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eyebrows sinking into skin

I seem to have a few conditions interacting.  I do have facial edema which fluctuates from hard, to pitting, to space which seems just air filled.

At first I thought my eyebrows were sinking because the skin layer with the root was much lower than the surface layer(s) and the hair remained in interstitial space.  What I have determined though is that the (thick) skin also seems to be rapidly regenerating and growing over the brows--this is how they first started to "disappear" back in February.  Any attempt to retreive them causes the process to exacerbate.  It seems to have an adhesive quality, like skin quicksand.  Sometimes seemingly dependent on how much fluid is present in the brow and forehead area, the skin becomes super dry and somewhat gritty and then with difficulty some brows very close to the surface can be retreived--but not for long--it happens again.  I do research on the internet every chance I get and something I read caused me to think it me a type of eczema might be involved.  I went to two dermatologists.  On both occasions no brows were able to penetrate the top layer and I ended up with opinions along the lines that I caused this myself as the result of an anxiety disorder--trichwhatever.  That is DEFINATELY not the case.  Even if I did suffer from such a disorder I am too vain to allow it to involve my face--I would find another area to pull hair!  I was taking lithium and stopped because my psych and an MD thought it be the cause of the edema.  But would edema alone cause the skin to behave this way and not allow my eyebrows out from under the skin?  I am very frustrated.

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I apologize, but your description does not match any condition I'm familiar with. It just doesn't remind me of anything.  Apparently, the dermatologists you consulted weren't able to tell much either.  I can't think of anything serious either, though.  I advise you to leave the area alone, as you say you're already doing, and get another face-to-face-opinion.  And I don't think you should keep doing research on the internet.  After all, if trained specialists who are looking at you can't tell exactly what it is, why should you be able to find an answer yourself?  What would you even look up?  Trying that will only increase your anxiety.  That's my take, anyway.

Best.

Dr. Rockoff
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Thank you Doctor.

Because of my exerience thus far I am not surprised by your reply.  As for doing research on the internet, unfortunately my experience with doctors is that they are often  literally operating on a l5 minute max and double booked with each patient as evidenced by their sign in sheets.  Further a patient presenting on psych meds seems to provide an easy out (anxiety disorder/patient delustional] to something they have not encountered. And in this particular situation these mutated skin cells appear on the surface to be normal while they infact cover the irregularity.  I am an attorney and in my career I have been very successful presenting medical evidence and especially cross-examining medical and DNA experts. I mean no disrespect but medical "professionals" and/or "experts" are just titles, and many doctors are far too arrogant and defensive to be as effective as they should be.  Out of that arena and as the patient myself it is an entirely different experience.  I have an appointment/evaluation with a reportedly excellent plastic surgeon Friday to get that perspective and I will update the site. Also with a new dermatologist.  I do appreciate the service you provide here.

I forgot to mention in my question that the same phenonmenon is present on my legs.  Full-grown hair waylayed somewhere between roots and surface.
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Ugh, you poor dear!

Before considering plastic surgery, perhaps you could consult with a good, skilled  Homeopath. With guding symptoms such as yours, it seems to me that if there's got to be a remedy for you.

My knowledge of homeopathy is not extensive enough to be able to help. But, I am confident that an actual practitioner should know what you would need.

I wish you well.

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I can't believe that he told you to refrain from researching the internet! Ah derr. Not only for the reasons that you staed, but hello...he's giving advice via the internet.

This guy's advice seems to me to have air of arrogance indicative of the *god-complex* which drives one to the internet.
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