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Alopecia, dry mouth, hip pain, jaw pain, brain fog--Feedback Please

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 9, 2008
  • 03:16 PM

Hi, I'm a 34-year-old female with alopecia areata. I've had it for about 3 years now. It started above my ears & has since moved to my temples & nape of my neck. I've done a lot of research on the causes (ideopathic, mostly) of alopecia... I've really improved my diet & cut back on the stress in my life. I know I could have steroid injections or topicals, but I really want to find out WHY this is happening. I know it's an autoimmune condition. My thyroid, testosterone, fasting glucose, and CBC (iron too) are fine.

I talked to a friend who asked some questions about my general health. She noticed I constantly apply chapstick or lip gloss & am never without a drink of some sort (in the car, at work, at home). She asked if I have dry mouth. I never really thought about it, but I do seem to have dry mouth. So, I started to notice other "possible" symptoms: My contact lenses stick a lot too. I've noticed "brain fog" ...inability to concentrate & searching for words. I have started taking gingko biloba, which seems to have helped some. My hips sometimes hurt so bad at night I have trouble getting comfortable in bed. (This pain comes & goes.) My left jaw is painful to pressure too... like a muscle needs to be massaged where it ends under my ear. I also seem to have a swollen lymph node in that area under my earlobe. With these possible "symptoms" in mind, I asked my doctor for an arthritis panel. The panel was negative except for an ANA of 1:320. (I surmised this was consistent with the autoimmune reaction related to the alopecia.) My C-Reactive protein was negative. I'm a "go-getter" type of girl, 5'7"/170 lbs. I'm not a sloth---I hike, bike, & work-out. I'd much rather ignore these things, but I am a little worried, especially about the alopecia & "brain fog". Any advice/info would be greatly appreciated, especially regarding natural supplements. Thanks

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  • sjorns disease and lupus u shud check out sjorns causes dry eyes i dunno did i spell that rite
    ally70 9 Replies
    • December 17, 2008
    • 00:35 AM
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  • Try: http://www.sjogrens.org http://www.sjogrensworld.org http://www.dry.org
    DailyNhtly 2 Replies
    • February 15, 2009
    • 10:43 PM
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