Good news and stretch marks

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   Posted 9/12/2007 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, hope you're all doing ok.

My first post here I talked about how I got all swollen and basically looked like I was pregnant. Well, good news, I'm losing the weight. My kidney doctor says my kidneys are functioning well again, and with the help of some water pills, I've been losing the fluids I've been retaining. So things are starting to stabilize a bit there. The only thing is just getting the lupus under control, which is still a lot to worry about, but finally, some good signs!

Anyway, because I've swollen up so fast and so big, I've got some crazy stretch marks all over my legs and stomach. I was just wondering if anybody knows anything that helps with stretch marks.

Thanks and take care!
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   Posted 9/12/2007 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Melissa . . . not so sure that stretch marks can completely disappear . . . but my husband had a plastic surgeon who removed several benign tumors and recommended that for scar care, hubby was to use any lotion and rub each scar for 1 minute 3x per day. This was supposed to bring blood flow to the scar and help heal it. The doctor said that it works if it is done right at the point when stitches our out and skin is all sealed up. So I wonder if it might help your stretch marks.

I'm glad your losing the swelling. That must feel really good to get that bloat and weight off.

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   Posted 9/12/2007 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Mederma is good for minimizing them but it is kind of expensive. You can buy it OTC, it has worked on mine that I have right above my behind :) Keep in mind that nothing will get rid of it entirely besides something drastic like lasering (which I don't think is guaranteed anyway) but the cream should help make them appear softer.

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   Posted 9/12/2007 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   
The stretch marks will fade, but you're stuck with them. Two years later they're still noticable under my arms, breasts, on my legs and my lower abdomen. Who in this room made the comment she looked like a pink and white zebra? That's how I look to a tee!
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   Posted 9/13/2007 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
i'm more of a pink and tan zebra, but yea i must agree, the stretch marks may fade but even with creams and stuff they wont go away, i have tried almost everything under the sun to get rid of mine, they started in '96 but ten years later they are still here, the older ones are lighter now but they havent gone away, at this point i am so use to them and learned to live with them that i consider them my battle scars and just leave it alone, my hubby says that i'm beautiful no matter what so i've just learned to deal.
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   Posted 9/14/2007 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies everyone. I guess I'll just have to see them as my battle scars as well. It's not that I'm one to show off skin anyway, but I'm basically a tanned zebra now too.
Diagnosed SLE 2002, Raynaud's and Hives 2004, Lupus Nephritis 2007
cellcept, prednisone, plaquenil, zrytec, cozaar, nexium, furosemide, oscal + d

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