Going For Surgery
i am new to this site, and i'm so glad i found other people to talk to....i have been living with this since i was 16. the dr kept telling me it was a boil. it would come under my armpits and i was miserable. it would go awhile and swell up and hurt so bad i would cry. sometimes it would bust, but most of the time it would go back down. then it would come back bigger and more painful. i didn't have any insurance. the dr kept giving me anitibotics but they didn't help. in 2004 it was so bad, i thought my arm was going to rot off. and i couldn't stomach the smell. i was ashamed to go out or even get around anybody. i was afraid they would smell me or i would drain on their furniture. finally one night i went to the e.r and they lanced it and packed it. they thought i would need surgery with a skin graft so i went to lexington ky and saw a plastic surgeon. he did my surgery and was wonderful. he did the surgery on both armpits. it hasn't come back on the right one, but my left one has given me a time. i have been lanced and packed so many times. my most recent surgery was sept 09. 2 weeks later it busted back open and started draining. so they open me back up and left it open to drain. i went to the infection control doctor last week and he gave me antibotics. i went back for a check up at the surgeons and he is taking me back to the operating room wed 11-25-09. i have had places come up in private areas and was ashamed to tell anyone. they would drain and then come back twice as big. it got so painful i didn't have a choice but say something. i have been looking for someone else who has this. i am so glad i'm not alone. it seems surgery is the only answer i have found for now, but i know somewhere out there someone has to know a better treatment option. and i am all ears. there is not a lot on the web about hidraditis.