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I've had IBS-D for about a decade. As soon as my symptoms started, I simultaneously started experiencing hair loss or excessive hair shedding. I'm a relatively young female with no other disorders, and I've been tested for everything else. My GI doctor said this must just be a side effect for my body of having IBS-D. I went to a dermatologist as well, and she said it must be some sort of long-term telogen effluvium as a response to the IBS-D.

When I've gone through times of lower symptoms, the hair shedding decreases. I'm wondering if others have experienced this same weird hair loss side effect of having IBS-D? I've found it has a really powerful negative impact on my self-esteem. I'm lucky I started with really thick hair, so most people probably wouldn't notice my hair loss, but I can really tell, and it really makes me feel terrible. I've never felt the same about myself since the hair loss started.

While I know that stabilizing my IBS-D would be the real way to stop this hair loss, it's been a decade, so I've given up on hopes of ever getting it "cured" or totally under control. So, I'm wondering if others have experienced this sort of symptom? And if so, if hair loss products have helped? I've long thought about maybe trying some sort of hair loss product, like Rogaine for women, but I'm not sure it would do anything if the root cause is my iBS-D?
 

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Did you have your vitamin levels checked?

IBS-D often causes such problems and they can be related to hair loss. Your dermatologist or GI, could suggest some blood tests about it.

Hair loss is also connected with IBS-D, with regard to high stress levels. Perhaps some stress controlling exercise or activity could improve both.

Good luck !
 

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Hi Anonymous1010
I've had similar problems with my hair and I agree with Athan. First you must check your vitamin levels thoroughly. I got diagnosed with Ibs-D 4 years ago and I've lost more than half of my hair. Just like you I started with very thick curly "mane" and ended up with almost bald spots on my head. I had to have a buzz-cut just to deal with the aftermath. It was falling out so severely doctors thought it was thyroid related-check that too if you can!
Anyway after a vitamin check it turned out I lack vitamin B9 and I have been taking it for months now. My hair is not falling out anymore and it has regrown..soo good luck and hope this helps you!
 

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Thank you for the replies! I have had my vitamin levels checked and I do exercise and meditate regularly. I truly try everything to control this crazy disorder. No vitamin deficiencies were found in my blood tests, so I guess it's not that for me, but I'm glad others have had good results from such tests.

Has anyone else successfully regrown hair after losing it due to IBS-D? I'd be interested to hear about any other potential solutions.
 

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Hi @ Anonymous1010 ,

I know everybody s symptoms/ side effects can be different but just thought Id share my perspective . I have had IBS-D for 7 years now. I did not experience hair loss as a side effect but i did experience a lot of weight loss when my IBS got really severe(quite an obvious connection with IBS-D due to frequent bowel movements /diarrhea).

Are you taking any medication maybe for the IBS or any other ailment that could be causing your hair loss ? You may want to check whether that is causing your hair loss..

Good luck to you !
 

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I have lost more hair over the past 3 years. Since March 2020 I have had IBS D. I wondered if it was just because I'm getting older, and that can be quite common at my age (68)
It's been gradual and hardly noticeable at first. I don't have any bald patches, but my hair is definitely thinner and has less body than a few years ago.
For 20 months I haven't been able to eat the same foods as I always did before. Things like beets, cauliflower, tomatoes, onions, even carrots. Any peels or skins. Most fruits. Sometimes nuts. I have to go very carefully with lentils and chickpeas, and can only have the smallest amounts. So my diet is much more restricted than I've been used to all my life.
I take a multivitamin & mineral A-Z daily and a B complex daily. 3 times a week I take a liposomal vitamin C dose. I have no symptoms of any kind of malabsorption or deficiency, but I am sure it has to do with my dietary restrictions.
I love all foods! Wish I could eat them all. But it's not worth the bad flares I can get if I throw caution to the wind.
 

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IBS-D since birth and unfortunately not. I get so sick of having to cut my hair. I'm even on medication with hair loss as a side effect and there's still bloody loads of it.
 

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My friend has had IBS-D for about three years now. And one of the symptoms is very severe hair loss. She tried every possible remedy, but nothing helped her. Then she decided to see a doctor; the trichologist advised her to use a special Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo and rub in special vitamins. A friend noticed the result after about a month, the hair became thicker and silkier. So I recommend everyone who has this problem to see a doctor so that he can choose the right treatment for you.
 

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Hair loss is a problem for many people, especially men. It is not uncommon for hair to start thinning as we get older. In most cases, this is natural and signifies that we are aging normally. However, medical conditions can also cause thinning or hair loss, such as thyroid disease or autoimmune disorders. Hair can also be lost at an abnormally high rate due to trauma or physical stress on the scalp, such as through scarring alopecia after an accident or burns. Whatever the cause of hair loss, it can lead to feelings of insecurity and self-consciousness. A hair transplant may be an option for those who want their hair back.
 
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