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help w/ hair loss (high cortisol, acne/boils)

31 yr old f
> experiencing massive frontal and crown hair shed since Jan. 08 (a few mos. after divorcing & death of mother). Has not been self-correcting
> boils in groin & armpit, acne on checks (had clear skin for many years)
> hirutism on belly
> tests show slightly elevated testosterone
> salivary test shows high cortisol all day, also have tension, anxiety
> not anemic, but ferritin on low side
> exhaustion, basal body temp fluctuates between 97.7 and 97.5, suspect some thyroid involvement but Endo says tests don't show it
> am emphasizing fruits, veggies, whole grains (having very little dairy, red meat, bleached flour, sugar)
> I speed walk for a 1/2 hour most days.
> dht blocking shampoo & saw palmetto slow loss
> taking omega 3, 6 fatty acids, iron, selenium, Vit E, Calcium & Magnesium, adrenal regulators (ashwaganda, Relora). Just started oral contraceptive, YAZ and Spironolactone to treat hair loss
> suspect copper excess with zinc deficiency due to other symptoms
> Accutane in 1996 likely cause of severe ulcerative colitis in 1997 - meds didn't work & made me sick. In remission for 7 yrs by smoking cigarettes (1/2 pack per day)
> Am ordering a Hair analysis in hopes it will tell me something

I'd sure appreciate your homeopathic insights!
  web_diva on 2008-07-12
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Patient ID: Sex: Age: Nature of work: Habits:

Please answer the following questions in a descriptive manner after careful analysis and recollection of previous experiences and happenings.

1. Describe your main suffering?

2. What other physical sufferings do you have in your body?

3. What mental sufferings / feelings do you have associated with your physical sufferings?

4. What exactly do you feel when you are at your worst? Describe the sensation in your own words.

5. When did it all start? Can you connect it to any past event or disease?

6. Which time of the day you are worst?

7. What are the things which aggravate your suffering and which are those which ameliorate the same? Example- time, temperature, pressure, rubbing, washing, eating, tight clothing etc.

8. Do your think your sufferings have relation to any external stimuli (like, change of place) or any internal biological changes in the body, like, menses (in females)?

9. When do you feel better, during hot weather or cold weather, humid or dry weather?

10. Describe your general mental set up? Are you Moody, Arrogant, Mild, Agreeable Changeable, Nervous, Suspicious, Easily offended, Quiet, Arguing, Irritating, Lazy etc.

- How do you feel before or during a thunderstorm?

- Do you like being consoled during your tough times?
- Are you sensitive to external stimuli like smell, noise, light etc?

- Do you have any typical habit or gesture like nail biting, causeless
Weeping, talking to one self etc?

- How do you feel about your friends, family, your children and especially your husband / wife?

11. What are your fears and do you dream of any situation repeatedly?

12. What do you crave for in food items and what are your aversions?

13. How is your thirst: Less, Normal or Excessive?

14. How is your hunger: Less, Normal or Excessive?

15. Is there any kind of food which your body can’t stand?

16. Is your sweat normal or less or more? Where does it sweat more: Head, Trunk or Limbs?

17. How is your bowel movement and stool type?

18. How well do you sleep? Do you have a particular posture of sleeping?

19. Do you think you are able to satisfy your sexual desires in general?

20. Do you have any strange, peculiar or unusual symptom or feelings? How are you different from others?

21. What medications have been taken earlier by you to treat the diseases and do you have any particular symptom surfacing after the medication?

22. What major diseases are running in your family?

23. Describe, how do you look like? Describe your overall appearance.
(For Females)
24. If your menstrual cycles are not normal, please describe the irregularities, like pains, moods, flow type, clots etc.

25. What major diseases have you had in your life and when. Please write them in a chronological manner.
rishimba last decade
Ok, here goes:
1. Hair fall and thinning
2. High cholesterol, high blood pressure (Verapamil). I typically struggle with fatigue. Ulcerative colitis under control via cigarettes
3. Hair fall is very stressful
4. Anxious, sad
5. January '08 things started with the hair loss. When my mom was terminally ill in 7/07, the boils started. This all began around and shortly after her passing.
6. Morning my hair sheds the worst
7. Caffeine and alcohol make the shedding worse. This is no surprise as they stress the adrenals. Nothing else seems to have an effect one way or another
8. Yes, there are proven hormonal abnormalities - slightly high testosterone
9. I feel best during dry weather, cool or hot (but prefer cool)
10. I am positive and agreeable/changable.
No change in how I feel around storms
Yes, I like consolation.
I'm sensitive to noise and light but not excessively so
No typical habits or gestures
I love my family, although it is shrinking now that I've lost my Mom and my husband left
11. I do not have repetitive dreams
12. I crave coffee and chocolate and am averse to peppers
13. Thirst was normal until I began prescription Spironolactone (a diuretic)
14. Less hunger
15. I can digest most things well
16. Sweat seems normal
17. Bowel movements are daily and formed
18. I have difficulty falling asleep and often wake up. I sleep on my side.
19. Yes
20. No usual symptom except perhaps reclusiveness lately
21. Accutane probably caused Ulcerative Colitis in 1997. I'm currently taking Verapamil for high blood pressure, no side effects from it.
22. No major diseases known
23. I have a very small frame and am 5'1' tall with brown hair, brown eyes, fair skin. Tan easily. Thin, 115 lbs.
24. Normal cycles but heavy.
25. Ulcerative colitis. Nothing else.

web_diva last decade
please take ARS ALB 30C twice a day for a week and see if there is a change in the overall symptoms.

please revert if there is absolutely no change in the next two weeks.
rishimba last decade
thanks! i'll try it.
web_diva last decade
The hair loss slowed for a week. Now it's back with a vengeance. Any other thoughts? I'm thinking it may be thyroid related due to high adrenal cortisol, high testosterone, and pesky low iron stores. Help appreciated!
web_diva last decade
please go for ars alb 200c one dose every 2 to 3 days.
rishimba last decade
You should go see and endocrinolgist. High cortisl levels might be due to cushing's disease. which is a very serious illness. It is a difficult condition to diagnose. If you levels of cortisol are high it's a strong indication of a problem.
viper35 last decade
Thanks, I've tried the endocrinologist route and they say I do not have Cushings. They say I have 'mild' androgenic dominance or something like that. Spironolactone is helping a lot so far, but no relief for the hair loss yet
web_diva last decade
Dear Web Diva,

I am very sorry for the loss of your mother, loss of your husband and the health problems you are facing. I jusy came across mentioning of SAHA syndrome [seborrhea, acne, hirsutism (excessive body or facial hair) and alopecia (the loss of hair)]. It seems to be caused by 'higher levels of dihydrotestosterone within the skin.. and effective treatment must include a comprehensive method of down-regulating testosterone and dihydrotestosterone'. Please visit site skintactix (sorry cant post the full link) and check Female Acne Issues page for more information. I am not affiliated with the site, was just researchjing acne information and came across both your posts and their website.
I hope that helps. Best of luck and I truly hope that you will conquer these health issues and will regain happiness in your life.
banjo last decade

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