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EXCLUSIVE: I FELL ILL AND GREW 20 YEARS YOUNGER
The Sunday Mail ^ | 06 Aug 2006 | Himaya Quasem

Posted on 08/07/2006 6:24:49 PM PDT by Marius3188

EXCLUSIVE: ASTONISHING SIDE EFFECT OF SCOT'S RARE GENETIC ILLNESS Treatment turned grey hair dark and smoothed wrinkles

A GRANDAD suffering from a rare disease has found a bizarre side effect to his treatment - it makes him look 20 years younger.

Reggie Myles, 62, feared he would be crippled for life after being struck down by the genetic disorder Porphyria Cutanea Tarda.

He lost his mop of grey hair, his weight dropped to just seven stones and even the simplest tasks such as making a cup of tea became impossible.

He was put on a gruelling regime of treatments including steroids and radiation therapy but his doctors were stunned when his hair grew back dark brown and his wrinkles disappeared.

Reggie said the change is so dramatic that people think his wife Rosemary's got a toyboy.

The retired sales boss, of Tullibody, Clackmannanshire, said: "When people comment on how young I look I don't feel flattered, I just feel incredibly lucky. Before I couldn't even lift the telephone and now I can do bits of housework and even go fishing with my sons and play with my grandchildren.

"If people think I look like my sons, I take it inmy stride and hope it doesn't upsetmy boys too much.

"I was at the golf club the other day and a friend of mine of 30 years didn't recognise me.

"I started chatting to him and he just nodded along completely unable to place me.

"I just think it's so funny."

Reggie's condition was triggered by a build-up of iron in his liver that causes ulcers and blisters to form on the skin. It can lie dormant until middle age.

This caused him to get widespread Sclorederma, another skin condition, which made his skin stiffen and seize up.

Reggie, a granddad-of-five, takes 15 tablets a day, has to use special ointment and had UVA radiation therapy for several weeks before his hair began growing back last August.

He said: "My wife noticed my hair was coming back because she has to put an ointment on me twice a day. She said the hairs were sprouting back but said they were dark brown.

"I thought nothing of it until more grew back and I realised I had shed most of my wrinkles, too.

"My wife is a young-looking 59-year-old but now when we have been out people say to her, 'And this must be your toyboy?'"

Reggie is now regularly mistaken for one of his two sons, Colin, 41, and Craig, 37.

Yet just 18 months ago, Reggie's family had thought he was at death's door. His weight had plummeted from 161/2 stones to just seven and he was admitted to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee to be monitored by specialists.

Reggie said: "When I was at my worst, I had lost half my body weight and all my hair.

"I could not move my body from my waist up because the skin had tightened up so severely. Things went downhill from there.

"The doctors didn't know exactly what was wrong and I feared the worst, thinking I had cancer.

"I was lying in Ninewells and no one could recognise me because I was so frail.

"Now I have a similar problem - some of my oldest friends can't recognise me because I look so much younger. It's some journey I've been on."

Medical students have filmed Reggie's progress and want to present him as a case study during a medical conference in London.

He has also been told he may appear in medical journal The Lancet.

Rosemary, a shop assistant, said: "I am so glad he is better because it was devastating to watch him when he first took ill. It changed his whole personality.

"We've been married for 41 years and when people who have known him all his life don't recognise him, I have to laugh."

One in 6000 Scots are thought to suffer some form of Porphyria Cutanea Tarda.

Dr Robert Dawe, a consultant dermatologist at Ninewells, said: "It is incredibly unusual for dark hair to return on a sufferer after the condition has been controlled.

"The wrinkles may have been reduced as a side effect of the Sclorederma, which tightens up the skin.

"I am delighted with Reggie's progress and his recovery, especially considering how severe his symptoms were and how rapidly they developed.

"We are now concentrating on reducing his steroid intake.

"What happened to Reggie is incredibly unusual and the same circumstances could give a completely different result in another person."

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h.quasem@sundaymail.co.uk


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Unclassified; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: genetic; ill; sideeffect; treatment; younger

1 posted on 08/07/2006 6:24:51 PM PDT by Marius3188
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To: Marius3188

What? No pics?


