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    Old 04-09-2016, 11:56 PM   #1
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    Sudden rapid change in skin laxity and texture. 20 yrs old, suspecting thyroid.

    Hello! I am a 20 year old girl from Indiana and recently I have noticed a rapid decline in my complexion. It might have begun a while back and slowly imposed itself but I did not notice any alarming differences until around a month ago. My face is very loose feeling, waxy, unusually sensitive to acne scarring all of a sudden, and I'm noticing fine lines and fat loss that happened with a WEEK. I will say, since noticing these physical changes I have been incredibly anxious and stressed, as I do suffer from BDD. Originally I blamed the stress and anxiety alone, but I forgot to connect my unexpected 20 lb weight loss (I am 5'3" and currently 100 lbs), sudden intense sensitivity to cold, loss of appetite, chronic fatigue, overall body pain, water passing through me, craving of sweets and bread?, and even an increase in upper-lip hairs (I've researched for days and have somewhat come to the conclusion it must be hormonal and related to thyroid as I recently went to the ER and doctor showed me that my Thyroid was quite literally on the brink of being considered not okay and needing of treatment, but it was the ER... who knows). Immune system problems maybe? Anemia? I am trying not to self-diagnose but I want to be in the know before I seek help.

    I have an appointment with a DO at the end of this month, but have yet to find a primary care doctor or someone who can specifically treat/screen me for my concerns. While a great deal of my worry is on my health itself, I am also very afraid to have permanent signs of this disaster on my face and body.

    (Note: I am drinking up to 8+ cups of water a day (only water) and recently really trying to work on my diet (vegan) despite my appetite being so small. I'd like to start exercising to help with this but my body feels as though it has been lived in for 40 years without my knowledge, hah. I have a history of anorexia and bulimia but haven't had any issues with it since adulthood. I also am being treated soon for anxiety. I guess it doesn't hurt to also add that I smoke marijuana regularly and haven't touched alcohol or cigarettes really ever.

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    Old 04-10-2016, 08:13 AM   #2
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    Re: Sudden rapid change in skin laxity and texture. 20 yrs old, suspecting thyroid.

    Dearest sickfile,

    You do have something going on. I think it's likely that you have several things that need to be addressed. First, BDD can be extremely crippling, and I hope you get professional help with it. I suffered by picking at my self-perceived appearance for many, many years until I began looking at other people more than myself, when I saw there are no two people that look alike or think of beauty exactly the same way. You deserve a lovely username, my dear, even for dealing with health questions, and you deserve to get off your own case.

    In my experience a DO is usually the best bet for getting thyroid issues resolved. They are licensed physicians who practice in all areas of medicine, are knowledgeable in how the entire body works, and yes they can order blood tests.

    Be aware that smoking anything dries the skin and it shows first in facial skin. Inhaled smoke of any kind is harmful to the lungs and liver. Think of smoked meat. You may want to stop smoking.

    I'm thinking that it also very well may be that your thyroid hormones are not at the level appropriate for you, and your thyroid may be failing. I suggest to not try to diagnose or treat yourself, but see the DO doctor first, share all of your concerns, and get a copy of any blood test results, then do some research on what your results mean.

    Plus do post them here. There are some very knowledgeable people here.

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    Old 04-10-2016, 01:39 PM   #3
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    Re: Sudden rapid change in skin laxity and texture. 20 yrs old, suspecting thyroid.

    I'm glad you're going to see a doctor. Make sure you mention your diet. How long have you been a vegan? Could you have a vitamin deficiency (B12 or D, possibly)? I hope the doctor will test your blood for vitamin deficiencies as well as for thyroid imbalances.

     
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    Rapid aging at 20. I really just need some reassurance, please.

    I have scheduled several appointments with different specialists...

    I am so sad to be in my skin. It's happening so fast that I fear it's irreversible. I had not been eating much and lost nearly 20 lbs over two months, but even when I do try to eat I feel choked up... and water passes through me. I'm trying to take vitamins.

    I just need to know I can have some of my looks back and that someday I can sleep again without feeling pain in my face and be allowed to sleep in a comfortable position without comprising my skin creasing and tearing. I fear it's perimenopause because my mood is so difficult to maintain and I feel like I'm falling apart.


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    Re: Rapid aging at 20. I really just need some reassurance, please.

    Are you on any type of medication where this could be a side effect? Have you gotten bloodwork to check your thyroid?

     
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    Re: Rapid aging at 20. I really just need some reassurance, please.

    I am not. I have yet to see anyone for this. I won't until Thursday, it's just happening faster and faster...

     
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    Re: Rapid aging at 20. I really just need some reassurance, please.

    Did you find anything out? do you have any labs to share?
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