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Old 11-11-2006, 08:55 PM   #1
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Help with a cause for my hairloss

I'm losing handfuls of hair everyday. It has been since Sept. My hair is naturally thick and now it is painfully thin. I'm really concerned. I started a low fat diet in May. By July I had dropped about 15lbs. In all, I have lost about 20-25lbs since the start. Another compounding factor, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in Aug.. So I have continued the low fat diet b/c of the MS dx. I have been eating healthier than I ever have. My diet consist of chicken and turkey (wht meat only), fish, fruit, veggies, nuts, lots of frozen yogart (my treat), cereals, pastas, rice, etc... I do eat soy. Does soy cause hair loss? Does this sound like diet or weight loss is causing the hair loss? Or is it MS? Or is it something totally different? Neuro ordered blood test for my thyroid to check that. Results next week. Any suggestions to promote hair growth? Thnx

 
Old 11-12-2006, 03:43 PM   #2
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Re: Help with a cause for my hairloss

The low fat could be the culprit. Your thyroid also. If your are peri or post menopausal, it could be a lack of estrogen. But, I'd suspect the low fat.

 
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Old 11-12-2006, 04:18 PM   #3
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Hi Anxious,

First off im sorry your dealing with the MS diagnosis, on the positive side there are some tremendous meds to keep it at bay

As for your HL it could be a number of things, but I doubt your MS is actually causing the hl -probably stress with your diagnosis- going through getting diagnosed- dealing with the worries of that along with your recent weight loss (congrats on that by the way) and possible perimenapause - drops in estrogen can cause hair loss. The way your describing sounds like Teleflum Efflugium where you loose hair suddenly due to a traumatic event. If its diffuse and not leaving bald patches anywhere and its sudden meaning you did not have thinning in any way prior, its safe to say its a temp shed. It could have easily been triggered by stress and dietary changes. There are other genetic forms of hair loss but its more slow and from the top and crown of the scalp. But it does not sound like you are describing this so it sounds more like a TE shed and it can take up to 6 mos for a TE shed to stop- it tends to taper off

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Re: Help with a cause for my hairloss

Thanks for the responses. Forgot to mention that I'm 35 and still taking birth control pills. It could very well be stress. I'm handling my new dx well but it comes with full time job and 2 youngsters to take care of. My life is pretty hectic. I'm glad to hear that it may just be a temporary shed. However, if it can last up to 6 mos. I will have bald areas. So far, no scalp is showing but my hair is terribly thin. I can't change my diet. I'm sticking with the low fat for medical reasons. I will find out results from my thyroid test soon. Was there any advise for how to promote hair growth? Any success with shampoos on the market, etc..?

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Old 11-12-2006, 10:06 PM   #5
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Re: Help with a cause for my hairloss

You could try the Rogaine for women.
But use Retin A with it.
It was al found out, that that applying Retin-A with Minoxidil increases the absorption of Minoxidil on the hair.
Minoxidil is the main incredient in Rogaine.
Retin-A should be applied separately from Minoxidil.
If you mix them together, you will weaken them.
Put the Retin-A on your hair, then wait 15 minutes till it dry's.
Then apply the Minoxidil on your hair.

For shampoos, I like the Thicker Fuller Hair.
They sell that in CVS.
Thats a very good shampoo.
It has alot of good ingredients.
Anther great shampoo is called Abba Creme moist.
Do a search of it online or look on E bay.
Remember they spell creme like that.
Its got the best ingredients and feels really good on your hair.
It lathers really nice.
It will improve your hair shaft.
It has Cherry Bark, Almond, Wheat Protein, Wheat Starch, Soy, Aloe, Chamomilla, Flower extract, Cucumber, Amino acids.

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Old 11-13-2006, 05:53 AM   #6
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Re: Help with a cause for my hairloss

I would not recommend using minoxidil on your hair until you find the cause of your hair loss first!!! It could be a number of things... the change in your diet, the bcp's you are taking (some of them can cause hair loss), your thyroid, lowered estrogen... please have a full blood test workup before you start slathering your scalp with unnecessary chemicals such as minoxidil and retin-a...

What BCP's are you taking? Please let me know your thyroid results... Is your doc also doing a hormone panel test as well? I would be interested in seeing what your DHEA, Estradiol and Testosterone levels are...

 
Old 11-13-2006, 01:10 PM   #7
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Re: Help with a cause for my hairloss

Again I thank you for the responses. As you know, hairloss is a frightening thing! I'm just starting to really get concerned about this issue so I haven't had my doctors test all of those things. I just started with the thyroid because I knew that could be a problem. I thank you for the list of things to test for. I made an appointment with a Dermatologist for tomorrow. I will make sure he covers all of those test. I have had my hormones tested in the past and they were out of whack! From what I recall my free testosterone was very high. I can't remember the other results, it's been a few years. I will repost in a week or so when I have more answers. I agree that I will hold of on the stronger meds/shampoos until I know. I might start with some of the better store bought shampoos/conditioners. Thnx!!!!!

