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Kay Williams
Posted on Monday, February 11, 2002 - 07:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

After having in excess of seven corticosteroid injections to treat elbow inflammation problems, I have experienced a significant increase in the loss of hair around my temples and at the front of my scalp. There was some loss there already, very minimal, hardly noticeable except in strong daylight. Now thoough the rate of thinning seems to have increased dramatically. It has got me worried, to say the least. Do you think there is any link between the injections and the loss of hair?; the injections I have to stress have been concetrated within the last eighteen months, which is a lot of corticosteroid in a very short time. Maybe I'm looking for excuses because I can't face the fact that I'm losing my hair, although there is no baldness history in the family at all. I have three older brothers and all have full heads of hair. Not fair! :-(
 

Tom Hagerty (Admin)
Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2002 - 02:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Kay Williams:

There are many types of corticosteroids. People respond to them in different ways. Most people do not have an adverse response. The corticosteroids that were injected into your elbow seven times in eighteen months were of course systemic as opposed to topical. They were in your bloodstream. Any sudden and massive hormonal change can cause hair loss, either telogen effluvium or female pattern baldness. It can also just plain slow down hair growth. Now that you are not having more of these injections and the corticosteroids are out of your system perhaps your hair will respond by becoming more luxuriant like your brothers' hair.

Why the corticosteroid injections in the elbow? Were you spending many hours in the sun playing tennis? I hope if this is so that you wore a cap. New research indicates that sun, especially the UVA, penetrates 165 to 250 micrometers into the skin and damages hair follicles.

Getting back to you. I know it's not fair. The way we look is very important especially for women. Your brothers and probably your ancestors back to the stone age have monster hair, and you're getting a bit thin around the temples and in front. I wish I had an answer that would bring instant gratification.
 

Anonymous
Posted on Sunday, March 28, 2004 - 03:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

hi!

i had 8 injections around my lumbar spine in one session at the hospital...i had these feb 10th and in the last 2 weeks i am getting just a huge amount of hair loss when i shower and wash my hair...i have always had very thick hair and it is getting very thin...i have to clean alot of hair out of my hairbrush now everytime i brush my hair but i notice it mostly after i wash it!i am thinking definitely from the cortisone but they want mme to go for a series of 3 epidural injections also and i am afraid i will go totally bald..any suggestions?
thanks
 

Anonymous
Posted on Saturday, October 16, 2004 - 06:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Oh my gosh! I've been using Rogaine for women for the past two years (as of December) and it never occurred to me that two series of cortisone injections in my back might have caused this problem!
What has anyone done for this? Is there a way to repair this damage? I had first a set of 3 injections around 1993 followed by a set of 7 in 1994 then two years ago a shot in my knee.

If anyone knows how to reverse this loss please write to me (mollyd1953) over at hotmail. The Rogaine was working at first but lately I seem to be loosing a lot of hair again.

Thanks!
Molly
 

Anonymous
Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 06:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

i am new to this messaging site...but i am in desperate need for help and answers. the first of all my problems started with back and neck pain. then one day out of the blue my eyeball was in a lot of pain. i went in to see an opthamologist, first time ever, and he said i have uveitis. so he right away put me on these corticosteroid drops and also some other drops that keep the eyes dialated 24-7. ive been on the cortico steroid drops for over a year. after my first apptment with the opthamologist about a month later my friend notices a round bald spot at the top-back of my head! my hairs been falling out ever since and its been over a year already. throughout the year all these specialists ran many many blood tests, but all came out negative. no one knows whats going on. its already getting way too difficult to hide my balding head, (which is now balding all over!)..my uveitis is still there, i have floaters in my eyes that have grouped together to form a ring of 5 black balls...ive gotten inflammed lymphnodes in my pelvic area....and broke out in an entire body excema-ish rash that came back just recently...im a mess! ive had 3 steroid shots in my hip/buttock area which was supposed to help my eyes and my hair but did nothing. last month i had 3 steroid shots put directly under my eyes. But my main concern is my hair! i badly want to get surgical implants of hair but im soooo scared that they'll just fall out again. the initial bald spot did grow out and is about maybe 4-5 inches now, but im balding everywhere else, and i sometimes see the new shorter hairs that from that first spot fall out too! help!!...the doctors tell me, oh dont worry, itll stop falling out and grow back in 4-5 months...its been 1YEAR and 3MONTHS already!! and still falling out daily! just yesterday i pulled out probably over 80 strands in just one stroke!...all the doctors say each area is INFLAMMATION and they dont know the cause. any insight to any of this? its so hard to live day by day and keep this secret from everyone, when inside you know you just want to break down. any help?
 

