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I started with AA in July 2012, or that's when I noticed it should I say. I believe it was due to stress though some doctors say it isn't related and some do. It started at the front of my head on top, just beyond the fringe and was about the size of a 10p, then when I went to the doctors they noticed another patch on my crown about the same size. Though at the time the patches were not big I was distraught. They prescribed me steroid cream that did nothing for me and it was getting worse and I think this was due to stressing about it. I don't stress about it now and I don't care so much that people may see the patches and I feel quite lucky that I do have some low grade regrowth (baby like hair). When my AA got worse I went back to the doctors and demanded to see a tricologist and they tried to fob me off that you had to meet a certain criteria to be referred and I was told that it was just cosmetic and may grow back in time on it's own. I told him that this wasn't so as it was affecting me in lots of ways and my hair is part of my identity and of who I am. he gave in in the end and within 2 weeks I recieved an appointment to see a specialist that I had to fight tooth and nail for. My specialist has been brilliant and very realistic and truthful. I've just been to my second appointment and had my first lot of steroid injections in my head and though I must admit I was a little worried as to what to expect, it wasn't that bad, though a little sore and tender afterwards.
Part of my treatment has come from a very good experienced and well qualified nutritionist and he told me of some supplements and things I should be eating and drinking to maintain good health and help to promote hair regrowth. Though nothing is guarenteed, anything is worth a try and I do believe it's helped me.
I'm telling my story to offer some help and support and give hope to others who are suffering. I think the main key thing is to not stress about it as this may make it worse and becomes a vicious circle. I also know that it's easier said than done.
I do hope that this helps someone with their coping and wish all the best to those who are suffering. xx
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