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Hi osteoblast, firstly i don't know why my ferretin got so low. I did assume it might have had something to do with my menstrual cycle as it was ALL over the place. I'd get spotting for a few days, then it would stop, start, stop start. It nearly drove me crazy not knowing if i was at the start/end of a period. This went on for a number of years and all doctors would do is tell me to go on the pill. Well the pill had some nasty side effects so i refused to take it after 3 months and i tried 3 different brands. In the end i found a naturopath who has helped me get my cycle back on track. Actually i saw the naturopath on saturday and she added something to the herbal drops i'm taking to help my thyroid.

My thyroid isn't so bad that i have to panic yet, but its not helping my situation and my dr didn't like the fact that i was very close to bordering hyperthyroid.... i think...( get the hyper and hypo mixed up). The thing is that i always have warm hands and feet instead of cold, i have been shedding hair for the last 6yrs, i was always starving and would eat lunch and be hungry again really soon, but i wouldn't put on weight, although in the last few years i have put on about 4kg's, but then i'm only 54kg so it's no big deal. I suppose these symptoms don't fit the actual thyroid symptoms as it's only early stages yet, but if i let it go who knows what could happen.

As for the powder i'm taking, it doesn't make me sick every single day, it just picks random moments. It might skip a day here or there, but it's difficult if you take the powder and eat lunch, then go out somewhere and you just dont know what can happen. Apparently the side effects i'm getting are due to my sluggish liver which is finding it difficult to operate due to my ferretin levels and the thyroid issue. The type of supplement i'm on is not available over the counter in a chemist or healthfood store. It's something which a few dr's made up and it has a number of ingredients. At the end of the day i don't know which iron supplement is better, but i do know that it has a lot to do with how much you are taking. He said that being low in ferretin you need to at least get 80mg of iron into you daily and that any less would be a waste of time.

I spoke to my dr today and he has given me the go ahead to get iron injections if i wish. He said this would likely be quicker than the powder, but that i should keep taking the powder once per day if i end up on the injections. I'll go back to see him in 3mths to evaluate my situation. We don't know the true reason why my ferretin is finding it difficult to get a boost as i'm not vegan and i LOVE meat and i eat very healthy.

The specialist i'm seeing is actually called a trichologist who deals in hair and scalp issues. He is the first dr who has taken my situation seriously and to actually want to help me. All the gp's and dermatologists i saw regarding my hair shedding or iron levels have said all was normal and i wasted precious time when i should have attempted to see someone sooner who knew what they were talking about. This trichologist is not allowed to write prescriptions here, but in the USA he is, so he has to tell me what i need and then i have to go see a normal dr to get it done. He does stock iron supplements etc which he can sell to patients as it's not an actual drug.

It's actually good to read what other people are doing and what their dr's are telling them. I've learnt so much through this board and it has helped me to find the right dr by asking him a few trick questions i learnt off here ;)

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