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Discussion in 'Women's General Hair Loss Discussions' started by Frustratedandsad, Oct 12, 2016.

  1. Frustratedandsad

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    I just came back from an appointment with my primary care doctor. He told me that he thinks I have 2 things going on. Stress hair loss and hereditary. Said hereditary won't grow back. But he didn't even look at my scalp or anything.. he didn't look at anything, just spoke to me. I'm literally so bummed out. I just turned 24, and this means I'm going to be a bald girl?
     
  2. Justiinaa

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    Don't listen to him. Even if it is hereditary, you have options to help slow down the loss and possibly even grow hair back - just look at all the stories and pictures on this site of peoples hair improving after things like Rogaine. If your loss is non-scarring, you have options.

    I would also recommend seeing a dermatologist and not just your PCP. I would especially look for a derm in your area that specializes in hair loss.

    Hang in there! I am 26 and going through the same thing -- we will get through it!
     
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    I'm so sorry that happened to you. Doctors can be so ignorant and dismissive sometimes! You really need to see a dermatologist and have a host of blood tests run to rule out other causes. It could be low ferritin, your thyroid, a hormonal imbalance etc... Don't give up! Just scratch him off the list of potential solutions!:rolleyes:
     
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    My PCP said the same thing after placing his hands on my head for literally two seconds. I saw two dermatologists subsequently who weren't any better. One of them didn't look at my head at all and just shrugged (he had been a veterinarian before becoming a dermatologist?) I'd advise you to really comb the Internet and find someone who has great reviews and is a hair loss specialist. Even if it's a bit longer of a drive or a wait time, it'll be worthwhile because seeing an uninterested doctor is about as helpful as making little confetti pieces out of your copay. You need someone who actually listens, is compassionate, and is willing to put in the effort to THINK and do some testing. Not someone who just hustles you in and out of the exam room as quickly as possible to charge your insurance and tell you you're stressed out. Hugs!!!!
     
  5. Justiinaa

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    Really agree with and second this! I went through two dermatologists before I found one who was a hair specialist and really took his time with me - didn't do just a cursory flip through my hair, but looked with a microscope, did measurements of my scalp, sent strands in for culture testing, etc. He tried so hard to look for any diagnosis that it could be other than genetics, and when we couldn't find one, that's when we decided to do the scalp biopsy. The results indicated I am likely in the early stages of Androgenetic Alopecia, and while it was really upsetting, I felt so much more comfortable knowing I had a doctor who cared and who really tried to get to the bottom of my hair loss. I feel comfortable going forward with treatment with him, and that, imo, is very important. Try to find a good doctor who will put you at ease!
     

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