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Hair Loss - When Will It Come Back?


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#1 granolagal

 
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Posted 23 October 2011 - 08:29 AM

In the last 2 years I've lost about 80% of my hair. No bald patches but thinning terribly and breakage everywhere. I can't wear it down, I fear using an elastic, I only air dry it, I use hot oil treatments and all kinds of leave in conditioners. I was sent to a dermatologist who said that since I don't have bald patches there's nothing she can do for me. My doctor did blood work and it turns out my iron level is at 10. I guess it should be at 40. Anyway, I took supplements for 3 months but my iron only went down...that eventually led to my Celiac Disease diagnosis (amoungst other symptoms). My question is....did anyone else have hair loss issues? If so - did it ever fully grow back??? I'm praying the answer is "yes". Please also let me know how long it took to grow back.

Thanks in advance...
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Posted 23 October 2011 - 09:18 AM

First, I hope that you're now receiving iron infusions to get your iron level up. Second, yes, I've had the thinning-hair issue. Mine apparently was caused by a combination of thyroid problems, low zinc, low B vitamins, and low silicon. I ended up taking chelated zinc, a fantastic silicon product called "BioSil," and a co-enzyme B complex vitamin. I also corrected my thyroid problem with medication. My hair grew back in thick and shiny--I noticed new growth all over my head after about 3-4 weeks.
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Posted 23 October 2011 - 09:34 AM

First, I hope that you're now receiving iron infusions to get your iron level up. Second, yes, I've had the thinning-hair issue. Mine apparently was caused by a combination of thyroid problems, low zinc, low B vitamins, and low silicon. I ended up taking chelated zinc, a fantastic silicon product called "BioSil," and a co-enzyme B complex vitamin. I also corrected my thyroid problem with medication. My hair grew back in thick and shiny--I noticed new growth all over my head after about 3-4 weeks.


Thank you! A glimmer of hope! I had my thyroid tested and it's normal. My doctor said she doesn't administer the iron shots. She just wants me to wait until I've been gluten-free for a while and then start taking the supplements again. But it's getting so bad. Everyday I cry getting ready for work. It's terribly embarrassing. I'm going to look up BioSil. But when should I start taking these supplements? How long will it take before my body will start absorbing them?!?

EDIT: p.s. I've only been gluten-free (diagnosed) for 6 days...
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Posted 23 October 2011 - 09:41 AM

I would take your iron now. It's unlikely that 100% of your intestines can't absorb anything at all. If you are taking the iron, you know that there is always some available for the part of your intestine that can pick it up. Don't take the iron with any calcium - food or vitamin. Also, get some sublingual B 12. You put it under your tongue and it is absorbed thru your " skin". The B 12 helps you utilize the iron.
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Posted 23 October 2011 - 02:17 PM

I would take your iron now. It's unlikely that 100% of your intestines can't absorb anything at all. If you are taking the iron, you know that there is always some available for the part of your intestine that can pick it up. Don't take the iron with any calcium - food or vitamin. Also, get some sublingual B 12. You put it under your tongue and it is absorbed thru your " skin". The B 12 helps you utilize the iron.


True. Although I wonder why my iron went down after being on the supplements for 3 months? I'm so desperate to feel normal again and have hair, I may just start taking the supplements now. Like you said, it's got to be better than none. Thanks for the tip on B12, I'll have to look for it at the pharmacy. So much to learn.... :unsure:
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Posted 23 October 2011 - 05:20 PM

In addition to the iron and sublingual B12 also add in a biotin supplement and make sure that anything you are using on your hair is free of gluten. It usually takes at least 3 months to see any noticeable regrowth. I know how disheartening it is to lose so much hair but it should grow back. Do be very strict with the diet though as for some of us the hairloss can be related just as much to the autoimmune issues of celiac as it is to the nutritional problems. I still lose hair whenever I am glutened severely and it takes about a month for the shedding to stop.
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Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis
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Posted 23 October 2011 - 07:40 PM

All good suggestions, but I added the B vitamins and Biotin and nothing happened. It was only when I took chelated zinc and BioSil that my hair regrew. It was absolutely emotional for me to see new growth all over my head! I wish this same thing to happen to you...

As for the iron, your doctor does NOT understand that you're unable to absorb iron. Most doctors won't give iron injections, and that's fine. However, it's possible to get iron infusions, and many doctors are unaware of this. Your doctor can order infusions, and if she doesn't know how much to prescribe, she can speak to a doctor or nurse who does know. You receive infusions at the hospital in their infusion clinic--you receive iron through an IV. I was unaware of this procedure until someone advised me on this forum. I was on iron infusions for nearly two years before my body was finally able to absorb iron. Without the infusions, I may have died. Please don't place yourself in harm's way--iron is crucial for good health, and if you're lacking in iron for longer than two years, you can begin to develop cancer because of low cellular respiration. If your doctor refuses to prescribe iron infusions, find another doctor. I'm serious.
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Posted 24 October 2011 - 09:34 PM

Rosetapper:

What type of thyroid medication did/do you take, and how much biosil are you using?

Thanks,
Karen
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Posted 25 October 2011 - 08:09 AM

In the last 2 years I've lost about 80% of my hair. No bald patches but thinning terribly and breakage everywhere. I can't wear it down, I fear using an elastic, I only air dry it, I use hot oil treatments and all kinds of leave in conditioners. I was sent to a dermatologist who said that since I don't have bald patches there's nothing she can do for me. My doctor did blood work and it turns out my iron level is at 10. I guess it should be at 40. Anyway, I took supplements for 3 months but my iron only went down...that eventually led to my Celiac Disease diagnosis (amoungst other symptoms). My question is....did anyone else have hair loss issues? If so - did it ever fully grow back??? I'm praying the answer is "yes". Please also let me know how long it took to grow back.

