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6 weeks in & I LOVE Spiro!!!

In the past couple of weeks my skin has cleared up dramatically! No more awful jawline spots & no more acne coming up on top of existing acne which I had such a hard time dealing with before! I am still breaking out to a certain extent but it is more like 1 - 3 isolated spots a week I am on 50 mg of Spiro & am seeing my derm on Tuesday so I am going to ask to be upped to 75 mg & see if that blasts away the isolated spots I am getting! I don't have any other SE's that other ppl have reported - no thirst, weight loss, less hair etc. My breasts got very big in the first month but seem to have settled back to their usual size. It was interesting - I had an appointment for my annual medical with my nurse practitioner. She balked at the idea of me taking Spiro. She said it would make me grow hair in places I didn't want to grow hair. I mentioned something to her about Potassium & she said as it was potassium sparing I didn't have to worry about my K intake! I told her I had done a lot of research into Spiro & I didn't believe either of these to be the case. She immediately backed down & didn't question my decision any further but it kind of showed me how little she knew about this drug. So all in all I am pretty amazed by how quickly it has taken effect - I was expecting months! My confidence has improved & I don't think it is a coincidence that my sales at work have improved after months of very little when my acne was at its worst! Anyway I will keep posting - there is still a lot of room for improvement as my scarring is pretty bad so need to see if there is anything I can do to help that!

Cubbymom

Cubbymom

05/16/2010

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03/13/2014

 

A month on Spiro today!

One month on the Spiro today................ My acne is slightly better than it was! I am still breaking out but not with the same frequency that I was before. The breakouts don't seem to last as long either or maybe I am just getting a break between breakouts which didn't happen before! However, not meaning to sound pessimistic but my skin is still horrible & I have so much deep scarring! Even so, I continue to remain very optimistic, & maybe this will be a great month on Spiro - . I go back to see my derm at the end of May & I am going to ask him for a higher dosage so maybe that will help. Otherwise, I am feeling good. I tend to get very tired in the afternoon & especially if I have not drank as much water as I should. Boobs stayed bigger & can feel very tender but I am kind of used to them now so they are not bothering me as much as they did! One of the nicer side effects that other ladies report & that I was looking forward to - the slowing down of body hair growth - has not happened to me. On the contrary, I am shaving my legs almost every day & even the lady who waxes my eyebrows commented yesterday that they had really grown since our last appointment! Maybe a higher dosage would sort that out! So until next time..........

Cubbymom

Cubbymom

04/24/2010

 

Yucky SE's

So now I am definitely breaking out! Large spots on my forehead, where I never get them as all my breakouts are concentrated to the lower part of my face, jawline & neck! My boobs are like melons & I hate them - this is the worst SE for me so far. I don't feel as tired as last week & nor have experienced any major thirst but for the most part I think I am pretty well hydrated! I am also PMS-ing - could explain the swollen chest too!

Cubbymom

Cubbymom

04/06/2010

 

One week in...................

So I know I posted yesterday & don't have all that much new stuff to report but felt I should mark my 1st full week on Spiro with a blog entry SE's to date: -Extreme tiredness in the late afternoon. Havne't been that affected in the am, but it was very difficult to get out of the bed this morning - took me 40 mins. -Peeing a lot. Not too bothered by this. I tend to drink a lot of water anyhow so am used to going a lot! -Boobs are swollen & sore. Feel very full & tender just like they do prior to a period & again I really only notice this in the evening. Not too thrilled with this SE - I have a small frame & I am pretty athletic so feel that bigger boobs don't fit who I am! Oh well! -Little bit of cramping/muscle spasm in calves. I run a lot & my calves are always tight so kind of used to sensations there. Hows my skin? So I wouldn't expect Spiro to work all that quickly, given what I have read on the message boards its sounds like most people's didn't kick in until a few months in. My derm is giving it 2 months to work before he puts me on Accuntane. But suprisingly my skin is not too awful this week, for the first week in 3-4 months. I mean by normal skin standards, its terrible but for me its not too bad. By that I mean no monster breakouts (I have been breaking out every day). I have no new spots on my jawline which is amazing. So I don't want to jinx myself by saying its working after such a short time (& yes a huge IB is probably on the way I know) but my skin this week has been better than what it has been in months. Remaining cautious but very optimistic!

Cubbymom

Cubbymom

04/04/2010

 

Total Exhaustion!

