Hair loss anyone?

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   Posted 8/19/2009 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I have noticed the past few weeks I have been "shedding" a lot more than usual. Is this common after a colectomy or ileostomy reversal? maybe because I had an infection and was in the hospital for almost a month?
Any other reasons I should consider?
Any insights as to why this is?
Most can I stop this? I have long hair and it is everywhere! It is scary...reminds me of my mom when she was going through chemo.
25yrs old/ teacher/ Wisconsin

Diagnosed UC Pancolitis in Nov 2004
Diagnosed PSC in Oct 2006
Proctocolectomy and J-pouch formed with loop ileostomy April 2009
Reversal June 2009

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   Posted 8/19/2009 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, anesthesia can cause hair will slow down and eventually go back to normal shedding. I ended up cutting a few inches which seemed to help, mentally at least, until it stopped!

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   Posted 8/19/2009 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
just the stress of the surgery can cause it anytime your body goes through something like a serious illness, a prologned high fever, pregnancy, surgery you usually get some hair loss.

Sadly, you cant stop it, you just gotta get through it. And it sucks! lol
I had sooo much hair and its long and it was all over everywhere
dont worry it will stop though

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   Posted 8/19/2009 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Go to a trusted hairdresser who has alot of compassion. I just went through this and she did completely inspected my scalp and reassured me the folicles are still there so it will come back. I have to admit that this could have the been the straw that breaks the camels back, but she was very kind...

UC 2003 Ileostomy Feb 2009

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   Posted 8/20/2009 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I started losing hair before surgery due to being so sick and malnourished (sp?). The hairloss continued after surgery, and it is just now starting to slow down. So I probably lost hair from May through now. I had very thick hair before, and I probably lost half of it - it seems so thin to me now! It WILL come back though. I had experienced the same thing last summer when I had a severe UC flare-up. Lost hair for about 3 months, and maybe a few months later it was back to normal again. I know it stinks, but hang in there!
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006  Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
1st Surgery for J-Pouch: May 22, 2009 - need 2 more surgeries, dates TBD
Medications: Canasa Rowasa enemas; Lialda; Prednisone; Protonix; Remicade; Zyrtec-D; Toprolvarious pain meds post-surgery;
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex
Current Status: Aug, 2009 - Recovering from the 1st stage of J-Pouch surgery; temp ileostomy; 2 more surgeries to go as there was too much damage to create a J-pouch

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   Posted 8/20/2009 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Do extra vitamins or supplements help?
25yrs old/ teacher/ Wisconsin

Diagnosed UC Pancolitis in Nov 2004
Diagnosed PSC in Oct 2006
Proctocolectomy and J-pouch formed with loop ileostomy April 2009
Reversal June 2009

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   Posted 8/20/2009 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I am going through the same thing right now. It took a few weeks post surgery for the shedding to start. I have another surgery soon and I am scared it will get worse.
Jackie, 43
Pancolitis, DX October 06
Lexapro, Synthroid, Protonix- NO MORE PRED!!!

Surgery March 13th- Total Colectomy
Jpouch surgery to be done in 3 steps
Step 2- June 23rd
Step 3- TBA

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   Posted 8/20/2009 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, losing hair is common. The body goes through the shock of the procedure, and the aesthesia, the changes etc. about three or four weeks after the surgery, I looked like a radiation case. My hair was falling out in handfuls. smhair The part on my hair was almost an inch across, with sort of stray hairs. I was horrified! My dermatologist reassured me that the hair would grow back, and it did. I got it cut really short until it changed its mind! Hang in there!

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   Posted 8/21/2009 3:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, yes my hair is thinner since my op in jan but it is still coming out! shocked the doc has said it will come back. Bev x

Diagnosed with crohn's at 13 now 42
resection, right hemi 1993 In remmision from 93 till last sept with no meds or docs
2 resections small bowel  and fistula jan 09 and given temp stoma.  reversal sheduled for Nov09 Meds:Pentasa 500mg 3x day,  B12 shots, every 3 months, iron syrup,loperimide,folic acid, Back on citalopram 40mg (for Anxiety.)

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   Posted 8/21/2009 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
(((big hug))) I feel for all of you... because my hair has been falling out, too. I had surgery on July 1 and asked my surgeon about it. He recommended that I take a daily multivitamin. I've also been using Rogaine for Women every day. I sure hope our hair stops falling out soon!
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