An estimated 10 million people in the United States alone suffer from the chronic pain condition fibromyalgia. People with fibromyalgia may experience a wide range of symptoms including insomnia, muscular inflammation, scalp discomfort and in some cases, hair loss or thinning.

What is the link between fibromyalgia and hair loss?

The causes of fibromyalgia are not fully understood, so it is difficult for doctors to pinpoint an exact reason why it can result in hair loss. For some fibromyalgia sufferers, excess hair shedding could be a side-effect of the medication. Abnormal hair loss may also be connected to thyroid dysfunction or auto-immune system disorder, both of which appear to be more common than average among fibromyalgia sufferers. Finally, the stress of having fibromyalgia can trigger telogen effluvium. This is when the hair follicle’s growth cycles are disturbed and go into the shedding stage prematurely.

I have fibromyalgia and my hair is falling out

If you have fibromyalgia and are experiencing hair loss, it is worth taking some time to discuss your concerns with a professional. They can help to determine whether your hair is falling out because of a medication, health condition or telogen effluvium. For some people, a change of medication or being prescribed additional medicines can be helpful. For those with telogen effluvium, consciously reducing your stress levels by doing relaxing activities is often very beneficial. The good news is that most fibromyalgia patients who have hair loss find that their hair does grow back by itself. However, some people, particularly those who have developed alopecia areata, do experience permanent hair loss.

What can I do about my hair loss?

There are several easy steps that you can take to prevent further hair loss and regrow your hair. Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) uses laser diodes to stimulate growth and promote hair and scalp health. Vinci Hair Clinic’s LLLT Laser Cap is a great option for people with fibromyalgia. There is no need for clinic appointments and you can have your treatment sessions whenever you want, in the comfort of your own home. Vinci’s Vitruvian Line another simple hair-boosting addition to your routine. The daily nutritional complex is packed with essential vitamins and minerals that are proven to support healthy hair growth.

Fibromyalgia & Hair Loss