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Week 5: Snap, Crackle, Pop

My joints sound like rice krispies, Snap, crackle and pop. The aches and pains have kicked in. Knees, ankles, wrists are snapping, crackling and popping much more than they have before. Nothing debilitating, but I feel really sore and achy everyday as if I just did a really heavy workout, even though I'm working out very lightly. I anticipated this side effect hitting me more than some other people since I am older and already have a little arthritis in some of my joints, so I've bee

sflamom

sflamom

01/01/12

 

Week5: By The Skin Of My Nose

Why don't I listen to good advice? The TMI begins -- As I've mentioned in previous posts, I have a nervous habbit of playing with my face -- picking, peeling off flaky skin, and sometimes just touching my face in a distracted fashion (similar to someone who twirls their hair while thinking or working or watching TV). So as a pimple is starting to heal, before I know it, I've pealed off the thin layer of healing skin and then the same pimple is either bleeding or sore. I also

sflamom

sflamom

12/23/11

 

Week4: A Little Bit Of Faith

I counted my pimples on my face today and there are at least 12. The breakout started about 3 days ago and keeps coming. It looks just like my pre-accutane breakouts, but they aren't as quite as painful as they used to be. I got a taste of semi-clear skin for the first 3 weeks (I only had one, or two or three pimples at the same time), but now the acne is back. My period started and the acne came along with it on my chin, the sides of my nose and my forehead, just like it has been. I'm trying t

sflamom

sflamom

12/15/11

 

Week3: We Have Your Lab Results, And Err, Well, Hmm....you Better Call Us Right Away

That's the last message I wanted to hear on my voicemail the week before my 1 month accutaine appointment. I fretted all night, worrying that my pancreas was going to explode due to abnormally high triglycerides or that my liver was shriveling up on a vitamin A overdose. (exaggeration aside, I was quite worried). I finally reached Dr. Dermo's office the next afternoon after a round of phone tag and got the whole story. My bloodwork was fine (all those veggies and exercise paid off), but th

sflamom

sflamom

12/11/11

 

2Nd Week -- Hi My Name Is Sflamom And I'm A Diet-Cokeaholic

I have a confession to make.I love dietcoke. It's one of my few vices (at least one that I'm willing to admit). I can drink a 2 liter a day easily. So since starting accutane and knowing how important it is to keep my self as hydrated as possible, I've made a pact with myself. If I want a glass of diet coke, I have to drink a full glass of water before each diet coke. That way I am assured to keep enough pure water in my system to help ease the side effects of the pills. My hubby doesn't think I

sflamom

sflamom

12/03/11

 

2Nd Week -- An Eyelash Fell Out, Must Be The Accutane.

Has anyone but me noticed how hypersensitive they've become to every little change in their face or body since starting accutane? It's like I've become completely hypersensitive to every single thing about myself. I find myself looking at scratches and cuts that I never noticed before and thinking, "Wow, they aren't healing as fast since I've been on accutane;" when the truth is, they are probably healing at the same rate but I never paid as much attention to them before. Or getting

sflamom

sflamom

11/29/11

 

1St Week - Big 'ole Sinus Infection

Finished my first week on Claravis (20mg -- 2x-a-day). The second day I was on it, I came down with a bad sinus infection. Seems like this has happened to other people too during week one. Maybe my body is using its energy to get back into balance after being assaulted by Claravis and didn't have the energy to fight the sinus virus. Either way, I'm feeling miserable. I have changed my facial products (see below) and now I'm wearing both moisturizer and sunscreen. This makes me nervous because

sflamom

sflamom

11/24/11

 

The Irony Of Ipledge When Your Tubes Are Tied

I'm sure we all agree that any program that attempts to stop potential birth deffects is a great and necessary thing. However, I don't think they had me in mind when they designed the IPledge program. Even the dermatology assistants were confused and insisted that I needed to go on birth control pills along with an additional secondary birth control method, before they would hand over the Claravis prescription. When I reminded them that my tubes were tied, they didn't quite know how that f

sflamom

sflamom

11/24/11

 

I'm Mad As H*!l And I'm Not Going To Take It Anymore

Let me introduce myself, I am a 45 year-old Mom of 2 wonderful boys whose had acne off and on for 20 years. I've tried everything to get rid of it and over the years the acne has gotten worse, not better. Almost all of it is on my face, but lately it's started to show up on my chest. I am sick and tired of having painful acne, especially at my age. My determatologist mentioned Accutane several times over the last couple of years, but I resisted because I was scared to try it (all the sensa

sflamom

sflamom

11/23/11

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