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Hair thinning and hair texture probs

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 11, 2008
  • 10:57 PM

27 yrs old, female. Started experiencing a change in hair quality 5 mos ago:

1.hair got extremely fine and fly-away; to a point where it felt like someone else's hair
2. tight knots started forming, making it completely unmanageable

Roughly 1.5 month after first experiencing these symptoms, I went through an acute diffuse hair-loss phase (which, in hindsight pre-existed at a much slower pace)
lasting for 3 days (and coincided with my period). This was accompanied by dramatic change in hair texture, which remained fine, but became silky in texture, and took ages to dry when washed. I also started sweating excessively, my scalp became extremely oily, itchy, and needed washing every 20 hrs or so. I also noticed extreme fatigue (couldn't get enough sleep), and my skin became ultra-thin as well. Hair abnormalities are confined only to the scalp. I have been on no medication nor on the pill before, or during all these manifestations.

My GP recommended some exams, iron was low but normal as were ferretin levels (is that the english term?). Calcium, magnesium also normal. Oestrogen + progesterone + thyroid: normal. He prescribed iron supplements and multivitamins containing several minerals, as well as monoxidil.

The same 3-day acute hair loss re-occurred the following month.

I am no longer shedding hair (!), however my hair is still in a bad state (almost see-through and limp). I have also been experiencing irregularities in my menstrual cycle (shorter than usual) during the last 3 months.
I fear the hair shedding will return, as I still don't know what caused it, and am still experiencing all the other symptoms.

I am in desperate need for answers as to:

1.what the cause might be
2. what the prognosis might be,

also, is it possible to experience dramatic flunctuations in hair texture, limpness + diameter of the follicule within the space of a few days? Or is it my imagination?

Looking forward to your answers...

Thank you in advance,

Anna

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  • same thing happening to me.....but its chronic. the ends look like paintbrush and are thinner than the rest. been falling out and growing back and falling out. kind of knotty and due to the ends being thinner and funny looking, it tangles. the fly away thing is very annoying. it all started at the same time i got kp on my arms. a few years ago, one adrenal gland was removed. thyroid labs normal, exhausted, weight always going up. also, have rosacea, came at the same time as all of this started. went to derm, they prescribed minoxidil and creams and potions they make. very expensive and didnt work. made my scalp crack. i want my old hair and skin back. it doesnt feel like mine whatsoever. i'm self conscious about the skin on my face and arms. i even had a super break out on my legs at one point. i need help, no more quacks. i've all but given up. i am postmenopausal due to total hysterectomy. no hrt. maybe thats it but those labs were normal too.
    shariny66 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • same thing happening to me.....but its chronic. the ends look like paintbrush and are thinner than the rest. been falling out and growing back and falling out. kind of knotty and due to the ends being thinner and funny looking, it tangles. the fly away thing is very annoying. it all started at the same time i got kp on my arms. a few years ago, one adrenal gland was removed. thyroid labs normal, exhausted, weight always going up. also, have rosacea, came at the same time as all of this started. went to derm, they prescribed minoxidil and creams and potions they make. very expensive and didnt work. made my scalp crack. i want my old hair and skin back. it doesnt feel like mine whatsoever. i'm self conscious about the skin on my face and arms. i even had a super break out on my legs at one point. i need help, no more quacks. i've all but given up. i am postmenopausal due to total hysterectomy. no hrt. maybe thats it but those labs were normal too.
    shariny66 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • Sorry to hear that Shariny66, I know from personal experience how depressing this may be...An update: all hormonal exams were normal, and hair loss has since stopped. However, my new hair (!) is soft, dry and extremely fine.Also, being non-porous, it will not absorb any hair dye, nor is it amenable to styling -curls just won't set! :(.The dermatologist now considers my condition chronic, though no formal diagnosis has been made... He claims it is some sort of 'hair sensitivity' and nothing can be done about it. Does anyone have any suggestions as to why this has happened and how long it might last for? Is it likely to be permanent? Any tips on how to improve if possible? I feel I am too young to be walking around with menopausal-like hair! same thing happening to me.....but its chronic. the ends look like paintbrush and are thinner than the rest. been falling out and growing back and falling out. kind of knotty and due to the ends being thinner and funny looking, it tangles. the fly away thing is very annoying. it all started at the same time i got kp on my arms. a few years ago, one adrenal gland was removed. thyroid labs normal, exhausted, weight always going up. also, have rosacea, came at the same time as all of this started. went to derm, they prescribed minoxidil and creams and potions they make. very expensive and didnt work. made my scalp crack. i want my old hair and skin back. it doesnt feel like mine whatsoever. i'm self conscious about the skin on my face and arms. i even had a super break out on my legs at one point. i need help, no more quacks. i've all but given up. i am postmenopausal due to total hysterectomy. no hrt. maybe thats it but those labs were normal too.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for the input, Blaze.... Symptoms don't seem to fit in my case...Not sure Lyme disease is common in Europe either...Thanks for taking the time to respond, nonetheless...
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  • hi i am sorry to hear about all your problems i had a few problems with my hair and my gp seems to think it is anxiety but i am a qualifed hairdresser and do not agree a few things can change hair due to illness as your hair is the last thing to get the vitals it needs if there are other problems in the body or it can depend on how you treat your hair eg;products,perm,colour,hairsprays etc... if you take certain medication or even the pill and certain artifical hormones if your hair is dry and damaged appearance it could even be dermatitis of the scalp since i had my problems i switched my hair care to mop c system hydrating shampoo,reconstructor,and hydrating conditioner and use philip kingley elastizer which i sleep in my hair has improved dramatically stronger ,longer,shiner if i can be any help please feel free to ask good luck
    leighwakeling 1 Replies Flag this Response
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