Mindy

I have had Hidradenitis since I was 12 or 13. It kicked in not too long after I started menstruating. I saw my family doctor, who sent me to another doctor, who sent me to a dermatologist, who sent me to a gyno. Those 2 worked in conjunction with each other. My gyno had me on birth control pills my dermatologist had me on antibiotics, blood pressure medication, steroids, giving me cortisone shots right into the sore...

1 don't even know how many different medications I have been on.

About the time I was 18 and my mother could no long force me to go the doctor, I quit going. After at least 5-6 years of treatment, nothing was working. so I just decided to save all the money and quit throwing it away on pills and office visits. I have not received any further treatment since then and I am now 27. I have sores in the groin area, armpits and under my breasts. I also have a nasty little bugger right on my tailbone. That one comes and goes more than any of the others. at least once every

2 weeks that one will flare up and finally drain. Overall, I would say that the flare-ups are milder than they have ever been since I have been afflicted with this condition. Nonetheless, after years of flare-ups, I have so much scar tissue that the groin area looks like a war zone. Much of the skin in the area is purple and shiny from scarring. I have a constant open wound in the right armpit, but it doesn't seem to fill up. it just doesn't heal.

While this disease is very uncomfortable for me, physically and emotionally, I have always been thankful that it is a problem that no one knows about unless I tell them. All the marks and scars can be covered with clothes. There are a lot of diseases out there that cannot be hidden at all.

Editors note: Since this manuscript was completed a new patient organization has been launched with an international perspective. Further information can be found at: www.hs-foundation.org.

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