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It's about time someone posted a Success Story on Accutane!!!...so I will..please read :)

Posted by
Carrie on December 13, 1999 at 03:34:01:

Ok, I know many of you out there read these posts because you are unsure of whether you should take the plunge and try Accutane. Please DON'T be discouraged by all of the negative stories people post on this board...believe me they are the minority of Accutane users. Once you have success with Accutane you don't need to post on these boards anymore ..so only the people that have problems with Accutane post on this board. Please believe me I know 8 people that have taken Accutane and they have fantastic results, including me.
Ok, so here is my story. I was soooo afraid to go on Accutane because of stories on the internet, etc, but I decided it was worth a try because you never know you could end up with fantastic skin...and that was worth the risk to me. My skin was making me very depressed. Just remember that if you try Accutane and don't like it..you can always go off of it. I experienced pretty mild side effects which could be because I was on a lower dosage (40mg) (if you're scared ask you derm for a low dosage).
The first few months of accutane can be hell and that is something that you might have to get through (the break-outs), but the end result is Worth the first few months. I didn't experience any sort of break out the first few months..my skin just got better and better. I did get very chapped lips, dry skin, dry eyes, muscle pain, bleeding noses, and eventually hairloss which I'm still experiencing right now.But BELIEVE me NONE of these side effects couldn't be treated. Wash with Cetaphil, use Moisturel lotion during the day, cetaphil cream at night, and tons of vaseline and carmex lip balm..gave me complete relief!
So I made it through 6 months and I have now been off of Accutane for over three months. My skin is still completely clear, but my hair has returned its oiliness and my the oiliness on my face had returned a bit...but DEFINITELY not like the oil I had before accutane. My face never really feels greasy now. I do get very tiny whiteheads and a few small pimples once and awhile..but it's nothing anyone can see. So I'm now just crossing my fingers that it will stay this way. I am unfortunately still losing hair..but for those you get scared when I say that..the amount of hair that I'm losing is annoying, but nobody could notice.
My mom took Accutane about 20 years ago and she started the treatment with VERY thin hair. After Accutane she started to lose hair like me and she kept losing it for about a year..never enough that she would have a bald spot or anything..don't worry!! She had thin hair to begin with and no one even noticed that she had lost a lot of hair..but anyways after a year her hair stopped falling out and it grew back even thicker than she had started with before Accutane! so there to all of you that make it sound like it's the end of the world. If anyone has ANY questions please e-mail me..K? I am not trying to sell accutane or something dumb like that..I just hope I was able to help those that are feeling really discouraged right now. Since I've been on Accutane and when I was on Accutane my self-esteem and confidence has improved 100%, I feel so much better.



Re: What a success...your hair is falling out. (nm)

Posted by mixed message? on December 13, 1999 at 04:04:51:

In Reply to: It's about time someone posted a Success Story on Accutane!!!...so I will..please read :) posted by Carrie on December 13, 1999 at 03:34:01:


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Re: Walt: Do we Archive this one in "Testamonials" or in "Horror Stories"?

Posted by RocketHealer Jim++ on December 13, 1999 at 09:49:44:

In Reply to: It's about time someone posted a Success Story on Accutane!!!...so I will..please read :) posted by Carrie on December 13, 1999 at 03:34:01:

I read this Accutane "testamonial" with greate interest.

I really appreciate Carrie sharing it. It certainly sounds sincere to me.

Now just where do we archive it? Perhaps in: (both is only dual and I need a triple-word!) Accutane and Testamonials, and in Horror Stories :-)

In case you have not seen them, since the no-so-recent posts are off-line for archiving, some people here have shared their hair loss experiences during and after Accutane and would categorize their experience as a horror story, certainly not as an testamonial.

RHJ++



Re: What a success...your hair is falling out. (nm)

Posted by Carrie on December 13, 1999 at 12:04:51:

In Reply to: Re: What a success...your hair is falling out. (nm) posted by mixed message? on December 13, 1999 at 04:04:51:

Ok, guys my point is that the hair loss is not a big deal. It will go away. I have a success story because my skin is clear and Accutane has been incredibly worth it. So I lose a bit of hair, it's NEVER enough that anyone would notice..just me. So you're telling me that you would rather have a face full of acne then a little shedding of hair???? Well, if that's how you feel I am incredibly surprised.



