First of all, thank you to the members and founder of this group. I now have something to do beside contemplating suicide and obsessively counting the hair that falls from my head. After I turned 39, I started shedding profusely. But, I had so much hair that all the doctors I saw in the beginning convinced me I was fine. That it was stress. It was TE...it would go away. One year later, I have started seeing new docs as you can see the top of my head. Now doctors are gasping that I have lost so much in only one year! Derm did a 'pull test' and said, "you have anagen effluvium. Any changes in meds, diet, etc?" (no). "Any family history of baldness?" (uh, my Dad and uncle are a little thin no where near bald and in their late 60s, my 87 year old grandma is very thin, but thinned slowly starting in her late 60s after diabetes, high blood pressure meds and after her breast cancer. My mom, fine, her three sisters, fine. My other grandma and great grandma (died at 95 with full head of black hair - no white - so uh, not really). "Hhmmm. Well, this kind of hair loss can be frustrating. Try Rogain and call me in 3 months." confused:) This derm has agreed to some very basic blood work (not even female hormones as my periods are normal). But, should I run for the hills? Get a second opinion? Should I give this derm another try/make him do a biopsy? I am just at the beginning of my journey with this (only one year) yet, I will need a "topper" soon...and I don't even know where to begin. It has all happened so fast.