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#21 Kim28

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 03:25 PM

Some people get a little constipated when they first start - maybe it's this? It should resolve within a few days. If it doesn't, or if you are in pain, or start feeling worse, I would call your medical professional right away. It's probably nothing, but it always makes me feel better when my doctor says it really is nothing!



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Posted 07 April 2014 - 11:45 AM

This did happen to me in the beginning, although I am a bit prone to bloating/ tummy problems already. Drinking about twice as much water as normal (I notice that all my side-effects, including gastro, become more severe if I forget to drink enough water), eat more fiber (but make sure you increase the fiber ONLY if you increase the water, if you don't it will just make things worst) and take a good probiotic everyday (The kind that come refrigerated. They are more pricey but it makes a dramatic difference in my opinion). I use a very high count probiotic designed specifically for women, it has a strain of probiotic called LACTOBACILLUS RHAMNOSUS that is very good for vaginal health (I am very paranoid about yeast infections. Although I am not especially prone to them, the last one I got was so severe I almost went to the emergency room and have been traumatized ever since). The one I take is called Ultimate Flora Women's Complete, but any good probiotic will do I am sure. I also drink a nice strong cup of joe in the morning with breakfast to help keep things moving. I haven't had many issues with bloating or constipation since I started this routine. 

 

I think drinking lots and lots of water is your best (and least expensive) bet though. NOTE: As Kim mentioned, if at any time you feel pain beyond the normal for you (tearing, sharp, etc.) or if you feel sick, call the doc. 



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Posted 09 April 2014 - 11:31 AM

Hi ladies thanks for feedback. The pain lasted all day Saturday and some of Sunday but is gone now. It wasn't constipation and so far I'm not having an issue with this (fingers crossed). Unfortunately due to a host of dietary requirements I can't have dairy or a lot of carbs which makes probiotics and fibre intake difficult. My body is pretty used to gastro issues but I'm hoping that it was just a one off on Saturday.

I'm coming up on two weeks on 30mg now and so far I have had some mild IB. I'm begining to see dryness on my face I'm definitely not getting the oil slick feeling at thee nd of the day anymore. Yesterday and today I have felt a bit itchy on my scalp and the dry lips are kicking in. On the good side the cycts on the left side of my face doesn't seem as inflamed although they have been there since January so my perspective is a bit all over the place. I'm feeling pretty positive and really appreciate everyone's feedback and support it's nice to know you are not alone.

I'm off on holiday from Friday for two weeks my husband and I have planned a wee trip down the coast and then I'm off to Spain with some girlfriends. I'm not to worried about the sun as being a ginger person I have never been one for the sun anyway. However bummed about the lack of booze haha, my derm did say it was fine to have some wine with a meal so I will be doing that but otherwise I will just be taking the photos of the tequila shots of the ladies and telling them all their drunken stories the next day.

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Posted 15 April 2014 - 03:03 PM

Hello all on day 17 still not much change other than dry lips. One cyst ruptured yuck! But hasn't really gone away despite lots of poison coming out. Have one more smaller cyst forming though ugh! On a good note the largest cyst on my left cheek seems to be getting smaller. Wish it would all just hurry up and clear. Have derm in Friday thinking about asking for cortisone shots anyone had them? What should I be saying!

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 10:19 AM

Not sure if anyone is out there? I'm now on day 27 was put up to 60mg last Friday so far only increase in side effects are that my hands are itchy and dry. My lips are still dry but nothing else so far..... Fingers crossed.

The cysts are still there big style which is annoying however the redness is gone and the rest of my skin is very smooth. How is everyone else doing?

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 10:38 PM

Thanks for posting! I'm into my second week at 40 mg, doing fine for now except for the dreaded IB. I'm breaking out in places I never thought I would, like under my eyebrows and behind my ear. Ouch! Hoping I'll get bumped up to 60 mg on my next appointment, like you did. My oily skin is gone and looks a lot smoother without all my large, clogged pores. I'm loving that part!

Hang in there! We'll be better at the end of this journey, like so many others!

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 03:07 PM

Peaches - I wish you the best of luck. It is a harsh treatment, but for me it worked wonders and i have not looked back since. My acne was ruining my life. People who are lucky enough not to suffer with sever acne will not understand how it can effect one’s life, pacifically emotionally. You need to do what you need to do.

 

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 06:54 PM

I've been doing The Regimen for a month and have had a little success on my face. I went to the dermatologist today and he re commended accutane for me. I'm nervous to try it because of the side affects. I'm 33 year old male and have big oil glands with cystic acne. What should I do any help

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 09:03 PM

Hey, Peaches! Glad everything is going well!

I'm entering my sixth month now - time flies. Those big nasty cysts always take the longest to go! I had one on my cheek that hung on for dear life until around day 80. BUT NOW IT IS GONE! Yay for Accutane.



