What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a pain disorder which leads to chronic pain and fatigue in muscles tissues and bones. The pain not just migrate the entire body but also effects the mental, physical and social health of a person. The cause of this is not clear hence it is misdiagnosed as another disease by doctors. It is more common in ladies than men. The symptoms of the disease may vary from person to person. It is something more than pain for some people as it affects the overall health in some cases. Pain hits your muscles, tendons, ligaments and some face the problem of hair pain as well. Causes of Fibromyalgia are not identified however one of the cause may be genetic issues or environment factors.
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
The main symptom is chronic pain.
- Chronic pain in muscles and bones
- Low energy or fatigue
- Insomnia or tiredness after sleep
- Difficultly in thinking, concentration and mental activities.
- Stress, migraine headaches and anxiety
- Numbness in body
- Hair loss, scalp pain, hair pain
- Reduced tolerance and stamina to workout
- Swelling in hands, feet or tenderness on face.
Stress often worsens the problems and related issues to the disorder.
How Fibromyalgia brings hair loss?
One of the major side effects of fibromyalgia is hair loss. The progressive condition of fibromyalgia causes a lot of changes in body and due to these changes we might face hair related issues like hair loss, hair pain or scalp pain. Not just hair loss you may face the issue of hair thinning. It is more common for ladies and quite tough for them as they spend their life caring for their hair and just cause of this disorder you may lose your tresses.
Finding heavy hair fallouts on pillows, hair brush or sink while washing is extremely distressing but the good news is that this hair loss is not permanent. Your hair will grow back once you overcome this disorder. The fall outs caused are regrown with time. You might be going to many body changes and one need to keep their calm to overcome this. One may lose his/her confidence and become stressed about the changes however tackling the situation wisely is the key to cope up with this issue.
The major causes because of which Fibromyalgia can lead to hair loss are listed below:
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Psychosomatics(it’s all in the mind)
- Underactive thyroid issues
- Stress induced hair loss because of the disorder
- Auto immune issues
There are no proven measures to prevent the hair fall out but one can try out some good approaches to cope up with this.
Another symptom of Fibromyalgia can be hair related pain. Some people feel that burning sensation in their scalp that they can’t even brush their hair and wash them. This pain can ultimately lead to hair problems including hair loss.
Measures to cope up with this issue:
As such there is no cure for this problem however multiple approaches are recommended to cope up with the symptoms.
The different approaches are listed below:
- Deep head Massage
In case of hair loss due to this disorder simply massage your head and give it a good relaxing deep tissue oiling so that it relieves all the hair pain or scalp pain. This will not only soothe your head but also enhance the growth of hair follicles so that the hair loss is minimized. Use natural oils like coconut, olive oils for deep tissue massage.
- Painkillers and Anti-depressants
The major reason behind hair loss is stress and acute pain. Figure out the ways to stop stress as stress contributes majorly to hair fallouts and hair fallouts brings stress. In order to get rid of the pain one can go for pain and if you are depressed because of the changes in your body due to fibromyalgia then opt for some anti depressants. Treat scalp and hair pain with painkillers or nerve block prescriptions strictly under doctor’s recommendation. Precaution: Don’t take any medication without doctor’s prescription.
Exercise is the key to tackle this issue in a very good way. It makes you calmer and gives you the time for recreation making your head less burdened and relieve you from pain. Don’t do more of hardcore physical exercises. Prefer breathing yoga exercises which also helps in hair re-growth and faster recovery.
- Take nutritional diet or protein rich diet
All you need to recover fast is diet change and true commitment to follow it. Take nutritional food, preferably protein rich food as hair needs to protein to grow. More protein intake it ultimately goes to your hair. Follow the four hour rule to consume something every four hours so that body gets all the ingredients required for recovery.
For a better recovery optimize your nutritional support by taking iron tablets, vitamin or mineral supplements. It helps reduce stress and boosts up your mood. Try out mineral magnesium and malic acid as they reduce pain and needed to make brain chemicals.
- Experiment with wigs
As the hair loss is not permanent rather than panicking try out some ways to get a better look so that you don’t lose your self confidence. You can experiment with wigs, hair extensions to increase hair volume or even try out some interesting hair styles which make you look good and regain your confidence. Wigs gives you chance to try out different hair colors and you can style them the way you want without damaging your hair. This will give time for your hair to re-grow and recover.
- Cognitive therapies
Go for behavioral therapies for relieving stress and moral boost. Hair spas can also help to relax your scalp to enhance hair re-growth and prevent hair loss. Special therapies can be taken for relaxing your body and head. These therapies help in fighting hair thinning caused due to fibromyalgia.
Keeping your calm is the key to tackle Fibromyalgia hair loss.