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6 months post-op: hair loss? 6 months post-op: hair loss?

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Unread 07-01-2003, 10:02 PM
6 months post-op: hair loss?

Hi Hyster-Sisters:

I had a LAVH 12/02. Kept ovaries.

Great recovery, no complications. Very minimal swelling, returned to normal activities within a few weeks. (So TAKE HEART those of you who are facing your hyst.) The pre-op was worse than the post-op for me.

Here's my question: Anybody lose hair a few months after surgery?

My hair stylist said sometimes anesthsia triggers hair loss.

My GP doc tested me last week for thyroid problems and I tested just fine. Healthy and BLESSED but still losing tons of hair...He suggested sometimes it's a reaction to stress or post-traumatic stress. I don't feel stressed, sure very sad that I can't have a child (I'm 41) but not stressed.

GP said hair goes through cycles and I'm just in a waning cycle.

Anybody else?

Hang in there Hysters...I am developing the gift of acceptance of my hyster. The ONLY good thing is I don't have the monthly TOM! HIP HIP HORRAH!
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Unread 07-01-2003, 10:19 PM
6 months post-op: hair loss?

Yep-I did lose some hair...especially near my temples....it was so strange, and I have dark hair and pale skin, so it to me was very noticeable. It was also temporary. My hair has grown back and is pretty much back to normal. I also heard that the anesthesia can cause this. Don't be worried. Pretty soon, you will look at your reflection and realize-hey-my hair grew back! Take care and God bless! Liltear
Unread 07-02-2003, 07:26 AM
6 months post-op: hair loss?

Yes! I had the same thing happen. I had 4 operations within a year and a half, and I lost a lot of hair. Mine is thin/fine to begin with so this really worried me. My doc also ran some tests, and everything came back fine. He said that the anesthetic (sp?) does a real number on our bodies (hair included). I'm happy to say that my hair is now back to normal. It probably did take a good year...but it's fine now. I do shed a bit more then I used too...but it must be age or something. At least it grows back.

There have been many threads on this very topic (lots of good info). I did a search and found a couple for you to look at. Just click on these links. You can also do a search...You will find many sisters have posted about this. Good Luck, and let us know when you see some improvement...




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Unread 07-02-2003, 07:23 PM
6 months post-op: hair loss?

Hi there

I've always been one to loose tons of hair, all the time. I know that it's genetic because my DD, 7 1/2, also "sheds" a lot.

However, after my hyst, I lost a lot of hair. To the point that my already thin hair got even thinner And my usually oily hair got very dry!!!

I thought that it was hormonal, since, at the time, I was also dealing with extreme PMS symptoms (I kept my ovaries) and with peri-menopausal symptoms However, like you, both my thyroid and hormone levels came out fine.

Both my hairdresser and my ob/gyn said that the additional hair loss could be due to a reaction to trauma. On a related note: I've lost over 50 lbs in the past two years and my hair has gotten a lot thinner than usual... again. And, once again, my hair dresser said that it was normal reaction to a shock and that loosing weight, having surgery, etc. is a shock to our system.

It's great that you mentionned to your doctor and had your thyroid levels tested: at least, you've ruled out possible complications and your doctor is aware of your concerns.

Sending lots of s your way. Hopefully, things will ease up real soon.
Unread 07-03-2003, 07:25 AM
6 months post-op: hair loss?

Yep, my hair was a real mess post op :hair: My hair was like straw, I was pulling clumps out on a daily basis and it wouldn't hold a perm. I think it's a combination of the anethesia and the hormones. Even though you kept your ovaries the blood supply to them is cut off during surgery.

My hairdresser suggested that I start using a vitamin enriched shampoo and conditioner. I like Infusium. My hairdresser also deep conditioned my hair about every 2 weeks. I got regular trims, more than I usually do, to get rid of the bad hair. I also started taking Evening Primrose Oil and Fish Oil. You can read more about EPO here https://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/hsa...hp?s=&id=97205 And here's a great thread with some more info https://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/sho...&threadid=9467

Within about a month we started to notice a difference in my hair, for the better. My hairdresser could see that the new growth was good and I gradually stopped the shedding. Within about 3 months I was able to get a perm again.
Unread 07-05-2003, 12:29 AM
6 months post-op: hair loss?

I tend to shed alot to if I've had any stress to the body such as weight loss, anasthesia, illnesses etc.. and noticed I lost a fair bit after the surgery too. Whenever I shed alot of hair I take a vitamin and mineral supplement specific to hair, nails and skin - apparently zinc and magnesium are lacking when we lose more hair than usual. Anyway the supplements work for me as does taking it easy and looking after myself
Unread 07-05-2003, 10:23 AM

Yes, I am post op 4 months now and it still sheds, but it seems to be slowing down. I take fish oil, evening primrose, vitamins and use Nioxin shampoo and conditioner. It is a bio-nutrient formula and seems to be working. I had a negative thyroid test as well. I was told it was from the trauma of surgery. It sure lasts a long time, that is all I can say.


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