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so sad over moon face
Jun 19, 2002

Is there anything I can do?I've developed a moon face and it keeps getting worse.I don't even resemble myself and I've covered my mishapen body with baggy clothes,my bald head with a hat and my puffy droopy eyes with sunglasses, what's next a face mask? I thought meds causes wasting and sunken faces,not faces as round as a basketball.I do have parotid gland involvement So there is no chin line anymore, but I'm extremely puffy around my mouth(the fat covers the corners of my lips)and my cheeks and eyes are swollen.I don't know if this is fat or fluid,the skin is thick and very pinchable(looser in some areas than others.)I've tried my best to hide everything else,but this is the last bastion of humiliation.Now I really know how all those wasting suffer's feel.I look like a monster. Have you seen this happen? It looks like when someone takes corticosteriods for a long time. I've never taken steroids and have been checked for cushings(cortisol levels weren't high enough to indicate cushings Doc said although they are slighty elevated)Could this be a drug reaction on top of lipo? I started 2 new dugs 3 weeks ago and although my face was definately huge then it's even bigger now. I'm seeing my doctor this week and before I pull the plug on the medications altogether(I've just had all I can handle emotionally)I guess I wanted to see if there is any "last resorts" concerning my face?

Response from Dr. Henry

If your parotid glands are swollen due to polycystic disease that can be treated with low dose radiation. I assume your thyroid hormone and sex hormone levels are OK?? Have you seen a endocrinoloogist and/or a dermatologist?? What you described is a little unusual to be due simply to HIV medications. KH

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