Dismiss Notice
Welcome! Please read this announcement regarding the new Forums: Click Here"

Can you have TE recovery induced by medication...even with a ferritin lower than 70?

Discussion in 'Women's General Hair Loss Discussions' started by JenVoy, Oct 25, 2015.

  1. JenVoy

    JenVoy Established Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2015
    Messages:
    187
    Likes Received:
    2
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Okay ladies...
    I've posted about my TE induced by the drug trazodone several times. I'm wondering if anyone here has gone through something similar or knows someone who has?

    I'm so perplexed by my TE. I've had TE for over 3 months now. My ferritin when this all started was a 24, Iron 142, Vitamin D 29. 3 months later my Iron dropped to 138, Ferritin 42, Vitamin D 40. My shedding, I'm estimating is still 120-150 daily down from 150-200.

    What I'm not understanding is why the shed didn't occur earlier since I had TE after the birth of my son (post partum shedding) and I didn't lose a significant amount. I know it's still early on and I have 3 more months to possibly recover from this TE but it's crazy to me that I removed my trigger and it's still happening. I've lost 40-45% of my hair so far.

    Has anyone had recovery of TE by finding the trigger, removing it and recovering within 6 months. Even with a lower end ferritin like mine?

    I realize I may not get an answer, considering much of the recoveries here have probably moved on! ;)
     
  2. Wolf924

    Wolf924 Experienced Member

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2015
    Messages:
    509
    Likes Received:
    3
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Yes, I found my trigger (or suspected trigger(s)) removed it, and am now in recovery. It took a lot of testing and various doctors, and it took 10 months of shedding before this ended for me (the excessive shedding.) I mentioned before to you, but 3-6 months high shed is textbook TE, and in my experience not really the norm, and you might have another trigger aside from the drug. Keep in mind that with TE, many people try to stop the shedding by quickly adding in other items like Rogaine, vitamins, etc., and that can sometimes trigger a new round of TE on top of your original bought of TE. For you I do recommend to see a specialist, and really take a close look at your hormones, because hormones are a big culprit in hair loss, even if you don't suspect them to be.

    I am in recovery for sure but I promised to stick around for a bit because there are people here who need support, and I remember in the height of my shed I was desperate for any answers.
     
  3. Eliza1990

    Eliza1990 Established Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2015
    Messages:
    486
    Likes Received:
    24
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Hey JenVoy! Others have already responded with similar thoughts to mine, but it's very normal to see several months lag time when it comes to TE. This is true both for the onset of the shedding as well as the resolution. In addition, recovery from TE in the vast majority of people is gradual, so there's little rhyme or reason to when exactly you begin to see shed improvement.

    Your ferritin was on the lower end when your shed kicked off, but not so low that you can be sure it was a contributing factor. Therefore, you may not have needed to increase your ferritin for your TE to resolve. With that being said, it is great that you have increased it, because some people (not all) seem to have a more challenging time recovering from a TE if their ferritin is < 40.
     
  4. JenVoy

    JenVoy Established Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2015
    Messages:
    187
    Likes Received:
    2
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Perhaps using the word "recovery" was the wrong word to use. Thank you for your insightful info on timeline. I think I need to stop comparing my issue with trazodone with other ladies that used it and experienced TE. I was imagining back in September that this would stop at exactly 3 months from when it started...since this is what happened with another woman who took the same drug. I do realize the rate of growth. I'm more (as I'm sure everyone here is) wanting the shed to stop...which to me is "recovery" from the awful shed. At this point I've lost 45% of my hair and I've already mourned the loss of my hair in a sense. I'm just anticipating the shed to be over. What I'm trying to be optimistic about, since the trigger was removed 3 months ago...that perhaps in another 3 months time the shedding will stop despite the low ferritin, and Vitamin D...since I didn't have TE prior to taking the drug.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Thanks Wolf. My gut is telling me hormones are not a factor here. I know my trigger was trazodone (which lucky me puts me in the 1% of severe alopecia side effect...yipee!) I got pregnant, had my son and had post partum hair loss that was typical. I got put on BC 8 weeks after having my son; had no hair loss. Didn't have TE from getting on and off the BC for the past 2 years. I've had a regular cycle; except when stopping both the trazodone and the BC pill within the same month back in July. My cycles are now back to normal. I had my Dr. check my hormone levels and they're all fine.

    At this point it is a waiting game, I just wondered if perhaps despite the ferritin and Vitamin D levels this would eventually taper off within the textbook range of 3-6 months. Guess I'll just have to the the only person to answer this for myself in time. ;)

    - - - Updated - - -

    Very true Eliza. I keep telling myself how lucky I am to have removed the trigger right when I noticed the hair shed, and found out all my deficiencies. Not many women get that a specific drug caused their hair loss and or found out their ferritin level is low.

    Thanks ladies.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Eliza, how is your hair shed these days?
     
  5. Eliza1990

    Eliza1990 Established Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2015
    Messages:
    486
    Likes Received:
    24
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Thanks for asking! You are sweet. The answer is, it's been fluctuating. I started keeping a log because 1. I'm a nerd and 2. I realized it's really hard to remember in hindsight. Looking back, it started improving in mid-September and was averaging 125 by the end of the month. It averaged around 110 the first week of October, 95 the second week*, then back up to 120ish the third week. It climbed for several days, peaked around 140 on Saturday, 115 yesterday, and today probably back to 100 (woo!). I'm handling the daily fluctuation pretty well, but I do get anxious dealing with multiple days/week+ of higher shed worrying I might have been imagining a recovery! After shedding over 200 hairs daily (with no fluctuation) for over a year though, I just need to keep reminding myself that what I'm seeing now with my shed is definite improvement.

    *that week was amazing, there were 3 days straight where I shed around 80 hairs. Lots of pants-less solo dance parties in my apartment ensued.
     
  6. JenVoy

    JenVoy Established Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2015
    Messages:
    187
    Likes Received:
    2
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Thanks Sarah! I swear I'm throwing a hair party once the shed is over!
     

Share This Page