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LILBITT34 Posts: 308
7/16/10 10:23 A

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Just a thought here about calcium. You won't get near enough calcium in a multivitamin. If they put as much in it as needs to be, the pill would be too large to take, I'm told. Make sure you ask your dr exactly how much calcium you need to take.

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7/11/10 10:39 P

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Thanks for logging it! Message me when you've done it for a week or so and I'll see what I can suggest. In the meantime, though, if you'd like some ideas you can take a look at my trackers. I haven't tracked entire days for a while now, until today, but it will give you some ideas.

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7/11/10 1:42 P

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Thank you Strega Luna!!! I really appreciate you sharing your experience with me. Stress is evil! *hehe* I guess it could be bad timing with the vitamins, but I am going to hold off on taking them for awhile and see what my doctors recommends.

Thank you again! :-)

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7/11/10 7:26 A

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CENTAURI, this happened to both myself and my daughter a couple of years ago after a particularly stressful time. While I just noticed more shedding and a thinning around the hairline, hers was coming out in handfuls. It was terrifying!

I had bloodwork done, results were all within normal range. My doctor put me on iron because I was slightly anemic but I had to stop taking it due to extreme stomach distress. While mine never came back to the thickness it once was, I blame some of that on age & hormones.

I took my daughter to a dermatologist who asked if she'd had a lot of stress recently, about 6 months before because that's how long it took the body to react to it (hair loss wise). Yep, she sure had. He gave her Rogaine and something else for her hair, forgot what it was, reminded her about good nutrition and stress release. Within a couple of weeks we saw major improvement but even now when she gets stressed (she's in college) she notices a slight increase in the hair loss.

So..bottom line. Yes, talk to your doctor. Yes, get bloodwork. Yes, find some stress release and a good vitamin. Then please check in and let us know how you're doing. I know how scary this can be, especially for women, our hair is so important to us!

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7/10/10 1:40 P

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Nancy~ I will track my food on here for a couple weeks, starting today. And yes, that is how I was eating pretty much. And that is with exercise. Do you have a menu plan you can show me that would help me up my protein and still lose weight? My exercise routine varies from day to day. But on the average I do 2 Hip Hop Ab dvd workouts. They are considered cardio. Workout time is 1 hour. I also bike ride when time permits for anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour.

My hair loss today was a lot better than its been. It has probably been like 4-5 days since I stopped taking the multi-vitamin. Know that I do understand some hair loss is normal on an everyday basis. But what I have been experiencing is 2-3 times more than a normal loss.

I bet if I started my exercise routine back up that would help with some of the stress.

Thank you again for all your help!

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Live while you have life to live." ~Piet Hein


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7/10/10 11:35 A

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I wish your food tracker were up to date. I'm curious about the protein issue. If the two most recent days (May 2 and April 28) you have logged are close to what you are currently eating, your protein is actually quite low. Especially if you were exercising then.

Let us know how the hair loss goes after a few days of being off of the multi. I've taken that vitamin before and never experienced hair loss, but different people react differenly to the same thing.

And yes, stress can cause hair loss. As well as things like surgery- Anesthesia always makes more of my hair fall out than usual.

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7/10/10 8:40 A

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Hang in their and don't give up. I LOOK like I have alot of hair and I am losing alot but we are suppose to at least loose 100 strands a day. Stress does alot to our bodies. I always take a b complex and vitamins for my hair. Good luck!

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7/9/10 11:12 P

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Thank you everyone! I appreciate all your advice and input.

I didn't make it to the doctor's today. I have to reschedule. I did get an email to him and am waiting for a response.

The reason I started taking one is because at my recent ob-gyn appointment, my doctor recommended I start taking calcium & magnesium supplements at my age. I figured I could get both in the multi. The only benefit in taking the vitamins I did notice was my skin cleared up. So I would definately like to take whatever was responsible for that.

Ani~ Yes. I have stopped taking them and will wait to see what my regular doctor suggests. This is about my health and it has definately scared me. I am not vain. But I do not like losing hair. It is freaking me out a bit.

