Hair thinning/alopecia

So I've noticed over the last few months that although I'm feel great despiteall the other crap going on in my life at the moment, my hair is thinning at the front and I've lost patches of air in the middle/back. This happened once before when I was 20 but was due to stress caused by a problem with my lymph nodes which were removed and hair grew back.

Just wondered if it could be another symptom of the fibro or another stress factor? Due to see GP so will mention it but thought it was worth seeing if anyone else suffered.

Thanks

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  • Hello and good morning Ednu16

    I am not aware of this particular symptom as fibro I would definitely mention it to your GP

    Good luck my friend

    :}:}

  • Hello, I have more hair thinning in the summer. I joke I am moulting my winter coat but it can be distressing to see my scalp get very pink in the sun.

    Personally, mine is caused I think by Lupus, but it can be a common thing as we get older.

    Now where did I put my hat? :)

    X

  • This can be due to medication and it would be a good idea to ask your GP about thyroid check xxx

  • Hi ednu16

    I am so genuinely sorry to read this my friend and according to the *psychologytoday cache:

    *In CFS and fibromyalgia patients, as in any chronic illness, a very common cause of unusual hair loss is a condition called "Telogen Effluvium." This is when the normal cycles of natural growing and falling out of the hair follicles become jolted out of their usual random phase due to illness.5 Apr 2011

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    In relation to Telogen Effluvium the **aocd website says:

    **A telogen effluvium is when some stress causes hair roots to be pushed prematurely into the resting state. Telogen effluvium can be acute or chronic. If there is some "shock to the system", as many as 70% of the scalp hairs are then shed in large numbers about 2 months after the "shock".

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    I would definitely talk to your doctor about this simply to make them aware of the issue. As for treatment the ***Drugs.Com website says:

    ***Some causes of the disorder can be corrected. For example, if you have a poor diet, consult a dietitian to help you balance it. If the hair loss began after you started a new medication, talk to your doctor to see if the medication should be discontinued. Many times, however, the cause is a specific event in the past, and you can expect that the hair will grow back. In cases where hair growth has not returned to a satisfactory level, your doctor may prescribe minoxidil (Rogaine), a lotion applied to the scalp that may stimulate hair growth in some people.

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    I want to sincerely wish you all the best of luck and please take care of yourself my friend.

    All my hopes and dreams for you

    Ken

  • Thank you Ken. Very useful information!

  • Thanks my friend and good luck to you.

  • Hi Ken,

    GP agreed that as blood work looks ok it could be this. She does want to do double check that I'm not predisposed to thyroid issues as these results were the very low end of normal. Thank you again for the information it was very helpful!

  • Although stress is likely cause. You should get thyroid and iron tests done. Also possibly a hormone profile.

    Regaine does work but in the UK is not an NHS item and costs £60 per month. And if you stop using it, then your hair loss goes back to as if you never used it. I think it's available over the counter now

  • Thanks all. Got a follow up on Weds! So far though all blood work includIng thyroid is satisfactory (what a surprise hahaha). Thanks again

  • I lost my hair when I was 12, has never grown back. In so far as it is considered to be an Auto Immune condition it wouldn't surprise me if there was a connection because there are other Auto Immune conditions more in common with FMS. There is still so much they just dont know.

  • I just wanted to add, most people have their hair come back again. Wish you well. xx :)

  • Seeing GP this evening but the good news is the pain team have discharged me including physio as apart from the pregabalin, I've managed my pain without meds and have been able to get back to the gym! Feels goodo to hear them say that I'm doing the right things and we'll done for working hard. It makes the hard work even more worth it. ☺

    Hope you are all having a good day

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