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I Have Hidradenitis Suppurativa

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    Ive had HS since I was 5 years old im

    now 20 it took 14 years for the doctors to figure out what was going on and now my body is so scarred that I dont wear tank tops or shorts its completly ruined my life. Doctors have tried giving me antibiotics but they havent worked and they tell me to lose weight (im not that...
    HK1093 HK1093 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 31, 2013

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    Stay Lifted!!!!!

    I've been in bed for almost a week now but I feel more inspired than ever. Im glad I found this website and Im even more glad to find people who understand my pain and frustration. Writing and sharing my feelings has become very therapeutic for me. Although my family and...
    tjuane tjuane 31-35, F 1 Response May 2, 2013

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    I've Never Been Formally Diagnosed...

    but I've had the symptoms since I first hit puberty. I only flare up in my pubic area...lucky me. Sometimes, it becomes so painful to sit, walk, stand, etc. I never wanted to be involved with anyone because I figured that no man who hasn't known someone with HS...
    kendyboo kendyboo 26-30 8 Responses Oct 3, 2008

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    My Story...

    I have been living with HS for about 10 years now and everyday is a struggle.  The pain from HS is something I never felt before some days it hurts to walk, sit, even move my arms.  I have tried just about everything to help with this but nothing seems to work.  I...
    bwynnsgirl bwynnsgirl 22-25, F 10 Responses Dec 28, 2009

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    I first noticed HS in college.

    So maybe it's been about 4ish years now. It's on my groin and it's been hard to be physically intimate. Not that I have trouble finding people - guys don't seem to care - but being in the moment and not thinking about it. I was on an antibiotic and everything cleared up, but I...
    kip416 kip416 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 6

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    I have had stage 3 HS

    for 11 years now. When It first showed up I was so embarrassed I didn't tell anyone I was living in South Carolina at the time in foster so it wasn't like I had an actual support of a parent who was going to help figure out what It was... I kept silent for 3 years not sharing...
    MsAnonymous1 MsAnonymous1 22-25, F 11 Responses Sep 17, 2014

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    http://www.dailystrength.

    org/c/Hidradenitis_Suppurativa/forum/12075338-hs-awareness-purple-ribbon-campaign I had no idea there was a ribbon for this .... I'm glad there is I know some of you may not wanna talk about it or want people to know... Is it very embarrassing but it's not our fault...
    MsAnonymous1 MsAnonymous1 22-25, F Nov 4, 2014

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    I'm still getting bumps

    and I've had this disease for twenty years. I've found that time in the sun and swimming are helpful. It's always going to be hard but try not to let it take over your life. I still go to the nude beach and pose for nude photos for my husband. Stay clear of stress. It's the...
    StillSexy StillSexy 36-40, F 1 Response Jul 15

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    A Song That Made My Jaw Drop Open And Tears Billow Up In My Eyes! Somebody Understands!

    HI! HS is nuts, crazy and something I think insurance companies/healthcare physicians should take more seriously than they do now. It seems like because it is so rare and people are so quiet about this it gets swept under rugs everywhere. In society today we are told that perfect...
    azera26 azera26 31-35 11 Responses Sep 23, 2011

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    No Money ->no Cure ->no Hope

      I have HS. I've been getting boils for about 10 or so years. I hate it. It slowly progressed from about one or two lesions once in a while, to 5 and 6 new lesions a week. Right now i have some boils that are new, some that have erupted and some that have reappeared. I can...
    HSinNC HSinNC 22-25, F 19 Responses Nov 19, 2009

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    Sick And Tired Of Being Sick And Tired..... A Womans Cry.

    I am 31 years old and I suffer with Hidradenitis Suppurativa. It's funny that now I finally have a name for it. Ive suffered for what I thought was just a boil for 14 years now. Everytime I went to the doctor or local MEA clinic, I was told to take the prescribe antibiotics...
    tjuane tjuane 31-35, F 14 Responses Apr 26, 2013

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    Found Some Relief

    I recently went to a new doctor and she prescribed me Clindamycin HCL 300 mg. I take one every day and I have also began using Hibiclens. I purchased a gallon jug and use it every time I bathe/shower. The combinations seems to be helping, have had no new outbreaks in three weeks...
    Oregoncoaster Oregoncoaster 36-40, F 2 Responses Mar 31, 2013

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    I have had HS since I was 16.

