A co-worker recommended this website to me as a resource for possibly finding a natural remedy or treatment for a medical condition. Using the search function on the forums, I found a couple of posts, but being entirely new to the herbal/natural remedy scene - I need some help.
I have battled erythema nodosum since 1992, when I was first diagnosed with it after trying to take birth control pills over a three month period. Doctors I have seen include: general practicioner, dermatologist, internal medicine and ob/gyn. Over the past fifteen years, I have been prescribed a range of medications, none of which really help - unless you count the ones that knock me out cold for the night and leave me feeling drugged the next day. (not a great way to try to function when you're a working mom who's finishing college) Indocin, aleve, 600 mg ibuprofen, atavan, darvocet, tylenol, trazedone, and prednisone have all been tried. Currently, I am taking metformin b/c my gyno is concerned I will develop diabetes, which runs heavily on my mother's side. The gyno has told me I am insulin resistant and my c-peptides are not where they should be (I don't remember if she said they were high or low, or exactly what c-peptides do).
This past week has been a really bad flare-up of the erythema nodosum. It always starts as small, marble sized, red nodules that grow into hot, raised, painful masses as large as a softball. They swell and are extremely painful - to the point that putting on pantyhose is impossible due to the pain. This time, I also fought off flu-like symptoms - everything except vomiting (100+ temps, fatigue, nausea, joint pain, feeling thirsty, loss of appetite).
I know that my hormones play a huge part in why I have these flare-ups; messing with my hormones with the birth control pill is what started this mess. This time, they flared because my gyno put me on a week's cycle of provera to kickstart my menstrual cycle (I've been irregular - about 4 periods in the past 18 months). While the provera worked for menstruation - it also did a great job giving me one of the worst erythema nodosum flares I've ever had. Not limited to just my legs, I had them encircling both thighs, down my shins and calves, on my hips, triceps area and a couple on my stomach.
Now that I've disclosed my medical history regarding this *lovely* (not) medical condition, I am hoping that someone out there can give me some detailed advice on what natural remedies to try, and how to prepare them. I know the terms compress, teas, infusion and tinctures - but have no clue what there difference is, or how to make or administer them.
Any help would be most greatly appreciated.