Jo

I’m a 42 year old wife, and mother to two young boys. Prior to having the vaccine I was fit and healthy, going to the gym six days a week, but most of all I was always happy and grateful for every single day. 

I received my first Pfizer vaccine on the 6th December, with no obvious reactions. However I noticed I was shedding more hair than usual. I didn’t think much of it and got my second Pfizer vaccine on the 28th December. After my second dose I was finding myself having to vacuum my house every single day due to the amount of hair on my tiles. 

Finally, I asked my husband to comb through my hair. We then discovered my hair was coming out in chunks, and he counted six bald spots on my head.

I saw my doctor who diagnosed me with alopecia areata, which doesn’t have a clear cause but can be linked to stress. Prior to the vaccine I would not have called myself stressed. If anything, I was the complete opposite, and considered myself quite blessed in life. 

I initially just tried to style my hair so you could not see my bald spots, however this was becoming mentally draining. So two weeks after my second dose, I shaved my head. I was also experiencing ovarian pain, irregular periods and unusual cramping. 

I have started PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatment. If this is successful, I will do it each month for about twelve months. I have had one session so far and it appears to have slowed down the progression of my alopecia, however it has not brought back my hair. 

Neither my doctor or specialist have linked my alopecia to the vaccine, however I am hoping to prove otherwise as the treatment is quite costly. Especially now that my mental health is also suffering due to this disease. 

My once bubbly self is around less often, and I find myself staying home when I would normally go out and do things. I dread school pick up and drop off due to the constant stares. Things I once found to bring me joy, I now don’t want to do. My confidence has been hit the hardest, I’m very blessed to have such a supportive husband however, naturally I worry about our marriage. 

I am booked into see my doctor again soon to talk about the current state of my mental health, and will consider medication if that’s what it takes. I am also booked in for a mammogram early April as I now have a lump in my breast. And I am due to start steroid injections in early June. 

Going to the gym is still a massive priority in my life, however now I have to work out in a wig. To say I hate it, is an understatement. I got this vaccine so I could take my sons to places where we wouldn’t otherwise be able to go without it, and now I don’t even want to leave the house.  

I’m hoping by sharing my story it will encourage anyone else going through the same thing to come forward. 

I’m a 42 year old wife, and mother to two young boys. Prior to having the vaccine I was fit and healthy, going to the gym six days a week, but most of all I was always happy and grateful for every single day. 

I received my first Pfizer vaccine on the 6th December, with no obvious reactions. However I noticed I was shedding more hair than usual. I didn’t think much of it and got my second Pfizer vaccine on the 28th December. After my second dose I was finding myself having to vacuum my house every single day due to the amount of hair on my tiles. 

Finally, I asked my husband to comb through my hair. We then discovered my hair was coming out in chunks, and he counted six bald spots on my head.

I saw my doctor who diagnosed me with alopecia areata, which doesn’t have a clear cause but can be linked to stress. Prior to the vaccine I would not have called myself stressed. If anything, I was the complete opposite, and considered myself quite blessed in life. 

I initially just tried to style my hair so you could not see my bald spots, however this was becoming mentally draining. So two weeks after my second dose, I shaved my head. I was also experiencing ovarian pain, irregular periods and unusual cramping. 

I have started PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatment. If this is successful, I will do it each month for about twelve months. I have had one session so far and it appears to have slowed down the progression of my alopecia, however it has not brought back my hair. 

Neither my doctor or specialist have linked my alopecia to the vaccine, however I am hoping to prove otherwise as the treatment is quite costly. Especially now that my mental health is also suffering due to this disease. 

My once bubbly self is around less often, and I find myself staying home when I would normally go out and do things. I dread school pick up and drop off due to the constant stares. Things I once found to bring me joy, I now don’t want to do. My confidence has been hit the hardest, I’m very blessed to have such a supportive husband however, naturally I worry about our marriage. 

I am booked into see my doctor again soon to talk about the current state of my mental health, and will consider medication if that’s what it takes. I am also booked in for a mammogram early April as I now have a lump in my breast. And I am due to start steroid injections in early June. 

Going to the gym is still a massive priority in my life, however now I have to work out in a wig. To say I hate it, is an understatement. I got this vaccine so I could take my sons to places where we wouldn’t otherwise be able to go without it, and now I don’t even want to leave the house.  

I’m hoping by sharing my story it will encourage anyone else going through the same thing to come forward. 

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