Nursing school=stress=hair loss??? - page 2

Hi everyone! I've just joined this site and I want to say that so far, the experiences I've read about have been funny and inspiring! I hope to have great experiences as well. Ok, here's what's going on. See, I started nursing... Read More

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    My hair did fall out in nursing school. It was due to stress from nursing school and personal issues going on in my life, plus I worked full time and went to school full time. My hair was falling out, I had acid reflux (never had it before, haven't had it since), my face was broken out ALL the time, I gained 50 lbs, and had terrible insomnia. Once I got rid of the personal issues, it all stopped.

    But I also agree with the previous poster about poly cystic ovarian disease.

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    Oh wow, thank you, everyone! I've never even considered PCOS. See, I considered asking my doctor about it, but I'm kind of nervous because I'm afraid if I'm presribed birth control pills or any other medication, that my hair will fall out even more and/or I will have mood swings because my best friend takes BC pills and her moods are all over the place. I guess I'm just nervous about not being in tip top shape when I hit clinicals. However, I did notice that though I'm quite active in that I walk as much as possible, I used to take martial arts, I like to swim, etc.. and I eat a fair diet I think. I'm not too fond of fast food or junk food and I try to drink a couple glasses of water a day (no soda whatsoever), but I have such a hard time losing weight.

    Also, my periods are irregular, but I figured that wasn't really a big deal. Sometimes I have my period every 35 days, every 2 months, or every 6 months. When I was younger my pediatrician would often check to see if I had a thyroid issue, but that never seemed to be the case. I know that the previous poster mentioned that PCOS is hard to diagnose, but is there a way to test for sure? When I look up information on it, there isn't all too much for me to go on and I don't know how reliable the sources are.

    I have tried to switch to more natural shampoos and conditioners, but I don't know if there's a difference. It hasn't been long so I guess I'll just have to wait and see?

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