Ah man I totally feel you. I never even thought such a condition like this existed. I am also one of those who got this during his teens (I'm 17) and months before I developed this, I created a lot of plans for my future and making it big somewhere. I planned on at least playing soccer for college here in the states but what great timing it is to develop this prior to my immigration here. As Mike Tyson said, "everyone's got a plan until they get punched in the mouth," quite literally.
I don't ever plan on living like a hermit but damn it's really hard to go out there without checking your lips from to time. Yes life is too short, but life is unfair too. I'm still trying to deal with my EC on an emotional level because it's really hard for me to accept something without a proper solution, as I was always confident in myself that I have answers when it comes to a situation. I just never, ever expected a situation like this. I guess no one here did either.