Rubbish doctors are FRUSTRATING
Is anyone else a) sick and tired of the fact that there are a lack of doctors/dermatologists who are specialised in hair loss and b) at doctors diagnosing AGA at every given opportunity without proper examination or biopsies?
My story - I saw an increase in hair loss about three to four years ago, but it was seasonal, so over the summer it would be horrendous, then it would correct itself over the autumn/winter period. I never really took it too seriously until this time last year when I started to realise my hair was feeling thinner.
After a lot of research, I decided to go to an endocrinologist and get some blood tests done, specifically for PCOS, feretin, thyroid problems, vitamin D etc. Everything came back normal apart from my vitamin D (I was deficient) and my feretin (my levels were around 20). I was therefore given a vitamin D injection and told to take iron, twice daily.
When I went back for my second vitamin D injection about two months later, the hair loss completely stopped, and gradually would increase over the weeks following it. Which was great, in my mind, as it showed the vitamin D/iron combo was working.
During my third visit to the doctor, my feretin was at 158 (yes, he was amazed at how quickly I managed to get it that high), so he told me to completely stop taking the iron. I now question this decision, but more on that later.
Fast forward to today and I'm still on vitamin D, but my hair loss hasn't really stopped and the thin areas are starting to look even more obvious. In a moment of desperation I decided to try a dermatologist here who almost left me in tears. She asked a vague medical history, glanced over my old blood tests, took a quick look at my scalp and diagnosed me with AGA, completely disregarding my iron and vitamin D issues. She prescribed rogaine and told me this was my only solution.
What she did tell me was that your feretin has to be above 70 for more than three months to kick start hair growth, which I'm not convinced has ever been the case to me. So I am now questioning my endo's advice on stopping the iron after such a short time (it cannot have been longer than four months, and my hair loss had stopped during that period).
So now i have started taking iron twice daily, and will see what happens over the next three months. I DO NOT want to use rogaine at the age of 28! I am therefore taking my hair destiny into my own hands and seeing whether I can avoid using chemicals.
Has anyone else had a similar experience with feretin and hair loss?