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Severe Hair Loss/Acne/Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Hello dear sirs and madam,

I am a 40-year-old woman with severe hair loss, such that now my hair is pretty much gone and my scalp shows. I am trying to save what I can of my hair, so I want some help. I have never used homeopathy. I am in the United States.

Symptoms: I have diffuse hair loss all over my head. I have been losing my hair since I was 18.

I have acne also for 20 years.

I have had ultrasound and I have polycystic ovarian syndrome.

I also had partial thyrodectomy because of thyroid nodule.

I take Armor Thyroid supplement (pig thyroud extract) and Spioloctone and Metformin and Amoxillin for my acne and PCOS.

My hair loss is getting more and more severe, and all this medicine is just not helping.

My scalp is always itchy, and I am told that I have miniaturization of hair and dermatitis.

I want to try homeopathic alternatives, and if there are doctors here willing to help me, I would be very grateful.

I have read that there are Ayurvedic oils that can help but Coconut oil makes my acne worse and makes my scalp break out in acne all over.

I don't know what to do. I am very depressed, self conscious, and getting more and more withdrawn.

Can someone help me please?
  Neharika on 2011-01-01
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
I should also mention that I have hair growth on my upper lip and chin, and I have been gaining weight a lot, even though I don't eat all that much. My doctors think I have insulin resistance, but not diabetes.

My regular doctors feel that these are all symptoms of the cysts in my ovaries, but they do not have any way to cure.

My periods are also now very irregular.

I hope someone will help me, please.
Neharika last decade
Please use the homeopathic patient intake form and give us the appropriate information about your case, and hopefully someone here will help you begin correct homeoapthic treatment.

Homeopathy International 1 last decade
Patients can use this questionnaire for submitting their cases. The effectiveness of remedy selection is directly proportional to the details provided by the patient while replying these questions.

Age: 40

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

1. Describe your main suffering?
I am losing my hair, and now it is so think, my scalp shows through and I cannot hide the loss. I use various powders from hair loss sites to hide my hair loss, but now it doesn't work as much because my hair is so thin.

I also have severe nodular/cystic acne.

I have itchy scalp.

I also have cysts in my ovaries PCOS.

I also have thyroid nodule in my left thyroid. I have the right side of my thyroid taken out. My blood tests show that my TSH levels are normal right now, with Thyroid medicine called ARMOR THYROID.

2. What other physical sufferings do you have in your body?
Weight gain, hair growth on upper lip and chin, nonstop acne.

Generally feel lethargic and low energy.

I also recently found that I have one kidney stone.

My knees crack when I bend.

My neck gets very stiff and tight. And my entire body gets very tense and tight.

3. What mental sufferings / feelings do you have associated with your physical sufferings?
Severe anxiety because of the hair loss and loss of confidence.

Lethargy and stress make me feel overwhelmed. I feel frustrated and powerless often.

4. What exactly do you feel when you are at your worst?

At my worst, I feel very anxious and overwhelmed. I feel a lot of fear in general about the future. I withdraw and get very quiet and solitary.

My cysts also make my stomach hurt a lot before my periods. I get bloated.

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

It seems that some of the symptoms of hair and acne started when I was 15 or so.

But it all seemed to get really worse when I was 21 or so. At 25 I had my gall bladder taken out because it had stones.

6. Which time of the day you are worst?
I am not really sure. I guess at night I tend to get most bloated and feel energy-less.

7. What are the things which aggravate your suffering and which are those which ameliorate the same?
Stress and work and bad diet make it all much worse. I feel stressed out all the time.

Meditation, drinking a lot of water, and positive thinking help.

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)?
Yes, definitely. When stress from work and family get overwhelming, my periods go out of control. I sometimes get them twice a month. Sometimes I don't get them for two months. I get a lot of cysts.

My hair is more fragile and comes out more during the two weeks before my period.

9. When do you feel better, during hot weather or cold weather, humid or dry weather?
I am not sure about this. I feel the same all year around. Maybe emotionally I like cold weather more, so I sense that I feel better then. My hair loss does seem to be more during cold weather. I get more acne during the cold weather.

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

I am moody, nervous, easily offended, and quiet.I argue, but try to stay out of arguments as much as I can. I try to let others do what they want, unless if they are intruding in my space.

I am not arrogant at all, in fact I am quite humble.

I am not lazy; I work a lot.

- How do you feel before or during a thunderstorm?
I love thunderstorms. I feel very excited before a thunderstorm, and during it, I feel very calm.

- Do you like being consoled during your tough times?
No. I like to be alone and to take care of my emotions alone.

- Are you sensitive to external stimuli like smell, noise, light etc?
Yes, I am very sensitive to noise, light, smells,to everything. I get very easily affected by moods around me. I need a lot of silence and quiet around me all the time.

- Do you have any typical habit or gesture like nail biting, causeless
weeping, talking to one self etc?
My typical habit is to get very quiet and withdrawn. I don't cry easily.

