I was 23 when my symptoms started, and I received my diagnosis pretty quickly since I already had a good relationship with my dermatologist. I had cystic acne that I had almost cleared up with Accutane before my HS started.
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I’m a 21 year old woman with HS disease. I don’t want to admit that most days I ball my eyes out wondering when I’ll be normal again. Other times I wonder when I will be able to think of myself as a good wife who can clean, cook, do laundry, and so on. There are so many things in life I took for granted before HS
Along with being an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University, Dr. Melinda Gooderham is the Director of The SKiN CENTER FOR DERMATOLOGY. It’s the main dermatological practice in Peterborough, Ontario, a city of roughly 82,000 thousand people an hour and a half drive north east of Toronto. When she’s not teaching or at The Skin Center, she’s often attending conferences and seminars around the world.
There is no way to describe the pain from this disease. It’s unbearable at times, to the point where you don’t want to move once you find a position that the pain is not that bad in. If I did not have this condition I wouldn’t be in pain 24/7 and I’d be able to be more active.