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Hair Loss Following Spinal Cord Injury :(

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#1 joy.nucharee



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Posted 22 June 2010 - 01:30 PM

Hi there,

i got a quick question for you. I'm T7 complete, 3 months post only I've noticed that my hair is falling a lot than usual for a week, so I wonder is that normal for a new para having a hair fall (maybe taking too many medicines during the treatment?) Is anyone has the same problem at the begining? tell me plsssssssss

Joy :doh:

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Posted 22 June 2010 - 01:52 PM

Over the years all my hair has fallen out, BTW I am now 40! :doh:
If I fall out of my wheelchair in the woods would anybody hear me?

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Posted 22 June 2010 - 01:57 PM


It's not unusual, and can be attributed to both stress and medication.

Mine grew back a bit following my injury, but if you're male, the regrowth may not be as noticable, as compared to females. Regrowth in men, may also be less if male pattern baldness is in your direct family.

Certain drugs can cause hair loss, such as:

* Acne medications containing vitamin A (retinoids)
* Antibiotics and antifungal drugs
* Antidepressants
* Birth control pills
* Anticlotting drugs
* Cholesterol-lowering drugs
* Drugs that suppress the immune system
* Drugs that treat breast cancer
* Epilepsy drugs (anticonvulsants)
* High blood pressure medications (anti-hypertensives), such as beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, and diuretics
* Hormone replacement therapy
* Mood stabilizers
* Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
* Parkinson's disease drugs
* Steroids
* Thyroid medications
* Weight loss drugs

Check any medication you may be on, if you still have doubts, it'd be best to quiz your doctor.



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Posted 22 June 2010 - 06:54 PM

Meds = Thinning hair and flaky skin..

Oh how I DONT miss that stage.
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Posted 22 June 2010 - 09:42 PM

Over the years all my hair has fallen out, BTW I am now 40! :)

Ditto +1

On the odd occasion when I feel like telling the story of my injury I add that all my hair fell out the moment I hit the concrete!
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Posted 24 June 2010 - 01:21 PM

Thank you Simon, actually i don't take any medicine at all at this moment but you problably right about the stress cus now i'm so worrying that i won't be able to transfer myself from place to place :dev:

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 03:12 PM

They attributed mine to a lack of some vitamin or another (can't remember which ATM)

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 03:37 PM

I had my accident at 16. I started receding at the age of 20. Then large amounts of hair started falling out. I suppose is carried on for about a year and then slowed right down. It seemed that I had lost all of my strong hair and was left with slightly finer hair, although I could still grow a good head of hair that was quite thick.

Anyway, I slowly receded over the years but it was a very very slow process and I never looked like I was seriously having a hair loss problem.

To cut a long story short, I was very ill in 2008 and very nearly died from sepsis. I think it was all attributed to a problem with my right kidney which was removed last year. After I was ill my hair fell out at an alarming rate and at the beginning of last year you could see my scalp through my very thin hair. I thought that was it, I was going to be completely bald within no time at all. However, as I gradually regained my health, my hair started to grow back. It is now much thicker and stronger than before I was ill, in fact, the hair that I lost over 20 years ago has now returned. I'm hoping that those little bits on my temples will return, but I'm not holding much hope. But, I've more hair than I did two years ago and there's no sign of any gray, and I have recently celebrated my 41st birthday.

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 05:15 PM

A lack of vitamin D has been attributed to hair loss, I guess it could be that because you get vitamin D from sunlight and being cooped up for a long time in hospital means that sunlight is lacking (you can also get it from some foods such as fortified cereals, mushrooms and eggs)

I would have thought that the number one reason for hair loss after immediately after sci would be stress. The body has so much else to deal with that hair growth goes on the back burner, I guess it kinda prioritises it's use of nutrients and hair loses out sometimes.

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Posted 02 July 2010 - 02:39 PM

Hi Joy, Yes I also lost a lot of hair about three months after my injury when I was in Rehab.I also think it was due to stress, thankfully it came back better and thicker than ever after a couple of months and after taking a hair supplement. Yours will probably be the same, in the meantime try not to get too stressed out over anything, just go with the flow, good luck.

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Posted 02 July 2010 - 11:41 PM

I lost about one third of my hair...atributed to the trauma/shock and meds...also had a sizable bald spot on the back of my head from laying on my back for a few months while on the vent and immobilized with spine stuff...all grew back eventually...in fact, my hair is thicker, and used to be poker straight, now has some curl...three months is very early on, so don't worry...hope you continue to heal well and fast...you've come to a great place for info and support! :specool:

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 03:39 AM

after my injury six years ago my hair got quite thin on top. Eventually it grew back but took a long time to do so - possibly a year or so.

I was beauty operator for 21 years and saw many ladies who lost a lot of hair after surgeries or extended illnesses so I blame a lot of it on anesetic(sp) used to knock you out for surgeries. Most of it will come back but it takes some time. People with chemo therapy that lose all their hair often get new hair with a surprise color and a change of texture and curl/no curl as well. Have seen it many times.

Don'e give up and good luck.

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