- Does Fibromyalgia Cause Hair Loss?
- Fibromyalgia Hair Loss
- How Common Is Hair Loss With Fibromyalgia?
- Fibromyalgia and Hair Loss
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- Scalp Dysesthesia, Neurogenic Inflammation and Fibromyalgia
- Fibromyalgia as a Cause of Scalp Dysesethesia
- Treating Hair Loss in CFS and Fibromyalgia
- Medical Treatments & Home Remedies
- Pharmaceutical Treatment
- Natural Therapies
- Alopecia and Fibromyalgia
- Overview of Fibromyalgia
- Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Does Fibromyalgia Cause Hair Loss?
Fibromyalgia Hair Loss
While it is normal for everyone to lose a certain amount of hair each day, some with fibromyalgia lose more than the average person.
Everyone has a cycle of hair loss and regrowth. The anagen phase lasts for somewhere between two to six years, during this time the hair grows. Then during the telogen phase, lasting for about three months, the hair rests. At the end of the telogen phase, the hair falls out and is replaced by new hair.
There are a number of reasons the hair cycle may be thrown off tract, this is called telogen effluvium. It seems that fibromyalgia may be one of those reasons. But things aren’t always what they seem. Does fibromyalgia directly cause hair loss and thinning? Or, could something else be the culprit of fibromyalgia hair loss?
How Common Is Hair Loss With Fibromyalgia?
As with many other symptoms, the best we can do is rely on the testimony of others with fibromyalgia. I posted a poll on a fibromyalgia social media page, asking who had experienced hair loss with fibromyalgia. Out of 112 people polled, 85 of them said they had experienced hair loss. I also received a few comments that there could be other factors that at the root of the problem.
The issue remains that it is not understood why people with fibromyalgia lose their hair. Little research has been done on this area of fibro, considering it is one of the less bothersome symptoms.
Even if pain and fatigue are more consuming, hair loss is still a distressing problem that many of us want to be addressed. Self-esteem can certainly take a hit when dealing with the many symptoms of fibromyalgia. Thinning hair may just be yet another unneeded blow.
It appears that people with fibromyalgia primarily experience hair loss from their head. I personally have dealt with losing hair from both my head and eyebrows. So, it could vary from person to person.
Causes of Fibromyalgia Hair Loss
Some of the potential causes of fibromyalgia hair loss may include:
- Side effects of medication
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Iron deficiency
One likely reason that many with fibromyalgia experience hair loss are due to side effects to certain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or antidepressants, among others. If your hair loss is caused by medication you may want to talk to your doctor to check if you can make adjustments.
Fibro fighters are also prone to a heightened response to stress. It is not surprising then, that many people report their hair loss mainly occurs during periods of high stress. Fibromyalgia flare-ups also seem to trigger increased hair loss for some.
As fibromyalgia frequently comes along with any number of other chronic illnesses, it is also possible that fibro is not to blame at all. Thyroid disorders, especially an underactive thyroid, can lead to hair loss. You may benefit from discussing all of your symptoms, including hair loss, with your doctor and having your thyroid tested.
It is also not uncommon for those of us with fibromyalgia to have certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies. An iron deficiency can cause hair loss. If you have symptoms of iron deficiency talk to your doctor about getting your iron levels tested. An iron supplement may be the help that you need to reduce unnecessary hair loss.
The question that we must answer now is, can anything be done about our hair loss?
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There is some good news, in most cases, hair loss among those with fibro is only temporary.
As mentioned in the outset, telogen effluvium is when there is a disruption in the hair growth cycle. This disruption means that the cycle is delayed, but your hair will grow back again.
There may be some things though, that can help slow down the hair loss or promote healthy regrowth.
Some have found biotin, or B7, to help increase hair growth and improve overall health of their hair. Biotin is found in a number of food sources, such as nuts; whole grains; and bananas. Biotin can also be taken as a supplement, but as with anything, it is good to talk to your doctor before adding a new vitamin or supplement.
A change in hairstyle may also help to conceal hair loss, or possibly reduce the amount of hair you lose. I have found that my hair loss slows down drastically when I keep it short.
