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Hair loss, burning, itchy scalp.....I can't take it any more!!!!

I noticed for the last two months that my hair has been falling out excessively. I had switched shampoos about three weeks ago and noticed some improvement. I then switched again (not realizing this may be the culprit) and my hair is falling out in handfuls everytime I shower. My scalp feels like it is on fire.

My scalp itches and when I scratch it, it has a burning sensation. My scalp does not appear to be red or flakey.

I did color my hair twice within a months time. I can't remember losing my hair before then. So that could be a source to my hair loss.

I have lost approx. 1/2 of my hair in the last two months. I'm not balding, just thinning at a very rapid rate.

I am a fairly healthy person...except for about 20lbs overweight. I was on effexor xr for about eight months prior to taking six months to fully wean myself off of it. It did cause me to gain weight rapidly. I stopped taking effexor fully about four months ago.

I have recently had lower back pain for about three weeks.

I had a full blood panel done including thyroid and hormone. Everything came back normal.

My checkup from my OB came back normal.

I must say that I feel tired all of the time. I'm sure it is mainly from worrying and the anxiety of what could be wrong with me. I do tend to worry a lot.

I've been taking a vitamen B complex and some collagen tablets hoping to stop the hair loss, but nothing is working. I also have been taking Hawthorn to maintain good blood pressure. (by the way it does work). I was losing my hair before I started taking any of these medications I just listed.

I'm in fear that I will be bald by the end of this year if I don't stop the losing process soon. Please help.
  crazyhair on 2008-08-05
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
Are you:

- a restless person?
- suspicious by nature?
- cross checking things already done?
- thirsty for small sips of room temp water?
- afraid of robbers/ thiefs?
- meticulous and orderly?
srisri last decade
I do check for things already done, but it doesn't overrun my life...I don't consider myself OCD.

I'm definitely afraid of robbers...who isn't. Where I live it is a very secluded place. That is where I am constantly checking the door to make sure it is locked at night.

I don't crave room temp water. I crave ice cold water, and I drink lots of it. I'm not necessarily thirsty all of the time.

I don't think I am restless or a suspicious person.
crazyhair last decade
Do you get overheated in the bed?

Do you pop/kick your feet out of sheets?

Do you talk philosophy?

How clean are you?

How sharp are you mentally?

How do you react to consolation?

How dominant are you as a person?

Why were you on Effexor? What other ailments do you have? What other medications have been on?
srisri last decade
Yes, I do get overheated in bed sometimes. I go to bed feeling cold and usually wake up overheated, because of the amount of blankets I have.

No, I don't talk philosophy.

I am a very clean person. I have to shower everyday. I like my home to be clean, but it isn't always that way since I have two children. Sometimes I stress about this, but most of the time I just go with the flow.

I'm not a very dominent person. I would probably consider myself a follower, instead of a leader.

I don't quite feel sharp mentally all of the time. I have good and bad days.

I was on effexor for anxiety, depression?? I was going through a lot of family problems and it seemed to effect my BP. I was on toprol for about six months. It really didn't control my blood pressure. My bp was up and down. The dr decided to put me on effexor and it had controlled my bp. I had gained so much weight with it and the side effects were too much to bear...so I decieded to wean myself off of it.

My Husband does very well consoling me. I don't really consider myself getting so destressed to where I need someone to console me. I tend to worry alot about everything. Every since I've had my second child, I have this fear of losing them. I tend to be very cautious about who my children are with and what they are doing under someone elses care. I must say as they get older, I am getting better. I don't freak out in rages or get uncontrollably angry. I am actually a very calm and quiet person that just worries a lot.
crazyhair last decade
Are you weepy?

What are your food cravings?

What weather suits you?

Are you a chilly person?

when are your symptoms better and worse?
srisri last decade
I consider myself an emotional person, but I don't weep a lot.

I don't really have any specific cravings at this time. I feel I have somewhat lost my appetite lately.

I seem to enjoy sunny cool days.

My symptoms seem to be worse for my burning and itching scalp after I shower. Thats when I notice most of my hair fall.

