Low Iron and Vitamin D

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by SBanshee, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. SBanshee

    SBanshee New Member

    [FONT=&quot]I don’t know where to start, but I’m sure I don’t need to elaborate on all of the things I went through when my hair started falling. I’m pretty sure it’s all been said in this forum. I will be brief – I was shedding all over but mostly on the top and sides. My part was becoming visibly thinner and the crown was showing more scalp than anywhere. My sides were receding as well. I went from having a lot of thick hair to having a ponytail the thickness of a finger. I found hairs all over the house, had my drains cleaned professionally, every time I touched my head, hairs would fall out, sitting at my desk I could feel them fall all day, etc. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]It started a few years ago. Once I realized that it was indeed falling out at an unacceptable level and showed no signs of reversing, despite changing diet, shampoos, grooming habits, etc., I went to the doctor. (I should note that during this time my hair was starting to look horrible as well. Dried and frizzy brittle ends. My nails were also ridgey and brittle. I googled these traits incessantly to find a link between them...but didn’t find much).[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]My doctor checked everything. Thyroid, hormones, ovaries, iron, etc. The only thing to come back abnormal was my iron. (I had no other symptoms – I love red meat, have a well balanced diet, lots of energy, etc.) The doctor put me on iron supplements (feramax) and made referral to see a dermatologist. After a few months and more hair loss, I finally got in to see the dermatologist, who told me it was female pattern baldness inherited from my father. (no other history in family on women’s side) I was upset, and begrudgingly filled my “unlimited refills” prescription of minoxidil. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]I held off using it, as I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that I’d have to use it twice a day for the rest of my life. (I tried it once, for two days, it was gummy, it made what was left of my hair dull, crusty..I couldn’t style it and I looked terrible.) [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]I decided to get a second opinion and saw a private dermatologist. Paid out of pocket and was told exactly the same thing. ‘sigh’[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]At this point, I decided to give the minoxidil a go. I used it religiously for one week. And then I gave up for good. I decided that I would rather let it fall out until I couldn’t hide it anymore, and then I’d buy a wig. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]So after that one week of use, I stopped –and a few days later noticed that my head was FULL of dandruff! Never had dandruff in my life before. It was everywhere. Would this have happened if I kept using it? Was this because I stopped? That lasted about a week.

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    [FONT=&quot]Still battling with sadness, desperation and all things that go with women losing their hair, I went back to the doctor. I just wanted to go over EVERYTHING again. My iron was up a bit, but not to normal levels. A young student doctor decided to test for metal poisoning and vitamin D levels. Vitamin D came back low. So, I bought some drops and started taking 1000 units a day. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Within a week, my hair loss stopped. Like the flick of a switch.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]It has only been a week and a half, but am SO hoping that I’ve solved this! If it has really stopped for good....I don’t’ know whether it is because of the iron levels increasing even more (have been taking them one a day for six months now), or a combination of that and vitamin D?[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I’ve been reading these posts for months and just became a member so I could share this information, in case anyone hasn’t tried the vitamin D drops yet. It can’t hurt.... [/FONT]
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  2. erin7111

    erin7111 New Member

    Thanks for posting this. I have thinning hair that I was told was FPHL on my dad's side. My mom has a full head of hair. My dad has the fringe. I've started to take iron supplements. On my third month now. From what I read, iron stores will help any hair loss treatment although I know it is too early to tell.I actually have been having success with Rogaine. I have been using it once a day before bed. I use the 5% liquid and I do have regrowth wherever I have put it that is about an inch long now. I did have some itching and flaking when I first started to use it. Now, it does not bother me at all. I'm hoping my regrowth will increase with the Rogaine and iron supplements.
  3. SBanshee

    SBanshee New Member

    I'm glad to hear that it's working for you. My family history is the same. Dad has the horseshoe and mom had a full head of hair. I was taken aback when they told me that it was inherited. I think that it took at least six months for my iron levels to get up to where it stopped falling out, so stick with it. I had NO signs of it stopping at three months.
    That being said, I'm still suspicious about it stopping all of a sudden and feel like I'm waiting for it to start shedding at any moment. It's almost been a month?! I have a pile of frizzies on top of my head which I assume is new growth, but can't really tell when I look at my scalp. The other weird thing which makes me hopeful, is that when it was shedding full-on it was limp and horrible in texture and to look at - flat to my head. It's now got a little bit of volume to it - and I can blow dry it without it filling the room with hair!
    I may go have my iron levels tested again, just to see what's up.
    What does your new growth look like with the Rogaine? Is it downy or frizzy poke-ups? How will you be able to tell if the iron helps or if it's the Rogaine? And...I'm also curious - if the iron kicks in one day and stops the shedding (which it could?) can you stop the Rogaine or will that cause shedding again?
  4. Britney

