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Offline jmathia

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« Reply #40 on: Friday October 25, 2013, 02:56:09 PM »
Hi, I've had GA since I was in my early 20's, not I'm almost 40    Anyways, while I was pregnant with my 2 children the lesions disappeared, as soon as I gave birth, they started coming back.  There has to be something in the prenatal vitamins that makes the GA disappear !! 
After I gave birth to my 2nd child, I wanted to lose some weight, so I started taking LIPO 6 BLACK HERBS from GNC.  Well, I didn't notice at first, but after a month of taking the Herbs, the lesions were gone.  I just thought thank goodness, but never made the connection with the pills from GNC.  I stopped taking 'em for a few months and the lesions came back.  I started take the Lipo again about a month ago and they disappeared once again.


SO I looked the ingredients up on the LIPO 6 and folic acid is a big one.  That is common with the prenatal vitamins too.  Maybe we all need more folic acid?  Better than diet pills and steriods at least.  Just a thought.

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« Reply #41 on: Wednesday November 06, 2013, 02:22:46 AM »
Granuloma Annulare and LYME DISEASE.

I have chronic Lyme disease for 4 years.   Around 2 years ago I started developing an odd rash that strangely appeared bilaterally and symmetrically.  The first place I noticed it was behind and below my left ear on the neck.  Then, the same rash appeared at the same place on the right.  Then the rash appeared on one of my hands.....then the other.  Then on one side of my chest...and then the other.  Then on my right flank and then my left......and so on....It's pretty much everywhere except my legs and face.  I find this symmetry odd and I am convinced there is a neurological connection.

A dermatologist performed biopsies of several locations and the pathology report concluded granuloma annulare.  I discussed this with my Lyme doctor and he was unaware of a specific correlation between GA and LD but also says LD is known to affect and or all body systems and it is very possibly related.  Even though I discussed my chronic LD with my dermatologist, she did not seem suspicious of my rash being associated with LD.  (It is very possibly she, like most medical doctors, does not "believe in" chronic Lyme Disease even though it is well documented.  But that's another story.)  She did not have the sample screened for Lyme Disease.  My Lyme Doctor suggested I ask the dermatologist to specifically test for Lyme borreliosi. 

Have any of you been tested for Lyme Disease?  Have you heard of a connection between Lyme Disease and granuloma annulare?   Someone else had posted about LD and GA here back in 2004.  He mentioned a lab in Florida that performed that test.  I'm wondering how much it cost and how to get it done.  However, I'm not really sure if it is worth the effort or money (he said it was out of pocket).  If it is LD, I'm already taking doxycycline, the antibiotic of choice for treating LD. 

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« Reply #42 on: Wednesday November 06, 2013, 02:32:43 AM »


SO I looked the ingredients up on the LIPO 6 and folic acid is a big one.  That is common with the prenatal vitamins too.  Maybe we all need more folic acid?  Better than diet pills and steriods at least.  Just a thought.
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I've read of a few people who said their GA cleared up while pregnant only to return following childbirth.  I've also read a post from someone who said theirs cleared up while taking vitamin B-12 injections.  Folic acid is a B vitamin.  Maybe you're on to something!  I am definitely going to give it a try.  Can't hurt!  I've been thinking I need to take B-complex anyhow.

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« Reply #43 on: Wednesday November 06, 2013, 11:39:53 AM »
Hi. I'm new here, but want to share my experience with you all as I think it would benefit us all.
I'll go backwards in history.
I have just found out my older brother has it too. No one else in our family though.
At present I am seeing a Chinese doc and having acupuncture weekly and herbs 3 times daily, (little black pills) and a skin cream he has told me to apply twice daily. Two weeks into this, so I figure it will take a little longer yet. No results to note here yet.
Prior to that, a few months ago, I saw a skin specialist who told me not to worry and that I can stop myself from getting depressed about my GA by the way I chose to think about it! But she did put me on Novasone ointment, which did nothing, but also high doses of vitamin B3 as Nicotinamide 500mg twice a day, which is supposed to be good for skin things. (Still no change) Suffice to say I have not been back to her and have made an appointment with my original specialist, who first diagnosed that I did indeed have GA and not ringworm, as the GP before this visit had treated me for. All before I even knew of GA.
Firstly. I think I should let you all know that I'm on a drug called Hiprex, for bladder infections. I am under a lot of stress, but won't go near that, as I think we all have enough to deal with, and it's all relative. But I have not been sleeping very well, and financially I'm going round in circles. So I'm sure this doesn't help.
It's been about 4 years since my first outcrop, and I'm 57 years old. Single, and I don't feel like I can ever be in a relationship again as I feel so bad about myself.
This makes me sad, and I know beauty is only skin deep, but I really don't feel all that confident anymore. (understatement)
So I will keep you all informed and I that I you all for your posts.
It's the loss of hope I think that is getting me down now.
Timtam

