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Old 02-15-2015, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Honolulu
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My wife is concerned with hair loss/thinning and I'm wondering if there's anyone else who can help besides a dermatologist. She's been to a dermatologist and the dermatologist gave her some shampoo that supposed to help itching (her scalp also itches) but I don't think it will help for hair loss. She is in her 30s, doesn't have anyone female in her family with hair loss, doesn't take any medication and isn't under any stress or have any other health problems. The doctor can't figure out the cause. IMO it isn't really noticeable and hasn't gotten worse but my wife is concerned. Anyone have any suggestions or deal with anything similar?
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Old 02-15-2015, 12:23 AM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Have her ask her doctor to check her thyroid numbers. Simple blood trest.

http://thyroid.about.com/cs/hairloss/a/hairloss.htm
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Old 02-15-2015, 11:56 AM
 
Location: In a house
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Hair loss can be caused by so many things, it's hard to pinpoint a single test that will give an answer. Often, it's one of three, for women: they're pulling it out (it's an OCD behavior), their thyroid is doing something abnormal, or there's something else going on with their endocrine system (of which the thyroid is only one of several that can affect hair growth).

If she's not pulling it out, my first choice would be to get a referral to an endocrinologist and have a consultation.
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Old 02-15-2015, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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If she's not pulling it out, my first choice would be to get a referral to an endocrinologist and have a consultation.
Thanks, I didn't think about an endocrinologist. I'll look into it.
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Old 02-15-2015, 05:23 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Thanks, I didn't think about an endocrinologist. I'll look into it.
You'd do better to contact a dermatologist on the linked list provided in the article linked above. Endocrinologists are pressured by insurance to avoid diagnosing thyroid disease. They do only a superficial test, and if levels are within normal range, even if some are pushing the limits of normal, doctors have been instructed to tell the patient they're normal and have no thyroid disease indications. The same is true for dermatologists. But the linked article gives the url of national hair loss council that has a list of dermatologists who apparently are dedicated to getting to the bottom of hair loss problems, so anyone on that list would be more trustworthy than going to a random specialist. 99% of insurance-based endocrinologists and dermatologists give thyroid patients false negatives, except in the rarer cases when initial test results are outside the broadly-defined normal range.
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Old 02-15-2015, 05:47 PM
 
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You'd do better to contact a dermatologist on the linked list provided in the article linked above. Endocrinologists are pressured by insurance to avoid diagnosing thyroid disease. They do only a superficial test, and if levels are within normal range, even if some are pushing the limits of normal, doctors have been instructed to tell the patient they're normal and have no thyroid disease indications. The same is true for dermatologists. But the linked article gives the url of national hair loss council that has a list of dermatologists who apparently are dedicated to getting to the bottom of hair loss problems, so anyone on that list would be more trustworthy than going to a random specialist. 99% of insurance-based endocrinologists and dermatologists give thyroid patients false negatives, except in the rarer cases when initial test results are outside the broadly-defined normal range.
I don't know which conspiracy website you're getting your information from, but you're pushing an agenda that the OP shouldn't have pushed on him. You're starting with the assumption that his wife should be tested only for thyroid disease. Thyroid disease isn't even a thing. There are a bunch of different thyroid diseases. There is no singular illness called "thyroid disease." There are also a myriad of thyroid problems that aren't diseases, that could be causing symptoms (such as a benign tumor that's simply sitting there, doing absolutely nothing TO the thyroid other than being in the way of a particular spot that needs to not have a tumor sitting on it - which is exactly what happened to me).

It might be her testosterone level. Women have a bit of that stuff too you know, and if their levels are off, they can experience hair loss - just like men can. It could be any of her hormones - if any of them are off - hair loss is one of the possible symptoms. And various cancers and tumors on various endocrine glands can sent the hair growth into a tailspin as well. A dermatologist's specialty is skin. Not hormones.

An endocrinologist will start from the presumption that "something is wrong, and it might be glandular so let's take a look." An endocrinologist will have no specific agenda to go after the thyroid exclusively or to avoid the thyroid exclusively. The insurance companies have no say-so over whether or not endocrinologists test for this that or the other thing. If the insurance company rejects payment to the endocrinologist, then the patient picks up the tab. The endocrinologist gets paid whether the insurance company agrees with the diagnoses or not.
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Old 02-16-2015, 10:27 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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My endocrinologist can't figure out what's causing my hair loss. But it's still worth going to see one, your wife might have some cause that's easier to figure out.

Several doctors have told me to take biotin and a multivitamin. I've noticed my eyebrows have gotten thicker while taking biotin.
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Old 02-17-2015, 12:21 AM
 
Location: Honolulu
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Based on what I'm reading an endocrinologist should be my wife's next step right? My wife was told Biotin might help too but I don't think she wants to take it for whatever reason. I don't think her current dermatologist is of much help and I'm not sure another one would be much better. She's just not sure what to do right now. It seems to be a very gradual thinning but it's barely noticeable. I also looked at the National Hair Loss Council but there are no hair loss specialists that are within my state.
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Old 02-20-2015, 03:18 PM
 
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This started happening to me earlier in the year. The strands of my hair have become very fine and I loose tons of hair in the shower and while combing it out. My hair is noticeably less thick and there are more flyaways from broken strands.

I went to my doctor - a word of caution here, apparently many insurance companies don't cover office visits or testing for "hairloss" which is cosmetic. So if you go in, make sure you go in under a different symptom, if at all possible and then mention hairloss as a secondary issue (to me this is completely absured since losing tons of hair seems like a health issue).

Anyhow the Dr diagnosed me with low iron, but taking the supplements hasn't stopped my hairloss. Most recently I switched to biotin, a horsetail supplement, and conditioning with argan oil. Still having issues but hair is doing a little better. I'd go back to my Dr but they seemed pretty unconcerned and said it was probably iron, maybe stress.
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Old 02-20-2015, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Connecticut is my adopted home.
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Has your wife lost a lot of weight recently or been on a diet? Has she had a fever, especially a high fever recently? Is her hair loss diffuse over her entire scalp, located at the top of the scalp or in a more male pattern M with recessions at the temples? A lot and I do mean a lot of things can affect the hair. The others are right, most insurance companies won't help with this issue.

I spent a few years essentially starving to keep my weight down and it did a number on my hair. I still have a bit of recession at the temples and I started noticing hereditary thinning across the top of my scalp this past year. I nipped that in the bud with minoxidil and my hair now looks like it did in my early 40s. Well worth the minimal investment.

Good luck.
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