So many symptoms! The lastest one is thinning hair....

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Hi, Ladies,

It's been a couple months since I've posted to the site, but I faithfully read nearly every post from all these brave ladies.  I saw my doctor a few times over the last several months and after many tests she confirmed that I was in peri due to my symptoms and extremely low hormone levels, especially my estrogen.  I have been in peri for about 5 years per the multitude of symptoms I've experienced.  My dr. advised I was anemic and so I recently finished a course of iron infusions, I was also put on adrenal supplements, vitamin D, magnesium and iron when I have a bleed.  I was also prescribed BHRT, but have had reservations about beginning for fear I might feel worse.  I've had nearly every every symptom on the list and they have all been extremely frustrating.  My latest symptom that has been stressing me is hair loss.

My whole life (I just turned 47) I have had very thick, long dark hair.  Over the last few months I have noticed extreme hair shedding.  My hair seems to be lying about everywhere and when I wash it I can literally pull small clumps of long strands as I wash and rinse it.  There's always a a lot of hair in the bottom of the shower and when I comb thru it, it still comes out in alarming (or what feels like alarming) rates.  I know this symptom may seem trite in relationship to so many of the other horrible symptoms, but I just feel freaked out about it.  It is really heightening my already long present anxiety.  I have had my thyroid checked twice over the last few months, results did not warrant prescription thyroid meds at this time.  My question is: are you ladies experiencing this symptom, what are you doing about it, does it slow up and if so, when?  How did you deal with it overall?  I very much appreciate your input.  Thank you.  

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    Did you have spotting in between periods?  I’ve had this 5 months.  Seeing a Gynea next week x
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      Hi, Cilla,

      I've not had spotting between periods, but I have very long cycles usually 40-65 days before I'll have my period (it was like clockwork for nearly 35 years) and then a couple of times a year I'll have an extremely long, hard and painful clotting period with a great deal of flooding that seems to go on for weeks.  The spotting I do get tends to be spotting before a period which will last several days before I actually start to flow.  My sister who is 43 and also in peri spots between her periods and has also dealt with heavy flooding and every 2 week cycles.  She was prescribed a small IUD to help with the bleeding and while some spotting is due to the IUD her doctor also said she has a small cervical polyp that's likely causing the in between period spotting.  She feels frustrated by the constant dribbling and a period that comes every 2 weeks, but has said that her overall period is lighter since receiving the IUD.  

      Good luck with you appt.  Everything will be fine.  Hopefully your doc will have some solutions to help you.  Please keep me posted.  Hugs--Sarah

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    Hello, Sarah.

    Yes, I have thinning hair as well. Everything you mentioned above, I have experienced too.

    Lots and lots of hair comes out when I wash it, rinse it, comb it. My bangs have gotten so thin.

    The beater brush on the vacuum is always full of my hair. I am cleaning the beater brush almost every time I vacuum.

    My doctor of homeopathy gave me Sepia for my menopausal symptoms and it has helped me quite a bit with all my symptoms and it has definitely helped with the hair loss symptom.

    I am noticing a significant reduction in hair loss while showering and brushing my hair.

    Hope this helps.

    Tracy

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      Hi, Tracy,

      Thank you so much for the reply.  I really appreciate it.  I do feel calmer knowing that you have experienced the same and that you have found a homeopathic solution.  My doctor is a natural wellness physician, so I am certain she would be supportive of my trying sepia.  Thank you so much for the suggestion.  I will definitely try it.  Hugs--Sarah

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    Hi Sarah,

    I too have had the hair thinning issues.  I had really long hair and ended up cutting it super short over my frustration.  My hair used to grow back super fast but not anymore.  I will never do that again as it has taken over a year to get it long enough to pull back.  Crazy!

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      Hi, MBS,

      Thank you for the feedback.  It's reassuring to know that others are dealing with this too and are getting through it.  I fully understand your dillemma. I had thought about cutting mine, but since I need to pull it back to keep it from shedding throughout the rest of the house, out of food, etc. I've decided to continue to just pull it back in a bun at the back of my neck.  It's so bizarre, as I have never had thinning hair and just within the last 3 months it came on with a vengeance. It's so frustrating.  I really appreciate your comment!!  Hugs--Sarah

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    Hi Sarah.

    I'm 42 years old and been going through premenopause I believe just over a year now.

