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curlylaura 07-14-2010 02:06 PM

Stress and hairloss
 
I have been under a lot of emotional pressure for a while now. When it started I lost a lot of hair. My GP at the time didn't take my concerns seriously and over the years my hair has got thinner and thinner.

What can I do to make it either stop coming out in large amounts or encourage it to grow back?

I had blood tests for anaemia and thyroid issues a week ago and the results came back 'no action needed' but that doesn't mean there isn't something going on. I just don't know what to do.

Suburbanbushbabe 07-14-2010 04:29 PM

Probably wouldn't hurt to take an OTC thyroid supplement. Other things that affect hair are vitamin D and iron, if you are not getting enough. What are you doing to release/relieve the stress? Finding some peace/relaxation would be best.

Spiralli 07-14-2010 05:19 PM

B Complex supplements are supposed to help with the impact of stress on the body. For the past few years, I was taking B Complex at a certain time of year when I was very stressed at work. Noticed my hairloss reduced by almost half on wash days (when I lose the most hair). I now take a lower dose B Complex all year long and still see the reduced hair loss.

curlylaura 07-15-2010 01:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Suburbanbushbabe (Post 1412056)
Probably wouldn't hurt to take an OTC thyroid supplement. Other things that affect hair are vitamin D and iron, if you are not getting enough. What are you doing to release/relieve the stress? Finding some peace/relaxation would be best.

I've started taking Sea Kelp, Iodine. Will that help? DO you think?

I'm seeing a counsellor and we're working on my stress levels. I think I'll go swimming today, that usually makes me feel relaxed.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Spiralli (Post 1412108)
B Complex supplements are supposed to help with the impact of stress on the body. For the past few years, I was taking B Complex at a certain time of year when I was very stressed at work. Noticed my hairloss reduced by almost half on wash days (when I lose the most hair). I now take a lower dose B Complex all year long and still see the reduced hair loss.

How much B Complex were you taking? I might look into that.

Spiralli 07-15-2010 08:04 AM

I take one per day with these components:

Ingredients:
Supplement Facts
Serving Size 1 Tablet
Servings per Container: 30
Amount Per Tablet
% Daily Value
Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
5 mg
330%
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
6 mg
350%
Niacin (niacinamide)
50 mg
250%
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine HCl)
9 mg
450%
Folic Acid
400 mcg
100%
Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin)
50 mcg
830%
Biotin
100 mcg
30%
Pantothenic Acid
(d-calcium pantothenate)
45 mg
450%
Calcium (di-calcium phosphate)
120 mg
10%
Phosphorus (di-calcium phosphate)
90 mg
10%
*Daily Value not established

There are definitely other B Complex formulations out there with higher percentages, but I don't think I need more than this.

crimsonshedemon 07-17-2010 01:57 PM

Stress can wreak havoc on us emotionally and physically.
Here's some info

Stress Management
stress.about.com

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/str...gement/MY00435


I've been dealing with adrenal exhaustion/fatigue and hypothyroidism for a while now. thankfully, I have a great doctor who doesn't just rely on standard blood testing.
These sites will give you so much info and will also tell you which supplements are good for treating these problems. I've purchased (online and at a health food store) a few supplements by Fatigued to Fantastic and really like them. It's cheaper too than purchasing individual supplements.


http://www.endfatigue.com/health_art...nal_gland.html

The adrenal gland is your body’s stress handler and can
get exhausted with chronic stress. Nevertheless, until it is so damaged that it can actually kill you, blood tests will be normal.


Thyroid: Just because your bloodwork showed your levels were normal, that does not mean your thyroid isn't under producing. Many doctors believe the TSH is not reliable.
If you have symptoms of an underactive thyroid, it needs to be investigated further.

http://www.endfatigue.com/health_art...eficiency.html

http://www.endfatigue.com/health_art...e_thyroid.html

Lastly, make sure your diet is balanced. Many times when we're stressed, we're not eating properly. Make sure you're getting enough protein.

Take care
Nicole

per_simmon 09-05-2010 03:41 AM

If your doctor is a genral practitioner it might be a good idea to go to a dermatologist. A lot of times if it's something specific/esoteric a general doctor won't necesarily recognize it or know what to do with it. I have Alopecia and until I saw a specialist I didn't really get any sort of serious response or treatment.

