My Hair is falling out! :(

Oh my GOD!! I have been noticing in the last few weeks or so that my hair is getting thinner than normal and there’s a bit of it on my pillow and it never used to be there before. I don’t want to go bald! I’m scared to death of losing my hair. What do I do?

I have thin naturally curly hair, I don’t shampoo - I condition instead - every 3rd day or so and what comes out in my hands is terrifying in so many ways. My mom suggested the Nioxin products and I’m trying those - Yikes they’re expensive.

Could my hair products be causing my pores to be clogged? Is that even possible? Am I stressed?? Of course I am, but I exercise (jogging) at least 4 times a week. Minimum of 2 miles per day.

I haven’t been to the doctor yet as I’m quite embarrassed about this and I don’t know where to turn. I’m only 32 yrs old, I can’t lose my curls, I just can’t.

Help :verysad:

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Sorry about your predicament.:hug: I would start with your primary care physician. There are a number of medical reasons for hair loss in women or anyone for that matter. Thyroid disease for starters. If your diet is low in fat your body may not have enough to make estrogen which will make your hair fall out. Stress will also increase hair loss.

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I would go see your doctor. I had the same thing happen after my son was born and I was really embarrased to tell anyone, but it got to the point all I could wear is a hat or everyone would know. It turned out I had Thyroid disease. I still have a problem with my hair thinning a little, but nothing like my bald patches.

I knew a girl who had Alapecia (I am sure that is not spelt right)
It was something where she just started losing her hair in odd patches. From what I remember her telling me, it was something that wasn’t caused by anything, could start and stop for no reason, and could be light, or could be all your hair (like eyelashes and such.)

Hers grew back in a few months.

Not saying that is what you have, but might be something to look into…

Definitely go see your doc. This is nothing to be embarrassed about and like the others on here have said, it could be a medical issue that you need to have diagnosed and treated. Don’t put it off! This could be something simple and you will have worried for nothing.

I finally gave in and started shaving my head.
Mine was thick curly hair and the ones that first left were the thick ones that cause the curls.

My mother and grandmother had thin curly hair when I knew them, both were on the thinning side. Perhaps it’s par for the course. How’s the person you inherited your curls from?
(I inherited my baldness.)

Are you eating? A friend who was a vegetarian for animal issues (rather than health issues) wasn’t eating right and she cause all kinds of malnutrition problems like loose teeth and falling hair.

Definitely see a doctor. They probably have a cure for what ails you. They figured out my friend (by telling her to start eating meat).

There are a lot of things that can cause hair loss including stress. You need to go see your doctor. :hug:

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A doctor is just who you need to see when you are embarrased to go anywhere else. I’m betting it’s a thyroid problem,and though they aren’t usually ‘cured’ they sure can be fixed up well.

I don’t think you’ll have to join with Mike in shaving your head.

Good luck!

Yes, I was just about to say, when I was a nutritionist, I used to see various nutritional deficiencies causing these types of issues. Have your thyroid checked. Be certain you are eating WHOLE foods (not refined, processed, “junk”) and take a high-powered BIOTIN supplement from a health food store - along with a broad-spectrum multi-vitamin, multi-mineral, just to cover all your basics. [B]Mineral[/B] deficiency is far more common that people realize, and it can screw up a LOT of things in your body. But minerals must come from plants (not vitamin pills) to be absorbed. So eat those leafy greens!!!


Yes, see your doctor. I, too, lose a lot of hair. My doctor ran all kinds of tests to try to figure out why. I had thyroid disease. However, even after being on thyroid medication, I was still losing a lot of hair. My doctor finally decided I was just a natural shedder.
Yep, like a dog. At certain times of the year-spring and fall or if I’m under a lot of stress, my hair comes out more. I still have lots of hair even though its now turning gray:doh:
When my hair was really long, I had to remove my carpet because I kept burning up vacuum cleaners–my hair would twist around the beater bar and burn the motor up. It was easier just to sweep it up.
I still feel bad cause I shed on [B][I]MY DOG[/I][/B]!:shock: Ginger the poodle doesn’t shed–I’m having to constantly remove [B][I]MY HAIR[/I][/B] from her coat!:hair:

About 6 years ago my hair was falling out, I was tired all the time, achy and had gained 20 pounds over the course of 6 to 8 months. I contributed all my ailments to stress. I finally went to the doctor and he ran tests. I have hypothyroidism. He gave me a Rx and in time my symptoms went away–except for the extra weight (but I’m working on losing it–I’ve lost 10 pounds on Weight Watchers.) So, go to the doctor and keep us posted.

Don’t ever be embarrased to go see your doctor. They’ve seen it all before and would never laugh at you if that’s what you’re worried about. Go to your doc at once. New products that you try may not help but actually hurt the condition. Start at the beginning with a complete exam.

It’ll be okay.:hug:

Yikes–that would scare me, too! :hug:

I am only going to tell you what everyone else has said: go see your doctor. Look at it like this - doctors see all sorts of embarassing stuff that is way worse than hair loss, right? (I mean, really, just think about all of the crazy predicaments that people get into!) Would you rather that your doctor (who has to keep things confidential by law) know that you’re having some hair loss, or would you rather that your spouse/friends/co-workers/kids notice after it has gotten really bad?

Go now, nip the problem (whatever it is) in the bud, and get your hair back before anyone else can tell. :slight_smile: Think of it as covert-ops.

:hug: I’m sorry this is happening to you. But like the others have suggested, I recommend you seeing your physician. Doing sooner than later would be best.

Keep us posted.

Will this help with thinning hair?

Yes, If you’ll check the label on the hair formulas at a healthfood store, you’ll see that they have a LOT of biotin in them (or should!) You’ll need to take around 3000 a day to see a difference, then taper back (2000, 1000) as your deficiency is improved. Consult with the healthfood store employees, and check to see if they have a nutritionist on staff. (That was my former occupation)

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I’m going to have to say no to the head shaving idea, but thanks for the suggestion. :teehee:

I got my curls from my Dad, and he’s pretty much bald. :pout:

Am I eating??!! Are you kidding me! I’m always eating :rofl: I have a very fast metabolism, which most people hate me for (as if I can control it :roll: ) yes, I can keep my weight off easily, but only if I exercise, which I have started up again in the last few weeks. So I’m always eating something. I’m always hungry. I’m not a vegetarian either. We eat meat every night.

I was also going to suggest having your thyroid checked. I had Graves disease (hyper) and through treatment am now hypo. And I’ve also had “shedding” issues periodically.

That’s not a good sign. Although baldness in men is from your mother’s father your hair type could be like my mother’s and grandmother’s.

I’d still check with a doctor, what used to be inherited thinning isn’t always the case now, like Rogain.
It wasn’t worth the expense to me but for a female it probably would be.

I’m also skinny. I tell people who struggle with weight and comment on me they have to follow my special diet … at least one cake, pie or cheesecake to yourself a week.
If they’re going to hate you anyway, may as well rub it in. :stuck_out_tongue:

That’s one way I’ve never looked at it. Thanks!! :teehee: