18 months of utter misery..two doctors surgeries and .two endocrinologists later and I'm still no further down the line....hey ho i can hear you all screaming at me.."I TOLD YOU SO"
Ok ok i get it and I'm ready to listen and learn...
so I'm on 2 grains of armour thyroid at present and have been taking this steadily over the last 5 months (with a short break of 6 weeks to see if hair would stop falling out) ok i see your eyes rolling! i promptly got back on it as i was feeling so fkn ill.....
Anyway energy is increasing but i still feel VERY fatigued, i have an average core temperature of 35.5 and feel cold a lot of the time......my greatest misery is the chronic hair loss i am experiencing....possibly due to low iron as it will not store....for some reason?? my level is at 16
im 51 years old, perimenopausal and damned right miserable.....
I've completely changed my diet to gluten free, I'm also dairy free but i do have the odd cup of tea with milk in on the rare occasion....Gluten was an issue and feel better for going gluten free
I am on a plethora of vitamins, B12, Iron, vitamin C (for iron) and zinc, i take vitamin K, vitamin D and vitamin B complex. gi flora probiotic,I also take a natural phytoestrogen for menopausal symptoms....(FX menopause) which is green tea extract and mung bean. i use Apple cider vinegar for absorption and low stomach acid..
i take the various vitamins at different times and with the right foods i.e. iron and bit C plus orange, i take the bit D and K with fat soluble foods etc...ive thrown some l lysine into the mix as i believe that it helps iron to bind or something....?
my diet is great! freshly prepared clean food and i eat regularly to keep sugar levels even....
i work part time in a non stressful job ( i had to )
i do yoga and gym ( although gym is a bit hit and miss due to chronic low energy)
i don't want to bore you with the test results but basically my TSH is at upper end of normal and the endo suggested getting it to the lower limit....GREAT...i should be the picture of health right?
My skin is spotty and grey pasty looking...
Whats with the hair loss???? i am so GUTTED about this and a friend from this forum has had enough of me whinging about it!
Short of stepping off the planet due to wanting to throw the towel in i honestly do not know what else to do to stop it...
Thing is....it started last November when i started the Armour thyroid.....thing is i started fx menopause at the seam time!!
i blamed armour for the hair loss and stopped it for 6-7 weeks in the hopes the hair would stop falling out...it didn't....it got worse
i started to look down other avenues...and wondered if it was the chronic low iron
my level is at 16 at the moment and i understand you need a level of 40 for regrowth and 70 for hair to actually stay in! I'm on 4 sachets of spa tone a day now as well as 2 X iron byglycinate 50mg and have been for over 3 months with no real lift in iron levels when tested. my iron was as low as 4 last summer but i dint have this hair loss then!
i pleaded with my doctor to help me but he said I'm not anaemic and that theres nothing else he can do ...its my age
he then agreed to refer me to a gastroenterologist...( i had pleaded for this last year when my guts were so bloated) i since went gluten free and that helped! but I'm wondering about absorption???? my vitamin and iron content has remained pretty low despite supplementison for monthS!!!
so is this hair loss due to iron deficiency or is it due to the FX menopause stuff...my thinking being estrogen dominance?
WTAF should i do next to stop it?
can anyone help me ?????
is there anyone here who has had tis but can tell me it will grow back? i am utterly miserable and desperate i can't cope with the tiredness and the miserable hair loss for much longer and i don't want to make things worse by chopping and changing but i HAVE to try something.....i cannot maintain this level of hair loss for much longer i can see my scalp the hair is frizzy and brittle..
nobody seems to be able to help.
if this is as good as it gets I'm seriously going to consider my position in the world
Thanks for you input xxxxx