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Chronic TE or AGA?


#1

Hi all :slight_smile:
I just joined and is hoping to find someone who can give me some input. Well here’s my story:
I’ve had eating disorder for more than 10yrs. Began as anorexic when i was 13 yrs old (i’m 27 now) and went on for almost 2 yrs (stopped menstruating because of lack of nutrition) then i got help and gained back to healthy weight. Then somewhere on 2000 i had an extreme crash diet and did some crystal meth. I lost lots of weight in short amount of time. Then one day I went to bleach my hair and the next day my hair suddenly dropped. I lost about 50% of my hair in a period of 2weeks. Then the shedding gradually stopped. But my hair never fully recovered to its original density (i had stopped using the meth). It was 2000 and during that time until now i usually had an off/on period of shedding and my eating regime has never been normal. I either ate one big meal (binge) at night and starved myself during the day or i would binge all day and did some vigorous exercise at the end of the day trying to burn off all the calories from the binge. There were some period when i’d eat 3 normal meals throughout the day, but it never lasted more than couple of weeks and I’d be back to my unhealthy binging pattern. So my hair continue getting thinner during these last 10 yrs until last year i started using crystal meth again. This time the addiction was worse than before and it went on for almost a year. Meth supressed my appetite and i lost around 10kg in short amount of time. Then i noticed my hair texture is getting thinner (miniaturized) and the thinning gets worse. It’s been thinning for the last 10yrs but the texture was fine before. I was depressed so i stopped using the meth and tried to eat and sleep normally (I was insomniac for years). Ate lots of protein, stopped the night binging and eat 3 proper meals 3x a day. It’s been almost 4 months since i live healthily but my hair still feel so thin. There are some baby hair at the crown of my hair though.
BTW, the thinning is all over the scalp. The hairline looks worse because just like everybody we have less hair on that part of the scalp. Link to Picture below
http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/2499/hairloss.jpg

My questions are:

  1. Am i having Chronic Telogen effluvium or AGA or combination of both (no history of AGA in my family)?
  2. Can a prolonged period of binge eating causes Chronic Telogen effluvium?
  3. Is there a chance i can have at least 3/4 of my original density of my hair back if i continue to eat normally (stopped the night binging)?
  4. I’m going to sydney early jan 2011, could anyone recommend a good derm/doctor specializing in Hair loss?

Would really appreciate your help :slight_smile: Thank you!


#2

» Hi all :slight_smile:
» I just joined and is hoping to find someone who can give me some input.
» Well here’s my story:
» I’ve had eating disorder for more than 10yrs. Began as anorexic when i was
» 13 yrs old (i’m 27 now) and went on for almost 2 yrs (stopped menstruating
» because of lack of nutrition) then i got help and gained back to healthy
» weight. Then somewhere on 2000 i had an extreme crash diet and did some
» crystal meth. I lost lots of weight in short amount of time. Then one day I
» went to bleach my hair and the next day my hair suddenly dropped. I lost
» about 50% of my hair in a period of 2weeks. Then the shedding gradually
» stopped. But my hair never fully recovered to its original density (i had
» stopped using the meth). It was 2000 and during that time until now i
» usually had an off/on period of shedding and my eating regime has never
» been normal. I either ate one big meal (binge) at night and starved myself
» during the day or i would binge all day and did some vigorous exercise at
» the end of the day trying to burn off all the calories from the binge.
» There were some period when i’d eat 3 normal meals throughout the day, but
» it never lasted more than couple of weeks and I’d be back to my unhealthy
» binging pattern. So my hair continue getting thinner during these last 10
» yrs until last year i started using crystal meth again. This time the
» addiction was worse than before and it went on for almost a year. Meth
» supressed my appetite and i lost around 10kg in short amount of time. Then
» i noticed my hair texture is getting thinner (miniaturized) and the
» thinning gets worse. It’s been thinning for the last 10yrs but the texture
» was fine before. I was depressed so i stopped using the meth and tried to
» eat and sleep normally (I was insomniac for years). Ate lots of protein,
» stopped the night binging and eat 3 proper meals 3x a day. It’s been almost
» 4 months since i live healthily but my hair still feel so thin. There are
» some baby hair at the crown of my hair though.
» BTW, the thinning is all over the scalp. The hairline looks worse because
» just like everybody we have less hair on that part of the scalp. Link to
» Picture below
» http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/2499/hairloss.jpg
»
» My questions are:
» 1. Am i having Chronic Telogen effluvium or AGA or combination of both (no
» history of AGA in my family)?
» 2. Can a prolonged period of binge eating causes Chronic Telogen
» effluvium?
» 3. Is there a chance i can have at least 3/4 of my original density of my
» hair back if i continue to eat normally (stopped the night binging)?
» 4. I’m going to sydney early jan 2011, could anyone recommend a good
» derm/doctor specializing in Hair loss?
»
» Would really appreciate your help :slight_smile: Thank you!

Most of us would love to have that much hair,try cutting it shorter,it may help it look more - Get real!


