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Hair loss

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prettyanddainty Fri 02-Aug-13 11:45:59

I have been losing my hair for the last 3 weeks, I have been suffering anxiety and insomnia as well. I have had tests done for the thyroid, and thyroid antibodies ,diabetes, liver, anaemia, b12, all have come back normal, the doctor has prescribed me beta blockers 8omg the modified slow release, but haven't taken them yet, my periods are normal.
Can anxiety and lack of sleep cause hair loss?
Any suggestions, as I am losing my mind with this.

RockinD Fri 02-Aug-13 13:25:00

It is much more likely that your B12 and ferritin are low in range - within range, therefore 'normal' in doctor speak, but far from optimal.

If I were you, I would ask for a print out of your test results and have a proper look at them. This is your data and you are entitled to it under the Data Protection Act.

To avoid hair loss, B12 needs to be above 500 and ferritin above 70. To be healthy, your TSH needs to be around 1 and your antibodies negative.

If there's any deviation from that, come back and post your results and we'll have a look at them.

cocolepew Fri 02-Aug-13 13:42:25

I've had the same problem, thought it might be thyroid or anemia. My ferritin levels are too high confused.

How old are you, I think mine is linked to low estrogen. It was so thin at the back that I cut it from long to short a few weeks ago.

prettyanddainty Fri 02-Aug-13 13:52:33

cocoHi I am 34. Thanks rockin I will go back on Monday and ask for a print out. Can you recommend any good b12 vitamins that I can buy?

Procrastinating Fri 02-Aug-13 13:54:00

Are you on antibiotics OP? I had some that made my hair fall out.

cocolepew Fri 02-Aug-13 13:55:54

I would ask for a hormone level test too. 34 is young, but I was peri-menopausal by 35.
It wouldn't hurt to get one, just to be sure smile.

prettyanddainty Fri 02-Aug-13 15:00:49

procast no I haven't been on antibiotics. coco I did ask for a hormone level test, but he said if my periods are normal, I don't need one. What kind of hormonal conditions are you thinking?

cocolepew Fri 02-Aug-13 16:43:31

I was thinking peri-menopausal. I was having normal (albeit heavy) periods when I peri -menopausal.

I've had a total hysterectomy thats how I know I'm low on estrogen.

RockinD Fri 02-Aug-13 17:05:19

Stick 'em under your tongue, they dissolve and are absorbed by the membranes in the mouth, thus bypassing the stomach and any absorption issues you may have.

prettyanddainty Fri 02-Aug-13 17:40:50

Thanks rockind I am ordering some right away, can't be doing with this hair loss.x

prettyanddainty Fri 02-Aug-13 17:43:41

Just ordered some.

expressoplease Fri 02-Aug-13 20:36:44

I've had hairloss, heart palpitations, feeling faint with results showing low ferritin, low vitamin D but interestingly high B12 which my doc thinks is irrelevant. I also had lots of neurological symptoms which worried me as my mum has MS however the numbness etc seems to have subsided.
Initially I though the mirena coil was the cause and deciced to have it removed as the fbc and thyroid test came back normal but 3 months later my doctor finally tested my vitamin levels and they came back low. I've been taking iron tablets but don't feel I'm getting anywhere because my periods are so heavy from the mirena removal and my hair loss, palpitations and dizziness is continuing. Does anyone know how long it takes to get the ferritin levels back to a decent range?

prettyanddainty Fri 02-Aug-13 20:54:44

express I am also on vitamin d meds, as I was quite low in vitamin d.

expressoplease Fri 02-Aug-13 21:13:13

Did you have your ferritin levels checked prettyanddainty? Apparently the ferritin is not tested in a standard fbc (full blood count).
Also, I was told I wasn't anemic based on my hemoglobin levels but months later my ferratin levels were finally tested which showed up low - hence the iron prescription.

prettyanddainty Fri 02-Aug-13 21:40:32

express no I haven't had my ferratin levels checked, I will ask the dr for another blood test on Monday, he said I was not anaemic, have you stopped losing your hair now? also did low ferratin give you insomnia?

expressoplease Fri 02-Aug-13 21:51:48

Yes I had insomnia and my legs were twitching at night - those symptoms seem to have subsided but I'm still losing hair although I've only been on the iron for 6 weeks. My hair was my most redeeming feature now I'm left with a scraggly pony tail with sunglasses permanently on my head to hide the thin scalp sad

prettyanddainty Fri 02-Aug-13 21:52:48

Oh dear sad.

prettyanddainty Mon 05-Aug-13 13:54:05

Went to see another gp today at my local surgery, asked her about all my results. My b12 and ferratin is fine, but my I have thyroid antibodies (positive) she said it was not enough for me to go and see an endocronoligist and the nhs wont do anything about it, so I have booked to see a private Endo this afternoon at the spire health, hopefully he will give me some insight about it all.

prettyanddainty Mon 05-Aug-13 21:45:21

Had my appointment with the private endo at the spire health. He checked all my blood tests and said that at the moment I don't need any medication, my thyroid levels were normal 1.69 I think, but the antibodies were positive, so why did he not treat me?
He said my tiredness and hairloss were probably vitamin d deficiency, he is also running some blood tests on polycystic ovaries and other hormonal conditions. I thought you were supposed to be on medication if your antibodies were positive.

expressoplease Wed 07-Aug-13 01:50:07

I think it maybe worth starting another thread regarding your thyroid results. Others may have more knowledge on this subject and you're likely get a better response from someone who can interpret thyroid results.

cocolepew Wed 07-Aug-13 11:14:17

I was at my osteopath this morning who told me I was lacking in magnesium. This was causing muscle and ligament damage as well as adrenal failure. The adrenals were working hard to give me energy which in turn was causing my thyroid to slow down. The adrenal glands 'borrow'' energy from the thyroid. This was why my hair was falling out.
I need to take 400mg of magnesium a day for 6 weeks then I can vut it diwnto 200mg if I wsnt.

I know 'alternative' ways aren't too everyone's taste but I thought I would shsre in case anyone wanted to try the magnesium.

prettyanddainty Wed 07-Aug-13 11:29:58

Thanks for that coco I have ordered a couple different vitamins, it us useful to have others experience and advice.x

prettyanddainty Sat 10-Aug-13 14:37:55

Well I have had all my tests including pcos, testosterone, lupus, and a couple more, and they have all come up as normal, so I am baffled as to why I am losing hair sad.

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