Hello everyone! I am excited to post here for the first time. I have really enjoyed browsing this forum. My rapid shedding and hair loss started about 12 months ago. Summer 2016 I noticed my hair looked a little bit thinner in the frontal part area and I was losing lots of hair in the shower. DH had to declog the bathtub drain. My daughter turned 2 last summer, so I knew it wasn't pp shedding. I have always had very thick, dark, voluminous, fairly wavy hair. I have talked to my primary care dr multiple times, I have seen 2 dermatologists and paid out of pocket to see a trichologist. The only one that was remotely helpful was the trich. But even she wasn't that great. I have not been successful in getting a scalp biopsy, and I have only had minimal labs (testosterone, very basic thyroid labs, ANA, ferritin). The trich's dermascope did find miniaturization, which I already knew about because they are easily identified among the shed hairs (also long hairs are thinner at the bulb end). I lose long 'healthy' hairs, normal regrowth, and thin fine miniaturized hairs. She diagnosed me with TE and was reluctant to say I had Androgenetic Alopecia, and if I did it was "very early". Also, when my daughter was 3 months old, I was diagnosed with hypothyroid via TSH. My dr. left the practice and I didn't actually get on thyroid meds until Feb 2016. TSH was around 4.1. I was given 50 mcg generic levothyroxine. I was horrified to learn, not only is hair loss associated with hypo, levothyroxine can cause TE and hair loss (or possibly DOES NOT effectively treat hypo, thus symptoms persist). My Dr will not test free T3 or antibodies. I am fatigued all the time. I feel like my hypothyroid is a piece of this puzzle. I know I have TE and I am quite certain Androgenetic Alopecia is at play. This has been so fast and heavy. I just can't believe it My hair is thinner all over, but top scalp has taken the biggest hit. I have always side parted my hair, and at this point, you cannot see through the hair at the top of my head, but at the side part - creeping visible scalp is becoming more and more evident. A middle part reveals noticeable scalp and very skimpy coverage above my forehead. I have no idea what another year of this will bring, so I started 5% minoxidil last night, and felt very depressed afterwards. I would like to start Spironolactone, too (I also have weird back acne, maybe it will help with this, too). I am going to give a trial of these meds 6-12 months. I am scared of the dread shed. I have considered buzzing my head for a long time, mostly to get some relief from the constant shedding: hair on the floor, hair on clothes in the wash and out of the the drier, hair loss while showering, etc. The only thing holding me back from buzzing it all down, is that I do not have a nice round head in the back of my skull. I have no idea how it will look. Well that's enough rambling. Wish me luck. I look forward to interacting with you all on this forum! Thanks for listening!