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    I have had my first chemo treatment two weeks ago. My scalp is really painful in spots when my hair moves a certain way.

    Asked by Mem on Sunday, February 10, 2019

    I have had my first chemo treatment two weeks ago. My scalp is really painful in spots when my hair moves a certain way.

    I have not heard that losing your hair could be painful. Anyone else experience this pain? BTW, my hair has not started to fall out.

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    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      @Mem,
      Hello, I'm an oncology nurse and this is common when you first start loosing your hair. Your scalp becomes sensitive. Mostpeople use this sign to get their hair cut so that the weight of it won't cause discomfort. Bestof luck to you.

      4 months ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar
      banditwalker

      Yes, it's common. Most of us here have felt the pain before hair started to fall out. What I did was go ahead and shave my head. Pain gone.

      4 months ago
    • macfightsback's Avatar
      macfightsback

      Yes, I went through that. My hair started falling out after chemo #1. It was making me crazy to watch mouse sized chunks of hair fall out every morning. So by chemo #2 I decided to have my hair shaved off. It helped alot with the soreness. It is winter so if you decide to have your head shaved, you will need to cover it with a scarf or a hat. I saw some beautiful women at my Oncologist's office in the summer who shaved their hair and went around with no head covering. It really impressed me. They were beautiful and confident. I could not pull that off. I have always enjoyed wearing hats so that was good for me. It will grow back after chemo. Really what was tough for me was losing my eyebrows. The good news is they came back first and fast, about 2 months after my last chemo they were back. Some hair does not come back, your body hair which means less shaving in the future. I enjoy that. Best wishes on chemo.

      4 months ago
    • macfightsback's Avatar
      macfightsback

      By the way, The American Cancer society has a free program, Look Good, Feel Better. You get to meet other cancer survivors and you get a free makeup kit and a refresher course on applying makeup, tips on choosing wigs, hats, scarves. I went in 2015. Everyone was very nice. I learned some helpful info and the makeup kit is high quality. You can ask your Oncologist's office or go on the American Cancer Society's website for upcoming classes near you.

      4 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Yes it does hurt when your hair comes out. It calms down when your hair is gone. I used baby shampoo on my bald head just to keep it clean. And it was very gentle on the new hair when it came back.

      4 months ago
    • Mem's Avatar
      Mem

      Thank you so much for your feedback. You all have rallied around me, and it means so much. I have talked to friends who have gone through chemo, but I was never told that losing your hair could really hurt, and be so uncomfortable. I am prepared with a wig and lots of hats. I will probably take on the hair in a day or two. At least I know that what I am experiencing is normal.
      Bless you all!!

      4 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Mine fell out after third round I think it was. Mine didn't hurt, it just started coming out in clumps one night.

      4 months ago
    • andreacha's Avatar
      andreacha

      I am taking oral chemo - not the harsher chemo that you have. It has its' side effects too but not as bad as you have. The first week I was on the chemo my hair started thinning. My scalp also itches and won't stop despite meds from a Dermatologist. My hair has always been fine so this thinning was really noticeable. In all this time it hasn't regained its' thickness. I started out as a brunette, medium brown, and one morning within the first month I woke up with white hair. I was shocked, literally. Everyone loves it but me.

      4 months ago

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