Jess - Yes, my cold has abated! I'm left with some sniffles, but thank goodness, it's gone. How are you feeling? I hope you were able to out-run your cold!
Queen - I was thinking of your suggestion when my lips started to get really bad! Unfortunately, my lips were so irritated that I have developed my first cold sore in YEARS (wah!), so I am going to treat that first and as soon as it is healed I will try the cortisone trick.
yorkielove - It warms my heart to hear that my logs are an encouragement to you. I have to say, I started writing these logs (and have tried to faithfully keep up with them) because I know how scary making the decision to go on accutane can be, and it was the logs of other people's experiences that helped me finally make the decision. Yes, there are people who experience bad things - but in the end, I believe this drug has helped so many more poeple than it has hurt. I think that you will be very pleased with your accutane experience and I have full faith that it will be a very helpful treatment. Because I am kind of a nerd, I read up on your condition in a few journals of dermatology, and it appears that accutane is definitely effective for your condition. Please keep us posted on your progress!
Petrichor Murmers - Thank you!! I am feeling much better now, although my lips are about the same I see on your log that you aren't feeling well either. I hope you feel better very, very soon! Being sick on accutane SUCKS SO MANY EGGS!
My log update:
Day 69 -
I can't believe I am almost 70 days in! Only...110 more to go? WAH The dose increase is definitely a bit hard to deal with. At 40 mg, iso is a piece of cake. At 60...the side effects are definitely not the most fun. I am slathering my lips with aquafor every 15 minutes or so. Well, in actuality, I am slathering the aquafor on the entire lower half of my face because the dryness has creeped past the lip line, so by the end of the day it looks like I ate an entire bucket of greasy fried chicken without wiping my face afterwards. Yummy.
My legs are also very sore in the mornings. It's still not what I would call debilitating, but much more than a mere annoyance. It almost feels like the soreness of over exertion from exercise (ha ha, yeah right!). I am also experiencing that much talked about side effect that everyone loves to hate: Brain fog. It's more than just fatigue or tiredness, it's truly like a fog in my mind that makes it hard to think things through. For example, in the middle of a sentence, I forget words for common abstracts or ideas, so I ending up saying things like:
"Well, Sally and I were talking about how stressful work has been lately, and it's nice to have someone to...you know..argh! What's that thing that two people do when they are both not happy with something and they talk about it together and then they get pleasure in eachothers mutual...unhappiness? Miser..miser..comiserate! Ok. So it's nice to have someone to comiserate with."
As such my conversations are twice as long and 3 times as boring. Not cool Iso, not cool.
And to top it all off, I think I am starting to flare-up from the increase. I have two very large and unhappy cyst/nodule combos, and I fear more to come. And BOY are they painful! My doctor told me to call him if I flare-up so he can prescribe a Z-pack, but I really hate taking antibiotics. I always feel like the side-effects are worse than the thing they are supposed to treat.
Good news: The marks from old cysts are actually fading! This makes me so happy because, for me - this means they are really gone. I notice that, with my normal acne, as soon as the pimple is healed, the mark begins to fade right away (it still takes forever to fade away completely, but I notice slight improvement on a daily basis). With my cysts, they may go down and look like they are gone (in terms of swelling) but the redness never seems to improve. Sure enough, within a month, they come back. I assume it's because the swelling is gone, but the infection underneath the surface remains active. If the spots are actually fading, then I would assume that means the area is actually healing underneath the surface.
So, activity run - down:
Actives: 3 (3 large and painful cysts)
Skin: Very dry. Moisturizing continues to keep rashes and such at bay, and skin seems slightly less prone to injury
Hair: Still a disaster, still dilly-dallying on doing something about it
Joints: Definitely a noticable increase in stiffness and pain
Bowels: Not much of a difference, everything seems fine except for the occasional stomach ache that seems to be food related.
Emotional/Mental side effects: Noticable brain fog. Coffee and getting enough sleep helps a bit, but it's definitely frustrating. Emotionally, I am feeling a little bit more down than normal. Since I am very familiar with how it feels to be "down" I am doing everything I can to avoid depression triggers and use the coping mechanisms I've learned over the years.
And that's all folks!
Edited by megtree, 06 March 2014 - 01:13 PM.