Its Day 6. No sign of an inital breakout...... yet! Skin is actually the best it has been in about 3-4 months. I mean I am still getting pimples but not the everyday bad breakouts that had become routine. So thats pretty good! Today I definitely noticed pee-ing more - in fact felt like I was in the bathroom every 30 mins! And another SE I am not too crazy about - I am EXHAUSTED! Total debilitating fatigue has set in late afternoon for the past 3 days. I haven't felt this tired since the 1st trimester of pregnancy. Trying to figure out if I should just fight it & go to yoga this evening but the temptation to give into to vegging on the couch instead maybe too much! I am also feeling a 'can't be bothered about anything (esp if it involves moving)' attitude which I think maybe another SE. At least I am only getting this way from about 3-4pm onwards. My mornings & days are as productive as ever. But hopefully the tiredness & blahness will pass soon!

Cubbymom

Cubbymom

04/02/2010

 

Day 3

Well no change really! DH says I am being inpatient & nothing would happen this soon! I guess he is right - I am kind of impatient & just anxious to see any kind of SE even a bad one like the dreaded IB or the tiredness, thirst, basically anything to reassure me that this is not some kind of sugar pill I am taking! I'm sure it will kick in soon enough! One thing I did experience was breast tenderness last night. I hope that is not a sign. Of all the SEs I could get I want nothing to do with boobs LOL! I used to be a lot bigger which I hated but after nursing my son for ever my boobs totally shrunk down to a more manageable size. It would figure that mine will probably get huge on Spiro! But if thats the price for clear lovely skin, well then................. Hopefully I will have more to report next time!

Cubbymom

Cubbymom

03/30/2010

 

Getting started!

OK so first day on Spiro! I took 25mg this morning & just took my 2nd 25mg a few minutes ago! Making sure to remember to keep chugging down my water! This could be a struggle as I tend to go through phases of not drinking much water. Need to keep reminding myself! So all-in-all I am feeling very positive about starting these meds. I am hoping so much that these work but at the same time trying not to get too excited or expecting too much! I have been down this road many, many times (as all of us here have too!) & then just end up so sad when I don't see results! But at the same time I must stay positive & just be happy that I am being pro-active in sorting this face out! Well here's hoping ........................

Cubbymom

Cubbymom

03/27/2010

 

Getting ready to start Spiro!

I am going to start taking it tomorrow! In the meantime some background info about me & my struggles with adult acne! I am 37 years old & have been battling acne for over 15 years. Aside from a few teenage spots that we all get, my first major breakout was in my early 20's. Since then I have taken BC, several antibiotics, Differin, Retin-A & RA Micro, Clindamycin, sulphur treatments, Glycolic & other chemical peels & I am sure a few other things that I can't remember. But basically I have been there done that with the topical gels, antibiotics facials & other surface treatments! Some worked, some didn't & eventually the ones that worked stopped & I was back to worse skin than ever A combo of Differin & Climdamycin worked great for a long time, about 3 years, but stopped working about 6 months ago & I have gradually descended into acne hell this past 6 months. Back in January my new derm would not entertain any idea of Accutane & instead sent me home with a script for Differin (I told him it didn't work anymore!) & Doxcycline. I have taken this for the past 11 weeks with no results. My skin now breaks out every day, sometimes 2 or 3 times a day. It is mostly on my cheeks & jawline & sometimes under my chin & down on my neck which I especially hate! I have been very down over my acne & extremely angry with the derm for not listening to me & prescribing me something stronger! I had an appointment with him today & I had psyched myself up to do battle with him. Thankfully that didn't happen. He took one look at my face & said I needed Accutane & he was happy to give it to me. Phew! I had been reseaching Spironolactone for a few weeks & it sounded like it would really suit me (along with the acne I have greasy skin & hair, & light colored facial hair so definitely hormonal issues going on)! I asked the doc if he would give me that instead. He was reluctant at first but eventually gave in when I agreed to try Accutane if the Spiro does not work! I am starting on 50mg per day. As I mentioned earlier tomorrow is my start day & I can't wait to get going. I am very happy this site is here & maybe this Blog will help someone else if they are interested in Spiro & help me track my progress, side effects & other things I may notice as I take this journey! Definitely optimistic & as much as I am not crazy about serious medication at this moment I am resigned to it as a better alternative than miserable, depressing acne! Will check in Day 1 tomorrow

Cubbymom

Cubbymom

03/26/2010

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