An Irish man who was misdiagnosed for more than twenty years revealed that he has finally found some relief through medication and lifestyle changes after missing out on some of the most important years of his life.
Barry McGrath (41) was diagnosed with Hidradenitis suppurativa after spending two decades coping with clusters of painful, oozing lumps on his backside and beneath his armpits which forced him to quit sport and limited him when it came to forming romantic relationships.
“When I was 13, I developed a painful, tender lump around the backside area that used to ooze pus and blood. I didn’t know what was going on,” said Barry speaking to The Anton Savage Show on Today FM.
“I tried to hide it from friends, family for as long as possible. It got progressively worse until it became several lumps.“My parents discovered blood on my clothes and on my underwear. I had been hiding my underwear in the weekly wash. My mum eventually spotted it. My underwear used to be very heavily stained.“I hid it from them for the best part of a year and they eventually sat down and talked to me about it and they encouraged me to go to the GP.”