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Which type of doctors have helped you the most?

Discussion in 'Women's General Hair Loss Discussions' started by losing_it, Feb 2, 2017.

  1. losing_it

    losing_it Established Member

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    I am just wondering which type of doctors have been the most helpful for you guys? I haven't met a single doctor that knows more (or even equal) about hair loss as I do. I have seen derms, gyns, and general practitioners. I have never tried an endocrinologist, and wouldn't even know how to get an appointment with one if I wanted to.

    I am a travel nurse, so I move to new cities every 3-6 months, which is an added pain when it comes to finding a doctor. So if I needed to find one in a new city, which type would you guys suggest?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Chasrogers01

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    This is just my opinion because every doctor is different. Some know more than others, but it has been my experience that NONE of them know anything about hair loss.

    I first started with a regular Dermatologist. She did not know a single thing about hair loss. I then went to a Gynecologist just for blood work. She did not know a single thing about hair loss.

    I then went to an Endocrinologist at a large hospital/medical school. She did not know a single thing about hair loss.

    I finally went to a Dermatologist who specializes in hair loss. I've only seen her once. I'm due go back in 3 months. So far, she is the only one I trust.

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    This is just my opinion because every doctor is different. Some know more than others, but it has been my experience that NONE of them know anything about hair loss.

    I first started with a regular Dermatologist. She did not know a single thing about hair loss. I then went to a Gynecologist just for blood work. She did not know a single thing about hair loss.

    I then went to an Endocrinologist at a large hospital/medical school. She did not know a single thing about hair loss.

    I finally went to a Dermatologist who specializes in hair loss. I've only seen her once. I'm due to go back in 3 months. So far, she is the only one I trust. I trust her bc she deals with it every day. Not just 1% of her patients.
     
  3. Ccc

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    My experience is also that none of them know much about hair loss. I've seen dermatologists, endocrinologists, trichologists. A lot jump to conclusions and a lot try and sell you stuff that is useless. You know your own body/family history/triggers etc so reading up yourself may be more useful. Trust your instinct. If it's an internal issue e.g. Vitamin deficiency or hormonal- nothing applied externally will help no matter what you're told. Minoxidil may help if androgenic alopecia but is life long and possibly has side effects. Good luck.
     
  4. losing_it

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    Thanks to both of your responses and I feel the same way that doctors don't know a thing about hair loss, but I thought maybe those were silly hopeless feelings, so I thought I'd ask haha.

    I'm not entirely sure I agree with you on if it's not Androgenetic Alopecia, then nothing external will work. I have all the signs that I have telogen effluvium (although I have given up hope YEARS ago that this will be a temporary situation). I have diffuse thinning, perhaps worse around my temples and nape of neck, but definitely overall thinning. I lose massive wads of hair in the shower every day (before minoxidil and still cycle through it while on minoxidil). I get tons of regrowth, even before minoxidil, but just so much loss that my hair can't keep up. I have no part widening noticeable to me at all. Yet minoxidil has done wonders for me. I'd say before I started using it I'd lost about 50% of my hair, but after just 9 months I had was at about 90% of what baseline was like. It also caused my hair to grow in length at a much faster rate than it had been for years prior.

    In other words, I don't follow classic patterns of Androgenetic Alopecia, yet minoxidil has worked for me. Meaning.... what? Who knows! I don't know, doctors don't know, no one ****ing knows. How depressing.
     
  5. Chasrogers01

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    Minoxidil seems to be working for me as well. I'm just 3 months in though. I think I saw on another post that you had tried PRP. I'm sure you know more about it than I, but that will be my next step. (If I need it long term) I know Dr. Greco in FL charges about 1500.00 per year. That's doable to me. This does suck! Your hair has improved so much. I hope it continues!
     
  6. losing_it

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    Yep I had 3 sessions of PRP. They were about $1200 each because I did the three package. In my opinion (which I can't say I know for sure, since I started minoxidil shortly after I finished PRP), minoxidil is the ONLY thing that has helped me. I don't believe that PRP is the reason my hair looks so much better. But.... I do know some people who have had great success with PRP, and I've been tempted to do another session, but $1500, when I am 90% sure it did nothing for me? Yikes! haha

    Just so you have a timeline, 3 months is when I started noticing improvement, 6 months is when I started getting really happy, and 9 months is when I felt amazing! After that it's been smooth sailing except for these last couples weeks of some up and down shedding.
     
  7. Chasrogers01

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    Thanks for the timeline. I need all of the encouragement I can get! You are probably right about the PRP. My hair loss doctor did not recommend it. (She does offer it in her practice) Please keep us posted on your future treatment regimen. I've been following your story and hoping the best for you!
     
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    Sorry maybe you misunderstood, I didn't mean "if its not Androgenetic Alopecia, then nothing external will work"

    I was saying - if it's an internal issue then nothing external will work... So if you're low on ferritin or Vit D, a shampoo won't help for example (cost me a lot of money to sales people to figure that out).

    I wasn't referring to using minoxidil with TE. That's a personal choice as TE is **meant to** rectify by itself and minoxidil is a big commitment. I'm glad it's working for you though :).

    It's good we can talk here, it's such a nightmare condition to deal with and I know most of us will try anything.
     
  9. losing_it

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    I see what you're saying! I think I felt that minoxidil was a big commitment until my hair came back and now it's just a tiny tiny commitment for that happiness! Which is why I am such a big proponent of it. I get the kirkland for men 5% foam on amazon a 6 month supply (or a 3 month for men) only costs $30, which is $5 per month.

    And I totally agree! It's so good to be able to talk with others even though we all have different ways of dealing with it. I found this AWESOME website not too long ago from a New York hair loss specialist that was basically saying that women rarely go bald, they simply get thin hair, but that doesn't mean it isn't extremely troubling to them. He said that sexual orientation or hair style doesn't seem to matter. He has patients who wear their hair buzzed, but still want to have all of their hair. He also said that the thinning rarely disturbs women's partners, but they see how it psychologically affects their SO, which is, in turn, upsetting. He said that he's had men come in, not because their SO's hair loss bothers them, but because they want to help their SO since they are so upset. It was just nice reading an article (if you can call it that) from a man who validates our feelings and understands the complicated emotions involved.
     
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    In my experience having seen dermatologists, western and eastern. All of then where ZERO help. Sorry to be so pessimistic. A doctor is the one who started my hair loss by prescribing a medication with hair loss as a side effect. Here I am almost 2 years later with the same god awful hair loss.

    You have to be your own advocate and doctor. No doctor knows better than you know your own body.
     
  11. eggplant

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    IMO they are all a bit useless but it couldn't hurt to add an endocrinologist to your list.
     

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