post-surgery hair loss?

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post-surgery hair loss?

Postby Arcee » Wed Jul 22, 2009 8:54 am

Not such a big deal, especially compared to Lew's rash, but anyone else on Coumadin and Plavix noticing that their hair is coming out? I am definitely shedding way more than normal. It's not clumps (at least not yet), and I think it is a not uncommon side effect, but am wondering if anyone else has experienced this or has comments. Thanks.
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Postby LR1234 » Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:15 am

I have that problem at the moment but have not had the CCSVI surgery.
I am thinking it is either A.my thyroid, B. lack of iron, C.raised liver enzymes or D. not eating enough fats. (still trying to work out for me which one it is)
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Postby peekaboo » Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:24 am

I shed all year long, but more in the summer like most mammals :?
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Postby jimmylegs » Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:36 am

hallo,
-alopecia is a known side effect of anticoagulant therapy including warfarin (coumadin)
(aside: warfarin thins blood via vitamin k antagonism; vitamin e is also a vitamin k antagonist; magnesium helps thin your blood too)

-warfarin increases iron requirement
http://content.karger.com/ProdukteDB/pr ... /000228074

-low iron is associated with alopecia
http://www.nature.com/jid/journal/v121/ ... 2007a.html
Decreased Serum Ferritin is Associated With Alopecia in Women
the mean ferritin level (ng per ml [95% confidence intervals]) in patients with androgenetic alopecia (37.3 [28.4, 46.1]) and alopecia areata (24.9 [17.2, 32.6]) were statistically significantly lower than in normals without hair loss (59.5 [40.8, 78.1])

-worried about supplementing iron in ms? make sure your zinc is optimal (18.2 umol/L), not low or deficient like many ms patients.
http://www.jbc.org/cgi/content/full/283/8/5168
Zinc Deficiency-induced Iron Accumulation, a Consequence of Alterations in Iron Regulatory Protein-binding Activity, Iron Transporters, and Iron Storage Proteins

-are there more benefits to zinc optimization in ms? yes there are - you can watch your serum uric acid bump up to optimal too. this effect is supported in the literature, and personally i have been watching it happen with my own bloodwork. i have also observed drastically increased response to d3 supplementation.

FYI, and HTH,
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Postby Arcee » Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:42 am

Thanks! Very helpful. Have been meaning to bump up the iron so now seems like a good time.
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Postby jimmylegs » Wed Jul 22, 2009 1:20 pm

you're welcome :)
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Postby Jamie » Wed Jul 22, 2009 4:41 pm

Nope!
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