    Britney New Member

    I think the basic reasons behind hair loss in women is due to irregular MC, hormonal imbalance, various external issues like air pollution, bad lifestyle and accepting of fast food. If everyone wants to get rid of this problem then one must maintain a healthy lifestyle like to eat fresh food, sleep on proper time these are preventive measures and take advice of skin specialist if one facing heavy hair loss is in curable measure. So one has to decide which one is better?
  5. SBanshee

    SBanshee New Member

    I just feel I should update everyone - and then delete my post. Shedding resumed after a full month of losing not one hair. It's been a couple of months now of full-on shedding. Very upsetting. :(
  6. erin7111

    erin7111 New Member


    I have to disagree with this comment. It is well documented in scientific literature that symptoms of low iron include hair loss among other things. Fast food causing hair loss? That is a new one. I happen to live a healthy lifestyle. I exercise regularly, never eat fast or even deep fried food, get plenty if sleep and am still losing my hair slowly.Some types of hair loss are not curable. This comment wasn't helpful at all!Do your research before running your mouth.
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  7. SBanshee

    SBanshee New Member

    Hi everyone. Just a quick update on my past posts. (I will put this in the other column I posted on as well). I went for a blood test last week to check my ferritin after being on the new iron for two months. I was at 26 in mid December and as of February 5th I was at 53. My hair is still not shedding….and I still can’t believe that after all this time....that it was the ferritin. YEARS of loss….mis-diagnosis…over.
    Now I have to get over inspecting my scalp and looking for hairs everywhere. The psychological effects may take as long to get over as my hair will to grow back. :0)
    Again, best of luck everyone!!!
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  8. twinmom

    twinmom Member

    i was wondering why it had started shedding previously? cingrats! i was at 32 a mnth ago j continue to take 325 mg ferritin fumerous daily and still shedding :(
  9. SBanshee

    SBanshee New Member

    I can only assume that I was shedding because of the low ferritin. I had an IUD for the past 7 years which gave me heavy periods. I'm guessing that after that many years...it depleted my iron stores. I don't know. I'm still very nervous to say that it has stopped falling out.

    I am on an iron supplement that is very low I've just realized. It's got Bs in it and D...and nowhere near 325mg of iron in it. Interesting. Was it you, Twin Mom, who said that your hair texture changed recently too? When I was at the peak of shedding, only a few months ago, mine was wispy like a spider web (someone else's analogy) and also straw like. Terrible. I also noticed that my fingernails were getting ridgey. I don't know if that is related. They are coarse. You also mentioned cancer...I am also very worried that taking too much iron will increase this risk. Cancer risk in my family is already very high and ...well, that's another story. :0)

    I was taking some iron sups before the ones I'm on now, for months...and my ferritin actually went down - if I were you, and you don't think you're getting results, I would change to a different type perhaps?
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  10. elisabeth

    elisabeth Active Member

    low Vitamin D is also the cause of hair loss....i have this problem as well as the low ferritin so now my ferritin is super high but i had stopped taking my Vitamin D drops about 3 months ago and now im thinking i never should have stopped. have you ever stopped and if so did your hair shed again? give me all the details, this is all so fascinating to me!
  11. cipota100

    cipota100 New Member

    Hi Sbanshee. I followed your story with great interest and emotion. I was so sad to see the post you made after the shedding started again, and then delighted to read that it had stopped and that this coincided with this dramatic increase in your ferretin. So happy for you. I am really hoping that this will be the answer for me as well. And I seem to have some kind of problem absorbing iron. Mine plummetted from 39 in early March, to 16 near end of April, and that was despite taking high doses of Ultimate Iron Complex, and then trying out Feramax for 10 days or so. So I have to solve the iron absorption. A naturopath Im seeing thinks that after many years of taking a proton-pump-inhibitor (prescribed to solve excess stomach acid) I may have damaged the ability to absorb nutrients like iron, and all that we get from protein. Anyway sorry I'm digressing into far too technical, but I am really hoping that ferretin is the smoking gun. I'm shedding like crazy, and it's starting to make me anxious and rather depressed. I've even made an appointment at a wig place.
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  12. Wolverine

    Wolverine New Member

    Lack of Vitamin D is a common cause for hair loss. Lucky you that your Problem was so easily discovered through blood tests. After 3 month of taking enough of Vitamin D you should see regrowth. Whish my Problem would be as easy :-(
  13. samantha3333

    samantha3333 Member

    In US standard I think I'm considered deficiency (34). I wonder how difficult to get vitamin D through food and tablets as I'm living in the UK where sun is always hiding from us.
  14. gabby

    gabby New Member

    My Dr. said my vitamin D was sufficient, but my results said I was at 25.8---is that considered deficiency?