I hope I'm posting in the right spot. I read posts almost every day and I feel a little better knowing that I am not alone but it is very depressing. I turned 30 in October, but I noticed my hair thinning around June of this year, and ever since then it’s been getting worse to where I can now see my scalp around my bangs and my part is getting wider. My hair was my best asset to me, always very thick. I loved getting it done and colored and always made sure it looked good, I could NEVER pull off a bald look, I just don’t have the face for it and who knows what the shape of my head is... Now, I haven’t colored it since last year (my hair got very dry all of the sudden last winter, I guess that was the start of all this) so I thought if I took a break from color, blow drying, and straightening it will get better. I still have a lot of hair in the back, but the top and sides are very thin. So I have been to two dermatologists and an endocrinologist and, all did blood work and everything came back normal (I was actually disappointed which is sad I know)… There were times where I thought my hair was getting better so I was starting to feel better about the whole thing until I got this really bad itching and burning in my scalp, and I noticed more hair loss. Anyway, so I couldn’t take the itching and burning anymore and went back to the derm. He talked me in to doing a biopsy and I just wanted to know what was going on so I went for it; I really thought something was wrong with me because the scalp pain/itching/burning was unbearable and I have never experienced anything like it. Then about two weeks later my nightmare came true; I got the results. They told me it was hereditary and I just started bawling, everyone in my family has nice hair, none of the females have this problem but I do have a bald uncle so I'm guessing I got his genes. Untill now I never heard of FPB and didnt think women lost hair (except from meds/chemo or health problems) I never knew we actually got hereditary balding. Now that I know it’s genetic, I feel like it is inevitable that I will be bald. I don’t even feel like its gradual, it just started so fast and out of the blue. The dermatologist put me on 200mg spiro and I bought Rogaine but don’t use it consistently enough to see any difference, it is so inconvenient.. I am also using this shampoo the other derm prescribed a shampoo called ketoconazole which I think helps with the itching/burning part, but it’s so annoying because I have to leave it in my hair for 5 min, I use it every other day. I know this is long and I hope you are still reading. I just wanted to post my story. I have spent so much money on dr bills/meds vitamins and I feel hopeless now that I know it’s AGA. I feel like the spiro is helping with the shedding and the oiliness of my skin/hair but I don’t like taking it, I don’t like taking any medication but I’m desperate. Oh I forgot to mention I have the worst acne I have ever had in my life. It all started around the same time, so not only am I losing my hair but my face turned into a war zone. I think it’s cystic acne and it’s not looking any better yet. The pimples get huge and very painful; it seems like its spreading. I will give it another month and then making another appointment with the dermatologist. I tried everything over the counter and spent a lot of money on that but nothing is helping. I was hoping the spiro will help with that too since I read that it’s good for acne but it’s been over a month now and face is still breaking out; but less oily so that’s good. Last thing, I took a copy of my blood work and looked at it, all was within normal ranges (some on the low end) but my Sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) was very high, it even said out of range on the form but the Dr’s seem to think it’s no big deal because the rest of the blood work was fine. Why is that one so elevated?? It has to mean something but no doctors seem to worry about it or look into it more... so frustrating . My hair is think on top, temples, my part is wide, and my sides are extremely thin (above my ears). Does this sound like MPB or FPB???because I thought the sides should stay in tact but mine are super thin. I became obsessed with my hairloss and with looking at every other womans hair and comparing it to mine. When I see a young woman with thinning hair it makes me feel better and I feel horrible about it. Everyone is tired of hearing about my hair loss so I feel like I don't get any support from friends, they all think i'm over reacting but their hair is fine. I constantly think about my hair and take pictures of it at different angles to see if there is any progress but it just looks worse every time. I even noticed my part got huge going half way down the back of my head and I never had that before, I never had a part there. I feel like this is making me crazy. I'm a single mom of two young kids and work full time and go to school full time. I feel like I'm not paying enough attention to my kids because all I can think about is my hair. My school work is getting worse, everytime I start homework or anything I either end up on this site or reading about hairloss some place else. I even do it at work, I dont know what to do Sorry for this long sad story but I just wanted to get it all out since I don't really have anyone to talk to about this and any advice would be great.