Hi El, Well the first thing I would suggest is that you don't say old and haggard and looking old like your 50's! Wait let me get my rocker I'm 52 lol.
Seriously though I'm not sure that the meds are doing it but stress pain chronic illness does put wear and tear on the body. There are some books out there that you can get that talk about living with a chronic illness. You may just go down to the library and check into a couple of them. I wouldn't suggest buying anything since I haven't read them. You might try doing something like getting a new shade of make up. You know the weather is changing and that can cause depression as the sun goes down earlier. Maybe a new hair style or color. I don't know if you exercise or not but I always feel better if I get on a tread mill 20 min.s 2 or 3 times a week. Just on level 1.5 with my o2 on. I know I didn't answer your question but sometimes the way you think you look has a lot to do with the way you feel physically and just as much psyologically.
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Thanks all. I avoid the sun like the plague, as it has a similar effect on my flares as it does for most of you. I haven't been exercising regularly, though, and desparately need to start doing so again. Perhaps you've given the motivation to do so. I just have a hard time finding the time--I work full-time and have twin 7-year-old daughters. I think what makes me look the oldest is the dark circles under my eyes. I'll invest in a better concealer than what I currently use.
All of you have given me some very good ideas--love the vitamin A gelcap idea. Perhaps I'll go back to Mary Kay make-up. I used to use it and the entire facial cleansing system really rejuvenated my skin a lot.
Best to all of you!