chronic hair loss every year. Can anyone tell me why?

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I am a 43 year old female and have been plagued by yearly chronic hair loss phases since my 20's which have made my life so unbearable I have contemplated suicide many times.I will have maybe a period of 4 months moderate hair loss (still more than I remember when my hair was "normal") then it just starts falling out heavily more or less overnight.Handfuls of hair particularly on washing.I counted about 800 hairs on just one wash once!!!! I have seen doctors dermatologists tricholigists and had hair mpull tests and I think just about every blood test going and no real explanatio.One specialist actually said to me "Well you haven't gone bald yet so whats your problem"!!!! Tonight it has started again and i just dont think i can through all again.I haven't actually worn my hair down for over 10 years as the embarrassment would be worse. At least in a bun or ponytail you can disguise it a bit. Can anyone please give me some advice on why this might be happening and how I can get through this?

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    Oh, I'm sorry. It's really sad. It may be caused by stress. Do you have such problem? I know exactly that it is normal to lose about 100 hairs every day, more of them on days when shampooing loosens the hairs that are ready to fall out.  Anyway, please, calm down. Are you a nervous person? Try to appease yourself. Maybe you need to change your place, conditions?
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    Hi

    My wife had the same problem recently.  I gave her some Zinc supplement from a health shop and her hair has almost stopped falling out.

    It has had a great improvemment on her wellbeing as well.  If you use them get the ones with copper included.

    Good luck.

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    Hi Lollylester

    I have the same problem at the moment my hair is coming out left right and centre.  My is alopecia and is probably hormone related as it first occurred when I had stopped breast feeding my son after a year.  I was aged 35 years and it goes through cycles of coming out (more so in the summer months) and then growing again probably looking better in the wnter time.  I have worn wigs in the past but now feel I don't want to.  I am aged 50 years now and have had a health scare so maybe that is why my hair is coming out excessively. 

    In your case tying up your hair may make it break off more easily as it weakens the hair shaft.  Try to relax as much as possible invest in some cool hats which I have done.  To be honest as well most people do not look or notice people's hair loss.  You could also buy dry shampoo so you are not washing your hair as often and it now comes in different colours so can actually make you look like you have  thicker hair and covers bald patches although not good when sweating as the colour can run down as I experienced yesterday myself in the heat.

    Anyway good luck hope this has been helpful.  Nothing is worth taking your life over there is always a solution.

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    Hi may I ask have you had any problems with your periods, heavy, very painful, not regular? Have you had children?
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    I've been steadily losing my hair since My first child was born 17 years ago.  I've been to 3 different dermatologist who all said the same thing.  It's hereditary and possibly stress.  I was on hair treatment for women, tried regrowth shampoo.  nothing seems to work at keeping it. the hair treatment is so expensive and as soon as you stop using it the small mount of regrowth falls out.  the shampoo didn't seem to work at all.  If I lift up the top layer of my hair it's practically bald underneath but only on the sides so I'm the opposite of you.  I prefer to keep mine down. I do dye my hair and have for a number of years.  My husband believes this is the reason.  
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      I have Alopecia for over 37 years.My experience with the NHS and dermatologist is well meaning but they might as well use voodoo on my hairloss.As i understand it,the only thing that gets hair to grow and is over the counter is minoxidil or "Regain".

      Ask your chemist.For me i hope for a more expensive drug call a JAK inhibitor that is being researched.

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    HELLO

    DUE TO MEDICATION I FOUND MY HAIR COMING OUT EACH TIME I BRUSHED  OR WORSE SHAMPOO.

    MY SON WHO SUFFERED FROM EXZEMA SINCE A CHILD HAD EVERY TREAT GOING.

    A FEW YEARS AGO HE TRIED A JASON VALE JUICE BOOK.

    AFTER 3 WEEKS HE HAS NEVER SUFFERED FROM THE CONDITION SINCE. IT ONLY COMES BACK IF HE GOES ON HOLIDAY AND DOES NOT JUICE.

    WHICH PROVES IT WORKS.

    NOW TO YOUR CONDITION-THE JASON VALE BOOK HAS A JUICE FOR HAIR I TOOK THIS FOR 3 WEEKS AND MY HAIR STOPPED FALLING OUT AND HAS GONE THICKER AND GROWING LIKE IT HAS NEVER DONE BEFORE.

    THE RECIPE IS AS FOLLOWS .

    YOU WILL NEED A JUICER (NOT BLENDER)

    RECIPE AS FOLLOWS-- HALF APPLE-- QUARTER CUCUMBER--HALF LITRE WATER.

    I TIMES THE ABOVE BY THREE TO GIVE ME THREE DAYS AND PUT THE EXCESS IN A FLASK IN FRIDGE.

    THIS I HAVE BEEN TAKING DAILY AND IT DID WORK .

     

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    I think your Doctor should send you to a psychologist or psychiatrist and it really would help you cope.I was born in 1969 and i have Alopecia for over 37 years.I`ve had the name calling and i even have a bullying brother who does`nt say it to my face but because i work in a clerical job and before he started working with me worked in the construction industry.He goes on about how i could`nt work in the "real world!"What he means is my Alopecia would elsewhere been a problem.What does he know?

    I always think the glass is half full so suicide never enters my mind.

    Alopecia is a crappy thing and i want my hair to grow back and i`ve grown up with comments that are just patronising.People can be and will be cruel but find that little thing that empowers you.

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