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Hi Guys, A long read, but I need some help please, desperately…. I am 25, male and relatively fit (of course enjoy the odd beer andcigarette, at a weekend but eat proper meals, drinks water daily andplay sports). I also rarely get ill (I have had like one cold in thelast year which lasted a couple of days). During my teenage years, my skin began to change and it bothers megreatly. My skin, especially around the face, has gone this sort ofbizarre ***** pale colour if you know what I mean (it makes me lookquite Eastern European). It is quite predominant around my chin andacross the middle of my forehead and onto the topsides of my head. Ihave massive vainy dark rings round my eyes that make me look like adrug addict! In addition, I have received new little dark moles/spotsacross my face, arms quite a bit etc. This skin never changes. I canâ€2122teven get a tan when playing sports in hot whether or sunbathing onholiday. All, in all, I look very unhealthy. A further strange symptom, which has gone with this change, is my righteye having a little blur, like a tiny curled up hair, in constantversion. Another thing perhaps worth mentioning is that despite thisdiscolouring of my skin, the skins of my ears have stayed exactly thesame - pink and white - and they go red when hot etc. In fact it lookslike I have been given two ear transplants, due to skin of the ears andface looking so different! I would just like to add that I have no history of anything thanWestern Caucasian in my family bloodline. I have blue eyes in fact, andwas born blonde (though has turned to brown over the years), and myparents are very pinked skin. I have been to the NHS British Doctors several times, had some bloodtest and seen some skin specialists, but it is the same old tune –blood tests are fine, liver and kidney functions are fine, just get onwith your life and glad you donâ€2122t have some seriously illness. Yet,little do they realise how much this ‘changeâ€2122 really bothers me –I keep getting people asking me why I look so tired! I have also beentested for Addisonâ€2122s disease, which I do not have. An interesting result from a recent blood test was that my Haemoglobinwas just under the average even though I eat a heck of a lot of meat.The Doctor, as usual, said ‘not too worryâ€2122 and didnâ€2122t prescribe meanything – so I decided to take my own action. I started taking 200mgof Iron, orally, per day (Ferrous Sulphate) In addition, with awell-respected multi-vitamin and an oxidant drink available from anherbalist. After doing this for two weeks, nothing major has changed, but I stillhave noticed some tiny improvements. Some of the very dark skin aroundmy eyelid has gone slightly the lighter and the bit of impaired versionin my eye been reduced slightly. The change is very tiny though and nodoubt only noticeable to me who frets, and thus examines daily, thestate of my skin. So, I ask, myself, what do I do now? Shall I pay to see a skinspecialist privately, who might show more sympathy? I am thinking thebest option is paying for a Health MOT where plenty of tests are done onyou, to assess your health, and then you can discuss it for a bit with aprivate doctor. To me, who knows nothing about medicine, surely that Ihave spotted some minimal positive changes from taking this newconcoction of minerals and vitamins, shows that their must be somethinginternally not-quite-right and all I have to do is find on what I needmore of (perhaps a certain vitamin) and then have lots of it. Please help! Any advice, at all, will do. This ‘conditionâ€2122 isruining my confidence and therefore a big chunk of my life. Can post apicture if needed! Cheers Mike
 

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Wow... you really needed to break that post up. Very hard to read. I have no clue other than to tell you to immediately stop taking 200mg of iron NOW. Have you done any reasearch into iron supplementing in men????? Men should not take iron in supplemental form unless tests and a doctor say you should. 200mg is a MASSIVE...MASSIVE.....MASSIVE....MASSIVE...amount. Excessive iron, especially in men, can create a load of free-radicals in the body.
 

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No to mention causing major heart problems!! Please stop the iron now, tell your doctor and perhaps get a blood test to check your iron level!!



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Wow I can't imagine taking so much iron. You really need to have some lab work. Too much iron can cause so many issues! I have very low iron and my Dr has me taking only 28 mg a day. So for you to be taking 200mg is over kill in my book!!!
 

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Ok, thanks for the advice guys. Will stop the Iron, although it says on the packet that 200mg is ok for prevention. But is their no suggestions to what it might be? I am thinking maybe do to something with the Liver? Especially cause I keep getting Liver spots!
 

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Hi Mike

It's difficult to know what's going on over the internet like this.

Since you said you are having a problem with impaired vision, I think it warrants a visit to a Dr, even if you have to pay out of pocket. You're only 25 and don't want to get into trouble with self-diagnosing and self-treating. I hope you can find the answers!



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Hello! The problem with you eye may just be a floating particle. Does it seem like you have a fly in front on your eye that your constantly trying to get rid of? If so then yes they are just floating particles in your eye/s. I have it in one of my eyes, and it is extremely frustrating, though it comes and goes, and I havent had it for a while. Unfortunatley I think the only treatment is some sort of laser surgery. I would go to the optician and check that one out.
I'm sorry I don't know what I can say about the other problems, just that you should really go see a doctor. Hope you feel better soon.
 
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