Re: It's about time someone posted a Success Story on Accutane!!!...so I will..please read :) (You have missed the point entirely.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on December 14, 1999 at 08:48:27:

In Reply to: It's about time someone posted a Success Story on Accutane!!!...so I will..please read :) posted by Carrie on December 13, 1999 at 03:34:01:

Dear Carrie,

I am SO sorry you have missed the point of this BB.

As I have said many times (and once again yesterday): Perhaps the worst thing that one can have happen to them (with acne) is for something like accutane to actually resolve the acne. So long as removing the symptoms continues to be one's only goal, one is falling into the deliberately promoted and self-serving fiction ( by the AMA) that cure is synonymous with relief of symptoms.

Persistant acne is a gentle warning by the bodymind that the hormonal balance is being stressed. If that message is shut down, it is exactly like cutting the wires to your doorbell so you will not get your neighbor's warning that your house is on fire. The annoying doorbell stops ringing but the house still burns down.

Walt



Re: Walt: Do we Archive this one in "Testamonials" or in "Horror Stories"?

Posted by Walt Stoll on December 14, 1999 at 09:03:05:

In Reply to: Re: Walt: Do we Archive this one in "Testamonials" or in "Horror Stories"? posted by RocketHealer Jim++ on December 13, 1999 at 09:49:44:

Hi, RocketHealer Jim.

See my response to Carrie today. I really believe it is more important for people to understand the risk of just relieving symptoms without dealing with the content of the "message". The year will come when she will pay dearly for having been "privileged" to get rid of her symptoms by suppressing them. Perhaps she will look back on this time as a missed opportunity to prevent the louder "message" she will be facing then.

The blame for this cannot be placed on Carrie. She is trapped in the simplistic paradigm promoted by the AMA for the past 100 years.

To me it is a "horror story" even if she had no hair loss.

Am I making sense here?

Namaste`

Walt



Re: Where IS that "Horror Stories"? Archive, anyway!

Posted by RocketHealer Jim++ on December 14, 1999 at 09:53:56:

In Reply to: Re: Walt: Do we Archive this one in "Testamonials" or in "Horror Stories"? posted by Walt Stoll on December 14, 1999 at 09:03:05:

I'm with you on that one. Yes it is a horror story anyway.

I like your "story" about cutting the doorbell wires.

I wonder if there is possibly a 1-2 sentence explanation that could proceed it about how symptoms are the body's messages to us to: (1) stop whatever we are doing (pain), (2) eat differently (sleepiness after eating), etc. etc. I cannot think of too many of them, but the body/mind definitely **does** send us signals, whether we listen to them or not.

RHJ++



Re: What a success...your hair is falling out. (nm)

Posted by
Eileen on December 14, 1999 at 12:29:18:

In Reply to: Re: What a success...your hair is falling out. (nm) posted by Carrie on December 13, 1999 at 12:04:51:


Carrie,

I empathize with you wanting clear skin - I've not been plagued with acne, but I relate to your problem in other ways. But be assured that when you just clear up the acne symptoms, your body will eventually find another way to manifest the underlying problem that caused the acne in the first place. You're off Accutane now - keep an 'eye peeled' for future outbreaks or possibly a health concern in a different area. Just as a curiosity, what kind of diet and exercise/relaxation program are you following?



Re: Walt: Do we Archive this one in "Testamonials" or in "Horror Stories"?

Posted by Carrie on December 14, 1999 at 14:57:44:

In Reply to: Re: Walt: Do we Archive this one in "Testamonials" or in "Horror Stories"? posted by Walt Stoll on December 14, 1999 at 09:03:05:

Ok, Dr. Stoll obviously you have your own opinions on Accutane, but as far as I'm concerned there hasn't been anything better out there for my acne. You can tell me to look in the archives, etc. for you natural remedy, but really I've tried all that. I've tried everything from antibiotics to getting my hormones balanced...if anything it made it worse. Personally, I could care less right now that I'm just supressing symptoms..that's good enough for me. If my acne comes back in a year or so...so be it. Going through the treatment of Accutane was actually quite enjoyable, I didn't have any problems with it....so to me it was worth taking the Accutane even if I only experience a year or so of clear skin.



