The recovery continues in a positive fashion, it's on the up and up as they would say and I couldn't be happier. Over the last month I've been out on the town meeting lots of cool people and getting lots of compliments on my look. I've also been out with a few young women, none of which have said a thing about my skin or colour which is an amazing improvement even on pre-withdrawl Josh.
I've received a heap of e-mails over the weekend asking a few questions and looking to compare themselves to me, so here's the answer to a few of the most common q's.
I used cortisone for 10 years, although the first 5 -6 I used bugger all, just on spots that came up from time to time. After that I used quite a lot, until recently where I would regularly use 2 - 3 tubes in one sitting. The tubes were 0.1% strength, and the tablets became more frequent as well.
Early on in the recovery my legs swelled up like tree trunks and for a month I couldn't get into my shoes. Solving this was my Dad, who kindly started massaging my legs daily, pushing the fluid out of them. After about a week of this we saw big improvements and over the next month it completely went away.
Sleep was another big issue, even when my skin was healed I was waking up every hour. So to solve this I went out partying, forcing myself to stay away until I was completely shagged (tired) and doing this regularly trained me to sleep through the night instead of the day.
Diet-wise, I eat really healthy, lots of fruit, vege, fish and lean meat. I largely cut out gluten, carbs & sugar, and for the first 5 months booze and caffeine. Nowadays I drink about 3 - 4 beers when I go out, and two coffee's per day. Other than that, I don't drink softdrink anymore, focusing on keeping my fluids up, and suplimenting my body with prime rose oil, cod liver oil and zinc tablets.
If you do nothing else, I recommend cod liver tablets. The research on these is very positive and my recovery certain sped up after taking them (3 tablets daily).
I'm was 28 years old and had been recommended topical Cortisone by dermatologists since I was 13, because of this my skin became persistently red across my face, arms and neck.
The solution is to cut the cortisone completely, but this process takes between 9 months to 4 years to recover from and came with many horrific side affects.
The video above explains exactly what has caused the red skin, swelling and many other terrible symptoms that I've battled for the last 10 years. You can view all the posts on the blog by using the blog archive further down the page.