Hi there. I am a male and have jsut turned 21, am 6ft 3inch tall, and have been suffering from hair loss since I was 14 years old. It started around the time that 2 family members died, I became a vegetarian a short while before and after they died. I ate nothing for a week after this (starvation) as I was so stressed. There are a combination of both long and short thin and vellus hair all over my scalp. My hair is thin all over but my hairline has been affected worst and started receding at 14, especially in the temporal areas. Nobody in my family is bald. My Dad had an afro in his mid-twenties and still has a full head of hair at the age of 52. His dad still has a full head of hair and his grandad (my great grandad) had a full head of hair when he died. From my mother's side, my uncle who is 55 has a full head of really thick hair (though its grey). My Mother's dad passed away at 82 withn a full head of white hair and my mums uncle (who is 86) still has a full head of hair. None of my cousins have suffered from hair loss. I have an older and younger brother, both of whom have not been affected by hair loss. I went to the doctors at the age of 17 for a blood test and had a ferritin level of 19, so my iron. My last test in december 2011 was 63, and so the doctors dismissed everything, thinking it was all in my head. My doctor said I have lots of hair, even though i have grown it long to cover up the sparsity. Last time I had my hair cut short, the same as i always had it when I was little, My dad asked me if my hair was thinning and i said no because I did not want everyone to know about it. When I got out the chair and walked into the living room my little brother swore as he couldnt believe what my hair looked like and I ran upstairs. I want to know if my iron could still be causing this as I am quite tall and so have quite a large bone mass and bone marrow takes up most ferritin stores? Also could the stress and starvation from years ago have caused a metabolic insult that still hasnt resolved? My doctors wont help me and say there is nothing wrong and so referring me to a dermatologist is not necessary. She could see temporal recession but instead of diagnosing me said its 'barely noticable.' Could it also be possible that my hairline recession has receded at the temples since the age of 14 as a result of this chronic telogen effluvium, or could genetics be involved deptie nobody in my family having the baldness gene. Btw my hairline has now receded further back than my dads. PLEASE HELP ME :(
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