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My heart sank the day I was first diagnosed with high blood pressure (otherwise known as hypertension). I was merely 35. I walked haltingly to the nearest pharmacy to pick up my dreaded medication. I was to be on it for life. "You want hypertension drug?! YOU?! You're 35, right? 35 and on the meds!", exclaimed the pharmacist shaking his head in disbelief as he walked back to the dispensary. Dude, thanks for making me feel lower than I already did.
It was four years later and ongoing hair loss that I'd finally put the two and two together. I was molting all over the floor. It wasn't uncommon to find strands of hair in my food. By the time I'd finished my shower, there would be a clump of hair stuck to the plughole. I had to clean my hairbrush everyday.
Initially, I chalked it down to post natal symptoms. By the time Lil L was 3, that wasn't supposed to be an issue. Stress? Not really. My family on either side didn't go bald at such an early age either. Three months ago, I was starting to see skin and sparse hair along the top. I was alarmed and it finally hit home that I have to do more research to find the root of my problem. I'd never thought I would experience hair loss. Me?! I mean I used to complain about my thick hair!
What I'd learned from this is if you're given prescriptions, no one, I mean no one unless the most conscientious doctor or pharmacist in the UK would bother to tell you about the side effects. Ask. Read the fine print (beta blockers can cause hair loss). My GP didn't even know until I told her. She was shocked. Long story short, I've swapped meds and hair loss is now very minimal. It'll be another 4 months to a year before I start seeing proper hair growth. I am one of the luckier ones because there are others who'd lost 50% of their hair within months of starting on the medication. I've also managed to hid it very well so no one with the exception of my hairdresser really noticed any hair loss. Unfortunately, there's little information out there about hair loss recovery due to medication.
I've now decided to take matters into my own hands with support of my GP. I've increased aerobic exercise, started juicing beets and celery (they are great to lower blood pressure), bought natural supplements to help with hair growth (and general health) as well as swapping to new and natural volumizing haircare products. My hair, particularly the fringe has a lot more volume and bounce, thanks to Jason Thin to Thick shampoo. I'm pleased that it doesn't contain and SLS, paraben or phthalates. The conditioner is thick and creamy but I haven't noticed any softness in my hair. I probably won't bother replacing it when the conditioner runs out.
The miracle wonder product would have to be Moroccanoil which really calmed down all the frizzy baby hair that's growing and makes my hair so silky and sleek. I bought the small bottle but you only need so little. I figure that it'll be at least another 6 months before I need to buy another.
Few people would talk about hair loss as it's still considered shameful and a stigma in the society. However, it's distressing to the sufferers. I'd love to hear any stories from those of you who have experienced hair loss.