Hair today, gone tomorrow

You know, I never loved my hair.

In fact, I was pretty sure I hated it until about four months ago when it started falling out.

In bunches.

In the shower, over the sink… on my pillow, in my food. My hair volume is about 50% of what it was earlier this year. I had my thyroid re-tested, miscellaneous bloodwork.. all normal. I eliminated common causes of hair loss, until I was left with one explanation…

Stress.

It may have triggered my follicles to cease and desist. This equally pisses me off and makes for, yep, MORE STRESS.

Brace yourselves

Yes,  my actual head.

Notice anything BESIDES the thinning hair?

Like red prickly marks?

That was where my dermatologist shot 15 needles INTO MY HEAD.

Scalp to be exact.

I had no idea where he was going with the appointment when he asked, can I give you a steroid injection? To see if it helps your situation? To which I said, yes, whatever.. PLEASE FIX MY HAIR.

I kinda had a panic attack shortly after … I VAGUELY remembered him asking me to collect my hair in envelopes over the next week or two, then all of a sudden the injection (that I thought was going into my arm) was aimed at my head. Oh, and the best line yet…

“this may hurt a little…”

OMFG. It paled in comparison to the, oh, 1000 or so shots I endured during my active duty in infertility.    I’d sooner shoot an intramuscular needle into my flesh blindfolded than endure this torture.

He kept injecting and injecting all over my head. My eyes started to water when he proceeded to massage my scalp.

Then he smiled sent me on my way with my homework assignment and set up my next appointment.  I am forever changed.  And I have a headache.

The only thing scarier than this visit will be the bill when it comes in the mail.

Or if I go bald. (please noooooo)

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5 thoughts on “Hair today, gone tomorrow

  1. I've had the same issue. It started two years ago, when I was 32, and no one can figure out why. I've had every test done (thyroid, hormones, iron levels, etc), and everything is normal. The RE put me on the pill for a few months, as well as Biotin and iron. It didn't make a difference. It's embarrasing that at 34 I'm rocking a comb over on most days, or a Snooki-like pouf. Please let me know if the shots work. No one offered that to me . . . -Jen

  2. Thanks for the support friends!Carrie, I always had fair falling out, which is normal, but then it started to accelerate. I noticed it the most when I combed my hair after my shower. Like 10X the normal amount. Over about two months I lost 50% of the volume in my hair. Recently, I noticed that I had little smooth, bald spots and there is no regrowth in them, which scared the bejeezus out of me. The cortisone is supposed to trigger the follicles to turn on again. I just pray it starts to regrow before I am bald. I should see something happening in 2-4 weeks.

  3. I can't imagine how much that would hurt in your head. I have had a few steroid shots lately and each has hurt like heck so I can only imagine how much the head would hurt. My husband keeps telling me to go get checked for all the hair I lose, it's not in clumps, but it is every where. Fridge, clothes, you name it. How did you know that it was too much?

  4. My sincere condolences. I too had stress-induced hair loss and it sucked. Not only was I stressed, my hair was falling out! The good news – it did stop falling out. The bad news – it took a while.I hope the shots help, if only because they hurt so much. It will be ok!

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