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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Derek » 12 January 2022, 01:49

I think I meant grams.

It's weird that you use finasteride topically and minoxidil orally. Isn't it usually the opposite?
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby René » 12 January 2022, 02:06

Derek wrote:I think I meant grams.

It's weird that you use finasteride topically and minoxidil orally. Isn't it usually the opposite?

10 g is a lot long-term. I would expect that to possibly cause IBS-like digestive symptoms.

Apparently minoxidil needs to be converted into something else to work, and people vary in whether / how much of the necessary enzyme they have in their scalp. Bypassing the skin means much greater concentrations can be reached, with much greater effect. Also much more convenient. This is described here.

Minoxidil at these low doses (very low compared to doses used to control high blood pressure) usually has no side effects except increased body-hair growth (which I would welcome since I barely have any).

Meanwhile, finasteride doesn't have the enzyme problem with topical administration, but does cause side effects in oral form.

So the opposite makes a lot of sense. (Especially if you like or don't mind the idea of growing some body hair :P but it's suitable even for women apparently.)

I got on this combination about 2 months ago, so it's too soon to tell if it's working better. (I was using 5% minoxidil foam twice a day before.)

It's kinda weird this stuff isn't more widely known. E.g. I only found out about oral minoxidil from this one super-hot guy who turned from a twink into an otter using it who messaged me on Reddit after he'd seen me make a comment about using topical minoxidil for body-hair growth.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Derek » 12 January 2022, 02:14

René wrote:10 g is a lot long-term. I would expect that to possibly cause IBS-like digestive symptoms.

I went with 10g because I was worried about having a low balance as a vegetarian. I might drop it down if I experience digestive issues. Although, I may already be. I've noticed things not moving along as well as they used to, but I chalked it up to not enough fiber. I'm getting way too many of my calories through dairy.

This also began for me on reddit. I happened across a random post where people were talking about hair loss treatments and wondered why I had never sought any out. I wish I had done so years ago before significant damage was done.

I'm cautiously optimistic. I remember you saying your hair stopped falling out after your stroke (or whatever it was), so I guess I can try that next.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Derek » 12 January 2022, 02:32

Since we're talking about weird health stuff, one of the major side effects of my weight gain has been discomfort in my upper arms. When I lie down it's hard to find a position where they don't fall asleep. It feels like the nerves in my shoulders are constantly being pinched. My deltoid also looks super veiny in the mirror. It's like it grew so fast that the veins didn't have time to find a proper place.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby René » 12 January 2022, 03:03

Derek wrote:
René wrote:10 g is a lot long-term. I would expect that to possibly cause IBS-like digestive symptoms.

I went with 10g because I was worried about having a low balance as a vegetarian. I might drop it down if I experience digestive issues. Although, I may already be. I've noticed things not moving along as well as they used to, but I chalked it up to not enough fiber. I'm getting way too many of my calories through dairy.

I would expect more loose-stool kind of symptoms, but it could be worth experimenting with the creatine dosage either way. I haven't seen different recommendations for vegetarians and non-vegetarians, but it's been a long time since I looked into it and started taking 5 g/day myself.

Derek wrote:This also began for me on reddit. I happened across a random post where people were talking about hair loss treatments and wondered why I had never sought any out. I wish I had done so years ago before significant damage was done.

Aww. I think Brenden noticed mine and pointed it out.

(My instinct when I have a problem is to look for a pharmacological solution, and I'd already been using topical minoxidil to fill in patchy facial hair, so putting it on my scalp too wasn't a big change. That wasn't sufficient in the long term, though.)

Derek wrote:I'm cautiously optimistic. I remember you saying your hair stopped falling out after your stroke (or whatever it was), so I guess I can try that next.

Hahaha. It did start again later. My dry eyes also went away but that came back too.

It was a subarachnoid haemorrhage. Maybe I'm due for another one. >.>

Maybe it's all stress-related. The hospital environment and great care I received from all the nice nurses were very destressing. Plus, the food was excellent and all meals brought to me in my comfy adjustable bed, plus tea and sandwiches twice a day. :D

Derek wrote:Since we're talking about weird health stuff, one of the major side effects of my weight gain has been discomfort in my upper arms. When I lie down it's hard to find a position where they don't fall asleep. It feels like the nerves in my shoulders are constantly being pinched. My deltoid also looks super veiny in the mirror. It's like it grew so fast that the veins didn't have time to find a proper place.

