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Catlover2012

Member Since 12 Jul 2012
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In Topic: Happy Birthday To Meee! Time For Accutaneee!

25 April 2013 - 10:21 AM

Hey Gina! I know you are now enjoying life acne free and don't come here often. I don't know if you remember me but I decided to take the plunge and I am now on my second month of accutane, I haven't noticed an improvement yet, but the side effects have been quite mild for me.

 

 Are you still acne free? Have you continued to take any supplements? I hope you can give us an update;-)


In Topic: Repairing the long-term damage from Accutane

27 March 2013 - 03:37 PM

I'm curios , how many Mgs were you on and for how long?

I just started , I'm on day 7 and I have stomach cramps.

I really hope you feel better, keep us posted!

In Topic: Ladies Taking Zinc?

26 March 2013 - 12:48 PM

lucky, I took it for almost 3 months and it had no effect on me whatsoever.

 

What kind of zinc do you take? what brand? I took 50 mg everyday of Zinc gluconate


In Topic: Happy Birthday To Meee! Time For Accutaneee!

04 October 2012 - 11:04 AM

Hi Gina!

We haven't forgotten about you! at least I haven't.  I am sooooo happy that you are doing great with the Accutane. I hope those cold sores will go away soon. But hey, cold sores here and there is better than getting bald right??? which is what I read it's happened to some people!!!

How do you manage to stay dairy free, gluten free and soy free???? are you also egg-free?

about 2 months ago I eliminated all dairy and eggs, but now my naturopathic doctor told me to go gluten free. But it's so hard!!!!

I bought this loaf of bread that was labed: dairy free and soy free,...idiot me I didn't read the ingredients, it has egg whites in it, Im gonna eat it anyways, it was so expensive.

Long story short, I have eliminated these foods to improve my acne,....Yes, it's improved a little, but it's not where I want it to be: Zero acne.
I'm too old to be dealing with this shit!

I couldn't resist the temptation and ate pizza the other day, 3 days later I woke up with this cyst on my cheek, .....good news is that it's not painful or red, I just feel the bump under my skin.

Gina, I am with you when you say that people think "we should blame acne on ourselves"  that it's because we have negative emotions. that makes me angry!!!! even my mom tells that there is something wrong with me and that maybe I should accept myself just like I am, with acne that is.

I consider myself to be quite spiritual, do meditation and yoga, drink 3 litres of water a day, and I am on a vegan diet. I am not perfect, I get angry  or stressed like anyone else. I have even considered doing to the himalayas to see if maybe I can improve my karma and improve my health.

The hardest thing for me is that I love going for dinner to restaurants, now I can't go to so many places I used to go. Sometimes there is nothing in the menu I can eat , just french fries, but I've never been too fond of them.

Gina did you parents have acne too? My father had acne his whole life, his face was scared pretty bad. Unfortunately I inherited the oily skin. I have really really oily skin.

My naturopath says my estrogen is high, so she put me on vitex to regulate hormones. If I don't see improvement by the end of this year, my new year resolution in 2013 will be becoming acne free with accutane.

Only a few more days girl, stay strong!

In Topic: Happy Birthday To Meee! Time For Accutaneee!

06 August 2012 - 01:41 PM


Hi Gina,

First of all, I just wanna say that your skin is looking amazing, I just can't believe how much it's changed!....As far as alcohol, I have read that you should not drink any alcohol whatsoever while on accutane. Like Zero. Nada. i guess it puts even more pressure on the liver to work harder to eliminate toxins.

I agree wiht supernatural ,it might also be the stress of the wedding, you're gonna look amazing!

So I talked to my doctor about accutane and she is not willing to prescribe it to me, she said first I gotta go on YAZ to see if that helps, she knows I had a pituatary adenoma 3 months into Diane 35, but she said it had nothing to to with it. I'm not sure if I should believe that or not. That same day I got the prescription for yaz I saw this commercial on tv from a lawyer asking people to call him if they had taken YAZ and had gotten a blood clot or a stroke, etc. Yikes!

So i ended up seein this naturopath, who gave me some homeopathics and told me to cut out all dairy, eggs and coffee. Basically, I am now on a vegan diet and to my surprise today I got my period and I didn't break out like I usually do, but the biggest surprise is that I have no pain! I always get really bad pms, the pain is always so bad I can't even walk unless I take advil through out the day. could it be all the hormones on the milk, cheese and eggs??

I am hoping this will work, otherwise I will have to lie to my doctor and tell her that I did take the contraceptives and that they didn't work so that she would be willing to prescribe accutane if I end up doing that.  I mean, isn't the fact that I am 38years old enough to stop experimenting on me with things that don't work?  the good news is that in canada Accutane is only abou 70 dollars for 40mg 30 day pills.


Ooops, I had a glass of white wine with dinner last night again and went to bed with a tremendous headache. I felt like an emotional wreck yesterday. Sad and depressed and angry. I don't know if it had to do with the fact that I got my period yesterday (which usually makes me happy, but it made me feel emotionally horrible), the wedding stress, or the medicine. Probably a combination of the two. I used to get "hormonal blues" even before I took birth control, but I just don't know what it is going on anymore with my mood. Sometimes I'm happy and energetic, and other times I just feel so depressed and nothing can make me laugh. I just want to cry, but I hold it in.

