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Old 08-07-2011, 01:38 AM
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I was elated to see this article. I almost cried. I have everything in that article. The loss of hair, the bad nails, irritability, the lack of energy, the anxiety. Every time I eat a burger or something with red meat I wind up feeling a lot better. I did go see my doctor and he took blood to measure my iron. He told me that my iron was normal but the stored iron was very low. How do I fix that? I hear a lot about food intake but I can't bear to eat liver. BLEH!!

I desperately need some advise on this. My hair loss does not come out in patches. He called it Diffused hair loss. WHICH is what is mentioned in this article. I am so happy you posted this. I just need to know where to go from here. I have been able to take my iron suppliments. Its Nature Made 65 mg Iron 325mg Ferrous Sulfate. I will now take it everyday instead of once every two days. anyone have any sites with great iron menus? I will try anything!
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:28 PM
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Hi Michelle,

Thanks for your post. My iron and Ferritin are low. I also suffer from hypothyroid. I pushed my doctor to have the Reverse T3 test done as well. For folks who have hypo, iron is essential for transporting the thyroid medication. I had been medicated but my hair was still falling out. It turned out that I have a very poor conversion ratio as evidenced by my Rt3 rating. I am hoping that combined with the low Ferritin would help explain the hair loss. When you have high Rt3 your receptor cells get clogged as the body is in a state of preservation. It took me a year to get all this figured out. I think in the mean time I will have to go to some kind of hair system but at least there is hope! I should share also that folks should also get their cortisol levels checked because that combined with low iron are the two main causes of failure to respond to thyroid medication. I hope this helps someone else. Thanks for your post. I am hoping my iron levels come up fast because it's my understanding that there is no use in taking the thyroid med until iron and other hormones are in check.

Thanks for your research, I am going to check into those iron supplements!

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Old 02-19-2012, 01:21 AM
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I can't stop crying while I'm writing this but here goes. My hairloss started feb 1st 2011 I'll never forget and it has been shedding till now it's feb 18 2012 exactly 1 year. I went to the doctor and did all my blood work found out the only thing was my ferritin was really low and for 1 year it has been btwn 28 to 38 : (. Until one day my girlfriend was reading your forum and explained to me that the iron is causing the shed to continue. Im suffering from telegen efflium and I'm so scared it will never end. I'm on iron supplements and since jan 16 I checked my ferritin it was 96 which is great but it's still shedding!!! Apparently you have to maintain it above 70 for months straight for the shedding to stop. Please please please I'm begging if anyone had experienced this and they had good results with their hair growing back to normal. I always read of the problems but never the solution of it coming back. Please help sorry for being so malidramatic just can't stop crying

Last edited by Hopelesslola; 02-19-2012 at 01:23 AM. Reason: Forgot to say that my ferritin only went up to 96 and it's been like that for a month
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:31 AM
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hi Lola,
Just wanted to check have you had any improvement in hair shedding? has it stopped now...how long did it take for you to increse your ferritin from 16 to 96?
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Old 06-06-2012, 02:18 PM
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MichelleE:
My CBC iron levels are within the normal range but ferritin is 40. The ferritin test says normal range is 2-250 so primary doc says its normal but a hair loss doctor I went to years ago said ferritin should be over 70-100 to help hair loss. Based on your post, it seems to be true? How can I get my ferritin up without the other iron going overboard?? Help!
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Old 07-12-2012, 04:04 PM
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Hi,
My ferritin is also 44 and I've been on Iron for one year. It has only gone up 20 points in one year. It sucks. My doctor things I may have parasites or something wrong in my stomach that I'm not absorbing. Your blood iron won't go up. You will always be using it and losing during menstration. Don't worry. I have been to that doctor that wrote that article. Sorry not been to, but he does online consultations. He writes a lot of articles. I contacted him in Oct 2011 and sent him all my blood work. I was put on a "highly absorbable" iron supplement he sent (from Australia) - My iron went up the same amount it did on my old supplment. He said ferritin is my main cause then in my f/u said he thinks it's my thyroid. Even though my TSH is in range (.5-4.5) mine is 3.5 and he said new research has shown that anyone witha TSH over 2.0 can be considered mildly hypothyroid or under 1.0 (hyper) if experiencing symptoms. I am at my wits end. My endo does not believe this so no one treats. however, I have all symptoms. Extreme fatigue, cold hands, mood swings, brittle nails, dry skin, and ofcourse hairloss. Check to see where your TSH level is also. Additionally, low ferritin can contribute to thyroid problems too.
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:41 PM
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I agree that with menstrual cycles, it's hard to keep iron levels up. Only my ferritin is low. It was in the teens, then I got it into the 100s, but it dropped down to 35 after I stopped iron supplements. And I don't even know that is the cause of the hairloss. I have had my TSH tested (not recently) but it is always normal at 1.5-2. Have you ever had a TIBC test-it measures your iron binding ability. Who is the online consultant and how I can reach them?

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Old 07-12-2012, 09:09 PM
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Who is the online consultant and how I can reach them?[/quote]

His name is Tony Pierce - if you google his name + trichologist you'll find his website which was the same link the original post of this thread posted that article from. He's located in Australia and he charges $250 for an online consultation of your labs. He will suggest therapy regimine for you. He is very knowledgable and seems to know much more than other trichologists or doctors I've been to. He ties Hairloss with Ferritin, thyroid, gluten, etc.. Ties it all together rather than just point to one thing. He said it was my ferritin but my ferritin goes up VERY slow and he even told me reasons for that and what to do. He told me that I may have mild thyroid problems also contributing. Let me know how it goes if you go to hinm. He has very good bedside manners, very professional and responsive although he's crazy busy.
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I hope I'm reviving this thread because this article makes me feel like I sort of know what's causing my problem!

I'm anemic and my extreme hair loss started when I got to college. Made sense considering I wasn't getting much iron with the food here. I make sure to eat a lot of meat now and my iron supplements are coming in the mail. However, when I went to an endocrinologist two years ago for a different reason, she noted I should be taking more calcium and vitamin-d. So I started taking those supplements in addition to a daily supplement. This article seems to suggest that those interfere with iron absorption. Has anyone else noticed this?
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:51 PM
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I have not noticed this but everywhere I read, and from my specialists as well, you should not take the iron and calcium TOGETHER. You just have to wait like 1-2 hours between the two. Same goes for iron and tea (the tanonins in black tea interfere with iron absorption, so I wait 1-2 hours to take my iron after I drink tea) - I heard no issues with taking iron and vit D together. Never read this anywhere either.
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