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Recovery?

Discussion in 'Success Stories and Positive Outlook' started by dvent1111, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. dvent1111

    dvent1111 Established Member

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    I am pretty sure I figured out why my shedding kept on happening... My increase/decrease/additional thryroid med changes... It all started when I went off the pill (2 yrs ago), since then I have had numerous shedding episodes which I realized goes hand in hand with my thryoid med changes. The last one was a big one, where the dr added in T3. That was last Jan 2016. I immediately started shedding in April 2016 and it finally slowed down/stopped (not sure bc I have no idea what I shed pre TE) in December 2016. I am down to a lower shed (guessing on average about 50 a day sometimes a tad more/tad less) and I do see regrowth and a bit more coverage.

    My question is what is the deal with the follicules cycling itself? I do see I shed some uncut hairs (about 5-7 inches) along with super long ones. My shortest hair I shed is maybe about 3 inches or so and it's usually just a few per wash that I notice.
    I am assuming I had TE, but never had a biopsy to know for sure... I never used Rogaine, just kinda played the waiting game. If this was TE, What do I expect with the hair regrowth? Could it take a full year to get complete recovery?
    I used to know how to attach pic once I figure it out again, I will do so.
    Thank for your advice!
     
  2. JenVoy

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    Congrats on (what sounds like) recovery. From what I understand (as I have not recovered yet) it takes up to a year to recover what is lost. You were losing your hair for 2 years, it would take time to recover your hair. I do hear that some women do not recover the same density they had prior to the TE. I've also heard that shedding shorter hairs within the recovery time just means your hair is cycling back into the growing phase. This (most of the time) is a good sign.

    If you are seeing regrowth and more coverage that is a good sign that your hair is cycling back into the anagen phase. Almost every person who has recovery has stated that they shed shorter hairs, and still had 30-60 shed hairs daily when they were entering recovery. It usually happened over a few months and the hair eventually cycled itself back into anagen.

    I don't believe recovery happens overnight when one has a longer TE or CTE (which it sound like you had).
     
  3. dvent1111

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    Thanks for your response JenVoy... I hope I am in recovery .... my shed is fluctuating a bunch, hit 100 last week for a few days, then back down to 50 but still much less than the 150-200 a day before. I have days I think my hair looks ok and days (like today) where I am not leaving the house.
    I pray this is near the end for me, a little over 2 years of on and off shedding (prob 4 ish episodes) has taken a toll. I feel it controls my mood.. my poor kiddos :(
     
  4. JenVoy

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    I completely understand! I have one child and I often think back 2 years ago when I didn't have a care about my hair! He used to lay down on the ground and play with mommy's hair. I wish I had that back again. If I lose a huge clump while washing my mood declines that day and I'm depressed about it. I hope it's turning around for you.

    Btw, I se that a "hair loss specialist" indicated that losing 80-100 is normal? I cannot tell you how frustrating and irritating that response is! I just read a response on some hair loss question on FB from Dr. Donovan and I wanted to reach through the screen and punch him! He stated to another woman that losing anywhere from 50-130 is normal range. What?! That is NOT normal. I had a ton of hair and I NEVER lost that much hair in a day! I couldn't help myself and responded to him telling him how ignorant that response was. It gives the impression (especially someone with zero knowledge of hair loss) that losing that much hair is okay and no cause for concern. Um, no that's not normal. If you are losing that much hair in a day than something is wrong!

    Anyway, I hope you're on the road to recovery.
     
  5. dvent1111

    dvent1111 Established Member

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    JenVoy! It is amazing how much is out there on 100 hairs shed a day is OK- Totally normal! Say whaaaaat??? I know I never shed this much before but I do wonder if my new normal is a tad higher than say 10 years ago.. I am now 41 and I feel like everyone tells me crazy **** happens after 40!
    Good for you on speaking your mind! Would love to know his response....
     
  6. Silvi

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    I hope...ok I lost around 100 hairs today, but please make 500 new hairs appear for every 100 hairs that fall out, and I wish you ladies the same this is ridiculous with so many things women have to worry about nowadays it is INSANE that we have to worry about hair loss.!! Anyways I am learning to cope with this, focus on the positive, my wonderful daughter, my wonderful husband, my wonderful parents sisters, in laws, and I have started looking for my first topper while using rogaine, I am going to try prp and if things dont go better with all this efforts about my hair, i will know i did everything that is possible nowadays.
     

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