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I would like to make a post to those of you out there living with this horrible condition and believe this website seems to be the best.
I am 28 years old and developed Eczema at the age of one beginning with cradle cap as a baby, and to be honest, for years dealt with only E45, at the age of 14 i was classed as disabled with it by the nurses at A&E (ER) as it was so bad i could not move, after tests it was confirmed i had three types of infections, the deepest cuts were so deep you could see the bone beneath as I had gone through the tissue, it was so bad, i was admitted to hospital, since starting high school at age 11, i went through much trauma including severe bullying which included physical violence as I was being called all sorts by the other kids who made out i was contagious and the usual "grandad hands" comment for those that understand having wrinkled hands at a young age, it got so bad i was depressed and suicidal, aswel as dealing with family issues and going through sexual abuse at the time, i was slitting myself open which made it worse, i was in so much pain on the eczema side and with the other stresses of life i was going through i wanted to die, until age 18 when i sat on a train line waiting for a train, only for it to stop as someone had seen me and reported it.
For the past 14 years I have been under the care for Dermatology specialists and in their words last week, I "have had every cream, ointment and treatment available and need to raise the bars" nothing they gave me worked, in fact, I discovered I am actually allergic to almost all the creams they had given me.
The latest?, today I had my first dose of new treatment, an injection of Methotrexate, Methotrexate or MTX as it is also known is an immune-attacking drug generally used for types of Arthritis and Cancer, apparantly, not long after it's release, 5 cancer patients began the drug, all these 5 patients had eczema or psorisis, and all noticed an improvement of their condition, hense how it came in to play with skin conditions as well as arthritis.
WOMEN: DO NOT TAKE METHOTREXATE IF PREGNANT OR THINKING OF BECOMING PREGNANT. Methotrexate is a drug used to abort babies and thus, could terminate your pregnancy or lead to deformities.
After the first dose, within a couple of hours, I felt terribly sick, cold and dizzy, usual symptoms of the medication, I also have Folic Acid to help reduce symptoms, never take folic acid on your MTX day.
BUT! although only small and my body looks like ive had a fight with Michael Myers, my skin feels more moist than dry, I am hopeful about MTX, I cant bear this conditio anymore, even the horrible itch.
Will keep you all posted on progress.
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