The Bottom Line…
Even if fibromyalgia hair loss is not life-threatening, it is a reason to be concerned. You certainly are not alone if it is something that you worry about.
Fibromyalgia may affect every aspect of our life, even our hair, but we should remember that we are strong, we have weathered through much worse storms, and we are in good company among a community of fibro fighters.
Fibromyalgia and Hair Loss
Author: BC Writer
Fibromyalgia is a disorder that possibly afflicts up to 1.79 million people the UK, and an estimated 1 in 20 people worldwide. It causes a wide range of symptoms, but the most significant is chronic pain distributed all over the patient’s body. Other symptoms include irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, headaches and muscle stiffness.
Another symptom, albeit less common than the others, is hair loss. As journalist Adrienne Dellwo, who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2006, explains, “Every time I washed my hair, the tub was covered in …. I’ve lost enough hair in a short enough period before that my hair got noticeably thinner. Then, as lots of new hair grew in, all the short ones made it look like my hair was all damaged and broken off, which it wasn’t. Now I’m keeping my hair shorter so the grow-out isn’t as obvious.”
So how can a neurological disorder lead to hair loss? The difficulty is that nobody knows precisely what causes fibromyalgia itself; so it is hard to identify the connection between mechanisms that cause long-term pain and other neurological problems, and shedding or thinning hair.
Many people who experience the condition believed the hair loss to be stress related. Adrienne Dellwo highlights this probable link, saying “Since stress can cause hair loss as well, I have to wonder if it’s connected to the disruptions in our stress-response system. Whatever the cause, the good news is that it’s temporary hair loss – the follicles don’t stop producing hair as in male pattern baldness or the autoimmune disease Alopecia. The hair falls out, then a new one grows in.”
Telogen Effluvium – the likely culprit
Although Telogen Effluvium – where the hair follicles go into a prolonged resting state in response to stress – is less common than other causes of hair loss, it is possible appear that it could be the underlying cause in this case. Bouts of heightened stress often cause fibromyalgia; and the pain and sleep loss the syndrome causes often results in yet more worry and concern. Fortunately, though, the hair loss caused by Telogen Effluvium is usually temporary; the important thing is to remove the original cause of stress. Once this is done, the hair follicles will usually re-enter the anagen (or growth phase) of their own accord. However, if the hair does not grow back over longer periods, another condition may be the cause.
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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
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”.
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.
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
Although it may seem like a small point given how devastating the illness itself is, the hair loss and hair thinning commonly seen in fibromyalgia routinely adds even more insult to the injury.
Until now, all we could do help promote healthy hair was to recommend getting good nutritional support (I’ve said before that a good combination for this is the Energy Revitalization System vitamin powder and Iron Complex™) and to make sure you have healthy thyroid function. Although these may help considerably, all too often it isn’t enough.
The hair on your head is not continuously growing. Hair follicles normally produce hair in a cycle characterized by two or more years of hair growth followed by a temporary “resting” state that may last a couple of months before repeating the cycle. At any given time 10% to 20% of your hair follicles are in this resting state. Unusual hair loss is most often caused by a condition called Telogen Effluvium. This is where a severe stress or infection (such as fibromyalgia, any of a number of infections, or adverse changes in thyroid hormone levels) causes many of your hair follicles to go into the resting (telogen) phase. But rather than returning to the growth phase, the hair falls out, making you want to cry when you look at your hairbrush!
This hair thinning is what happens all too often in fibromyalgia.
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Scalp Dysesthesia, Neurogenic Inflammation and Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia as a Cause of Scalp Dysesethesia
The “scalp dysesthesias” are a group of conditions whereby the patient has various types of symptoms in the scalp despite the scalp looking fairly normal. In other words, these are a group of disorders characterized by chronic cutaneous symptoms without objective findings. Patients complain of burning, stinging, or itching, which is often triggered or exacerbated by psychological or physical stress.
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Fibromyalgia and the Scalp
There are many causes to consider in patients with underlying scalp dysesthesia. Cervicaal spine disease and underlying depression/anxiety have received some attention in the research world. However, there are many causes to consider.
