has anyone experienced hair loss?

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   Posted 11/14/2017 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't tell if it's the medication i'm taking for fibro, gabapentin or what cry shakehead

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   Posted 11/15/2017 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi mara24 and welcome to the forum!

Have you had any surgery, by any chance, in the past few months? I had some hair loss after I had appendix surgery. I think that's fairly common.

I just did a quick search on 'hair loss' and 'fibromyalgia' and several things came up on the web. There's also a 'search' box above and there are several past conversations on fibromyalgia and hair loss.

I also take gabapentin, but don't have any problem currently with hair loss, that I've noticed.

Have you checked out Fibro 101--the very first thread on this forum? It has some good, general info on fibro that you might find helpful. The home page has some good blogs and videos, too. Some inspirational stories.

Hope this helps a bit. Wish you the best! smile
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   Posted 11/24/2017 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Temporary hair loss is common after surgery and usually comes back. I have permanent one-sided hair loss, not complete, just less, after a cervical spine injury and surgery, only below the level of the break and surgery.

Are you short on any vitamin or mineral? Low thyroid? Or maybe short on protein? Have you had chemotherapy? Have you started a new medicine?

Better check with your doctor. While you are waiting for an appointment you could keep a food journal. Write down everything you eat and drink, medicines too.

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   Posted 11/28/2017 2:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Stress from constant pain can cause hair loss. This is the simplest answer. I would see a dermatologist to rule out other possible causes, and to keep a measurement on its progress or improvement. The doctor can also give you medically proven advice. A start would be to use a good, gentle, organic shampoo. Don't stress over the hair thing, It will most likely grow back the same as it was once the fibromyalgia is under control.

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   Posted 12/15/2017 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
My hair is thin and breaks really easily. The medications do not help. I found that if I keep my hair shorter, there is less breakage. I use a strengthening shampoo and take biotin supplements.

I saw my doctor and she said it did not seem something to worry about.
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   Posted 12/28/2017 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, major hair loss. My hair line has moved back at least one inch. I even have beau's ridges on my nails, which means my nails and hairs stopped growing at one point.

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   Posted 7/12/2018 5:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, in addition to hair loss I've also got a hair dis-color (hoariness) at the very young age (nearly 21-23 y.o.)
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