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 could ever be sympathetic to my situation... or my scars. The scars are absolutely horrible. I don't hate myself for them, I just hate how they're aggravated during times of stress. But I keep on, I keep moving, and I just wait for them to go away. I might try birth control and see if it helps. Otherwise, I just try to think on how my situation could be so much worse than it is.