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As if my missing period (which still has yet to return, despite the fact that I'm eating enough to feed a small army) wasn't enough, for some reason I have now begun to lose hair. I'm not talking regular everyday 'shedding'. I can run my fingers through my hair and come away with a handful of hair. I have no idea what could be causing this! I'm seriously considering going to see my doctor, except that I'm afraid seeing a doctor about hair problems is just going to sound silly.<br><br><br><br>
Does anyone know what could be causing this? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":help:">
 

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Did you check, if more than 100 hairs fall out per day?<br><br>
Does it follow any pattern? Areas that are more effected?<br><br>
Did you fast for a longer period? Or did you do some "serious" dieting?<br><br>
Did you increase sport activities, or did you have some special training?<br><br>
Did you suffer from any other disease like a disease with fever?<br><br>
Medications?<br><br>
Iron deficiency? Not enough B12 or folic acid?<br><br>
Hyper- or Hypothypioidism?<br><br>
There are even more options.<br><br>
If there isn't any obvious reason don't feel silly to see your doctor.
 

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<i>Did you check, if more than 100 hairs fall out per day?</i><br><br>
I haven't counted, but more than likely.<br><br><br><br><i>Does it follow any pattern? Areas that are more effected?</i><br><br>
Everywhere and anywhere. No pattern that I can detect.<br><br><br><br><i>Did you fast for a longer period? Or did you do some "serious" dieting?</i><br><br>
I'm a recovered anorexic. I'm eating normally now, but was well below a healthy weight 2-3 months ago. Could that be linked?<br><br><br><br><i>Did you increase sport activities, or did you have some special training?</i><br><br>
My sport activities- horseback riding, primarily- have increased (summer show season), but not by leaps and bounds. Things get stepped up every summer, and have never caused me health problems.<br><br><br><br><i>Did you suffer from any other disease like a disease with fever?</i><br><br>
No.<br><br><br><br><i>Medications?</i><br><br>
None.<br><br><br><br><i>Iron deficiency? Not enough B12 or folic acid?</i><br><br>
No deficiency in iron that I know of, and certainly not B12. Not certain about folic acid... what is it found in?<br><br><br><br><i>Hyper- or Hypothypioidism?</i><br><br>
Not that I know of.<br><br><br><br>
Could my... fasting... have caused this?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Keelin</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
...<br><br><i>Did you fast for a longer period? Or did you do some "serious" dieting?</i><br><br>
I'm a recovered anorexic. I'm eating normally now, but was well below a healthy weight 2-3 months ago. Could that be linked?<br><br><br><br>
...<i>Iron deficiency? Not enough B12 or folic acid?</i><br><br>
No deficiency in iron that I know of, and certainly not B12. Not certain about folic acid... what is it found in?<br><br><br><br>
Could my... fasting... have caused this?</div>
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I think you found out what it caused. With hairloss it might take some time to develop iot, even if the cause is gone. People often loose hair after chemotherapy and they don't loose their hair right after the treatment, it takes like two or three weeks before something happens. Folic acid is in sprouts and everything green like leafy veggies but also in asparagus. With veg*n diets folic acid shouldn't be a problem.<br><br>
Have a look at the other recent threads concerning hairloss.
 

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Dangit. And here was me thinking I was through with the repercussions.<br><br><br><br>
Any idea how long it might last, now that I'm eating a healthy diet?
 

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Actually I don't have a good educated guess, but my colleague is an endocrinilogist and I'll ask him tomorrow.
 

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I just had the chance to talk to my colleague (endocrinologist), who says it's called telogenic effluvium. He says it might take months (sorry!!! :sorry: ). There's a fluid one can use (Regaine for women), but no good studies exist, telling you how effective it would be. Hopefully, it doesn't last that long. And he also ask about thyroid dysfunction; maybe you'll check your thyroid hormones as they also might have gotten out of focus.
 

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It's been a while, but an update- now that I'm kind of eating better (... except that starting university is really stressful, and stress always sets me off >.>) my hair is back to normal. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Thanks again for all your help!
 

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<a href="http://www.stophairlossnow.co.uk/ReasonsForHairLoss.htm" target="_blank">http://www.stophairlossnow.co.uk/ReasonsForHairLoss.htm</a>
 

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Keelin: congrats! You're lucky you don't need a medication.<br><br>
Tova: thanks for the links, which is interesting but not comprehensive, I know (out of own experience) a couple of other drugs and conditions that also lead to hair loss.
 
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