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Hirsutism/Hypertrichosos/Other?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 16, 2008
  • 06:05 PM

Hey everyone,
I have a major issue that I've researched for years and I have no solution or explanation. I was wondering if someone could help me out and give me some advice.

Since I was 15 I started developing body hair all over (I'm 22 now). At first it was normal, than it progressed more and more. It first started with my arms having excess hair, than I started developing thin, blonde hairs on my chest, stomach, back, face (forehead even), and pretty much everywhere else other than my hands and feet
I've never seen anyone else with the same problem so I feel horrible about it and don't know what to do.
I went to see a doctor (my primary care physician) about 3 years ago and he didn't have any idea about what the problem was. He didn't examine me, he just took a few blood tests and sent me to a hospital to do more blood/urine tests. A few weeks later I didn't get any feedback about my results so I called him and was told that "everything is normal"... as in all my hormone levels came back normal.

I accepted it as something that I can't do anything about and went on with my life. Recently, (in the past couple of weeks) the problem has been getting much worse. Most of my body hair looks about the same as it did before (about 1cm long, fine, thin hairs all over), but my pubic hair is getting much worse and spreading toward my stomach and hips. It doesn't make any sense and I don't understand why suddenly it would start spreading all over. It's really, really gross and embarrassing and I don't know what to do. I'm female, by the way, which makes the problem so much worse.
The worst part is that I notice more and more new hairs in the pubic region daily (not exaggerating at all). A couple of days ago I noticed about 3 or 4 new hairs spreading further and it's seems like it's going to continue spreading till who knows how far.

I'm totally frustrated, embarrassed, and really depressed about it. I don't really have anyone to talk to about this since it's so embarrassing and I don't know anyone dealing with the same issue.
A couple of days ago I finally decided to set an appointment with an endocrinologist in hopes that they would be able to figure out what my problem has been for so many years (since my doctor couldn't figure it out). The problem with this is that endocrinologists are really rare and are always booked. I was able to set an appointment for July 11 (two months from now!) I fear that by then the hair problem will get even worse since I see new hairs growing out everyday... by July I'm assuming that it's going to be really bad and that's horrible since once the hairs become terminal they're there forever.
(I can't afford to get laser hair removal or whatever.) I don't know what to do except wait and hope that the doctor can figure it out and stop this horrible problem from getting even worse than it already is.

Sorry this is so long... but I had to get it all out there.
If anyone has any additional advice and info I would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks!

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