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In Topic: Spironolactone Journey

23 March 2015 - 03:58 PM

Hi Kirks..


Sorry to hear you're not doing well.  You're not the only one, my skin is crap too.  I'm feeling just like you..sad and discouraged.  You would think after the time we have put in, we would see some kind of improvement.  Its terrifying me that spiro isn't going to work..I have no more options. 


I wish I had some encouraging words..I'm sorry I don't.  Just know you are not alone and if you ever need to talk, I'm here...:)

In Topic: Spiro...my Last Hope

23 March 2015 - 03:54 PM

Well I wish I could say my skin is doing great, but nope, it sucks!!


Past few weeks have been hell.  I keep breaking out and running to the derm for shots. UGGGGHHH!!  I feel like I'm right back where I started.  Totally sucks....6 1/2 months and basically no improvement.  My anxiety is back strong as ever and i'm back to crying just about everyday.


I got my period 5 days early this month, I guess bc of the upped dosage.  My period ended a few days ago and I'm spotting again.  Now I'm not sure if I want to stay on 125 or go back to 100.  I'm at such a loss on what to do anymore.  I'm about to cave in and ask for some antibiotics, but just really scared bc of my tinnitus.  I also feel like if my skin does clear on antibiotics i'll always be terrified of coming off.  I was on antibiotics a couple of years ago for a very long time and my ear doctor suspects that's what caused my tinnitus.  I also had thrush and it took forever to clear up, I'm just not sure if I want to open that can of worms again..I'm just so desperate though.


I keep telling myself my "magical" time will come, but I have to say i'm getting quite discouraged.  I would think by the 6 month mark I would have some kind of improvement..sighhh. 


My hubby and I went to Atlantic City on Friday and got back today.  When we got there on Friday I got an appointment with a derm I used there before.  How pathetic is it that I need to get shots when i'm on vacation?  I now have a derm in New Orleans, Atlantic City and 2 at home.  It would be freakin fantastic not to have to obsess abt my skin every time I go away.


The shots went well but of course in the last couple of days had new crap come..I swear I'm going to have a nervous breakdown.


Well I guess that's enough complaining for one day..Please let month 7 be the magical month!


I hope you ladies are doing better than me!

In Topic: Spiro...my Last Hope

09 March 2015 - 08:26 AM

hi sladnacne,


My hubby is actually the only person i'll let see me when im breaking out horrendously.  I've been with him almost 10 years and it took me quite awhile to even talk about my acne to him.  My acne didn't turn cystic till about 5 years ago, so even though I had bad breakouts when I was dating him I could get through it.  When my acne turned cystic everything really changed.  Like you I was just so embarrassed.  We had moved into together and one morning I was getting ready to go to work and I completely lost it.  I was crying hysterical.  My hubby (bf at the time) walked into the bathroom and was like whats wrong?  I just let it all out, my frustration w my skin, how I felt so ugly and embarrassed, etc.  Well he comforted me, he was the best.  The funny thing was he said he really never noticed anything, he was really surprised that I had suffered for so long.  It really was the best thing I did, to open up about it to him.  He's so truly comforting and a pillar of strength for me, I have no idea what I wld do without him.  I'm so lucky that I have someone who is supportive and understands. 


If you think you can, I wld really try to talk about it with your bf.  It feels so good to let it all go..and hopefully he will help you through it all...Its so hard to do it alone.


Well yesterday was 6 months in..6 frkn months and still I breakout.  Friday I completely and utterly lost it..total meltdown.  I was breaking out all week, but things seemed to be healing.  I looked in the mirror and had 2 new spots forming..wth???  I just lost it.  I called derm and begged to be able to come in for shots..I just did not feel like watching new chit grow on my face all weekend.  I got in and got my shots.  I was crying like a baby, I kind of felt ridiculous but i'm so emotionally spent.  Its heartwrenching to be on this med for 6 months and not have any real consistency.  I feel like I'm going to be damned w bad skin forever..i just don't have anymore options.


She was very understanding..She let me vent.  We decided to up my dose to 125 and take it from there.  I'm not too excited abt it, I really wanted to stay at 100mg but I just don't know what else to do.  It makes me so sad when I remember I couldn't wait til the 3 month mark bc I thought my skin wld be clear.  When I hit the 3 month mark I was like ok...I cant wait til 6 month mark, bc i'm sure i'll definitely be clear then.  Well here it is and I still have no relief.  Last month my skin was doing really well, its so hard to understand why it wld go back to crap...sighhhh


So today my skin is doing well..I got my shots Friday and nothing new came up..yayyy.  The only problem is one of the shots didn't seem to work that well.  I get these lumps..they are nuggets..its like the pimple is filled with solid matter, not pus.  When I get these kind shot..the swelling goes down some but the stupid nugget just stays there..its so frkn annoying.  This one still feels a little swollen and is red, not sure what i'm going to do w it.  Besides that my skin is looking good, my red marks are healing fast, I think bc I haven't had something absolutely huge on my face so they aren't damaging the skin like my old cysts did.  Saturday morning I felt like I looked like I had chicken pox..but today the red spots have faded nicely.  All my spots lately have been mostly on chin, moustache area and laugh lines.  I haven't gotten anything on my cheeks or forehead.  Couple of years ago I only got cysts on my left cheek, its funny how my acne has totally changed areas.  Being someone who has suffered from cystic acne on cheeks and chin, I much rather have it on my chin.  They seem to heal faster on my chin.


Well sladnacne, I really hope spiro starts kicking in for us.  I'm not going to give up and I really hope you don't either.  I have read a lot where it has taken upto a year to finally have some consistency.  Maybe this month will be our lucky month :)...Please keep me updated on your progress!!

In Topic: Is This Normal After Cortisone Injections? Some Help Please

05 March 2015 - 07:53 PM

Hi Krissy,


Looking way better!  Accutane should kill those suckers altogether soon.  Hope you're doing well with your Accutane journey!

In Topic: Is This Normal After Cortisone Injections? Some Help Please

28 February 2015 - 10:43 AM

Hey Krissy,


Just checking in and seeing how you're doing...Hope those cysts are dead now!!