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I am a 33 year old female. I have been losing my hair for about the last 10 years. Luckily, I started out with very thick hair. In addition to my PCP, I have seen numerous Dermatologists, Endocronologists, and OBGYN's. Every time, they check my thyroid (it's fine), they run the normal blood work, it's fine, I tell them my hair hurts, they look puzzled and tell me it's stress. It wasn't until recently that I realized I have spent quite a bit of money to get no answers. I allowed it to happen because I have not yet had a child and I didn't want to experiment with anything that might have reproductive side effects. This last year, my hair loss has been significant. It is hard not to think about it because there is actual pain. I have done enough research online to know that it is a hormone imbalance. I have also recently had unwanted hairs growing out of my chin. It is getting to the point where I am going to have to buy a wig and I'm trying not to let it effect my mental well-being, but it is quite depressing. I had a long talk with my PCP and explained to her that I don't mind seeing another specialist, but I would like to see someone who specializes in hormones or hair-loss because I have a high deductable insurance plan and I cannot afford to continue to spend thousands of dollars with no answers. She gave me the name of two doctors. I asked what type of doctors they were and she said, "I believe Endocronologists." I called to schedule the appointment and found out that they are Ear, Nose, and Throat specialists. I called my PCP's office and left a message in the nurses voice mail asking if this is who my doctor intended to refer me to and received no call back. I just don't know who to turn to. Someone must have answers. The women's Rogaine box says not to use if you have pain, hair loss in the front of your scalp, and proceeds to list my symptoms. If not Rogaine...what can I do?
if you are in dallas, to me the guru of gurus for hair loss is David Whiting. i send all my complicated hair cases to him. he has written major books on hair loss and is an expert dermatopathologist. when it is possibly a dermatologic problem. i do not have an equal when it comes to endocrine issues but that is the other cause that may be involved, as you suggested.
I have also experienced despair and frustration of excessive hair loss. I am 35, and I have half as much hair on my head, as I used to have when I was 25. I have come through dozens of doctors and treatments, but the overall result was unstable. My diagnosis is “androgenic alopecia”.
hi kristen, thank you for your kind post. i had to delete a portion of your post since this forum does not allow endorsing hospitals or professionals on there. it is intended just to ask me a question related to hair loss and hair restoration that i would answer to the best of my ability. best, s.