Any Advice for Hair & Nails

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by SusanEU, Feb 23, 2006.

  1. SusanEU

    SusanEU New Member

    I used to have great hair and beautiful nails, since I have this DD, my hair is falling out and nails are always splitting.

    Is this common and has anybody found anything that helps.

    Sue in Ontario
  2. caroleye

    caroleye New Member

    I started taking "Hemp" Protein Powder & my nails got really strong, but being in my 60's, not sure I'll reclaim my hair, although it does seem to be coming out less.

    Also, someone told me to put flax oil on your hair occasionally.


    (grew up on Vancouver Island!!)
  3. dononagin

    dononagin New Member

    My mother used to swear by drinking warm Knox gelatin for your nails.. : )
    I use infusion now as my hair is really brittle also olive oil makes a great oil pack..
  4. wildwoodlane

    wildwoodlane Member

    Hi, SusanEU -- I was having problem nails and my hair is falling out, too, but Nioxin vitamins have really made a difference with my nails. These tablets are kind of expensive but worth it, I think. You have to take them for a month or so to see results. They are sold at beauty salons, etc. since Nioxin is a line of natural hair care products. They also have a scalp treatment for thinning hair, but I am not faithful in using it so can't report on its success. You might be able to get Nioxin on-line. I haven't looked, though.

    Good luck

  5. JLH

    JLH New Member

    I also have thinning hair but haven't found any solution for it--and it was very fine and thin to begin with!

    But for my nails, I have seen a 100% inprovement by taking Gelatin capsules. I buy the Wal-Mart brand and they are inexpensive. It takes a few months to tell a difference, but they have worked great for me.

  6. kadeedidit

    kadeedidit New Member

    I've started taking Ambrotose and my hair hasn't thickened up but its not falling out as bad. I've been on it for about 3 months and it is helping.
  7. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    Just wanted to add that if this is a new symptom, it could be your Thyroid acting up.

    I know when I went to the doc, I always took a list of "complaints" and stuff like this was always at the bottom....

    But had I asked sooner, I might have saved myself months of feeling absolutely horrible as my thyoid stopped working.

    Try not to always lump every symptom in with the FM/ never hurts to ask the doc (hopefully)

    Nancy B.
    [This Message was Edited on 02/23/2006]
  8. KateMac329

    KateMac329 New Member

    I don't know if this is a good suggestion but my hair and nails used to be dry and splitting but when I got pregnant I started taking a prenatal and since then my hair and nails are WAY better!

    Hope this helps!

  9. marw

    marw New Member

    Does this happen to everyone?? I have always had thick hair and good nails!! I still have them, but have only been diagnosed for 3 or 4 years. I hope this is not in the future?????
  10. Shannonsparkles

    Shannonsparkles New Member

    Protein got mine strong again. I started taking whey protein powder every morning (3 heaping spoonfuls) and within a couple of weeks I noticed stronger nails. I grew them out quite long again. And they can bend now without breaking.

    Brooksiemom is right, could be a thyroid thing too if you're losing hair. Good to get it checked.
    ((( ))) Shannon
  11. marw

    marw New Member

    Whew!! Really appreciated your posting the answer about the hair and nails! I already take acidophilus, but maybe I will add the garlic, too. Seems like the garlic pill upsets my stomach, so I left it off, except to eat it in food. My thyroid is O.K. I had it tested.....Actually I had a bad scare, because I had a lump on it, but the thyroid is doing perfectly as far as it's output. I saw three specialists and had 2 Biopsies, so I'm told it is not cancer. I am to get it checked very 6 months, however.

    Thanks again for the reply!

  12. marw

    marw New Member

    Thanks for telling me some different ways to do the garlic. I love garlic toast. I'll try that one!

    About the other things, you said they make you lose weight? I have just the opposite problem. I have to fight to keep my weight up all the time! I was so sure my thyroid was off the other way (would that be overactive?) because of this fight to keep from losing, but it turned out normal. Maybe it is just because I am always to anxious, and I never get hungry.

    I know a lot of people will hate me for that (well, not hate me....heh,heh...but wish they had this situation) but I promise this one is just as bad. When I was a teen-ager, I did have an underactive thyroid, and tended to be over-weight but not a lot, and I was sooo tired all the time! I took thyroid meds for a year back then, and the thyroid kicked in (seems like it had just stopped, but i can't remember now) and I was fine ever since. I was always grateful to my Mom who would not let them remove my thyroid, and insisted that I try the meds first. She was right.

    Now that I have this Nodule on the thyroid, I am worried about it. But 3 specialists should know (I hope) so I'll just wait and have it tested every so often. It's output is exactly what it should be. (Sorry, I guess I said that before.)

    This is a good thread! THanks, Susan, for starting it!

    About Protein. I love protein. Unfortunately, gelatin is one of the many things that give me a Migraine, so I can't use it. My Mom swore by it, always actually drank a glass of it every night!, and she had beautiful nails (but not as good hair as mine, so maybe some of it is brother has hair like mine, too).

    I LONG TO TAKE the powdered protein! I have tried every kind, from the whey to the organic (veggie) protein powder, and they have all given me Migraine. I am so disappointed because I need protein to build muscle. Right now I just have to eat a lot of meat and eggs. I do not have any cholesterol problems or heart problems so far, so that is good.

    Thanks again for the thread.

    If anyone knows a good protein powder that might work, I'd love to try it! And thanks again for the suggestion re the garlic powder!


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