Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Well, actually, it's not that sudden. Here's the deal: a couple of months ago I noticed that I was shedding a lot more hair than I normally do during the day. Long strands of dark hair were suddenly everywhere: on the floor, on my pillow, on my shirt and my hairbrush... And when I took a shower, lots of hair fell off. I wasn't sure if it was just a phase (I've read somewhere that people can sometimes shed a lot of hair really quickly but it's normal and the hair will recover) or if it was something to worry about. Over the past month or so, however, the shedding has increased dramatically. My hair wasn't thick to begin with and now it's visibly a lot thinner than it used to be. THIS IS SO DEPRESSING! I don' know what's going on. I dread washing my hair because every time I do, the shower floor is COVERED in my hair and it really scares me :(
I have been eating biotin, multivitamin and calcium supplements since the shedding increased but so far it's not helping. I'm going to see a doctor about this on Monday and he'll probably run some tests (thyroid and hormone levels) to figure out what's going on.
This makes me so sad. I know things could be a lot worse but it's still very scary and depressing. What if I lose all of my hair? I've been reading A LOT (and I'm not kidding, I've been online reading about hair loss for hours almost every day) about this and I know that there is this disease called alopecia and it can cause sudden hair loss. There is no cure for it.
I just hope the doctor finds a reason for this - a reason that can be treated with medication. I know that stress can also cause hair loss and admittedly, I've been very stressed lately with the move and everything else and should definitely look into some stress relief methods. But I don't think stress is the reason for this. Sometimes sudden and drastic weight loss can also cause hair loss but my weight loss has been slow and gradual, and I've been monitoring my intake very closely to make sure I get enough of nutrients as well as calories.
When I style my hair properly it almost looks like I haven't lost any hair at all, but I can feel it and see it when I look myself in the mirror or run my fingers through my hair. It wasn't until now that I realized how much I love my hair (I often used to complain about it for not being thick or long enough) and I swear if this problem goes away I will NEVER EVER complain about my hair again.
I'm trying not to think about this too much but it's very difficult. I can't wait until Monday and I hope the doctor will be able to help me with this.
Have any of you ever struggled with this problem? Any advice or insight would be greatly appreciated!