Is anyone else going through this...and should I be concerned and talk to someone about it, or is it just hormones and wedding stress?????


if those feelings don't go away in the next few days you should definitely talk to someone! Accutane may cause depression in some people or increase anxiety


Thank you for listening and also sharing your experiences! I am feeling better today after I woke up to realize that: #1 I really should not drink ANY alcohol on this medicine. it screws me up. #2 I have been internalizing too much stress and I need to shut out the outside world for a bit. #3 I need to be easier on myself and more forgiving. I only get like this when I feel like my fiance or other friends are ignoring me. He's been working very long hours and it's just been hard on us. I'm going to make more of an effort to enjoy the little things in life and not get so caught up in the big scary picture. Posted Image

I would seriously advocate for the accutane, along with whatever other methods of a primary contraceptive you want to use, but only during your course. If birth control never gave you clear skin to begin with, why would it magically work?? Plus, it means being on it long term, whereas accutane is only a few months and then you don't want to be on BC after that. I understand your concerns with the pituitary adenoma. That is not trivial. You could always see a different derm if they're not willing to help you. My derm doesn't like putting people on accutane either, but I had so many severe cysts, that she saw the almost emergency need for quick results. I am happy to say that I haven't had much joint pain or any interference with bowel movements or other severe things people mention. Just dry eyes, skin, lips, slight back pain, and sun sensitivity.

Vegan diets are pretty awesome! I once tried going vegan and also had less menstrual pain. It's because animal products contain arachidonic acid which leads to the inflammatory pathway in the body which creates actual signals of pain! Fish oil containing the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA directly stop the production of arachidonic acid, thus leading to less pain and inflammation in the body. But, vegan diets can be really hard...why does she not have you eating fish? It's high in anti-inflammatory nutrients and great for skin, mood, hair and joints. If you're not eating fish or taking fish oil, are you eating ground flaxseeds or taking flax oil? I take flax oil right now since I'm out of fish oil, and I love it. Flaxseeds contain linolenic acid which is converted in the body to EPA and DHA, but at a VERY low rate, so it is harder to make them in the body unless you're eating fish or fish oil.

Whoa, sorry if I'm getting all geeky on you, but I just think it's important to get proper omega-3 fatty acids and B-12 when people are considering vegan diets.


Ooops, I had a glass of white wine with dinner last night again and went to bed with a tremendous headache. I felt like an emotional wreck yesterday. Sad and depressed and angry. I don't know if it had to do with the fact that I got my period yesterday (which usually makes me happy, but it made me feel emotionally horrible), the wedding stress, or the medicine. Probably a combination of the two. I used to get "hormonal blues" even before I took birth control, but I just don't know what it is going on anymore with my mood. Sometimes I'm happy and energetic, and other times I just feel so depressed and nothing can make me laugh. I just want to cry, but I hold it in.

Is anyone else going through this...and should I be concerned and talk to someone about it, or is it just hormones and wedding stress?????


I am sure that it is just a combo of all these things. Weddings are a huge deal to me and stress me out even when they aren't mine! I can't even imagine planning a wedding. If you feel like this all the time I would maybe get a tad concerned and talk to your doctor about it.

I have days where I feel off and I am emotional and cry. More so since starting accutane actually. Plus I am bitchy as all hell on this stuff. I can relate to feeling like you are some days. I have these days before accutane though. They just might feel a little worse while on the tane. Give yourself a few days and see how you are feeling. You are almost done with the medication and the wedding is in a couple weeks your period just came, you drank last night and feel like crap because of it. Lots of things are playing into the way you are feeling. HORMONES SUCKS!

XOXOXO Gina hang in there!


THANKS, BETSY! Thanks for being rational, caring, and for once...someone going through the same thing doesn't make me feel like a nut job. lol I think you're right that it's okay to admit to ourselves...yes, this medicine can cause some mood swings, but we're still ultimately ourselves, we're still in control, we're still responsible and loving people. It's all going to be OKAY. Alright, so I admit it...I am kiiiiind of a bitch on this stuff, too. Haha I can't help it! All I can say is I am trying to be more patient and less of a flipped out psycho. haha

Weddings are stressful and I never want to plan one again. You think it's going to be all happy and rosy, but it's not. There are 230952032474 details and everyone is counting on you. I'm just going to say effff it all and enjoy myself.

Today is much better. Posted Image


Yes, you are absolutely right. I have been taking Omega fish oil for years, and I always drink a smothie with veggies, fruit, flax seeds and chia seeds  in the morning. I drink 3 litters of water a day and I also take B 100 complex, Iron and Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc. I also eat salmon and trout sometimes.

The interesting thing is that my doctor told me that my B 12 levels are perfect: 310, but get this, my naturopath thinks they are too low, apparently the optimival level is 800 so she suggested that next time we do b 12 shots for 3 months. it's interesting how different these doctors have different opinions.

at least, since cutting out all dairy I am not getting new cysts. Just  2 of the existing blackheads have become inflamated and now they look like 2 big volcanos. You know how it is, one minute they are tiny, the next they get huge suddenly. Thank god you won't have to deal with this anymore!