I was diagnosed with diffuse Alopecia Areata and started cort inj and Rogaine Dec 2011. I was actually seeing some improvement. No hair regrowth but the hair itself felt thicker, healthier with better texture. I have had 2 set backs since Dec . Each time I had a flare up, I had bad stomach ache for several days...after the stomach attack, I would lose more hair and each time it would be worse than when I started treatment. Now, I am less hair after months of treatment. I cannot imagine how that much hair can come out and me not see any of it. Its not in my hair brush, on bed pillows, towels ???? The dermatologist didn't perform any bloodwork, lab or hair samples to determine the diagnosis. He simply took my history and diagnosed according to that ? Is it possible to diagnose Alopecia Areata without the lab wk ? and does anyone know if a stomach ache is a symptom of Alopecia Areata. My hair has never come out in patches or clumps. Its thinning all over my head, a little more on the roght side. My eyebrows are gone and I have no hair on arms or under. The lower extremeties are not affected??? Is stomach problems associated with Alopecia Areata ?