Female Hair Loss. My hair was thick and now it has thinned out so much I have bald spots. I’m only 24!?April 16th, 2014
Growing up my hair was so thick when I braided it, it was the size of my fist. Now, within the past year, it has thinned out so much a braid is only the width of my pinky. Does anyone know what could be causing this to happen? Or what I can do to reverse it? I have been using Mane-and-Tail shampoo and taking Vitamin B supplements but it has been getting worse. When I put my hair in a ponytail I actually can see bald spots. Please help me.
I’m a 24 year old female.
Full Time Student (no health insurance)
Well balanced diet (I cheat only once a week)
Diagnosed with Chronic Migraines.
Currently taking Tri-Sprintec(birth control)
Fioricet and Sumatriptan(for migranes)
No history of hair thinning in my family(not even the men!)
Please help me.
Have you ever been checked for Celiac disease or sprue, as it’s sometimes called? In some cases, like my sister’s, migraines can be a symptom. In my case (I have it), hair loss can be a symptom that you won’t see for a number of years. I had an identical problem. My hair was extremely thick, and I have lost 3/4 of it.
What can happen is that Celiac disease can cause malnutrition because the villi in the large intestine swell and become inflamed due to the immune system attacking the amino acid in wheat and barley called gluten. When the villi swell, they have difficulty absorbing nutrients like the B vitamins and zinc. Supplements usually don’t help because they are usually absorbed in the large intestine, but when the large intestine is compromised, the supplements become useless.
You said you don’t have insurance. The easiest way is to log onto www.celiac.org and www.celiac.com and check out the no-no list of gluten items. Go %100 gluten free for three months (no cheats or it won’t work). Carefully make a log of how you feel, how you’re sleeping, if your hair loss slows or stops, and (I know this sounds really gross) your poo – how many times, color, smell, consistency. Since Celiac causes problems in the large intestine, this can be a wonderful indicator. After three months, eat some bread. Log any changes in that list.
the only %100 sure fire answer is an endoscopy and biopsy of your large intestine. The experiment I gave you is at best a guess, and won’t hold a lot of weight with most doctors. However, when you are able to see a doctor for this, that log will be invaluable.
I know what this is like because I am 22 and went through this for 20 years before a doctor decided to test for it.
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