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I Have Hidradenitis Suppurativa

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    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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    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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    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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    well... I THOUGHT I was in remission.

    .. didn't have an outbreak for nearly 2 months because I stopped smoking. quit drinking and started eating a bit healthier. even after continuing all of that I had ALOT of stress hit me at once (parents r splitting, brother is sickly and now in the hospital, work is driving me...
    FrustratedTexan FrustratedTexan 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 23

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    Every since I was 15 I suffered from boils!

    I would be in the most excruciating pain, it always seem to come each time my hormones went crazy or I was super stressed on last December I went to the doctor complaining of a boil under my arm but this time he couldn't lance it he told me I had to go to a plastic surgeon the...
    lsmoth87 lsmoth87 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 24

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    I absolutely HATE HS !

    I just turned 18 a few months ago and have had this horrible disease since I was 15 I am a senior in high school my hs has and still is putting a damper on my senior year . I was cheering at a football game and a cyst burst on my inner thigh , it was so embarrassing leaving in...
    lsj18 lsj18 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 31

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    They're really painful

    and often make me feel as if I won't be loved due to the uncomfortable place they're in. I had 3 numbing injections at the doctor and he completely removed everything. Nothing works and I just want them gone.
    achantal achantal 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 21, 2014

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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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    I've had hidradenitis

    for 20yrs. I smoke, am not obese, i could lose a few, but certainly not fat. I wanted to share a few things that i've noticed helped me over the years. Laser hair removal in my bikini line definately helped. Keeping hydrated. Zinc supplement. I just ordered gummy skin and nail...
    princessloulou48 princessloulou48 46-50, F 1 Response Mar 16

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    I have been dealing with HS

    for about a year now maybe longer but did not realize what is was exactly until this year and the abscesses started last year after I had my son. I recently had surgery underneath my left armpit about 2 weeks ago and I am now getting a new abscess right above my left armpit. It...
    Bbarger Bbarger 22-25, F a week ago

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    hey everyone, im kelsey from toledo

    and i have stage three hidradenitus. i recently came across this amazing book. check it out,"the hidden plague" (on amazon) it's about hidradenitus survivors and overcomers! it also talks about how the "paleo diet" has put a lot of people's hs into remission! I'm so fed up with...
    kelseykelllsss kelseykelllsss 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 2, 2014

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    www.gofundme.com/HSneedsacure take some time to

    know or share my story if you please. It'd be much appreciated.
    missamyraee missamyraee 18-21, F Dec 15, 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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    I have had hidradenitis

    for 12 years now and I've had 2 surgeries. After trying many remedies the only thing that seems to be helping is Zinc oxide ointment and zinc gluconate tablets. I started using zinc oxide ointment; which I bought at Walmart, in September and I've notice that it healed my boils...
    Heleneee Heleneee 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 3, 2014

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    have not posted in a while

    but lately my emotions are running. Ive recently developed a large lump on my shin and i originally thought it was a breakout but my derm. said it was just an >insert big medical term here< or in inflamed bump that is caused by my HS but it is not a breakout and only motrin...
    bel1196 bel1196 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 7

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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 18 Responses Nov 19, 2009

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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 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 2, 2014

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    Three years later and all I can say that's

    changed is my diagnosis. but I stay hopeful. I stay positive--or at least I try too. I now have severe HS in hurley stage three which, for all you non hurleys out there, means my disease is not responding to any treatment. I wanted to share my experience with you guys in...
    cassandrastwrt cassandrastwrt 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 17, 2014

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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've had HS for 11 years now,

    got it when I was seven and am going on 18 now. I'm in college, away from my family, and i have never allowed HS to control my life more than it already had. I am independent and despite having limits to what I can and cannot do, I always said HS didn't define me, but now that i...
    bel1196 bel1196 18-21, F 5 Responses Oct 20, 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 Jan 7

