Kenalog Injections in the Scalp/Hashimoto's

** Originally posted by romanje2 **

I have had 2 rounds of Kenalog injections in my scalp. My derm. has recently suggested Enbrel because my hair is falling out in clumps. She gave me a blood test, referred to an endocrin who told me I have Hashimoto's Disease. So now I don't know what to do. I just want my hair to stop falling out. What do I do!

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** Originally posted by MikeK **

Hi romanje2,

Welcome to the board. :cool: Nice to meet you.

I'm sorry to read that you're going through such a rough time. :(

You're not alone. I also have psoriasis and Hashimoto's disease. So do some of my best friends. Like psoriasis, Hashimoto's disease is also an autoimmune disease, and, unfortunately, it's common for people to have more then one autoimmune disease. (Sigh) Here's a link to the Mayo Clinic's excellent discussion about Hashimoto's: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hashimotos-disease/DS00567. The good news is that once you get they get the dosage right, you'll start to feel much better. I normally take Synthroid (http://www.rxlist.com/synthroid-drug.htm) but my endrocrinolgoist also give me samples of Levoxyl (http://www.rxlist.com/levoxyl-drug.htm) when we were working on the dosage. It took almost a year from the time that I was diagnosed to get the dosage right. I felt like a pincushion thanks to all of the blood tests, but it was well worth it.

As I mentioned, some of my best friends have both psoriasis and Hashimoto's. The fact that you have Hashimoto's shouldn't prevent you from using Enbrel. One of my friends, who has psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and Hashimoto's disease, is on a biologic medication called Orencia. If you have any concerns using Enbrel with whatever medication your endo is prescribing for your Hashimoto's disease then you should discuss your concerns with both your derm and your endrocrinologist. Enbrel also has a customer assistance hotline called Enliven Services. It's staffed by registered nurses who've probably answered questions from other people who have Hashimoto's. It can't hurt to give them a call. Here's a link to their contact information: http://www.enlivenservices.com/pso/gettingstarted/about-enliven/#registered -nurses. Your pharmacist may also be able to answer questions concerning possible drug interactions between Enbrel and whatever other medications that you're using.

I hope this helps. I hope you feel better soon.

Good luck. Keep us posted. Let us know if you have any other questions and please don't be a stranger.

Mike

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