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What does your doctor think? THat is a level of ferritin which would cause hair loss. THat is mostly what brought me to the doctor... I have an inch thick of hair in my brush every time I brush... I lose hair all over my floors and furniture. Last checked, my ferritin was a started at a 1. Heavy periods is a reason for low ferritin. I have pretty heavy periods, but only every three montsh or so. I have other hormone issues which cause irregular periods.

Aside from that, you could be bleeding somewhere else in your body. SOmetimes people with ulcers bleed internally and don't know it. If your ferritin isnt going up with iron suplementation then something is off. Many people with iron issues take supplemetns for life. Even when things are back to normal, you are more susceptible to levels falling again...

Talk to the doc about colonoscopy and/or endoscopy
Hi littleopihi - i left you a reply over on the hair board earlier on, but thought i'd do a shorter reply here.

Basically low ferretin and hair shedding when there is so called 'no apparent reason' according to doctors is a real mystery and a lot of people on these boards would love to find the answer.

Even though your periods aren't always heavy, only every few months, is your doctor concerned about that at all?

Are you on the pill and could it be the wrong type of pill, meaning could it be stuffing up your hormones. Not everybody can just go ahead and take any form of the pill.

Gluten intolerance and malabsorption of nutrients are 2 other things which can be silent hair and health killers. Most doctors dont even test for these things.

Could it be PCOS or endometriosis related?

When getting hormones tested and being on the pill at the same time your results can be slightly untrue. If hair and health is a priority then i'd look at a different form of birth control and go off the pill, let your hormones settle, then get a full hormone test done. This test should be done in the morning and not afternoon.

With a ferretin even at 43 you shouldn't be chronically tired, but all of us are individual. Sometimes it's not even tiredness related to ferretin, but to your adrenals. They should check your cortisol levels, which is the hormone produced by your adrenals. Some people will suffer adrenal fatigue and not have any thyroid problems.

Your TSH is a little elevated, but i highly doubt they would medicate it at that level. They usually wait till it's much higher, but looking at where you are at now it is getting closer towards the higher end of the range. There are a few expert doctors around the world who believe that anybody who has a TSH over 2.00 should begin medication, but most doctors dont believe that. TSH can also rise and fall. Have you ever had your TSH tested before and if so, have you kept copies of your results? It's good to keep results as you can keep an eye on how you progress. My TSH would be up down, up down. At least they did the antibodies testing. I'm not sure about your T4 as that lab range is unfamiliar to me. Maybe somebody over on the thyroid board can help you with that.

The only other suggestions would be like the previous 2 posters recommended, internal bleeding via polyps or ulcers.

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