Losing my hair due to stress - will it grow back?*

Discussion in 'Coping and Compassion' started by StitchesGr8Fan, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. StitchesGr8Fan

    StitchesGr8Fan DIS Veteran

    Jul 17, 2009
    I'm shedding more hair than usual and I think it's due to stress. If you've had this happen, did your hair go back to normal when your stress lessened?
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  3. luvmarypoppins

    luvmarypoppins <font color=darkorchid>I am debating whether to pu

    Aug 23, 2003
    I had alot of that but mine was thyroid related.
  4. mommasita

    mommasita DIS VETERAN Moderator

    Aug 3, 2004
    Hi, sorry to hear this, but yes I can definitely relate.

    I did see my Dr for some bloodwork though...

    I lost hair like crazy on 2 separate occasions. Some in patches, and some just falling out on my pillow, all over the bathrooms.

    Happy to say it has all grown back. I was told it more than likely would, and it did.
  5. quasar4legs

    quasar4legs DIS Veteran

    Oct 9, 2008
    I agree with Mommasita, I would get the doctor to do some boodwork.

    I lose a lot of hair whenever I'm anemic but once I improve my iron levels it starts to grow back.

    Sorry you are feeling so stressed, take some time out if you can to look after you:hug:
  6. WalkingintheFog

    WalkingintheFog DIS Veteran

    Nov 1, 2008
    Yes. And it might even grow back curlier than it was! But, as all have said, do check with your dr. for any underlying conditions, BUT DON'T (ie, try not to) stress about that or why it might be happening.
    Go to your happy place!:grouphug:
  7. Kathi Mora

    Kathi Mora Earning My Ears

    Aug 30, 2011
    Don't worry and go see a doctor. The doctor can diagnoze the reason. I am sure that there will be some solution. however if hair loss is hereditary then little can be done. However if its due to lack of vitamins or stress then I'm sure you'' be fine.

    Hope this helps
  8. cinderellamom123

    cinderellamom123 Mouseketeer

    Mar 26, 2006
    I understand. This has happened several times to me for various reasons.
    Fertility Drugs
    Thyroid Issue
    Iron Levels?
    New Medication

    It last for 2-3 month, can sometimes get itchy. Has always come back. I did start rogaine last year as a preventative treatment.

    It is stressful when it is happening but just know that if it is stress related it will grow back.
  9. ChrisRuns

    ChrisRuns Training for my third run around the World!

    Dec 17, 2011
    I have it happen at least once a year, and it always grows back. I do go to the doctor to get a blood test done when I notice it, because it usually means for me that I am anemic or deficient in a vitamin or nutrient.

    Nioxin is a good treatment for hair loss/thinning hair, my DBF's mom is a stylist and she suggested it the last time my hair started to come out. It made a big difference.
  10. lyeag

    lyeag DIS Veteran

    Dec 13, 2004
    I lost quite a bit of hair to stress. It came back and was the same thickness as it used to be. Sadly, I am going through it all over again.
  11. rmom50

    rmom50 DIS Veteran

    Sep 18, 2005
  12. mickeymom629

    mickeymom629 DIS Veteran

    Apr 24, 2002
    Any updates here?

    I'm going through the same thing and doctors said it is because of stress. Even though I take meds for thyroid, doctors have ruled any other issue out. I was very stressed this past year (oldest son's wedding issues - all turned out beautiful!), particularly in the spring to mid July (wedding in August). I noticed I had sunburn feeling on scalp and itchy feeling. I still do, but not as much. Hair has been falling out (more than usual) and very thin in front/top.

    I usually color (non-permanent) every other week but I've noticed my hair must be growing slower (or not at all :confused3) because I don't see my grey roots as quickly. I'm afraid every time I do color.

    I'm so afraid that the other hairs will all fall out before new ones come in. I can't even see new ones coming. :worried: I'm 55. Trying not to stress about this, really. Doctor said to give it a year... I have a feeling I will not be stress-free for a year! (Things I know about - daughter getting married in CO next month; son getting married in PA in May; Avengers marathon in November and I haven't trained enough yet... all good and exciting, but certainly not stress-free!! :)These include plane rides... :rolleyes1)

    I'm usually happy, I walk daily, I try to eat healthy, but I do tend to worry even when it's something I can't control.::yes::
  13. StitchesGr8Fan

    StitchesGr8Fan DIS Veteran

    Jul 17, 2009
    The massive hair loss did stop. I had my beautician check for any bald patches and she didn't find any, so I decided to stop worrying about it until she found a bald spot. I now have a bunch of short hairs growing in all over the place to replace what came out.

    Of course, now that it is fall I'm going through another shedding season. But none of it is the new hair, it's all the old really long hair so I'm not too worried.
  14. nkereina

    nkereina Last chance to lose your keys.

    Feb 11, 2009
    About two years ago I was experiencing abnormal hair loss - bigger than usual "hair pile" when I was done showering, tons of hair on the bathroom floor aftr I blow dried, etc. My hairdresser said it was thinning on the sides and she could see a lot of regrowth in between my hair which signified prior hair loss.

    At the time, I was going throug a lot of stress - recently engaged, building a house, and in grad school while working full time. I attributed it to this for a while but later learned it was most likely due to my birth control. I had been on the Nuva Ring for about 9 months, during which time my hair loss was most prevalent. My doctor confirmed that the hormones can cause this, and all birth controls affect people differently. I stopped the Nuva Ring and went back on the pill and have been fine since. If you take birth control, or any kind of hormone supplement, definitely consider this.

    Good luck!

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