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« Reply #44 on: Tuesday January 07, 2014, 09:50:31 PM »
Hello I'm English and live in England. I've had GA for many years. It started with lumps on my elbows which I ignored because they didn't itch and weren't sore. I noticed that they disappeared when I went on the Atkins diet. A few years ago I developed red rings on my hip bones which looked like ring worm. They grew and grew and then others started developing all over my trunk. It was then that I had GA diagnosed. I was offered steroid cream but refused to use it. Over the last 5 weeks I have been on a low calorie diet and I have cut right back on bread. Again my rash has begun to disappear. I also am beginning to think that this is a reaction to a wheat intolerance as I also feel better if I don't eat it. I will let everyone know if it disappears completely.

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« Reply #45 on: Friday May 16, 2014, 12:40:02 PM »
I'm 25 and I've been dealing with this for at least 5 years. Being that I don't look at my elbows a lot, I'm not 100 per cent sure when it all began, I just recall people asking what was wrong with my elbow. It started out as a small dot then turned into a ring. Doctor's first answer was that I had ringworm, which of course I knew was wrong. Eventually they decided it was granuloma annulare.

I found that doctors offered no real cure. I've tried creams but it never seems to have any effect unfortunately. After a few years it just vanished and I was stoked, I could wear short sleeves with no questions asked!
Then before I knew it, it returned on the other elbow, and then on the elbow it was originally on and then a big circle on my knee, followed by a mark under that. It seems to be slowly creeping up my arms now too.

Being asked "What's wrong with your elbow?" "What's up with your knee, did you fall?" makes me self concious.

When I'm cold the one on my knee goes quite purple too, making it more obvious. It's all just so ugly and depressing.

I'm going to give this gluten / wheat free thing a go, if it's worked for some I can hope and pray that it may work for me too. I already suspect there's an intolerance to it anyway due to stomach issues, so perhaps it's my skin's way of trying to tell me something... If it works I'll be ecstatic, if not, I'm sure it'll have its benefits. I am going to buy some apple cider vinegar tomorrow too, I'll try anything.

It's nice (in a selfish way) to know I'm not alone in this and that others are struggling the way I am too. I hope we can all have clear skin one day!!

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« Reply #46 on: Wednesday May 21, 2014, 03:05:47 PM »
Hi all, if no one has tried it yet try Humira... I have widespread generalized GA Everywhere except my face. Last year I tried Humira...  After 5 months the lesions were flattening and paling in color. I had to stop the treatments due to cost but after 2 months the GA was back and worse than before. I am back on Humira and after 4 months the lesions are flattening and paling in color again. Believe me I tried everything for years. I am a 56 year old female, I remember having some of these lesions on my fingers and hand as a filed but they went away. Them in my early 50's it showed back with a vengeance. I am a diabetic, with chronic PAD, CAD and the dermatologist believ that contributes to my GA

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« Reply #47 on: Friday November 14, 2014, 10:27:49 PM »
I've had 3 outbreaks of granuloma annulare on my hands over the past twenty-five or so years. Each outbreak lasted for years, then disappeared for awhile. 

Several people have mentioned they were going to try going gluten free to see if that helps. It won't. I was granuloma annulare free for about three years before the current outbreak, which appeared five months after I went gluten free.  I'm basically on the Paleo Diet--wild caught fish, grass fed or organic meat, organic or pesticide free fruits and vegetables.  No wheat, corn, soy, gluten of any kind, dairy except for butter, sugar, artificial sweeteners, or industrial seed oils. I've been on this diet to deal with other autoimmune issues--for which the diet has helped tremendously, but sadly, it hasn't brought relief from granuloma annulare.

