Mine is bigger than yours

At all points in my life I had less hair on my head than other women. But the last few weeks I am losing hair in droves. So I went to a dermatologist a few days ago and had a blood test done. Today, the dermatologist told me that in all the years he has been practicing he never seen a female patient with such high levels of the DHEAS hormone. Women are not supposed to have much of that (predominantly male) hormone, but my numbers are off the scale, even compared to men. The doctor asked me twice “seriously, are you sure you are not getting… steroids“? :-D

Now I am supposed to see a gynecologist or an endocrinologist about it and fix it. Or, I will die out of a heart attack (DHEAS creates arrhythmias) or in the best case I will lose most of my hair (lupus-related effect).

God, it sucks to be unhealthy.

Update: Usually, ovary or adrenal cancer is the underlying cause for elevated DHEAS. I will know if I have cancer or not in about a months time or so.

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mikesum32 wrote on October 21st, 2006 at 2:05 AM PST:

Wow. I don’t know what to say.

gwak wrote on October 21st, 2006 at 3:06 AM PST:

hey E
im really bumbed to read about your bad run ..
hang in there


Milos wrote on October 21st, 2006 at 9:06 AM PST:

Please don’t go ahead of your self with that cancer stuff. I had a rash couple weeks ago and went to see a dermatologist and she said I probably have Mastocytosis, rare disease, may go to my liver, or my bones, or my spleen, or my heart, I could have problems all my life. I’m 25 and already had one very rare dangerous disease when I was a kid and on account of that I was bummed down completely, Sunday night I was beside myself. Then on Monday results came back negative, turns out it was probably and allergic reaction to something, an insect bite or something.
And the whole time I was reading science papers on mastocytosis, finding symptoms I had, planing what to do etc.
Don’t try to diagnose yourself, not even doctors do that. Find a good doctor and keep a positive spirit whatever it turns out to be. I spent 6 months in a hospital when I was 8 and believe me, only being positive and keeping your humor will get you back to health, and I know that’s hard but you have to.


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