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[QUOTE=Audrey-B;3815518]When my ferretin was down to 8 and then it took virtually a whole year to get to 14 and my hair was falling out like crazy i decided to visit a Trichologist. I had seen a Dermatologist who was useless, said it was stress, my GP was no help, tried to put me on Birth Control as my periods began to get messed up and i had the hair loss at the same time. After a few years of this i began doing research on here and felt my last hope lay in this Trichologist. He was fantastic, tought me so much about iron and it's importance and how we should have a ferretin of 70 and above for correct hair cycle growth, resting and shedding phases. He also discovered that i was below low for Vit D and iodine and that i was a bit on the gluten intolerant side and his major discovery was that i did in fact have a thyroid problem and was suffering from Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.

Now that i've had most of my issues corrected or they are in the process of being corrected i'm only losing what i'd term 'normal' amounts of hair. I've also gone through the business of having new growths of hair sticking out all over my head. Some days i look like i've electric shock treatment. I don't mind as it's taken me 8 years to get here.

The thing is, if you are doing all and eating all the right things, then the low ferretin must be coming from somewhere. I do know that some people with gluten intolerance end up with low iron and even anemic. When they take all gluten foods out of their diet their ferretin picks up all on it's own with virtually no need for supplements.

With my iodine being below low, i found when the Trichologist gave me a liquid iodine supplement to use, about 2 - 3 months later i had hardly any hair shedding for a whole month, then it began shedding again, but i was no longer on the iodine supplement. When i began seeing my new doctor for my thyroid, he ran an iodine test and found it to be extremely low. Once i began supplementing iodine again it considerably stopped falling out.

I have heard on the thyroid board that if your TSH is not stable and keeps rising and falling that that will cause hair shedding due to the hormones changing.

Have you had all your hormones tested? I have excess estrogen and my testosterone is a little high. Hormone imbalance can lead to hair loss too.

The other issue i had which can cause hair loss is that my pancreas was not producing sufficient digestive enzymes which led to protein foods not being able to be digested properly. I was eating lots of red meat, salads, and vegetables and couldn't understand why my ferretin was so low, but finding out about the lack of digestive enzymes leading to low protein would lead to low ferretin and hair loss as hair is 98% protein.

The odd thing is that over on the thyroid board most people have very similar issues eg: low iron, diffcult to raise iron, low Vit D, low/too much iodine, gluten intolerance. This just goes to show that one illness can have many other factors attached to it. For about 2 years i was solely focused on "low iron" only. It was only when i was diagnosed with the Hashimoto's and began looking into thyroid issues and my digestive issues that i realised low iron/anemia is merely a symptom of a whole other illness.

If you get your thyroid tested it must include TSH, T3, T4 and Thyroid Antibodies. Most doctors will run a basic TSH, but that doesn't show the full picture. The problem is that a lot of doctors will say you are ok if your results fall "within range". It's helpful to have a doctor who knows where you should be at or what target you ought to be striving for.

I know it's frustrating and it's like a big jigsaw puzzle. Finding out what is causing your low ferretin will likely lead to finding out what could be causing your hair shedding.[/QUOTE]

Thanks for so much info. It does get ones wheels turning to look into all possibilities

I did have all the thyroid tests done and was in range with them I'm feeling pretty confidanrt as I was pretty much smack in the MID range.
I thought about the Vitamin thing. I'm suprised they don't run this when they do everything else. I actually had asked my Dr. how everything could be tested properly if I was using SUPPLEMENTS and he said don't worry because the tests didn't check those types of things. i was wondering HOW YU DO check for correct vitamin levels if you are taking supplements. i mean I could stop for a month but then of course I would be to paranoid what little hair I have left would fall right out:confused:
Unfortunately vitamins do not bring hair back if the hair loss is due to something wrong eg: stress, low ferretin, thyroid, adrenal fatigue, malabsorbtion of nutrients due to gluten intolerance or digestive issues.

I was on vitamins for years. My parents used to get upset with me and tell me that all those vitamins i was taking were likely what was causing my health issues in the first place, saying things like "you don't know what they put in those vitamin pills". Also news reports that people who constantly take vitamins end up making their bodies dependent on the vitamins rather than getting the nutrients from actual foods.

I suppose taking vitamins doesn't hurt as they will 'prop' up your system until you find out what is actually wrong. Sort of like using crutches when you have a broken leg :) Apart from that, they will not actually fix what is wrong, especially if it's something more serious. It's best to find out what you are actually low in and buy your vitamins individually as those Multi vitamins usually only contain very tiny doses of most things. Also when you are taking iron you do not want to be taking your zinc or calcium along with it. Certain foods, beverages and other vitamins/minerals will stop the absorption of the iron you are taking.

You say that your thyroid tests were right in the middle, i don't know what your lab ranges are, but there are actually targets where certain things should be at. You can't just be in the middle for thyroid. It would be best if you could post your thyroid results here or on the thyroid board. Different countries use different lab ranges for T4, T3 so depending on the ranges used i might/not be able to help you out and you should then post on the thyroid board. TSH has the same lab range in most countries and myself or someone else can help you out with that. Thyroid antibodies tests use same range also i believe. Problem is that most doctors will tell you that you are 'within range' and leave it at that. If you don't know what the correct targets are you tend to believe the doctor. This is why i wasted 8 precious years along with 8 years worth of hair loss, due to doctors telling me my thyroid was fine when all of those 8 years it was not fine and i needed to be medicated.

The problem is that too many things can cause hair loss, from hormonal imbalances like
above normal testosterone, adrenal fatigue due to low/high cortisol levels, anemia/long term low iron, not getting sufficient protein, going on/off the pill seems to be more and more common, thyroid condition.

Not sure if i asked you before, but did you doctor test your B12? alot of people on here who have had low B12 have had low iron. B12 also tends to lack in people with adrenal fatigue.

Hoping you get some answers soon :)

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