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

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 26, 2008
  • 05:11 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, 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!

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  • Constant drinking of water is a symptom of diabetes.. or unknowingly taking diuretics, caffeine, diet sodas, ect. along with fatigue, and constant urination.If you get screened make sure you were tested for DM and Isipidus. Diabetes Insipidus leads to the inability to retain water and high sodium concintrations in the blood. the increase in blood sodium increases the gradient across cells can lead increased stimulation of nerves. It can result from an auto-immune disease as well.
    nckmorris 53 Replies
    • November 28, 2008
    • 00:27 AM
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  • I too, have had a similar experience. I have intermittent alopecia areata. I also had severe, debilitating sciatica. About a year ago, a diabetic friend of mine was staying at my house. He insisted that he check my blood sugar one morning, when I was very irritable (a regular occurrence) one morning before eating. I had a fasting blood sugar of 110. Not terribly high, but cause for concern. I went to the doc, confirmed a pre-diabetic condition, and started paying attention to what I ate and my blood sugar. When my blood sugar came down THE SCIATICA DISAPPEARED!!!!! This was a HUGE problem for me...I had been told for YEARS by docs, physical therapists, and chiropractors that there was nothing wrong with my back. When I don't pay attention to what I eat, and my blood sugar gets higher...the sciatica comes back. Also, I have never had an alopecia issue while my blood sugar was low. I notice that I think faster and with less "fog" when my blood sugar is under control.Test your fasting blood sugar.... It can't hurt and apparently, even slightly high blood sugar can cause problems.
    neotabularasa 1 Replies
    • November 28, 2008
    • 04:50 AM
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  • Thanks for the replies, but my blood sugars are great, Hgb A1C was fine, random glucose too. Any other thoughts?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 2, 2008
    • 03:11 PM
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