> I've been having problems with hair loss. Nothing dramatic, but a
> concern as it's been going on for a while. Was tested for testosterone,
> DHEAs and ferritin. The first two were normal, ferritin was very low.
> I'm sensitive/allergic to ferrous sulphate and ferrous gluconate. Mild
> histamine response, nausea, diarrhea. My mother told me the Flintstones
> vitamins I took as a kid for a summer caused horrible mood swings. I
> really don't need that, my attitude is bad enough now as it is.
> I now have a 'scrip for ferrous fumarate and I don't want to take it.
> Anybody have any suggestions to raise ferritin levels? I already eat
> lots of meat...I like liver...
> This has been a lifelong problem. Would ending monthly cycles result in
> less iron loss?
You should have a pituitary adrenal workup, and also have your 25(OH)D
(vitamin D) checked.
See if you can get midnight salivary, 24 hour urinary free urinary
cortisol, cortisol binding globulin, 4 p.m. ACTH (requires special
handling) and 4 p.m. serum cortisol.
DM and hypercortisolemia often go hand in hand, and low ferritin is a
very common occurrence.