Wow, I'm amazed that even the steroids didn't work! The doctors put me on Prednisone and it worked, but it made me very bloated, gassy and uncomfortable... PLUS - I knew about the other horrible side effects that could pop up. I didn't want a drug like that to be the solution (especially for the rest of my life!). I wonder if you were allergic to the steroids they were prescribing...?
Ugh, the roller coaster of eczema flares... also ends up being a roller coaster ride emotionally. It can be really difficult to deal with, so what I like to do is a little bit of meditation and try to remind myself during the flares that it will be over soon - especially if I keep a close eye on what I'm coming into contact with.