Please welcome Guin from south central Massachusetts to the sweaty tribe. She is a brave soul with hyperhidrosis who has chosen to share her sweaty story on mylifeasapuddle.com. Going public about our sweaty secret can be scary, but using our sweaty voices is the bravest thing we will ever do.
On what areas of your body do you experience hyperhidrosis?
I sweat excessively on my head (craniofacial hyperhidrosis) and on my torso.
How did you discover that your excessive sweating is a recognized medical condition?
I talked to my doctor about profusely sweating.
How does your hyperhidrosis impair your daily life?
I can’t be as active as I used to be. I miss social events. I have to make excuses when I’m just about to start sweating. I always have to plan ahead.
Do you avoid certain things because of your sweating?
Physical activity on a warm day. It really is limiting.
Do you find that hyperhidrosis affects your mental health? If so, in what ways and how do you cope?
I’m more paranoid and concerned about whether I’m offending anyone with my sweating. Hyperhidrosis is embarrassing and depressing.
What treatments for hyperhidrosis – if any – have you tried?
I’ve tried medication and chiropractic medicine.
Is anything working for you to help you cope with your hyperhidrosis?
Glycopyrrolate, but I was also on pain meds for a chronic pain condition. The glycopyrrolate stopped my sweat, and I was so excited. But the minute I stopped taking the pain meds, I started dripping sweat all over again even though I was on a high dose of the glycopyrrolate.
What’s the worst thing about your hyperhidrosis?
I feel like I can’t do anything, and I hate how people look at me with disgust.
What do you think is the biggest misconception when it comes to hyperhidrosis?
My excessive sweating is not because I’m overweight, and I’m not dirty.
What would you like to see in the future when it comes to treatments for hyperhidrosis?
Something to cure this awful condition
If you could tell the world only one thing about hyperhidrosis, what would it be?
There are studies that hyperhidrosis could be a genetic condition. I’m sorry, but I want this gone.
Anything else you’d like to tell us about your sweaty story?
I am extremely frustrated with my hyperhidrosis, and there isn’t one solution for everyone.
Do you have a sweaty story?
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