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I just got back from the hair salon and want to cry.

...the haircut itself was ok, - no major disasters there. But the hairdresser just confirmed the thing I've been getting increasingly upset about over the past year or so. That my hair's falling out.

I used to have long, thick blonde hair but over the last year I reckon over half of it has gone. Every time I run my fingers through what's left of it I am surprised by how little there is. It's so fine and dry, and whenever I wash it so much falls out - it's scary. I'm only 23! What's going on?!

I dunno if anyone remembers me from the old board (MovieMouse) but I'm still taking Dexedrine (20-30mg) and Provigil (100 - 300mg). I've been suffering from stress and had to defer my final year of university so I'm wondering if all this could be just down to that or if the meds might be making it worse. What can I do to make it better?!

~M~

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Mouse,

ask your doc to test your thyroid asap.  it could be stress, but not having enough thyroid hormone can cause your hair to fall out.  low thryroid also causes lots of other things like low energy, depression, weight gain, etc.  it's easily tested for and treated.  (says the girl who loves her thyroid meds now that she has them and her hair has stopped falling out) 

of course i'm not dxing you w/ this via the internet, just saying to have your doc check you out for hypothyroidism as hair loss is a symptom. 

nice to see you back around here

penny

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Mouse,

If it's not your thyroid, it could be that the meds are throwing your hormones out of balance.

Taking  a women's health vitamin (Regularly!) seems to help my med-induced hair loss issues.

Also, just general health stuff, like good diet, exercise, relaxation, etc. . . seems to help.

I have had recurring problems with hair loss since I started taking MI meds 15 years ago.  It seems that whenever I change meds (no matter what they are), I start to shed. But I have had it grow back when I take extra steps to keep my body healthy.  This pattern has led me to theorize that it has to do with hormone balance issues. 

But what do I know?  I'm not a doctor  *I'm just a girl who finally has new little sprouts coming in after switching to Cymbalta and clogging my shower drain with hair for the last 5 months*

Anyway, good luck -- I hope you see regrowth soon.  I know how hard it sucks to have your hair fall out.

-- Abby

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hey sweets...

yup i remember ya...allthough i wasn't posting then...just p.m.ing people...

but anyways is that the only med you're taking?

i lost 1/4 of my hair along with 20lbs when i went through my nervous breakdown...(which i didn't have ta lose)a couple of years ago n the more i worried 'bout it the more that i lost!!!    ;)

it fuckin' sucks...so i feel for ya!!!

the more the meds helped me ta not panic the more my hair got fuller...but definetly get your blood work done (thyroid n diabetes)!!!

glad you've resurfaced!!!

let us know how you r doin' 'k'!

good luck n good thoughts ta ya!!!

flutterfly xo

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Thanks chaps,

Will sort out that blood test I'm waaay overdue for then *sheepish*

My lovely GP left the surgery to specialise in something and left me in the hands of morons...oh yes...you know the sort...

Had a blood test a long time ago now, maybe 8 months ago, which was to check thyroid function and iron count. The results showed that I had "elevated levels of liver enzymes" - woo hoo. Was meant to go back to check them 3 months later but got busy and forgot. I've been back to the doc's since, but none of the morons I've seen there have been remotely bothered about it or helpful in anyway.

I did come off my contraceptive pill, go back on it, and then stop again...would that be enough to contribute to the hairloss?

Flutterfly - I'm taking Dexedrine and Provigil, that's it. I had a nervous breakdown earlier this year which is why I'm repeating a year of university. I still don't feel fully recovered though. Yikes! Don't mention diabetes....my sis, who's a doc has been warning me for years about my sugar addictions!

Abbynormal - I'm a student...need I say more? Lol. Good diet - debatable, but I try. Exercise - what?  Relaxation - I wish...not much chance of that though. What sort of women's vitamins are particularly good?

Penny - When I had my blood test, they thought it might be hyperthyroidism...can that have the same effect on hair?

[ugh...it's 5am here again....the valerian root is knocking me out though so should sleep soon.]

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hey sweets...

well when you go in for your tests have them check your glucose...it's called an A1C...(i think)count which will average your blood sugar over the last 3 months...it's just a finger poke....n it should be around 6 -7 ta be in the normal range!!!

high blood sugar can cause hair loss!

but so can anxiety n sooo much other things so ruling out the obvious things can help ta pin point the cause easier!!!

good luck hon!

flutterfly xo

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Hello!

Sunshine said you and I should meet, so here I am.  I have two suggestions about hair--prenatal vitamins (you can get them over-the-counter or by prescription) and fat.  Make sure you have enough fat in your diet.  It will keep your hair shiny and strong.

Check out my Springer thread if you're bored.

