Since stopping accutane almost 3 weeks ago I've had a couple of clogged pores here and there, but my skin is still really clear. My oil has not come back yet (woohoo!!!!) and I can still go a day without washing my hair.
But accutane has got me thinking...Now I'm no hypochondriac and I tend not to try to "blame" accutane for everything that goes wrong in my life. I'm one of those people who likes to look at the research and say, "okay, did accutane really cause this side effect, or is there just a correlation?" ie. depression and accutane. Hell, I was practically begging for Ulcerative Colitis if it meant I could take accutane!
But after the treatment and the initial joys of clear skin start to wear off, I find myself wondering...Was it really worth it? (Note: I'm still leaning toward "YES!", but I'm just wondering.)
I mentioned in previous posts, I'm a very healthy person in general. I eat a mostly raw, vegan diet, am at a healthy weight, and have no history of any health problems. But since accutane, I'm always sick, getting wierd rashes, or developing new allergies. Over the past couple of weeks, my stomach has not been right. It feels incredibly bloated all the time and I get sharp pains a lot. Anything I eat upsets my stomach and it becomes really agitated. Also, over the weekend, I was diagnosed with kidney stones, which can result from dehydration. I've also been reading that kidney stones are a side effect of Chron's Disease. Ringing any bells, accutane users??? [And when I say "reading" I don't mean googling, I mean medical literature.]
Now please, no verbal accostings! I haven't turned into one of those crazy accutane bashers or anything. I'm just saying I have an eerie feeling that those people have some reason to say what they're saying about accutane.
Anyone else feel this way?