I went to see the Orthopedic surgeon 2 days ago and he put me on crutches. He sent me for an MRI and I get the results on Friday.. He couldn't tell what was wrong until he looked at the MRI results but it is definitely a problem with my hip. I've looked online (I know I shouldn't) and I have all the symptoms of a stress fracture of the hip.. Hoping that its not a fracture. I just know I'll be taken off Accutane if thats the case. I am also concerned as to the amount of posts I found on the web about Bone/joint problems and Accutane.. Makes me concerned. I am going to ask the Derm to not up my dose this month, if she does prescribe.. I did my blood work today and have an apt with my Derm on Friday. I doubt my bloodwork will be v. good as I've been on Prednisone, Vicondin and Soma in the past week - my poor liver must be exhausted.. Will update on Friday after my apts.. Wish me luck
Haven't updated in a while as all has been well. My skin looks great (not perfect) - have not broken out 'at all' in ages. I do still have lots of pin like open pore marks on and around my nose and cheeks. Some white heads deep under the skin under my lips and my skin is too red to go without makeup. When I have gone without it strangers have asked where I got the sunburn Now for the uh-oh moment.. I've been experiencing discomfort in my hip joints since my derm upped my dosage to 60mg's... I have not had any specific injury recently or lifted anything heavier than my kids - which I have been doing forever.. Two nights ago I did not get a wink of sleep as the pain in my right hip and lower back was so bad. The pain was shooting all the way down into my foot. Advil did not help. I woke up yesterday morning and could not get out of bed without crying.. This pain was worse than the contractions I had during labor!! My husband had to take the day off of work to take care of our 2 kids and bring me to the ER. The ER doc told me that I have pinched nerves in my hips and probably a bulging disk in my v. low back. He gave me a shot of something that left me in a daze and handed me 3 prescriptions for - a steroid doze pack. Soma - a mussle relaxer and Vicodin and told me to rest up for a week. The ER doc said that these meds were fine to take with Accutane and that the pain was not related to the tane. Next I stopped by to see my Chiropractor.. He had a v. different story - he said that he'd seen this type of radiating hip pain before.. In Accutane, Chemo and some Lipator patients who had not experienced any specific trauma to cause it. He recommended that I call my dermatolgist and ask to have my dosage reduced. To cut a long story short.. the derm said to keep everything as is for now, take the extra meds prescribed by the ER doc. .. But!!! She wants me to see an Orthopedist this week, let them know that I am on Accutane and find out whether I experience a side effect. I have an apt on Monday with an Orthopedist - a hip specialist. I am sooo bummed - Accutane is working so well for me I would be seriously pissed if i had to stop it now. I have been taking Omega 3 fish oils since my dose was upped to 60mg's - guess its just not working. To be honest, there is no way I could function if I have to endure this pain for the next 97 days.. I am hoping and praying that it is just a co-incidense. Has anyone else know of anyone having such severe Joint problems on Accutane?
Just a quick word of warning.. My derm put me on a 5 day course of Valtrex to treat a cold sore, she was nervous about it spreading as my skin was so dry... I ended up feeling rotten - nausea, brain fog and a rash on my stomach.. Think the combo pushed me over the edge. Stopped the Valtrex and I feel fine now. Cold sore cleared up v. quickly anyhow. My skin is starting to break out on my face again, not hudge cycsts but lots of redness and ruddiness and my pores look like teeny craters - I think they emptied themselves but forgot to close up - hope the get the memo soon! Would hate to be left with a million tiny pin pricks all over my nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. Has anyone else had any experience with this - do the holes shrink and close up?? Otherwise things are good. Went out for a friends bday last night and had a glass of Sangria (v. weak) felt fine this morning.. Was a bit nervous as I got a massive morning after headache the one other time I had a glass of wine a couple of weeks ago. But all seems well. I think I mentioned that my derm told me that Alcohol was OK for me in moderation.. ie glass of wine once in a blue moon.
So.. where to start.. I had my first Dr. apt today since starting. She said my bloodwork was good but expected me to be more broken out. She wants to see everything deep down coming to the service. So, I'll be adding another 20mg's per day in the morning, bringing me to a total of 60 mg's per day. She told me to expect to break out a lttle bit more over the next couple of weeks - ugh! My face still looks good but my neck is now covered in loads of tiny pimples - I never really got many pimples on my neck previously. This is def new. One I'd rather not mention but just in case someone else is experiencing it I better give it a mention - new side effect is blood after my bowel movements Derm told me that it is normal, things down there dry out as well. I woke up this morning just fine, felt a tingling an hour later and looked in the mirror to see a big old coldsore on my lip To top it off the Dermatologist put me on oral and topical meds for it as she is nervous about it moving to other parts of my face as my skin dries out - WTH.. I have never heard of someone having a Herpes Head but I guess she has witnessed it happen to someone on Accutane So, 60mgs will begin in the morning and I will be upped again to 80mgs next month. Fingers crossed that the side effects won't be too too bad. Hope everyone out there is doing well!
