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70 year old male who had lichen planus in the late 1980s (In those days it was called Lichen Planens). I had both lower arms covered in flat topped spots which were incredibly itchy and didn't respond to any of the palliative medications or mild steroid creams. It took months before my GP eventually discovered a picture in a medical journal which identified the affliction as Lichen Planens (Planus). The use of a strong steroid relieved the symptoms and eventually the rash seemed to disappear. A brown/grey pigment remained for some months, gradually fading away. It was at this point that I realised that I had lines on my thumb nails with swirly patterns at irregular intervals. Examination under a 10x magnifier showed that on the skin below the nails on both thumbs, there remained a single flat topped spot which I believe was as a result of lichen planus still being present and active at a low level. From time to time one of the spots would vanish and the lines on that nail would resume their straight progress along my thumb. After some time the spot would reappear near where it had been previously. These only caused a minor inconvenience in that when the swirls grew out to the end of the nail the nail would flake and be very weak needing daily attention.
Now, 13 weeks after beginning a 5 year course of Alendronic Acid for Osteoporosis, I have two arms full of incredibly itchy spots which are behaving in the same way as those during my previous Lichen Planus attack. The thumb spots have both disappeared but I now have brown marks and some itching on both legs and I just hope that there isn't really a link between the Lichen Planus although medical journals suggest that the introduction or cessation of the taking of drugs can trigger a recurrence of an earlier attack of Lichen Planus which can be more severe than previously. It is known that Lichen Planus is a symptom of a problem with the auto-immune system and I have a strong belief that I shall end up having to give up the Alendronic Acid to get rid of the Lichen Planus. My appointment with my MD is still several weeks away and I really don't have a lot of faith that he will be able to come up with a long term answer where many others have failed
I'd love to hear from anyone who has got any other experience of this or similar problems which could possibly help me?
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