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    Hello Everyone! Does anyone by any chance know

    if there is a place or a centre where people with HS meet or can meet in Toronto? I would like to find out. Thx.
    ejcd ejcd 51-55 2 Responses Nov 18, 2014

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    ugh. today is rough. my mom mother is in the

    hospital again for the second time this month. thankfully she will be okay. it just really sucks to have to walk in these long hallways in such pain, not to mention sitting down. lol
    kelseykelllsss kelseykelllsss 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 3, 2014

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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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    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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    I'm new to this kind of site

    but it means a lot to me to know that I'm not the only person going through all this. At the onset of puberty, I had very bad cystic acne which lasted well into my twenties. I was on Accutane four different times throughout the years, but the acne always came back. I've tried...
    kittiestface kittiestface 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 5, 2014

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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 was diagnosed just a few weeks ago.

    My first really bad experience was back in September when I needed to have an abscess in my underarm drained. I got it back at Christmas and was in hospital on IV antibiotics for a few days before being released and put on oral antibiotics. I have one again now and it's looking...
    TrishaHarrington TrishaHarrington 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 20

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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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    I have had this horrid disease now

    for 29 yrs and would appreciate anyones findings that have helped them carry on with daily life cause there is many days I just cannot anymore I am in stage 4 and the pain is just unbearable sometimes please someone find a cure
    lee25 lee25 41-45, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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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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    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 12 Responses Nov 4, 2014

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    I am 16 I have HS. Why me?

    Why do I have these? I'm afraid and insecure to get with guys because of my HS I'm afraid they will see it or feel and and spread rumors about me. Even think I'm disgusting. Does anyone have anyway to get rid of this.. Why don't we have a cure yet? I don't want to have to deal...
    UndertheECS UndertheECS 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 25, 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 18-21, F Nov 4, 2014

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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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    Question. Has anyone successfully gotten

    approved for disability in the state of Georgia or anywhere as a matter of fact?
    missamyraee missamyraee 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 5, 2014

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    I have HS for 23 years now.

    ...before there was a name to what I had, I was too embarrassed to talk about it to anyone. My family doctor told me this was due to not cleaning myself properly which made me even more self conscious even though this was totally untrue. There were times the pain was so intense...
    MsUnderstanding MsUnderstanding 31-35, F 4 Responses Sep 24, 2014

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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 18-21, F 12 Responses Sep 17, 2014

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    Has anyone tried a hormone-stabilizing birth

    control or anything they think would help with hormonal HS flare-ups?
    ashleynm ashleynm 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 10, 2014

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    After 5 weeks of changing my diet.

    ..my HS symptoms are almost completely gone! I have completely removed all nightshades from my diet...I did cheat a couple times and ate chili peppers or soup that had potato in it and noticed flare up almost immediately after eating it. I'm absolutely positive that nightshades...
    MsUnderstanding MsUnderstanding 31-35, F 2 Responses Oct 21, 2014

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    Ugh woke up today with the worst pain

    and soreness under my left armpit. Hello huge cyst 😢😩
    ashleynm ashleynm 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 23, 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 4 Responses Mar 23, 2013

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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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    Hey ppl read a lot many stories out here

    similar to mine. I suffered fof more than 3 yrs with HS and still i say im suffering. I tried out many kinds of medication over the period bt what finally gave me relief is starting authentic Indian, Kerala ayurvedic. Ayurvedic with controlled diet has brought relief. Its nt...
    rajthankan rajthankan 31-35, M Feb 11

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    I have had HS for years,

    IT SUCKS!! When I was in my late teens to early 20's I went to general surgeon to have the cysts removed, unbeknownst to me and the Dr what they were. Mid 2000's I started developing csytic acne, lucky me lol. My dermotologists tried several different treatments before he put me...
    2purty4this 2purty4this 36-40, F 4 Responses Oct 9, 2014

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    kelseykelllsss kelseykelllsss 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 2, 2014

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