Thanks for the imput everyone
I 'think' all areas are being addressed. I'm back on an iron supplement (think my ferretin is up in the high 50's so that's decent and not too too low, but my doctor wants it over 100).
The pancreatic enzymes will help me digest and therefore absorb protein much more readily, reduce some/all? inflammation of my thyroid so that should help.
The cortate i'm taking to help with the cortisol needed for my adrenals should help.
The T3 med i'm on (Triiodothyronine) should help.
I feel i have all bases covered, but i also realise my estrogen is high and my testosterone is a 'little' high. I've been told they will stabilise when all of the above kicks in. One can only hope. I also know hormonal imbalance can cause hair loss.
One thing has really bothered me and i've been wracking my brain over this particular issue. If hair stops falling out for a period of time it is usually due to something. Well mid december 2007 to mid january 2008 my hair did stop shedding. It was amazing. I was so excited and happy and thought my problems were over (didn't know about my thyroid and other issues at that point).
Towards the end of january it began shedding more and more again
but i couldn't figure out why, what had changed, what was different. I have heard that in a lot of instances your hair wont feel the effects of something you did until 3 months down the track. Finally on sunday it hit me when i was cleaning out my kitchen cupboards and came across my old iodine drops.
I had been lower than low in iodine and my previous doctor, who was treating my low iron, put me on iodine drops. My iodine improved and i never went back on the drops. This is the only 'different' thing that didn't fit in with my normal routine. My new doctor has recently gotten me to do a test to see how much iodine my body loses in a 24hr period. I appear to have the inability to absorb or to hold onto vitamin D, iodine and iron, but my B12 is great for some reason.
Barbara Ann - looks like the key to your hair issues could be your iron. You ought to get a full iron study, just to know where you stand. Both my doctors beleive ferretin should at least be 70+ and better still between 100 - 125.
For me, there is the chance that my key could be the iodine and possibly a little of all the other things i mentioned.
Sometimes i feel like i'm going round in circles with all these issues