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Severe unexplained stretch marks

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 7, 2009
  • 06:07 PM

Hi,

I'll try to keep this as short as I can. I'm a 22 year old male, 5'8, about 140 pounds. When I was around 13-14 I started developing severe stretch marks all over my body (knees, waist, back, shoulders, arms). When I finally went to see a doctor about them many years later, I was told by the doctor that she had never seen stretch marks that severe and referred me to a dermatologist. The dermatologist was also shocked by them and couldn't determine what could be causing them. I had a blood test for coritsol that was "slightly elevated" and was then referred to an endocrinologist who ran further tests to see if I had Cushings, and he said that I didn't (his explanation for the stretch marks: "some people get them and we don't know why." Right.)

I've done a lot of research on the internet about stretch marks and I don't fall under any of the common categories of people who get them: I was never overweight, I never grew that quickly (I'm only 5 foot 8 as an adult), I never lifted weights or took any kind of steriods or steriod-based medications for anything.

However, I have had a lot physical/mental issues since I first noticed the stretch marks. Pretty much constant depression/anxiety; frequent dizziness and muscle twitching/spasms around the time that the stretch marks started to appear, although that later went away. Right now I suffer from a bunch of things like hyperhydrosis (severe sweating under the arms), poor memory/concetration, frequent fatigue and recently I've noticed new hair growth on my body (which my doctor told me was normal, but I can't help but think it's odd since I'm well past puberty).

Anyway, I can't help thinking that this is some sort of hormonal issue. I know severe stretch marks are associated with Cushings, but if I don't have Cushings then I don't know what else could have caused the severe stretch marks (and probably some of the other conditions I've had over the years).

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  • my God...i have exactly the same symptoms you have...i don't know what the ***l they are or why they appear. and i do experience dizziness and fatigue and lack of concentration too..they just keep appearing and look horrible. mainly on my back, waist, around armpits, i too suffer seeply of depression and im always embarrased to take my clothes off in front of someone....please, have you found any recent information?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 26, 2009
    • 06:08 PM
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  • my God...i have exactly the same symptoms you have...i don't know what the ***l they are or why they appear. and i do experience dizziness and fatigue and lack of concentration too..they just keep appearing and look horrible. mainly on my back, waist, around armpits, i too suffer seeply of depression and im always embarrased to take my clothes off in front of someone....please, have you found any recent information?Nope. However, over the past couple of days I've started getting stretch marks on my face. ON MY FACE! My god, this is a living nightmare.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 20, 2010
    • 00:36 PM
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  • Nope. However, over the past couple of days I've started getting stretch marks on my face. ON MY FACE! My god, this is a living nightmare.I to am looking into the same thing! Google bartonella and see if any of this fits, it sure does for me. It doesn't just come from ticks but from fleas and fleas that get on cats that scratch you ect. I've been in a living ***l since.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 1, 2010
    • 00:03 AM
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  • Nope. However, over the past couple of days I've started getting stretch marks on my face. ON MY FACE! My god, this is a living nightmare.I also have exactly what you describe! I have stretch marks all over (arms, butt, hips, legs, back of my legs, armpits, knees, even my face). I also have muscle twitches all over all the time. I have been checked for Cushings and I went to a nevrologist and took an EMG and MRI but the nevrologist didnt find anything wrong. I`m beeing checked for Marfans and I think it might be that or some other connective tissue disorder. Have you discovered anything yet?
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  • Sorry. No diagnosis, but maybe help. Google skin needling. I also have severe stretch marks and had given up on ever finding anything to help. But this works! Doesn't get rid of them but greatly reduces appearance.
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  • You should definately explore the idea of Bartonella...my 16 yr old son had similar symptoms and ended up being treated for lyme disease but we found he was also positive for numerous other co-infections including Bartonella. Saw many doctors before we found one that knew what they were looking at and what tests to order. There are some tests and labs that are more sensitive from what I've been told. Maybe you should find a lyme literate physician by connecting with a support group of lyme association group...maybe they could point you in the right direction to at least explore the possibility. Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 4, 2011
    • 00:55 PM
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