Hair loss

Since my surgery I have noticed that my hair is falling out. A lot. Every time I brush or run my fingers through my hair I end up with handfuls of hair.  I have always had really thick hair and so it didn’t really bother me at first but now it’s 12 weeks post op and it’s not stopping. My hair feels extremely thin and in rubbish condition I’m having to face the fact that my hair is falling out.

I asked my surgeon about it at my post op check up and he said it was indicative of how poorly I was before my operation. He said 3-6 months after severe illness it can show itself in your hair. He said it should slow down and should stop within 6 months.

I found this through Dr Google…

“A sudden physical or emotional stress may cause one-half to three-quarters of the hair throughout your scalp to shed (called Telogen effluvium). You will notice hair coming out in handfuls while you shampoo, comb, or run your hands through your hair. You may not notice this for weeks to months after the episode of stress. The hair shedding will decrease over 6 – 8 months.

Cause of this type of hair loss are:

  • High fever or severe infection
  • Major surgery, major illness, sudden blood loss
  • Severe emotional stress”

I haven’t heard of this before so if anyone has any advice it would be greatly appreciated.

I’m starting to get paranoid that my hair is looking really thin and I’m horrified at the thought that I could end up with really thin hair or even bald spots!!

Timm is helping by screaming “BALD!!! MY EYYYYYYESSSSSS!!!!” at me…

So anyway I’m due to see my hairdresser on Thursday (the fabulous Kojo & Lee) and I’m considering having a good chop to try and make the best of how my hair is right now and improve my confidence. But I do this all the time, I cut my hair short and then spend a year growing it back!

For the last couple of months I always have my hair tied back in a ponytail or bun to disguise the thinness so it seems a bit pointless to keep it long!

Any advice?

I’ll post photos of new hair later in the week! It may be shorter or I might just have a good trim…

Love Sam xxx

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  1. Lydia
    Lydia says:

    Hi Sam,
    Don’t really have any advise but this happened to me last time I had the flare and operation and its happening again this time :(. However it did grow back 🙂 so that’s good news and a cut made mine look so much thicker and healthier 🙂 so that’s deffo a good idea. Luckily I have enough hair for 3 people but it can be scary to see it falling out in clumps and clogging up the plug hole !! As if we need anything else to worry about eh !!
    Looking forward to seeing the new do 🙂 xxx

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  2. Lydia
    Lydia says:

    Hi Sam,
    Don’t really have any advise but this happened to me last time I had the flare and operation and its happening again this time :(. However it did grow back 🙂 so that’s good news and a cut made mine look so much thicker and healthier 🙂 so that’s deffo a good idea. Luckily I have enough hair for 3 people but it can be scary to see it falling out in clumps and clogging up the plug hole !! As if we need anything else to worry about eh !!
    Looking forward to seeing the new do 🙂 xxx

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  3. Sue Smith
    Sue Smith says:

    You can take advantage of all the lovely hats and scarves out at this time of year to keep your head snuggly and by the time spring arrives your hair will be back to its full glory. 🙂

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  4. Sue Smith
    Sue Smith says:

    You can take advantage of all the lovely hats and scarves out at this time of year to keep your head snuggly and by the time spring arrives your hair will be back to its full glory. 🙂

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  5. Jem
    Jem says:

    Hi Sam
    I had a really stressful situation which resulted in hair loss, so I know how you feel. It wasn’t until I went to the doctors that they said it was stress related, as it was some time after the event it just kinda crept up on me! Anyway, I went for a herbal option, and have used sea kelp and silica complex from Holland and Barratt which worked for me. X

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  6. Jem
    Jem says:

    Hi Sam
    I had a really stressful situation which resulted in hair loss, so I know how you feel. It wasn’t until I went to the doctors that they said it was stress related, as it was some time after the event it just kinda crept up on me! Anyway, I went for a herbal option, and have used sea kelp and silica complex from Holland and Barratt which worked for me. X

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