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17 is not normal. A good doctor would want you heading closer to 70 and above. I got as high as 61 and my doctor wants me at 100.

Have you been checked for a gluten intolerance? This can lead to low iorn, poor absorbtion of vitamins and minerals, which can lead to hair loss.

I agree low iron can lead to hair loss too, but your TSH of 3.5 is rather high. You say your T4 is normal, but you should post your figures on the thyroid board and i'd hazzard a guess they likely wont be normal. Did they check your T3? Did they do a Thyroid Antibodies test? My Thyroid figures were coming up 'close' to normal, but it was when they did the Thyroid Antibodies test that i was WAAAAAAY out and they automatically diagnosed me with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I've likely been living with this for God knows how long and i've been shedding abnormal amounts of hair since 2001.

Far too many doctors these days use the word "normal" simply b/c your figures fall within the laboratory range.

Majority of people on this board became low in iron due to a reason, finding that reason is the dilema. Most of these people are shedding too much hair also and it's simplest to believe that it's the low iron. In my case it was not the low iron, although that wouldn't have helped. In the end they found out i did have a thyroid problem, they found out my adrenal function was poor, they found out my pancreas was not making sufficient enzymes to digest protein, so i was not getting hardly any protein from the foods i was eating. My doctor believes my hair loss is mostly to do with the protein/enzyme situation as our hair is 98% protein. He says most of the population has insufficient enzymes and as we get older our system either stops or lowers the enzymes it produces and if you don't have a good diet of healthy and raw fruits and vegetables with your meals you then get even less enzymes, we then feel uncomfortable after meals, gassy, bloated and tired. I now feel fantastic in the stomach area after starting these prescription enzymes. My stomach has never felt better.

This is why you can't simply focus on the low iron as there could be other thing/s wrong too. Personally i'd be double checking all your thyroid figures with someone in the know and there are loads of knowledgable people on the thyroid board. Wouldn't hurt to get a gluten test too.

FLFLOWERGIRL is correct in that you need to take a higher dosage of iron supplements to get those figures moving upward. If the iron you take constipates you then you can buy something at the chemist to soften the stools. If you have the other problem and get IBS, then taking iron phospate tables with your iron wont give you any more tummy upsets.
Just a followup...Finally got a Dr. that listened to me. The Endo definitely agreed that I was iron deficient and started me on supplements asap. I was a serious gestational diabetic so he is testing my glucose as well. He indicated that I should have been getting it tested every year. The last time it was done was in 2004 - neither my primary or OB apparently dealt with it as it should have been. He also indicated that my TSH was slightly elevated but wants to address the other two before the thyroid to see if it helps. Follow up in 2 months. The information you all have given me is great and really helped. Thanks!





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