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Week 4 - Strange Things Are Happening

ndemalmanche

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So I am on week 4, day 25! Almost a whole month down I am so happy about that!

My skin is looking great, I have the tiniest spot on my upper lip, but apart from that I am completely clear.

I still have a few marks that are slowly fading away but I can't complain about that!

On the side effect side of things, the dryness is still giving me random patches of eczema which is annoying but nothing I can't deal with. One of the most awkward & embarrassing side effects I have had from the dryness is cracked nipples :s it's soo painful & it's happened twice so far. Hopefully not again! :(

My moods have also been CRAAAZY the past 4 or 5 days. I had a mini panic attack the other day after I had a dream that the Oratane was making me depressed & I knew it was because of the pills but I wanted to kill myself. It was freakishly realistic feeling, & when I woke up I was like 'thank god I don't actually feel like that!' but the more I thought about it throughout the day I started freaking out that I actually was getting depressed & couldn't stop thinking about it. BUT, thank goodness, I talked some sense into myself & decided I should only worry about what's actually happening & not what could happen. I think maybe I talked about the way it could effect me mentally too much with my Mom before starting it that I kind of peaked myself out & made myself feel that way? Really weird anyway.

But yeah that is pretty much all I have to report! Some good, some not so good. But overall I am pleased with my progress!

I hope everyone else is good, leave a comment & let me know how your journeys are going!

Nicole :)



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Glad to hear that you're pretty much acne free, and that your eczema isn't giving you the same problems as earlier in your treatment.

As for the cracked nipples, as weird as it sounds a male giving this advice, try using a nipple cream like lansinoh (if you aren't already). I have been using it for my lips, and it's great. It's meant for when a woman's nipple cracks while breast feeding, so logically it should help with you cracked nipples.

Also, as you said, try and not think about what could happen and just remind yourself of the positives you've gained so far.

Best of luck

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Hey Nicole! Was just reading your blog and wanted to say hi! Are your moods any better? How is your dry skin? I am starting week 4 of 20mg and I am loving it so far! I was going to ask my derm when I go next week to get bloodwork if I can do 20mg for 6 months like you are doing. I really like the low dosage and my skin is looking great with minimal side effects. Do you mind if I ask you how much you weigh? I weigh 100lbs or 45kg so I was wondering if 6 months of 20mg will be enough for the 120mg cumlative dose! Thanks so much Nicole and have a wonderful day!!

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As for the cracked nipples, as weird as it sounds a male giving this advice, try using a nipple cream like lansinoh (if you aren't already). I have been using it for my lips, and it's great. It's meant for when a woman's nipple cracks while breast feeding, so logically it should help with you cracked nipples.

Thanks I will definitely try that if it happens again but thank god it has gone away for now after happening 3 painful times!!

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Hey Nicole! Was just reading your blog and wanted to say hi! Are your moods any better? How is your dry skin? I am starting week 4 of 20mg and I am loving it so far! I was going to ask my derm when I go next week to get bloodwork if I can do 20mg for 6 months like you are doing. I really like the low dosage and my skin is looking great with minimal side effects. Do you mind if I ask you how much you weigh? I weigh 100lbs or 45kg so I was wondering if 6 months of 20mg will be enough for the 120mg cumlative dose! Thanks so much Nicole and have a wonderful day!!

Hey! So far I haven't had any strange moods again which is good! My dry skin is still very much there but I find I can keep it mostly under control with the cetaphil cream. That's good that you're enjoying it so far! I weigh 48kg so around the same as you but I guess they work out your dosage with lots of different things in mind, like my skin was never really really bad or anything. Are you having many side effects so far?

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Hey Nicole! Was just reading your blog and wanted to say hi! Are your moods any better? How is your dry skin? I am starting week 4 of 20mg and I am loving it so far! I was going to ask my derm when I go next week to get bloodwork if I can do 20mg for 6 months like you are doing. I really like the low dosage and my skin is looking great with minimal side effects. Do you mind if I ask you how much you weigh? I weigh 100lbs or 45kg so I was wondering if 6 months of 20mg will be enough for the 120mg cumlative dose! Thanks so much Nicole and have a wonderful day!!

Hey! So far I haven't had any strange moods again which is good! My dry skin is still very much there but I find I can keep it mostly under control with the cetaphil cream. That's good that you're enjoying it so far! I weigh 48kg so around the same as you but I guess they work out your dosage with lots of different things in mind, like my skin was never really really bad or anything. Are you having many side effects so far?

Hey Nicole!!

Glad to hear your moods are better!! Yes I am very pleased with my results. The only side effects I have had is dry skin around my chin and neck and chapped lips. I use cetaphil lotion too! I put it on and my dry skin looks so much better. My lips I can keep looking good with aquaphor and bag balm. I go to my derm on Thursday so I am going to ask her if I can stay on 20mg for 6 months or if she is going to bump me up to 40mg. I don't know if I just want to take a larger dose and get done sooner or stay on this low dose for a longer time!! I will keep you posted. Have a great week!! -Elizabeth-

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