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, 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 hip (left) hurts so bad sometimes 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!