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Review for International Hyperhidrosis Society, Center Valley, PA, USA
Hi. My name is Jonathan Headrick. I am 35 years old. I have the condition of hyperhidrosis. In high school, I was very outgoing, energetic, confident, bold- a social butterfly if you will. My earliest memory, or symptom, was two wet spots underneath each armpit after sitting in an air conditioned room. I was 18. Over the next few years , the sweating increased tenfold. Although social situations seem to trigger the excessive sweating, it eventually got to the point of upon awakening in the mornings my palms and underarms would be sweaty. I began to isolate, stopped going out with my friends, and became very self-conscious of my condition. I packed multiple shirts to carry with me everywhere I went. Due to my increased awareness and self-confidence depletion, I developed a nervous disorder. By age 21, I had almost became a loner. The only thing I found that was semi effective, was alcohol. Although the next day, the sweating was back to normal(per say) if not a little more than normal, yet during the times that I drank, it subsidied. I tried different types of deodorant, a hand cream, different types of medication, but all were ineffective. Plus the only effective solution I had found, alcohol, wasn't a reasonable answer. At age 24, I decided to have the ETS surgical procedure. A guy that I work with saw a commercial on TV advertising the condition and the surgery. I jotted the number down , called the 1-800 number, made an appointment, and 3-months later booked a flight to Hollywood Florida and had the procedure done. That was 11 years ago. Since then, I have been unable to enjoy any of outdoor activities. The compensatory sweating, which I was briefly conversed with about, has been extreme if not debilitating. My palms, since that day, have not perspired in the least way. As a matter of fact they stay so dry I have to put a different kind of cream on them now. My stomach and back sweat profusely when I get a little warm, not hot, a little warm. When i get hot the sweating is unlike anything anyone im around has ever witnessed. Within 30 minutes, my shirt, pants, socks and shoes are soaked. I look as if i have just gotten out of a swimming pool. I have been hospitalized over a half-dozen times due to dehydration. I do not recommend the ETS procedure. It has cost me a career in land surveying, due to the inability to work outdoors. I'd rather still be dealing with sweaty palms and bad nerves.