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I'm really worried about this problem

By September 4, 2011 - 6:50pm
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Hi, I'm really worried about something and I don't know who is the right person to say this to. I've been to a dermatologist for the matter of under arm pain and for such thing it causes me to have breast pain and the doctor told me I have something called hidradenitis suppartiva. I was reading about this online and I saw it saying it's not cureable. I started crying over this because it's been more than 5 months I've been suffering with such pain and problem and it's really a exausting situatiion for me. What bothers me is I'm afraid I keep getting in such pain and I stay with such problem for the rest of my life. I'm really scared of this.

Last week on Wednesday I saw my dermatologist and he gave me something called doxycycline hyclate delayed released tablets and told me I should take one as needed and also gave me something called benzoyl peroxide acne creamy wash and told me I should wash my underarms with this once a day. I don't see any relief with what he gave me and my doctor told me something that he would do something in my underarms by injection.

Constantly I keep getting deep sharp stabbing pain under my arms and it bothers me a lot. I'm thinking by this Wednesday which would be a week that I saw my doctor I will call my doctor about how I'm feeling in what I should do about this. I don't see any relief and it bothers me alot. I'm really scared that this problem won't go away.


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Hi, I send a reply here and I just would like to get your opinion in what you think of my reply?


September 5, 2011 - 11:54am

Thank you for your reply. I know my problem is not related to psychology and I don't even see any reason for seeing such doctor. Physically in such matter I do experience a lot of pain and from time to time I feel worse. I actually called in my dermatologist today that I'm feeling alot of pain and they gave me appointment to see the doctor on Wednesday. When I said worried I just meant that I'm afraid this problem doesn't go away because it's been months I've been suffering with such problem. When I see the doctor on Wednesday I'm going to have to explain everything in details though to know what I should do about this. This is what I meant to explain I explained to much details in such matter sorry about it.

Thanks for your reply,

September 5, 2011 - 7:23am

Hi Melissa,
In your previous posts, we asked you to talk with your doctor, and determine what the "injection" is that has been recommended as a treatment.

It is also important to ask your prescribing doctor when you should notice treatment effects (when the treatment should alleviate or lessen your symptoms), and if your symptoms do not decrease within one week (or the amount of time told to you by your doctor), THAT is the time to call your doctor and discuss next steps.

Today is only Sunday, and you have only been taking this new medication for a few days. You were very excited in your previous posts to finally have a diagnosis, and I am wondering if you have also sought the help of a psychologist or professional counselor, to discuss your conditions, as you sound like you need someone to talk to! It is absolutely normal to need to talk about all of the stress, anxiety, worry (not to mention the physical pain and discomfort) you have been going through, and a Psychologist can help guide you through the process.

Another piece of advice: once you have received your diagnosis, please understand what terms mean, and crying over something you read on the internet was a "red flag" to me that you are overly anxious, depressed, scared, stressed, worried...you can read practically "anything" on the internet, and without the proper context and utilizing your strong common sense...you can internalize information that is not relevant to you.

For instance: you are devastated that your condition is labeled as "incurable". Did you know we ALL have incurable conditions? The influenza virus is incurable. HPV (80% of all sexually active women have been infected with this STD) is incurable. Do you know what incurable means, and that it is not a death sentence? Incurable viruses "hang around" in your body, but your body's strong immune system fights off the virus so that symptoms are no longer bothersome. We all have influenza viruses in our body, but we are not always effected by the symptoms.

Bottom line: be sure to educate yourself on the entire condition, and not find pieces to add to the drama of a diagnosis. If you have medical questions, we are here to help, but I strong advice for you to talk with a Psychologist who specializes in medical conditions that can help you find the perspective and help you worry less...you deserve to be happy, pain-free and not find things on the internet to cause yourself stress!

September 4, 2011 - 8:51pm
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