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a bunch of vague symptoms...

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 11, 2007
  • 02:55 AM

none if this seems really serious, but it still feels like something isn't right with my body. i'm 20 and male btw.

anyway, yeah:

-thinness(anemia?), seemingly no matter how much or what i eat
-fast heart rate and metabolism
-dry thin hair, dandruff
-skin problems, especially on face. thin skin in general, small red dots all over face(not acne, just...little red specks. not that noticeable, but has lasted for years and its annoying), dry flaky skin around the front of my cheekbones. not itchy.
-vague stiffness and fatigue(worse in mornings)
-occasional anxiety attacks. not very severe, just once or twice every couple of weeks i suddenly feel very anxious for no apparent reason. if im with people i'll suddenly want to leave really badly.

the weird thing is i always try to eat well - meat, vegetables, fruit, grains, dairy, pretty much everything. i also don't drink caffeine, don't take any prescription drugs, and i smoke only occasionally. and i try to exercise when i can. oh and i was a vegetarian most of my life, i didnt start eating red meat until this last year.

anyway got any ideas?

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  • oh. and i also have a poor appetite. often i'll be hungry but still not feel like eating.anyone?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 01:26 AM
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  • Any GI symptoms? The red spots, btw, are called telengestacia...basically small broken capillaries underneath the skin. Often caused by poorly tolerated alcohol consumption - you do NOT have to be a major drinker to get these - in fact, most people who get these get frequent headaches from drinking, and so limit their intake. Try to get a handle on these becoz they don't go away unless you have laser surgery. Just had a thought - maybe heavy drinking might be causing your other symptoms...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 01:44 AM
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  • also, lots of people are allergic to the sulfites in wine...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 01:46 AM
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  • um, i've had alcohol maybe 3 or 4 times in the last year.about the red dots, they aren't blood-red or anything, but still noticeable. there's a lot of them around my temples. and they seem to be under my skin, not on it.oh and what's GI? is that GIRD?one more thing...theres this mild red star-shaped rash around my nose. it isn't too noticeable, but its been there for years. by star-shaped, i mean there are four "points" jutting out, the top two under my eyes(which have blue circles under them, btw) and the bottom two surrounding my upper lip.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
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  • GI = gastrointestinalmaybe the red spots are rosacea? maybe google it and look at pics to see
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 03:00 AM
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  • actually it does look like rosacea. especially this pic http://www.skininklinic.no/bilder/ipl/rosacea.jpg(im a guy though)what causes rosacea?no obvious GI symptoms...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 03:09 AM
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  • http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/rosacea/DS00308
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 03:18 AM
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  • heres a picture of me. its a few months old.http://img212.imageshack.us/img212/8498/34423901960821lyr5.jpgthe camera flash kind of hides some of the redness, but you can tell its there.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 03:31 AM
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  • Hard to tell from pic - you just look like a good-looking guy :) Have you ever had a complete blood panel done? If that all was normal (and i'm guessing it will be), I'd go to a dermatologist to see what they thought. And, always wear sunscreen to protect that pretty face!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 03:44 AM
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  • ha. whats a blood panel? guess i'll look it up.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 03:50 AM
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  • just general blood tests to make sure all your levels are within accepted range ..any general practitioner can run them
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
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  • oh and make sure they test your thyroid levels while they're at it...that might explain the metabolism & anxiety issues. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 06:28 AM
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  • hmm. its me again. lately ive been getting sinus pains... specifically below my right eye. nothing unbearable or anything, just some sharp pain. oh. one more thing i probably should mention... a few years ago i decided to fast. idk why. so for three days i consumed almost nothing but water. and i felt awesome. i had much more energy, better sleep, i felt like i could leap out of bed in the morning, my skin cleared up, my smile seemed brighter...i even noticed girls were paying more attention to me. so i was wondering if there was a medical reason for all that. maybe some GI problem.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 20, 2007
    • 11:18 PM
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  • I would say you need to have a blood test run to check your thyroid to make sure that you don't have hyperthyroidism. My only other thought would be Celiac disease. It is where you are allergic to gluten. In some Celiac sufferers, there aren't any GI symptoms at all, and it would explain why fasting made you feel that much better. The only bad thing is that Celiac disease doesn't always have the same symptoms. You can check it out at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/celiac-disease/DS00319/DSECTION=8. But my best advice to you would just be to go see a doctor sometime soon. Hope it helps.Nicole
