I'm very happy with my "experiments" lately. I've lost five pounds in the past two weeks!
That makes me very happy! I've been logging my meals and making healthy choices. I felt determined to stay on track, even when things were stressful. I read SparkPages for motivation, and that helped. I'm very satisfied with the results!
Unfortunately, I'm having a problem that is really annoying, because I don't know the cause, and that is causing me some stress. I've developed a rash on both arms and my chest. It seems to have started around the same time as I put real effort into my diet. At first it was just a spot or two, and I wondered if it was my psoriasis coming back. This is possible, because I've been tapering my topamax medication (that I take for migraines), and topamax seemed to have the good side effect, for me, of clearing up my psoriasis. I've only cut my dose by 6 mg, which isn't much, but I was prepared for my psoriasis to return. But this rash doesn't seem like psoriasis. It's slightly itchy, and in like a hundred very small, raised spots. Some are in groups. It seems to itch when the spots first come on, and then after two days they don't itch as much, but the spot is still there. But then new spots pop up.
I've been looking at all the possibilities on-line, and wonder about two. One is called pityriasis rosea, which is a rash that can come on after a viral illness. I had a slight cold a few weeks ago, so that is possible, but the spots don't look quite like that. This rash can last for a month or so, and is harmless and goes away on it's own. But it's more common in younger people.
The other thing I found was something called keto rash, which people following a very low carb diet, like a paleo diet, have described, as their bodies go into ketosis. The pictures I've found do seem similar to the rash I have. But it's confusing, because I have been eating carbs during my diet...just not as many as before dieting. My usual carb count in the past two weeks was between 70 and 95 a day. People getting this keto rash usually were eating less than 50 grams of carbs a day.
So, on one hand that doesn't make sense either. But when I read more, the keto rash is due to poor gallbladder function, and I do have that (I have gallstones), so maybe I have this problem even at a higher carb rate. It can also be related to high histamine levels, and with my history of cold urticaria, I know I have histamine issues. I'm still taking an Allegra every day. Also, I'm often somewhat fasting on most days, since I eat dinner around 5:30 or 6, and then don't eat breakfast until sometimes 9 the next morning...so I wondered if that was enough time to produce ketones.
Anyway, the rash is itchy, and it's making me anxious. I'm spending way too much time on-line trying to figure it out. It's probably time to see the doctor, but...wouldn't you know it...we are in the middle of a big snowstorm. We got about 4 inches today, and expect maybe another 8 inches overnight, so tomorrow we'll have to dig out of all that. It may be several days until I can make an appointment and see a doctor. I keep wishing it would just go away, and honestly it's not that bad, and I could live with it, but I worry about it getting worse and wonder what is causing it. And I worry, and I look on-line, and I stress out, and I can't sleep, and I itch...hehe.
Sorry this is long...just wanted to vent a bit. I'm so happy and motivated about the weight loss, and want to keep it up. It's been a long time since I've made progress, and I'm trying not to let this rash be a set back, or steal my joy at making progress!
Thanks to all my SparkFriends for their encouragement! And thanks for reading. If anyone ever had a rash along with their weight loss, please let me know your story and how you dealt with it, or if anyone has ideas!