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TE recovery?? (Telogen Effluvium)
Hi there JamieRoe. Let me just tell you that reading your posting helped me sooooooooo much. I stopped taking birth control after 5 years in January 2009 and late February / early March my hair started falling out in clumps! I'm the type that could usually brush her hair after a shower and lose less than 10 hairs. It's been a little over a month for me (maybe 6 weeks) and I am now noticing the thinning effect
Most of the stories I've read online are horror stories about this condition. I know it will stop once my hormones get back in check and I'm trying not to believe the negative stories I'm reading but it's hard. I was wondering if I could email you directly some more specific questions about your experience. All my derm did for me is say "Yup it's TE...give it 3 months or maybe longer". That didn't help me AT ALL. If you get this could you please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org? Thanks so much!
» Here is my hair loss story; it is long:
» I am 27 years old, and about 6 months ago, I was suffering terribly from
» hair loss. I was on Yasmin for 5 1/2 years, and stopped taking it to get
» pregnant. 5 months later, my hair started falling out in giant amounts.
» It fell out all over my head, all day long, wash or not, brush or not,
» ponytail or not, constantly. I would say I lost 1000 or more hairs a day
» for 5 weeks. My ponytail was about as thick as a quarter, not a silver
» dollar anymore - you get the picture. I probably lost 60% of my hair
» during that time. It was totally devastating. I was at a loss for an
» I went to a dermatologist. I still think it is from Yasmin
» discontinuation, but he seemed to think it was from having the flu 2 1/2
» months before the hair loss started and having a temp of 103 for 2 days.
» That can definitely kill hair growth temporarily. I think it took a long
» time for the pills' hormones to get out of my body, and maybe that explains
» it. Also, I had bloodwork done, and my thyroid was fine (definitely on the
» side of hypothyroid if anything, not the hair loss-capable hypERthyriod).
» My hormone levels were fine, and all that.
» I know how devastating this is. I went to the dermatologist, a regular
» internist doctor, and a naturopath. The naturopath gave me some B-12
» vitamins, thyroid herbs, a yeast intibitor, and told me to go on a gluten
» free diet. All I can say is that when I went to the dermatologist, he told
» me that I should be losing hair for about 2-3 months, lose about 75% of it,
» my follicles were fine and not damaged, and it will grow back. I think
» with the help of the naturopath, the herbs, and the gluten-free diet, I
» only lost 50-60% of my hair for 5 weeks, not 3 months.
» I also started taking a very high dose of natural vegetarian Biotin (5mg,
» I think, like 20x whatever is daily reccomended), and using Jason Naturals
» brand Biotin hair shampoo and conditioner. It is like only $8 per bottle
» of each from the health food store, and it made my scalp feel great
» immediately. I don't know for sure, but I am willing to bet it helped a
» little - not with the hair loss (the telogen effluvium spontaneous kind
» that I had), but with the regrowth.
» I am happy to say that 6 months later, I now have what I consider a great
» head of hair. My hair was always thick and plentuful, and for about a
» month, it looked like I was sick and balding. I was embarrased to go out.
» It was not that the hair was thin or thinning, but that it was just
» dissapearing altogether. Not a month after it stopped falling out (which
» happened spontaneously the same way it started), I had about 10,000 hairs
» on my head that were about 1/2 inch long. So frizzy and sticking up they
» were, but the balding effect was gone - thank god.
» I am not a vain person, but I have always loved my hair, and I know how
» devastating this is for women and young women especially. PLEASE believe
» me. If telogen effluvium is what you have (all of a sudden type of hair
» loss), especially after an event (birth control discontinuation, sickness,
» surgery, death, stress, postpartum, flu, injury, etc.), please believe me.
» I cried every night and day, and even thought I was going to have to get a
» It did stop for me after taking some action with natural remedies. I know
» it would have stopped ANYWAY, but I wanted to quicken that process. I was
» SO upset by the whole thing, and I know how upset you are. IT WILL STOP
» and you will have your hair back. PLEASE DON'T STRESS (impossible, I
» know). No amount of avoiding hair wash, brush, pillows, will do anything
» to help you, so don't be going around with greasy knotty hair. That is not
» going to help you at all. It will just make you even more self-concsious.
» Best of luck. I wish I could help more, but just know from one female
» hair-lover to another, it WILL be okay, and your hair will come back.
» Within 2 months, your scalp will look fine and unnoticable of the whole
» event, and within 8-9 months, your ponytail will be thick again. IT WILL
» BE OKAY!
Anne is located in [NA] and he is available to meet: YES
- TE recovery?? - shortycominthru, 24.09.2008, 23:42