Friday, March 6, 2009

Brown Spots On Skin With MS

Over the past few years my wife has developed more and more brown spots on her skin. A few of them are on her face and cause her a lot of frustration. They don't hurt or itch or cause any discomfort. They are just dark brown spots that have grown and cover small areas of her skin. We have been told they are age spots but we both feel like they are caused by something going on in her body. There are too many concidences that we see day to day from her MS that makes us feel like the spots are being caused by something going on other than age.

My wife also has a few small raised bumps on her skin that have formed over the last few years. These bumps don't itch or hurt, but none of them have gone away. They formed and have stayed for years now. They are raised like a bite or something, and are either skin colored or red. When we used to see Dr. Swank, he recommended lots of fish oils to compensate for the lack of oils in the diet. When she was taking the oils, we did notice improvements in her skin and hair, but are not sure where the spots or bumps have come from.

8 comments:

Christina said...

Hmmm... I'm not so sure about those spots being related to MS. I know lots of people who have them - even at a very early age.
Not all ailments are related to MS is what I've learned.

Cory said...

Hey Christina, thanks for the comment. I totally agree that not all things are related to MS. I guess what we have learned through the naturopathic studies is that our bodies seem to show outwardly what is going on in the inside. When we have toxins etc. inside our body, they can show up on the outside as bumps, spots etc. I am really curious to know though if any other MSers out there have seen these same things. I think there is power in the knowledge we can gain from collaborating. Again, thanks so much for your comment!

Webster said...

I have had MS for 27 years and I don't have any brown bumps on my skin. I do have a couple of light brown splotches on my face that were caused by birth control pills.

Cory said...

Hi Webster, thanks so much for the comment. I had a quick question for you. Was it hormones that caused the spots then?

dougdnh said...

Cory,
I came across your blog last night, and found it of great interest, since I am also the husband of a woman with ms. Her dx is a mild case of RRMS. She is currently on the MS Recovery Diet, and is about to start on LDN (low dose naltrexone). Has your wife ever tried LDN? It seems to be one of the best options currently available. I also found you experiences with chiropractic to be of some interest, especially since my wife's MRI uncovered some alignment problems in the cervical area.

Webster said...

Cory, I was told an excess of estrogen can cause it. It used to be called "the mask of pregnancy," on women who had it worse than I. I switched to a low-estrogen pill and it never got worse.

Cory said...

Webster, that is very, very interesting. We have done multiple hormone panels and I will have to go back and check them. Thanks so much for your comment.

Christina said...

Hi Cory - me again. :)

Weeeelll, how do I put this...?
I have those brown spots! :-o
In my case it's sun damage brought on by some severe sun burns in my past (they are on my back).
My dr. diagnosed them as "actinic ceratosis" - not great but not dangerous. Just for clarification: I don't suffer from MS.