Today, we’ll spend time talking a bit about fibromyalgia as a potential cause of scalp dysesethesia. Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder with a well-defined clinical phenotype which affects about 2-4 % of people in the United States. The condition has several key features including widespread pain and tenderness, high levels of sleep disturbance, fatigue, cognitive dysfunction and emotional distress. Research over the past decade has shown that abnormal processing of pain and other sensory input occurs in the brain, spinal cord and periphery and is related to the processes of central and peripheral sensitization. As such, fibromyalgia is deemed to be one of the central sensitivity syndromes.
Neurogenic Inflammation in Fibromyalgia
The method by which nerve signals communicate appear to be disturbed in fibromyalgia. We now know that the brain and spinal cord don’t process information about pain sensations in a normal manner. Patients with fibromyalgia often feel pain. Stimuli that might not be painful to most people are interpreted by the brain of someone with fibromyalgia as painful. For example, a scalp massage might be considered painful by someone with fibromyalgia.
A special type of inflammation known as “neurogenic inflammation” may contribute to the symptoms that patients with fibromyalgia experience. For example, there is now evidence of neurogenically-derived inflammatory mechanisms occurring in the peripheral tissues, spinal cord and brain in fibromyalgia. Neuropeptides, chemokines and cytokines are proposed to be the chemicals that drive this inflammation and are postulated to be the activators of both the innate and adaptive immune systems. This contributes to the clinical features of fibromyalgia, such as swelling and dysesthesia, and may influence central symptoms, such as fatigue and changes in cognition. In turn, emotional and stress-related physiological mechanisms are seen as upstream drivers of ‘neurogenic inflammation’ in fibromyalgia.
Scalp Dysesthesia in Fibromyalgia
Individuals with fibromyalgia commonly experience a variety of scalp symptoms including itching, burning, pain, throbbing, shooting pains. For some it hurts to lay down on a pillow, brush the hair or even shampoo the scalp. These types of symptoms are much more common in fibromyalgia than we realized. Unfortunately, the symptoms are often ignored by the medical community or incorrectly diagnosed as dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis. All too common the sytmposm are attributed to anxiety or depression.
Despite being so common, scalp findings and symptoms in patients with fibromyalgia have not received much attention or study in the medical literatre. We don’t really have a good understanding of the types of symptoms patients with fibromyalgia experience. Some of the pain has been attributed to the tightening of scalp muscles, but I think this is far too simplistic of a view. Now that we understand more about neurogenic inflammation in fibromyalgia it becomes clear that these cytokines, chemokine and neuropeptides are likely to be directly responsible for creating the pain, itching, and burning in fibromyalgia. A variety of other pain syndromes may be associated with the same neurogenic inflammation – including such entities as chronic fatigue syndrome. Many such entities have associated scalp conditions but have been poorly studied and documented.
Treatment of scalp symptoms in Fibromyalgia
A variety of treatment options are available to address the scalp symptoms that occur in patients with fibromyalgia. It’s important for the physician treating the scalp symptoms to work closely with the rheumatologist to formulate a plan for treating the scalp symptoms. When I work with patients who have scalp symptoms, I generally correspond with the main fibromyalgia treating team.
Daily exercise and improving sleep as much as possible can help many people. Meditation techniques are helpful for some. There are hundreds of different types of meditation that are possible and there is no right or wrong way. Some of my patients with scalp pain simply find that turning on the TV helps take their mind off the symptoms (other patients of mind with fibromyalgia find the noise and light of the TV bothersome altogether so their is no one type of answer). Yoga, tai chi, prayer help many others. A variety of medications can be considered including gabapentin, Lyrica, and amitriptyline. Low dose naltrexone at 1.5 to 4.5 mg helps some patients with fibromyalgia-related scalp symptoms. Topical TKAL is proving helpful for some but not all individuals with fibromyalgia as sometimes rubbing creams into the scalp causes pain.
A variety of non pharmacological options are available including apple cider vinegar rinses, use of witch hazel and use of essential oils. Ice packs and frozen peas placed on the scalp or neck provide relief to many patients. Cool water placed on scalp also helps many as well.
