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I have Crohn's, PCOS and HS to name but a few of my delightful conditions plus severe depressive disorder and general anxiety disorder. I've been having HS symptoms since I was around 14, maybe even younger. HS wise I am a stage 3, my dermatologist states it's more like an advanced stage 3 due to having over 24 current sites (varying from barely ripe to constantly draining).
After finally getting help for the HS (was too afraid due to other issues) I ended up in the care of a very decent and kind dermatologist here in Sussex. Having said that she has continuously prescribed me lotions and potions, which I have always tried following instructions etc. Despite that I know for a fact topical treatments just don't work at all for me. My dermatologist has clearly had success from other patients so always feels I'm not doing it for long enough (apparently 6 months isn't long enough??). Anyway, because of fact I've tried all the lotions I asked about alternatives. We discussed things like Humira & Infliximab (had these for Crohn's but not a dot of change for skin). She then mentioned isotretinoin, roaccutane as it's better known. After a few months of thinking, talking it through with others (dermo discussing it with others) and more thinking I decided I would go for it. I'm a lesbian and have a coil (medical reasons) but still proved wasn't pregnant etc, blood tests were as ok as could be.
So, I've been on 10mg isotretinoin now since Tuesday 3rd March (taken 6 x 10mg now). I've been taking it at lunchtime so that it's not being taken at same time as antidepressants or quetiapine (taken just before bed). I've got the dry skin and lips for which I'm sorting as best I can. I am also, however, experiencing intrusive thoughts and I feel as if my depression is slipping. I don't want to undo months of hard work by mental health teams and medications.
Any advice gratefully received! Thank you.
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