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hi, im 24 years old and i've been suffering with alopecia for about 4 months. it first started with a bald patch the size of a 50 pence piece. i went to the doc who diagnosed it as a fungal infection, she assured me it would grow back. it didnt, it just got bigger. i saw a different doc who diagnosed me with alopecia areata, he ran some blood tests on me, everything was clear apart from i was lacking in vitamin D and vitamin B12. I am now on tablets for this. my doc told told me my hair loss could be due to my B12 deficiency and maybe the tablets i had to take would stop it falling out. its been six weeks now and my hair is coming out even more! i only have to run my hand through my hair and i have about 10 - 15 strands on my hand. my bald patch is at the back of my head and its about 3 inches wide and 2 inches high but is not noticeable if my hair is down or if i tie it to the side in a bun. i am grateful that its not as noticeable as some peoples but its causing me a huge amount of distress. i have always had very thick, long hair since i was young but now its very thin and flimsy! my doctor refused to give me anything for it, just told me to keep an eye on it but its got considerably bigger than when he first saw it. im going back to the doctors this week, should i demand to see a specialist or should i ask for cream or any other medication for it? im at my wits end at the moment, this has really knocked my confidence and i didnt have a lot to begin with! i think about it 80% of the time that im awake and when im lying in bed at night, my mind is racing which makes it difficult to sleep. my parents have been very supportive, but i think i would like to speak with a fellow sufferer who knows what im going through, how i feel, and could maybe give me some advice on how to cope with this condition. thank you x
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