hi s yes i'm blonde haha, highlights are on their way
that's great that your doc ordered some tests. do you know which ones? not my business - i'm just curious. are they examining the hair itself too? that could be a pretty interesting addition to the bloodwork.
i don't think i've seen esr on my requisitions before, that's an inflammation indicator i gather? i just got the elevated proteins and oligoclonal band thingies in the csf. boo!
here's a more general blurb i found on hair nutrition:
Healthy Hair Vitamins
Vitamin A - Antioxidant that helps produce healthy sebum in the scalp. Food sources: Fish liver oil, meat, milk, cheese, eggs, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, apricots and peaches. Daily Dose: 5,000 IU.
Warnings: More than 25,000 IU daily is toxic and can cause hair loss and other serious health problems.
Vitamin C - Antioxidant that helps maintain skin & hair health. Food sources: Citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapple, tomatoes, green peppers, potatoes and dark green vegetables. Daily Dose: 60 mg.
Vitamin E - Antioxidant that enhances scalp circulation. Food sources: Cold-pressed vegetable oils, wheat germ oil, soybeans, raw seeds and nuts, dried beans, and leafy green vegetables. Daily dose: Up to 400 IU. Warnings: Can raise blood pressure and reduce blood clotting. People taking high blood pressure medication or anticoagulants should check with their doctors before taking Vitamin E supplements.
Biotin - Helps produce keratin, may prevent graying and hair loss. Food sources: Brewer's yeast, whole grains, egg yolks, liver, rice and milk. Daily dose: 150-300 mcg.
Inositol - Keeps hair follicles healthy at the cellular level. Food sources: Whole grains, brewer's yeast, liver and citrus fruits. Daily Dose: Up to 600 mg.
Niacin (Vitamin B3) - Promotes scalp circulation. Food sources: Brewer's yeast, wheat germ, fish, chicken, turkey and meat. Daily dose: 15 mg. Warnings: Taking more than 25 mg a day can result in "niacin flush" - a temporary heat sensation due to blood cell dialiation.
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) - Prevents graying and hair loss. Food sources: Whole grain cereals, brewer's yeast, organ meats and egg yolks. Daily dose: 4-7 mg.
Vitamin B6 - Prevents hair loss, helps create melanin, which gives hair its color. Food sources: Brewer's yeast, liver, whole grain cereals, vegetables, organ meats and egg yolk. Daily dose: 1.6 mg. Warnings: High doses can cause numbness in hands and feet.
Vitamin B12 - Prevents hair loss. Food sources: Chicken, fish, eggs and milk. Daily dose: 2 mg. (jimmy comment - 2mg looks like maybe a typo! i megadose 1mg per day, maybe they meant 2 mcg?)
so, basically this looks to me like a b-complex with inositol and biotin, plus a chewable antioxidant including a and c would help. which i imagine you already take! or something similar.
i found a number of article titles linking interferon and alopecia but they don't have abstracts
sorry ... so i can't figure out any potentially implicated mechanisms in hair health.
anyway best of luck, i will always picture you with beautiful highlights from now on