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 02:35 PM

I've been doing The Regimen for a month and have had a little success on my face. I went to the dermatologist today and he re commended accutane for me. I'm nervous to try it because of the side affects. I'm 33 year old male and have big oil glands with cystic acne. What should I do any help


My advice would be if you feel that your acne is effecting your life go for it. I was so upset and u happy and losing myself in the acne issues. I was terrified of starting because of scary side effects but at the end of the day if those happen you can stop taking the medication. At the minute I'm just a month in and on 60mg and so far so good nothing major in the way of clear skin to report but also no side effects that can't be managed and tolerated after years of acne. Good luck no matter what you chose to do it's just good to make decisions and feel in control.

Hey, Peaches! Glad everything is going well!
I'm entering my sixth month now - time flies. Those big nasty cysts always take the longest to go! I had one on my cheek that hung on for dear life until around day 80. BUT NOW IT IS GONE! Yay for Accutane.


Ugh damn cysts they are horrible buggers glad you are doing well and killing those cysts with the tane

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 03:39 PM

Day 45 ok so the supper massive cysts have got slightly less supper massive! Small steps but at least it's going in the right direction. I have been coping ok on the 60 mg but last few days I've developed rashes on the tops of my legs and also around my elbows and forearms. My skin on my face has got really dry under my lips and on my chin. The sore cracked lips persist but they aren't too bad, some days are worse than others.

Anyway I'm still feeling positive I want these bad cyst suckers to die, hate the way people look at me like "ermmm do you know you have five big lumps on your face - what's up with that?" Ugh, still when ever I feel low I just stick the Pharell HAppy song on and have a 5 second dance party!

How's things with you guys?

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 10:56 AM

Hi! I'm new to the forum and I'm hoping to start accutane within the next month. I have the first appointment Tuesday. I relate to your posts because I'm in my thirties as well. It seems most people on it are teenagers. I'm super nervous and excited. I've exhausted every single option three times over. This is my last step. Good luck as you continue the treatment and I hope to be joining you guys soon! 



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 06:04 AM

Day 58 - I have begun to get super dry and itchy all over - worst on my legs. Honestly sometimes the itchiness makes me want to peel my skin off pop it down and jump Ina nice ice cold bath. Just me lying there with my itchy skin suit beside me gross image sorry :-). Skin wise no major changes skin clear except for the super cysts, the three on my left cheek have shrunk considerably but still huge. The others are smaller but still feel sore and active and still massive which I think just makes you notice the others more.

Coping with dryness and itching using aveeno body creme and sudocreme on the worst bits of my body. On face using avenno and aquaphore at night - great news is I'm not as dry there now so can wear a wee bit of foundation again.

Hi! I'm new to the forum and I'm hoping to start accutane within the next month. I have the first appointment Tuesday. I relate to your posts because I'm in my thirties as well. It seems most people on it are teenagers. I'm super nervous and excited. I've exhausted every single option three times over. This is my last step. Good luck as you continue the treatment and I hope to be joining you guys soon! 


Welcome, I find this forum great for our age group as there is a good many in their thirties. I wish you lots of luck on your tane journey to clear skin xxx

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 05:18 PM

Day 69 - is anyone still out there? Not sure if I'm just posting to myself but oh well still feels good to know others are in the same boats as me. Hated feeling alone in this.

Had derm today and he is still pleased. I have one large active cyst still clinging on for dear life but he is sure it will go. Bad news the other cysts have left big raised scars, I thought they were just still going down but the derm says no that it is scar tissue I was pretty bummed out by this. However he said once I'm finished my tane he will inject the scars and that should take care of them.

How's everyone else doing? X

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 11:14 AM

We're still reading! Nice to hear a update from you.  Good luck with those scars.. sending you virtual good luck! :) 

I'm on Day 10 here so I like to read yours to know what's possibly in store for me...



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Posted 15 June 2014 - 04:29 AM

Well im on my 110 day? or something around there i dun really keep track . but active acne are no more for me  but  u know lots of acne marks which is annoying and 1 cyst on my left cheeks derm said that if i have no more cysts for next appointment he would go prescribe me cream for my acne marks . im taking 10 mg a day . I hate the acne marks ... its just make me look horrible up close .... how about you . 



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Posted 29 June 2014 - 05:32 PM

Day 94

Hi everyone, how are you all doing? I'm still plodding along here, last 4 weeks things have got tougher as side effects have increased so many skin rashes, dryness, blurry vision, sore joints and dry nose - had all of these before but the severity has increased. Also unfortunately i gavent seen much change in my skin the cysts are still there little stuborn €$#%/ . This has made coping with the side effects harder as initally I hacks side effect but could see improvements too which made me feel positive. I haven't seen much improvement in the last month. I'm still feeling positive though overall, seeing derm for my check up on Thursday so we will see what he has to say.

Hope you are all well.

Well im on my 110 day? or something around there i dun really keep track . but active acne are no more for me  but  u know lots of acne marks which is annoying and 1 cyst on my left cheeks derm said that if i have no more cysts for next appointment he would go prescribe me cream for my acne marks . im taking 10 mg a day . I hate the acne marks ... its just make me look horrible up close .... how about you . 

I have one really bad scar on my left cheek but hopefully the derm is going yo inject it at the end of my treatment - glad your active acne is under control x

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 05:58 PM

So sorry about the cysts scar tissue! Hopefully your Dr. can take care of it. I'm also on Day 10 so it's interesting to read what's going to happen! 

Hang in there!






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