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Thu, May 23 10:24am · Erosive oral lichen planus in Autoimmune Diseases

I started taking therapeutic calcium for another problem & the EOLP pain has gotten so much less since then. I will continue this. I’m actually able to eat corn on the cob, pickles, salad items & other crunchy foods that I had to avoid for the past 5 years since developing erosive oral lichens planus (biopsied).

Mon, Apr 8 5:23pm · Sunscreen in Podcasts

Except for the Vitamin D part. That’s good.

Sun, Feb 17 7:16pm · Erosive oral lichen planus in Autoimmune Diseases

I’m just mentioning what worked for me recently was a pulse dose of steroids. Obviously one wouldn’t want to take a pulse dose of steroids chronically because it’s a pulse dose. For me recently, a small dose of steroids didn’t work either. I’m not sure a dermatologist would be skilled or proficient in treating OLP. Especially if a biopsy on an oral cavity was needing to be done. I would only recommend an oral surgeon for that if need be. An ENT might be useful, especially if mucous membranes are involved in the nose.

Sun, Feb 17 5:45pm · PMR and the new Shingles vaccine in Autoimmune Diseases

For anyone who had chicken pox, also known as varicella zoster, they will also be susceptible to shingles, or herpes zoster. The virus lives at the base of the spine until later in life when it resurfaces as shingles, or herpes zoster. If the immune system is low or a person has comorbitities, this makes you more susceptible to getting shingles earlier. Some never get it if the immune system is good. But more than likely you will. That is one reason the chicken pox vaccine was developed for children. If they’ve not had chicken pox, they probably won’t get shingles. Once you get the shingles vaccine it only lasts about 5 years so you don’t want to get it to early.

Sun, Feb 17 5:31pm · Erosive oral lichen planus in Autoimmune Diseases

I have also used an Rx compound of lidocaine & dexamethasone that helped. It was ordered by my dentist & filled at a compounding pharmacy. My primary care doctor has also ordered plain viscous lidocaine for me to use topically. I put the liquid in an oral syringe (like for kids) so I can then just put a drop or 2 on the erosive lesions.

Sun, Feb 17 5:26pm · Erosive oral lichen planus in Autoimmune Diseases

Hello. I just finished taking prednisone 40 mg daily for 4 days (for a different issue) & my mouth has cleared up for the most part for now. Have you tried that? Do you have a primary care doctor who you can discuss this with or have already discussed the issue with? Or perhaps an oral surgeon? Maybe you could take some information in hand with you on steroids & treating OLP if you see a doctor. I have suffered for going on 5 years now with erosive LP. In the beginning I lost 30 lbs because I couldn’t eat much. Someone mentioned a few weeks ago on the post about calcium helping them so I’m currently trying that only because I remember last year starting on calcium & improving- but I attributed it to a soup/juice cleanse, chiropractor, etc. Looking back now, I see it could have possibly been the calcium. I have started back on calcium & am hoping this is part of an answer. But a large dose of steroids has helped me tremendously. It took this big dose for 4 days because I was on prednisone 2.5 mg daily for a year & it didn’t do anything. Neither did topical steroids applied topically in mouth. Hope this helps.

Thu, Feb 14 4:30pm · Weaning off zolpidem (Ambien) in Sleep Health

There was nothing on the post about an early refill. I didn’t say there was. It was an example of a red flag where controlled substances are concerned.

Thu, Feb 14 1:01pm · Weaning off zolpidem (Ambien) in Sleep Health

Ambien is a controlled substance, specifically a schedule IV according to the DEA, so pharmacies have stricter federal laws when dispensing these controlled substances. The pharmacy doesn’t ‘have to’ fill anything. It is under the discretion of the pharmacist if it could potentially harm a patient. Controlled substances are put under stricter controls for their potential for abuse. So early refill requests can present red flags.