2 posted on 08/07/2006 6:27:16 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Time to eradicated islambs and mooselimbs! GO PTSC)
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To: Marius3188

My sister and my niece-in-law both have physical conditions that made them lose a great deal of weight which drew plenty of "gee, you look great" comments. Both are generally okay but it's bad form to tell them how good they look.


3 posted on 08/07/2006 6:28:43 PM PDT by Tall_Texan (I wish a political party would come along that thinks like I do.)
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To: Marius3188

Both my Mom and Grandmother had chemo and radiation for cancer. Both lost their hair and when it came back it was no longer gray, but instead a soft brown (neither had brown hair before). I don't recall them losing their wrinkles, however.
susie


4 posted on 08/07/2006 6:28:55 PM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: Marius3188

we need the PIX!


5 posted on 08/07/2006 6:32:04 PM PDT by spanalot
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To: Marius3188

Cool. Good luck to the guy.


6 posted on 08/07/2006 6:32:29 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Bring your press credentials to Qana, for the world's most convincing terrorist street theater.)
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To: spanalot; All

Sorry guys, the article had no pics


7 posted on 08/07/2006 6:32:47 PM PDT by Marius3188 (Happy Resurrection Weekend)
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To: Marius3188
BEFORE:




AFTER:


8 posted on 08/07/2006 6:34:18 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq)
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To: MikefromOhio

ha!!!!


9 posted on 08/07/2006 6:35:20 PM PDT by spanalot
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To: spanalot

hehehe


10 posted on 08/07/2006 6:35:34 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq)
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To: Marius3188

I'm starting a 15-minute countdown timer until some company starts selling an ointment that purports to be the same one he was using shows up in advertisements on cable TV.


11 posted on 08/07/2006 6:37:19 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: MikefromOhio

ROFLMAO - soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo friggin funny


12 posted on 08/07/2006 6:38:35 PM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: FreedomCalls; Marius3188
I'm starting a 15-minute countdown timer until some company starts selling an ointment that purports to be the same one he was using shows up in advertisements on cable TV.

Yeah and it'll be sold by this guy:


13 posted on 08/07/2006 6:38:47 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq)
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To: peggybac

hehe thanks :)


14 posted on 08/07/2006 6:39:09 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq)
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To: MikefromOhio
RE: Post #8

Mike, your "before and after" pics are hysterical!

LOL!!!

15 posted on 08/07/2006 6:41:29 PM PDT by albee (The best thing you can do for the poor is.....not be one of them. - Eric Hoffer)
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To: Marius3188

Oh really.

Head on apply directly to the forehead.

Head on apply directly to the forehead.

Head on apply directly to the forehead.


16 posted on 08/07/2006 6:43:11 PM PDT by ricardobaltazar
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To: Marius3188
One in 6000 Scots are thought to be highlanders
17 posted on 08/07/2006 6:45:13 PM PDT by Ragnar54
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To: little jeremiah

ping

Of course they aren't going to give away the secret. They'll sell it for a gajillion bucks a bottle.


18 posted on 08/07/2006 6:45:39 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: albee

hehe

just trying to lighten the mood :)


19 posted on 08/07/2006 6:45:50 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq)
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To: Marius3188

He's even grown a tufted mane on his back and it won't come off. No, it won't come off...


20 posted on 08/07/2006 6:47:37 PM PDT by kcar (The UN Sucks)
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To: Marius3188

Is the Sunday Mail thier version of the Enquirer?


21 posted on 08/07/2006 7:01:27 PM PDT by Bogtrotter52 (Reading DU daily so you won't hafta)
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To: Bogtrotter52

>> Is the Sunday Mail thier version of the Enquirer?

It is.

And the bloke is from Clackmannanshire. Nuff said.


22 posted on 08/07/2006 7:12:44 PM PDT by Fiona Smythe
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To: Marius3188

Next year he's going to enter the Tour De France.


23 posted on 08/07/2006 8:31:44 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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