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« Reply #48 on: Thursday June 30, 2016, 08:08:22 PM »
Hi everyone!

Here is what I would love to do. I would love to compile a list of email addresses and start some kind of spreadsheet where we can list our personal experience with GA. Obviously, no one has to use their real names if they don't want- I realize this is the internet! If we get enough traction, I would love to eventually present this to some well-known dermatologists and doctors. At the least, we may be better able to unearth some cures or causes ourselves. Would anyone/everyone be up for doing this? If there is enough interest, I will take the next month or so to start posting on other sites to gather as much GA people as possible. If anyone has a better idea than emails and spreadsheets, please throw it out there. I would love to be able to view it all, though, rather than bouncing around to a million different sites.

Things we would need to include on the spreadsheet:

1. Years with GA.
2. Symptoms (red, itchy, etc)
3. Location
4. Known food and environmental allergies (wheat, sugar, mold, etc)
5. Known health disorders (diabetes, thyroid, cancer, etc)
6. What treatments have worked, and for how long has the GA stayed away? (Apple Cider Vinegar, juicing, sunscreen, getting more sleep, cutting out food groups, etc)

My GA experience: It started about ten years ago, when I was 18, as a little spot on my forehead. Over the next eight years, a spot or two would show up randomly and then disappear. This past year it has become its worst yet- climbing up both sides of my neck, on my chest, and now some are starting to spot my face and hands. They are flesh colored, thank goodness, with a little red inflammation on the edges.

I have poured myself into research, and the best advice I can give anyone is: don't try shots, light therapy, creams, pills, etc. All of that is a temporary fix and has long-term repercussions that are not worth it. Auto-immune disorders are caused by stress, allergies, etc. GA is caused by something we are putting into our bodies, and therefore, we must find out 1. what that is and 2. how to remove it. Not everyone is the same- your GA could be caused by diabetes, the sun, stress, anxiety, wheat, dairy, exercise, etc. The trick is to try a variety of different cures to see which works best for you. Ideally, you want to experiment with natural cures first since these have only positive effects on your body.

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« Reply #49 on: Saturday September 03, 2016, 06:02:24 AM »
Hi all.

I have had Granuloma Annulare since I was 7. I am now 20 years old, and have noticed a recent and sudden change to the bumps. They're much bigger now, and spiraling out in ways they've never before. People are beginning to ask about them, which has never happened before, so I figured it was time to try some home-remedy.
Fortunately I don't seem to have it quite as bad as some of you do, bless you guys. It's localized on my hands, wrists, fingers, and feet, and while the bumps are not red at all, itchy, or painful, however - they're increasing in size and the ones on my finger do itch or hurt when I bump them.

Tonight, I am trying apple cider vinegar wraps, I also took 2 teaspoons of it before bedtime. The taste of vinegar doesn't bother me, but I dumped it far down my throat so it didnt touch my teeth. Makes the acid level in my stomach go nuts, so I took some Tums shortly afterwards. I am also leaning towards the conclusion that I have a gluten/wheat intolerance, which is a total shame because I am a total carb/wheat/gluten hound. However, I am willing to change my diet entirely if it means these blasted rings fade.

As far as activity goes, I'm very into fitness; multivitamins including fish oil, cranberry pills, a GNC prescribed women's formula, 500mg of vitamin C, and 5HTP. I workout every other day and am very good about taking my pills. My diet again, could probably use some adjustment. I will keep you all posted on the progress (if any is made) with using ACV topically and orally. I also have Cortisone 0.05% that I am trying on the feet spots.

Cheers,
Alissa

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« Reply #50 on: Friday December 30, 2016, 12:00:07 AM »
 

After years of struggling to find natural solutions for my Granuloma Annulare, I am happy and relieved to say I have found my answer in an herbal remedy.