Re: What a success...your hair is falling out. (nm)

Posted by Carrie on December 14, 1999 at 15:06:21:

In Reply to: Re: What a success...your hair is falling out. (nm) posted by Eileen on December 14, 1999 at 12:29:18:

Hi Eileen, you make a good point about the underlying problem of my acne and I agree with you. As my dermatologist put it, Accutane suppresses the acne hopefully until you grow out of it. So, if my acne does come back, I guess I'll have to deal with again, but personally even if my skin isn't clear forever my treatment on Accutane will still have been worth it to me. I was so depressed when I had acne and literally had no self-confidence, but now I feel like a new person. So really I appreciate what you guys are saying, but honestly Accutane has been worth it to me even if my acne comes back.
To answer you question, I try to eat very healthy, balanced meals, etc. I have to eat right because I am a figure skater and I need to maintain a healthy body. My exercise consists of figure skating. I skate three times a week for two and a half hours. I am also going to university.



Re: What a success...your hair is falling out. (nm)

Posted by
Eileen on December 14, 1999 at 16:42:59:

In Reply to: Re: What a success...your hair is falling out. (nm) posted by Carrie on December 14, 1999 at 15:06:21:

Carrie,

I understand, and you sound like you have it pretty much together. And, if the underlying cause is something like rampant hormones, etc., you will probably grow out of it - cool deal! I worry more about people who are vulernable to medical advice due to ignorance, which does not seem to be your case. And I very much empathasize with self-esteem and self-confidence issues, believe me.

Good luck with your figure-skating (3 X 2.5!! What discipline! Way to go! :o)) And I hope the acne is gone for good!!!!!!! Read as much as you can on this site about it and if it does ever happen to crop up again, maybe you can catch it 'alternatively' and not have to resort to Accutane. :o)



Re: What a success...your hair is falling out. (nm)

Posted by Carrie on December 14, 1999 at 19:13:48:

In Reply to: Re: What a success...your hair is falling out. (nm) posted by Eileen on December 14, 1999 at 16:42:59:

Thank you SO much Eileen, you've really made my day, I haven't received such encouragement in a long time :) Thank you very much for the advice. Take care and may God bless you in whatever you do.

Carrie



Re: Walt: Do we Archive this one in "Testamonials" or in "Horror Stories"? ARCHIVE under acne.

Posted by Walt Stoll on December 15, 1999 at 11:35:28:

In Reply to: Re: Walt: Do we Archive this one in "Testamonials" or in "Horror Stories"? posted by Carrie on December 14, 1999 at 14:57:44:

Carrie,

You are still missing the point.

See my notes about this very misconception posted today.

There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with taking accutane, or any of the other "magic pills" out there for acne, so long as the person is dealing with the causes at the same time. The problem arises when nothing is done about the causes--so the real underlying problem continues unabated while the skin is clear.

Those who think that only their skin is being effected by those causes will pay the price in reduced health all their lives. The medical "profession" is the only thing that will benefit from THAT approach.

Walt



Re: What a success...your hair is falling out. (nm) (Classic Truth.) NUGGET

Posted by Walt Stoll on December 15, 1999 at 13:10:36:

In Reply to: Re: What a success...your hair is falling out. (nm) posted by Carrie on December 14, 1999 at 15:06:21:

Hi, Carrie.

See vickir's note today about "closet" and Baylor University Hospital.

ALL research says that SR is the most important thing for people to do, in this culture, if they are interested in health. Aerobics is second and diet is third.

Of course, depending on what the problem is, the order might be altered.

For acne it is the SR---the only thing you did not mention.

Holistic physicians have known a basic truth for 100 years: "The very thing any person needs to do most is usually the thing they are least likely to be willing to do."

Walt



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