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Androgenic Alopecia Or Te? Or Is It Regrowth? Very Confused And Scared

Discussion in 'The Undiagnosed' started by Lynn555, Oct 16, 2018.

  1. Lynn555

    Lynn555 New Member

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    Hi everyone,
    I'm new here, in my 40's and going through perimenopause. Since my hormones have changed I've noticed my hair thinning. But I am also anemic (although my levels are finally going up!), and last year I had some severe stress and also was very sick. Suddenly, amongst all this, my scalp was extremely itchy and sore. It was horrible, drove me nuts!

    Then I started noticing how thin my hair looked. Ugh. I went to a dermatologist and she said it was probably stress, telefron effusion, or could be androgenic alopecia. My hair was really thinned around my sides and front. I can see my hairline but a lot of hairs are small and fuzzy. I have always had fine hair but lots of it.

    I'm scared though that I have a receding hairline ☹ but I'm unsure if its new growth? Here are some pictures. Help ☹☹
     

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    I don't know how your hair was before, but i think it's regrowth. You use rogaine?
     
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    No I don't use anything, no rogaine. I do take ferramax as I have low iron. But its gone from 10 to 30 so its a bit better. I take Vit D and biotin as well. I will see if I have any pics from when I was younger. This one is from 2012 but it might be too hard to compare.
     

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    This is it in early spring. So thin. ☹
     

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    It's regrowth :):):)
    All my test are fine.(inclusive dht levels
    ). I am on rogaine from 1 year and a half and on Spironolactone from 2 months. Like you all the doctors said it's stress. 16 years of stress? It's Androgenetic Alopecia with cte at me.
     
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    Nope my thyroid is totally fine. My hormones show I'm in perimenopause but no high testosterone or DHT. Just my FSH is high and I have't had my period for 3 months.

    I was vegetarian for 5 years and that is when my iron dropped but I've always been on the low side. I don't absorb iron well from plants or even the pills, so I ahd to start eating beef again and now finally it has gone up.

    I do see a lot of regrowth around my temples but the hair seems more fragile.
    My brother lost his hair so I think it has a genetic component. But also I was severely stressed last Jan. My Dad was diagnoised with terminal cancer, I had a terrible cold that ended up being a bad sinus infection, my husband was at sea and I had a leak in my house. That was when my scalp and feet started itching like mad! It was awful. I had a rash on my head as well. Yuck.

    Thankfully that horrid itching is gone. I guess only time will tell with this crazy hair. Ugh.
     
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    I will take more pics of the sides today. I do see lots of hairs but I don't know if its minuturization or what. I also wondered about traction alopecia on the sides because I always used to wear my hair up tight in a bun.
     
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    My t4 free and t3free and tsh were all normal. Dhea was tested back in 2013 so I will need to get that done again, going to my gp today and will ask for that plus my iron to be tested agan. Yes I have lots of fly away hairs! ☺ I have my haircut shorter now so,I never wear my hair up anymore. Try not to put any stress on the hairs.
     
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    Hi ya
    I don’t come on here much anymore really because there is no success stories and it was affecting my mental health so badly. I think we have the same thing I am undiagnosed because honestly in then uk no one cares about women and menopause stuff. My hair started to fall about 2 years ago when I came off the cerazette birth control pill. No one but no ne ever warns you about this . I wish so much I had nevr come off it. Anyway I am pretty sure I have Androgenic alopecia and chronic telegenic effluvium the hair falls out not in clumps but just every single time I wash It and the hair that grows back is very very thin and weak. Everyone says they can’t notice but my ponytail has reduced by nearly all of it . It’s so scary and you know what ? AFter years of doctors, dermatologists, homeopathic remedies I Am now on anti depressants! How sad is that . Honestly here in the uk no one cares about women’s health it’s appalling. I struggle daily with anxiety my poor husband thinks I’m mad but I know my hair and I know that at least half of it is now gone. I just want to know if it will ever stop but I’m too scared to ask I will try and post a picture but am in an airport lounge at the mo lol ...
     
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    Would love to see before and after pics as I’m so Undecided about using rogaine
     
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    I have pictures in "tell your story". The thread it's "16 years of te and Androgenetic Alopecia".
     

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