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My experience at Dr. Batra’s-4

May 11, 2012

My earlier articles on this topic are here. After one and half years of treatment i can say that i did not see any perceptible difference in the baldness. There was a period during the treatment when it felt like hair loss was more! When i informed the doctors they were able to reduce the hair loss. The density of hairs, that is the  number of hairs in a given area did not increase. The doctors say that dead cells cannot be revived. They use a microscope and have a procedure of making a hair count. Based on the hair count they have classified the level of the problem. They tell me that when i had joined 1.5 years ago i was in the danger level (these are my words, i dont know the exact words they used. ..but it was very convincing) which means that hair will continue to fall and eventually i will be fully bald.  Now they say i am between safe and danger levels. I should take the treatment 2 more years to get into safe level. But i have got tired of this treatment and have discontinued it. Though i was skeptical of this treatment  i was hopeful when i joined.  Alas…there is no magic treatment for hair loss.

My experience at dr. Batra’s-3

April 18, 2011

(read about the earlier parts here and here)

Today i visited the doctor a week earlier than scheduled. Thats because my scheduled visit falls on a long weekend and i will be out of station. The doctor asked the same questions i had the same answers but i found myself talking a bit louder. In between giving the same answers i told her a bit firmly that i didn’t think there was any reduction in hair loss.  She had a camera with her this time and she fished out the snaps that were taken in one of my earlier visits about 6 months back. A comparison of the snaps taken on this visit and then showed no difference.  There seemed to be some new hair growth near the fore heard( in the region where the hair loss forms the shape M). But there is a catch.  When the earlier photograph was taken my hair was oiled and easily grouped together. But this time i had not oiled the hair and they were not grouped.  The dr. said that the fact that there is no further growth of bald area is a positive sign.  And that my thinking that there was no hair loss could be more out of my anxiety! and need not be taken seriously. I was however asked to take a blood test for iron content and something connected to thyroid. Though, she said the latter was not of concern with males.

So i am supposed to take a blood test. I will get back a month later on this.

My experience at dr. Batra’s-2

April 16, 2011

(read the first part of this series here)

I had started with a 6 month course. At that time i thought i would continue for more time if i see any improvement in hair fall/growth at the end of 6 months.  Well, i can say that as a result of the treatment the hair grew faster-i had to visit the hair cutting saloon earlier than normal. However, i could not say whether the hair loss had reduced. Nevertheless i paid for extension of the treatment by one year.

Every visit, which is monthly once, the doctors ask the same questions. Do you see any improvement? Is there a decreases in hair loss? And every time i would say that i could not conclusively answer those questions. The reason being that before i started the treatment i used to wash hair once a week whereas now i was, on the doctors suggestion, washing hair every alternate day. And then i would ask the doctor if he/she thought that there was an improvement in the hair condition.  As i had mentioned in a previous post i had asked this question everytime to a different doctor because the doctor who attends to you is decided by when you go and how much rush is there and how many doctors are available on the day you visited.  The answers were never a clear yes or no. One of the doctors said my hair was now stable ( after 6 months).  Another said that i was 60% cured and that i had to continue until i was atleast 80% cured.  This suggestion was based on the number of follicles that still had fungus at the root.

The last visit about a month ago when i was asked if saw any improvement i gave the usual answers but then added that the dandruff was increasing. I never had a visible dandruff problem. But ever since the treatment started i could see white particles falling of my hair whenever i dusted it. There was also a little itch. To this suggestion the doctor asked me to stop using the liquid they had asked me to apply before hair wash.  She also give some other homoe medicine. And this medicine worked immediately. I cant say though whether it was the medicine that cured me of dandruff or it was because i stopped applying the liquid. But the dandruff did stop! So homoe does work.

About the reduction in hair fall, i am not so sure. I think that though the hair is growing faster, the density of hair (the number of hair on the scalp) is decreasing. I have meeting coming Monday. I have to get this doubt cleared.

My experience at Dr. Batra’s-1

October 28, 2010

A cousin forwarded me the number. I had to sms and my appointment would be arranged. I sms’d and was flooded by phone calls, apparently from a call center.  I was given the date and time.  The place was neat and tidy and had a number of people (patients) waiting. The payment counter and medicines counter are on either side of the waiting hall and in the middle were two receptionists.  The receptionist asked me to fill up a form that asked for contact address, phone number, profession and such other details.  I was on time but had to wait for two and half hours for my turn to come!

The doctor spoke well and cared to explain the problem with my hair, scalp rather.  The interesting part was when he focused a pointed torch and showed me the problem on the monitor.  There was some white  matter (fungus?!) surrounding the hair at its root ( i.e. the visible end of the hair on the scalp).  I was asked to collect the medicine from the counter. Before that i was to meet another doctor in a nearby room. This doctor asked me a number of questions trying to figure out my nature (constitution).  I was even asked if i had ever been angry! I felt compelled to ask her if she was psychologist. I knew that homoe-medicine depends a lot on the persons nature but i thought she had gone overboard.   This went on for ~15-20 min-she typed, in their software app.(?)  my answers to all her questions! I was then asked to go for laser treatment.  This facility was in an adjacent room. A person who appeared to be an operator (not a doctor) did the laser treatment.  He first applied some liquid that wet my hair. Then he moved a pointed torch kind of a thing over my scalp. This lasted about 5 minutes. Apparently, the treatment is supposed to increase the blood circulation to the scalp!

That was the end of the consultation and treatment. I collected the medicines, paid for a treatment for 6 months. I was also asked not to use strong shampoos.  Instead, they asked me to buy dr. batra’s shampoo and conditioner. Johnson’s baby shampoo would also be ok. I was asked to shampoo on alternate days.

After about 3 weeks or so i was asked to visit again.  I did not book an appointment. I walked into the clinic and asked how much time it would take.   Just ahead of me an aged patient was arguing about the doctors not being the same. Probably he was fed up of  explaining his problem and answering the same questions over and over.   I got to see the doctor in less than an hour. But the doctor was  not the one i had met the first time! However, to my relief he was already going through, i suppose, the notes left by the previous doctors in their software.  He had a look at my hair lead his fingers through it and said the fungus was still there. Hair was weak and improvement had yet to happen.  He recommended some more medicine (i hadn’t finished the first set yet) and a liquid. The person at the medicine counter explained that i was to mix the liquid with dr. batra’s hair oil and apply it (gently) to the scalp once a week. The liquid and oil are to be mixed in a 1:3 ratio.

Its now more than 4 weeks. I will wait and see if there is improvement. The treatment is supposed to stop hair fall. It wont stimulate new hair growth; i.e. dead follicles wont sprout again 😦

Will update this post until the end of 6 months.


2nd Oct 2013

To make the long story short, I discontinued the treatment. For details read the other parts of this post: part 2, part 3 and part 4.

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