I contracted HS when I was 18. (32 years ago - Yeah! I'm old). I was told straight off from a works nurse that it was only dirty people who get puss lumps under their arms. I had a massive lump under my right armpit. Because of this, I kept it and didn't consult my GP. However, it quickly spread to the groins and my other armpit. I have also had it behind my ears. Many years down the line and many different treaments later, I have had incision and skin grafting and all sorts of other cut and pack operations. Currently I am still seeing a fantastic surgeon and a team of dermatologists. Still ain't going away. In fact, because I cannot take time off work, yes I still work full time in a very demanding job, the condition is getting worse. The financial aspect is making it difficult to have time to go into hospital for operations and then recovery. I spent many years on benefits through operations and cannot go through that again. I am in pain 24/7 and have a few down days but I wish to say that, although I have a most severe case of HS, I have many days where I am thankfull for the help and support of my medical professionals including my two GPs. I wish to know if there are any local support groups in the Glasgow and west of Scotland area. Anyone update me????? Thank you!!