I realise I haven’t posted for a while, so a quick update on events for you…
I’ve been to see my GP twice since I blogged last. The plan was to take stock of how fast my hair is receding (or not) and then decide whether or not to have a referral back the dermatology. The up-shot is – I’m really not sure what my hair is doing. It looks like it has receded slightly more to me – and I can tell because I can still see the mark where I had the biopsy back in the summer. But actually it is only slight and in some areas, I think I see some new hairs – possibly. So, based on that, it’s definitely not worth bothering with a dermatology appointment. I’m glad because it’s a hassle and, although I’m sure they know their stuff, they don’t give much away – which I find a bit daft when a bit more information might help to solve the problem for me. I only found out at the second GP appointment, the other day, what the details of the results of my biopsy were. The doctor showed me the report, which said that the biopsy showed I had ‘mild chronic inflammation’. How on earth chronic inflammation can be mild I’ll never know. There was some more information, but as the scanned copy of the report was such poor quality, neither the GP nor myself could make it out. I think what it was basically saying though was that because the sample of skin used for the biopsy was so small, the results were inconclusive as to whether it was alopecia or not – which I had already been told by dermatology.
Until the NHS can afford to invest in proper systems (IT and communication systems), we, as patients, are stuck with a lack of information, unfortunately – unless we create a fuss, of course – a time-consuming and frustrating tactic (I speak from past experience).
I’ll update you on the rest of the goings-on and things I’ve tried to slow the rate of hair loss in the next few posts.
Bye for now!