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I'm a 23 year old female medical student and my life is slowly being ruined by repeated abscesses. Over the last 12 months I've had almost 20 abscesses in places ranging from my knee, to my jaw, lower abdomen and under arms. It all started when I got back from 5 weeks travelling round south East Asia though doctors have said that is a coincidence. Every time I'm in masses of pain, am unable to attend teaching at university so damaging my education, and complete a course of flucloxacillin, I often Lance them myself with a sterilised needle to relieve the pressure, the doctors refuse to Lance them for me, apart from one I had one surgically lanced and drained under general anaesthetic. Each abscess leaves a scar. All the doctors have done is test me for diabetes which was negative and give me antibiotics nobody is willing to do anything else for me and these things are debilitating and depressing and I'm struggling to cope I'm an other wise healthy 23 year old woman, I exercise fairly regularly (unless I have an abscess) I have a healthy bmi of 22 and a varied and healthy diet. I don't smoke I only drink occasionally. I'm doing everything right but these things just keep happening. I don't know how much longer I can cope and I don't know what else to do.
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