    I am now 31. I wanted to share with you something that has worked for me. I have had HS under my breasts, armpits, groin and buttocks. So the whole shebang. The worst area by far is the groin area. My HS was very bad under the breast area until I had a breast reduction at 19...
    smoore84 smoore84 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 13

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    I was diagnosed with HS about a year ago,

    but I have struggle with it since I was in the 4th grade, the year I reached puberty. I am now 14, about to be 15, going into the 9th grade. It has really been hard for me as a teenager to dress comfortably yet in style while trying to hide my HS. Going to the beach or pool with...
    laurenblovesyou laurenblovesyou 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 2, 2014

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    The Future

    I'm 15 and I have HS. It's horrible and I have in my inner thigh area. Iv had it since I hit puberty; It's pretty bad and the scars are so ugly! I really feel for anyone who's got it. I'm really worried about when I get older and how my love life (sex life) will be effected by...
    Amazing1132 Amazing1132 16-17, F 5 Responses Mar 23, 2013

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    No Diagnosis Until 3 Months Ago!

    Hi, I have HS and I have been dealing with this condition since I was 20 years old. I was always told by family and various women; it's something all women have, you may have contaminated blood or it's because you are big boned. I can remember the day I finally gave in to the...
    ZenQueen76 ZenQueen76 31-35, F 4 Responses Oct 10, 2012

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    My Hs Story

    My name is Paul and I live in Richmond, Va. I am also 55 years old. I have been battling HS since the age of 15. It started with my arm pits for which I had most if not all of my sweat and hair glands removed. For decades that seemed to have 'cured' the problem but just very...
    Paul1957 Paul1957 51-55 7 Responses Oct 7, 2012

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    i was just recently diagnosed with hs.

    in the last year this disease has completely ruined my life. i have lost my job, my children have to watch me suffer. i am about to loose everything i have because i have no money. then i find out i have hs after several surgeries. i get 5-7 abscesses at a time. **** this...
    htoure21 htoure21 31-35, F 1 Response May 5

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    I had surgery on both my armpits one week ago.

    It went well. But I decided to go without the skingraft. I heard it was longer recovery but I didn't want more scars then what HS already makes. Dr was able to pull the skin together and create closure, so that was good news to me. But yesterday morning, the left side started...
    llall llall 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 20

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    My Story

    I was diagnosed with HS a little over a month ago but I have suffered from it for years. I was either too embarrassed to talk about it or to go to the doctor. In 2008, I worked up enough nerve to show my doctor and I was misdiagnosed with folliculitis. She then prescribed me an...
    ACEY88 ACEY88 26-30, F 4 Responses Mar 9, 2013

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    I have HS around my groin

    and vaginal area. Im alot of pain. Doctor just told me I have it a couple days ago. I have had it for 4 years im 16 now. Want to hear from someone else with HS. Im worried if I get a boyfriend how to tell him about it. I honestly dont talk to guys because of it. I dont know... I...
    pinkk9 pinkk9 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 12

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    allo!... does anyone here find wearing harem

    pants really helps?..atleast the material doesn't drag against the boils...luckily my workplace is chilled, so I wear them to work, but I thought it would be good to share if it helps you out, as its just something I've experimented with...
    RTrivedy RTrivedy 22-25, M Jun 14

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    Hs can be so hard,Im 25

    and I have been suffering for 8 years with this..it made me depressed and angry ,I even noticed me isolating myself from others because of it.it stinks,it hurts and ruins clothes.I'm so feed up..It might sounds weird but I wish I can just rip the boil socket right out of my...
    TheLovelyMe TheLovelyMe 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 7

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    I Was Missed Diagnosed As A Teenager..

    I am a forty-four year old who had my first outbreak at 15 years old. It was extremely painful so i went to the hospital while i was there the Dr. came in and in and observe the outbreak and started laughing and said you have herpes and walked out.... i was totally devastated...
    tuscaloosa44 tuscaloosa44 41-45 2 Responses Dec 17, 2012

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    PLEASE Read This!!!

    Hello everybody I am new to this forum but not new to this disease. I finally diagnosed myself with HS 4 years ago and I have had it for what I can remember my whole life. Doctor after Doctor perscription after perscription.I have had tummy issues my whole life being diagnosed...
    shuswapian shuswapian 46-50, F Sep 12, 2009

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    StillSexy StillSexy 36-40, F 4 Responses Jul 20

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    some days I feel like I can handle the pain.

    .. other days I have to take a pain pill at work and it makes me feel like HS wins. I haven't been spot free in about 3 months (about a year without some always leaking) constant new ones, constant pain, no insurance, constant spoiled clothes, constantly having to push my bf away...
    FrustratedTexan FrustratedTexan 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 15

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    13yrs Of Hs: I'm 95% Symptom-less Now. My Story And Regimen.

