Posted by: eczemancipated | October 8, 2012

Day 153

Although last week I saw my skin for the first time in 5 months, the weekend began a pretty horrific flare.

I came off of steroids in May but didn’t see my first true flare until June. Once flared, it took several weeks to get to a point where I could accomplish more than sleep or watch TV. Though still quite red, I didn’t consider myself in a total flare as I would be blotchy yellowish-orange (like a fake tan), pink, red and my natural British/Russian hue of white in all different areas.

The worst flare I had was in July, I was quite Barney purple without all the love. It was a few days before it toned down to lobster red. In August and September my skin quieted down even further, however I would microflare on just one spot at a time. For instance, my right ear and left cheek would be red at the same time. I would venture to say my hands, wrists, neck and décolleté have been the most consistently flared and oozing however no where near the lobster red of July. In fact for most of September I sustained the fake bake color.

By October 5th I was starting to feel the burning and the evening of the 6th the lobster red of July came back with a vengeance. I spent the majority of the day in bed yesterday and today.

Regarding the big swelling of my thyroid, the doctor called about my thyroid ultrasound today – looks like I have Thyroiditis. She is still waiting for my blood test results. Happily this is the most mild thing that could be happening to my thyroid. Definitely not as scary as we thought it would be, but am still waiting for the follow up info.

According to my mom’s research, use of and detoxing from anabolic steroids can cause Thyroiditis. However, I’ve mainly been on topical but maybe it’s the decades of topical that equals anabolic. Who knows… Also, it is common to see Thyroiditis when suffering from postpartum and fighting intense illness. Apparently it will be 1-2 months before the lump mass of inflammation goes away, as long as nothing further complicates things.

So for now I have named my lump BoBo, as I now officially feel like a clown.


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