Hi guys, I have been trying to stay off of these hair loss sites since my hair loss "journey" began almost 2 years ago. At this point, I am completely desperate and need help. I no longer know how to cope with this. My name is Kate and I'm a former model. 2 years ago, I was put on a week-long round of steroids to combat a strange onset of pleurisy. It completely rattled my system and I had every side effect in the book- panic attacks, rapid heart beat, insomnia, intense sweating, constant shaking, you name it. It took me 3 months to be able to leave the house. By March 2013, things started to settle down. I was told by numerous doctors that it was impossible that only a week of steroids could keep me housebound with side effects for three months. However, the more I learn about doctors, the more I understand that they are often useless and only add to frustrations. Many times, they are also completely unknowledgable and try to pass off their ignorance as fact. In March, I switched birth controls. I was on Loestrin 24 and was recommended to switch to Microgestin, which is the "generic." It's free, so I did that. That June, I noticed the inner corners of my eyebrows were starting to fall out. I was alarmed, but since I had such incredibly thick hair to start (think Lorde), doctors were not taking me seriously. Simultaneously, I was coming off of Celexa, which I had been on for only about six months before deciding to come off of it because it was useless. So medically, there was a lot going on during this time that caused constant stress. My skin developed horrible acne- deep, painful cysts all over my cheeks, jaw, chin, and neck. I had developed also what they call "steroid-induced rosacea" and ocular rosacea. My seb derm (which I had dealt with for years) also got worse. All of this happened over the course of a few months. By September, my beautifully thick lashes began to disappear as well. And then, I noticed more and more hair in the drain while I showered. As most women probably do, I freaked out. I began seeing every doctor out there. So many tests, so much blood drawn, even had a scalp biopsy. After visiting rheumatologists, endocrinologists, gynecologists, dermatologists, eye doctors.....everything in my blood is considered normal, besides a positive ANA. No found lupus, thyroid condition, hormone problem (I'm on birth control and there's no way to assess if I have PCOS unless I go off of it for three months), nothing. All I have to show for all of this is continuing skin problems (which have now left my once clear skin covered in scars, clogged pores, and acne) and sparse eyebrows and lashes. My scalp is thinning diffusely, but it is most noticeable at the temples and right in the center where my hair parts, towards the front. The scalp biopsy showed normal hair density (which is ridiculous because it might be normal for some people, but they have no idea what my hair started as, so normal means nothing) and very mild inflammation with mild miniaturization. I am 25 years old and have lost more than half of my original hair density. The most recent doctor basically let me know that they were not going to find the cause of this hair loss in my blood. There is no hair loss in my family on either side, going back to great grand parents. I am hopeless. After two years I have no answers as to why this is continuing. Telogen effluvium made sense, as I went through a horrible year last year, however, I was told that it would've resolved by now if that was the issue. There was also no scarring found in my biopsy. Please, I am in desperate need of some help. I have relied on my looks for my entire life, and I feel like I am nothing without them. I am losing confidence in myself. I don't know how to proceed now that I have exhausted all medical options. All of the hair on my body remains as thick as always (of course, why would I lose the hair that I DON'T want?) and so I am only missing hair in the places where it is most important to have hair. My skin is inflamed, painful, red, and scaly, completely covered in acne and red veins. I don't know what to do or where to turn next. I pray that someone will read this and reply. I feel like I am at my wits end with this situation, and it's hardly even noticeable to anybody else yet. I don't know what I will do when I can no longer cover these flaws with makeup. I have also not seen ANY stories online that correlate with mine. I have not seen anybody lose lashes, brows, and scalp hair without the presence of autoimmune alopecia. I will include some before and after pictures if it helps. Thank you so much to anyone who takes the time to read this and respond. I am deeply in need of encouragement and guidance.