Hi, I'm dealing with major hormonal shifts and diffuse, mostly constant shedding over the last 1.5 years. I lose about 100-300 per day, and it's really bad right now (I easily lost 300 in a somewhat stressful shower this evening). I also live rurally with limited specialists. We have about 3 derms, and the best has a 9-month wait (I'm in the queue). My current derm was like "probably not Androgenetic Alopecia... Just wacky hormone flux! *shrug* it'll get better! try some rogaine while you wait, it can only help!" (I'm not on rogaine yet.) She tested my iron and zinc. Zinc was low and I'm supplementing. Iron was 127 (I don't have reference) which is "normal". My PCP said it's high enough that we don't need to test my ferritin. That doesn't jive with what I've read. I should really get a ferritin rest too, right? Iron and ferritin can have unrelated values? Also, has anyone had to supplement zinc and have tips on that? Argh. Today sucked in the hair department! Feeling a bit worried and confused.