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Old 02-01-2010, 09:09 AM   #1
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Low Ferritin

Hi everyone,
For the past 9 mths I have been losing large amount of my hair.
I saw a Dermatologist last week, she ordered a blood test.
This is how it came back:
RBC: 3.97
Hemoglobin 11.2
Ferritin: 5

She called me and told me that she felt my ferritin count was dangerously low.
She wants me to go on 325 mg ferrous sulfate.
Well after taking only 2 of these pills, I got severely constipated. I should mention that I suffer with that problem anyways, but taking iron doubled the constipation. I have been taking Miralax for this 3 times a day for the past 10 yrs.
My question is, where it is impossible for me to take Iron, what happens now?
Believe me, I want to take the iron, but can't tolerate it. In the meantime my hair is falling out more & more.

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Old 02-13-2010, 08:50 PM   #2
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Re: Low Ferritin

Do a web search on "325 mg ferrous sulfate", and take a look at the side effects.

Two things you could try: 1) Try taking a much lower does, like 15 to 30 mg or
(2) Try taking an Herbal capsules that's high in iron, like Mullein, Kelp, Bilberry, Milk Thistle or/and Echinacea rt.

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Also try increasing iron containing foods in your diet. Note that when consuming plant sources of iron, consuming vitamin C containing foods with them increases iron absorption. Cooking acidic foods like chili and spaghetti sauce in cast iron pots also increases their iron content (though if you share such dishes with men or women past childbearing age, be careful that they do not get too much iron).

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Re: Low Ferritin

How is your Thyroid. Hair loss is a common ailment of hypothyroidism (low thyroid).

Old 02-15-2010, 02:31 PM   #5
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Hi Jen,
My thyroid is fine....just that dam low ferritin!

Old 02-15-2010, 03:51 PM   #6
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Try ferrous gluconate or ferrous fumarate. I had the same problem with the f.sulfate but I do well on the other two, no constipation at all and believe me, I am prone to it. I once spoke with the head of dermatology research at Cleveland Clinic and she said that for a woman, a ferritin level under 70 will cause symptoms. So hopefully one of these will work for you and you will get your hair back!

Old 03-04-2010, 12:22 AM   #7
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Believe me, I know exactly how you feel. Tested in December as was feeling really tired and thought I needed to up my thyroid meds. Very low ferritin (4), serum iron (6) and haemoglobin (113). Now taking 322mg ferrous fumerate twice a day together with another multivitamin and b vits. Take tablets with vit c for better absorption. Having never been a meat eater losing my hair scares me the most, may sound vain, but it does. So I'm now following a diet rich in iron, lots of red meat, liver, and green leafy veg. Also take 2 tsp of blackstrap molasses which is very high in iron. Can't help as my levels are so low. Hopefully having a blood test next week to see how things are progressing.

Keep your chin up..... easier said than done I know.

My hair was shedding really bad but think it has slowed down over the last week or so, hopefully meds are working ...

Old 03-04-2010, 03:31 PM   #8
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Re: Low Ferritin

floradix is a liquid iron you can take and it does not constipate you. you can get it from your doctor. It works wonders and does not taste to bad!

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Re: Low Ferritin

There is a type of iron called carbonyl iron that has a reputation for causing less side effects that ferrous sulphate. Common brand name is Sundown Perfect Iron. It isnt expensive. Taking it with a glass of orange jucie can help absorbsion.

More fibre (either from bran, fruit etc, or a glass of Metamucil) thould help to stop any constipation that arises.

Your doc is right, you need iron supplementation for some months to build up your bodys iron stores.

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