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I'm 50, post-menopause, both ovaries removed, no HRT, and my DHEA is 476. I have hair loss, oily skin, acne. Is my DHEA high? Is this an adrenal issue

I'm 50, post-menopause, both ovaries removed, no HRT, and my DHEA is 476. I have hair loss, oily skin, acne. Is my DHEA high? Is this an adrenal issue

Need more info: Your DHEA is not too much out of the normal. I think you need to see an endocrinologist and have your thyroid function evaluated and have your pituitary checked into. ...Read more

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Dr. Foster Carr
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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Hair loss from past 5 years. I have noticed that my skin is oily and have dandruff problem too. Any solutions for hair growth?

Hair loss from past 5 years. I have noticed that my skin is oily and have dandruff problem too. Any solutions for hair growth?

Hormonal Imbalance: Hair loss can be a sign of hormonal imbalance. Thyroid hormone disorders are notorious for causing hair loss. Imbalance in sex hormones can also be implicated. Certain medications can also cause hair loss. Poor nutrition can also cause hair loss. You get the picture. It is important to see a doctor to help you figure out what might be causing your hair loss. Take care. ...Read more

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I want to stop tropical minoxidil which i was using for my hair loss. I am gaining weight. So want to stop using . What will be adverse effect?

I want to stop tropical minoxidil which i was using for my hair loss. I am gaining weight.  So want to stop using . What will be adverse effect?

Hair loss: No adverse effect from stopping use of topical Minoxidil aside from hair loss. Weight gain is not reported as a side effect of Minoxidil in www.Epocrates.Com so be sure to focus on nutrition & physical activity as therapeutic options for your weight gain. You might want to check w/your family doc regarding your thyroid (although this is rarely explanation). ...Read more

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What could it mean to have normal thyroid levels and high hormone levels. 18y.O w/weight gain, hair loss, fatigue. Referred to endocrinologist.

What could it mean to have normal thyroid levels and high hormone levels. 18y.O w/weight gain, hair loss, fatigue. Referred to endocrinologist.

One possibility: Polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) is a hormonal imbalance which causes a number of symptoms similar to the ones you describe.Women with pcos can have high levels of testosterone.Symptoms can vary but the most common ones are: weight gain, hair loss, increased body or facial hair, irregular periods. Insulin resistance is at the root of the problem and needs to be addressed. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph node headache eye pain sore throat hard to breath especially outside heart racing weight/hair loss my T3T4 hormones & iron are normal?

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Swollen lymph node headache eye pain sore throat hard to breath especially outside heart racing weight/hair loss my T3T4 hormones & iron are normal?

Go to ER: Safe response to "hard to breath" is to tell you to go to ER. You have many symptoms, some of which may be related to your thyroid especially heart racing, weight loss & hair loss. Even if test results are "normal", they may not be normal for you. Review them again w/your prescribing physician. Consider retest if results are consistent w/clinical picture. We treat patients, not just numbers. ...Read more

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So scared to take estra noreth for menopause. Already losing hair gaining weight. I'm hypothyroid too. Will it help?

So scared to take estra noreth for menopause. Already losing hair gaining weight. I'm hypothyroid too. Will it help?

Yes it will help: Menopause is defined as no period for 12 months. I am assuming you meet these criteria. "hair loss" is a common complaint as women age. The term for it is "androgenic alopecia" and it has as much to do with decreased hair caliber as decreased hair number. Hormone replacement therapy will likely slow this process. Also check with your doctor and make sure your thyroid has been tested! ...Read more

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No bowl mvmnt in 2 wks, skin texture changing, period gone, hair loss & rapid weight loss. What kind of danger am i in?

Depression: Your symptoms are serious enough to require personal attention of a general physcian and maybe a psychiatrist they are all related and working one a etiology will solve problems. ...Read more

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Taking levothyroxine, blood levels are normal. I have hair loss dry skin weight gain low energy n trouble with sleep. Why wont dosage be increased?

Taking levothyroxine, blood levels are normal. I have hair loss dry skin  weight gain low energy n trouble with sleep. Why wont dosage be increased?

Hypothyroid tretment: Hypothyroid can be associated with symptoms which may not be caused by the low thyroid levels in that case when hormone levels are corrected and maintained for a while symptoms may persist overtreatment with medicine beyond physiological doses can have bad consequence like heart arrythmia osteoporosis and hence overtreatment is to be avoided. ...Read more

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Dr. Marvin Ott
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Hormone (Definition)

A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more


Dr. Harinder Gill
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Oily Skin (Definition)

Oily skin = excess sebum secretions on the outer most ...Read more