I am new to this site and so far have found it very useful. I used to have beautiful curly thick hair that was my signature, and it didn't matter if I was going through my skinny or my fat phase cause it was my hair that everyone commented on. I started losing it Sept of 2009 and my Dr gave me a topical steroid with the attitude that it would grow back. Well it got worse and worse...my Sister bless her for her persistance actually diagnosed me with Alepecia and made the Dr refer me a dermatologist...well the earliest apt available was gonna be 6 monthes down the road. I had to wait patiently for the apt...meanwhile my hair was falling out in clumps in the shower..I did not want anyone to touch it or brush it for fear of losing more. I started wearing hats and scarves to cover up the patches but I was fortunate to have curly hair so it wasn't that noticable. The dermatologist started me on injections which I tolerated and also rogain but nothing. She sent me to a hair specialist inToronto...who has been amazing and also I was tested for thyroid and adreanal gland problems...nothing so far. I would wake up in the morning an look at myself in the mirror and cry cause it was such an ugly picture. I made the decision one Snowy day in January to have my head shaved...my best friend is a hair dresser and she has been amazing through all of this. That was a year ago January...and it was like a weight lifted off my shoulders. I gave away all my hair products to my Nieces but continue to shampoo my head everyday...it helps me feel better. I have lost all my hair from head to toe.
I am continuing the injections in my brows (ouch) and have had some re-growth but stopped them in my head.
I am now doing the Anthralin treatment and the Dr sees some growth but we will see. Also rogaine twice a day.
I have wigs but am very self conscious because I was out one night and someone accidently pulled off my wig while we were dancing...not a good scene. LOL Scarves and hats are what I feel comfortable in although some days I am ready to burn them!!! I just want my hair back. I miss my eyelashes the most...oh to just put a touch of mascara on...not asking for much am I?? I am also seeing a Naturalpath...off gluten but no change have been doing that since January. Now she wants me off dairy and eggs...don't think she realizes what she is asking of me...I can barely function as it is...I am just soo soo tired...