I decided to write this post to document the various rashes and spots on my body that have emerged since my CFS began. Some of the photos below are of my rashes and spots while other photos are images that I found on google that resemble my rashes and spots. I apologise for the quality of photos that I have taken. I used my phone to capture the images.
The above photo is of my feet which have red/brown coloured spots on each of the toes. The spots emerged approximately 4 years ago and are permanently on all 10 toes. The spots are around 0.7cms in diameter. I suspect that they have been caused by the lack of peripheral blood flow to my extremities. My feet and especially my toes are always ice cold and these spots may be the result. A doctor has seconded my opinion that this is the likely cause of these spots. This cause is speculative and at the moment is still a theory.
The above photo is not of me. I found this image on google of a Bartonella rash. I have a similar rash however it is located on both of my inner thighs. To save you the angst of seeing that photo, I refer you to this one. I will explain the differences between my rash and this rash. My rash has lines that are slightly thinner and are closer together. My rash also has a greater number of lines however the claw like appearance of the lines is similar. My rash is spread across approximately 20cms on each thigh. It emerged approximately 3-4 years ago. It has been a permanent rash and is quite vivid. The rash has slightly faded since I have been on the Shoemaker Protocol however is still quite visible.
My rash resembles stretch marks and also Bartonella. My GP diagnosed it as stretch marks however I find the likelihood of it being stretchmarks next to zero. I have remained the same size and weight for approximately 7 years (since I finished growing.) Stretch marks are typically caused as a result of a sudden weight change. I am not certain what this rash is however it does highly resemble Bartonella. I am not going to explore the controversial subject of the presence of Lyme Disease in Australia now but I have not completely excluded the possibility of myself having Lyme Diseas
The above photo is of a round rash that appeared on my forearm approximately 8 months ago. It physically resembled a bruise and was around 4cms in diameter. It was itchy and lasted approximately 6 months until it faded away. I am not sure what caused this rash however it is possible that it was a side effect to one of my medications.
The above photo is of the spots on my fingers. They are almost identical to the spots on my toes mentioned earlier. They emerged at the same time as the spots on my toes and I believe they are also caused by a lack of peripheral blood flow. My fingers have a similar freezing temperature like my toes.
There are 2 other types of spots/rashes that have coincided with my CFS. The first are blood spots. These are tiny red dots that are caused when blood vessels beneath the skin erupt. I never had a blood spot in my life until I developed CFS. Since my CFS emerged, my body has been covered with an increasing number of blood spots. There are now over 50 on my body and are permanent spots. Doctors have confirmed that these red spots on my body are indeed blood spots. I haven’t investigated a possible mechanistic link between my CFS/CFS symptoms and blood spots.
The final rash that I have developed since coming down with CFS has been a red itchy rash that emerges on various parts of my body approximately 2 times per week. This rash is itchy and lasts a few hours before disappearing. It is around 3cms in diameter and has a small white dot at its centre. I am not sure what causes this rash however one possibility is that it’s some sort of allergic reaction.
Prior to having CFS, I had never experienced any of these 6 types of rashes/spots before in my life. Since developing CFS, these rashes/spots have emerged in abundance. Different types of rashes are relatively common among CFS patients. I am not sure if my rashes/spots are a direct results of CFS, a secondary results of a CFS symptom or indeed a CFS symptom. I may sound “rash” but in the scheme of things, my rashes/spots are one of my least concerning CFS symptoms.