On May 2nd, 2015, these two photos changed my life. As stated from one of my previous posts, I was experiencing hair loss. It started with burning of my scalp, I mean my scalp felt like it was on fire so I had my husband to shave my head bald (see photos). Through my research, I found out that what I was experiencing a condition known as Trichodynia. A condition associated with hair loss, caused by stress, depression and anxiety. I was suffering from all three.
Throughout the time, I was suffering from my hair loss I had several episodes of scalp pain, soreness, tingling, itching and a burning sensation. I could not even touch my head, or even move my hair slightly without feeling excruciating pain to my scalp. I was very confused because I did not know what was causing the pain and why it was sporadic, it would last for a while then just disappear, the last episode I had was in May 2015.
Let’s go back in time, say about eleven years ago, when my natural “HAIR” journey started in 2005. I was 45 years old, and I was experiencing fatigue and anxiety. I was moody all the time, angry at the world for no apparent reason. Snappy and bitchy with everyone. I had no clue why. I became a recluse. I hated being around people. My family thought I was heading for a nervous breakdown (I thought I was too). My family suffered with me. I thank them too for putting up with me especially my husband. My performance at work suffered also.
During those eleven years not only did I suffer from anxiety and fatigue, but I also suffered from sinus congestion regularly. I stayed at the doctor for sinus, at least, two to three times a month. Through research and doctor visits, I realize one of the signs of menopause was allergies. I struggled with allergies on a daily basis, because my hormones and immune system were unbalanced, which caused my allergies to get worse. Hormonal imbalance occurs during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. Fortunately, I was determined to control my allergies with proper guidance from my doctor and by making lifestyle changes.
We know menopause is a natural, healthy change in our body.
I Listed a few Lifestyle Changes that I have taken:
I cut down my amount of caffeine
I try to sleep 7 to 8 hours per night
I take the following vitamins B, C, D, and E
I practice breathing exercises
I attempt to Eat a balanced diet
I am struggling with following a Daily Exercise Routine
I am getting better with Staying hydrated (drinking “Water” I have to drink warm water)
“Life Is Only What You Make It”
Vernessie M. Joseph-Burbank