The hair loss is from surgery
I wish people talked about
it more, I thought I read everything about
everything but didn't learn about
this until after it started happening to me. I don't know the details exactly but the trauma of surgery and general anesthesia will cause some hair loss for the next six months to a year. There really isn't anything you can do during that time period to stop it but it will definitely reverse itself on its own as long as you aren't deficient in anything. Anecdotally my hairdresser said to avoid doing anything in addition to damage the hair during this time, so no hair coloring, blowdrying, excessive washing, over brushing, etc.
I'm dealing with this myself. Luckily it isn't noticeable on my head, but I have long, straight, formerly thick hair, and if I put it in a braid it's a LOT thinner than it used to be. I'm avoiding wearing ponytails or buns or anything because it really draws attention to how much less hair I have now than two surgeries ago. If it gets much worse I think I'll have to cut my hair shorter and I am totally bummed about
My skin cleared up a lot on pred too. It's an anti-inflammatory so it kind of makes sense that it can reduce acne for some people. I have a couple of blemishes here and there but I try to remind myself it's a small price to pay.
dx'ed UC pancolitis 5/12
past meds: asacol hd, VSL#3, apriso, rowasa, xifaxan, 6mp, cortifoam, pentasa, cimzia, canasa, butyrate, flagyl, cipro, prednisone, remicade, methotrexate, cholestyramine, cortenema
current meds: none!
step one: colectomy, end ileo 1/16/13
step two: j-pouch construction, loop ileo 5/1/13
step three: takedown 7/31/13