The good thing is that, wow, steroids really do their job.
I am still covered with pink dots, but they are more in the way of simple coloration now, rather than sores.
The websites all say they should fade over the coming months, and mostly vanish completely.
I’m trying to think of myself as a pink and white spotted tabby, except that the coloration is more ventral than dorsal.
This too shall pass.
Most importantly, the itching is greatly reduced, and most of the actual raised part of the leisons have flattened out, and the dry lacy peeling bits are gone.
There are still some spots that need to heal.
And the bits on the soles of my feet, palms of my hands, and other tender places seem as if they will be the last to go.
I am utterly grateful that my lichens are the artifact of a drug that I can discontinue, rather than a condition my body came up with all on its own.
If I had the real, mysteriously self-induced Lichen Planus, the timeline would be 9-18 months, even up to four years, and then every likelihood of it recurring.
I’m basically aiming at something like full humanity perhaps by Thanksgiving.
So I will have something to be thankful for.
The downside of this high and effective dose of steroids is that these things are nasty, nasty, meds.
They have to walk me down from the current dose slowly, so there is about a month’s worth of steadily decreasing doses to keep straight before I am off them.
The pills leave my brain feeling totally foggy.
I also get a blast of completely useless energy.
It’s too scattered to put to use – I used to be able to take about 8 hours of my pre-menstrual high and use it for things like washing the floor – but this is just jitters and inability to sleep.
And it is doing sad things to my blood pressure.
Which was the problem/med that got me into this whole mess.
I’m now on a new pill for that (the nagging headache almost gone now, thank you).
So it is a little hard to track what problem goes with which new pill.
But it looks as if the steroids are pushing up my formerly well-controlled by minimal meds blood pressure up 15-20 points, and more, on both readings.
The doctor warned this would happen
And I am watching the hell out of it.
If it does more than this, I take another pill and head off to the hospital.
That isn’t stressful.
If it is still up in two weeks, which is when the steroid dose is roughly halved, I will have to increase the bp med, which I am loathe to do.
Meanwhile, I am tip-toeing around, trying to keep the possible side effects of two sets of drugs in mind without getting wiggy.
Am I dizzy? I couldn’t tell you.
And did I mention that Lichen is ALSO listed as a possible side effect for the new bp med as well?
The dermatologist says it is via a different pathway, and so shouldn’t be a concern.
See me not having a concern
You’ll have to look very, very closely.