Hair loss, anxiety and depression
I have been dealing with hair loss for two years now. It started after a short course of Testosterone for chronic fatigue and pain. My testosterone stayed in the low normal range. Stopped the testosterone and then came off birth control pills to see if I was menopausal. Then I started bioidentical HRT (minivelle patch and micronized progesterone).
Hair thinning continued so I started on Spironolactone. I had been on .1 mg of estradiol and 100 mg of progesterone and 150 mg. of spironolactone when hair loss reversed. The loss at my temples was growing back, although the loss on top continued. I was also gaining fat all over my body. Since I was so skinny I figured that was good.
Then my HRT was adjusted due to almost constant bleeding for a year. Switched to sequential progesterone. After two weeks with zero progesterone my anxiety and depression went sky high and my hair loss started again. The regrowth vanished. So, I went back on the 100 mg. of progesterone because I felt so anxious.
The hair shedding started exploding so the Spiro was increased to 200 mg. a day and added Finasteride. I could not tolerate finasteride well so am only on .25 mg. The hair shedding just kept going. I've lost so much hair now in 8 months and my head itches and is flaky. The hair loss has made my depression sky rocket! We dropped the Spiro back to 150 mg. so I wouldn't wake up so many times to pee.
My depression has been so bad and I am suicidal. The hair loss really makes it worse. My recent blood test shows my estradiol is 116 pg., my progesterone is .1ng, testosterone free is .4pg.
We upped my progesterone to 200mg a day and I was feeling calmer, less depressed but had increased bleeding with cramps. So, we have cut my estradiol in half, to .05 mg. I tried going off completely but I felt shaky and weak with zero estradiol.
Can anyone help me recover some of my hair? I am wondering if the spironolactone could be causing it but it did seem to help for a couple of months. Will increasing the progesterone to the 200mg stop my hair from falling out? Again, I've never had a testosterone level above low normal, or just plain low.
I have been going crazy trying to figure out how to stop my hair from falling out. I would be so grateful for any help anyone can give me!!!