Fibromyalgia hair loss is just one of many symptoms this disorder can cause. It affects only a very small percentage of the population (about 2%), but by far the most cases are in women.
A definitive reason for fibromyalgia is not known. However, some experts believe its cause could be due to:
2. Psychosomatics (i.e., “it’s all in the mind”).
3. Disruption in parts of the brain (e.g., the hippocampus).
4. Interference in the normal functioning of substances such as dopamine and serotonin.
5. Many other theories have been put forward too, including high stress levels caused by anxiety at home or at work, depression, etc.
Fibromyalgia has also been linked to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the thyroid gland) and chronic fatigue syndrome (which causes long-term, debilitating tiredness). In fibromyalgia though, the main symptom is pain…
There are absolutely loads of possible symptoms – most of which are pain-related in several areas of the body:
- Shoulder blades, hips and thighs
- Abdominal pain, including bloating and IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome)
Since fibromyalgia is often considered to be a mental disorder, other symptoms might be regarded as being more related to brain function:
- Brain fog
- Stress and anxiety
Fibromyalgia hair loss is arguably one of the worst of all the many symptoms this disorder can cause. That’s because rapid, heavy hair shedding is something that can put people into a state of shock. Finding a mass of hair on your pillow, in your brush, or in the sink whenever you wash your hair, can be extremely distressing, especially if it’s unrelenting, day after day. Eventually, you might look in the mirror and see a noticeable decrease in the volume of your hair – thin, lackluster and fragile, capable of falling out simply by touching it, or so it seems. All of which can obviously increase your stress levels – something that’s not exactly going to help you overcome fibromyalgia! And, since hair loss can be stress-related, a vicious-circle could then easily develop. So, given the connection fibromyalgia has to stress, anxiety and depression, it’s easy to see how any hair loss and related stress it causes, could be considered the worst symptom.
Since the actual cause of fibromyalgia is not known, there is no cure – obviously it’s difficult to cure something if you don’t know what causes it!
But conventional treatment includes deep tissue massage, heat, ultrasound and exercise. And, of course, you can always pop some pills from the doctor – painkillers, antidepressants, anti-inflammatories, etc.
As for treating the fibromyalgia hair loss directly, my own techniques were designed for androgenetic alopecia, but three of them can also be used with other types of hair loss.