Nope, didn't know hair loss could be a side effect of colostomy! But... could make sense considering the wide array of meds given at the time of surgery and immediately afterwards. What brought you to a colostomy? Could previous condition and meds result in hair loss? Glad to know it is temporary and you'll soon regrow your lion's mane.
Good Morning! Smiley Sim
I, too, had long, healthy, curly hair which became very brittle, thinned out, and came out in a hand full one day, which really opened my eyes. I was told it could have been one of two things, the anesthesia from my complicated subtotal colectomy and ileostomy surgeries or my underactive thyroid (in which I take synthroid for my thyroid). Nevertheless, my husband's hair stylist gave me two samples of a shampoo and conditioner called "Nioxin" Cleanser used for early stages of thinning hair and "Nioxin" Scalp Therapy. Alot of her customers who receive radiation and chemotherapy use them. I tried it and it worked for me and I hope it will work for you.
Sorry to hear you've been through the same thing, I wouldn't wish it on anyone Hope things are much better for you now and you're recovering well.
I'll give the folic acid and evening primrose a try...sounds like it could help. I'm also taking biotin to help my hair regrow and I have to say I am already noticing a positive change in the thickness of my hair
Take care of yourself and stay smiling!
I also have experienced a large amount of hair loss. I had half of my colon removed in early May and was left with an ileostomy. The ostomy was reversed in mid July and around that time my hair began falling out in large amounts.n Thankfully I had very thick hair because I think I would be bald by now had I started with thin hair.
In the past couple of weeks I've started to see some improvement. I'm a nurse and some of this hair loss can also be related to the lack of vitamin absorption due to the ileostomy. Many nutrients were not absorbed while I had the ostomy and that will cause hair loss. I have been taking a supplement called "Hair Skin and Nails" or something like that. My hair stylest is amazed at how fast my hair is growing. It's grown about 2-3 inches in the past 5 weeks.
The top part of my hair and bangs is growing and I'm just waiting for it to get down to the rest of my hair. I lost a large amount but I'm seeing improvement. Hang in there!