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kinky, ridges or bumps along hairshaft - medication related?

Discussion in 'Medications that can cause Hair Loss' started by VANESA, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. VANESA

    VANESA Guest

    Hello :) ,
    ((Me 34 year old women with hairloss since age 29, probably Androgenetic Alopecia (triggered by high free androgens as I have PCOS insulin resistance) , woolly, thick blond , wavey hair, turned thinner lately))
    I have posted this a few times but still at a loss to what it is. :lost:
    Most of my hair (not all) have funny ridges of kinks on them.

    When I feel the single hair with my fingers, run my fingers along it, there are lots of small little bumps or kinks in it. Little tiny ones, if I look closely maybe the hair is twisted but there are definate bumps or kinks, ridges.. It is driving me CRAZY. :badmood:

    I tried to look it up on the internet and the closest thing I came to was either:

    1) APKH - acquiared Kinkiness of the Hair Syndrome - which is rare and usually starts in pre pubescant males ie age 12 or 13 and not good news as it usually heralds very SEVERE Androgenetic Alopecia coming and hairloss (that did not make me happy).

    2) Pili Torti - look it up on internet

    On some of the hairs, the part nearest the scalp ie newer hair looks smoother and on the end I can see the ridges.. this makes me think something has changed recently.
    I was diagnosed with insulin resistance last year and have been on metformin for 9 months now.. perhaps now my insulin and glucose levels are down this has been preventing the ridges or bumps on hairshaft happening... I don't know but I'd love to find out what the hell this is!!

    Also could a medication cause this - I have been on Metformin and Zoloft.?????

    Please reply if you have this or have had this!!! Thank you. :lost:
     
  2. Blue Bird

    Blue Bird Guest

    I have this!!!!!
    I only noticed it after/while on antiandrogens!!!!!!!
     
  3. sadie_2008

    sadie_2008 Guest

    I got a number of kinked hairs when i started dianette back in september. ?I came off it in December and now i have fewer hairs like that but still rapidly thinning.

    I have a number of family members on Metformin - i know (cos im paranoid) that they dont have that hair and nor do they have thinning hair like mine.

    On the Keratin website i remember reading that such textured hair is a sign of Androgenetic Alopecia.
     
  4. VANESA

    VANESA Guest

    Thanks for replying Bunnyheather and Sadie - you are the only two who have replied to this post. :bravo:

    Bunnyheather - what you said triggered a thought in me - you have had the kinks while on anti androgens...maybe the kinks started there as a response to metformin which of course over a few weeks would have lessend my "free androgens"....maybe taking met acted like an antiandrogen in that regard... either causing the kinks at the beginning... (but most of the kinks started 2004-5-6 and I was not on met then... there goes that thought. It has gotten worse in the last 2 years or so...

    Sadie - hmmmmm not good news that this textured hair heralds Androgenetic Alopecia - this makes me sad as I definately didn't not have the ridgges before hair loss,.. I kind of know in my heart its related to Androgenetic Alopecia but some part of me is wishing that someone will say "ah those ridges mean this and its not bad.. all you need to do is this..." haha Dont we all wish that this hair thinning was just a bad dream or there was a simple cure...

    APKH - all info on that says its rare and heralds SEVERE AGE - oh great not just Androgenetic Alopecia but severe Androgenetic Alopecia - jeez I am so lucky!! :badmood:
     
  5. justme

    justme Experienced Member

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    Sorry I didnt reply , but I dont have these kind of hairs . :dunno:

    Valentine :heart:
     
  6. alicat

    alicat Guest

    I really wish I could help. I have never heard of these hairs.

    Do you have thyoid disease? I have heard of women getting kinky weird hairs when their thyroid goes mad. :dunno:
     
  7. sadie_2008

    sadie_2008 Guest

    I've pulled out a few ridged hair over the weekend. They irritate me! lol.

    Alicat - interesting you should mention it could be related to Thyroid issues. I have a number of thyroid issues but no one will diagnose me with anything....
     
  8. kaylee

    kaylee Guest

    Are you sure its not too much styling products?? I know when I put in too much mouse, hair spray etc. it has that ridgedy feeling. Then when when I wash it out its normal.
     
  9. VANESA

    VANESA Guest

    No its definately not styling products, I use hardly any... in fact mostly none.
    Just a good shampoo, conditioner,,, deep treatment once a week, sometimes nizoral.
    Occassionally that silicn stuff on the tips but not very often..

    You can actually see and feel that the hair has GROWN out of the follicle all ridgy - its weird.. I can't stop cutting them off and I'm going to finish up looking like a freak hhahahha

    The mystery continues......
     
  10. Blue Bird

    Blue Bird Guest

    EXACT same with me!!!!!!!!!!

    Some are kinked very sharply when they first grow out cuz when they get longer I can see it on the end and I have to cut ot off too!