REBECCA
Posted on Monday, March 13, 2006 - 04:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

HI, MY NAMES REBECCA.
I'M ALSO EXPERIENCING ALOT OF HAIR LOSS, AND I'M ALSO VERY DEPRESSED OVER IT. I, LIKE YOURSELF, DON'T KNOW WHAT THE HELLS GOING ON. I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S BECAUSE OF ALL THE DYEING OF MY HAIR THATS CAUSED IT, OR A THYROID PROBLEM . I HAD BLOOD WORK DONE TOO, BUT IT ALL CAME BACK NORMAL, WHICH DOSEN'T MEAN ANYTHING WHEN IT COMES TO THE THYROID. I'VE ALSO BEEN ON STEROID EYE DROPS FOR OVER A YEAR, FOR CHRONIC DRY EYES. SO I WONDER IF THERES SOMETHING TO THIS STEROID DROP IDEA. JUST THOUGHT I'D TELL YOU ABOUT THE HERB CURCUMIN, IT'S SUSPOSE TO BE A VERY HIGH ANTI-INFLAMMATORY HERB. I'M THINKING ABOUT GOING ON THIS. MY SCALP IS REALLY SORE AND IT'S BOTHERING ME ALOT. THERES ALSO AN HERBAL COMBINATION CALLED PHENOCANE, IT'S SUSPOSE TO BE GREAT IN TREATING CHRONIC PAIN AND INFLAMMATION. I LEARNED ABOUT THIS THROUGH DR. DONSBACH'S MAGAZINE, "LETS TALK HEALTH .COM. 1888-950-2190. OH, ANOTHER HERBAL COMBINATION THATS GOOD FOR THE EYES IS EYE BRIGHT. I'D VISIT YOUR LOCAL HEALTH FOOD STORE FOR SOME ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS TO YOUR PROBLEM. I'L BE GETTING A READING DONE WITH SYLVIA BROWN'S SON IN THE NEXT TWO TO FIVE MONTHS. SHE'S THE FAMOUS PHYSIC ON MONTEL WILLIAMS EVERY WEDNESDAY. AND HER SON IS REALLY GOOD TOO IV'E READ. ANYWAY I'L TRY AND ASK FOR YOU WITH YOUR PROBLEM IF I'M ABLE.


PS. I ALSO HAVE A BAD NECK PROBLEM
GOOD LUCK! SINCERELY, REBECCA
 

Tom Hagerty
Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 - 03:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Rebecca:

Read about Dr. Kurt Donsbach on Quackwatch. He's quite a piece of work. By the way, his "holistic" clinic which he calls Hospital Santa Monica is not in Santa Monica, California; it's near Tijuana in Mexico. He is not allowed to practice in the United States.

I read your message even though it's tough to read text that's all in capital letters.
 

Mike
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Username: Migvez

Post Number: 18
Registered: 05-2009
Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 01:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Tom---

hope you're doing good. I have a question, I received a laceration to my eyebrow about a year ago that needed stitches. To this day it is still slightly red at time and raised/bumpy. I would like to improve this somehow and I have read that a cortisone shot might help. I would most likely request a lower dose / diluted injection. Am I at a high risk for eyebrow hair loss? thanks
 

Tom Hagerty
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Post Number: 3948
Registered: 01-2003
Posted on Friday, October 30, 2009 - 08:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Mike:

I would seriously recommend the scalp exercise for your condition. The contraction of the frontalis muscles at the front of the head will definitely increase capillary density and supply to the eyebrow area. This should eventually alleviate the inflammation (the redness). One cortisone shot can't do any harm but continued cortisone shots can cause the skin in the area to become thinner.

Did the stitches leave small scars in the eyebrow area? Scarring kills hair follicles. Hair will not grow in scarred areas.
 

Mike
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Username: Migvez

Post Number: 19
Registered: 05-2009
Posted on Friday, October 30, 2009 - 09:04 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Tom--

thanks for your reply. Yes I have already been doing scalp exercises for about 4 months now consistently.

Yeah there is scarring and hairloss in 1 of my eyebrows which I realize isn't coming back. Was that a typo when you said "One cortisone shot CAN do any harm..." Did you mean can't?

I mostly wanted to do it to flatten the raised / bumpy scar, not for any other reason but am wondering if since the scar is in my eyebrow that even a diluted cortisone shot would cause further hair loss of the eyebrow. thanks
 

Tom Hagerty
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Post Number: 3950
Registered: 01-2003
Posted on Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 08:39 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Mike:

I corrected the typo.

Cortisone injections will not reduce scar tissue but they will not cause further loss of hair. The scalp exercise will not reduce scar tissue either. There are new surgical procedures that can almost eliminate scar tissue. These usually are not covered by insurance because they are considered cosmetic.
 

Mike
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Username: Migvez

Post Number: 20
Registered: 05-2009
Posted on Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 04:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Really? Thats interesting everything I've read says that cortisone shots can be used to flatten raised and bumpy scars. And obviously scalp exercises aren't going to eliminate scar tissue.. I have an appt scheduled with a dermatologist on tuesday who does administer cortisone shots. Thanks thats good to hear that the cortisone wouldn't cause any hair loss.
 

Tom Hagerty
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Post Number: 3951
Registered: 01-2003
Posted on Sunday, November 01, 2009 - 08:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Mike:

I know that cortisone shots can reduce or eliminate the inflammation that causes the swelling or redness in scar tissue, but I was not aware that the drug could reduce the bundles of collagen fibers that make up the bulk of scar tissue.

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