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  1. #1
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    Apr 2012

    Not sure what is going on. Please help.

    Hello everyone,

    I am 22 years old. All the men on my moms side of the family had full heads of hair well into old age. My dad, however, is completely bald and lost his hair in his 20's. I have two older brothers, 30 and 28 who are balding, but have a LOT more hair than my father did at their age. All of this started roughly 2 months ago for me. I have never had any hair issues before, but I noticed that my temple areas were receding. I researched this online, and found out that it is pretty normal for men to lose their temples, but I have been extremely paranoid ever since that I am going to lose the rest of my hair. In the last two weeks I have noticed that the hair up front hasn't receded any, but it is thinning out. I can definitely see more of the scalp. During this whole time, I have also noticed that my face has been much more oily, and I have had some acne breakouts because of it. I have had an itchy scalp and dandruff as long as I can remember, but it seems that my scalp has been itching a lot more since all of this started, especially up front. (it may just be in my head). Right now I look fine since I have always parted my hair, but I am getting worried. I recently ordered some saw palmetto and other natural things to try. I want to stay away from procepia unless i have no other option.

    I would say my stress level has been a consistent 9 out of 10 the last 4 months. I began a diet roughly around the same time I lost my temples, and have lost roughly 10-12 pounds since then and am getting a lot more exercise now. Also, this may be from all the exercise i have been getting lately or something, but my sex drive has increased considerably in the last few weeks. I take a multivitamin daily (centrum). Also, I don't seem to be shedding more than normal. I have the normal amount of hair in my bathroom (I blow dry my hair), and cannot find any anywhere else in my apartment. None on my pillow, couch, etc. If i run my hand through my hair, even my thinning front, i only come up with 1 or 2 hairs if any. It seems that the hair is just falling out naturally and not growing back there.

    Its been roughly 10 years since I have had a physical or any blood work done, but is it possible this is some sort of a deficiency? would a deficiency or thyroid issue cause me to just loose hair up front like I am? I looked up thyroid symptoms, and I definitely have have some serious bowel issues for about 2 or 3 years now and it just so happens it is at its worst this week. I figured I have undiagnosed IBS, but who knows. Depression and panic attacks every so often. I am also pretty tired even after getting a lot of sleep the last 6 months or so. I dont have a demanding job, it just requires standing for long periods of time. Lately I have been having to sit down a lot more often, getting worn out even though I haven't done anything at all. This may be unrelated, but I don't remember having dreams for the last 10 or 15 years, but for the past month I have been having them almost every night, and they are usually not very pleasant (possibly from the stress).

    I can take pictures if you guys think i should.

    Please help me figure out what is going on

  2. #2
    Senior Member antman's Avatar
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    Jan 2012

    Re: Not sure what is going on. Please help.

    probotics works wonders for my digestion along with keeping gluten and dairy consumption low.

    its highly unlikely u have any sort of deficiency unless your diet completely excludes food groups but checking via blood work can't hurt. you could also ask to get your androgen levels check (make sure total testosterone and free testosterone are checked).

    if your nails and side/back of your head are normal then it's almost a certainty you have normal male hair loss if your hair is thinning out.

    when i started running outside my panic attacks stopped; i'm not sure if this would work for other people.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
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    Oct 2010

    Re: Not sure what is going on. Please help.

    Well..sounds like you could easily have mpb. We would need pics to determine for sure, but..sounds like its very possible.

    For the inflamation/itching/dandruff I would recommend using Nizoral shampoo. Its worked the best out of any shampoo for me as far as controlling itch.

    Hair loss from stress is very very rare, and does not look like MPB. Hair loss from stress is usually patchy and the person will lose lots of hair but in a very odd patchy pattern.

    I think most guys, when they start losing their hair, cross their fingers and hope that its from stress or diet or something that can be easily fixed. Unfortunately for the vast majority of people, this is not the case.

    Saw Palmetto, despite what some people on the internet want to tell you, is not going to do anything for you. When I first started losing my hair I was the same way. I thought "well, I'll just take natural supplements"...i looked up every supplement online that claimed to help with hair loss...i took a ton of "natural" supplements...i even spent $500 on a ****in laser comb...they didn't do anything. Eventually I had to face the facts and realize that the only things that were truly going to work were Finasteride and Minoxidil. You wont see anyone over in the success stories section saying "Hey guys, I've been on Saw Palmetto for a year now and it stopped my hair loss!"..but you will see a ton of guys saying that about finasteride.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
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    Apr 2011

    Re: Not sure what is going on. Please help.

    Just get on fin. You will only regret it in 2 years time when youve receded even more if u dont. Highly unlikely youl have any sides and if u do you can get off it straight away.

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