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Old 02-02-2013, 11:58 AM   #1
 
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Default 5 years of shedding, still no diagnosis & it's getting worse! :(

Hi girls,
Please help! I've always had thin hair (doesn't really run in the family though), I've had blood tests etc done and nothing has come up.
Since I moved 200 miles it got worse. To start with I just thought it was the stress of moving or the water etc, but after 5 years it's still an ongoing problem
I used to be able to put my hair up and hair a hair clip in. Now my hair is so thin the same clip wont stay in for more than an hour. (I don't normally wear my hair up as I heard this can make it worse)
I eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, take a multivitamin and pretty much everything else I can do.

I've had hairdressers give me various shampoos and potions to "help" but nothing does.
I've also taken a hair/skin/nail tablet which hasn't had any effect.

Then, my hairdresser 6 months ago, noticed a patch of hair (about 3" in diameter) of hair breakage. It looked like it had been caught in a hairdryer (despite not using one on my hair). I was mortified. The hair is still there and is significantly thinner than my already thin hair, plus it kinks out when it's been washed.

I've also got hair breakage all over the top of my hair. My hair feels thicker at the roots than it does at the nape.

Please help! I'm at my wits end.
ps the photo is from my engagement shoot. I'd love normal hair.
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:03 PM   #2
 
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Did they run a full thyroid panel (not just TSH)? Do you know what your actual #s are?
Some info to talk with your doctor about: Does Your Doctor Know About the New TSH Lab Standards?
That site actually has a lot of really good info.
Do you have a lot of the traditional hypothyroid symptoms?
More info here: My TSH Test Results Are Normal, But I Still Have Symptoms

I don't know how old you are, but perimenopause can also be a factor. That can start in your 30's.

I assume the doctor checked your iron and the levels of other vitimains and minerals?

For me, I was experiencing a lot of hair loss and my TSH was just under 3. Some endocrinologists say under 2 is better for women. I asked and got my doc to prescribe a low dose of thyroid hormone, I'm also 45 and definitely perimenopausal (oh the joys). I also use an OTC progesterone cream from Amazon and both have helped a lot.

Good luck!
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:53 PM   #3
 
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Make sure you are eating enough protein.... sounds like what my hair was like when I was young & not getting enough. Be sure you are not using any plastics, PVA, PVP in your products. How are your iron levels?
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Amla,brahim,and henna helped me tremendously with my shedding

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Old 02-10-2013, 09:49 AM   #5
 
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Amla,brahim,and henna helped me tremendously with my shedding

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This...
I was going to recommend ayurvedic herbs for cleansing and conditioning...it can take more time and be a bit messy, but when I use them regularly shedding is less, hair feels thicker and I notice new growth at my hairline...granted, I don't have major thinning issues, but aritha, shikakai & neem for cleansing, and adding brahmi, amla & bhingraj for conditioning seems to really help with growth and thickness...wishing you well...
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:51 PM   #6
 
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I think you should try using castor oil in your hair. It helps with thickness, so even if/when your hair sheds, it'll come back thicker and fill in bald spots. Jamaican black castor oil is best for this. My hair has been shedding profusely for ages now, and my hair hasn't gotten any thinner because of the JBCO I just mentioned. It's awesome!
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I have tried everything. I went to the dermatologist and they ran test and nothing out of the norm. She told me to use Mens Rogaine 5%. So I use that along with hair pill from GNC. My hair is still thinning but the shedding has decreased.
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Hey Hamster,

I feel very concerned about your post because I always had myself really thin hair and a low hair density. Last year, I lost a lot of my hair and I was really worried about that. I couldn't find why I lost it !

I discovered I had alopecia (Hard to explain because I'm not english-speaking but you can find a lot of informations on google). To sum up, it's the baldness but for women. Hormones were the reason of my hair loss so I thought : my oral contraception ! My hair loss matched when I began my oral contraception. Some oral contraceptions can accelerate the alopecia (I was only 20 and the alopecia affects older women in general), fight it, or have no effect. Since I changed my oral contraception, everything is alright.

If you take oral contraception, maybe that's the cause.

Now I try everything to have my hair back ! Castor oil is really effective, I really recommend it. I know there are some treatments to fight against the alopecia (in France, the name is Minoxidil but it may be the equivalent of "Mens Rogain 5%" which hrcubsgirl talked about) but it's really restrictive.

Sorry it must be full of mistakes in my post, but I hope it is understandable !
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Where do you get Ayurvedic oils? i've tried everywhere..i heard they're really good for damaged hair.
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Where do you get Ayurvedic oils? i've tried everywhere..i heard they're really good for damaged hair.
Dabur Vatika Oil is really good and super cheap (~$4 for a 5 oz bottle). It's basically coconut oil infused with amla, neem, henna, brahmi & lemon oil. You can get it at any Indian grocery store, and Amazon also has it.

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Hi girls,
Please help! I've always had thin hair (doesn't really run in the family though), I've had blood tests etc done and nothing has come up.
Since I moved 200 miles it got worse. To start with I just thought it was the stress of moving or the water etc, but after 5 years it's still an ongoing problem
I used to be able to put my hair up and hair a hair clip in. Now my hair is so thin the same clip wont stay in for more than an hour. (I don't normally wear my hair up as I heard this can make it worse)
I eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, take a multivitamin and pretty much everything else I can do.

I've had hairdressers give me various shampoos and potions to "help" but nothing does.
I've also taken a hair/skin/nail tablet which hasn't had any effect.

Then, my hairdresser 6 months ago, noticed a patch of hair (about 3" in diameter) of hair breakage. It looked like it had been caught in a hairdryer (despite not using one on my hair). I was mortified. The hair is still there and is significantly thinner than my already thin hair, plus it kinks out when it's been washed.

I've also got hair breakage all over the top of my hair. My hair feels thicker at the roots than it does at the nape.

Please help! I'm at my wits end.
ps the photo is from my engagement shoot. I'd love normal hair.
We have the same type of hair. I wish I knew. It runs in my family as starts at the same age.
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My mom had rapid hair loss and the dermatologist was NOT at all helpful. She diagnosed her with male pattern baldness after all her tests came back normal and sent her on her way. We do NOT have male pattern baldness in the family. My mom went to family doctors and even an endocrinologist. They tried low doses of synthroid (thyroid medicine) on her, along with other things, to no avail. My mom discovered on her own research that it was a medication she was taking that caused it. (It was a side effect, but not a common one) She also wasn't eating enough protein which didn't help her. Her hair has since grown back and its curly. (shes very happy about that) Are you on any medications? Are you eating a good balanced diet? Those are two factors that can make huge differences on hair growth and/or loss. All I can say is, be your own advocate. Sometimes docs have a hard time figuring it out.
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