A variety of scalp symptoms may be experienced by patients with fibromyalgia. These include burning, pain, itching, brushing, shoot pains and throbbing. These types of symptoms are poorly understood. Unfortunately they are all too often dismissed by health care providers or attributed to other reasons. Treating is challenging but a multifaceted approach often provides some degree of help.
Treating Hair Loss in CFS and Fibromyalgia
Hair loss and Fibromyalgia
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. In this condition, a severe physical stress such as pneumonia or a CFS flare up – can produce unusual hair loss which doesn’t begin until 3-9 months later. This type of hair loss is reversible, although it can take 3-9 months.
Hair Loss in Women
Losing some hair every day is completely natural. It is a sign your body is growing new, healthy ones to replace the old. In fact, losing up to 100 hair per day is quite normal. You can also get an idea of what is normal for you by just paying attention to what you usually see in your brush or shower drain.
Hair loss in women is a slightly common condition that can lead to loads of emotional distress and uncomfortable conditions. It can also be a sign of some key underlying health condition and, therefore, should not be ignored. Autoimmune disorders, stress, protein deficiency are some of the reasons that can cause hair loss in women.
We think of hair loss as a common problem in men, but women also experience it. Fewer than forty-five percent of women go through their whole lives with a full head of hair. Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) increases with advancing age. Women who experience hair loss often experience psychological distress and impaired social functioning because of it. As FPHL tends to be a chronic, progressive condition, early diagnosis and treatment are critical.
If all of a sudden, you are noticing a lot more, or you are seeing more scalp or your ponytail is getting thinner, then you may be losing more hair than you should. Here are some of the most likely things that could be affecting it.
Too much shampooing, dyeing, and styling can damage your hairs. Chemicals and heat weaken the hair, causing it to break and fall out. Usually, it is a combination of treatments like coloring, keratin, and blow-drying that does the damage.
Skin Conditions of the Scalp
An unhealthy scalp can cause inflammation that makes it difficult for hair to grow. Skin conditions that lead to hair loss include psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff), and fungal infections like ringworm.
Having protein is vital for our bodies to make new hair cells. If you are not eating enough, your body will not have enough new hairs to replace the old ones when they shed.
Iron Deficiency Anemia
Women who have heavy periods or do not eat enough iron-rich foods can be prone to iron deficiency, where the blood does not have enough red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen to cells throughout your body, providing you the energy you need.
An autoimmune condition makes the body recognize its own hair follicles as foreign and it attacks them and makes the hair fall out.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease where the body’s own immune system attacks healthy tissues. The condition be likely to strike women during their childbearing years.
Medical Treatments & Home Remedies
There are various medical treatments available for curing hair loss. These contain numerous medicinal treatments, laser therapies, surgical treatments, etc.
Better Blood Circulation
Many people with bad circulation find that their scalp cells die, which means that hair will stop growing. Therefore, scalp massage is one of the best ways to create this beneficial blood flow.
Aloe Vera has various enzymes that help in a healthy growth of hair. Either you can take one teaspoon of Aloe Vera on an empty stomach or you can directly apply the Aloe Vera gel/juice on your scalp.
Indian Gooseberry (Amla)
Amla is used in countless hair tonics as it improves hair pigmentation and hair growth. It contains vitamin C, tannins, kaempferol, Gallic acid, antioxidants and flavonoids. All these nutrients help in enhancing the hair texture. Amla also contains Vitamin C, the lack of which in the body is one of the main reasons for hair loss.
Vitamins and Minerals
Biotin, a specific form of vitamin B, is quite important in the health and growth of the hair. This is why there should always be appropriate amounts of biotin present in your body.
Foods like bananas are a good idea to eat while suffering from hair loss. Potassium is also a very powerful vasodilator and can seriously increase the circulation of blood at the scalp cells.
