Back in late 2010/early 2011 I started having problems with my skin, digestion and headaches. I had multiple, inflamed, large and painful “hair bumps” under both arms. I went to my general practitioner and she lanced one of them and sent me home with 4 weeks of antibiotics. Four weeks later my arms were still inflamed and the antibiotics did nothing but upset my stomach.
Next, I visited a dermatologist. I was accurately diagnosed with Hidradenitis Suppurativa, a skin condition where my body produces large boils and cysts. I was told that there is no known cause or cure for this condition. Much to my dismay I was sent home with yet another round of antibiotics, an expensive cream and not much hope. After the 6 weeks of antibiotics, nothing changed. I was frustrated and decided to take matters into my own hands.
I constantly read articles on the Internet and found out a lot of useful information. I stopped using perfumed detergent, deodorant and soaps. I started using tea tree oil on the boils and noticed that the inflammation was not as bad. (I learned the hard way to dilute the tea tree oil with something like olive oil, because it can irritate the skin) I still noticed that I was having headaches and digestion issues. I looked online and found a true blessing, Elements Natural Medicine! I called right away and actually Dr. Murphy answered. I asked her if she had ever heard of Hidradenitis Suppurativa and she said that she had. I set up a consultation and the rest is history as they say.
On my first visit Dr. Murphy took a detailed account of my medical history. She examined my skin and asked tons of questions. She explained that most health problems start in the gut. She prescribed a detailed cleanse to build up my gut health. I followed it to the letter. I lost much needed weight and my stomach troubles decreased. Through the cleanse I found out I am gluten intolerant, as well as caffeine and sugar sensitive. By avoiding these things I no longer suffer from stomach aches or headaches as I once did.
My skin was the last thing to come around. It took awhile of being gluten free, staying on the vitamin regimen, eating healthy fats and low carbs to see a difference. I have come to learn what triggers an outbreak…stress, hormones and diet. When I follow my diet plan and manage stress my skin looks amazing!!! As of April 2012 I am happy to say I no longer have to take pain medicine just to deal with the throbbing pain under my arms. I no longer have huge cysts and boils that dictate whether or not I can go to work or out to dinner with my husband. I am in control of my own body. Contrary to what other doctors told me, you can find a suitable treatment option for Hidradenitis Suppurativa and Dr. Murphy helped me find mine! Thanks to her I am in tune with my body and know how to feel better through proper nutrition, exercise, supplements and common sense.
Currently I wash the areas prone to break outs twice a day with a natural soap with no dyes or perfumes. I then apply an all natural Golden seal & Myrrh with tea tree oil salve on the areas. (ordered online) I use an all natural deodorant. If I have a problem with a cyst I review my diet and find the trigger.
I drink tons of water, eat plenty of fruits and veggies and take my supplements.
My health has improved 100% since becoming one of Dr. Murphy’s patients. I no longer feel tired and drained. I understand my body and I work in harmony with it. I don’t know where my life, health or sanity would be without Dr. Murphy and the wonderful team at Elements Natural Medicine. Thank you so much for giving me my life back!