Laura~ The advice nurse I spoke with the other day asked me the same thing about my protein intake. I have been really good about protein lately. I used to not eat breakfast. Then learned that I would up my metabolism by eating more often rather than less often. So on a normal morning, time allowing, I will have 2 eggs scrambled or in an omlette with veggies (spinach, mushrooms, salsa, cheese), and either fresh fruit or a slice of multi-grain bread with jam. If I am rushed I try and grab a slice of cheese and some fruit. The last couple weeks I have been under a little more stress and not eating as good. So do you think this would contribute to hair loss?

I also was exercising consistantly for the last 3 months. And I would say the last 3 weeks or so I have stopped. I do plan on re-starting. I just lost my drive and need to get it back.

Thank you everyone so much for your help! :-)






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Live while you have life to live." ~Piet Hein


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7/9/10 9:52 P

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Hi. I was wondering if you eat enough protein each day? Have you decreased the amount at all. I notice when I don't get in enough protein I tend to lose more hair than normal.

But, I definitely agree to see the doc.

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7/9/10 9:52 P

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Thank you Annie! I appreciate the link AND the info!

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7/9/10 7:06 P

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Recently Mike was asking the same thing and I did some research for him for a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement. I'm pretty sure it was from the I-Herb website. Also, I think, I chose one for him that was more specifically for a guy...but I don't remember.

The I-Herb website has a lot of very good supplement choices and I highly recommend you go there and have a look around. Each product is shown with its label so you can do comparison shopping. Go to the following link and have a look. The first page there will show mostly the most popular brands and I recommend them (Now, New Chapter, Natural Factors, Rainbow Light to mention a few) Your choice will depend on what you are looking for and how much you are willing to pay. Consider what the label says about "Suggested use" and how much is in a "serving". You'll want to know exactly how much per day it's going to cost you to take the suggested dose.
www.iherb.com/Multivitamins-Women

Hope this helps
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7/9/10 6:11 P

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Let us know what your doctor says. That's very concerning!

What are some of the non-store brands you other gals are using?

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7/9/10 5:18 P

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Go to your doctor as soon as possible. Large amounts of hair loss is not normal. Good luck.

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7/9/10 3:57 P

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I wouldn't have faith in any supplements purchased at Target or at any other department or grocery store. You simply won't find the ones that will really help. Maybe, at a store that has a "health food department" you might find something. But really, really good supplements that aren't full of additives and that are properly prepared before packaging AND are the right kind of vitamins (synthetic vs naturally derived) are only going to be found on-line or at a well-established natural foods store and there you will pay a premium price. On line is the best way.

I say stop taking those things right now. Take the advice here and get checked by your doc. And don't use cheap vitamin and mineral supplements from manufacturers who aren't very well established in the trade. This is about your health!

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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7/9/10 11:49 A

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I'd be concerned too. Let us know what your doctor says.

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7/9/10 8:50 A

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As ShakeNBake suggested, make sure when your doctor orders blood work that they include a thyroid test.

As far as the gastro issues, it could very well be something in the vitamin. Before taking other vitamins, talk to your doctor. If (s)he recommends that you do take a daily multi, then ask for suggestions on brands.

I hope you find out what's going on soon.

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7/9/10 7:48 A

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I know its scrary however, we ALL loose alot of hair a day. It just might be a coincidence. If the vitamin is making your stomach hurt, I'd look for one a vitamin shop whole foods, GNC etc before Target. Doctors don't usually agree with taking vitamins, however, maybe he can check your thyroid and do other tests which might show something you are low in. Lotsa luck and good luch, hugs, Wanda

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7/9/10 12:42 A

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Hello,

I have a question for anyone who might have any advice or experience on this topic. I recently started taking a multi-vitamin about 2 weeks ago. Women's One A Day, purchased at my local Target store. I would take the vitamin every night with dinner. I immediately started noticing two side effects.

First side effect: I'd wake up every morning with diarrhea, and sometimes nausea.

Second side effect: Everytime I washed & conditioned my hair, I noticed large amounts falling out.

My hair is now noticably thinner. I stopped taking the multi-vitamin a few days ago. My stomach has still been a little upset in the mornings. And hair still falling out, but not as bad as it was.

Could this possibly be caused by an overdose of a particular mineral?

I have an appointment scheduled for a physical with my doctor tomorrow morning...just to be on the safe side.

~*~Shelley~*~
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Live while you have life to live." ~Piet Hein


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