On September 9, 2015, my posterior communicating aneurysm was clipped. On October 5, 2015, I had a subsequent emergency surgery for complications. For the most part both surgeries were successful. Both my neurosurgeon and neurologist are exceptional. However, this is a slow process and is extremely challenging! Although I am still experiencing a few mobility issues, short term memory loss, insomnia and fatigue, I thank God I am alive.
After 5 months, I am having serious issues with the shaved surgical incision area. Initially, only the incision site was shaved and did attempt to grow in October. (below)
However, I now have hair loss on the entire left front quadrant, in short, one fourth of my head is bald! In addition, my scalp is inflamed, burning, itching and has welcomed scar tissue. In January , my neurosurgeon and neuro-radiologist has concluded that the irritation and hair loss results from the radiation used during 3D and CT angiography. Admittedly, I have had 20 plus angiograms, understand produces quite a bit of fluoroscopic beaming, but I never expected adverse side effects. Even as a 10 year Breast Cancer Survivor, I never lost any hair or experienced any severe after effects. And as I was informed it may take a year or so for my hair to grow after the last CT (which will not be anytime soon). Furthermore, I am allergic to the contrast and require a hospital stay per test.
I am an advocate of semi bald is beautiful ( my son joined me in solidarity by shaving his head completely) but there appears to be little relief for the scalp. I do not care about the hair, but nothing prescribed or suggested has helped with the other symptoms. I have used several recommended shampoos, Vitamin E Oil, Raw Shea Butter, Cortisone Cream, Burn Gel with Lidocaine, and graduated to Miaderm- L.
Has anyone had a negative reaction to radiation and received any relief? Please share. I appreciate any comments with similar or identical circumstances.