Throughout my life the GA would pop up occasionally in isolated small circular formations mostly on the top region of my arms.  It would flare up and then eventually go away, making it extremely difficult to figure out the cause or cure.  Doctor after doctor told me that I was born with it and it would be something that would just come and go for the rest of my life, and due to its dynamic nature it was impossible to truly find a cure.  I've tried Apple Cider Vinegar, going Gluten Free, Vitamin E, Tea Tree Oil, and the list goes on and on, but nothing seemed to make a lasting impact.

Earlier last year, more isolated circles began popping up all over my arms, neck, and for the first time my face!  I went back to the dermatologists that had tried to help me in the past and took them up on a topical steroid cream (skin thinner) that would, at least, bring the elevated bumps down a bit, temporarily. And then - THE OUTBREAK - which caused crater-like scaring, extreme discomfort/itchiness, and inflammation to large patches of the skin covering my arms, neck, face and ears.  The GA was thriving on my skin unlike anything I had experienced prior.  It was horrible.

This (BEFORE) closeup of my face was taken end of November 2015 - it was my lowest point.  I felt the damage to my face would be impossible to ever fully reverse.


Karen Sulger, of Acupuncture Continuum in Encinitas, CA, helped me research and track down very specific herbs that would help bring down the heat and redistribute the water and fire in my body.  The most significant ingredient being Sarsaparilla Root (Tu Fu Ling) with a mixture of other beneficial roots, stems, and seeds that were specifically suited to my personal needs.  I won't list them all here, since the herbs are quite strong and the dosage different for every individual, along with any contraindications for specific patients, BUT highly recommend seeking a qualified acupuncturist who can prescribe a custom formula suited specifically to your individual needs. 

NOW THIS IS KEY - I took 2 teaspoons, 3 times a day in warm water EVERYDAY for 3 MONTHS STRAIGHT - while also saying a lot of healing prayers and healthy skin affirmations in the process.  It was a huge commitment, but after researching all of the herbs in the mixture I had faith that they were exactly what I needed.  After 3 full months, I stopped taking the herbs as recommended.  I still had some red scarring along my arms and purple blotches where the major flare-ups had occurred on my face, but felt the major inflammation had subsided.

Since May 2016, when I stopped the herbs, I have watched my skin cells gradually repair themselves more and more with each passing day.  If I look really closely I can still find areas of spotted or discolored skin where the rash and scar tissue used to thrive but it is a flattened, barely recognizable, remnant.  And no new GA lesions to report!


Aside from the herbs, I have tried to consciously incorporate more alkaline food and drink into my diet, cover up from the sun more, meditate more, and get fuller/deeper nights of sleep to help off-set stress on my adrenal glands. 

I have been truly astonished by the results and incredibly grateful to have my skin and life back.


For those of you still dealing with GA, my heart goes out to you.  I hope this story can help save you a lot of unnecessary drama, and inspire you to never underestimate the power of herbs, prayer, and the body's ability to transform and heal itself.  There ARE natural solutions, never let anyone tell you otherwise.  Seek guidance from someone who has a good understanding of Eastern medicinal approaches and herbs.  Heal yourself from the inside out.  Where there's a will there's a way.  Never give up! 

This is me exactly 1 year ago today and this is me today - no filter, no makeup, in either shot.  I can hardly believe it myself.

:)

ARIA

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« Reply #51 on: Tuesday January 10, 2017, 01:55:05 PM »
I've had GA for eight years and have tried most every medication and steroids and PUVA, etc. I'm awaiting my third appeal from Premera for Humira. Tonight, however, I read where some one cleared on Humira and then the rash came back with a vengeance.

So, I'm going to seek out a good acupuncturist in the Tacoma area and quit wheat/gluten again. I quit wheat last summer, I felt great, but no change in rash. I also had a food allergy test/blood test that insurance wouldn't cover thru my naturopath. Results showed I'm allergic to whole wheat (but not gluten), corn, dairy and eggs.

Thank you for sharing your pictures. It's true....a picture is worth a thousand words! So happy for you.