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 21, 2007
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  • About rosacea, which I think you definitely have...they don't really know what causes it but it is pretty common. There is a prescription gel called Metrogel you can try - cleared up my husband's rosacea when he was in his mid 20's and he's now 32 and hasn't had it since! Also, you can try a home remedy with green tea - just put a soaked tea bag on your nose and let it soak in, then follow with a good aloe called Herbal Aloe Force skin gel. This combo can also be effective. Concerning your other symptoms, do you take any supplements? Anxiety and other symptoms you have could be B vit defiency. Go to the health food store and get a good quality supplement. EmergenC is a great vit C/mineral ascorbate supplement that is easy to find and easy to take and gives good energy. Hope this helps.Doctor of Oriental Medicine
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • January 21, 2007
    • 01:27 AM
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  • Sounds exactly like a thyroid problem. Have a thyroid panel done or at least have your TSH checked.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 21, 2007
    • 05:49 AM
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  • Almost sounds like you should have your thyroid checked, even though women are more likeley to have thyroid problems than men. If a woman gave me that list of symptoms, I would say she was suffering from hyperthyroid. Good Luck. Ahh, I see someone else suggested that also. I agree with that person.
    pokiepie 1 Replies
    • January 22, 2007
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  • Yup, you are cute, forgive me for commenting. Cannot really see the rash with the picture though. I have had some weird symptoms myself similar to yours, and at some point there was question if I could have lupus. I started having falls when following a difficult routine in Two-Step country dance. I'd never fallen before. I was noticing muscle stiffness in my legs that took a long time to go away -- it was hard to get limber and start dancing. Then I developed a nasty case of pleurisy and dreadful fatigue. Then there was a noticeable weakness in the knees, and soreness on the balls of my feet. I began to limp. Dancing went out the window. I also had a scarey current like sensation in my legs. Then I got Raynauld's on my feet. The current also would get behind my kneecaps and really feel like ***l, like a drilling sort of feeling. There is a mild flush across my cheeks. I had the lupus tests, had a borderline ana, but that was it. No other signs that could indicate lupus. But joint soreness and fatigue. It takes absolutely forever to get into the docs for tests. This has been going on for 4 months plus, and no answers. Wearing sunscreen and a hat and getting laid off (I had been working 5 months at a place with florescent lights, while prior had worked in natural lighting) -- then when retested ana that dropped by a point but still borderline. I wonder if I am having lupus, but was maybe triggered by uv rays from the lighting, and maybe a mild case- it isn't in the organs and isn't diagnosed therefore. With your problems- if it were some sort of autoimmune thing lupus or thyriod (which is autoimmune too I think), try wearing sport SPF 15 sunscreen at all times, a hat if you go outside, see if that makes it better. There is a supplement called ambrotose, it is supposed to repair the cellular communication, and in an autoimmune condition, the cells have lost ability to communicate and have begun attacking one another. So repairing the communication can lead to healing. Also try fish oil supplements. But taken with Aleve can cause stomach problems. Taken with Prednisone (I was given this for pleurisy) caused stomach problems. I guess one could take Pepcid AC with Aleve and fish oil. Or at least eat salmon 3 times a week. The fish oil can literally stop Rheumatoid Arthritus apparently, and is useful for lupus too or any inflammatory condition.I wish you the best, and natural healing. I am starting to wonder myself if it is really worth it to find out what is wrong with me. Maybe it is better to use supplements. The drugs are nasty and cause bad effects on your body, and that is what is prescribed if you are diagnosed. As a man, you are less likely to have lupus also by the way. It can happen, but more frequently effects women.jilli
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 22, 2007
    • 03:36 PM
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  • oh, sorry, i meant to say the fast heart rate too was what made me associate yours possibly to lupus. There is the thinning hair, the fast heart rate, the flush across the cheeks, the fatigue and soreness. fast heart could be associated with kidney disfunction, how often do you go? If it is not very often- could be kidney, and kidney assoc with lupus.But lupus is a lot more rare in men than women.jilli
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 22, 2007
    • 03:41 PM
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  • this is the topic creator again... yeah ive read about thyroid problems, and i seem to have a lot of the symptoms. also i could see lupus being a possiblity. just an hour ago i was talking to someone and i started blushing for no reason at all. hehive also read about zinc/copper imbalance. my house has copper water pipes(ive lived there since i was 3 years old), should i be concerned about that?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 23, 2007
    • 00:53 AM
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