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Ms. Sasquatch

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  • Posted By: sasquatch
  • December 10, 2008
  • 03:57 AM

Please..if anyone can help, I am at the end of my rope.

I am a 36 year old female. About 13 years ago, something happened to my body. In the span of 3 months, I developed cystic acne, got horrible purple stretch marks on my stomach (with no weight gain), had crushing anxiety, irregular periods and started growing thick, dark body hair. It was in the middle of grad school so my parents blamed it on stress. It eased up somewhat after graduation so I assumed they were correct.

Since then, I have had a few other times that it has happened. Each time I get more acne scars, have a bout with depression/anxiety, and the hair gets worse. My periods are all over the map.

At this point, I have what looks like sparse pubic hair growing up to my belly button and on the back of my thighs just above my knees. I have hair on my rear end, a patch of hair over where a man's adam's apple would be and a mustache. I spend at least 200 dollars a month on waxing, etc. I still fight acne. This has ruined my self image and I am terrified of relationships because I can't stand the thought of a man seeing me up close and naked. I need an answer.

In the past 13 years I have been treated for a number of things. Each time, the doctor tells me something along the lines of "Well, you don't meet the exact criteria, but we're going to try this treatment and see what happens." I've been told that it's my thyroid, but the tests are negative, PCOS, but my testosterone level isn't high. I have been told that's it's because of the accutane I took during the first bout, that it is because of the one birth control shot I took 13 years ago, that is is genetic (but my mom and sis don't have it) and that maybe it's all psychosomatic. I've seen dermatologists, GP's, OB-Gyns, allergists, nutritionists, DO's and fertility specialists. No answers.

I'm tired of this and need answers. Has anyone ever heard of anything like this? Please help me.

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  • I'd definitely check into Cushing's Disease. It has every symptom you mentioned. Stretch marks, anxiety, depression, acne, excessive hair growth (hirsutism or something like that- dunno about the correct spelling), and menstrual irregularities are all possible symptoms of this disorder. Ask your doctor about being tested for it. By the way, have you considered electrolysis for the hair?
    Poppet 6 Replies
    • December 10, 2008
    • 10:42 PM
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  • OK, some questions. Are you considered short in height? Are you obese? If you look at your hands, are your fingernail beds (the pink part) shorter than most people's? Ask someone to lift up the hair on the back of your neck. Does the hairline come down low onto your neck? Stand facing a mirror. Does your neck go straight down to meet your shoulders, or does it slope out gradually like a ski slope? If you have some or all of these things you may have Turner Syndrome, which means you may be missing an X chromosome. PCOS is associated with Turner syndrome. I wonder if this is what your doctor is thinking when s/he says it is genetic. Also, try here. There are other causes of excess hair (hirsutism) such as tumors: http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/symptoms/excess_hair_growth/book-causes-4a.htm I hope this helps.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • December 11, 2008
    • 03:10 PM
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  • Hmmm... I'm 5'4" so I don't think I am especially short. (My mother is 5'1") My nails look average as far as I can tell. I will add it to the list to ask about though. Thanks.
    sasquatch 1 Replies
    • December 13, 2008
    • 04:30 AM
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  • im new here and im sorry to the person having so much trouble and all. im not a medical person or anything but i just wanted to say something. yall, sasquatches are real. We moved to sparta georgia from pooler misssisipi and we have seen 2 of them so far bent down using the bath room by the feeder road. they run off when your car lights hit them and we also know that they dont stink like a skunk because my husbnand says they probly eat skunks and other little animals and then the stink just gets on them. any way i just thought i would tell yall that because i saw sasquatch on the name here. take care
    JillianQ 7 Replies
    • December 13, 2008
    • 01:21 PM
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  • oh and i almost forgot. for everybody who is saying lyme on here its spelled lime. i know because my doctor says a rash on my bottom side is lime disease and i dont eat limes or even like limes or other sour stuff. doctors are all god-durned idiets. just thought i would say that on here for everybody spelling it wrong. to blaze i know you probably didnt mean to mispell lime because your so smart about the cell phones and power lines and stuff. im sure other people saw you spell it like that and just thought it was right. thanks
    JillianQ 7 Replies
    • December 13, 2008
    • 01:36 PM
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  • I'm really sorry for all your problems,but I have some ideas.First,have you had a pelvic ultrasound to look at your ovaries?Next,your sx sound a lot like PCOS,in which androgens may be elevated.A test for''free testosterone'' is better than a general testosterone test.Other tests that should be done are a TSH(to rule out hypothyroidism),a prolactin level,and a 17-hydroxyprogesterone level(to rule out 21-hydroxylase deficiency).Also,cosmetically you can get hair removed by laser treatments by a dermatologist,but,of course,you need a definite diagnosis.I hope this helps you.:)
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • December 13, 2008
    • 02:37 PM
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  • Ok for starters, JillianQ is really funny and all, but these people are trying to get help. You really shouldn't be using this forum to test your comic abilities, although you are quite clever, and your post did evoke a chuckle from me.Now, to address the real issue, it sounds like you might have polycystic ovarian disease. Your symptoms sound right on target for that, so I would suggest checking with your gynecologist about it and see what he/she thinks.
    jenn96rn 14 Replies
    • December 13, 2008
    • 05:00 PM
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  • I have PCOS and my testosterone levels are normal. Other androgens are high however.Cushing's should be eliminated as well as congenital adrenal hyperplasia (non-classical or late-onset LOCAH), which can mimmic cushing's and cause PCOS as well.Have you had an ultrasound to rule out PCOS definitively?Should also get checked for insuline resistance, if you haven't already.LOCAH is a genetic disease. The fact that your mother or sisters aren't sick doesn't mean much, because in this disease, both of the genes need to be affected (one from the father and one from the mother). If your mom had only one affected gene and your dad also had only one affected gene, you could end up with those 2 and be sick... your sister could end up with 2 healthy ones and be completely fine, or end up with only one and be a carrier... Sorry for my crappy english, it ain't my first language :)Hope you find a solution!
    geenie 39 Replies
    • December 15, 2008
    • 01:35 PM
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  • Cushing's disease is not likely because you said you had no weight gain with subsequent centrepidal obesity.
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • December 15, 2008
    • 02:45 PM
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