Fibromyalgia and hair loss, clinically known as Alopecia, are frequently linked with hair loss being a common symptom associated with Fibromyalgia. Alopecia is a common skin disease that results in the loss of hair on the scalp (and possibly elsewhere on the body). It typically begins with a small, round, and smooth patch on the scalp and can progress to complete baldness or total loss of body hair. Alopecia affects roughly 2% of the general population and 4.7 million people in the United States. It is a very unpredictable disease, as the hair can grow back or fall out at any given time, and the disease course varies for each individual.
There are no treatments for Alopecia that are currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however many doctors may try to use a medication “off-label” (i.e., for a purpose other than what it is FDA-approved, which is legal under most circumstances). For individuals with mild and patchy Alopecia, several treatment options are available.
- Cortisone injections: A common treatment that is utilized is to inject the steroid known as cortisone into the bare patches of skin. This is typically done by a dermatologist once per month. If any new growth occurs as a result, it is generally visible within four weeks.
- Minoxidil: Another treatment that is sometimes used is to apply a mixture of 5% minoxidil to the affected areas two times per day. Minoxidil is the active ingredient in current hair loss products such as Rogaine.
- Anthralin: Anthralin cream or ointment, which is commonly used to treat psoriasis, is applied to the bare patches once per day and washed off after a period of time (typically 30 minutes to an hour later). New hair growth – if it results – will occur in eight to 12 weeks.
For individuals with more severe Alopecia (those with total loss of hair on the scalp or total loss of hair on the scalp and entire body), fewer effective treatment options are available. Cortisone pills are an option, as cortisone taken internally is much more effective than that which is injected into the skin. Unfortunately, there are a great number of side effects associated with long-term cortisone use, so this option is not frequently considered. Also, any hair that does grow as a result will fall out once the pills are stopped.
Another treatment method that is sometimes used for those with severe Alopecia is topical immunotherapy. This involves placing certain mild chemicals on the skin to elicit an allergic immune response from the body. It produces a mild rash that resembles poison oak or poison ivy. However, approximately 40% of people who use this treatment will re-grow hair on their scalp after about six months. Unfortunately, treatment must be continued in order to maintain hair growth. This treatment is not available everywhere in the U.S. and is most commonly used in Canada and Europe.
In addition to conventional medical therapies, a number of natural remedies have demonstrated effectiveness in treating Alopecia. Evidence from one study showed that lavender oil (combined with essential oils of thyme, rosemary, and cedarwood) improved hair growth in 44% of Alopecia sufferers who were treated over a 7 month period (Hay et al., 1998). This study evaluated 86 patients with Alopecia and randomly assigned them into two groups: the “active” group were instructed to massage essential oils – including thyme, rosemary, lavender, and cedarwood – into their scalp daily. These oils were contained in a carrier oil mixture of jojoba and grapeseed. The “control” group was instructed to use only carrier oils for their daily massage. Using photographic evaluation, dermatologists independently reviewed the images of the subjects’ hair loss and found that 19 patients (44%) in the active group showed improvement, versus only six (15%) in the control group.
Other natural products, including zinc, biotin, coenzyme-Q10, and saw palmetto, among others, have been evaluated as treatment options for Alopecia, but none have demonstrated effectiveness to date.
Alopecia and Fibromyalgia
A review of the medical literature does not reveal any scientific research studies regarding an association between Fibromyalgia and hair loss. Very limited anecdotal information can be found after conducting a broader Internet search. Despite this, hair loss in general is frequently reported as a secondary symptom of Fibromyalgia, though whether it is the result of other Fibromyalgia complications or directly related to the disease itself is not well-understood. For example, both stress and sleep disturbances are commonly associated with Fibromyalgia; however, hair loss is commonly linked to all three.
In a survey of 185 healthetreatment.com members who report a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, 4.5% reported suffering from Alopecia (loss of hair from the head that can progress to total baldness). Most users reported mild to moderate hair loss, with a few reporting severe and very severe hair loss. These findings should be taken with caution, however, as the number of subjects reporting hair loss is small (17) and it is unclear if their hair loss is directly related to the Fibromyalgia or to some other underlying medical condition.
