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  1. you're going to have to wait 30 days to show them you're not pregnant. hopefully they call you soon so you get entered into the ipledge program. then your 30 days will officially start.
  2. no problem! I created that blog to help people and want to keep helping anybody I can. =) maybe you should look into some dr. Scholz I think they're called? they're those inserts for shoes to make walking more comfortable. what kind of shoes do u normally wear? I definitely had a ton of back pain especially in my shoulders because that's where my back always hurts, so it intensified. and I even had lower back pain, which I never had before. but trust me, it's so worth it when you're
  3. Haha it's whatthekell cuz my name is Kelli =P. hi catlover! I'm sorry I haven't been on here. it's so hard to log in because I'm having problems with my password. anyway, my back is feeling much better! I think any back pain I have now is just job related. I'm very happy about that because I was worried I'd always have back pain. I never had pain in my heels though. =/ definitely mention that to your doctor. try taking some Aleve. that'll help with any inflammation and take the pain
  4. You're right. They are years you won't get back. It's sad to think about it. Do you go to a dermatologist? Has he or she recommended Accutane? it's important to know the side effects and know that some people are left with long term side effects, but try not to focus on all the bad or you will scare yourself too much. It came to a point where I wouldn't let myself read the bad stories anymore and only read the good. it's completely up to you. I will definitely keep you guys updated! =
  5. Lol, yea middle toe pain is definitely weird! yes, I was very lazy! I still did my cleaning chores, but I procrastinated as much as possible haha. I've been cleaning like crazy lately so I think the laziness is wearing off. =) my eczema went away and so did my dry lips and eyes, but my nose is still really cracked inside and sore. if it doesn't heal soon I will get a prescription. I didn't get too worried about my blood tests because I stayed healthy and didn't eat crappy food the ni
  6. I know! BP was giving me wrinkles, too! Before Dan's regimen, I only applied it all over my face in a regular quantity.... then Dan's regimen I slathered it on so thick. I started getting wrinkles around my eyes and I feel like I have more laugh lines now! lol or it could just be my age. I dunno. I was always afraid of Accutane, too. I got to the point where I was desperate, so side effects didn't matter. My back is still bothering me, but not nearly as bad as before. I am still 3 days aw
  7. thank you!! =) you definitely should give it a shot. I really wish I had done this years ago. Accutane is my life saver. I do have some PIH, but it is fading and you have to look really close to see it. I do wear a little makeup on those spots (neutrogena skin clearing makeup). My derm gave me Aczone & Atralin to use and said these will also help fade them. I have a couple areas that have very mild indents, but again, you would have to be in really good lighting and tilt my face to see
  8. Nope, I didn't take any supplements! I always wondered if I should, but never did. I was also still able to do my regular exercises with no problem. I did feel lazier, but after I worked out, I felt much better. just make sure you use a thick moisturizer! i used CeraVe moisturizing cream, it's in a big tub. One tub lasted me over 6 months using it every night. During the day, I used Aveeno Ultra Calming lotion, not as thick, but it really helped with the redness. I tried Aquaphor for my
  9. thank you, catlover! =D yes, my muscles hurt. they usually were ok during the day, but when i woke up in the morning my back would hurt so bad i couldn't lay there anymore. you can always take aleve or another anti-inflammatory to help. i didn't take anything though because it wasn't unbearable. my job is very physical too, i'm a massage therapist, so it's very possible my job increased the back pains. every time my dose got increased, my back hurt a little more. but don't let me scare you! it
  10. thank you excelicious! =) your time will come! how much longer do you have?
  11. lol ouch. thanks! let's hope not!
