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Many stretch marks on lower body, concerned

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 17, 2008
  • 04:34 PM

Hi everybody!
Can you do me a favor and look at these pics and tell me if these stretch marks look like abnormal? I noticed that I have an awful lot of stretch marks on my lower body. Some of them are small and others are bigger. I am concerned. They also look really ugly. :(

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http://img120.imageshack.us/img120/9499/s3cv8.jpg

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  • Hello,Where on your lower body are the stretch marks (striae) located? Have you gained or lose weight? Do you exercise to build muscle?Research Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. It's a genetic disorder involving the collagen in the skin.If you exhibit other the symptoms (such as extreme flexibility), you may have it.Good luck...KeleighBarbieKeleigh@aol.comP.S. I honestly didn't think the photos were bad. I mean you had to put arrows to show where they even were. It could be a lot worse, trust me, I've got a ton more than you! lol
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 15, 2008
    • 06:28 AM
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  • Hi Barbie,I am not hyperflexible but my skin is really stretchy.But what I don't understand is this: People with ehler danlos have very stretchy skin.If the skin is really stretchy then should it not be much less prone to stretch markswhere the skin obviously is not flexible enough?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 18, 2008
    • 00:16 AM
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  • Do you have any other hyperextensive areas besides your skin? Also, I understand your frustration: why the striae if you have stretchy skin... I looked into this and found that some have bruising and some do not as a result. Some may have other collagen issues internally, where fibrous tissues do not develp strong enough to withstand a pregnancy, etc.. It is important to rule out these possibilities. Also, if you get routine physicals, you would have probably known by now. However, you could ask about this specifically. If you rule it out completely, then you might find it worthwhile to look into cosmetic options:rolleyes:
    Undeleted1 28 Replies
    • February 18, 2008
    • 05:16 AM
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  • I'm not hypermobile. But my skin is stretchy. I'm concerned because of this. I have gotten a few ultrasounds of the heart and the aorta and it was normal. My doctor told me that getting tested for EDS would not help me because it's expensive and if I really should have it then being diagnosed with it would not change anything.But I'm worried because of it. I also ask myself what happens if I ever needed a surgery and I know that something might be wrong with my skin but I also don't have a real diagnosis? Should I warn the doctors and tell them that something might be wrong? :confused:This is such a stupid situation.Btw, I have been tested for lyme and the test was negative but I have also been on antibiotics for a while which also work against lyme so if I had had it then it should be gone anyway.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 19, 2008
    • 05:17 PM
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  • In every situation that I know of, doctors usually test for everything before doing a surgery to take all the necessary precautions in keeping you alive. Did your doctor explain how he would take precaustion towards EDS in the event of an operation? If the precautions are little, then don't be worried. If the precautions are great, then get tested for EDS. ...umm if the test/ results take a day, then wait till when it is necessary. The risks of not getting the test now are that you're contantly worrying and the sudden event of being in a medical emergency (but if the precautions are little and/ or test/results take about a day then the risk assessment is not much to be worried about: get on with life. ...hopefully this is the case.
    Undeleted1 28 Replies
    • February 20, 2008
    • 01:59 AM
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  • But the tests are very expensive. Did you get tested from eds?And what is also stupid is that once you're tested and once they have a proper diagnose then it's also negative for you because the insurances don't want people with rare diseases like eds.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 22, 2008
    • 08:41 PM
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