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Melatonin while you have AA?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joshua Aug 31, 2009. 8 Replies


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Hello everyone. I joined this site on Thursday, August 20th 2009. About 5 weeks prior, I noticed three spots on my head after a hair cut. I initially thought I had gotten a REALLY bad haircut and shrugged it off. After about 1.5 weeks, I noticed that the spots really haven't grown in at all. Upon closer examination, I realized they were completely bald.

3 weeks later, I went to my General Practictioner, then to my Dermatologist and they confirmed that I had AA. During the course of those 3 weeks, the original 3 spots got much worse (bigger), and about 4 more spots came up of varying sizes. Some coalesced together to form a bigger spot.

Anyway, needless to say, I was rather freaked out by the whole ordeal. If that wasn't bad enough, while at the doctor's office, I found out I also had high blood pressure. I'm unsure if the stress of my hair falling out contributed to it, or if it was just my general health.

Right now, I'm focusing on my blood pressure and trying to get that down naturally with excercise, diet, and weight loss. So far the numbers have come down, but still not below normal 120/80 ranges yet. I keep telling myself that the BP is the more important issue and the AA shouldn't bother me. Truth be told, it still bothers me.

If ALL that wasn't bad enough, all this happened just weeks before my 35th birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY INDEED!!! :-)

Its exceptionally hard for me since my wife is working abroad for a few years. She's wonderful, exceptional, and supportive. However, SKYPE can only go so far. She's entirely strong and my rock though.

Anyway, I was reassured when I found this site and hope I can make some connections with many of you. I could certainly use some advice and support right now, and promise I will give the same in return.

Take care,

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John M.'s Blog

Hair...It CAN come back

Posted on May 15, 2011 at 12:00am 15 Comments

Hey everyone - it's been AGES since I've been back on. I feel bad and a fair-weather friend. I've stopped in from time to time just to see if my friend are online for a chat, but alas, haven't been able to connect (you know who you are!) :-)

This is a quick note, but wanted to assure those new to the group that your hair CAN indeed come back with full regrowth. I remember when I used to spend COUNTLESS hours on this site and was amazed at how many new members were here… Continue

A New "Do"...FINALLY

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 8:54pm 11 Comments

Hi Everyone!

When I first joined this group 6 months ago, at the peak of the "mess" that is alopecia, I promised myself and my friends here that as things got better, I wouldn't forget to keep posting updates and positive messages here. I remember ages ago looking in ernest for any story of regrowth, remission, etc. that would give me hope. Here's a brief one for the books...

  • 6 months ago, AA started with 3 spots
  • Over the course of 2-3 months, 3 spots…

2009 - A Year In Reflection...

Posted on December 12, 2009 at 12:30pm 10 Comments

Hello all my AW friends! As the year starts winding down to a close, I always get a little reflective of the year's passings. For me, I think 2009 can be summed up in the phrase "It's been a BUGGER of a year". There's no doubt in my mind that I'll be happy to see the end of '09!

Many of my close friends on AW know that in '09, not only did Alopecia Areata rear it's ugly head in July, but I also found out this year that my Blood Pressure is high. If that wasn't bad enough, the stress… Continue

Derm Update - There May Be Life on Mars

Posted on September 23, 2009 at 12:30pm 8 Comments


I just got home (literally) from visit #3 to my dermatologist. Before I get into the results, I have to say that "wow", what a mind-numbing morning. I think I get WAY too worked up over things. I was really dreading the visit today for fear of going there, then having the derm tell me that there's not really much results. That compounded with the recent small spots I've seen come in would just be a kick to the nads. I was so worked up, my blood pressure reading in the office… Continue

A Bit Down Again...It's Been A While

Posted on September 16, 2009 at 8:00am 6 Comments

Hello my AW friends,

Hope you don't mind a bit of a whiny/downer post today. In all fairness, I have really tried to stay upbeat the last several weeks, and in truth, I really have been upbeat. However, today I need a little help and encouragement.

I've noticed more shedding the past few days. As a good friend on AW has told me, I too was thinking that it was just my existing spots shedding some more. Well, this morning's "roll call" inspection of spots told me that it… Continue

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At 11:42am on May 22, 2011, Heather L said…
Hey Blast from the past!! So awesome to hear from you!!! Happy to hear all is continuing to go well with your hair..... keeping my fingers crossed for you!

Things with me ... my hair - still chasing spots. You know as long as it will continue to stay "just spots" and not develop into total hairloss I think I can handle it.... or at least getting used to it! I do have some very sad news - last month My sweet little dog Bentley died. He was 15 and had a long and wonderful life - trying to find comfort in that but miss him so badly!!! Things at work have picked up - hopefully we have turned a corner for good! Just re-joined my neighborhood kayak group for the season ... so looking forward to that! Keeping busy!

How about you - fill me in with what you have been up too!
At 3:53pm on November 8, 2010, Aliennation said…
Hi John opefully we wil have a support in houston soon!
At 10:33pm on July 15, 2010, Jeff W said…
Hi John!

Nice to hear from you. I've also not been on the site very much lately, but I do still come here occasionally to check up on my AW friends! Things have been good on the hair front! I'll need to send you an email so we can catch up!

At 12:31am on May 26, 2010, Tom Patterson said…
Hey, John! That's basically exactly what I mean. All my spots are "filled in," but I think I still have some general thinness. I'm using Nioxin as per hairdresser advice. My sister thinks it's because after the trauma related to hair my hair is gonna seem thinner, though apparently I'm the only one noticing it.
At 10:08am on April 12, 2010, Donna DeHoog said…
Hey John! It has been forever since we have talked! How are you? I hope all is well! Take care!
At 3:22pm on March 10, 2010, Robert said…
Hey John

Thanks for checking in with me. I'm doing good thanks.
How's the training going?
At 10:59pm on March 9, 2010, Heather L said…
GREAT to hear from you!!!

The spot on the nape of my neck is "waxing and waning" a little bit. There is hair growth in the center but the edges look a little bigger.... the more concerning new development in a new little spot that started a week or so ago that is RIGHT on top of my head!!! Keeping it drowned in steroid foam and knock on wood it will stay pretty small-- fingers crossed!

Yes work is still slow... perhaps it should be stressing me more but really I have enjoyed the shorter days lately.... the days are getting longer and weather warmer so it's not so bad to get home early!! :)

What's up with you?? Hope the AA is still in remission!!!

Have a great night,
At 9:54pm on March 9, 2010, JeffreySF said…
Hey John,

All is good here.
Went and saw the Last Station today. Not a bad film.
Glad your hair is hangin in there. Mine is doin okay too.
Geared up for NAAF. I hope I still have alopecia in June!!! Lol

At 11:37pm on March 7, 2010, Jeff W said…
Hey John! I log in here pretty frequently, but haven't been hanging out for long. A lot of the friends I have made here over the past year also seem to be slowing down a little (I think that's a good sign in general). My hair is doing great and I hope your hair continues to be strong as well! I keep meaning to drop you an email - maybe this week I'll actually get around to doing it! Take care, Bro!
At 11:08pm on March 7, 2010, JeffreySF said…
HI John,
Whats up with you?
How's the hair?



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