I have lost so much of my hair the past year-not to mention my hair has no body and looks terrible. I had my first iron infusion this week and wondered if and when my iron stores come back I might regrow my hair? Any experiences?
I sure hope so. I am in the same boat as you are My hair has been falling out for over a year now. After several months, I finally went to the doctor and found out I was anemic. I am now on iron pills and biotin forte. So far, I don't really see any improvement in the shedding. My doctor keeps telling me to be patient - that it can take up to 6 months for hair to stop falling out AFTER you get your iron stores up. My hair is also thin for me (I used to have great thick hair) although at this point no one notices but me, my husband and my mom. I am anxious to hear
the responses to this post. I hope someone can shed (no pun intended some positive light!!
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My hair is also getting thin and I crave ice like crazy! It's like I can't get enough ice. I wake up during the night and go to the kitchen to get me a glass of ice and I sit there and eat it until it's all gone and sometimes I go back for more. Do any of you crave ice?
How low is your iron level? I have lost a ton of hair over the past 2 years. I too, used to have THICK hair and now have thin and can't figure out why. Have been to 3 Dr.'s and have had several tests with nothing abnormal. My iron is just below "normal" so my doc doesn't think that would make my hair fall out.
Jeel, if your iron levels are within range, but at the lower end of the scale this CAN cause hair loss. Your doctor should know that for hair to grow properly, and not shed to the point you have lost half of it, your iron levels need to be within a specific range.
I'm not sure of the ranges and how they are set out by various countries but my ferritin was 8 when the desirable range on my test results was 18 - 200 ug/L. Now i have been told that for successful and healthy hair growth you need to have roughly 70 or 80 - 200. This makes sense on why i've shed so much as my gp used to say all was fine with my blood tests and now i realise that i've always been right at the bottom of the scale, but b/c i was within the range he felt there was nothing to worry about.
I've been taking a liquid iron supplement off and on for a while now and will have a fresh blood test when i visit a trichologist (hair/scalp specialist) who will rule out any other possible reasons for my shedding.
I too have been told that it takes a WHILE to see results after boosting your iron levels and it's a matter of being patient.
I've been looking into helping my diet in other ways and not letting my body simply rely on the iron supplement. I read that rye has long been known to help anemia so have been eating rye bread instead of the other breads and i love the taste of it anyway. Avocados contain iron, as do mangos and i love both of them. I also make fruit smoothies, but i add a fresh egg yolk (not the white part, just yoke) as eggs are full of so many vitamins and quite a number of them are good for blood, hair, skin and nails i also add some wheatgerm. When i eat foods high in iron i am careful not to have caffienated drinks (tea/coffee/coke), instead i will have a herbal tea or a fruit juice. I make my steaks medium rare. Good circulation is also beneficial so a scalp massage or getting a bit of exercise is good too or some foods can give better circulation due to vitamin C, E and coenzyme Q10, this is where my egg yolk and wheat germ in my smoothies comes into it, as they are rich in vitamin E and the coenzyme Q10. B vitamins are also very important for your health and hair growth too.
Some other supplements which can promote hair health are : Lysine, Larginine, saw palmetto, grape seed extract, green tea extract, borage oil, soy, stinging nettle extract, biotin, rosemary. Of course you can't go taking everything so maybe sticking to a healthy diet, iron supplement, some exercise and then adding some good vitamins and perhaps trialing one or two of the other things is something you can do. Just remember, whatever you end up trying will take a while to show results so don't lose hope.
One thing which totally mystifies me is how a couple of ladies i have worked with were chronic smokers, had bad diets, were very low in iron and yet had thick hair and were not suffering from hair loss???? Perhaps some of us are more affected by our low iron levels than others, just like some people get cancer, yet others don't.
The specialist i went to see about my hair shedding and my anaemia confirmed that once my anaemia gets corrected that i should notice a lot of hair regrowth and he stated that most definitely it can be corrected. He told me roughly 3 - 6 months, but at the end of the day it can vary from individual to individual on how quick things happen as it all depends on your general well being, your diet, lifestyle and what type of supplement you are on and it's strength.
The stuff i had been taking up until my visit to this particular doctor wasn't bad, but he said that i could double the dosage and still it would take forever to get to where i ought to be so he gave me something which isn't available in supermarkets or healthfood stores but is quite strong so i guess i'll see what happens in my blood work in 3 months time.
Loosing hair is not only question of anemia (if you take enough iron, drink milk, take B-vitamin, should be better), but there could be other reason:
I had hair loss, and didn't know why. Then i had to find the cause for my swollen nose mucus membrane, it makes pressure into eyes, cheek and jaw bones, and my face is swollen all the time.
After one doctor from Switzerland wrote to me, I have to find the cause for my pains, I have started with Thyroid. I read all the time about health, and that was first to see. I was right. I have Hypotireosis.
Thyroid is cause for hair loss, tiredness, digestion problems, weak heart, dry mucus membrane and many other things.
If not that, find somebody who makes tibetian medicine. They are not all medical doctors, but they are searching, where is the point, from where are coming pains, or here hair loss, and give most of all, herbal drugs.
Hope, it helps,
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