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I've just been diagnosed with HS after 10 years of pain and shame. I never knew what it was until I found an article describing my symptoms online - and I've done a lot of googling over the years. I never went to the doctor because I was so ashamed.
A few days ago I flared, I think it's because I had shaved down there and worn super tight jeans (work uniform). It hurt so bad that I had to go to the doctor. I started crying just by telling him about it. He was really professional and he didn't make me feel gross about myself even when he dealt with the boils. He was sad that I hadn't come in sooner. He gave me antibiotics. I'm going to see a dermatologist and talk to some specialists about gland removal surgery.
Right now, it's like I don't have HS. This is the best feeling ever. I don't know why I don't have any symptoms right now. Here are the things I have avoided for the past 3 days:
- Fatty foods
- Tight clothing
- Shaving my private parts
I'm expecting my period within the next five days. I'm keeping a journal of what I eat, how active I am, if I'm wearing tight clothing or not. I hope to find out what might trigger me.
I hope you are doing well and that you are in a good flare-free period. You are not alone in this.
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