Hair today…

January 21, 2019

It’s no secret that I’ve not been feeling my best over recent months. 
Back in June last year, I passed out on my bathroom floor. I had no idea I was about to fall, I didn’t feel dizzy or faint. I wasn’t pregnant, hadn’t been drinking and I don’t remember anything about before it happened. Luckily Liam was there and managed to bring me round pretty quickly but I banged my head on the door frame before collapsing on the floor. Blood tests showed I had abnormally high calcium levels so it was decided I should have a few more blood tests over the next month where it was decided what I was suffering with was Primary Hyperparathyroidism.

a screen shot of information from a website about parathyroidism. reads as follows... Patients with hyperparathyroidism have a higher rate of: stroke, heart failure, heart attack, atrial fibrillation, cardiomyopathy, renal failure, depression, shingles, kidney stones, osteoporosis, serious bone fractures, bone pain, need for hip replacement, GERD, high blood pressure, memory loss, chronic fatigue, MGUS, anemia, hair loss (females), cancers of the breast, colon, kidney, and prostate, and early death. Because of these increased risks, experts now believe that it is best to remove the tumor when the diagnosis of hyperparathyroidism is made, rather than wait until one or more of these complications arise. However, when the parathyroid tumor is removed, the risks of these complications decreases. The days of "watching" the high calcium for a while are long gone.
Hyperparathyroidism – and all that comes with it.     Source –

Since then I’ve had a number of hospital appointments including a couple of over night stays in hospital and have got 2 more appointments for this week, so 6 months on, it’s been a long process.
One of the things I’ve noticed whilst having this issue, is that my hair has been falling out.
I’ve never really had thick hair anyway so when it comes out more and more, it’s definitely noticeable. I hope that now we’re close to solving the issue, it might stop – but this isn’t the only time my hair has fallen out.

Photo by Vladislav Muslakov on Unsplash

Hair loss after pregnancy

Postpartum hair loss is something I suffered with terribly after all three of my pregnancies.  With Bridget being my last baby, I finally felt like it would have time to recover and start growing properly and then bang! Hyperparathyroidism put me right back again. 
For many women, one of the bonuses of being pregnant is what the wonderful hormones do to our luscious locks. We typically lose hair every day anyway but when pregnant, this reduces, which gives us much better hair and nail growth – alas, once the pregnancy is over and our hormones rebalance, the hair we should have lost already, falls out along with the hair that we naturally would lose every day.. and then some… and freaks us the hell out. This normally happens about 3 months after birth and settles down to normal growth at around a year postpartum.

Unfortunately there isn’t a lot you can do during this stage except ride it out. Worrying about it is only going to make it worse as stress is one of the biggest causes of hair loss in women –  along with diet and iron deficiency.

A change of style might make it less obvious. After having Paisley, I had my hair chopped right back so that I could style it with more volume and reduce the noticeability but if after a year it’s not started to grow back with those annoying ‘baby bangs’ and little tufty bits, it might be worth just checking with your doctor to make sure there isn’t something else causing it. 

Dramatic chop

So, here I am again, with hair falling out, whispy bits all over the place and wondering what I’m going to do with it all. Should I cut it again? Keep it as it is? Dye it a funky colour like I have done in the past? 
What would you do?

If you enjoyed this post, you may also like this from Lisa’s Notebook – How to cope with hair loss

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