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Any happy endings from those with hair loss and low ferritin finding it stops after raising ferritin levels?

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sidebysides Wed 01-May-13 20:55:37

I have always been prone to hair shedding bouts but in the past year it's not really stopped. Ferritin levels in November were off the scale low - around 4upg - been taking ferrous fumerate and now around 30. It stopped for a couple of months and then started shedding again.

I went to see a dermatologist today. My sister has AGA. I was worried that my hair shedding was a precursor to that, even though mine is diffuse and still quite a good head of hair whereas hers is typical scalp showing, very very thin.

He said that it is possible that it could be genetic but not worried yet. Any deviation around the crown was in normal range. But yes, it's clear I have a shedding cycle issue.

He said I need to get ferritin levels over 70 and that could take 4-6 months, with another 3 months to see growth.

I'm nervous that it will keep shedding and it's not ferritin related.

Any thoughts?

wileycoyote Fri 03-May-13 23:26:05

i have had periodic hair loss like this. Not sure if it is ferritin or thyroid, as i have issues with both. When it is all under control the hairloss stops though, so keep up the supplements. have you had your thyroid checked? Hypothyroid and low ferritin often go together...

FruitbatAuntie Sat 04-May-13 12:27:27

I had massive hair loss when my ferritin levels were low back in Nov/Dec last year. I was also deficient in B12, and was 5 months postpartum. Honestly, when I washed or brushed my hair it looked like I was pulling huge hair extensions out as I have long hair!

Hair loss stopped when my levels got back to normal post injections/tablets. I now have a whole layer of hair that's about 2 inches long, poking up through my longer hair. Not a great look but better than being bald!

I was so worried as you could see scalp shining under bright lights through my hair. It's fine anyway which didn't help.

Good luck!

JonesH Fri 17-May-13 10:54:21

I had this issue a few years ago and went to the doctors, they were not too helpful as the Dr told me it may have been due to my diet and a lack of iron, I was therefore told I needed to take iron tablets, but that I also needed zinc to help the Iron go into my system. I tried to get regular hair cuts - every 6 weeks, to help keep my hair healthy, but didn't really notice any change. Although my hair loss is not drastic, and many wouldn't know it was happening, it still makes me feel very self conscious, I malt everywhere in work..at home, in the shower it comes out in clumps. People have commented that my hair is very thick, but then at times to me, it seems very thin! Without a doubt every time I run my fingers through my hair or brush it hair comes out! Extremely confusing! I eventually went to a hair specialist over whether there were any products I could use to stop it, and I was told about these products which have really helped! Depending on your severity, i've used the Hair by Revitalash and noticed a change!Hope this helps!

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