Posted 10/23/2010 8:20 PM (GMT -7)
Hi all, I'm a newbee.
I moved back to the Philippines 7 months ago, after a year being in N.A. Caught a sinus infection in 2 months, which I treated myself. Had a lot of fatigue after/during that, then about 2 months ago an ear infection (I'm 66, and that's the first ever). Then I started getting a rash on my back, lover arms (where they rest on chair), upper legs (front of thighs), and a bad heat rash on my neck that eventually drove me crazy with burning and itching. To Integrative Dr. practice, they thought liver was overloaded. Blood tests all ok, just some indication of a little anemia, which I haven't yet treated. Then went to Dematologist who is treating this as an allergy. Took antihistimine, steroids, and creams, which all helped.
I eat healthy, avoiding processed stuff, and take a load of vitamins! I supposedly have dilated cardiomyopathy, which I also treat with vitamins/supplements. But I haven't had that checked in a year and don't feel like it is an issue now. I stopped allopathic meds because of a reaction to one of them! Changed my whole outlook on the health care profession then.
So, my eyes got very swollen and red, back still blotchy, dry, red, but not a lot of itch before I took the steroids, and my forehead, which has always been prone to dry, pealing skin (eczema?) got really dry and scaley. I look like a glazed donut sometimes. I've stopped using soap except in my pits and to shave and shampoo, and try to keep soap off my skin.
So I started cutting out foods and all my 15-20 vitamins. I took a day off from eating, then started watermelon and white, scaley local fish. Have started gradually adding things, but once I'll have an itchy reaction (okra, which I never ate before), then sweet potatoes, then the next try no reaction. I'm on 1/2 a steroid every other day, no antihistimine now, but I don't see much lessening of rash or eczema. It is Sat. and I started this on Wednesday, so I know it's not long. Am I impatient? HA.
I cheated yesterday and had a slice of good whole-wheat bread, a fried egg, and strawberry jam. Didn't notice any reaction. I'm not taking any vitamins for a week or more, am changing laundry soap next wash, trying to stay away from plants (I love to garden), but it's hard to stay away from molds that are growing on my bookcases. I sprayed some lysol on those a couple days ago. It is the rainy season here now for a couple months. Hmmm.
I just feel really frustrated that I can't see much difference after cutting back on a lot of stuff for 2 weeks. Once in a while I spray a poison to get rid of ants, but try to stay away and wipe up after.
I went off the steroids for about 3 days (after the initial 5-day stint) and my eyes swelled up more than ever! So Dr. put me on 1/2 tab every other day. I need to get off them.
I'm at my wits end, so if anyone can relate and has the time, I'd like to hear from you. Thanks for reading this far!