    I am going to try to write this as concise as possible. I have leeched information off of HS forums for the last two years and now I would like to tell my story and the process that has helped me see about a 95% recovery. What my story doesn't include is surgery or reliance on...
    xxxMelissaxxx xxxMelissaxxx 26-30 16 Responses Jan 12, 2012

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    What Cured My Hidradenitis Suppurativa (hs)

    I am ashamed to say that I have lived with HS for more than 25 years and never new what it was until 2 weeks ago. I have probably seen more that 40 medical specialists throught this 25 years and none was able to tell me what it was (shame in them). I've also spent thousands of...
    juanparga juanparga 41-45, M 2 Responses Aug 3, 2013

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    I started using hibiclens on my scars

    and it's starting to get better. I'm going to try my best to keep greasey food away. or at least downgrade what I normally eat.
    OnyxAo OnyxAo 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 22

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    amacari amacari 18-21, F 1 Response May 9

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    And I like sex! So this HS **** is really

    gettin old lol!! I don't know if I'm picking fights with my BF or I should legitimately be mad. So I got us both our own individual Ben & Jerry's ice cream last week for his bday, he ate his last week, I have to be in mood for sweets. I fell asleep on the couch last night & woke...
    2purty4this 2purty4this 36-40, F 13 Responses Nov 4, 2014

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    I am 22 years old, and I had my first HS surgery

    when I was 16. At the time I had no idea what it was. it came on quick, but after the surgery I didn't have any breakouts for about 2 years. Once it came back I started doing research on it, only to find out that I should have been on antibiotics all this time. The hs breakouts...
    llall llall 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 7

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    I try my best to avoid close fitting clothes

    and bright colors for fear that I would get more bumps and they would stick to the shirt. I try my hardest to lose weight but I just like food to much. and so thanks to the grease they get bigger and come more often.
    OnyxAo OnyxAo 22-25, F Jul 20

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    Hello Family. I'm promoting my new page on

    Facebook name "Thru the Outbreaks". Hidradenitis Suppurativa. Please support and like the page, this is my way of empowering us and not the disease. Redirecting our attention on Interesting topics and Playful conversations is my motivation. I'm tired of feeling like no one...
    tjuane tjuane 31-35, F 1 Response May 13

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    Sooooo much pressure in this new sore.

    I'm sitting at my desk getting super depressed because of all the pain, just trying to survive another day.
    FrustratedTexan FrustratedTexan 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 10

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    chevonne29 chevonne29 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 26

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    I love these new tank tops

    that came out this summer but with these scars there is no way that it will happen. I wish there was a cure so badly
    ShayAo ShayAo 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 17

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    I've actually not yet been diagnosed (I'm

    looking for a dermatologist) however my symptoms align with the images and research I've diligently applied myself to. I used to think I had cancer or an std (even though I've abstained from sex for a few years.) I am absolutely ashamed of this condition. I can no longer work...
    grindhound grindhound 22-25, T May 12

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    I have had this for 38 years.

    The pain I use to have from this as EVERYONE knows is horrible. Doctor visits, staying home because I couldn't walk or wear clothes. All my pants are loose fitting cotton pants. You tell people what pain you have and they have no idea at all. I married my husband at 25 we have...
    spur56 spur56 56-60 2 Responses May 4

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    It's amazing reading the stories on here.

    Being very sick with both HS and PCOS has made my life a living hell and I feel like a freak. But I don't feel so alone now.
    Frostweaver Frostweaver 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 19

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    hi im new to all this

    and don't normally post online but thought it's worth a shot. i finally went to the doctor last week after symtoms since i was about 16. I've also had increasing facial hair which has suddenly decided to go yeti and the hair on my head has started to fall out. I've never talked...
    Flenty Flenty 26-30, F Aug 19

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    I'm literally sitting here crying

    as I read all these posts. I have suffered for almost 30yrs thinking i was the only monster out there like this. This is the first time I've found support groups in my search. First one came at age 9. And have had at least one active sore on my body every day since. Mine seems...
    ruckgirl77 ruckgirl77 36-40, F 5 Responses Jul 20

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    This experience message is

    for anyone who currently suffers from Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS). PLEASE read my entire post before commenting, I have an EXTREMELY IMPORTANT and HELPFUL message to share for anyone who resonates with this information (This is not a scam and there is no payment necessary for...
    starlits0ul starlits0ul 26-30 Nov 23, 2014

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    Hidradenitis Supperivita

    and GLUTEN ALLERGY. I have tried everything from clindemyacin, turmeric, emuaid, lancing, Epsom salt compress/bath, benzoyl peroxide, doxicyclen, you name it. The only thing that has helped me is doing a paleo diet. I am 26/f and have had HS since I was 16. Got diagnosed last...
    ashleynm ashleynm 26-30, F 6 Responses Jun 16, 2014

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    Still Learning To Cope

    I first started showing signs of this disease when I was around 8 years old. It of course wasn't as extreme back then, but there would be an occasional bump or red spot around my groin and around that area. Growing up I never told anyone what it was because, like many of other...
    egoodwin415 egoodwin415 18-21, F 6 Responses