Vitamins can't hurt (and can certainly help your overall wellbeing), but if your hair loss is extensive it's not going to be what stops it or brings it back. I also don't have a great deal of faith in shampoos etc. that promise to stop hair loss. I would really recommend finding a good specialist if you can. Sometimes you just need to keep sticking your foot in the door until you get the response you need.

Best of luck with finding a solution..unfortunately stress does not usually have a short term "magic bullet" solution. Seeking out alternative solutions such as acupuncture (which can be implemented alongside onventional treatment) or even something much more basic such as exercising can be great for dealing with a stressed out body.

Is your hair loss all-over or in patches? Is your hair generally brittle? Does it break easily? Do the hairs that fall out have a small white ball at the ends? How long has it gone on? I ask because that might help narrow down what kind of hair loss it is.

anonymous_46846 09-08-2010 01:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Suburbanbushbabe (Post 1412056)
Probably wouldn't hurt to take an OTC thyroid supplement. Other things that affect hair are vitamin D and iron, if you are not getting enough. What are you doing to release/relieve the stress? Finding some peace/relaxation would be best.

Hi Suburbanbushbabe,

I have read some of your comments on other threads and they are always very helpful. However, I just wanted to comment on this specific topic.

Adding OTC thyroid supplements may actually be harmful. Too much iodine, which is what 99% of thyroid supporting OTC products are based on, can actually cause hypothyroidism. Iodine is one of those minerals which is abundant on a diet unless you live in very remote landlock regions in developing countries. The same goes for selenium which is also added to OTC thyroid products (selenium in chronic overdoses is associated with Type II diabetes). In my opinion, a good brand multi-vitamin covers the need for supporting a healthy thyroid.

Now, TSH ranges are outdated by most labs (TSH is the hormone which detects the amount of thyroid hormones in your blood and acts via a feedback mechanism). A TSH over 3 is worth looking into and is classified as sub-clinical hypothyroidism. Doctors, especially GP's, still go by the outdated 0.5-5.5 and unfortunately, an "in the range" TSH of 4.5 will very likely manifest as hypothyrodism in the patient (hair loss and fatigue being very common). To add further insult, most GP's and even endocrinologists only test TSH to rule out hypothyroidism.

OP, do you know the exact lab results? I would gladly offer my opinion if you can post further info. I am on a bit of a hurry right now but can give a more detailed answer upon seeing your results.

Stay positive, stress-derived or thryoid-induced hairloss will revert upon cessation of the problem.

Kind Regards.

fancysmith 09-08-2010 05:56 AM

Stress associated with many diseases, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and depression may be linked to stress. Hair loss may occur suddenly and you have gone through a lot of stress treatments recently.Alternative another way to relieve stress, yoga and meditation to give you a therapeutic way to reduce stress. Even a simple relaxation technique proved to work with people who have stress in their lives. If you are unable to work on the problem of stress itself, then you may need to seek professional help.

philjows 09-08-2010 09:30 PM

Stress is the Main Factor Behind the Hair Loss.If You have Stress and Due to You have a Problem of Hair loss then You have to Take More Care Of Hair like take the Hair Spa Twice in a Week and Take a Food From Which You can Gain More protein.Try to reduce the Stress.

onefineday 11-15-2010 09:36 PM

I just got over a 6 month breakdown and hell, is my hair dealing with the effects of that now. I have lost a quarter to a third of it over the last 2 or 3 months. To top of the stress I just got fired from a job on my second day in because of something that wasn't even true, so I have no money. I have just started taking a multi-vitamin supplement and am looking into ways to reduce my stress (I suffer from severe stress), and am finding better foods to eat that may help (without a job and money that will be difficult though).
I am also thinking of seeing a doctor to see if they have any ideas.

yvonmul 01-25-2011 02:17 PM

trichologist
 
If at all possible, I'd recommend seeing a trichologist (hair doctor). I had hair loss due to stress ten years ago and the treatments helped. But it was expensive....about $100 each treatment for 7-10 treatments. I still have 2 small patchy areas that I hide with the rest of my hair but it looks MUCH better than before. He also gave me some product to use at home (lots of sulfates, though, to thoroughly cleanse scalp & encourage new growth). He also put topical solutions on my head and would use a sort of electronic massager as well.

gregory 01-31-2011 12:00 AM

Stress and hairloss
 
Stress is a major cause of hair loss, although not many people know about it. One of the easiest ways to reduce hair loss is to reduce the amount of stress in your life. Along with a healthy diet and maybe a shampoo or conditioner which actively promotes hair growth, reduce stress can actually do wonders for your hair line.


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