One big non-skin related complaint about TSW is the effect on sleeping patterns. Whether this is from unconsciously itching at night or from something with cortisol levels, it’s pretty certain that your sleep will be disrupted in some way with TSW. I’ve been no exception to this – during the weekdays while I work can be rough, since it will be near midnight (or later) before I finally doze off, and then I have to wake up around 5 am. Taking an antihistamine can help knock me out earlier, but then I wake up really groggy.
During one day last week upon my morning commute, my eyes kept closing on the drive in, no matter what I tried to do (singing loudly, pinching myself, chewing gum). Handling a speeding car at 70+ mph on the expressway while being about to nod off is pretty perilous. I made it to work just fine, but recognized this is a problem. Then yesterday, on my afternoon drive home, I didn’t even THINK I was that tired… until my eyes popped open just in time for me to be about to collide with the car in front of me. (I didn’t even realize my eyes had closed!) Instinct instantly kicked in and I quickly swerved the wheel to the right lane, narrowly avoiding rear-ending them. I gave up all caffeine previously, but I simply had to go back to having a little bit of coffee here and there in the past weeks, to function and to keep me from not getting into traffic accidents, or worse yet, physically hurting or killing myself and others! I didn’t want to do it as the adrenal glands are already stressed in TSW (you can read ALLLLL about different authors’ perspectives about caffeine and adrenal exhaustion and why we shouldn’t be slugging down this stuff all day here). However, the overwhelming response seems to be that having it here and there is not overwhelmingly terrible, as long as you’re not having the stuff every day or becoming addicted, needing more and more (or sugary treats) to continue having a “high”.
What do you think? Should caffeine be avoided at all costs with TSW? Or is it ok to have it sparingly?
Now, here are some pics from yesterday – I am almost at the 2 month mark. Honestly these pictures make things look better than they are… My skin is redder than the pictures reflect. And even if it doesn’t LOOK too bad, it sure as heck hurts and burns and itches. While the worst parts are the areas where I used steroids – (elbow creases, knee creases, back of arms, neck, face, around eyes) – I also have a very itchy lower back, stomach, and groin/upper thigh area. I never used steroids here or just used them once or twice. I don’t have TSW symptoms over my entire body (thankfully) but I am wondering if it’s going to spread to a full-body thing or not? Hopefully not as I wasn’t a very hardcore user. I like to look down at my good old reliable feet and see an area that’s always been smooth and clear and rash-free. 🙂