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 school at the end of the year last year. Early into the new year, I noticed a lot of my hair has been falling out to the point that I had to see my dermatologist because the hair at the crown was really thinning out. I'm super self-conscious. I know, I've been told that it doesn't matter and that I shouldn't care what people think, but I've always had a lower self-esteem and this hair loss really doesn't help things.
My doctor said that it's most likely telogen effluvium because when she questioned me, I told her that I recently started nursing school and she said that my shedding is due to the stress.
I mean, I know that normally, hair falls out every day. I have no problem with that, but I literally panicked when I started pulling strands and strands of hair in the shower and when I saw them around the drain, or even when I run my fingers through my hair.
I've been told that the hair loss could be genetic too. Yes, my mom has thinner, finer hair, but my hair is like my dad's. His hair is thick and "dense" I guess you can say.
I've been told that usually the hair starts to grow back within 6 months or so, but I had a follow up not too long ago and my doctor said that since I'll be in nursing school for two more years, most likely my hair might shed on and off still because of the environment and the stressful situations from testing to clinicals.
Has anybody else experienced this? I feel so stupid for bringing this up, but it's really bothering me. Also, I'm not looking for a relationship or even to date, but hey, I feel like an ugly duckling when a cute guy walks by because of other body image issues, but I feel like an even uglier duckling because of this hair loss. Also, in my culture and family, the question is often, "Do you have a boyfriend yet? No? Why not?" or "When are you getting married?" So, I'm feeling a little pressured, you know?