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needhelp

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If anyone has any information about hair regrowth, I would greatly appreciate anything you might have to offer.
Thanks so much!!
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Hi needhelp
Do you mean when the hair falls out with malnutrition? It take 6-12 months to come back As hair is so slow growing. it is call telogen effluvium when it falls out. During extreme physiological stress ie significant weight loss and malnutrition the last thing the body needs energy for is hair so it falls out and the nutrients are "saved" for vital organs.
It can happen with severe physical trauma postpartum as well. We noticed it with d in early refeeding. I know Tina72 d had that too. it usually comes back with good nutrition unless there is another primary cause of alopecia (hair loss)
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Hi needhelp,
my d lost half of her hair in refeeding time and now one year later it is growing again.
It takes a lot of time because she has very long hair.
It might be important to have her blood checked to see if she has lost important vitamins and minerals.
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My d lost her hair after we had started refeeding--which fits with EDHater's timeline. But then it grew back. Distressing for her, was the least of my concerns back in those bad old days.
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Thank you, everyone - I appreciate all your input- I learn so much here. I love the way everyone has their own angle of information to add - I find I take it all in so voraciously.  Honestly, I think her sister is more concerned about it than she is - but she has been a little distressed after washing her hair (perhaps that's why her sister is concerned, they share a bathroom - LOL).  
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Hair lost can get more although she is eating now. It started with IP and nearly stopped with WR in our case.
It can be a lot of hair that you will find in the sink or on the floor of her room. Don´t panic. It will grow again.
The hair loss was something that showed my d in what state she was and it helped us that she thought that she might lose all her hair. In fact that did not happen but her braid was only half then before and still is. That was something she could see although she did not see the horrible state of the rest of her body.
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Thanks, Tina - always appreciate your experienced info!
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You are welcome [biggrin] - no experience I would ever like to have but if I can help you now, that is worth it.
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Hi, my d also had hair loss, first when she was restricting and again when she was gaining weight. The Dr explained it to us as follows: when she restricted her formally thick hair strand became thinner and where the thick and thin hair strand met, it formed a discontinuity which weakened the hair and made it easier to break. The reverse happened when she started to gain weight. The hair became thicker creating another discontinuity, which resulted in a second wave of hair loss, except in this case or showed she was getting better. Now her hair is as thick as before!
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D became obsessed with exercise at age 9. Started eating 'healthy' at age 9.5. Restricting couple of months later. IP for 2 weeks at age 10. Slowly refed for months on Ensures alone, followed by swap over with food at a snails pace. WR after a year at age 11 in March 2017. She is back to her old happy self and can eat anything put in front of her. Now working on intuitive eating.
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Hi - thank you - that is very interesting.  I'm so glad to hear that she is now back to her previous hair. It always helps to hear from someone who has "been there, done that."
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