#3

» Hi all :slight_smile:
» I just joined and is hoping to find someone who can give me some input.
» Well here’s my story:
» I’ve had eating disorder for more than 10yrs. Began as anorexic when i was
» 13 yrs old (i’m 27 now) and went on for almost 2 yrs (stopped menstruating
» because of lack of nutrition) then i got help and gained back to healthy
» weight. Then somewhere on 2000 i had an extreme crash diet and did some
» crystal meth. I lost lots of weight in short amount of time. Then one day I
» went to bleach my hair and the next day my hair suddenly dropped. I lost
» about 50% of my hair in a period of 2weeks. Then the shedding gradually
» stopped. But my hair never fully recovered to its original density (i had
» stopped using the meth). It was 2000 and during that time until now i
» usually had an off/on period of shedding and my eating regime has never
» been normal. I either ate one big meal (binge) at night and starved myself
» during the day or i would binge all day and did some vigorous exercise at
» the end of the day trying to burn off all the calories from the binge.
» There were some period when i’d eat 3 normal meals throughout the day, but
» it never lasted more than couple of weeks and I’d be back to my unhealthy
» binging pattern. So my hair continue getting thinner during these last 10
» yrs until last year i started using crystal meth again. This time the
» addiction was worse than before and it went on for almost a year. Meth
» supressed my appetite and i lost around 10kg in short amount of time. Then
» i noticed my hair texture is getting thinner (miniaturized) and the
» thinning gets worse. It’s been thinning for the last 10yrs but the texture
» was fine before. I was depressed so i stopped using the meth and tried to
» eat and sleep normally (I was insomniac for years). Ate lots of protein,
» stopped the night binging and eat 3 proper meals 3x a day. It’s been almost
» 4 months since i live healthily but my hair still feel so thin. There are
» some baby hair at the crown of my hair though.
» BTW, the thinning is all over the scalp. The hairline looks worse because
» just like everybody we have less hair on that part of the scalp. Link to
» Picture below
» http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/2499/hairloss.jpg
»
» My questions are:
» 1. Am i having Chronic Telogen effluvium or AGA or combination of both (no
» history of AGA in my family)?
» 2. Can a prolonged period of binge eating causes Chronic Telogen
» effluvium?
» 3. Is there a chance i can have at least 3/4 of my original density of my
» hair back if i continue to eat normally (stopped the night binging)?
» 4. I’m going to sydney early jan 2011, could anyone recommend a good
» derm/doctor specializing in Hair loss?
»
» Would really appreciate your help :slight_smile: Thank you!

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#4

Your hair actually looks pretty good to me too (healthy and shiny)…I am wondering if you have body dismorphia just because you wrote you had anorexia and now you are worried about your hair and it looks pretty good ???

BUT

maybe your hair has thinned because of the anorexia and we cant see it in the picture…I am not trying to judge…sorry if I came across that way…I will say that the hair cycle is longer than a couple months so your healthy eating and sleeping is probably helping but it will take longer than a couple months to see a big difference…just keep up the good work there :slight_smile: and you are making the right decision in finding a good doctor to be evaluated by…when my father was younger he was losing his hair in patches and got steroid shots from his doctor and it grew back…

Wish you the best


#5

oooops…NT


#6

You might want to to a GYN doctor to check for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. This could be an underlying condition that is driving your hairloss and the other symptoms.

» Hi all :slight_smile:
» I just joined and is hoping to find someone who can give me some input.
» Well here’s my story:
» I’ve had eating disorder for more than 10yrs. Began as anorexic when i was
» 13 yrs old (i’m 27 now) and went on for almost 2 yrs (stopped menstruating
» because of lack of nutrition) then i got help and gained back to healthy
» weight. Then somewhere on 2000 i had an extreme crash diet and did some
» crystal meth. I lost lots of weight in short amount of time. Then one day I
» went to bleach my hair and the next day my hair suddenly dropped. I lost
» about 50% of my hair in a period of 2weeks. Then the shedding gradually
» stopped. But my hair never fully recovered to its original density (i had
» stopped using the meth). It was 2000 and during that time until now i
» usually had an off/on period of shedding and my eating regime has never
» been normal. I either ate one big meal (binge) at night and starved myself
» during the day or i would binge all day and did some vigorous exercise at
» the end of the day trying to burn off all the calories from the binge.
» There were some period when i’d eat 3 normal meals throughout the day, but
» it never lasted more than couple of weeks and I’d be back to my unhealthy
» binging pattern. So my hair continue getting thinner during these last 10
» yrs until last year i started using crystal meth again. This time the
» addiction was worse than before and it went on for almost a year. Meth
» supressed my appetite and i lost around 10kg in short amount of time. Then
» i noticed my hair texture is getting thinner (miniaturized) and the
» thinning gets worse. It’s been thinning for the last 10yrs but the texture
» was fine before. I was depressed so i stopped using the meth and tried to
» eat and sleep normally (I was insomniac for years). Ate lots of protein,
» stopped the night binging and eat 3 proper meals 3x a day. It’s been almost
» 4 months since i live healthily but my hair still feel so thin. There are
» some baby hair at the crown of my hair though.
» BTW, the thinning is all over the scalp. The hairline looks worse because
» just like everybody we have less hair on that part of the scalp. Link to
» Picture below
» http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/2499/hairloss.jpg
»
» My questions are:
» 1. Am i having Chronic Telogen effluvium or AGA or combination of both (no
» history of AGA in my family)?
» 2. Can a prolonged period of binge eating causes Chronic Telogen
» effluvium?
» 3. Is there a chance i can have at least 3/4 of my original density of my
» hair back if i continue to eat normally (stopped the night binging)?
» 4. I’m going to sydney early jan 2011, could anyone recommend a good
» derm/doctor specializing in Hair loss?
»
» Would really appreciate your help :slight_smile: Thank you!