Cathy

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« Reply #52 on: Thursday February 23, 2017, 08:31:41 AM »
Hi fellow sufferers
after nearly 8 months without GA  (what a wonderful time) after a previous 12 years with it raging all over my body except my face. It is now back and I am again searching for a help on here and wondering what caused it to return.
I felt a tingling all over my body like the beginning of a cold sore and then the lesions appeared a few at first around my trunk then many more graduating downwards to my legs. Yukk
I am still taking black onion seeds and fruit juice every morning as I thought this had helped previously, maybe need to double the amount.
Has anyone tried an earthing pad I have been looking at the possibilities of this?
I am willing to try anything to get rid of this and have already had all the medicines and topical creams suggested by my dermatologist without success.
 I hate that the medical profession doesn't really have any answers or research for us!!
Thanks folks




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« Reply #53 on: Friday March 17, 2017, 01:00:11 PM »
Hi, I'm Linda.  I developed GA in my early 40's and was told it would probably go away before long.  I am now 61 and it is worse than ever.   The derm at the VA has prescribed me many tubes and jars of that cream that wastes away the skin.  I always research my meds and after reading about the cream, I decided to no longer take it as it was not producing any good result.  I told the doc about reading about ROM treatment, she scoffed somewhat, but still agreed to prescribe the meds, but with a substitute for the Oflaxacin.  She explained that Oflaxacin was hard to get!  I have yet to receive the meds but am disheartened already knowing about the substitute med.  I really want to get rid of this as some rude people will proceed to tell me when I wear shorts that I have ringworm and look at me as if I am a ringworm.  I also feel like a ringworm.  My doc stated in my online report that I had said I wasn't troubled by this disease, which I never said.  I sure wish I could get rid of this condition someday before I die.

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« Reply #54 on: Tuesday May 02, 2017, 06:09:08 AM »
I'm a 40 year old female in good health who has been suffering from Granuloma Annulare for over 3 years.  Here is my story:

