How Hair Loss Affects Those of Us with Fibromyalgia

How Hair Loss Affects Those of Us with Fibromyalgia
Through the Fog I have fibromyalgia (FM) and an underactive thyroid, so hair loss is a real concern of mine. For that reason, I have chosen to keep my hair very short. We're talking #2-on-a-hair-trimmer short. After my first buzz cut, I wouldn't go out anywhere without a hat because I was very self-conscious. Now I'm pretty comfortable with my look. Hair loss is not an uncommon phenomenon for those of us with fibro. Are you noticing more hair on your hairbrush, pillow, or in the shower? You are in good company. The technical term for this type of hair loss is telogen effluvium, which is a typically temporary disorder caused by stress or illness that disrupts the normal hair growth cycle.  Hair loss can be a side effect of certain medications and can also occur during times of stress, fibro flare-ups, thyroid dysfunction, and autoimmune issues. Low iron levels can inhibit hair growth, so check with your doctor about getting your levels checked. I've noticed that my eyebrows and eyelashes aren't as lush as they used to be. If I don't use a brow pencil, it would appear that I don't have any
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