Hello......I am a 34 y/o female experiencing diffuse hair loss, diffuse hair thinning (follicular miniaturization?), and a noticeably receding hairline at the temples, widow's peak and back of my hairline (nape of neck and above ears). I used to have a lot of peach fuzz on my face, especially my forehead -- that's disappeared and the tops of my eyebrows seem to be also "receding" slightly.....almost like the hair loss is creeping down my face. Even light fuzz I had on my neck, surrounding my hairline in back, is gone and the skin feels as though I've waxed the hair off. I don't seem to be losing at my crown, but my part seems to be widening. I've brought the hair loss up multiple times with my PCP and dermatologist and feel somewhat brushed off by both. PCP sent me for blood tests -- all labs came back normal, although I noticed ferritin is 28 (I've read optimal is 60-70). T3 was the only thyroid test not included in labs but I have an appointment with an endocrinologist in about 3 weeks. Dermatologist plucked a hair out and said it's "probably androgenetic alopecia" and told me to try minoxidil. My question is -- why all the DIFFERENT symptoms??? If it's androgenetic, is receding normal for females (especially at temples and widow's peak)? And what about balding on my face and neck??? If it's thyroid or diet related, can these cause receding hairline and miniaturization? Could it be CTE and does miniaturization occur with this? I'm particularly worried about Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia, with the receding I'm experiencing, since I know this diagnoses requires fast action...but what about the diffuse loss and follicular miniaturization? Can those also occur with FFA? A few other details: I have sebborheic dermatitis - could inflammation be contributing? For about 6+ years, my scalp has gotten progressively more tender, almost like a bruised/sore feeling. Selsun and T-gel are the only shampoos that keep the dandruff and oiliness in check. A few months back, I started trying Nioxin instead (as this supposedly helps hair loss) and my scalp became so greasy (even same day washing), my hair looked wet and my scalp became extremely painful and inflamed. After stopping Nioxin and restarting the Selsun/T-gel routine, my scalp was still very tender with red, inflamed areas, so my derm prescribed steroid drops which seems to have helped. I felt in my 20s that my hairline might be receding and, for most of my adult life, it's been the norm for globs of hair to come out in the shower. I was never sure, though, in my 20s if I was only imagining hair loss/receding. I've been using 2% minoxidil daily for a couple months now and tried it before on/off in my 20s. I started my own business 2 years ago and have been INSANELY stressed at times. I'm sure this is not helping, but could it be causing it? If stress is controlled can it be reversed? Or have I now kicked off something that's irreversible? A few other things -- I'm a vegetarian, but eat eggs, fish and dairy. I take methylphenidate everyday for ADD (not sure if this could also be contributing). My mom has hypothyroidism and so did her mom. Sorry for such a long post. I just feel hopeless and helpless and unsure where to go beyond the doctors I've already seen. I'm working on diet and lifestyle changes, but this still feels like a "wait and see" approach and I'm so worried I'll permanently lose more in the meantime if I'm not seeking the right solutions. Has anyone experienced the types of hair loss I'm having or have experience with any of this? Thanks so much in advance!!