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Hi all. I have had these abscess' since I was 16 (29 now). Dr's kept prescribing Tetracycline and I had it for many years to no avail. For years now I get them in huge swollen PAINFUL clusters and I just wish it would go away forever My Dr has had me on Doxycycline for 3 mos now..still no avail so yesterday she said I have Folliculitis and referred me to a plastic surgeon. I came home and started researching it and I was like "What in the world? Mine do not look like little pimples all over the place, mine are huge cysts". Upon my research I found that Folliculitis is commonly misdiagnosed and the patient may have HS. So I started researching HS and the pictures look exactly like mine! So I have an appt on Monday and I am going to print out my findings and have her diagnose it correctly so when I go see the surgeon it will be on my paperwork and don't have to go through another diagnosis and all that hooblah. I am terrified of this plastic surgery idea. Is the scarring as bad as the images on google? I will be having the surgery on both armpits, both inner thighs, both sides of my groin and buttocks. Is the recovery as horrifying as I am making it out to be? I have a toddler and a 9yo and I am kind of freaking out about surgery :-/
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