Cold season completely prevented me from going out again. Low temperature and humidity made my AD skin drier, causing lots of biting pain. Dreadful itch sometimes with chill added.
AD symptoms were known to fluctuate with season. I saw many patients got worse in summer or winter since they were extreme seasons. Warming, sweating, and increase of secondary infections occured in summer: dryness in winter. The place I live had rather dry climate in winter; the humidity went down to 20%, which would be connected to my aggravation. Some got worse in spring by cedar pollens in Japan. The situation would differ due to the climate and the environment of the place one lives in.
Furthermore, severely diseased skin seemed to difficult to cope with changes of climates properly. Every small fluctuation of temperetures and humidities deteriorated my AD condition all the year round. Actually, I had only a several confortable days in a year. AD patients sometimes called to be "selfish", but I think they couldn' t help to be so.
Though I had a decayed tooth, I couldn't go to see the dentist for the life of me. I couldn't lie still throughout the treatment. There was nothing else to take antibiotics and analgesics at home.
In those previous days of severe AD, I had not be able to afford to take ample care of my oral cavity. Itch and pain had shortened the time of my brushing teeth. And I often concealed my boring trying days behind sweet confectioneries.
To my regret, those years destroyed my teeth a lot.
When spring came, I became better to be able to go out in the evening about once in 10 days. I started to go to the dentist. Since then I continue to go there to check and clean my teeth.
Other than this, several evil influences appeared through the long recuperation.
The first complication was postural hypotension.
Inactive life promoted my original hypotension under 100mmHg in systole. I felt my head and body very heavy when I got up in the afternoon. Moreover, it lasted long.
The autoimmune response to keep blood pressure up when the blood circulation in brain went down because of standing up did not work well. Inactive life declined the function. Autoimmune disorder due to AD, expansion of peripheral blood vessel by a full bathing seemed to help it.
It was a natural cosequence of this life.
Some might say like "You should move your body even if it' s hard at first. You will be able to do it easier then." |But...
It was too hard for me to endeavor. Injured skin permeating almost whole body couldn't only protect me from any small stimulation but also smarted badly. The crust-building narrowly softened it. I could move most in the bathtub.
Could I avoid such miserable situation if I took symptomatic therapies like corticosteroids?
I might be able to. But it also might be followed more miserable situation after decades of drug use. I was afraid of that.
The only way I could take was to endure. I could endure still.
The second complication was irritative bowel syndrome.
It was a functional disorder of intestines which showed abdominal pain, alternate diarrhea and constipation. Overwork or mental stress might cause it.
Originally I tended to have trouble in intestines in case of lack of sleep or mental strain. Moreover, I had a histoly of irritative bowel syndrome in a tremendous busy days during 7th year of my career.
A constipation was how it all started. Inactive life had also marred the enough bowel movement essential for digestion and evacuation. As I became hardly be able to walk in winter, my constipation worsened badly.
Unwillingly, I took a laxative of senna. However, continuous usage of the stimulant of large intestinal movement in 1 month caused bowel cramp.
Though the constipation mainly arised from the overrelaxation of my large intestines, my hitory showed I had had a predisposition of convulsive bowel and I already had some autoimmune disorder due to AD as well. I should have used milder laxative.
My belly got highly bloated every night after dinner and let out lots of intestinal gas from mouth and anus. I felt as if swelled stomach might break out through my mouth.
After 1 month since I stopped senna, major symptoms calmed down. But strong irritability of the intestines lasted long. The symptoms came back as soon as I took stimulants like cold or spicy food. It took over 3 years till mostly proper bowel movement recoverd and I could eat and evacuate without lots of troubles.
The third, which was not a illness, was the loss of physical strength.
Muscles shrank and fets increased. The function of heart or lung also seemed to be lessened.
As I started to act again later, I was going to recognize it.
Confined water would be decayed.
All those incidents accentuated me the need of making enough use of a human body for its good work.
There existed an irony there.
Though symptomatic therapies might impede spontaneous healing (complete cure), patients had to overcome certain period of hard symptoms without those symptom-releasing therapies.
Hard symptoms curtailed their activity, then low activity reduce the metabolism and function of their bodies, therefore helped to delay spontaneous healing.
How could we avoid this? How could we keep up certain acting level and get earlier healing?
It might be a big problem. I didn' t know how.
Recent increase of severe AD were going to make it very difficult. Any care to living or munerous treatments seemed not to be enough.
Another complication was a plenty of rise of nasal secretion when catching a cold probably due to increased eosonophil or IgE.
Stuffed nose at night was rather hard. I used nose drops of local vessel contractor to keep up respiration and go to sleep.
Luckily the symptom did not fixed as allergic rhinitis.
And more, I experienced severe flu once.
High fever and dyspnea continued for 3 days. I was lucky I could go through it nevertheless of sickened weak body and lack of medical care. (I couldn't go out to the hospital likewise because it was winter; a difficult time for my AD.)