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   Posted 10/10/2007 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all!
I am usually on the IBS board, but I believe that my IBS-D could be related to anxiety.  I am experiencing a lot of hair loss and have been for quite some time now.  It keeps continuing.  Does anybody else with anxiety experience this kind of hair loss??  confused    I really notice this in the shower when I wash my hair. Can anybody shed some light on this topic?
Thanks all!
Shelly :-)

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   Posted 10/10/2007 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Shelley

Alopecia (Hair Loss)

Alopecia  is a recurrent disease, which can cause hairloss in any hair-bearing area.

The most common type of alopecia  presents as round or oval patches of hair loss most noticeably on the scalp or in the eyebrows. The hair usually grows back within 6 months to one year.

Most people will suffer episodes of hair loss in the same area in the future. Those who develop round or oval areas of hair loss can progress to loss of all scalp hair.

The cause of hair loss is unknown but commonly thought to be an autoimmune disorder (the body does not recognize the hair follicles and attacks them).

Stress and anxiety are frequently blamed by people as the cause of their hair loss.

The most common treatment is with steroids either topically or by injection. The outcome of treatment is good when the alopecia ( hair loss)   is present less than one year. Medical surgical Nursing; Brunner and Saddarth

Please check with your physician for an accurate diagnosis. I am sure the anxiety of losing your hair is not helping :(

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   Posted 11/1/2007 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Shelley,
When i read what you wrote i feel like we are the same. Im 22 years old and have been dealing with my hair loss for 2 years. Its a hard thing to do, watch your hair fall out and feel like theres nothing that can be done. But like stkitt wrote there is treatment for hair loss. For me it took 6 months for someone to help me. For 6 months no one told me that i could see my family doctor and get the shots administered from him, so i sat by and watched what felt like my life slip away with every chunk of hair that fell out. I got depressed and felt withdrawn all the time, now that i have had the steriod shots a number of times i thought it was over, but as it turns out i was wrong, it can re-occur. Although this time i knew exactly what to do about it, even tho my hair seems to be growing back im still dealing with the depression, anxiety and other effects that alopecia had on my life. But what really really helps me is the support i have, especially from my boyfriend. He kept me feeling beautiful. I really hope that you have support and someone who tells you that your in fact beautiful, cause you are. Never nono  let anyone say any different.
Shana :-)

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   Posted 11/1/2007 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   


That was a great post of encouragement.  Thank you so much for posting and do keep on posting.



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   Posted 11/1/2007 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I too lose hair from meds I am on for crohns and I believe the a/p also plays a part in it

Kitt is right in my case it is due to autoimmune system .....

I do not lose big chunks but do lose alot of it ......

YOU are beautiful and I am glad that you now know there is tx for this as well ......

Great input Shana and thanks for posting

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