Finally

So I called my dermatologist last week (I hadnt seen him in 6 years!) and was told that the first available appointment was in January.  2013!

His receptionist gave me some numbers of other dermos that they recommend and I called around.  The earliest appointment any of them could give me was April!

I took one.

In the mean time he actually called me and consulted over the phone, he recommended I keep my April appointment and put me on his waiting list.

The next day the doctor I had the April appointment with called and said that I could come the next day as they had a cancellation.  I grabbed it!

The reason I wanted to see the dermo is explained in this post.  Go take a look and come back here.

So it turns out that yes, I do have HS in my groin.  But what I have on my face is a severe form of Perioral Dermatitis.

My lovely new dermo suggested I go on a low dose of Roaccutane to sort out my face first.  The HS may or may not be effected by the Roaccutane but we will only be able to tell after the four month course.  If it doesn’t clear up the HS we may have to do a stronger dose for another four months.

I am so happy we may finally have a permanent solution to this.  I am also very very aware of all the side effects to the Roaccutane and am willing to risk them.  These skin issues have been around for over 20 years. TWENTY YEARS of dealing with this on and off and I have finally had enough.

So here is hoping to a permanent fix!  Wish me luck!

10 Replies to “Finally”

  1. good luck gina!! I really hope it helps you! I was on (a low dose of) Roaccutane a few years back for 4 months – very very worst decision I have made in my adult life.
    I hope you have success!

  2. Roaccutane is good! Just make sure you have an excellent sunscreen (SPF 100 if you can find it), and a good protection for your lips! They may get very dry!

  3. I’ve done the Roaccutane thing and I was blown away by how quickly it sorted out the mess that was my skin.

    I had good results that lasted a few years. I recently started battling again (because puberty will clearly never leave me) but so far I’ve been able to sort that out by changing everything I put on the skin that’s screaming to Dermalogica.

    I hope Roaccutane sorts everything out. The side effects aren’t pleasant but I know what it feels like to have tried everything else. Holding thumbs!

  4. I’m so glad that you got to the root of the problem and now can start treatment, especially regarding the fact that you have been struggling with it for 20 years!

  5. Its great that you have a diagnosis and can properly treat it! For years, my husband was treated for Exema, when really he had Psoriasis! He was placed on Methotrexate (a cancer drug with possibly dangerous side effects) and he is doing much better.
    P.S. I like your new blog design. Reminds me of the colors you requested for my earring giveaway!

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