• I am starting to lose my hair and just cut it very short, but my head hurts. Is this normal?

    Asked by Mimi on Saturday, August 4, 2012

    I am starting to lose my hair and just cut it very short, but my head hurts. Is this normal?

    Hurts especially at night while my head is on the pillow.

    9 Answers from the Community

    9 answers
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      For Me, I didn't experience that. I lost my hair twice and I don't remember my head hurting. It may be a side effect of one of the drugs. You can always ask the doc's if that is a normal side effect. I always told the docs everything that was happening, no matter how large or small it was or if I thought it had anything to do with it. I figure the more they know about the reactions and side effects of the treatments, the smarter the docs get, and the more they can help others down the road.
      Best of luck to you, I hope your treatments are smooth and quick.

      about 8 years ago
    • GRACENOW's Avatar

      I agree that checking with your doctor is a good idea. My head hurt some during radiation because it was my head (brain) that was being treated. Good wishes to you!

      about 8 years ago
    • nobrand's Avatar

      My scalp hurt when I was in your same situation. I think I was so used to it being covered by my hair that anything touching it was somewhat uncomfortable. A nice cotton sleeping cap helped me with the pillow thing. My mom gave me a cotton night cap from Headcovers dot com that you can't separate from me. :) It's a sensitive area, so pamper your head... the sensitivity will go away over time.

      about 8 years ago
    • Rose's Avatar

      Yes, my scalp hurt when I had long hair, almost to my waist. Then I had it cut to a short bob style. It still hurt. Then I shaved it, but since I was doing it myself and afraid of possibly nicking my scalp with the razor and getting an infection, I used the #1 attachment and left it 1/4 inch long (short ???). Finally that help a lot. I think that what ever chemicals that are in the chemo that make us lose our hair in the first place, cause our scalp to be hurt and to get irritated. Whether 3" or 10+ inches long, that hair hanging pulls on the hair follicles and cause the scalp to be irritated and hurt.

      about 8 years ago
    • CJhouse's Avatar

      Yes I think so..I just did mine also and it hurts some also but after a few days it not hurting.

      about 8 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      Yes, I believe it is normal. My scalp was very sensitive and hurt when touching my pillow when I was losing my hair. Also, my eyebrows itched when I lost most of them.

      about 8 years ago
    • mysecondchance's Avatar

      Mine hurt when I first had my hair shaved off. I also wore a knit cap which made it more comfortable to sleep.

      about 8 years ago
    • Moonflay's Avatar

      The hair on the top of my head would hurt if even the wind blew it. I cut my hair short and it was still very sensitive. When my hair began to fall out by the handfuls I shaved it but used the smallest attachment so there was still a slight covering. For the most part the irritation is gone...now to just get used to the lack of hair, lol.

      about 8 years ago
    • pj1955's Avatar

      Mine did also. I read some place it hurts because the roots are fighting against letting go. I took a razor and shaved the rest off and it never bother me again.

      about 8 years ago

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