- How do you feel about your friends, family, your children and especially your husband / wife?
Family not ideal. Stressful and very dysfunctional.

11. What are your fears and do you dream of any situation repeatedly?
I fear losing control of my life and independence. I worry about that all the time, even when not needed. I cannot get rid of that anxiety. I am constantly worried.

12. What do you crave for in food items and what are your aversions?
I like eating sweets, like cakes. I crave sweets almost all the time. I try to avoid refined sugars to control my PCOS, but it is very hard.

13. How is your thirst: Less, Normal or Excessive?
Less. I have to force myself to drink. I hate the taste of water. I am now trying to drink more because I have a kidney stone and my doctor wants me to drink all the time.

14. How if your hunger: Less, Normal or Excessive?
Somewhat excessive, I think. I think about food a lot. I like to cook. I eat big portions. Sometimes my hunger seems to be more emotional than physical.

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?
I sweat more than usual. My head is where I sweat.

17. How is your bowel movement and stool type?
Normal, S-shaped, if I eat enough fiber, daily.

18. How well do you sleep? Do you have a particular posture of sleeping?
I don't sleep well. I sleep 5-6 hours at night, and wake up and sometimes cannot sleep again. I nap when I can. I sleep on my right side.

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

20. How do you think you are different from others, if at all?
Yes, very different. I feel I spend a lot of time in my head. I read a lot of books all the time.

21. What medications have been taken earlier by you to treat the diseases and do you have any particular symptom surfacing after the medication?
I am CURRENTLY taking Armor Thyroid, Metformin, Amoxyllin, and Spironolocton (sp?). Metformin makes my hair loss worse, I think, but the three medications keep my acne in check. Metformin keeps my weight lower. Armor regulates my mood. Without Armor, I get very emotional.

22. What major diseases are running in your family?
Heart disease, diabetes, mental.

23. Describe, how do you look like? Describe your overall appearance
5 feet 3, 137 pounds, with traditional South Asian woman features.


If you are not having normal menstrual cycles, please answer the following questions:

- Are the periods early, regular or late in general? How long do they last?

I have always been very regular. In the last four years, they are late, and they last for 2 days or so. Heavy for 2 days, and then nothing.

- Do you suffer from any kind of physical or mental discomfort before, during or after the periods?

Before periods, I am very quick to anger and melancholy. During and after I am calmer. Physically I gain weight (water, I think), get bloated, and have pain from cysts.

- Is the flow scanty, normal or excessive?
Normal to excessive for a couple of days. Very scanty to nothing on the 3rd day.

- Is the blood thick bright red or pale watery?
Bright red.

- Do you notice any clots in the flow?

Thank you. Please help me save my hair!
Neharika last decade
Please take three doses of Calcarea Carb 200 as follows and report back after 15 days.

day 1 morning
1st dose

day 1 evening
2nd dose

day 2 morning
3rd dose

One dose means
If the medicine is in pills form 4 pills. Don't touch pills with hand. Use cap of bottle to take pills.
If the medicine is in liquid dilution form, 3-4 drops in some 20 ml water. Sip up slowly.

Please follow homeo restrictions like no coffee, no raw onion/garlic, no strong perfumes, don't eat or drink anything within 30 minutes before or after taking medicine.
kadwa last decade
Thank you very much for your response. I wonder though if calcium is what I need to stop the hair loss. My scalp itches all the time.

I have been reading about arnica...can that help me?

Can I continue to take the medicine I have listed as taking?

Again, thanks.
Neharika last decade
Calc Carb is not a calcium supplement. It is a deep acting remedy that i feel is indicated on the basis of your totality of symptoms.
Arnica is not indicated in your case.
You may stop the medicines that you have been taking.
kadwa last decade
Dr. Kadwa,

I finally got some Calc Carb and will start the dose in the morning.

Just to make sure I understand this. I should just let the 4 pills per dose dissolve under my tongue, right?

ALSO, I drink tea a lot. Is it okay to continue to drink tea? I don't drink coffee.

Thank you for your help!
Neharika last decade
Just to make sure I understand this. I should just let the 4 pills per dose dissolve under my tongue, right?
Ans. Yes.

ALSO, I drink tea a lot. Is it okay to continue to drink tea?
Ans. It is better if you could drink less tea say 2-3 cups a day.
kadwa last decade
Dr. Khadwa,

It has been 10 days since I took the medicine. I see no change.

I am very fatigued. Extremely tired.

I also have zero concentration ability. I cannot focus on anything.

I am also breaking out with acne, but I think that is more because of my diet.

I went to see a local naturapth yesterday, and he told me to take two more doses.

So, this morning, I took 4 pills, dissolved under tongue.

Tonight I will take 4 more.

That's it.

Please advise.

I am also taking these supplements:
Probiotic supplement
Saw Palmetto
Fermented Cod Liver Fish Oil
Milk Thistle

Thank you for your time and patience. This is a wonderful site, and I am grateful for your help.
Neharika last decade

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