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mixasu
01-19-2010, 02:56 PM
I had my surgery on January 4 and everything is going even better than I thought it would. I've been walking around. I have a lot of energy. There is not much pain and I've been slowly decreasing my pain medication. The only problem that I have is that my hair is falling out !!! My family says that I am nuts, but I notice it. I can run my fingers through my hair and get about 5-6 strands of hair. It's really scaring me !!! I did a google search and apparently this is common, but can last up to four months. Did anyone else have experience with this? and did it grow back? and how long until it began to grow back?

Thanks for all your responses. I've been panicking, so any feedback will help. lol

debbei
01-19-2010, 03:16 PM
I had my surgery on January 4 and everything is going even better than I thought it would. I've been walking around. I have a lot of energy. There is not much pain and I've been slowly decreasing my pain medication. The only problem that I have is that my hair is falling out !!! My family says that I am nuts, but I notice it. I can run my fingers through my hair and get about 5-6 strands of hair. It's really scaring me !!! I did a google search and apparently this is common, but can last up to four months. Did anyone else have experience with this? and did it grow back? and how long until it began to grow back?

Thanks for all your responses. I've been panicking, so any feedback will help. lol

This happened to many of us. It was months before mine slowed so that I wasn't freaking that I'd be bald. It's the anesthesia that causes it I think. Do a thread search for 'hair loss' and I bet you'll find a bunch. We've talked about this many times. :) Don't worry, you'll be ok.

http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showthread.php?t=9739&highlight=hair

Edited to add a link.

Doodles
01-19-2010, 03:19 PM
Hi--I know where you are coming from but that seems pretty early. Mine started at about 3 months and lasted about 3-4 months. I took Biotin 5000 mcg. I started with just a small amount and went up to 4 a day. It really did seem to work. Perhaps it would have stopped anyway but it was very noticeable to me and my hairdresser. It's almost normal now. I take one or 2 a day now. If figured it couldn't hurt! You'll find some past threads on this topic. Janet

dolores a
01-19-2010, 03:59 PM
Hi you guys, glad to hear that both of you stopped shedding, I did also. I took the supplement biotin also, whether this is what helped or not, just glad my hair stopped falling out. Janet, I am also still taking the biotin, can't hurt!

So, Mixasu don't panic your hair should be fine in a couple of months, it's great to hear that you are doing so well so soon also.

mixasu
01-19-2010, 04:59 PM
3-4 months it falls out for ?! I'm really going to be bald !! Hopefully mine does not last that long :( Has anyone's fallen out to the point that it was noticeable? Mine isn't noticeable yet, but I see the globs that come out in the shower and when I brush it out.

Thanks!!
Jaclyn

joyfull
01-19-2010, 07:51 PM
Hi all. Does EVERYBODY experience this? How common is it? Mixasu, I'm so glad to hear that it isn't permanent! I'm sure that the good results from the surgery make it worth it. Best wishes, Joy

asha
01-19-2010, 08:53 PM
Well, I haven't had surgery yet and my hair is already falling out due to hormones - I'm in trouble!

jrnyc
01-20-2010, 12:21 AM
Hey Asha
i am on bioidentical hormone replacement, ala Suzanne Somers...my hair falls out only when my hormones are out of balance...i havent had the back surgery...yet...

i am much older than you, but started menopause early, at around age 45....that is considered an early start....

...you can find very few hormone doctors who know what they are doing...i travel to CA for mine, & also have phone consults...very expensive...but she is worth it! you may not be interested, or it may be way too early for you, i dont know what you are interested in...for me it was a life saver!!

jess

jenparker
01-20-2010, 12:32 AM
I just got my "hospital haircut" last week. My surgery is on January 29th. I've gone to my stylist for 13 years. He talked to me at length and warned me that my hair WILL fall out--lots of it. But, in a few months it will start growing in again. Very normal. I never knew about the biotin--I'll have to look into that--thanks!

Easy for me to say--in a few weeks I'll remember your post and my reply and try to calm myself down as clumps come out in the shower, in the hairbrush and on my pillow!

Jennifer

Jimbo
01-20-2010, 05:09 AM
aahh, I forgot about the hair loss! I have a big birth mark on my head and will look like bloody mikhail gorbachev! lol.

oh well, it will come back :)

Try not to worry too much mixasu, remember it is only temporary. Maybe you should shave your head, i think i might. It is a cool kinda look. Easy to maintain too after surgery.

Vali
01-20-2010, 08:16 AM
Like others my hair fell out as well, it looked like a lot but it probably wasn't. The nurses in hospital told me that it would probably happen, due to the fact any surgery puts the body under stress. I also had an itchy dry scalp and very dry skin. This apparently happens because of the concoction of meds etc they give you and of course the hospital air conditioning. It was about four weeks before i noticed an improvement. Stay calm and take a hair, skin and nail supplement and see if this helps. Best wishes.

mixasu
01-21-2010, 12:41 PM
I might just shave my head!! By the time I'm allowed out, it will grow back, or atleast it feels like that hahaha

It makes me feel much better to know that the hair loss isn't permanent. Since I haven't been able to do much, I've been focusing on these things which makes me stress out more.

Did anyone's stomach get swollen after surgery? My tummy was always flat and now it's a little bit wider!! Between that and my hair falling out, I'm not a happy camper right now.

Thanks for all the insight,
Jaclyn xo

spinalfusion09
01-23-2010, 06:12 PM
Awww! Hi there! I totally understand what you mean! I'm now 19 and had surgery in September of 2009. My hair did thin a little and my doc said that it will happen. Its because a major stress had occured to your body and your body will focus energy toward healing rather than appearance. Preganant ladies sometimes lose hair and a baby is a big stress on a body too. I also couldn't take my vitamins for a month because my doc said it would interfere with healing :{ I remember being kind of sad one night because my hair was falling out in the shower and when I brushed it. But it stopped after the first month of surgery for me. I can recommend that vitamin E is really good for hair growth along with a protein called Biotin that I take everyday. Eat lots of protein because hair and nails are made of protein. Also I used Johnson and Johnsons baby shampoo because its really gentle :} I hope it gets better for you!!!!! :} :}
Maliha

spinalfusion09
01-23-2010, 06:14 PM
PS Just read your comment above. Yes I was swollen after surgery but thats also from all the chemicals/liquids that they put in you. I remember wondering where my little tumtum went but it does go down. You just had surgery now its time to heal and it gets better every week. Dont stress :}
Maliha