Crohn’s disease treatment and hair loss

Posted by sandyjr @sandyjr, Nov 17, 2019

My daughter had a Crohn’s attack starting last fall and culminating in surgery this past August (2019). After the surgery her hair started falling out in clumps and she is almost bald now. She had beautiful hair…long and thick. Will her hair ever grow back? She is in her 40’s.

Hair loss can be due to zinc deficiency, or iodine deficiency, both of which can accompany Crohns. These nutrients are essential for the working of the thyroid glands so question – is she having any thyroid issues?

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@eden

Hair loss can be due to zinc deficiency, or iodine deficiency, both of which can accompany Crohns. These nutrients are essential for the working of the thyroid glands so question – is she having any thyroid issues?

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Her blood tests are all over the place. I think it is the T4 that has been off. Thanks for the info…she has to see a Dr soon and is seeing a hematologist at the end of the month, so will see if they will check into this. Any other ideas?

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@sandyjr

Her blood tests are all over the place. I think it is the T4 that has been off. Thanks for the info…she has to see a Dr soon and is seeing a hematologist at the end of the month, so will see if they will check into this. Any other ideas?

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It is the T3 that is out of whack.

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@sandyjr

It is the T3 that is out of whack.

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Can you say what the readings of the T3, T4 and TSH tests are?

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Thyroid panel with TSH T4 12.4/ T3 25/ TSH 4.040 BUT T4 Free, Direct, S 1.35/ T3 Triiodothyronine 221

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It depends on which parameters the lab is using but the free T3 level could be considered normal. You must ask your health professional for an appropriate interpretation of these results. If these results are considered normal it doesn’t necessarily mean that an iodine or zinc deficiency is not playing a part in hair loss but do not let your daughter self treat with supplements – always consult an appropriate professional. There are other causes of hair loss and these should also be discussed. Your daughters age is probably in her favour to find a recovery of hair growth, given the right diagnosis. I

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