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Old 10-29-2008, 09:20 AM   #11
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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.
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Old 10-29-2008, 10:02 AM   #12
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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.
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Old 10-29-2008, 10:24 AM   #13
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Yikes--that would scare me, too!

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.
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Old 10-29-2008, 12:58 PM   #14
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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.
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Old 10-29-2008, 01:40 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by MoniDew View Post
take a high-powered BIOTIN supplement from a health food store
Will this help with thinning hair?
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Old 10-29-2008, 02:12 PM   #16
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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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Old 10-29-2008, 05:38 PM   #17
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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.

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

Am I eating??!! Are you kidding me! I'm always eating I have a very fast metabolism, which most people hate me for (as if I can control it ) 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.
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Old 10-29-2008, 06:36 PM   #18
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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.
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Originally Posted by bailsmom
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.
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Old 10-29-2008, 08:07 PM   #20
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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.
That's one way I've never looked at it. Thanks!!
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