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Hi, this is my first time on here. I was diagnosed with watermelon stomach last year, I have had two treatments one in January and one in April last year and now found out that I have to have another one. My iron was down to 33 again with my last blood test. Does anyone know if "hair loss" is attributed to it, maybe due to lack of iron? My hair falls out like crazy, it is getting so thin it is stating to worry me. I feel bloated, tired and weak alot. When I was first told I had this my doctor told me that it may take 3 or 4 treatments to get rid of it, but from what I am reading about this, it doesn't go away, is that true? I have been looking on line to find out everything I can about this and there really isn't that much out there. I hope this forum helps me with some knowledge of my problem.

Thanks for any help I can get,

Grammyof9 from California

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Welcome Grammy of 9. I am glad you have found us, but sorry to hear you are having so much trouble with blood loss. This link will take you to the section in our Gastric Antral Vascular Ectasia (Watermelon Stomach) page which should give you some information.


Alopecia (Hair Loss) is an autoimmune disease in its own right. Hopefully this link will be helpful.

Warm wishes,



Carrie Maddoux

(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums Support Specialist

(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums UK Chat Host

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Hi Grammy,


Welcome! A few years ago I was losing a lot of hair and like you, was getting really concerned. I made a dermatologist appointment and she checked my iron "storage" and it was really low. She gave me a prescription for iron and my hair quit falling out. I had to take it for a year. About a year and a half later, the same thing happened, and it was the same problem. Another prescription and my hair quit falling out. I am now going through that again and will make another appt. She said that you don't even have to be anemic for hair to start falling out. But, if your body isn't storing the iron like it should be, that will make you lose hair.


I hope this has helped you - I know how scarey that can be.


Take care - Cheri

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I too have watermelon stomach. The condition never goes away, but the treatments can help. I have been very lucky in that I have only had two major bleeds. After the first bleed when my doctor did the scope my lesions weren't actively bleeding. He told me then if I bled out again I would have to have the argon plasma treatment. I did bleed out again and I had two treatments. The last one was done on June 18th of last year. My doctor told me that the treatments supposedly can last for a year, but it varies with each patient. The only way to get rid of watermelon stomach is to remove the antral portion of your stomach.

I don't know about the hair loss going along with watermelon stomach. Feel free to email or private message me if you'd like.


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Thanks for your help, it is good to have someone with the same thing to talk to. I had two argon plasma treatments last year, and now my iron is way low again, I go in the 9th for another treatment so time will tell if they can get the bleeding to stop with just one this time. I am just so tired of being tired! Hopefully this will help for a while.

Thanks again


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