so im not sure if people check this often but i will share my story in hopes that someone will read it and find it useful.
i do not have insurance so i waited until my spots were a lovely, bright, reddish color before i went to the dermatologist. i was diagnosed with schambergs. the only thing i heard the dr say was it was caused by thin blood and then i burst into tears because he explained that there was no cure for this.
the dr advised me not to take anything containing asprin because asprin was a natural blood thinner. including advil, midol or pamprin (even alcohol became a HUGE no no). i considered advil to be one of my best friends!!! nothing else takes care of headaches for me the way advil does (i was taking at least 2-3 advils a weeks). the most incredible part of this was: i remembered that my previous cycle i experienced immensly painful cramps and i had doubled up on midol and advil through most of my cycle to calm my cramps. within a week of my cycle ending, my boyfriend pointed out that my spots were now covering both my legs entirely, they were spreading to my forearms, and they were this deep red color. it seemed every day that i woke up i found a new spot somewhere on my body.
i was given the same cream that it seems that everyone else has been given. i was skeptical about it, but i used it two times before i stumbled across this forum where everyone seems to agree that it does not help clear up their spots. so i stopped using it altogether
so i started thinking "if this is ultimately caused by thin blood, why cant i just reverse that and take a blood thickener?". as i already said i do not have insurance and could not afford to keep going to the dr and keep getting expensive prescriptions. so i sat out to find a "natural cure".
ive never been a "health nut", but i figured that if maybe i could change my diet somehow, then i could clear up my schambergs by using nutrients. i quickly stumbled across a site that stated that VITAMIN K was a "blood clotting vitamin". YAY! i didnt want to get too excited though... i didnt to be let down. i took it one day at a time, and told myself that if this doesnt work then i will move onto the next option.
next step was "where can i find vitamin k?". i found out that there are vitamin k supplements, creams and of course the foods that most of us see on a daily basis. i decided before i was going to buy supplements i would try food. tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage and many other foods contain vitamin k. i ate a bowl of cole-slaw (which contains cabbage for those of you that do not know) for breakfast, i had brocolli with my lunch, tomatoes with my dinner. my "in between meals" snack went from cookies, ice cream and chips to ANYTHING that had vitamin k in it. i more than tripled the recommended daily intake.
in only a few days i noticed a complete 180. no new spots were appearing. my old spots were fading (very, very quickly). within only one week my spots had improved more than 75%. the spots that were the biggest and the ugliest cleared up within one to two weeks. it felt like a miracle! the spots on my arms have completely cleared up, and the ones on my legs have faded drastically. they faded enough that i was comfortable wearing shorts on the last nice day of summer. now i dont eat so much of all those foods. i maintain eating about 2 tomatoes a day and a small bowl of cole-slaw a few times a week. i have noticed that if i miss a few days or run out of my vegetables before i can make it to the grocery store, my spots slowly start to get darker.
i know that increasing my vitamin k intake, not taking anything containing asprin, and skipping out on happy hour with my friends has DEFINITELY helped my case. i hope that this information can help every single one of you.
this is a site that lists a few foods that contain vitamin k, how much they contain and how much vitamin k you should intakehttp://www.becomehealthynow.com/glossary/vitamin_k.htm
if anyone has any questions about something that maybe i have not covered completely please feel free to email me at email address removed