After I wash my hair in the shower and I' getting all the shampoo out, I end up taking clumps of hair out. Is this normal? It just started happening recently.

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i hate to break it to you, but, that is how mine started 17 years ago. sorry you have to go through this horrible experience, but, you are not alone!
Yep mine did this too. Although I had Alopecia for a good 25 years and still had good coverage, its only been in the last few that Iv almost lost the lot.

I would consider getting a drain guard/cover so the hair doesnt block up the plumbing.

PS: Most people do loose up to 100 hairs a day, so it might be normal, I already had my diagnosis of Alopecia when it happened to me.
Hi Leah, This happened to me too and I began to feel tense before taking a shower. I got some good advise from a kind woman. She said to stand back with my head tipped and eyes closed and imagine being under a waterfall. Just let the warm water rain down on you and relax. There is nothing you are doing to make your hair fall out nor is there anything you can do to stop it. For me it was a relief to just let it go. If you look at the statistics it's pretty likely yours will grow back. Good luck!
Stephanie
thank you so much! I tried this, and it made me feel like it was washing away all the alopecia worries :)
i know! i hate being in school, running my hands through my hair, and pulling out a clump. one time, i groaned during math, and the teacher asked what was wrong. I dropped the hair to the floor, and said my nose itched:)
I do believe that happened to me too. I wish you good luck and easy times(:
Mine did that too when I was really stressed out (moved counties the first time it came out in clumps and the second time I took on a stressful job). I just posted this on someone elses' blog because this is the only thing that has worked so far for me. Sorry to be repeating myself but here goes:

So whats going on in your life now? Are you working and do you like your job? Have you got children and are you happily married? Believe it or not these things have a great deal to do with hair loss.

I have stopped all of the medical treatment and here is what I have done and the results are amazing.

Diet: Reduce as much processed food as you can in your diet - pop, refined breads, cheeses, deli meats and all of the obvious junk food - baby steps for now - as much as you can. Start to bring in more rice (brown if possible) and whole grain breads, beans and lots of green leafy vegetables (these are the important ones - spinach, kale, broccoli, chard -sautee, steam or bake them). For breakfast - whole grain toast or porridge, lunch should be salads with lots of veg and either chicken, tuna, eggs or whole grain sandwiches with lots of veg and some protein, dinner could be brown rice, salmon and lots of steamed or stir fried veg. Easy on the fats and sugars. Cut down or cut out caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes and fizzy drinks.

Excerise
: Try to incorporate something whether it is walking, yoga or stretches, swimming or if you have the stamina and energy something more vigorous for at least 1/2 hour 3 times per week. You want to aim for 1 hour 4-5 times per week and do a variety of different things, but again, just take baby steps and do what you can each day without stressing over it.

Supplements
I would get your iron levels, thyroid, vitamin B etc checked out to see if there is any deficiency. Depending where you live you should be taking a vitamin D supplement (the further north you live in the northern hemisphere, the more vitamin D, particularly in the winter). If you are under any stress right now you are going to need extra vitamin C. A seminar that I just attended recommended up to 2000mg 3 times per day (without getting runny stools) but check first with your health care provider.

I know it is expensive, but you might want to treat yourself to acupuncture to get the energy flowing through your body or massage if you are carrying any stress in your body. Both are such wonderful supplements and are so nuturing (and even though you are an adult you still need nurturing).

Behaviour/Relationships I used to live in my head a lot and beat myself up about what I wasn't doing, what I should be saying, and always putting myself down. Try to get a hold of your negative thought patterns and turn them around. This is so important (we are what we believe).

Try to address any addictive patterns you have that are likely to affect your health (they all do).

What is your lifestyle like? Is it balanced between work, family friends. Do you have close relationships and feel supported by those relationships. Is there any 'dead weight' in those relationships that you might have to get rid of - people/things/situations that are sucking your energy away? Have you dealt with your past and forgiven people who have wronged you?

Fulfillment
Do you feel happy with your life or would you like it to be more than it is? Is there something missing (besides hair). Make yourself a list of all the things you would like to do or accomplish in your lifetime and set some goals to do some of those things.

Meditation I can't stress this one enough. I am using guided visualizations where I picture myself where I would like to be with my hair and I really imagine all of the feelings that are associated with having my hair back - this has made a big difference to my hair regrowth (I do this visualization at least once a day along with a relaxation visualization at another point in the day).

All of this seems like a lot of work to fit into a busy schedule but the thing is you have to put yourself first. Alopecia is an autoimmune condition where the body is inwardly fighting a battle with itself. If you want to heal it, you need to be kind to yourself, honor your need for good food, time to relax, loving relationships, and balance. Put yourself first and really find value in who you are. After a while you will begin to see your hair grow - I am sure of it.

As I am rereading this, I have made a not to make a guided meditation for hair regrowth and upload it on youtube so everyone on this site has access to it - just have to figure out how to do it and I will let you know the link.

I wish you so much luck, and you are certainly on the right track by just being open minded to healing yourself rather than putting the responsibility on to a doctor (who really doesn't have a solution - he/she is just treating the symptoms). I think so many of us are afraid to hope that their is a solution to the problem and although there is a lot of work involved in turing an illness around, for me it is so worth it. Please let me know how it goes if you decide to make any of these changes or if you have any questions. You can also go to my blog for more info www.natural-treatment-for-alopecia.com.

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