I noticed 1 red bump on my shin in 2014.  I thought it was an ingrown hair.  But in never went away.  Then after awhile a second bump developed.  So I had my first (of many) visits with a dermatologist.  Initially the dermatologist thought it was Molescum Contagiousum.  A biopsy was taken and the results came back as Granuloma Annulare.  At that point, I was relieved.  At least I was now diagnosed with something that wasn't contagious - How foolish was I?!!  When I look back thinking about how less than thrilled I was about having those TWO bumps on my legs, I just want to laugh at myself!  What I wouldn't give to have just TWO bumps on my right shin!! 
More and more bumps popped up over the next few months.  At first my GA was in the form of papules, not the lesions that you typically find associated with GA.  They focused mainly on my knees, both front and back and there were so many little ones that they looked like bug bites!  The GA on my knee caps tended to come in the papule form and the GA behind my knees were mini lesions.  I would look at pictures on the internet of GA and mine seemed different.  They were no where near as big or connected as it appeared in other reports of GA.
   Like everyone else, I was told that no one knew why it developed and that it would likely just go away on its own. (Yeah right)  At first my dermatologist shot all the bumps up with Kenalog injections, which worked fairly well.  I was going in once a month and some needed more than one injection, but for the most part, all the GA spots that were injected with the Kenalog went away or faded to indented white patches, as one user mentioned.  But then I started to get them all over the backs of my legs and on my elbows.  I read a post on here about a woman who said GA wasn't painful unless she put her elbow down in the wrong spot where a bump was.  I can totally relate.  That would happen on my knees and my elbows.
   The last time I had any kenalog injections, I was poked more than 40 times.  Clearly, I needed to find another solution.   It was time to switch to a corticosteroid cream.  Tried two different kinds.  Neither worked.  Then I noticed bumps forming on my stomach, and up my thighs.  The GA was getting worse.  My dermatologist took another biopsy from the back of my leg.  Still Granuloma Annulare.  I was prescribed doxicycline (an antibiotic).  I was told to take it 3 times a day on an empty stomach (2 hours from eating).  Usually, I can take medication with no problems.  I rarely get nauseous.  I took the doxicycline for a week before giving up.  It was awful.  It made me feel funky about an hour after taking each pill.  I'd get dizzy and have hot flashes. 
   I then decided to get a second opinion.  Surprise, surprise, the second dermatologist agreed it looked like GA.  He suggested I take 1500mg of Niacinamide daily.  So I did.  For a month.  I also did my own experiment where I put the corticosteroid on my arms, but not my legs to see if maybe the combination of the Niacinamide and the corticosteroid would work.  Nothing.
   So then I did some preliminary research online and read some posts suggesting that maybe hormones had to do with it.  It made sense.  Supposedly GA is more common in women and more common in 50-60 year old women.  Right around the time women's hormones go haywire.  Then I was talking to a girlfriend of mine about my "spots."  She mentioned that when she was pregnant with her son she developed localized GA - one big lesion on her arm which went away soon after she was no longer pregnant.  And if you read all the posts on this site, you read a lot of women saying that their GA actually went AWAY when they were pregnant, only to come back again when they weren't.  Interesting...
   Three and a half years ago, I gave birth to my son.  Vaginal birth, he came out quick and healthy.  About an hour after I delivered him I started to hemorrhage.  I ended up losing 3.5 liters of blood.  Hemorrhaged 4 times in the course of 5 hours and ended up needing a blood transfusion and an emergency hysterectomy.  Unbeknownst to anyone, my son's placenta had grown not just through my uterine lining, but the uterine muscle.  They took my uterus and an ovary.  6 months after I started to notice several abnormal things happening with my body.  What I don't understand is why it took 6 months, but that's a question for another day.  Maybe all the post pregnancy hormones stayed around for awhile?  Anyways, I bring this up, because several people mention that some sort of TRAUMA preceded their first GA outbreak.  If true, this would be mine.  I lost a ton of blood that day.  It took almost a year to realize that I was getting horrible headaches at the end of every day around the same time, because I wasn't just slightly low in iron in my blood, I was severely low in FERRITIN - the iron stored in your liver.  It took going to a naturopathic doctor to find out that not only was I severely anemic, but that my red blood cells were too low.  My body wasn't producing enough red blood cells, to get oxygen to my organs.  Yet with running around with 2 kids, working out, etc., my cortisol and adrenaline were being overused causing those major headaches at 4pm every day.  (fyi - started eating 100g of protein a day with iron supplements and headaches went away!) 
   I mention this because this was also the same time I noticed my first GA spot. And the naturopathic doctor also tested my progesterone, which was low.  So maybe, the people talking about a hormone imbalance were on to something?
   In January 2017 I noticed what I thought was the first GA spot on my face!  My previous, "oh well" attitude was immediately thrown out the window!!   I started researching GA more thoroughly.  I came across the study mentioned above.  The rifampin, ofloxacin and monocycline regiment taken once a month for 3-5 months.  My dermatologist was on board for giving it a try.  My pharmacy also could not get a hold of ofloxacin so it was replaced with a similar generic drug.  Supposedly, for the 6 in the study, they noticed results after 3 months with an almost complete clearing at 5 months.  I have taken 4 doses.  My GA is worse now than ever.  Unless a miracle happens during dose 5, this treatment was a big fail!
    I went in to see my OB/GYN in February 2017 who actually put me on birth control pills to stabilize my hormones.  It's been 5 months and no change to the GA.
    So I decided to do even more research on GA.  I read medical research, clinical studies, medical journal articles.  That's when I realized that for General Granuloma Annulare like mine, this wasn't going to be a situation where it was just going to "go away" on it's own as the dermatologists like to tell you.  I read that General diffuse recalcitrant Granuloma Annulare like I have was going to take something proactive to knock it out of my system.  Dapsone, Plaquenil, Humira - minor studies done - but what works for one, doesn't necessarily work for another - and some of these drugs come with major side effects. 
    I spent hours one day Googling the dermatologists who had authored the articles I found.  I called them.  I emailed them.  Could anyone help me, or at least recommend a dermatologist in the Los Angeles area who was actually experienced with GA.  Our type of GA!  Not the kind they have all seen that just goes away!  Three doctors actually contacted me back.  All on the east coast.  They all recommended I go to either UCLA or USC. 
    One particular dermatologist in Philadelphia was very kind and recommended a doctor at UCLA.  In March 2017, I tried to make an appointment.  I'll let you know how it goes... at the end of June 2017!  Yes, that's how long the wait is! 
    In the meantime, the specialist in Philly mentioned how rare our form of GA is and he suggested I get another pathologist's opinion.  So I decided to see a 3rd dermatologist.  Initially during my visit the 3rd dermatologist thought my bumps looked like Pyryraisis Rosea - a viral infection that starts with one lesion and then spreads throughout the body till it eventually peters out anywhere from 3-8 months later - - But not 3 years.  Nowhere on the internet did anyone complain of having it for that long.  While I waited for the 3rd dermatologist to get the slides from my 2014 and 2016 biopsies, I was given a low dose viral medication to take twice a day. I also started another experiment.  The 3rd dermatologist mentioned Milk of Magnesia for GA and I had read online about coconut oil, aloe, apple cider vinegar and sunlight for Pyririasis Rosea.  So every night for 2 weeks, I put Milk of Magnesia on my right leg from the knee down, Coconut oil on my left from the knee down.  Aloe from a fresh plant on my left arm/elbow and apple cider vinegar on my right arm/elbow.  I also went out in the sun three days in a row.   NOTHING changed.
   Then I got a call last week that the 3rd dermatologist (also a Certified Dermatological Pathologist) after seeing my slides agreed with the original diagnosis -- Granuloma Annulare.  I was told to up the Milk of Magnesia to 2 times a day.  I have another appointment in a few days to discuss other options.
   As sh**ty as the situation is, and as horrible as it looks (especially to me) - I'm lucky, my GA doesn't hurt or itch and as we all know, it's not dangerous, contagious or life threatening.  Don't get me wrong, I live in Los Angeles, wearing pants during our 100 degree summers is less than ideal.  And of course, despite reassurances that GA rarely goes to the face, there is proof on these pages that it does and that would be awful.  I feel for anyone who has it on their face.  I'm so happy for the girl above who's GA disappeared from her face.
   So there you have it.   In conclusion, I think that 1) it is caused by some sort of trauma  2)  it won't go away on its own 3) hormones play a factor and 4) it's an incredibly frustrating condition.  I agree with everyone who questions why there haven't been more studies.  I question why it's ok to just accept that the patient should just try everything in what seems like a wanton, random, unscientific like manner. 
   I haven't seen any 2017 posts on here regarding GA.  Here's a reminder to all of us still suffering from GA - We have to remember to log back on and tell our former co-sufferers what worked for us when/if one day we are GA free.  We are truly our own best advocates.  When it comes to GA, it is clear the medical community does not have their act together.

