I have been sticking to the elimination diet prescribed by my naturopath and have been working on building up good gut flora for my tummy. The parasite that has taken up residence in there is not doing me any favours but if I can build up some good flora first we can work out a way to knock it on the head with a bit of luck.
Have been doing some reading about homemade meat bone stock being very good for helping the gut and skin amongst other things, so hope to be able to trial this soon. Has anyone else tried this and found they benefited?
My skin is still very fragile, sore and breaks easily but the inflammation and swelling has settled somewhat. I still have mad itching but the gaps in between the itching have gotten longer over the last 3 weeks. The settling of the inflammation means that the severe pain level that I was experiencing from head to toe has decreased and I can move about a bit more freely now without feeling like I am being slashed by razor blades every second.
This has pretty well been the first week that I have been out of the house other than to attend appointments since early February. I was able to take my daughter for a couple of driving lessons, 2 hours seems to be the maximum time at the moment before itching takes off. Lets face it this is much better than 2 minutes!!
I hope everyone else out there in red skin land is hanging in and staying strong. It is because of you and your steadfast determination that I have been able to maintain strength, through what has been a totally overwhelming time with pain levels and extreme sleep deprivation (not a good combo). The minute by minute experience of feeling completely unwelcome in your on body is not one I would wish on anybody.
Topical steroids were definitely no working alternative though and I just hope that within the coming years there is much more acknowledgement within the general medical profession about the extreme havoc they can cause for the body, instead of aiming for the 'quick fix'.
Am off to the my hypnotherapist appointment now, not sure if it's helping yet but it can't hurt.
Skin is still very fragile but holding together!!
|Hands have improved but still gnarly, swollen and the skin breaks easily|
|Swelling has improved but cracking and bleeding has started on the remainder of foot on edges and underneath, ouch.|
|All over is a bit like this, skin trying to knit itself back together.|
|Neck still tender and quick to itch.|
|Oedema much improved.|
|I can actually get my thongs on now, and yes that is my skin all over the floor.|