A Hair Over Two Years In: Update on a Quest to Heal Alopecia Areata

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Hello, friends, happy last day of February, I hope it finds you well! Here’s a quick update on my autoimmune challenge — alopecia, which has been through areata, totalis, universalis, ophiasis and other stages that I can’t even recall, it has been so long…

It’s also just about two years since I started going to Doc and although I haven’t seen him since late last summer, I’m still integrating much of the work we did and know there have been overall benefits, as I’d outlined many times in this blog, even if I don’t have all of my hair back.

So, on that note, February is usually when the tiny bits of hair on my head all but disappear each year. I’m sure that’s at least in part because of my chronic Vitamin D deficiency and natural lack of sunlight this time of year. As you may recall (or can read here, if you’re new), last year by now I’d lost both eyebrows, as well as the tiny fuzz at the back of my head that had emerged after decades of nothing.

Here’s how things look this year: My eyebrows are still gone (near daily, I think I see the slightest shadow of what could be early growth, but then I think that maybe it’s just a mirage). The tiny bits o’hair on the top of my head (the white, white, white hair that sometimes grows, if sparsely, and that you’ve seen in trim pics) have hung on so far through the winter and although they’re still sparse, they sort of look healthier in a way, almost thicker maybe? (They’re babyfine typically).

And, the tiny bit of peach fuzz that reemerged in late summer/early fall on the back of my head after last year’s fallout is still there, too — it’s hung on for months and although it hasn’t grown, it hasn’t bailed yet, either.

The tiny bits of hair on my arms is still there, too, if maybe a bit lighter and thinner. And overall, I’m definitely not in universalis mode right now (loss of all body hair), which is cheery, since I’ve been there before and hope not to go back.

And here’s a bit of good news: There are a couple of tiny (tiny!) patches of hair growing in a couple of spots where I lost it several years ago. It’s tiny, white, barely noticeable and only a few hairs in tiny clumps, but I can feel it. 

Given things that I experienced in the past (see this and this), I think I also had a totally unexpected candida die-off last week. Whether that was some new overgrowth because I’d eaten more sugar recently (and then not) than I had for the last couple of years (maybe, though I haven’t been THAT bad, have I??) or some very deeply seeded candida hiding out in my system (is that even possible??), I’m not sure. Maybe it’s because of the probiotics I’ve recently started? Whatever it was, it was strange. Not bad, because it makes me think something positive is happening, like I’m getting rid of more of the bad old junk still, but strange that it would happen now, two years into this journey.

As far as the myriad of supplements that we/I tried over the last two years, I’m still on Vitamin D, magnesium, potassium and iron, as well as Bio Gaia Gastrus (probiotic, l. reuteri) and Garden of Life Women’s 50+. I also still drink a Vegan Smart shake (made with almond milk and I add some Great Lakes collagen), just about daily.

Going forward, too, I’ve got a plan to get more outdoors time in, even integrating it as part of my work, and I always think that being outside is somehow going to be the key to getting my body over this condition. It could be my longstanding battle with Vitamin D and the sun, which I feel really ready to let go of. It could just be end-of-winter itchiness (although we had the prettiest snowfall last night and Ella and I went out and played in the yard for a while and went for some latenight walks, too).

All in all, a fairly positive update on the alopecia front — not resolved, yet, but certainly no worse and possibly a bit better! And still feeling optimistic, like I’m on the right track — it’s just a really, really long journey.

Thanks for checking in again, cheers!

{Photo by Pixabay from Pexels.com, thank you.}

{Note: These are my own experiences with applied kinesiology and holistic healing, which clearly aren’t meant as medical advice for anyone else. But, I know a lot of friends and family members are grappling with a huge variety of autoimmune issues and other ailments, so I’m happy to share my experiences. And if this is your first visit and you’d like to follow chronologically, click here. Otherwise, enjoy!}

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