Hello! My name is Esther and I have been diagnosed with Topical Steroid Addiction (TSA) and am currently going through withdrawal. I came off steroids 8/19/13 and will be documenting my life through it all.
A bit of history about my usage: I was diagnosed with eczema as a baby. My parents did everything they can to cure it, using both Western and Traditional medicine. Nothing worked. Then in 4th grade, we got cream and oral pills that I am not sure what it was exactly. Perhaps steroids. Anyhow, it got rid of my eczema, then I immigrated to US. The eczema stayed gone.
Beginning of high school, I started seeing patches of eczema again. It was either 9th or 10th grade I was prescribed a moderate steroid. It worked until senior year when I had to start applying them with increases frequency. Then I went away to college and it got worse and worse. By end of my freshmen year, I was using steroids like lotion, especially on my face, which is a huge nono. That summer, I was on a week of Prednisone, Cyclosporin, Imuran, of course at different times, and added hydrocortisone and triamcinolone to my topical creams. Sophomore and junior year went by without much problem, although junior year, I knew my skin was never 100% ok. During summer after jr yr, my skin began to flare and I found ITSAN, and here I am.
I am taking a year off of school to focus on getting better. Before TSW came crashing down, I was a student at UCLA, studying neuroscience and Korean. I enjoy reading (recommend away!), Redditing, theology, babies, food, spending time with friends and family. Good movies and TV show recommendation would be helpful as well!