According to the website of Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, an expert on Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, hair loss is common among Fibromyalgia sufferers, though he cites no statistics to support this claim. For general hair thinning, Dr. Teitelbaum recommends treating any underlying nutritional deficiencies and thyroid gland dysfunction (even if thyroid labs appear normal).
In summary, hair loss is commonly reported among those who suffer from Fibromyalgia. Whether hair loss is a direct result of the condition itself, or is due to other related symptoms (such as stress and sleep disturbances) is not known. Treatment of Alopecia is not entirely effective but options do exist. Steroid therapy, immune therapy, nutritional therapy, thyroid functioning evaluation, and natural therapies with essential oils may be of benefit to those who suffer from hair loss.
Hay IC, Jamieson M, Ormerod AD. Randomized trial of aromatherapy. Successful treatment for Alopecia areata. Arch Dermatol. 1998;134:1349-52.
Fibromyalgia is a common condition that affects ones muscles and bones. Moreover, doctors often misdiagnose or misunderstand it. The problem has a few classic symptoms, such as widespread joint pain, muscle pain and tiredness or fatigue, while it does not have any cure. However, a combination of physical exercise, medication, stress management and other healthy habits may help in easing your symptoms and thereby, allow you to lead an active and a normal life.
Overview of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia refers to a disorder and it characterizes the widespread musculoskeletal pain, while it accompanies sleep, mood and memory problems. Researchers perceive that the problem amplifies painful sensations based on affecting the way, in which a human brain processes the signals of pain.
Symptoms in some cases start after any surgery, physical trauma, infection or psychological stress significantly. In case of other individuals, symptoms accumulate gradually with time and without any of the triggering events. Most of the Fibromyalgia patients suffer from TMJ i.e. temporomandibular joint disorders, tension headaches, depression and irritable bowel syndrome and anxiety feelings.
The problem of Fibromyalgia incorporates a few common symptoms-
- Burning sensations, muscular pain, tightness or twitching
- Threshold of low pain or various tender points
- Draining of fatigue
- Difficulty in remembering anything or concentration, called as fibro fog
- Insomnia or sleeping disorders
- Feelings of worrying, nervousness or depression
Fibromyalgia gives you almost similar type of feeling, as you may expect in case of tendinitis, bursitis and osteoarthritis. However, instead of causing problem in a particular area, a patient experiences stiffness and pain in his/her entire body.
Other essential symptoms to notice the problem are-
- Bloating, belly pain, constipation, queasiness and diarrhea, along with irritable bowel syndrome or IBS
- Dry nose, eyes and mouth
- Sensitivity to sound, light, heat and cold
- Urinate frequently
- Tingling or numbness in the face, hands, arms, feet or legs.
The problem of Fibromyalgia may affect almost everything, including the hair. Even in some cases, illness may cause changes in the body, which leads to hair loss, while in other conditions; symptoms of the problem are responsible.
Hair Loss because of Stress or Symptom Flare: Most of the people suffering from Fibromyalgia have reported that they deal with hair loss problem during huge stress conditions or at the time of symptom flares. It is common among the patients of the mentioned disease to end up with hands full of lost hair while they wash it only. Moreover, in some instances, other individuals notice lost hair in abnormal amount on a pillow or within the bathtub. Even a few individuals constantly pick off hairs from shoulder and back areas.
Fuzzy Looking Hairs Combined with Hair Loss: Along with hair loss problem, many individuals often notice fuzzy looking hairs across the hairline or difficulty in getting the hair to appear smooth because of fly away, shorter and fine hairs, all of which are outcomes of hair re-growth.
Hair Loss because of Fibromyalgia Medicines: Other than this, in some of the cases, medicines given to cure Fibromyalgia may result in hair loss. If you observe increase in hair loss, you should definitely consult your doctor to change your medication.
Hair Loss because of Thyroid Dysfunction with Fibromyalgia: Patients suffering from thyroid dysfunction in combination with fibromyalgia may deal with hair loss problem. In this situation, it becomes very much essential for a person to check the hormone levels of thyroid via a thyroid test.
However, neither doctors nor dermatologists have until now have found any proven treatment to deal with the mentioned hair loss condition in fibromyalgia.
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