~CS

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hey sweets...i had forgotten but cs is right my diabetes doc told me ta a daily vitamin with ZINC N SELENIUM (probably spelled wrong)....they are great for hair loss!!!  plus a multivitamin is good for ya any way you look at it!!!

good thoughts of fuller hair goin' out ta ya!!!

flutterfly xo

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mouse.... i feel for you on this situation.........though i be a guy, tis easier for me to walk around with out hair......but i'd love to get a fullness to the back of my head again....these days i can only have semi-short haircuts before i start obsessin/compulsin on how bad my scalp is showing....and i'd love to have long hair....

it sounds like everyone else has given good suggestions........if anything i'd think it may definitely be a deficiency in something....I just got out of an appt with my new p-doc, and the main focus on our conversation was to first get to the problem of why there's a deficiency going on with me (lack of dopamine, norepenephrine, serotonin, GABA, PEA) (instead of just being content with medicating the deficiency with a stimulant and an SSRI).....which definitely could lead to some insights on why amino acids aren't getting to my brain, or why my brain isnt doing what it needs to be doing with the amino acids to create a fine balance between the neurotransmitters in my head (though to think there'd be balance of neurotransmitters in my head after what i've been through is kinda funny....he he). . . . my diet throughout the years has sucked terribly but its definitely gettin better......the vitamin thing is a good idea....though which one to particularly concentrate on in taking is a bit harder to do...i was surprised to see that one can actually test to see what amount and levels of particular vitamins one has in their system.....this wouldnt be a bad idea to get done.

thyroid may definitely be an issue....as i was looking at a chart today explaining how a thyroid issue can make a huge impact on one's dopamine supply as the thyroid steals away the phenal? and tyrosine that allow for the creation of the dopamine to begin with......that could be an issue with me, i'd have to check that out...i was told to  an easy way to see if one's thyroid is doing decent or not so decent is to measure one's temperature every morning for 10 days to see where it is at........if it is in the 97 degree range for more than 30% of those days then one may definitely have thyroid issues, though anything at or above 98 degrees is decent (our temp is supposed to be pretty high upon our waking and lowers throughout the day)......

another option is to opt for an anti-convulsant to help stabilize the stress and mood swings.......stress may be a killer reason for hair-loss.......

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  • 3 weeks later...

mouse, my hair was falling out, too.

actually - it kinda still is, but not as bad.  i "used to be" (as in was misdiagnosed) bipolar and was on lamictal for a year and a half, and that's when the hair loss really started - at 150 mg... so my (ex) pdoc kept taking the dose down and down and down till... uh oh!  i wasn't medicated, but my hair was still falling out!

i love my current doctors, and here's what i found out:

a. yes, birth control IS enough to mess w/ your hair.  i will have to find a website that explains it better than i can, but basically the estrogen in the pill lengthens the cycle of the hair's "life" - and, like i said, i suck at explaining it, but your hair ends up all falling out at once and then over a few months you'll notice continued hair loss until - 3 months later, your hair is growing back again, your hair's "life cycle" has regulated and it's a non-issue.  this apparently happens to some women when they get pregnant, and the pill just simulates this.

b. prenatals are essential.  selenium and zinc.  like you've already been told  ;)

c. i am hypothyroid, and both low thyroid and *high* thyroid levels can cause hair loss.

d.  stress, too.  even stressing about your hair loss, methinks.

e. finally, and this isn't a joke:  do you brush your hair?  because i don't.  i comb it when it's wet and that's that.  when you brush it, you get more dead hairs at one time and they're all nice and neat in the brush's bristles.  when you comb it, the dead hairs sort of leave at their own free will and it appears as if you're losing hair when you're not.

good, good luck!

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being significantly underweight can cause hair loss. and, of course, as we all know on this board, stimulants can cause pretty drastic weight loss/make it really fucking hard to gain weight.

i haven't had the hair loss problem, but i have the underweight issues (on and off stimulants, unfortunately, bc i am super picky.) the prescription is pretty palatable...lots of ice cream, cheese, Indian & Thai food (in my case, heh), etc. if you are significantly underweight, you should probably see a nutritionist about a healthy weight gain plan. For anorexics, the rule is that your weight is at least 15% lower than what would be typical for height and i am assuming for now that you aren't anorexic so the standards probably aren't so stringent - i am sure hair loss could occur at less severe gradations of underweight. sorry for the drivel - the take home message is check in to the weight angle.

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My hair started falling out with Topamax. So my hairdresser told me to take Biotin everyday.  I think that it helped.  But then I started using Lamictal and it started falling out again.  No matter what I do, it is still thinning.  It's a good thing that I had naturally thing, wavy/curly hair.  I think that it is really working.  I'm going to ask her next time I see her. 

A friend that is co-manager of a Health Store had recommended that I use Biotin and Zing which is Twin Labs Zinc 30mg (200 of daily value) and Biotin 600mcg (200% of daily value).

It is working!

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