    Why is this happening!!?
    I NEVER had this before anti androgens!!!
     
  11. VANESA

    VANESA Guest

    bunny heather, you give me hope that it is the metformin doing this and that its a good thing ie my hair is reacting well to treatment ... but then again, I did have them a few years ago when I was not on metformin but not to this extent....

    I can only hope they slowly go.....

    I'll keep you all updated!

    My hair is now a plum, dark red wine colour now. It used to be blond but too drying for my hair. Hope the dark colour wont' make it look thinner because of the contrast with the scalp but seems to be ok for the moment.
     
  12. i have these too...only noticed them after a while on Spironolactone...but then again i also started nizoral at the same time so I can't be sure which one might be responsible. I never had these kinky hairs before starting these two treatments.
     
  13. Dancerchic

    Dancerchic Guest

    I have these too. Have had them for a couple of years now which sucks because it means it isn't something that's temporary. I'm on Spironolactone, Yasmin, and Rogaine, so maybe one of these is causing it? I asked my hair-loss specialist derm, who is supposedly well-respected in the field, and she said she had no idea and didn't think it was anything to worry about. Ugh!
     
  14. stevie1220

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    I have them to I also think in my heart they are Androgenetic Alopecia related. I see women with hair loss that have this kind of hair. But my moms hair is thin and she does not. I wondered if it was the rogain that was making them this way
     
  15. snowflake

    snowflake Experienced Member

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    Rogaine + antiandrogen (proscar). I don't have these types of hairs. Sorry I really don't know what they are.
     
  16. mymane

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    Hello to all,
    I am new to this board. After reading the post this morning, I have finally found a person (Vanesa) who has described my hair problem perfectly. I am not certain what caused me to loose my thick hair but have narrowed it down to several causes.
    In the winter/spring 2007 my dermatologist gave me a prescription for metformin. This was not related to hair loss but something different. A few months later I had some steroid injections for cervical neck problem.
    Moved to a different State and noticed my hair was becoming very frizzy, humidity I suppose. I had my hair done as usual, base color and blonde foiled highlights. After the second visit with my hair stylist my hair began to become very dry. I had used a product to moisten my hair and left it on for 15 minutes. While rinsing it off my scalp began to burn. My Dr advised me to use Free & Clear shampoo & conditioner. It helped the burning but stripped my hair.
    Also my skin had a sticky feeling while in the shower. So purchased a shower filter. Began using a different shampoo & conditioner. Seem to work for awhile. My hair at the roots felt to weak to hold the weight of my thick hair. I have been loosing so much hair, it has now become thin at the crown rather than just the front and sides.
    I had noticed kinks or knots in my hair and could feel them by running my fingers down each strand. They are worse at the bottom. I pulled two of them and too to my Dr. Nothing ever became of that because I have been to many Drs and they had no idea what it was nor did they care. My hair is down to the bottom two layers. I would appreciate advice before I loose more hair.
     
  17. nappeal

    nappeal Guest

    I have kinky/coarse hairs scattered around my head that are due to my funky thyroid. Through some of my research on hair loss, I came across an article that described the strand of hair as looking almost like a string of pearls. I do believe its somehow related to (and I'm probably calling it the wrong name) 'Wooly/Unruly hair syndrome'. ? I know this hair problem does not only affect pre-pubescent boys, but girls of all ages as well. I would defenitely continue researching different types of hair abnormalities.
     
  18. mymane

    mymane Guest

    I had forgotten to mention my Dermatologist suggested I had TRICHONODOSIS and diagnosed me with it along with female pattern hair loss. My Dr then took my two hair samples that I had given her, my hair was suppose to be inspected by the University Doctors. You know...the ones that are familiar with everything. These group of "intelligent" Drs who told my Dermatologist that I caused my own two pieces of hair to knot. This was the most ridiculous thing that I have ever heard in my life! As if I picked them out and tied a knot in them myself! They had never even examined or spoken with me. And in the mean time my hair continues to fall out at a fast rate.
    My husband helped me to find those two hairs which had a knot and put them into a baggy for her to see. This is ignorance and laziness from Drs who just don't care to find an answer. And I must add that every Dr who has examined my hair has either worn gloves (which means they cannot feel the knots) and they did not inspect my hair at all.
    Thanks for allowing me to vent.
     
  19. mymane

    mymane Guest

    Hello Vanesa,

    I hope that you are currently a member of this forum. I am curious to know if you have been diagnosed or have any new information to share on this topic. Please post because you are the only person who has described exactly what I have experienced.

    Thank you in advance
     
  20. mymane

    mymane Guest

    Hi Nappeal,

    Do you have a thyroid problem? Did the medicine help your hair within a few months? Or did it cause more thinning?

    Thanks in advance
     

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