Thanks in advance...


My iron was around 14 at its lowest and alopecia was definitely one of my symptoms. My level is still only about 25 after two years on supplements, but the hair loss was helped by taking iron pills. My hair is much, much better than it was, but is still not back to what it looked like about 5-6 years ago (before all my problems started). I took iron for close to a year before I really started noticing a difference in my hair though... I think it can take awhile.
BTW, some dermatologists who believe that hair loss can be caused by low serum ferritin say you need to get your levels back up to 50-75 to really have optimal hair growth.
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Posted 25 October 2011 - 08:35 AM

Thank you! A glimmer of hope! I had my thyroid tested and it's normal. My doctor said she doesn't administer the iron shots. She just wants me to wait until I've been gluten-free for a while and then start taking the supplements again. But it's getting so bad. Everyday I cry getting ready for work. It's terribly embarrassing. I'm going to look up BioSil. But when should I start taking these supplements? How long will it take before my body will start absorbing them?!?

EDIT: p.s. I've only been gluten-free (diagnosed) for 6 days...

I am not a doc but I don't understand why she wanted you to wait til you have been on a gluten-free diet to start supplements?? I had hair loss but I didn't wait for doc to tell me what I needed to take for supplements, as I would still be waiting at this point unfortunately. BioSil drops will help a great deal but make sure you get some zinc, B complex, iron and look at Primrose oil. I had a thyroid growth and belonged to a group for people with thyroid issues. The leader lost a whole bunch of hair and contributed Primrose oil for the regrowth. Her hair looks fantastic so it is possible, I've seen it with my own eyes.
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Posted 25 October 2011 - 10:51 AM

I take Armour Thyroid because I need both T3 and T4, and I take one capsule of BioSil per day. Of course, drops may be better for you, though, since you're currently having absorption problems.

I sure hope you follow through on requesting iron infusions. You seem like a good candidate for them--and shame on your doctor for not being knowledgeable enough to order them for you! All of my doctors at Kaiser had never heard of infusions, but one of them was willing to look into it. He called me soon after and told me that the Infusion Center told him that iron was the most common type of infusion. However, it appears that most doctors never got that memo...
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Posted 25 October 2011 - 12:13 PM

I've also had thinning hair problems and know how hard it can be to look in the mirror each day to see the damage. My hair dresser recommended taking biotin. When I first started taking it I didn't notice a difference, but after a few months and increasing my dosage, I noticed a big difference.

My doctor also put me on prescription iron supplements. And I switched to gluten-free shampoo and styling products. There are a bunch of threads on here with different recommendations on gluten-free products.

You said your thyroid was tested. Was it a regular TSH test? Or a T3 and T4 test. I read somewhere that you can have a regular TSH test but still have thyroid problems that are only detectable by testing T3 and T4 levels. There are a lot of people on this board way more knowledgable about the thyroid stuff than me, so maybe they can confirm if I speaking correctly about that.

Also, for me my hair got worse on the gluten free diet before it got better. So be patient. It's taken me several months for my hair to look better. At first I was very discouraged, but now I'm seeing progress.

And I'm definitely going to run out and get some BioSil and Primrose Oil to try.
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Posted 06 November 2011 - 01:48 PM

Okay, so I went out today and bought chelated zinc, BioSil (which was sooooo expensive!!!) and primrose oil (which is a pill). They're all pill form actually - I couldn't find anything in liquid form. So hopefully my system will digest it. It'll be a real waste of money if my system can't absorb this stuff. With tax it was close to $125. So how many pills of each thing should I be taking? Any suggestions?

Zinc Chelazome: I think the pills have 155 mg each (says to take one a day)

BioSil: (instructions say to take 2 a day)

Primrose Oil: 1000 mg softgels (instructions say to take 2-3 a day!?)

I also have GNC Ultra Women's Nourish Hair which contains all B vitamins including biotin. Does anyone know if I'm combining too many things?? :blink:
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 12:17 AM

Okay, so I went out today and bought chelated zinc, BioSil (which was sooooo expensive!!!) and primrose oil (which is a pill). They're all pill form actually - I couldn't find anything in liquid form. So hopefully my system will digest it. It'll be a real waste of money if my system can't absorb this stuff. With tax it was close to $125. So how many pills of each thing should I be taking? Any suggestions?

Zinc Chelazome: I think the pills have 155 mg each (says to take one a day)

BioSil: (instructions say to take 2 a day)

Primrose Oil: 1000 mg softgels (instructions say to take 2-3 a day!?)

I also have GNC Ultra Women's Nourish Hair which contains all B vitamins including biotin. Does anyone know if I'm combining too many things?? :blink:

You are right on track, and no this is not too much to combine. I think everyone of those products reads on the back that they should be taken with a meal. Do that to help with absorbtion. At first you might notice little change. The first thing I noticed was my hair was falling out. Zinc and Biosil are both good to for other things, I know it's not cheap and you may wonder if it is doing anything. I went off my BioSil to see if it was making a difference and my har started falling out again. I have not used the tablets. The drops taste terrible even in juice so if the tabs work, great! Let us know how it works for you!!
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 05:45 AM

My immune system is so weak I respond to eggs and dustmites like I have an allergy. (The allergy tests show very, very mild sensitivity, but my body says other wise. Hoping to get well now that I'm focuses on the celiac.) One symptom is hair weakness and thinning. As soon as I cut back my eggs, it goes away.
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