Lots of Things Going On

I haven’t posted in awhile.  Lots of things going on in my life.

Developed a sudden intolerance to wheat products.  Have no idea where that came from.  I don’t eat a lot of wheat products to begin with.  But after eating a sandwich one day,  I developed some severe joint pain. Weird! huh!

Initially I thought that was just a one time thing.  I didn’t eat wheat again for a few weeks. Let me say I have pain in my knees routinely due to an injury that happened last year.  So I have good days and bad days.  That is the reason I felt this was just a one time thing.  Any way, I ate  wheat again and got up the next day with severe joint pain.  What The “F”????

So I decided I better try gluten/wheat free, because I really do like being pain free, at least as pain free as possible at my age.

Learning to cook with gluten/wheat free products is a whole ‘nuther story.  I do have to say that the products are way better than they used to be.  Thank goodness for that.

Another thing that happened …..I developed a rash on my back .  Sometimes it itched and sometimes it didn’t.  Of course I checked everything on the internet that it could possibly be and started eliminating anything that could be causing it.

First thing to go was my statin med.  I’ve had problems with it before.  But the rash didn’t go away.  Then I thought maybe it was caused by bed bugs.  I washed everything and cleaned the mattress and box springs, checked and sprayed for bugs, etc.  Still did not go away.  (No bugs, BTW)

Then I thought it might possibly be scabies (mites), but it didn’t act like scabies. No constant, 24/7/365 itching, no head to toe rash.  I used every cream, solvent, soap, etc. available, including homemade ones.

Got on the internet again looking for things that could cause a rash.  Read that in most cases it is caused by laundry detergent and/or dryer sheets, especially if the rash is concentrated in areas where your clothing comes in constant contact with your skin.  You know…at your waist, bra, etc.

So here we go again, washing everything (without laundry detergent or dryer sheets).  I am using two aluminum  foil balls in the dryer and they work pretty well  to keep the static down.  I will be using some Castile soap in the laundry in the future since it is very gentle.

Oh, the concoction I am using for the rash is a mixture of Neem oil, Tea Tree oil, Olive oil and Vicks Vapor Rub.  Yes you read that right, Vicks Vapor Rub.  It seems to be working.  The rash is going away….slowly.  The only drawback is that you stink for a few hours.

So I am hoping this all works to get rid of the rash.  Will let you know if I am successful.

jon 20

 

How the Hell Did I Get This Rash!?

About a month and a half ago I went to my doc…the usual check up thing…cholesterol levels, etc. I told him at that time about a spot on the bottom of my right foot that was driving me crazy, itching, burning, etc. He ordered a cream for it.

Well I got the prescription filled and applied it. It made my foot swollen and painful. Had to stop using it. Started using some antifungal creams. These didn’t seem to work. I know it takes several weeks to get it under control, but I so wanted this mess gone.

Then it started spreading. I only had one toenail that was fungal but suddenly all of them were fungal and the itching and redness had spread to my other foot. Bought more antifungal creams and some antifungal spray. Tried that for awhile. Still no results.

Woke up one morning with an itchy rash up both legs, on my hands and arms and back. My first thought was scabies….I work in a nursing home and scabies can and does run rampant in nursing homes. And sometimes the staff is exposed to the rash weeks before a definitive diagnosis and treatment are initiated.

So I made another appointment. In the meantime I used foot soaks for relief and continued the antifungal creams. I searched the net for other non-prescription home remedies for both fungi and scabies. Bought some tea tree oil and neem oil. Made some tea tree oil soap and neem oil soap. Used daily, sometimes twice daily. Also got some witch hazel. All of these did not get rid of the rash but managed to keep the itching down some.

Finally, I got in to see my doc. He said it was a fungus and ordered an antifungal pill and pills for the itching…which by the way, knock me out.

After 10 days of the pills, I still had the fungus. So I called him again. By this time, I’m sure he thought I was nuts….and believe me I’m close to being committed because of this rash. He called in another prescription…another cream. Used it and still no results. By this time I’m having additional problems with my skin peeling and cracking which are painful. My feet and hands began to swell. Can’t wear my rings. Had to get some expensive support/compression hose for the swelling in my feet and added some pure lanolin, just to lubricate my skin.

So I drop by his office and give him a written request for a referral to a dermatologist. About a week later I get a letter in the mail with an appointment date and time and, of course, paperwork to fill out.

In the meantime, I’m still using the tea tree oil soap and lanolin, have added a salycylic acid soap (for acne and fungi). Wearing the dang support/compression hose, especially to work.

August 31 cannot come soon enough. Will keep you all posted on my progress. Hopefully, this will be alleviated soon. I so want my skin back to normal.

UPDATE:

Some sort of allergic reaction, to what we don’t know yet. Had two biopsies done, one from my back and one from my knee. Was given a steroid shot and a script for antibiotics. Have to return to the dermatologist in 12 days.

UPDATE:

Biopsies came back as contact dermatitis….in other words, cause unknown. So now I’m on Prednisone for 17 days, then we will do patch testing.