ChuckJanuary 24, 2015 8:32 am
I have had Axillary Hyperhidrosis for all of my adult life. Some 20+ years. Those with the problem can relate their own methods of dealing with it to mine, but for me each day was a tedious chore. Every day I had to worry about what kind of exposure I would have that day. A great deal of thought had to go into what type of clothes I would wear. I had to worry about how long I would be out, and whether or not I would be able to cover up, or somehow absorb my sweat. 15 minutes after putting on my shirt, it would be soaked. I would try all kinds of tricks to cover up the problem, but the sweat volume would remain unchanged.
I tried everything. I started like most people, with topical treatments. These did not work. They actually gave me pain after a few days of use. I tried oral medications. These did not work. I tried various other treatments [with a variety of undesirable side effects] but to no avail. The amount and frequency of my sweat persisted.
I began posting on various internet sites. Many forums exist which address this condition. I investigated ETS (Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy). This is a procedure that severs certain nerve ganglion close to the spinal cord, near T2 (Thoracic vertebra #2) in most cases. There are many potentially severe side effects that may occur after this irreversable surgery. I heard of a new procedure that a few people had tried. It involved using Liposuction to actually remove the sweat glands. There was little information available on this, but it made sense to me. I personally have never heard a negative report about this procedure. I decided to go ahead and try it.
The procedure was fast and virtually painless. After the surgery, I only took a couple of aspirins, which were sufficient to take care of the small level of irritation i Had. The change was immediate. I had a TOTAL subsistence of sweating under my arms. 100% !! I have yet to use any antiperspirants or deodorants, and it has been almost 3 months!! I can wear blue shirts, gray shirts, all kinds of colors. Not just black and white. It has completely changed my life.