Thursday, February 9, 2012

99 Problems...

So recently I've found myself facing a new adversary/enemy/evil. No it's not the scale, it's something entirely different and completely upsetting.  All of a sudden last month my hair started falling out, a LOT and I'll admit it's been pretty crappy dealing with it.  I'm fairly certain it's a combo of stress and hormonal imbalance but whatever the frack is doing this, ima 'bout ready to lose my ever-loving-mind....

It's not like I'm some paunchy, middle aged man who can accept this sort of thing as just being part of life.
 A 30-something woman losing her hair is not OK. 
The hair gods have been cruel to me, and this seems like their latest prank. I already have thin, fine hair and am no stranger to using every thickening, volumizing and strengthening hair product ever created.  EVER CREATED.

(Now before you start asking if the hair loss is related to my latest diet, I'd have to disagree because though I joke about "being hangry and starving" I'm certainly not. I'm following Weight Watchers, and losing in a slow and sensible way.)  

The hair loss started before my latest diet so I doubt there's any link. I've had my thyroid and iron levels tested and everything seems ok. So this leaves me feeling even more bummed because I don't exactly know the cause of this hair loss???
I've got a referral to a dermatologist next month to check out the problem further (telogen effluvium- is what it's called) and I've already shelled out plenty for the latest products that claim to prevent hair loss...and I'll admit I've borrowed my dad's Rogaine...since my family doctor said that's exactly what the Dermo will prescribe anyway!

Seriously? Ugh.

So my question is, have any of you ever experienced sudden hair loss (other than post-pregnancy) and if so, how did you not lose your mind?!?!  Did your hair come back and how long did it fall out for?

 Feeling NOT so 


2onplateaus said...

I´m so sorry to hear hair always looks better when I´m doing WW because I´m eating healthy stuff all the time so I also think it´s not the diet.
Rogain is a good one, and maybe you should concentrate on the stress...I´m doing yoga every day for at least 15 min and I stopped drinking wine (gasp!). I´m still working on my patience and all (crazy mom)but it helps me to deal with all the stress I have. Hugs!
xo Doro

Marie a la Mode said...

Oh no, I'm sorry to hear that! I hope the Dermatologist can give you some answers! I don't think it would be your diet....Good luck! Let us know how your appointment goes.

Chicago Mom (Heather) said...

I've lost a ton of hair recently too. I think it's b/c I lost 21 pounds pretty quickly. I'm actually cutting 2-3 inches today to make it look thicker. I need to get my thyroid tested!!

kimberdoll said...

I'm sorry to hear you are experiencing this! I've yet to have any of my hair fall out, but it sounds like you are doing all you can to remedy the situation... I'm sending lots of re growth energy your way!

Peace Love Applesauce- Terri said...

there's always a crap ton of hair in the drain when I get out of the shower.. i have no idea how i'm not bald already but i have noticed my hair's a lot thinner the older i get. bummer!

Sara Louise said...

I haven't had sudden hair loss per se, but I definitely have less hair than I did 15 years ago. I look at photos of myself when I was younger and I had this incredible mane of curls - which of course I hated. And now, it's much, much thinner.
Best of luck with the treatments :-) x

Tracy D said...

I'm so sorry to hear this, I can imagine how stressful this must be. I hope you get some answers soon!

Anonymous said...

DO NOT do Rogaine until you have researched all other options and tried to figure out exactly what this is first! Once you start Rogaine you have to stay on it for life if you want to maintain results (and that's if you get results), and you will get what's called a "dread shed" in the beginning where a lot of hair will come out.

I'm losing my hair too and found out I have an autoimmune disorder. Be sure you get lots of bloodwork done.

I feel for you. Hairloss SUCKS beyond all belief :(

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