I get paraesthesia and eventually lose feeling in my arms, especially fingers, when I lie on them or anything like that, but it doesn't seem related to weight gain for me. I found some supplements that seem to be helping against this problem:

  • Borage oil (go for maximum GLA content)
  • ALA (alpha-lipoic acid)
  • P5P (active form of vitamin B6)
  • Benfotiamine (special form of vitamin B1)
Taken ideally with high-fat meals, twice a day.

It's super-annoying though — means I can't sit with my arms around my partners on the couch or in bed without extreme discomfort and worry of causing permanent nerve damage.

We should probably both ask a doctor about this.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Derek » 12 January 2022, 03:08

René wrote:We should probably both ask a doctor about this.

Only one of us has to go since we have the exact same fucking body. I'm American so I vote it's you.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby PopTart » 12 January 2022, 05:40

Derek wrote:I've been in denial of my hairline receding for years and today I finally bit the bullet and got a prescription for finasteride. My concern grew once I realized taking creatine is known to increase the pace of male pattern baldness, and I've been taking 10mg a day since I started working out. I'll know in two years if it has stopped or improved the situation.

I now anticipate René telling me all the reasons why taking finasteride will kill me.

If your hitting the gym frequently, make sure you are getting your full allotment of vitamins and minerals.

Vitamin deficiency during exercise is one of the greatest contributors to increasing baldness and particularly a receding hairline. It's one of the reason so many men who work out, tend to go bald. That and the testosterone increase.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby rogonandi » 12 January 2022, 09:43

I’m in the middle of a four day weekend. This may seem like a good thing, but the reason I’m doing it is because I was called off. The weather is miserable and the hotel is pretty dead right now.

Honestly I would have preferred to work today. Work is good exercise, but at least I have been able to keep depression at bay mostly right now. :shrug:
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby PopTart » 12 January 2022, 16:19

rogonandi wrote:I’m in the middle of a four day weekend. This may seem like a good thing, but the reason I’m doing it is because I was called off. The weather is miserable and the hotel is pretty dead right now.

Honestly I would have preferred to work today. Work is good exercise, but at least I have been able to keep depression at bay mostly right now. :shrug:

Work can also be a great place to socialise if the weather or other circumstances precludes getting out. So I get how being off might suck for that reason too, this time of year.

Hope you managed to find plenty of things to entertain yourself with on your extended weekend.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby asianduck888 » 13 January 2022, 15:01

rogonandi wrote:I’m in the middle of a four day weekend. This may seem like a good thing, but the reason I’m doing it is because I was called off. The weather is miserable and the hotel is pretty dead right now.

Honestly I would have preferred to work today. Work is good exercise, but at least I have been able to keep depression at bay mostly right now. :shrug:


just enjoy it for movie marathon or call friend to come over to cook or watch together.
yeah, i heard canada has very bad weather today. few days ago you got 10 hours black out didn't you.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby René » 13 January 2022, 16:12

Amazon US is so amateurish compared to Amazon UK. So many problems. This is like the 5th time I've had to contact support in just a few weeks.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby McTaggartfan » 14 January 2022, 10:13

Pretty much just being alive
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby McTaggartfan » 14 January 2022, 13:08

Oh, I’m also sad on account of reading that Kohei Uchimura recently announced his retirement. It’s especially disappointing seeing as Murakami Mai, another of my favorites, announced her retirement earlier this year, too.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby erti » 16 January 2022, 18:13

My phone is cracked and I need a new phone here shortly.
“Don't take my devils away, because my angels may flee too.”

― Rainer Maria Rilke
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby rogonandi » 16 January 2022, 19:52

We’re going to have a blizzard tonight.
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Re: what put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Fezzzzzzle » 17 January 2022, 08:16

Got Covid-19 🙁🙁🙁
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Severelius » 17 January 2022, 10:01

I told myself for ages that today would be the day I finally paint my nails but now it's come to it I just feel insanely anxious and worried about finally actually doing it.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby PopTart » 17 January 2022, 20:44

Severelius wrote:I told myself for ages that today would be the day I finally paint my nails but now it's come to it I just feel insanely anxious and worried about finally actually doing it.

Well hello stranger. I was wondering where you had gotten too. I was considering rounding up search parties.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Marmaduke » 17 January 2022, 20:50

Severelius wrote:I told myself for ages that today would be the day I finally paint my nails but now it's come to it I just feel insanely anxious and worried about finally actually doing it.

Tomorrow is just as good a day.
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