Another update for anyone going through the same situation as mine.
I am still shedding. It will be 6 months tomorrow. I will say, I believe my shedding decreased only slightly in the last month. I had a horrible clump of hair lost every time I washed my hair 2X a week. I'd pull out a massive amount running my hands through my hair. I was so tired of my long thinning hair, I took some scissors to it and lopped off about 5 inches. It's now slightly above my shoulders. Then about a week later, I walked solemnly into the bathtub knowing I'd see yet another big clump of hair. Low and behold, I only pulled out 10 strands of hair! I thought it may have been too good to be true. I wish I could say after that the shedding ceased and went back to normal. The following week, a massive amount of hair came out upon washing my hair. Back to square one!
I did hear from another woman who suffered from TE (induced by BC) and she told me this is what happened to her early on in her recovery. She suffered from TE for 10 months. In the beginning of her recovery she stated she had fluctuations of shedding. It eventually evened out and consistently shed the same amount. She's now growing wonderful healthy hair. I have no clue if this is in fact what is happening to me. After all, I am STILL loosing more hair than I have in the past. Before this all happened I'd only have 4 or 5 strands come out when I washed my hair. Then another 8-10 when I styled my hair...if that! I also see sporadic hair regrowth. Nowhere near what will provide coverage to the hair I've lost. Which is on my crown, temples, pretty diffuse. I almost feel like I might be imagining it, since I cut my hair shorter. Perhaps the shed is the same? Or perhaps I'm just loosing any shred of optimism that this will end. The top photo I attached is my clump of hair loss while washing my hair for the last 5 months. The middle occurred around month 5. I was so happy that day...I thought it was truly the end of my TE. The 3rd is consistent with my hair loss during hair wash days...give or take a little more.
After 5 months I finally counted the hair that fell out today when I washed my hair. It was approximately 30ish or so. I had another 30-50 throughout the day. I know I've read 80-100 is "normal" hair loss daily for a person, but I know I am still suffering from TE. I've read it can "taper off, I've also read how some women have a spontaneous resolution. I'm just taking it day by day. I get frustrated, depressed, confused. It is mentally draining. I see a hair loss dermatologist next Friday the 15th. I am considering a scalp biopsy, but I hear that it can give incorrect results. I am just grasping at straws now, hoping this derm can give me some sort of hope.
The good news is that my scalp no longer throbs, is painful or extremely tender. When this all started, my scalp hurt like h*ll! There were times I cried lying in bed, because the pain was too much. I considered shaving my head, in hopes it would take the awful pain away. Every now and then my scalp will get tender, but nowhere near what it was when this all started. I am holding onto hope that this is a good indication of positive things to come.
I will update in another month on what's happening.
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