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my skin will not stop stretching!

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  • Posted By: mama-fox
  • July 28, 2008
  • 03:10 AM

hi, new to this, but looking for suggestions as to what the heck is wrong with my skin!!!

i have a very serious stretch-mark issue. the first few appeared when i was approximately 5 months pregnant with my one and only child. i lathered myself in palmers cocobutter cream for stretchmarks, to no avail. they were there and were not going away. as a matter of fact, they continued to appear. i coated myself twice daily everyday for the remainder of my pregnancy, and still continued to get marks here and there, in the typical places. mainly my lower abdominal area and some on my breasts.
then my son was born. and it has not stopped, i would honeslty say that my body is now at the very LEAST 75% scar. and i cant understand why. my weight has been maintaned pretty well, i have barely fluxuated at all. and i would say about 60 percent of my stretch marks have occurred post-pregnancy. its to the point where i can physically feel my skin tearing. i have stretchmarks on top of stretchmarks. it is NOT a pretty picture. they are deep. they are painful.
there is not a single body part on me that is stretchmark free. from my breasts down to my knees i am what appears to be one giant stretchmark.

pre-pregnancy i weighed 115 pounds.
9months pregnant i weighed 158 pounds.
by the time my son was 6 months i weighed 125 pounds.
now i weigh 118 pounds.
i have weighed 118 pounds for well over 2 years.

i am in my early twenties.

i personally do not think this is "rapid weight loss or gain".... everyone says that stretchmarks are commonly caused by "rapid, blah blah baloney!" <--- in my books.

i moisturize my skin fairly regularily.
but i always feel itchy and like my skin is tearing. (because it is!)
there have been times my stretchmarks have been so deep, they bleed in the first few days of appearance.
what the heck could be the issue here?!
any ideas?
i do not have a doctor for myself right now since i moved 8 hours away from my family physician and there are no doctors accepting new patients in my area. i dont realy want to go to the hospital about this, im afraid they might laugh at me and call me vain.

what should i do?
what could possibly be causing this?!

thanks.

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  • Hello there, first of all let me tell you that I am not a doctor but as I was mis-diagnosed last year with a condition called Marfan's syndrome, I read somewhere that one of the manifestation of the syndrome are stretchmarks. Maybe you want to look into some connective tissue conditions, which I believe can lead to stretchmarks. It basically means that the connective tissue in your body does not work as well as it should. I too don't believe that stretchmarks are only due to weight loss/gain, as not everybody gets them. Maybe you want to look into that.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi, I used to have pretty bad stretch marks and red scars around my belly region ever since I gave birth to my three kids.I had tried Vitamin E oil and cocoa butter which a number of people had recommended but unfortunately it didn't seem to work too well. My Doctor had even suggested that I go for a Tummy Tuck. I then recently read an article about a lady who supposedly got rid of her stretch marks using a particular cream. I tried it and it worked really well. It took a number of weeks but my stretch marks soon faded away. You can read the lady's article at the link below. http://stretchmarkszapped.wordpress.com
    jennifer8055 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • Apparently scientists just can't figure why some people get stretch and why some don't. It would be easy to measure but oh well. I have a theory that some people produce more cortisol than others (cortisol spikes to food, stress, etc) or some people have more gr receptors in their skin than others, but alas the experiments have not been done. I am very prone to stretch marks (even from sitting) and I have normal cortisol levels apparently so I can only figure I am hyper sensitive to cortisol (skin only).
    niceguy 22 Replies
    • August 16, 2008
    • 09:08 PM
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  • Have you ever had your cortisol levels checked? Elevated cortisol levels can cause strechmarks. These are almost always pink/purple. Testing your AM/PM serum and 24 hr urine as well as saliviary might tell more.Kiera
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 16, 2008
    • 11:08 PM
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  • Ehler-Danlos syndrome?
    Felsen 510 Replies
    • August 17, 2008
    • 11:25 PM
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  • After your baby was born excess skin might be left unsupported and thus make you prone to stretch marks (maybe). I recommend you see an endocrinologist and a geneticist. I am very interested in seeing what your cortisol levels are (cortisol tells your skin to relaase amino acids into the blood, it would normally use to make collagen). I would also see a geneticist for Ehler's Danlos syndrome or some other collagen disorder. Do you have hypermobile joints? Stretchy skin? Wikipedia ehler's danlos syndrome for more symptoms. Any internal problems? Weak bones/tendons? If you are negative for both, then me and you have very similiar symptoms, except my symptoms include a sudden aged appearance to my skin (premature wrinkles) in addition to weird stretch marks (on my thighs from sitting). Here is a link to order blood cortisol tests (am and pm). You can order them tonight and then you drive to your locale labcorp office and get your blood drawn (takes 3 days to get results). I would also look for a geneticist in the area asap. Email me directly if you would like - johnray1234@hotmail.com. I would appreciate you keeping me up to date. Thanks!
    niceguy 22 Replies
    • August 18, 2008
    • 01:44 AM
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  • Take vitamins A, C and E. these are essential vitamins to improve and rejuvenate your skin. Vitamin E especially contributes to bring back the healthy glow in your skin.You should keep your skin moisturized. A popular remedy for stretch mark removal is shea butter. You can use a cream with this ingredient and add essential oils and vitamins for effective scar-healing. You can also look for creams that are specifically created to diminish scars.
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