Thanks to everyone for listening.  I can't solve it, so I guess i just needed to talk about it!

N

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Re: Granuloma Annulare -
« Reply #55 on: Tuesday January 23, 2018, 10:26:54 PM »
Hello all.  As all of you here, I have had GA for about 7 years.  Started off small and has grown on the top of my right hand.  I have been experimenting with natural cures and I have developed a cream that I feel has promise.  I am taking before and during and after pictures so I hope to have this overcome and will let all know ASAP.  I too tried the doc route.  1st one had me with ringworm - wrong! Second had injections which worked for a month then came back.  For the last two years I have been working on my own natural cure and I think we got this. Keep the faith and patience and God Bless to all.

Matt

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Re: Granuloma Annulare
« Reply #56 on: Saturday February 10, 2018, 06:13:32 PM »
I have had success myself with my own all natural cream.  I have used it 3x a day for 3 weeks and the bumps associated with the GA on the back of my hand are all gone!  The redness is there and I am continuing to apply the cream as I have all natural ingredients that are intended to help try to fade the scaring but the cream does work!  Even my kids have noticed a difference and think even the redness has faded and don't see it.  I can run my finger over the skin and not feel a single bump.

I created an Etsy page with the cream if anyone wants to try it.  no promises but it has worked for me.  I understand there are many variations of GA but I am hopeful it will help someone else.

https://www.etsy.com/GAMedSerum/listing/578126264/granuloma-annulare-ga-med-serum?utm_source=Copy&utm_medium=ListingManager&utm_campaign=Share&utm_term=so.lmsm&share_time=1518287534749