The Day My Hair Fell Out

The last couple of weeks in Tokyo were a drag. Here I was in this great city, with a girl I adored, yet my subconscious was telling me it’s time to leave. It’s time to go back to Santa Monica, by the beach and just chill.

I arrived back the United States with a very irritable mood. I remember not treating a friend so well because of my mood. I figured I was just jet lagged from the travel. Usually when I travel I am sad to leave, but it was the opposite in this case. I was just happy enough to be back home.

It was the middle of September 2012 and I got settled into my old living arrangement. About one week later, I’m driving in my car and I run my hand through my hair. I notice a substantial amount of hair coming out. I run my hand through my hair again and again a bunch of hair comes out.

I had no idea what to think. “That’s weird. I must be shedding my hair to grow in a bunch of new hair,” I thought. I never had any hair loss like this. I’m still at a young age of 26.

My next appointment with my barber went awry.

“Your hair has gotten thinner.”

“What do you mean?”

“It’s thinner and more flimsy. Don’t worry, everyone starts thinning around your age.”

I knew he was lying. I knew that not everyone starts thinning at my age. I knew he just didn’t want me to stress out and cause more hair loss.

Oh, I stressed. I stressed like never before. Yet, knowing my care free self, I never would stress out so much at the idea of losing some hair. I completely overreacted and I didn’t know why.

That is when I took action. I did all the reading on the internet I could. What other symptoms do I have? Brittle nails. OK. Hair loss, reasons for hair loss. Genetics. No, it’s not genetics. Thyroid problems cause hair loss and brittle nails. OK, but for what reason would my thyroid become so unhealthy so quickly? Maybe there is a link between my fatigue and my hair loss / brittle nails.

Many hours of research and a couple of consultations with health professionals gave me my best evidence supported answer. Radiation poisoning.

That’s when I realized that not only did I have brittle nails and hair loss, but many of the other symptoms that are linked to radiation poisoning. And It all started during or after my 2 month stay in Tokyo.

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