  12. Can't believe it's over, but I'm finished with Accutane! I took my last pill last Tuesday (March 19th). So I did a total of 6 months on Claravis. 40 mg for months 1 & 2, 60 mg months 3, 4, and 5. and 80 mg on month 6. I knew at my last derm appt that my course was over, but I kind of hoped there might be a 7th month. (only because I was terrified to stop taking this drug) When I first started Accutane, my derm told me that I wouldn't need to use any "maintenance creams" once my course w
  13. hey I just wanted to share that I also have crappy health insurance that did not cover a dime of my Accutane course. I also pay for my lab work. Check to see if your derm can adjust some of the tests they do in the lab. Mine offered to take some off if it was too much. My derm office is also not "in network" with my insurance, which means I paid for my appts out of pocket as well! and here's the biggest one, my Accutane cost me $558/month for my first 2 months, $758/month for 3 months, $558 for
  14. thanks for the advice! i didn't want to wait a month to start anyway, seems too risky! i still get a few around my period so who knows what will happen.
  15. aww thank you so much Leslie! =) I remember you telling me you tried that. I was wondering if it eventually worked out for you. That's too bad! I'm glad to hear you're all clear again! Hope you are doing well too! I miss chattin with ya!
  16. thanks for the reply! my derm just gave me a ton of samples of Aczone and Atralin. I believe these are both Retin-A's. He told me not to use them for a month. So do I moisturize after? thanks for the reply! I have witch hazel in my cabinet =P i also just got a ton of samples of Aczone and Atralin. What do you use for a Retin-A? Do you find it works just as well when you mix it in with your moisturizer?
  17. I'm about to finish my course on Monday! (if all goes well at my appointment) I am really afraid to be one of those people who breaks out immediately after stopping accutane. I keep seeing posts about it and it's freaking me out. I don't want to go back to where I was last summer. =( so. those of you who have finished your course and have stayed clear, please tell me what your regimen is. I do not want to go back to using BP or SA. I have very sensitive skin so I want something effective, ye
  18. Hi AyeAye! Long time no talk =) How are you?? Actually knock on wood, I have zero as I am typing this! I go for bloodwork on Thursday and go to my derm on Monday to find out if I am done! I'm terrified to stop. Are you still only using AHA+ and no more BP? I need to find a good routine when I'm finished!
  19. yea my skin used to be like that too! I am still anal about people touching my skin. my blog is on here. wonder why it's not working? =/ i will check it out and let you know! wow that is weird. i went to my profile and clicked blog and got the error. then i clicked "my topics" and only one of my entries was there. so i personally went in to manage my blogs and they're all there. let me try to past the link and see if that works for you. that worked for me, click the second page fi
  20. lol jeez. i wouldn't use my teeth, i don't like the feeling =P yeaa some of us need more than the average 5 months i guess! we will get there bobby!
  21. lol maybe a few years ago they still prescribed BP? i'm sure they still do but i think if they know you've tried it already they switch to something else. your skin must be pretty un-sensitive to use AHA! i can't because it burns me. too bad though because it is some good stuff! yea i hated the drying effects of topicals. the regimen made my skin drier than it ever was in my life. it was horrible. i wouldn't leave the house besides work usually because of the flaking. i couldn't eat with
  22. benzoyl peroxide and alpha hydroxy acid. go to the top of the page where it says "acne.org products" and you'll find them there.
  23. have you tried Dan's back regimen? if you can't use BP, the AHA+ alone is magical. I have been using just the AHA+ from this site for a year and a half. It won't make it go away in a month in a half, but it will definitely help get it under control and fade the older marks. I think the BP and AHA+ combo would be great for you, just don't know if you want to take the time for both and bleach your clothes. also your skin is going to be sensitive with this stuff, so make sure you use a sunblock at
  24. My face was actually really good for 2 months after quitting BP and then it went crazy. So maybe you're like me and it took a couple months to kick in? I remember reading a lot of posts on here before I quit about other people's experiences with quitting BP and most of them said it took a few months for the breakout to happen. Are you using anything now? I will never use BP again. Well, I don't think I could if I wanted to anyway. I started developing an allergy from it, probably from putting
  25. I have health insurance, it's just the biggest piece of shit ever. =P I live in PA and I'm finished school and working full time