    I too like yourself am experiencing hair loss especially around the crown area. It's depressing! I'm not quite sure what to do about it or what can be done about it.

    I've had thyroid tests and other levels etc checked in past and all come back normal.

    It's so frustrating!!

    I'm considering purchasing and trying out a product called "Nanogen" which I read about online. It's not a solution but could possibly help in short term.

    Have you heard of It?

    In the past I seen a tricologost but this can be quite expensive, and was prescribed these iron loaded vitamin tablets as apparently my iron levels were on low side. I have to say that these do work and make your hair grow super quick! If only I could remember the name of them!!?

    Perhaps worth looking into...

    Good luck and let me know how you go...

    Dora x

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      Hi, Dora,

      Thank you very much for your reply and for the information.  I am sorry you are going through this, too.  I have not heard of Nanogen, but I am going to look into this product.  I was also thinking my iron could still be low despite having recenly had 4 IV infusions.  I am going to ask my doctor about re-checking my iron levels and then possibly continuing on with an oral iron supplememt.  Thank you so much for your feedback.  Good luck to you.  I hope you find a solution that is successful for the long term!  I will keep you posted.  All my best--Sarah

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    Sorry, my iron stores were low!

    X

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    Hi Sarah You were saying you did not need thyroid meds but if you are borderline hypothyroid it will affect hair or at least it has with me. I dont need to take the meds yet but hairloss has been an issue. Iron deficiency  also affects it and takes some months to build it back up
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      Hi, Arlette,

      I appreciate your feedback.  I'm also sorry you are having this issue.  Your comment about iron taking a long time to build is an excellent point.  My iron had been very low when first tested and it is quite possible that it hasn't risen enough with the iron infusions I've had thus far.  Also, you point about the thyroid is a good one.  I'm going to talk to my dr. again regarding thyroid function at my next appointment.  Thanks again for taking the time to repond.  I wish you good health and strength to get thru all of this quickly.  I really never a

      had any idea perimenopause was going to be so difficult.  Take care.  Hugs--Sarah 

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    Hi Sarah, 

    I am so with you on this one... my hair was always so thick and long however within the last three or four years it's got thinner and thinner. It's so upsetting. 

    As I also turned grey young, I have always coloured my hair but now it worries me that by doing that will make the situ worse plus also now I find after years and years of using the same colouring product - it's causing an allergic reaction on my scalp! This all started when I began to go through an early menopause... I have recently started HRT patches and definitely notice a difference in my wellbeing (which I was suffering terribly with) but will await to see if it helps the hair loss also... 

    I really feel for you and others with menopausal symptoms as quite frankly I never realised it would all be so negatively life changing... hang in there and hopefully we'll come through this and normality (?) will resume. 

    A. xx

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      Hello A,

      I'm sorry you're going through this, too.  Thank you so much for sharing your story.  It definitely helps me not feel so alone in this.  I hope you are feeling better and I wish you peace and good health!  X Sarah

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      Hi Im not sure if you are in the UK but if so Tints of Nature hair dye is much better than the standard ones- it does not seem to irritate but of course you would need to test it. 

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      Thanks, A.  I live in the US, but I will look for that item online.  I haven't colored my hair in months because I didn't want to add to the thinning/brittleness issue.  Thank you for the suggestion!

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      Hi, Sarah.

      I tried the Tints of Nature hair color. It covered the gray hair very well and actually makes my hair look and feel thicker and fuller.

      It only needs to be in your hair 30 minutes to dye your hair, which is so nice. The last natural product I used to dye my hair took an hour. The Tints of Nature doesn't smell bad either. It comes with a packet of clarifying shampoo you use before you dye and it also comes with packets of shampoo and conditioner that you use afterwards.

      My hair came out a little darker and a little redder than my natural color. I used to be a medium coppery brown. I color I used is Medium Golden Brown. I don't mind the reddish tint, the grays are actually a bit lighter than the rest of the hair and gives it a look of highlight.

      But it definitely makes my hair look and feel fuller!

      Worth looking into.

      Hope this helps.

      Tracy

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      Hi, Tracy,

      Thank you so much for the information.  I will definitely try this!  It's been several months since I last colored my hair, so I am looking forward to improving the gray.  I am also happy to hear that it worked well for you!

      Thank you again for your kind reply.  Hugs--Sarah

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