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  1. Saw+Dr.+Novick+today+(updated+with+pictures)

    @publicoracle Thank you. And yes, you are correct. I am prioritizing my health above all else. That's why every last dime is going to pay out of pocket for my specialist. She's an endocrinologists. I am being seen for potential reoccurring Cushing's syndrome of the adrenals or adrenal insufficiency. @keving100. I'm a NYC native living in Greenville South Carolina and there's a doctor here who performs subcision. I don't know what he charges or how good he is, but I'm sure as heck it's a lot cheaper than anything up north. I once got quoted $1500 for ONE session of stupid Smoothbeam back in 2008 by a sleazy Manhattan derm! Yeah, you read right, one! So imagine if he had offered subcision, which I'm sure he wouldn't because it would get in the way of his laser profits. I didn't know about subcision back then so I wouldn't have asked or shopped around for other docs. A while ago I tried getting, not a quote, but an average from the derm in Greenville. His staff wouldn't give me any ideas unless I had a consult. I made an appointment, but then ended up canceling when my symptoms started to crop up again. The acne started returning along with hair loss and severe pain and fatigue. In my experience, this is an indicator of Cushing's. Hopefully not, it could be a mix of insufficiency with PCOS. Regardless, I'd rather save every penny I have because my medical bills are going to bankrupt me after all of the specialized testing and visits I have up ahead to see what the heck is going on. I'm looking at another 10 years or more before I'm recovered enough to even consider getting any cosmetic procedures done. Throughout all of this chaos, in the very least, I just wanted to feel good about myself, not feel that I have been damaged by all of these scars that are a terrible reminder of the battles I've faced. @QuanHenry Is there a reason why you're opting to not get any fillers on your second round of subcision? Or are you only supposed to get them once a year or so? Did the fillers add to your total cost or did he include them in your subcision package?
  2. Saw+Dr.+Novick+today+(updated+with+pictures)

    Congrats! Man, so jealous. I wish I could use my savings for subcision. I have been dying to try and improve my scars for the past 15 years and I was going to, but life keeps dealing me the worst cards in the game. I'm literally dumping everything I saved up for in medical treatment because I have no insurance. I have to see a doctor once again to fight for my health. Every time I think i'm ready to embark on this scar healing journey, I keep getting roadblocked. Why is life so cruel? Why can't I feel healthy for once and finally be able to do something for myself? I have spent my 20's and now my mid 30's feeling sick and when I finally think I'm healed and can move forward, life looks down on me shaking a finger and telling me I have no right to smile. My skin won't stay young forever and the longer I delay treating my scars, the harder it will be.
  3. So the Vitex worked for me. I took it over the course of a little over 1 month, 1x day 400mg capsules. Incredibly, the first thing it did for me within a day of taking the first dose, was trigger my period and start clearing up my acne. I had not had my period in over 5 months so for my period to coincidentally start after taking the Vitex was incredible. Absent periods is a longstanding issue with me since I was a teen. I have a history of hormonal problems, more specifically adrenal tumors. This was resolved. I no longer have Cushing's disease, but a lot of my symptoms were not resolved even years after getting treatment for the Cushing's. Originally, it was assumed that my absent menses and acne was a result of the Cushing's. It probably, to some degree played a role, but did not paint the entire picture. I'm suspecting PCOS. Last time I was tested, everything was normal except my dHEA was high and possibly my progesterone levels were low (I can't tell because I don't know in what follicular phase I was in when I got tested). So, I tried the Vitex because unfortunately I can't see a doctor anymore since I lost my insurance. It worked like clockwork. Within a week, all the tiny bumps around my face went away. It went as far as improving the texture of my skin, helping my pitted scarring to become a little softer and less noticeable. It gave me a nice little glow to my skin. The weird thing however, is that it did not improve how much oil I was producing. In fact, I observed how my skin became oilier while on the Vitex. I didn't mind this as long as I wasn't breaking out so I continued to use it for about a month. Around the 3rd/4th week, I began noticing my hair getting a curly texture (my hair is naturally flat-iron straight). Then the strands became thinner and eventually started shedding, mildly at first. I usually don't freak out over stuff like that since I've been through the experience when I had the Cushing's. I figured, if it is the Vitex, it might have triggered a fluctuation in my hormones that are causing the follicles to enter the resting phase. It's normal and will probably slow down as I continue to stick with it, I thought. After the 5th week on the Vitex, I decided to wash my hair since I normally only wash it twice a week. As I was rinsing my shampoo out, a huge glob of hair fell into the shower sink! It was so much, I literally heard it plop on the tub. My heart sank because immediately I thought Cushing's! But then remembered I was on the Vitex. I was having a mild panic attack. The following day I decided to discontinue the Vitex to see if it was the problem. And it was. It took me about 2 more weeks but my hair stopped falling out and my hair began to get thicker again. Unfortunately, along with my hair came back my acne. We are now in a new month and I have missed my period once again. I'm disappointed I had to get off the Vitex as it was working wonders on one thing, but breaking something else. This is all leading me to suspect PCOS, if this doesn't continue to be an adrenal issue. I'm thinking about giving Saw Palmetto a shot if my problem is high dHEA or androgens. I would like to get retested, mostly because I'm supposed to be following up on my cortisol levels every year in case of a Cushing's reoccurrence. Unfortunately, I'm unable to work and lost my insurance. For now, my best bet is eating clean, and trying herbal and natural remedies. So far, no such luck. Anybody else heard of Vitex causing hair loss? It's usually the opposite result for most women.