I’ve spent a good 3-4 months online reading everyone’s horror story only for them to disappear and never return. I promised myself that if I ever get through this that I would come back to tell my story.
My Telogen Effluvium started from ending medication
TE or Telogen Effluvium can be triggered by any shock to your body.
Shocking events that trigger Telogen effluvium include
Severe physical stress (illness, fever)
Severe psychological stress (depression, anxiety)
Severe weight loss
Change in diet
Abrupt hormonal changes, including those associated with childbirth and menopause
Hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism
Mine, I believe was a combination of things, but it was mainly a medication I used on my body that caused all sorts of changes.
A vasodilator medication that I used for a month which caused irregular heart beats which led to hormonal imbalance and anxiety. I’ve lost a good 10% of my body weight from no change in my diet at the time.
My Telogen Effluvium Timeline
To avoid having to do any math, I’ll avoid mentioning the months.
1 Month of Medication
I was on a vasodilator medication for a month. I was having severe side effects and I decided to stop the medication after 5 weeks. I’ve had side effects since day 1, but I just brushed it off thinking I’m just feeling a little off. As time went on, the side effects were getting scary
Anxiety / Depression – first time in my life
Fast heart rate. Easily 80-100 even when I’m resting in bed
Lack of Appetite – I couldn’t eat. It was a challenge to eat
Hair loss – expected from the medication
1st Month After Medication
I went off the medication and worked hard to eat normally, sleep normally and after 3 weeks, I’ve started to recover.
Heart rate down to around 70-75 while resting
Was able to sleep for 6 hours straight
Here are some changes I’ve made
I focused very hard on eating healthy
Iron / Magnesium / Multivitamins / Protein / Biotin
I tried to eat a lot of vegetables, fruits, chicken breast, and a daily hardboiled egg
The massive hair loss I had while on medication was returning. I was experiencing light itching all my scalp along with a few bumps here and there. I was able to see several new hair sprouts. The timing was about right for the hair to grow back from the initial hair loss caused by the medication
Light itching on the scalp from regrowth
Red bumps here and there from ingrown hair
Was visually able to see new fuzz of hair
Emotionally stable. Not having random crying spells.
Heart rate has really recovered where it was down to 40-60 while in bed.
I’m still shedding more than usual during this period, but not an alarming amount.
3rd Month – TELOGEN EFFLUVIUM BEGINS
All those stories I’ve read online about people experiencing 300-400 hair coming out. All those times I’ve worried if I had TE. Well let me tell you, when you actually have TE, you won’t be asking if you have TE. Hair is EVERYWHERE.
Scalp started to experience unbearable itching on the back of my scalp.
Easily dozen hairs on the pillow every morning
Hair all around the pillow, hair all over the desk
Each time I comb, I can see 5-6 hairs come out. This means each brush takes out 5-6. Scary!
Towel drying hair easily shows 10-12 hairs
Shower was a nightmare, each time I ran my hand through my head, I can see at least 10 hairs
I don’t even know how, but hair is on the shower walls, and even on my shampoo bottles and soap.
Hair is EVERYWHERE. I reach for my drink, I see it, it’s on my keyboard.
I’m falling apart….
I’ve read and heard that this can go on for 6 months. This is a statement from Google Search Result 0.
Oh great. I was easily losing 300+ hairs a day. I dreaded the everyday showers.
300 hairs a day. I had no one to talk to.
I didn’t want to see a dermatologist. – From reading online, every dermatologist seems to give a different opinion so what’s the point.
I learned what it means to be in denial.
To me, I knew I was in denial and just stopped looking at my hair loss and stopped looking at the mirror to make myself feel better.
It’s a nightmare….
I hated meeting people that I’ve known.
I can get away with going out because no one knows me, but I still avoided going out in the bright sun. I can wear a hat or a stylish beanie.
I personally think girls and guys both look stylish in beanies.
It’s only until it ends.
I started to use Nizoral shampoo every 3-4 days and the itching stopped almost immediately.
4th Month – TELOGEN EFFLUVIUM IS EVEN WORSE
It wasn’t the same. It was getting worse.
More hair everywhere, but my coping mechanism was getting better.
I just pickup and throw away hair as I see it.
I stopped looking at my hands in the shower
I rinse off the walls and ground without looking
I dimmed the lights around the house so I don’t have to see myself
I swear I was going bald.
When I did accidentally see myself, scalp visibility was at it’s worst.
I was starting to accept that this was it. This is the moment I turn into an old man.
I stopped interacting with people.
My dog was my only savior. She sees me as the same person.
5th Month – TELOGEN EFFLUVIUM PEAKED
I woke up. Few hair on the pillow. Hmm.
Brushed my hair, hit the brush against the sink. few hairs. hmm
Shower. still shedding but not as much as the peak. Maybe instead 10 hairs in my hand, I saw 2-3. Towel only has 1-2 hairs.
TE must be giving me a break today.
This pattern continued for a few days.
Some days higher, some days lower, but I can see it gradually dropping little by little
6th Month – Telogen Effluvium easing off
Still slightly higher than I’d like it to be. Some days can be worse than others, but hair fall is slowly improving. Hair still feels thin.
Now see 0-2 hairs on the pillow
Each brush shows 0-2 hairs
Shower shows 2-3 hairs in my hand after scrubbing shampoo
Towel drying can show 3-5 hairs
7th Month – To be continued…
Will fill this in as time goes on, but I heard it can take a full year for hair to return to pre-TE levels.
Telogen Effluvium My Experience in a Nutshell
Medication caused TE exactly 3 months after I started the medication
Telogen Effluvium was in full throttle for 2 full months
Telogen Effluvium kicked in slowly and ends slowly
Once TE is triggered, nothing can be done. You just have to let it run it’s course. Once, the body is shocked into making your hairs go into Telogen phase, that’s done. By the time your hair falls out, your trigger is probably is already fixed.
During this stressful TE time, I worked hard to eat healthy, sleep well, and the hardest part was trying not to think about it.
IT WILL END, DO NOT READ FORUMS WHERE PEOPLE ARE PANICKING AND OTHERS ARE ADVISING THEM THAT THEY ARE GOING BALD. This will just add to your stress level.
Telogen Effluvium Successful Recovery Story
I've spent a good 3-4 months online reading everyone's horror story only for them to disappear and never return. I promised myself that if I ever get through this that I would come back to tell my story.