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Feb 7, 2017 · Chronic Erythema Nodosum & Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) in Autoimmune Diseases

I had the same issues with the steroids and they would help for a bit but as I weaned off the knots came back with a vengeance. I finally got tired of that and decided to just take pain meds and wait the episode out. Then about 4 years ago I went to a specialist and she tried me on a drug called Dapsone. You need to start in low dosages (25mg) and be sure to have bloodwork done every few weeks. I got up to 100mg when I realized my body couldn’t handle that dosage. My bloodwork showed me anemic and a few other things so they took me back down to 75mg and that worked better. Another medicine that helped pain wise was Tramadol. It kinda took the sting out of the pain. They had me on 50mg and 4 a day. In January 2016 I had a flare up and at that point knew it was time to yet again try something else. I had seen where others who had EN had luck with going gluten free and others just by changing their diet in general. I decided to change my eating habits and try to lose some weight so I started the Atkins diet. I lost 50 lbs by July and I haven’t had a single flare up since. This is HUGE to me cause I’ve dealt with EN for 10 years and this is probably the longest I’ve gone without a flare up. Hope some of this will be helpful to you. Good luck and I’ll be praying for you. People can’t begin to understand how this disease affects our bodies.

Sep 23, 2016 · Chronic Erythema Nodosum & Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) in Autoimmune Diseases

In the beginning I would take prednisone. It would help for a bit but once I was weaned off the meds, the flare up would come back. It was almost like a roller coaster and made me flare ups last longer. After a few years of this happening I made the decision to stop the steroids, take pain meds and wait the flare up out. I’ve tried sooooo many drugs over the years but either the side effects were too much for me or the meds just didn’t work at all.

Sep 22, 2016 · Chronic Erythema Nodosum & Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) in Autoimmune Diseases

Does anyone else suffer from Chronic Erythema Nodosum? It’s been 10 years since I was first diagnosed with this and each year it seems as if it gets worse. I’ve seen Dermatologist, Rheumatologist, Immunologist and now a Neurologist. No one has ever been able to figure out why my flare ups come and there is no way to know when it will happen. I’ve had blood tests after blood tests done as well as biopsies but they only show my platelets extremely high and inflammation, which I already knew about. The worst flare ups came in 2014 and did some kind of damage to my nerves or at least that’s what dr’s think. For the past 2 1/2 years I have lived with chronic pain in my legs. I’ve had tests done on my arteries & veins as well as the nerves & MRI’s but NOTHING ever shows up. It’s frustrating because I know I’m in pain but nobody can figure out where it came from or why its happening. When I do have a flare up its easy for people to see why I’m hurting but they still can’t know the intensity of the pain the knots cause. When I’m not having a flare up I still deal with the pain in my legs and then I get how I look fine so how can I be hurting. Even some dr’s I’ve seen can question my pain. It’s so frustrating. I’m tired of taking meds when they’re obviously not helping. I’m just wondering if anyone else may have some of the same symptoms I do or have any suggestions.