Hello, I stumbled across this forum while trying to do some personal research about
an episode I've been going through. about
8 weeks ago small red rashes begin to appear on areas of my skin that had recently been sun-burned. Eventually this rash begin to spread to my arms, up my neck, my chest, and back. More recently this rash has spread to my legs but since I've been taking Clobetasol the rash has been subsiding. I have auto-immune history within my family, and had an rheumatoid fever about
8 years ago, at the time of the fever I was never diagnosed with anything, just given prednisone and the symptoms never returned until recently.
I had been in through several doctors before I saw a dermatologist, they did a biopsy of the rash and diagnosed me with subacute cutaneous lupus erthematosus.
I'm starting plaquenil tonight and was curious if anyone here had any suggestions or warnings about
the medication, and long term side-effects that I should be concerned about
? My dermatologist suggested that the medication would actually make my skin more sensitive to sunlight, and I was wondering if anyone else has heard this?
Also, I saw a rheumatologist but when I asked them if there was any sort of diet considerations that I should make, they had no suggestions. But some of the research I've made has suggested I remove gluten and any excess sugar in my diet, is this a good idea?
I'm also supplementing with Omega-3 oils, Vitamin D, and Calcium.
The rash seems to largely be caused by sun exposure, so I've been trying to take in 0 sun in the mean time. I currently live in Southern California and definitely don't see my self surviving too well with this condition for too long down here. I'd like to see myself move more North, Northern California, Oregon, Washington.
Anyways, glad to be here and to introduce myself, I'm sure I'll be poking around here more often. =)
Post Edited (Xerond) : 11/4/2010 5:38:30 AM (GMT-6)