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Hair loss due to bulimia...

by Nicole
(New Mexico )


I'm a 27 year old female. I'm about 7-months into my recovery. By recovery I mean that I've stopped myself from B/P. However, I haven't seeked too much psychological help yet. I've seen a therapist a few times, but I just didn't feel like I was getting much out of it.

I suffered from bulimia for about 4-5 years. There were days were I would throw up up to 10-20 times a day. I'm talking every little thing that I would put in my mouth I would throw up. Looking back, I would def. consider that the worst time of my life. I ended up losing about 70 lbs or so. I still wasn't considered under weight for my height however, so nobody really what I was doing to myself.

The year up to my "recovery", my ED wasn't as severe. I would throw up maybe once a day. I was aware of the damage I was causing to my body, but as soon as I felt myself starting to panic and get anxious, I would give in and run to the nearest bathroom. So I def. struggled with keeping any food down. This really took a toll on my health, but what really scared me and pretty much woke me up was my hair loss.

I've lost maybe 40-50% of my hair...

No bald patches, just definitely thinner throughout my entire head. I was losing so much hair in the shower that I would have to clean out the drain out least twice! And then continue shedding so much through out the day.

Even now, that I consider to be recovered and eating fairly well, I'm still continuing to lose some hair.

I'm depressed and just feel lost.

I'm a little confused because why now? My hair didn't fall out during the worst of my ED, and now maybe in the last year and a half to two years I've lost so much hair. Could there be another cause? I've always been a fairly healthy person (aside from my ed). S

o my question is: How long will it take for my hair to stop falling out? I'm taking biotin and multi-vitamins, but haven't noticed much of a change yet. It's making me stress out, which I know is not helping my hair loss!

Please give me some advise! =|

Shaye Says

Hi there!

Well done for reaching 7 months of recovery - that is such an awesome achievement - I hope you are proud of yourself :)

Bulimia hair loss can be very scary... I remember watching masses of hair get caught in the shower drain and wondering how on earth I actually had any at all left on my head! Bulimia thinned my hair big time... But it wasn't really until recovery that I realized how much... 6 years on and I have thicker hair than I ever could have hoped for... BUT, it did take time to get to this point...

It was a few years after my recovery that I really began noticing a difference - and about 2 years ago people started commenting on how thick my hair looked... So yes, it took quite some time! But our bodies are resilient and if we give them the time they need to heal - they will bounce back!

I wrote an article on bulimia hair loss after reading your question... I hope you find it helpful and it reassures you that you are doing the best thing for your hair by working on recovery...

here's the article... Bulimia Hair Loss - My Story Of Balding

I would also like to mention that the best way to get nutrients into your body is through real food. Supplements help - but they can't compare to nutrients from fresh produce and natural foods... So do your best to add as many these into your meals if possible :)

Wishing you all the best for the next part of your recovery journey!


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