My journey through Topical Steroid Withdrawal
Taylor, I have been cruising through TSW blogs and I must say, I love yours above all. Your healing process gives me hope, and I thank you for your blog. Your detail and religious posting of pictures has helped me know what to expect through my TSW that I'm just starting. This might be a preemptive question since I haven't fully dived into your blog yet, but do you mind sharing what your daily routines were in the first month or two during your TSW? (Did you only shower with cold water? Did you moisturize at all? Did you change your diet? Did you take any medicine/pills? What was the weather like when you started your TSW? etc etc)Thanks :)-J
Hi Jeni, Sorry for the late response (better late than never?) How far along are you into withdrawal? Hang in there and remember that it will get better, even when you really feel like you will be like this forever. As far as routine in the first few months: I had to accept that I was not going to be sleeping like a normal person. Don't beat yourself up when you can't fall asleep until 2am or later, or that you are sleeping until noon. That eventually went away. I showered with HOT water because it was the only thing that felt soothing. When the hot water started running out too soon I switched to HOT hot hot baths. Adding olive oil to the bath water was a life saver (you will smell like an appetizer and your hair will get greasy but it is worth it. I moisturized whenever I felt I needed it. I have switched between coconut oil, olive oil, Vaseline, and pure shea butter depending on what felt best at the time. I did not change my diet at all (actually I ate a lot of comfort food and gained weight :( ) only more recently I have switched to a more organic non processed diet but that was more of a life choice. I do recommend getting away from chemicals (scent free dye free detergent, no dryer sheets, homemade cleaning products) that did wonders for avoiding extra irritation. Also buy a pretty silky robe, I lived in mine in the beginning. As far as medicine I took a lot of benadryl and ibuprofen. I was lucky because I started withdrawal during the winder in Arizona so just cool enough to cover my skin as much as possible when going out. Sorry if this was a novel/ didn't make any sense. Let me know if you have any other questions!
I haven't read through your entire blog, but have you tried nontraditional healing methods? One that comes to mind is a hardcore water fast detox. Or maybe something else.I feel that you will conquer this and put it behind you. Continue to keep your head up and keep trying new things.