I can't really say I am a chilly person all of the time. Sometimes I'm cold and sometimes I feel hot. It doesn't matter what the temp. is outside. I can go either way indoors. I seem to get the chills a lot lately.
crazyhair last decade
Do you have access to a homeopath in person? Your case needs close observation and follow up in person. Suggest you visit a good homeopath in person.
srisri last decade
No, not that I know of. I live in USA (Missouri).

I seen a Dermatologist today, and he point blank told me that there isn't anything he can do for me. My scalp and follicles look normal, and he doesn't know if my hair would stop falling out or grow back. I'm back to square one....I don't know what else to do, but I don't want to give up hope.
crazyhair last decade
Did you ever find the cause of your problem? I am having the exact same syptoms -- sudden hair loss, itchy, burning scalp. When I itch it burns more. The itching moves around on my scalp. My thyroid tests have all come back normal. My derm and my GP have both told me there is nothing than can do and I should just use rogaine. The itch & burn is driving me nuts. And I am stressing over the hair loss. Wondering if it is an estrogen issue as I am perimenopausal.
dazzleca last decade
I am having the same symptoms. I am only 23 and I had very thick curly hair and now its so thin at the shaft and i have bald spots!! This had only been going on a month and i am determined to stop it. We are all suffering from alopecia. they say its incurable but thats a western medicine approach. i read something about putting pure aloe from the leaf on the scalp helps stop alopecia. I have dont this and it has stopped the burning and calmed most of the itching within 24hrs. Now I am waiting to see if my hair will stop thinning and falling and grow back. There are some other things to use as well. I am waiting on some products from india as I offered a baldness formula i import from india and it worked on them so i am keeping my fingers crossed! This is devestating for a 23 yr old!
thereishope last decade
First they took a biopsy and said I had Lichen Planopolaris. I started treatments Plaquenil, Clobetesol solution and even injections. I ended up seeing a very well known Derm MD & she asked for my slides for someone else to read - not Lichen Planopolaris, Burning Scalp Syndrome. I was told it was from years of trama (which is true) and to take low dose Doxepine. Anything else that can help?
JustJenny last decade
I hope this helps. First after going to dozens of doctors, one finally gave me a biopsy - said it was Lichen Planopolaris. If you have LPP, you need to treat the symptoms to avoid hair loss as it's a scaring alopecia. When the treatments didn't respond well, I went to a very well known specialist in the US that only deals with hair and nails. She had my slides from the biopsy read a second time and guess what? The first diagnosis was wrong, it's inflamed scalp syndrome. I use Cetaphil lotion on my scalp to calm it, be good to yourself, be good to yourself and be good to yourself. Stress plays a big role in this condition.
I plan on seeing a D.O. within the next few weeks to go more natural.
JustJenny last decade
Hi JustJenny - wondering if you'd be willing to share the name if the hair/nail specialist that helped you? I've been having the same exact issues as you. Thank you! Rayna
Rayna last decade

Her name is Dr. Vera Price and she's in San Francisco at UCSF.

If you make an appointment, be prepared to wait - it usually takes a few months to get in to see her but it was well worth the wait!

She also teaches and UCSF. If you don't mind telling me, what state and county do you live in. She gave me the names of a few people she feels comfortable with if you can't to to San Francisco. Good luck.
JustJenny last decade

You can also go to CARF website for scarring alopecia. You may or may not have a scarring alopecia but they were a great resource for me.

In the end, I agree that going to a D.O. is also very important because EVERYTHING works from inside out!
JustJenny last decade
Justjenny - thanks so much! Unfortunately I live in Pennsylvania, so I'd definitely be interested in any names she threw out to you. I've been trying to get into Dr. George Cotserelis for 2 years (not sure if he's on the list) but he's not taking patients. I TOTALLY emphasize with your expereince of going to a ridiculous amount of doctors with no help. I hope that you are having some relief and success in growing back your hair hair after finally getting a diagnosis. Thank you! - Rayna
Rayna last decade

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