Click for bigger pictures if necessary! Super happy with the progress I am making!
Still doing MW, still sleeping really well (7-10 uninterrupted hours), still eating relatively clean, not taking any supplements, still drinking lots of rooibos tea.
outer arm, left
outer arm, right
front of neck
back of neck
front of legs
back of legs
And there’s my whole body! Kind of weird that the internet knows what my body looks like in detail, but I hope it helps!
I ended up not putting up month 6 photos.. Oops. But it was basically the same as I do now, but the teensiest bit worse. I am still not using any moisturizers. I am still drinking lots of rooibos tea in lieu of water, and trying harder to eat gluten free now – I have gluten sensitivity but I’ve also been baking a lot and I was naughty the past few weeks. I try to avoid msg as I’ve always been sensitive to it. For supplements I started to take activated b12 (methylcobalamin). I’ve been taking vit d, vit c, and “complete” vitamins which includes bunch of vitamins and minerals. That said, I am not very regular about it (I’m a bad patient) and the latter two are in gummy bear form so they are delicious but i don’t know how effective it is.
My skin is doing awesome! It no longer consumes my life. I’m itchy here and there for few seconds at a time. Definitely nothing to upsetting. My face and scalp seems to be the itchiness. The most promising thing is the strength of my skin. Whenever I get itchy I just itch because 1. It doesn’t last long, nor is it intense; 2. My skin is strong enough that I don’t do any damage to it. The worst I’ve done is fingernail sized scab, which does not ooze and quickly scab over, or more commonly just white fingernail streaks which eventually goes away as oil comes back on the areas. Sweating has always made me itchy and it still seems to be the case. When I do yoga, Pilates, or go for a walk I try to not get sweaty.
As for other Topical Steroid Withdrawal related symptoms, I don’t really have any. I’ve been sleeping well for few months now, I seem to regulate temperature well. I haven’t had bad nerve pains in a long time as well.
All that to say skin is no longer the evil overlord of my life. Now the pictures!
Taken at 6.75 month
Taken at month 7
Mainly discoloration throughout my body as it figures things out. I’m thankful for the progress!
And there are so many pictures! I decided to include pictures of my leg for the first time because now they are heavily affected. However my face and neck is no longer oozing a lot which has been a huge!!! Relief. Also I’ve taken pictures of my hands because they have rashes which has never happened before. Oh and note the ring. It’s such a pretty ring and pretty things come by so rarely during TSW process. :D and yes! I am engaged! Woo! A man who will stick through you during TSW is rare to find and I am so blessed to call him my fiancé! My butt and nipples deserve pictures too since they are also affected but I don’t think he would appreciate such pictures floating around.
Scabs that are healing are extra itchy (which sucks big time as I feel that would dramatically lengthen healing of the wound). I’ve been sleeping really well (no waking up with itchy fits!) until last Thursday. It’s a pity I didn’t take a picture then because my face looked semi normal then. Since then I’ve woken up few times scratching. Last two nights I woke up once. Asian food places makes my skin extra itchy after so I really should avoid them no matter how yummy they are :( The palms of my hands were itchy today for the first time I hope it doesn’t spread.
Compared to people on the forums I seem to be doing better which I am grateful/confused/excited but not really because I’m still very sick. That said I was able to go out and go shopping for food and generally function better which is really exciting and frustrating at the same time because I get tired and itchy very quickly. My skin is noticeably stronger and ooze less. I can scratch skin that is not compromised for a while before it breaks. My skin is less dry than it used to be. Although my skin seems to go through constant cycles of mini flares (few days of increased irritation, couple days of healing, couple days of reduced irritation) there are days that I go most of the day without major itch fit. At sundown however it seems my body gets itchier. I am not using any moisturizers. I think it has been helping me a lot. I am also still taking traditional medicine, avoiding chicken, pork, caffeine, alcohol, and bean sprouts. I try to avoid too spicy, salty, or fishy foods. I rest a lot and am getting really out of shape. My skin loves the cold even if I feel like I am freezing. I’ve been told sun is great for healing skin but I have trouble staying out without getting itchy quickly. If I continue to heal at this rate, I think I may be done in a year! Here’s to hoping and praying.