The first week of May 2007 I went to the doctors and received simultaneously all of my shots for college: the HPV, meningitis, and chickenpox vaccines. The chickenpox vaccine was required because I never got them when I was younger. I was fine right after the vaccinations, but about a week later I started to notice itchy red blisters, so apparently I contracted the chickenpox from the vaccine. I stayed out of school for a week like I was supposed to until the blisters cleared up. Around the same time the chickenpox were showing up I started to develop other kind of spots, almost like hives which at first would randomly appear and go away. I went to the doctors once, to confirm that it was in fact chickenpox, and then again when I started developing these "other" spots. She told me that they definitely weren't chickenpox, and that they looked like bug bites, but that she didn't know what they were and I would have to see a dermatologist (nice waste of money for a copay for the doctor to look at me dumbfounded). So, I decided to go home and wait it out hoping that these spots would just clear up. A few weeks later, all the chickenpox were gone, but these red bumps would not go away. They often showed up in clusters of two or more all over my arms and legs, and then spread to my stomach, back and butt. They do not have blisters and will not pop, but itch terribly at times. I started to go so absolutely insane at work itching spots all over me that I decided to go to the emergency room where they gave me a shot of Prednisone and recommended that I take antihistemines at the same time. I listened and started the 40mg of Prednisone, which barely helped the spots, and resulted in my continued misery, horrible mood swings (I'm also on birth control) and 10-pound weight gain. I then saw my family doctor who suggested slowly taking me off the Prednisone. The second I went down on the dose I started to break out terribly again, so again I went to the emergency room and they told me they wished that there was more they could do, but I'd have to see a specialist. I finally got in to see the dermatologist who diagnosed me with "viral exanthema" and put me on Doxapin, and 30mg of Prednisone for 10 days and then 20mg..and so on going down until I stop taking it. It is now the last week of July, I am down to 20mg of Prednisone, my stomach is swollen up so horribly that I look pregnant, my face is so puffy and gigantic I can't even smile, and to top it off I am still covered in spots. I just graduated from high school and this has ruined my entire summer. Not only have I felt like complete crap, but being a young girl already self-conscious a huge face and red spots all over me makes me a little insecure and unwilling to go out. I don't know what to do anymore and it doesn't seem like these doctors really want to be bothered with me. It has already been 3 months how much longer am I supposed to wait it out when I'm not getting any better? Please respond if you have ever experienced anything similar or have any idea what is wrong with me or what I should do. :confused:Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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