Hair Loss due to PMR: I have been taking collagen... - PMRGCAuk

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Hair Loss due to PMR


I have been taking collagen & iron in an attempt to slow down the hair falling out, but doesn't seem to be helping; I've been doing this for about 3 months now. Has anyone out there used a laser hair helmet device with any success? or for that matter anything else work for them, I know it's difficult as everything has to fight the damage the steroid prednisone does. Thanks

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If the hair loss is due to the body’s reaction to having a serious systemic illness, which can happen with any illness, it’ll only grow back in its own sweet time. It is common and often delayed to months after diagnosis. If it is due to the alteration in the body’s balance of cortisol it may take a while before the dose gets low enough to grow back if you are sensitive. So, I don’t see it as damage as such, just the body’s reaction to high cortisol levels. If someone is very stressed with permanently high cortisol, hair loss can be a symptom; it’s just what cortisol does. Personally I went nearly bald after 5 months, then it grew back. Then it had another go, I think due to the shock of adrenal insufficiency, and came back on line a year to 18 months later. I’ve had various mad scientist hair in between. It sorts itself out in the end but I don’t think you can force it.

in reply to SnazzyD

thanks, I shall try and stay positive and hope the hair loss slows down..thanks again

Try Folic Acid, but only after you have cleared it with GP.

My hair loss stopped when got to lower dose of pred - now on 6 mg

Dear remission, I have had hair loss too and share SnazzyD's advice. I have a range of lovely wigs which whilst still making me a feel a little bit self conscious when working not at the moment of course, I do get a boost as people say how nice my hair looks. I then have a turban when I have to stay overnight anywhere with work as it gets a bit hot to wear all the time. Good luck. Wigs are the new good hair do! xx

I bought a couple of wigs too. My hair has been thinning rapidly , and it was depressing me terribly as I’ve always had really thick hair. I tried black castor oil - a leave in conditioner) but it looked awful until I washed it out. I think it has slowed down the hair loss , but the wigs are so realistic, that I don’t think that anyone would know that it’s not your own hair. They are quite glamorous, if you choose a natural style. I don’t need mine just yet , but am wearing it for a few hours daily to get used to it. It only weighs 4 oz and is very comfortable. Nevertheless, I hope I won’t have to use it constantly. There is nothing more depressing than the hair loss , on top of the illnesses.

in reply to Tahiri

couldn't agree we needed that added on to what we are already dealing with....thanks for ur comments

Tahiri, I agree, getting used to a wig is quite a task. I had long thick blonde hair and now it very thin, snaps off at about 3 inches and is like brillo pad on a good day. So I have a short blonde wig which I actually like how it makes me look but when working it can be hot and I have nearly done a Mo Mowlem a couple of times! But, my confidence is so low that I cant possibly go out with my own hair. Hope it wont be forever though. Good luck with yours. FOD x

thnaks everyone for ur responses

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