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Re: SO fed up!
Nov 25, 2007
Hi lindsalou.......i can totally understand your frustration with doctors and you hear that quite often from people on this board. You would think that something as simple as iron deficiency would be a simple thing for them to help us with, but obviously not. It makes me wonder just how reliable these same dr's would be with a more serious illness!!

If traditional iron supplements make you ill, there are other forms of iron which can be taken with no/lesser side effects. GP's should know which iron supplements do what and which ones are better to take. The iron supplement i'm on was making me ill, but i'm now taking addition Iron Phosphate tablets after the actual supplement. The iron phosphate stop any reactions from the actual iron supplement and it's something people with other illnesses who are low in iron but cant take the traditional iron supplements end up taking. Perhaps you can ask a chemist or doctor about iron phosphate.

I also have the hair thinning and its so frustrating. Prior to finding out about the iron-hair loss connection i did have a lot of personal problems that i was going through and then when i started shedding continously it felt like the last blow i could have been dealt . Then i visited a Trichologist who deals in hair/scalp conditions and after he saw me ferretin levels and other blood test results he said it's hair loss due to my iron. I was so happy to find someone who knew there stuff, but never realised what a LONG road it was going to be to get those ferretin numbers up. Sometimes it has depressed me and i've actually stayed away from even the healthboard recently as i felt my hair/iron was on my mind 24/7. Now i'm feeling a bit more positive about it and will be going for a new blood test in either Dec or Jan.

On a sidenote, am not sure whether this is simply coincidence or not, but each time i start juicing fresh beetroot and consuming that daily i actually start to notice that i begin feeling better. Problem is that some weeks i either get lazy or dont have time or forget to buy the beetroot :) I juice beetroot, apple, orange, carrot and a tiny bit of ginger. I read recently that the ginger helps digestion and helps the body to better absorb vitamins and minerals. You might want to add fresh beetroot to your diet as a drink or grate it into salads.
Re: SO fed up!
Nov 26, 2007
Hi Linds - I totally agree with you, it does feel better to at least have an idea on what is causing the hair loss. I know stress and anxiety can trigger it, but i think the people who lose hair due to stress lose a lot in one big hit, then it stops and grows back once the stress is over. Mine kept shedding even after my stress was over and when i looked back at old blood test results the shedding period fitted in with my low iron levels, but back then i never knew the effects of low iron. I simply thought low iron makes you feel tired and that the only people to suffer from low iron were those who had lost a lot of blood or who were vegetarians. I have learnt a lot on this board.

Other than learning facts on this board, the best thing was finally caving in and spending some money to see a Trichologist. I should have done that years ago. He has helped me to no end with his knowledge and is so kind and understand and willing to help, even though i know there is a limit to his help as the end result will depend on me taking the supplements and doing the right thing with diet etc. I have stopped all caffeinated coffee now and the only coffee i consume is the one made from chicory and barley andi found a tea which has a very low tannin of 2.9%. I try to eat all the right food, fruit and veg and try my best not to eat/drink things which will interact with my iron supplements or iron in the foods/drinks i consume. It's hard going sometimes, but i just want my hair back to normal, i could live with the tiredness if i had to, but just want my hair to not get worse.

I know some people have worse things happen in their lives than lose a bit of hair, but it's not the vanity side of things that worries me with my hair, it's what my hair resembles. After the stress i went through and things which resulted from it, then loseing my hair was the last straw and i felt the last thing i had left. Its difficult to explain, but when you feel you have lost so many things in your life, then that one extra thing really can be the breaking point.

Anyway, i think the things i'm doing are paying off as i'm beginning to feel a bit better and less tired so that must mean that my iron levels have gone up a bit. Am still shedding some hair, but i will remain positive and hope that that will be the next thing to get corrected.

So don't you give up, keep pushing those doctors or keep searching for one who knows his stuff and is willing to help you out right to the end.

Take care :)

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