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Hair loss and other symptoms

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  • Posted By: winter67
  • September 19, 2008
  • 11:47 PM

I'm 17 and have been experiencing hair loss for over 2 years now. I noticed that I had more scalp hair shedding than normal and became concerned. In the past few months, I started to notice pubic hair, eyelashes, and eyebrow hairs were shedding a lot too. Irregular periods (ever since my first one), lightheaded, and tiredness are my other symptoms that I think are related to the hair loss.
I've seen different doctors and none of them seem to help me. I went to a general doctor, gynocologist, endocrinologist, and a dermatologist. I've had 2 thyroid tests, a few hormon level tests, and others for different level testings and all came back normal. I have also tried a birth control pill and Metformin pills to try and help with the symptoms, but neither has worked. My doctors seem to overlook my hair loss and try to figure out the other symptoms but I think they are all realted in some way. I just want some ideas or suggestions as to what I can do next because I can't find answers on the internet and my doctors aren't suggesting any kind of diagnosis.
Thank you.

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  • Well, a diagnosis would be difficult over the internet under any circumstances, so don't let that factor disappoint you. It's important to determine whether you are experiencing alopecia and not just "shedding" your hair. Disorders such as alopecia totalis can arise wherein all body hair ceases to regenerate. In most cases where uncharacteristic hair loss is being experienced, it can be due to an immune disorder or syndrome. So it's important to determine if you now have areas where no hair is regenerating, or whether you simply find that the rate at which the hair is cycling is increased. In other words, patients with a variation of alopecia will have areas of baldness or patchquilt type hair growth and the cause is typically immunological or endocrine related. By contrast, persons who are experiencing shedding and new growth at varying or irregular levels, can encounter this manifestation as a consequence of stress or reaction to certain medications. Depending upon the category you fall into, the direction to proceed in determining the cause would vary to some extent. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • September 20, 2008
    • 00:00 AM
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  • My dermatologist confirmed that it wasn't alopecia because I don't have any patches of missing hair. I just have general shedding hair all over. My hair doesn't seem to be growing back after it falls out and all of the hairs have little white balls on their tips.
    winter67 1 Replies
    • September 20, 2008
    • 05:07 PM
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