Skin is looking good - tone is even, no new breakouts. The couple of cycsts I had are all going away, yeah!.. and.. much quicker than they usually do. I still have lots of blackheads and whiteheads, skin feels like sandpaper so I'm hoping that they will all be gone soon. I'm kinda nervous that things are so good so soon.. I mean its certainly not perfect but I can't remember the last time my skin looked this good. I think what we (people with Acne) and what others consider good skin are two very different things. It would be so nice to just run out the door without makeup and not have to worry about bumping into someone I know. My hair is looking great, I don't have to wash it everyday anymore..Previously it would be oily by nighttime. Now it is bouncy and light.. My skin is super sensitive though, I've accidentally cut myself 2 or 3 times in the past couple of days with my own nails. All in all things are good.. Still so happy I decided to embark on this journey.. All the best everybody
I woke up with the mother of all headaches. I got together with a group of girlfriends last night and had A glass of wine. My dermatolgist told me that I could drink in moderation. Moderation my ass - 1 glass of wine gave me this earth shattering all day migrane... I even consumed 4 glasses of water while drinking that one glass of wine (just in case).. Lesson learned - absolutely no more drinking for me. Guess my poor liver can't handle it. Skin wise - My cysts are all drying out. I now have a big ole scab on my nose - thanks to yesterdays picking session I still have lots of blackheads and whiteheads. The gals all thought that my skin is looking better already! So happy to be moving on to my next 10 day pack tomorrow. I feel giddy just thinking about being able to go makeup free this summer:dance:
Quick update. My blackheads were looking way too big and inviting last night.. I thought I could gently ease them out.. I covered my finger tips in tissue and applied gentle pressure. Some of the BH's came out but all the skin came off the tip of my nose with it I litteraly took the whole top layer off, it was red and raw underneath. So here I sit with a plump red, scabby honker. Hope I learned my lesson! My hips are getting sore, feel like a granny - aching everytime I get out of the chair.. I still think its worth it though.. One more pill and I've finished pack 2 - woohoo.. On a good note: Looks like the Accutane is def helping my fine lines disappear!! Didn't know this was a side effect Happy Friday!
Reading blogs on here helped me to decide to finally try Accutane. Being a working mother of 2 toddlers, I honestly don't have a spare moment but felt I should share my experience in the hope it will help someone like me.. To get started let me share some back round info.... I have had cystic acne since my early teens. I never really made an issue of it, feeling embarrassed that I would appear vain by looking for help. I finally started Minocycline on and off around age of 25. Hated being on an anti biotic for long periods of time so I would go on it for a month and off it for 4 or 5 and then back on it again. After the birth of my second child 2 years ago it got much much worse. I developed the type of cysts that make you look like you are growing an appendage - big n' bad deformities that hurt like hell.. I would wake up sometimes and not recognize myself. These cysts started to leave scars. I also developed HS - large cysts under my arms etc. Went on Minocycline full time at this stage and then Doxycyline along with a multitude of topicals, injections etc.. I have had Dermatologists telling me for years to try Accutane but I was always scared off by side effects - the bad press it receives. Things finally got so bad - antibiotics are no longer working that I've decided to give it a chance. So here I am on Day 18.. 40MG's a Day of Claravis, On Ortho Tri Cyclen for Birth Control My skin has 3 small cycts and 1 large one - causing a major chin deformity right now . Overall - I think my skin actually looks much better than it did before. My blackheads are coming to the surface and I'm hoping they will fall out soon. This is really gross, but the goo inside them seems hard. Wondering will they just leave big holes behind or do the pores actually just close up - that would be fantastic (best not get my hopes up;).. My scars are looking a bit better and my skin just looks calmer overall - no ruddiness, def had some rosacea before. Side Effects - just dry lips, being kept under control with Aquafore. Dry eyes - using eyedrops and nose bleeds (I have a cold so all the blowing is probably not helping).. Feeling tired in the early afternoon but that could be a side effect of the cold too. Oddly I've gained about 4-5 lbs since starting which is a bit scary - can Accutane make you put on weight. I feel so hungry all the time:( So far things are good though. Feel like I made the right decision.