I had such a scare. I had all the symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer disease: open abscess on the breast, burning pain in the arm pits and surrounding tissue.
Mr K said 'hidradenitus suppurativa' it was such a relief. Okay, it's a deep infection and it will probably be square cut almost to te bone to be removed... but I could have been facing a double mastectomy with removal of my arm pit glands and removal of my back muscles to rebuild breast foundation surfaces... and then brest re-construcion and implants. I am sooo happy... I have had skin abscesses for five years, but as a teenager I had an outbreak of incredibly itchy boils on my stomach and groin and at the time was treated for SCABIES!! - I also had a long term internal 'cut' inside my back passage which was holy agony for about ten years until it cleared up out of the blue in my thirties forever - and then developed into this condition which was never diagnosed until now.
I even made my will out. At the diagnostic cancer unit I will never forget the fear of thinking I Had cancer and feel deep in my heart now for anyone that does.
As a writer of films, television, books and theatre i've decided to publish my memoir of this journey as the similarity between the two pathologies is frighteningly similar... I am giving all the money to
Cancer Research UK