 
Old 11-14-2006, 09:37 AM   #8
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You are quite welcome! High testosterone (as well as low estrogen) are very common hair loss triggers... sometimes they can be reversed with something as simple as a birth control pill... (side note on the bcp: make sure that it is a BCP that is not androgenic... your doc will be able to tell you this... or you can ask me... hee hee)

Please keep me updated... I'll help all I can...

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Old 11-15-2006, 08:14 PM   #9
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Re: Help with a cause for my hairloss

Well, I'm discouraged. I went to a dermatologist actually a PA-C (physician assistant). He doesn't want to run any test at this point. He is certain from my description (weight loss, diet, MS episode and dx) that it is just a temporary shed. Right away he said rogaine to keep the hair I do have and biotin for a supplement. He wants to see me in 1 month to see if the hair loss has slowed or stopped. I asked him again "are you sure you don't want to see my hormone levels, iron levels, etc?" No, not at this point. If things haven't improved for you in a month then we can run those. He says with cases like mine test usually are all normal and the loss is just do to stress imposed on the body. So I left his office disappointed. I got even more disappointed when I went to the store to buy Rogaine for women. Everything in the pamphlet says I shouldn't be using that product. It's not a gradual loss, hereditary, etc.. My loss is from systemic problems. Also, it says to apply it with a dropper to thin areas like along your part. My hair is thinning all over, a generalized thinning. I thought a spray, shampoo or something similar is what I need. Coverage everywhere. It's not 1 or 2 spots on my head. So, I started it today. I'm not sure why. I ran the dropper over several places on my scalp and kind of massaged the product in. I'm afraid it's going to make things worse. I'm going to go back for my 1 mo. appt and I'm going to be no better off. Very frustrating!

 
Old 11-15-2006, 08:34 PM   #10
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Awe hon dont get discouraged

Listen here are some safe things to do for your hair

Take evening primrose oil you can get it anywhere and one doc said it does not matter what kind of hair loss you have, primrose can help nourish the hair.

Biotin
I take two tums daily for the calcium
b complex vitamins
I use tea tree oil shampoo from the health store it makes my scalp feel good
drink lots of water
Try try and be calm and not get to worried about it. I know what you mean mine is super fine also, I loose about 70 hairs a day, try once and count them you probably are loosing less then you think up to 150 a day is considered normal.

If it gets worse then go back and insist on the blood work. You mentioned elevated testosterone mine was borderline high and im having hl also, not sure what kind just yet. IM on Yasmin which is a hair friendly birth control pill, I know many others can actually be bad and androgenic!!!

Keep us poste?

 
Old 11-16-2006, 05:55 AM   #11
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First off... FIRE YOUR DOCTOR! If you request blood work, they need to run it... simple as that...

Secondly, most doctors are quick to say "Rogaine" even if it won't help because that is all they know... ESPECIALLY a PA... a PA is not a hair loss specialist and is in GENERAL practice only... You need the tests and you shouldn't do any sort of drug treatment until you have the tests done...

 
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Re: Help with a cause for my hairloss

Anxious,

Yeah, it is odd that he doesn't want to run tests. In my experience, that's their first course of action. They usually suggest that the hair loss is a problem with your thyroid. The only way to find out is to get a blood test.

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Old 11-16-2006, 06:35 PM   #13
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I'm losing handfuls of hair everyday. It has been since Sept. My hair is naturally thick and now it is painfully thin. I'm really concerned. I started a low fat diet in May. By July I had dropped about 15lbs. In all, I have lost about 20-25lbs since the start. Another compounding factor, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in Aug.. So I have continued the low fat diet b/c of the MS dx. I have been eating healthier than I ever have. My diet consist of chicken and turkey (wht meat only), fish, fruit, veggies, nuts, lots of frozen yogart (my treat), cereals, pastas, rice, etc... I do eat soy. Does soy cause hair loss? Does this sound like diet or weight loss is causing the hair loss? Or is it MS? Or is it something totally different? Neuro ordered blood test for my thyroid to check that. Results next week. Any suggestions to promote hair growth? Thnx
Are you taking any of the ABC drugs? If so, that would be something to look at. Your diet is very healthy. Congratulations on losing weight.

 
Old 11-17-2006, 11:50 AM   #14
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Re: Help with a cause for my hairloss

Thanks for the help and interest you have all shown.

Kittywitty-Thyroid is the one blood test that I have got. It is normal. Hooray

Anony1- I'm not on the ABC's, yet. I'm starting Avonex in the next few weeks. I'm really concerned b/c I know that those can cause hair loss. That will be a confounding factor. I'm not sure what to do about that.

I did start the Rogaine 2 days ago, per my dumb PA-C's instructions. The first 2 days I feel like it has been even worse. Can Rogaine make hair loss worse?

 
Old 11-17-2006, 04:14 PM   #15
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Anxiousme....I've heard that dermatologists are using Rogaine "off label" to speed up growth. Chemo, medications, stress, etc. Rogaine should not make hair loss worse. It takes time to take effect.

A friend has been on Copaxone for six months without any side effects. Good luck with Avonex.

 
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