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Old 06-21-2012, 08:50 PM   #1
 
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Exclamation HELP! Trying to rule out cause of sudden hair loss

A few weeks ago, I started losing a ton of hair, and I still am everyday. I'm trying to rule out a few things. Please - anyone who's been experienced sudden hair loss provide suggestions. I'm desperate.

I'm trying to take into consideration that I have a lot of anxiety (I do not want to take medication for it), and as a result I may have caused myself to have TE (telogen effluvium). I had a very stressful argument with a co-worker just before my hair loss occurred...This could easily explain my initial hair loss, but it doesn't explain why it is STILL happening 3 weeks later.

I had a bad flaky scalp that started out of the blue when my hair loss started. I didn't change any hair products, so I don't know why I got it. I was afraid my scalp was getting buildup and clogged, so I did ACVs and baking soda scrubs. The flakes have been gone now for a week.

It was also a few weeks ago when I stopped taking Vitamin D. I read it is not necessary to take and since it wasn't prescribed to me by a Dr., I stopped taking it.

All these things I mentioned above have happened around the time my hair loss started. Now, one more thing to note:
I haven't gotten my hair professionally cut in about 2 years. I cut it myself...could this cause hair loss? I notice my hair is knottier than it was years ago. The reason I cut my own hair is I'm trying to grow it out and every stylist (CG or not) always cuts too much off and layers it too much even when I specifically tell them to take very little off. My hair just does not grow, so I get upset when stylists cut my locks too much.

I do exercise, I have been getting more sleep (still not enough probably), I drink a lot of water and eat healthy. In fact, my appetite has gone up and I even gained 2lbs, which I've been trying to do for over a year now. I have been lightheaded a lot lately, and thought it's possible I have an Iron deficiency, but I can't say for sure without testing.

If I can't get this figured out soon, I will consult a doc, but I thought if it's something simple like taking vitamin D or getting my hair cut, I'd hate to go through expensive blood testing and whatnot.

Can anyone help?
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:59 PM   #2
 
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When I read your first paragraph, the first thing that came to mind was, is this a case of stress. If it is, draw a plan to get it under control. I have a friend with zero hair anywhere on her body for the last 3 yrs. The reason is stress.

Nothing and no one is worth loosing your hair over!! Go to counseling, find a hobby you love, implement the Serenity Pray in your life, meditation, do whatever it takes to x stress out of your life, if you find it's the culprit.


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Old 06-22-2012, 01:04 AM   #3
 
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Yes,

My hair falls out from stress too. Stress causes dandruff too. Good luck honey, be kind to yourself.
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:15 AM   #4
 
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I kind of figured it is from stress/anxiety...I guess I was just hoping that it wasn't. I had no idea it could cause dandruff! Geez. Anxiety is something I've always lived with and can't seem to fully get rid of. It's especially worse at certain times of the month, as if my hormones are making it worse or something.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:10 AM   #5
 
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Yes stress can play a role in hair loss, but the lightheaded portion concerns me. Do you have long/or heavy menses (periods)? If so, iron deficiency could be a possibility. I take one iron tablet a day for mine and this made my hair and nails stronger (and it is not too big a dose of iron).
Is your scalp tender or irritated (especially with that dandruff described earlier)? If so, it could be a reaction to a new hair product or skin condition.
Couldn't hurt to take a multivitamin and one iron tab a day.....
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:41 AM   #6
 
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Your hair is falling out and you're light headed. And you're stressed out. This s not he place to get advice. You really need to see a doctor. Take care of yourself..
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:17 PM   #7
 
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Yes stress can play a role in hair loss, but the lightheaded portion concerns me. Do you have long/or heavy menses (periods)? If so, iron deficiency could be a possibility. I take one iron tablet a day for mine and this made my hair and nails stronger (and it is not too big a dose of iron).
Is your scalp tender or irritated (especially with that dandruff described earlier)? If so, it could be a reaction to a new hair product or skin condition.
Couldn't hurt to take a multivitamin and one iron tab a day.....
I've considered I could have an iron deficiency, so I take iron during that time of the month. It's funny you mention your nails being stronger...The past few months my nails have been awful. I thought it was because my hands were dry, but maybe that's an effect of iron deficiency. On a daily basis I take a multivitamin, B12, Quercetin, and aloe vera gel. I take zinc and D every now and then. I've definitely been planning to get a physical checkup. My workplace is suppose to be changing healthcare providers, so I was trying to wait it out until then. I need to just go though.

My scalp is often itchy, and the only area I get flakes in the hair that lines my face. I wonder if my facial cleanser is causing it. It often shows up a couple hours after showering, and I do wash my face with my facial cleanser in the shower. I haven't been using any new hair products for the past few months. I tried AG:Recoil shampoo (sulfate-free) today for the first time, and got bad dandruff. My entire scalp is itchy right now too...guess that means I can't use that shampoo

The past 2 days, I've lost MUCH LESS hair. Today it looked like I lost <50 strands! Talk about extremes. I was losing approx 175-250 a day. Coincidently, I'm off from work all week. Today I washed my hair with filtered water from a gallon carton versus my well water because there's concern at my house that the water may be giving my parents and myself hair issues.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:32 PM   #8
 
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One more thing... In case anyone is in the same situation as me, I just found a couple helpful links:

This one discusses the differences between dandruff and dry scalp, what causes them, and how to treat them:
UrbanBushBabes There is a Difference between Dandruff & Dry Scalp

This link discusses how to use natural products or foods to decrease shedding by killing off mold and fungus that cause dandruff:
http://urbanbushbabes.com/?p=11848

The many benefits of lavender for your hair:
http://urbanbushbabes.com/?p=11389
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Gel: GFCC mousse, HETT, Aquage Megagel
Also: Aloe Vera juice or Alba Leave-in. Weekly ACV rinse.
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Old 07-03-2012, 07:24 AM   #9
 
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Are you taking flaxseed oil? Just got off a website where a lot of people were saying they noticed a lot of hair coming out after they had been taking that oil (some people said it was great).
this is the website (if the link works); Flax Seed Oil and Hair Loss - Balding Blog
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Old 07-08-2012, 05:20 PM   #10
 
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New to the forum, but I've been experiencing the same problem, and wondering what the cause was. Around the time that I started noticing this thin patch right at the front of my hairline, I had switched from a sulfate-free shampoo to something with sulfates. I immediately went back to sulfate free, and while I haven't noticed it getting REALLY better, I'm definitely not losing as much. I also had the lightheadedness, but found that my iron levels were normal (for the first time EVER in my life!). I really think it's stress-related. I started using the Alterna Caviar Clinical thinning hair treatment, but like I said, I can't tell if it's actually encouraging new growth. I see that it hasn't grown any bigger, though.

Now I'm going to try the Naturally Curly way, and see if that helps. I've got to love my hair and scalp, or they're going to be the death of me. I think once the stress levels are manageable again, and I get my scalp cleared up, the thinning will stop. Hope you find a solution to your thinning soon!
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:53 AM   #11
 
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You may want to ask your doctor to check if you have a thyroid condition also. My hair started falling out in large amounts. After a series of tests, my doctor told me I had a thyroid condition. Nothing life threatening but it required a dosage of radiation. Now I take thyroid replacement medication and my hair isn't falling out as much. Oh, and this condition can be severely impacted by stress so you should definitely get it checked out asap...
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