My personal long struggle with eczema.
Today I (Michelle) am sharing something that really is hard for me to talk about sometimes, so please excuse the tears.
I have shared two successes here on the blog of clearing my eczema on my legs:
You may be wondering… why I am here still struggling? I am thinking the same thing.
As I mentioned in the video I am feeling great in all other parts of my life. So…why do I still have my eczema and why did it get worse? This is the big mystery!!! Very frustrating and embarrassing as I thought I knew my body!
In the middle of March 2014 and going into April I noticed my eczema creeping back. I have been seeing a naturopathic doctor since March and she has been trying to help me. I got blood work done, she has heard my issues and together we have been trying to find what is causing my itching skin. Both at a lost. Then in May she had me go on a very strict cleanse for 21 days. I did it. I recorded it all inside purely fit life. I shared what I ate and how I was doing every day. The cleanse was very hard as I was still itching bad.
I took pictures of my legs during this time. About half way through the cleanse they got EXTREMELY worse and I had to no idea why.
As you can see my legs at the beginning of my cleanse in May my legs and red patches were not that bad, but I had horrible itchy skin that I would be itching all the time. Over the course of the cleanse and changing things the red patches started to come. Slowly. And still to this day they haven’t stopped. And I HAVE NO IDEA WHY?!?!?! Lori and I discuss everything that I have done and we come up with a few ideas, but nothing solid. I have some things I am currently trying and playing around with, which I hope will give me some relief soon. And please note the most recent picture of my legs yesterday – my legs look very red due from just taking a bath. They are always more intense whenever I get hot.
The only conclusion was it was die-off symptoms from the candida, as that was what my doctor thought I needed to fix. I don’t know any more if candida is my issue or not. There are moments I think yes it could be candida, as I have read more about eczema is caused by candida overgrowth. But the reason I am not convinced completely is that 3 MONTHS later I still have the same “look” and itchy legs. Now die-offs don’t normally last that long, right?
My body is trying to tell me something, but I honestly have NO IDEA what…very frustrating. I literally have tried EVERYTHING that people recommend for eczema.
- food elimination
- gut healing protocol (eating more paleo-like, etc)
- candida protocol
- omega 3 supplements and oily fish
- zinc supplement
- essential oils to help
- water filter and hepa filter
- reduce working out
- reduce stress
- taking epsom salt baths**
**which while I was on vacation down in the keys my legs did get a little better! I think one reason was being in salt water everyday. So I have now added sea salt (& baking soda to help with ph) to my baths along with epsom salt, and I just ordered bentonite clay to add to the baths.
Picture on the left is before we left for vacation down at the Keys. And the one on the right is of my legs at the end of our vacation. As you can see my legs seemed to get a little bit better. I think this is from not having much stress, ate and drank what I felt like, used doTerra essential oils heavily, and was in salt water everyday. So interesting to me how the body changes. I know my body wants to heal. And I know it can. I will continue to move forward in finding my solution!!
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to share this update but I then I realized I need too. Lori and I are always honest with our struggles and I want people to see that this is real for me. I have no idea why my eczema has been so severe this year. I am totally lost..confused…scared.
But I do have hope.
My legs have cleared before and I know they will again.
I do have two different doctor appointments scheduled this month, so for now I will keep doing my own experiments of trial and error.
Thank you for letting me vent and share my struggle.
And to all of my eczema sufferers YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!! HUGS!!! I only pray that you get healed!!!!
I will continue to share things that have been helping me. I have found a few essential oils that I rotate around that give me some relief. My red patches are still here and my itching comes and goes. I am finally starting to sleep better thanks to serenity and balance essential oils!! I have removed more things from my diet in addition to supplements. If I notice any improvement I will give a full report.
P.S. Please no rude comments as this is a very emotional time for me.