I've had AA quite a long time now and am well-acquainted with its unpredictability and mysterious nature. BUT, something keeps bugging me and I'd be interested in a weigh-in or five.
First let me say that I've had eczema since infancy and had a dime-sized bald spot since kindergarten (though I was not diagnosed with AA till the end of college). So, my autoimmune history is well-established.
Yet. From my diagnosis in 2005 up till Fall 2011, my AA was never as bad as it has been for the past couple years - in fact I'd say it was the mild side of moderate - but now it continues to steadily worsen. Where not so long ago were dark corkscrew curls, I now have nothing but straggler-fuzz and the urge to shave my head is a daily impulse.
I can't help but notice that what's different about that time frame is that it's the exact time frame I've been taking Levoxyl for hypothyroidism. I was (to my awareness, at least) asymptomatic for hypo in 2011 when a blood test indicated a 5.74 TSH and I started the meds. Since then my yearly blood test has come back "normal". But in that exact same time frame, the hair loss has steadily worsened - never dramatically all at once, but an incremental, unmistakable progression.
Your thoughts? :) Simply a natural turn for the worse of a disorder I've always had, or a side effect? Impossible to tell? All are welcome.