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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 17, 2008
  • 02:59 AM

I am 24 years old. Recently quit my second job about a month ago from over a year of working two jobs, seven days a week, and night classes.

-In the last month, I have lost 70% of my hair and still losing..
-My gums are swelling and bleeding. Sometimes a tooth or two in the back, and today the one in the front. The gum has ripped a little already and bleeds if I touch it. It can't be gum disease... if I've just only a few months ago done a deep cleaning.. and take regular checkups at the dentist.
-I have had bruxism since I was 9, but I use a night guard every night.
-I developed a rash/bump on my left arm. The dermatologist said it was a type of herpes. It has now scabbed and is healing.
-Some of my nails have abnormally turned downwards on one side only. It's been this way for the last couple of months.
-My leg muscles have been feeling tight lately, but I presume it could be from not having worked out in a while.
-My neck and shoulders have been out of commission for over a month now. Tried changing pillows, tried massages, tried acupuncture, meditation.. but nothing is taking away the tense and painful aches.

I have taken two blood exams. Seen three dermatologists for the hair cause, two doctors. And no one... has been able to give me any answers. This is beginning to take its toll on my emotionally. I have no family and though friends try to be supportive, they really don't understand.

Could someone.... please help me.

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  • My indication is to say that the deep cleaning may not have been totally sanitary and infection is spreading from that. I would see an endodontist for a complete evaluation, however, I doubt if you have the money for that...I think you need that... Look through this list, with the herpes on the arm I really wonder if it was. Did you have it scraped and analyzed? Have you been exposed to poisons anywhere? http://www.aafp.org/afp/20030701/93.html says infection, which is what you have in your gums...http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/symptoms/hair_loss/causes.htm I'm thinking with the sore that you need to get blood work for syphilis, which you can get for free at your local county health department.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • September 18, 2008
    • 00:37 AM
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  • I'd suggest here that you're making associations between your symptoms, a number of which I would conjecture to be from the stress of holding down two jobs seven days a week on top of going to school. I'll think you'll have to admit that this represents a hectic and exhaustive schedule for any prudent person to try and undertake. There are consequences. The bleeding gums and tension of the trapezius muscles are very common presentations of persons experiencing chronic levels of stress and exhaustion. Having said that, the loss of hair at 24 years of age can be entirely due to the early onset of male-pattern alopecia from certain hair folicles being exposed to dihydrotestosterone. If the pattern of loss appears to have a uniform area of thinning hair either at the crown, the apex or frontal area of the scalp, then it's most likely male pattern alopecia. If, by contrast, the hair is demonstrating a patchy or plug-like reduction and encompasses the entire head, then it could constitute part of an immune response, but this typically involves other parts of the body where hair is encountered. In other words, if you're losing hair from your legs, torso, etc along with hair from your head, then an immune response might be plausible. Losing one's hair at the age of 24 in of itself can be stressful and traumatic. Herpes zoster can induce a breakout along the affected dermatome and the lesions typically represent a small cluster or vesicles and rash appearance. It is typically painful and self-resolves within 3-5 days, typically preceeded by a general prodrome of fatigue and flu-like symptoms in some cases. Brittle or thin nails can, again, be a consequence of stress. Koilonchyia, or spoon nails, is sort of the opposite from what you are experiencing, wherein the nail appears more concave than convex. But nails that prematurely turn down on one side and seem frail or thin, typically does not suggest any type of pathology. Incidentally, the "deep cleaning" process is somewhat of an overstatement at the least and misleading. Removal of plaque only extends to the point at which the gum tissue is attached to the enamel of the teeth. There is no relevance to a deep cleaning versus any standard procedure to undergo plaque removal other than perhaps an additional fee. Periodontists will typically coin this procedure as an enhanced alternative, but I'm afraid that it only penetrates further into your wallet rather than your gums. I see nothing in your constellation of symptoms that would suggest an underlying pathology. While the symptoms may all be present, they are not related to a central underlying condition other than a young fellow who has been putting himself through some intense stress as a consequence of what is certainly an exhaustive schedule and pace. Slow down and take a breath. The symptoms are unrelated, but you do need to try and relax and use your academic experience to address the problem from a logical standpoint. You'll be fine. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • September 18, 2008
    • 01:30 AM
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  • I am 24 years old. Recently quit my second job about a month ago from over a year of working two jobs, seven days a week, and night classes.-In the last month, I have lost 70% of my hair and still losing.. -My gums are swelling and bleeding. -I developed a rash/bump on my left arm. The dermatologist said it was a type of herpes. It has now scabbed and is healing.-Some of my nails have abnormally turned downwards on one side only. It's been this way for the last couple of months.-My leg muscles have been feeling tight lately, but I presume it could be from not having worked out in a while.-My neck and shoulders have been out of commission for over a month now. Tried changing pillows, tried massages, tried acupuncture, meditation.. but nothing is taking away the tense and painful aches.Could someone.... please help me.It could be anemia. Has your ferritin level been tested?Symptoms of anemia:feeling more tiredweaker than usualincreased heart rateskin and nails look palewhites of eyes may have blue-like colorcolor of eye and lower eyelids may be palegums might be paleshort of breath when exercisingfeeling faint or dizzynot feeling hungryabdominal painheadachefeeling irritablefeeling like you cannot think clearlyfeeling coldfinger/toenails may break easilyfinger/toenails may spoonburning and soreness of tonguesores on side of your mouthwanting to eat ice, paint, starch, or dirthair lossYou don't have to have them all to have anemia.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 18, 2008
    • 01:31 PM
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  • Are you eating enough of fruit and vegetables? Vitamin C deficiency can result in bleeding gums.
    Felsen 510 Replies
    • September 18, 2008
    • 08:16 PM
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  • Long term stress can have an effect on many body systems. Working two jobs and night classes seems like a possible stressor.Finding a solotion can be quite difficult as disorders in the body can have a physical, emoitional or a nutritional basis. What is good for somepeople may not work for you. You can find out what you need by muscle testing what your body needs to bring it back into balance.Have a look at the Kinesiology Federations and associations to find out more details and therapists in your area.good luck, hope you feel well sooon.
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