probably would be.

I'm also skinny. I tell people who struggle with weight and comment on me they have to follow my special diet ... at least one cake, pie or cheesecake to yourself a week.
If they're going to hate you anyway, may as well rub it in. :p

That's one way I've never looked at it. Thanks!! :teehee:

dustinac
10-30-2008, 08:33 AM
:hug: I agree go to your dr :hug:

Puddinpop
10-31-2008, 12:51 PM
I had Graves Desease, also. The removed my thyroid. It took them about 2 1/2 years to figure out what was wrong with me. I kept giving out and falling to the ground. The sent me to a neurologist and he thought I had MS, until they checked me. He never thought to check over active thyroid, just under active. Finally, ended up with a doctor that recognized the symptoms.

bjc1050
11-01-2008, 08:06 PM
I, too, suffer from bouts of hair loss and shedding. I believe some of the episodes could be traced dieting. When it 1st occurred I had been eating only Grape-nuts at meals. Other times it has coincided with very stressful times. The bald patches have always filled in.
Lately, I seem to shed a lot of hair and have discovered that the weeks when I eat a hard boiled egg for lunch every day I have less hair loss in the shower.
I understand your fears. That is probably one of MY greatest fears.

Good luck.

By all means have your doctor check you over, but I still suggest eating a hard boiled egg every day.

bailsmom
11-01-2008, 10:40 PM
Thanks to all who posted your warm replys. I appreciate the sensitivity of this situation. As for my diet, I honestly can't think of anything I've changed in the last few months that could be the culpret. The only thing that I keep coming back to is my stress level. But then I think that it can't be that because I'd be getting migraines everyday from the stress if that were it...I'm just frustrated not having an answer without having to go through a bunch of tests only for them to tell me they don't know.

Things here at home have been a lot more stress-filled in the last few months so that's why I'm leaning towards the stress being the problem. Don't worry our marriage is fine, it's just a lot of little things that don't seem so little anymore. You know what I mean? At first they happen quietly and you just sort of brush them off thinking it'll resolve itself since you have no control over them anyway and then another thing creeps in and then another and before you know it it's a HUGE snowball barreling down on you and you either jump out of the way or get crushed. Only your feet are stuck in cement and you can't jump out of the way.

Sheesh, I've never put that into words before, that's a perfect analogy for what's been happening to us. Our feet are in cement and we can't move an inch....Man I wish we could get a break for a change. :help:

Although, on the plus side if I lose all my hair I'll save a TON of money on hair products. :teehee: Must. Find. Humor. Somewhere.

Bring on Jimmy, Carl & Sheen!!!!

lelvsdgs
11-01-2008, 11:03 PM
Sounds to me like stress is probably definitely involved. Still should see a doc though. Just to be sure.
Hang in there... you're having a rough time... be nice to yourself!:muah:

bjc1050
11-02-2008, 04:38 PM
By stress, I mean things like an argument that would make me so mad, that I couldn't stop thinking of the problem or stop looking for a solution for days. I think my mind was literally STEAMED. Must be where the expression comes from, lol.