On Feburary 21, 2009, I woked up that day and started brushing my hair and a clump of hair came out. I realized that something must be very wrong, but didn't think much of it. Then I shampooed my hair, after I was done, my whole bath tub was filled with my hair. I ran down to my kitchen, and started to cry infront of my parents. It was such a scary experience, because since I was very little, I was very conscious about my hair. Like brushing my hair 100 times a day to make it silky and shiny.
Two days later, I went to see my family doctor and explained my situation to him. He said to me, what was the big deal, it is JUST hair. My family doctor knew I was a nurse, and he said to me "you are a nurse, how can you be so upset with something so little like that?" After he said that, I then again burst into tears. To me, losing my hair felt like the end of the world, and he is telling me that I am making such a big fuss over this. I did some blood tests and hoping that I will have something abnormal in my blood result (like hypothryoidism, anemia, or EVEN diabetes, beacuse these can be treated). However, in the back of my mind, I knew I probably have alopecia areata because I feel prefectly fine. I waited one week till the results came by, I took time off work because losing my hair was such a shock to me. For that one week, I sat at home and thought about all kinds of things. Am I losing my hair because I always tied my hair in a pony tail? Am I losing my hair because I dyed my hair or I always use conditioner on my hair? Am I losing my hair because of stress? After I got the blood test results back and knew that everything was fine, I was happy and upset at the same time. I was happy that I do not have cancer or something life threatening. I was upset as I know, alopecia areata will be difficult to treat and has no cure. My family doctor referred me to the dermatologist.
Now, I had two visits to the dermatogloist and have taken local steriod injections on whole head. I have only two bald spots, but I have diffuse alopecia areata. My hair keeps thinning out throughout my whole head and now my scalp is showing. My dermatologist said I will probably will lose everything in 2 months. I am very traumatized now. I brought a lot of scarves but do not know what to do with them. Brought a wig that is 2700 Canadian and feel ripped off as it doesn't look very natural on me. I was wondering if anyone have diffuse alopecia which developed to alopecia totalis. I am praying to god everyday that my hair will grow back, any suggestions?