My current regime includes getting around 30 minutes a day of sunshine, eating a healthy whole foods diet, taking probiotics and omega 3s, taking a nightly bath with no moisturizer, and trying to get 8-10 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period. That means I'm taking a nap on most days again. I usually get around 7 hours of sleep a night and then another 1-3 during the day, depending on if I'm flaring or not - I sleep much more when flaring. I still wake up once every night and then fall back asleep within 45 minutes. I am taking 20 mg of valium (10mg at bedtime, another 10mg when I wake up in the middle of the night) and alternating between 5mg of ambien and 5 mg of melatonin a night. Then I take 25 mg of benadryl (aka sleep aid) when I wake up in the middle of the night. I was at 30 mg of valium and 10 mg of ambien & melatonin so at least those have decreased. I'm waiting another 2 weeks to continue detoxing off valium because I have family coming in town and do not want to be a weepy mess when they're here. I'm fully off vicodin and gabapentin (hooray!) and let me tell you, that was not easy. I seriously considered checking into a rehab center for a few days, that's how bad I felt. And I took it slooooooow. I can't believe how much it affected me mentally given how slowly I decreased my dosage. But at least I'm more than halfway done detoxing! Anyway, below are 2 pics from yesterday. Nothing too bad, just shows the dryness. My worst areas are still behind the knees and top of wrists.
I blew up the face pic bc its hard to see but my skin is very bumpy. Its almost like raised patches of dry skin