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I am a 30 female who 1st realized I was losing my hair about 2 or so years ago...I'm not sure how long before that it had been goin on (my guess is years, but I had sooooo much hair I didn't notice or wasn't too concerned).  In the past few years I've been to over 20 different doctors (endo's, derms, reproductive specialists)...most my docots consider my hormonal blood test to be within normal range (except slightly high testosterone).  I have been diagnosed with congential adrenal hyperplasia, pcos, pof, celiac disease (all diagnoses have been retracted except celiac....I am currently grain-dairy-soy free as of 6 months).  I have been diagnosed with aga (although I have no family history of any female hair loss issues), te, chronic te, lichens pilanopilaris (which was retacted upon biopsy results that no inflamation and hair miniaturization).  Other symptoms I have include irreg7ar menses, thinning of eyebrow (thyroid??), some hairs on chin (dht??), excessive fatigue, extreme insomnia, low libido, foggy brain, anxiety, contipation....but the hair loss is the worst (I have to use toppix as I have very diffuse loss, but actually balding areas now, with no regrowth, premature graying/whitening... also my scalp burns and is dry and sore, I'm not sure why since I have no inflammation)... I know most females prob say this but I have the most sever hair loss I've ever seen in a female my age (most women in their 60's have more hair than I do)...I am seeing a naturopath who believes all my hormon are out of whack (low progesterone, low estrogen, low thyroid, high T)...she suggested naturthroid 1/2 grain, natural oral progesterone, and saw palmetto 160 milligrams as well as nettle tea.  My question's are 1) do you agree this is the most effective strategy (I have no biasis on natural/western medicine but my ND is the only one who recognizes severity of my issues (without trying to put me on prozac)...but should I try something stronger for the adrogen issue (topical flutamide, spiro oral fin?) Aaand lastly let's say my issue is multifaceted and chronic....is there still hope of relsoving it? Or like aga does it become permanent after too long....I have been trying for so long to find the root of the problem with no real answer that I'm pretty skeptical of wastin more time by "trying" bs approaches when my hair, health, self image and quality of life are permanently at stake
Thank you for reading aaaaaalllllll of this....

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It sounds like you've been on a roller coaster trying to figure out your hair loss issue. The celiac diagnosis is extremely important and may be the main underlying issue. Untreated celiac, gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity can lead to hair loss disorders. Have any of your symptoms (foggy brain, anxiety, etc.) lessened since being gluten free?
You mentioned posasible thyroid imbalance. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is highly associated with celiac. Hashimoto's is an autoimmune thyroid condition. Many doctors do not specifically test for this form of thyroiditis. Hashimoto's does not always show up on standard tests.
Alopecia areata is also highly associated with celiac or gluten intolerance/sensitivity. Balding areas with no regrowth and white hairs are characteristics of alopecia areata. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder, as is celiac and Hashimoto's.
With celiac, there are often nutritional deficiencies that can contribute to hair loss. These include iron, folate, b12, calcium, zinc, etc. With celiac, gluten damages the small intestine's ability to absorb nutrients.
Iron/ferritin deficiency is common with celiac. Although the normal range for ferritin is considered 11-150 nl/mg (for women), it is recommended that women with hair loss issues maintain a ferritin level of 70. Iron deficiency can cause snow white hair.
Because you have a positive diagnosis of celiac, this may be the obvious place to start. With celiac and all autoimmune disorders treatment should involve balancing the immune system. This includes identifying and eliminating all possible food and environmental irritants/allergens, reducing stress, enjoying life, etc. With autoimmune disorders one has to be more careful than others. Supplements should be taken very wisely as some supplements may make condition worse. I cannot advise you on specific hormonal issues but I do know that as the body heals, hormonal health may follow.
Essential oil scalp treatments have been successful for hair regrowth in alopecia areata. You can learn more at the links provided below.
Please let me know if I can help you further.
Sincerely, Melanie Vonzabuesnig
Understanding Female Hair Loss
http://www.vzbotanicals.com/overcomefemalehairloss.html
Essential Oils for Hair Loss
http://www.vzbotanicals.com/aromatherapy%20for%20hair%20loss.html
Create Your Own Natural Hair Loss Remedies
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Female hair loss is my main focus. Women today are very susceptible to several types of hair loss including telogen effluvium, alopecia areata, and androgenetic alopecia. I can answer questions about the causes and types of female hair loss. I can share information about natural holistic remedies to improve female hair loss conditions.

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My interest in female hair loss sprung from my own experience with extensive hair loss. Determined to grow my hair back, I diligently studied every piece of information I could find on the biology of hair growth. After successfully re-growing my hair with safe and effective natural products, I felt compelled to learn more and to share this information with other women. I am experienced in blending custom hair loss formulas. I am also experienced in writing about female hair loss issues.

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My hair loss information has been included in The Truth about Womens Hair Loss by Spencer Kobren, Naturally Healthy Skin by Stephanie Tourles, Alternative Healing by Bill Gottleib and Natural Health Magazine. I am the author of several books on hair loss.

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I am a certified aromatherapist specializing in formulas for scalp and hair conditions.

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