Hair Falling Out More Than Normal

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Post # 3
7395 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Your hair goes through phases of growing. Unfortunately, one of those phases is falling out so new ones can start! I find I go through a large shed every 3-4 years. And thats like, where I feel like I’m going bald so many hairs are falling out. 

It is unlikely due to any of your heat tools, but when you used to blow dry it, would you  brush it? That would pull some of the loose hairs out so they wouldn’t fall out later. If you’ve stopped doing it, that could be part of it. 

That said, hair fall out can be an indication of something not right on the inside. Lack of iron, immune difficiency, thyroid issues, etc. Also stress! 

eta – with your update, I would think its probably something less serious for right now. If I were you (having already had many tests, not stressed), I would wait it out a little bit. I would give it a few weeks and see if it decreases. If after 1 month total (incl however long you’ve already been monitoring) then hit up the dr again.

Post # 5
251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I’ve had this happen – I think it’s quite normal for a big ‘shed’ every once in a while, as the above bee Jelly said. If you’ve just gone through a big thyroid test, I’m assuming you had a regular check up and blood work – if everything is normal then don’t worry about it. If it persists for more than a month, then go to your doc of peace of mind. You’re likely just shedding out old hair to make room for new (healthier) hair. Taking a folic acid can also help with hair growth/strength.

Post # 6
872 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

I definitely experience cycles with my hair.  For whatever reason I notice I experience shedding in the fall.  It happened last year and it’s happening again this year.

Post # 8
729 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My hair sheds soo much that it almost doesn’t seem like it could be normal, but it is. The shedding is just a lot more noticeable to me when my hair is on the longer side, so that’s probably what is happening with you. 

I did get really worried about my hair thinning a few years ago (it ended up being nothing) so I did a lot of research and now don’t use shampoos with Sulfates or SLF’s in it, as that supposedly can thin the hair over time. Most shampoos, even expensive ones, have it but I can usually find at least one without them in stores. Trader Joes makes a shampoo without sulfates and slf’s that’s pretty inexpensive. I also take a biotin supplement. 

Post # 9
2613 posts
Sugar bee

Have you switched birth controls recently? I had a friend who started losing large amounts of hair and she couldn’t figure it out for months. It turned out to be a pretty common side effect of her BC. Once she switched pills she stopped losing hair. 

Post # 10
3251 posts
Sugar bee

I shed, a lot. I have curly hair, and I’ve noticed if I straighten it (haven’t done much of that the last two years or so), it seems to shed much more. I think, in my case, it’s partly because it doesn’t get as tangled in the next curl, so it doesn’t “get stuck.”

I also tend to shed more at the beginning of winter when my hair is “bulking up” or getting thicker. When we first got together Darling Husband thought I was going bald, but no, I just have a lot of hair and it’s overwhelming. 

Next time you see your hairdresser, ask them. They’ll be able to see if any spots look thinner than another, but if your hair feels like the same thickness, I wouldn’t panic. 

Isn’t normal shedding like 150-200 hairs a day or something?

Post # 13
766 posts
Busy bee

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MrsBeck :  If thyroid is ok check your iron levels as low/lower than normal iron can cause hair loss.

Post # 15
574 posts
Busy bee

Yeah, my first thought was a thyroid problem. But since you say all your tests came back negative… not sure.

Some information if you are interested:

I am taking a course in endocrinology right now, and hair loss is a sign of hypothyroidism.
Some hormones involved include: TRH (Thyroid Releasing Hormone) which is secreted by the hypothalamus. TRH stimulates the release of two hormones from the adrenal cortex (part of your adrenal gland). The first of these two hormones is TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormones). The second of these hormones is the Prolactin.

The hormones I just listed (TRH, TSH, and Prolactin) are all peripheral hormones that work in a feedback mechanism with the thyroid gland. TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) stimulates the release of the Thyroid Hormones (T3 and T4). The Thyroid Hormones (T3 and T4) form the central part of the feedback mechanism.

Hypothyroidism means that the central hormones are low (T3 and T4). This might be because something is wrong with the thyroid gland itself or because something has caused the level of peripheral hormones to be low, which then gives feedback to lower the level of central hormones.

Here are some examples to try and be more clear.

If there is a problem with the hypothalamus such that it is not secreting TRH, then TSH and Prolactin will not be secreted by the adrenal cortex. If TSH is not secreted by the adrenal cortex, then the Thyroid Hormones (T3 and T4) will not be secreted either. = Secondary Hypothyroidism (Hypothyroidism caused be a problem with the peripheral hormones). Hormone Levels: low TRH, low TSH, low Prolactin, low T3, and T4.

If the problem is with the adrenal cortex not secreting TSH, then it doesn’t matter how much TRH the hypothalamus produces. TRH will not be released to cause the secretion of Thyroid Hormones (T3 and T4). The low level of central hormones will give feedback to the hypothalamus to secrete more TSH (not realizing that more TSH will not help). This leads to high levels of TSH which leads to high levels of Prolactin. = Secondary Hypothyroidism (Hypothyroidism caused be a problem with the peripheral hormones). Hormone Levels: High TRH, low TSH, High Prolactin, low T3, and T4.

If the problem is with the thyroid gland itself not secreting Thyroid Hormones (T3 and T4), then these central hormones give feedback to increase the secretion of the peripheral hormones. Even though the level of the peripheral hormones have increased, the thyroid gland does not respond. = Primary Hypothyroidism (Hypothyroidism caused be a problem with the central hormones). Hormone Levels: High TRH, High TSH, High Prolactin, low T3, and T4.

The problem might also be nutritional. Iodine is a precursor (something they are made out of) to the Thyroid Hormones (T3 and T4). You might have noticed at the grocery store they sell both iodized and non-iodized salt. This is why: years ago, it was found that people were not naturally getting enough iodine in their diet. To correct the problem, salt was iodized (iodine was added) to help increase dietary intake. If someone doesn’t get enough iodine in their diet, then the Thyroid Hormones (T3 and T4) cannot be made. Low levels of these central hormones gives feedback to increase the level of the peripheral hormones. = Primary Hypothyroidism (Hypothyroidism caused be a problem with the central hormones). Hormone Levels: High TRH, High TSH, High Prolactin, low T3, and T4.

In order to give a diagnosis of what the problem was, you would need to have all of these hormone levels tested (T3, T4, TSH, TRH, and Prolactin). With each case, there would also be other syns and symptoms depending on the cause. The hypothalamus and adrenal cortex secrete more hormones then I discussed above. I only wrote about the ones most important to understand hypothyroidism.

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