Did the hokey pokey to my head...with the derm's needle

Went to a new dermatologist yesterday. She was great. A good listener, and was able to answer questions...much better experience than the first derm. She looked at my many(yes there are several patches in my head now ...AWESOME!!!) patches and saw hair growing back in a few of them...yeay!!! She suggested that she inject steroid around the newer patches and some that were just starting sprouts. I agreed to it, and about 30 (maybe more) needle pokes later, done. Here's how it felt;

1) Not as bad as I thought. Some spots were more sensitive than others (like around the ear area) but for the most part, I have had mosquitos that have poked me and created more pain.

2) I felt like I was taking the bull by the horns and kicking some alopecia butt!! Although I totally know this isn't the reality of the situation, I was envisioning the steroid giving those white blood cells a "BLAM" followed by a "KABOOM". Crazy...but it made me feel in control for that one day...I'll take it.

3) So far, no side effects. A bit of stinging where the needles poked into the skin in the evening...and this morning nothing.

I figured nothing ventured, nothing gained (literally in the hair sense) so here I am, another day with AA and feeling pretty good. I would have felt this way regardless of getting the shots or not. The story continues...may end with a fairytale ending, or a hot looking hairpiece. Either way I still hope to feel like the belle at the ball! (unless I get covered in kid slobber, dog slobber or anything else miscellaneous)

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Comment by meg on April 15, 2009 at 6:04pm
Great! I did that for years with re-growth sometimes for many years. Tis the season for good hair growing.
Comment by Jennifer Krahn on April 15, 2009 at 10:45pm
My question Meg, does the regrowth look like normal hair or do I still have to cover my head? Right now my largest patch on the top of my head (of course it's there) is growing fine almost baby hair of the same color as the rest of my head. All my sprouts also appear dark in nature. Will I eventually succumb to losing it all in the long term? Part of me thinks I should just let this take it's course on its own. It's weird
Comment by Jeff W on April 15, 2009 at 11:51pm
Hi Jenn, Congrats on more positive steps! I think any regrowth is a really good thing, and I've been told that the "baby hair" can be a sign that healthier hair may follow. I have some fine gray whispy hair growth that comes in. I'd be even more excited about it if it was coming in dark. I doubt anyone can tell you which way this will end up going (I've seen a half dozen doctors for this and the one thing they all agree on is that this is unpredictable), but I think one thing is for certain - you can be the belle of the ball no matter what!
Best Wishes!
Comment by Jennifer Krahn on April 16, 2009 at 9:56am
Thanks Jeff. You're sweet. I know you were telling me to be cautious about the injections and it was the intention not to get them when I went in, but she waved the carrot and I bit...hopefully it works...who knows...life goes on regardless!
Comment by Stephanie on April 20, 2009 at 7:02pm
Hi Jenn
Glad today was a good day for you! I did those injections for al long time too with great success. My hair grew back just as thick as it had previously. You get used to it after a while. I never had any side effects when I did mine. You might want to look into using Olux foam in conjunction with the monthly injections. Glad to hear today was a "good hair day" for you!
Comment by Erin on April 27, 2009 at 12:05am
i tried this when I first lost my hair, followed with a chemical application, for me my au was too far, but good luck!! i hope it works :)


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