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  1. I agree to not have ETS. I have, what I consider, severe hyperhidrosis on my hands and feet. I can't write papers or handle anything that needs to be dry. I can't shake hands with people or they will think I'm scared, nervous or a creepy weirdo... I can squeeze my fists and see sweat drip from my hands - my feet are just as sweaty. I have been living with this hyperhidrosis problem my whole life and I have no choice but to work with what god gave me, ya know? I found that iontophoresis works best. Look into that, it works, but it takes weekly maintenance. I'm not a fan of pills either, and I don't think any pills will fix hyperhidrosis. Simply put, ETS is too risky - I wouldn't do it. There are a lot of people that have been dissatisfied with the surgery. I would also imagine it all depends on your surgeon though too. I have heard of people becoming physically "worse-off" (for lack of a better term) from nerve problems causing other conditions. Those people then develop extreme emotional and social problems worse than hyperhidrosis which has lead to suicidal behavior. I'm not a doctor, I don't know enough medically about hyperhidrosis and ETS to tell you what to do. I do have severe hyperhidrosis and I do know that ETS surgery is permanent and there is no going back to the way things were. Count me out...
  2. It's funny to me that you mention social anxiety - or anxiety in general because my wife and I were discussing this last night after leaving Fry's... Here's what sparked our conversation: - Blushing, sweating, irregular heartbeat, and being self-conscious about these "problems" are all the same symptoms of severe anxiety - whether it be performance anxiety, a "panic attack", etc. These are all the same symptoms. Here's what I think, and I don't know if it's been said before, so bear with me: - I believe there is some problem that we (ESFB-folk) have with something in our systems. I don't know about nervous systems, or any of that stuff, but I do know that something causes our self-consciousness to hype to a ridiculously abnormal amount than the general human system normally does. Here's why I think that: -My hands and feet don't sweat until I think about them. When I wake up in the morning, they're completely dry until I go, "Oh wow, my hands are dry!" Followed by an almost immediate - "Oh, dang it!" because they start sweating quickly. - Whatever part of our bodies that is supposed to regulate us being nervous, scared or put "on the spot" is not working properly. Some people blush, some people sweat. Personally, my nose runs too when I get really nervous. I wonder if anyone gets gas, heartburn or anything else... that might make sense too - maybe heartburn/acid reflux is related in some way... I know a guy that gets gas when he's nervous... My point is, anxiety therapy should work, but I have no experience with it. The mind has extreme and ultimate control over the body, but some things just cannot be controlled. On another note, I have taken depression medication (wellbutrin) prescribed to make quitting smoking a less annoying endeavor. That made me feel like a space-cadet for a week or so until I got used to it, but it had no effect on my hyperhidrosis. I know you asked about anxiety medication, but someone out there might want to know about wellbutrin and hyperhidrosis...
  3. @ bright_future Sorry for my bluntness... didn't mean to offend anyone... I'm a US Marine and I tend to get straight to the point. Hearing about this treatment makes me think of - I'll sell you a car... This treatment seems more like, "Let's try a bunch of stuff and eventually, hundreds of hard-earned dollars later, we just might, but probably won't, find something that could work...?!?... I like things that work... that's all. I already know what's wrong with me and I want to fix it properly, not pay someone to, by definition, take advantage of me and my disability. And yes, I've tried just about everything myself, so thanks doc. And yes, I fought like hell for America's freedom, and I will not be ashamed to voice my opinion as such, unless you honestly are offended, then I can understand why - it's probably because you paid for this treatment. But isn't it? And please don't have the nerve to tell people their opinions aren't important or not helpful. Does this not sound like a legitimate scam? Where are you from? Some place where people never get ripped off or taken advantage of, I guess. I'll say it again - I'll sell you a car...
  4. You're absolutely right. The thing about DIY-ers is, they want to get straight to the point and make it work! I know because I love making stuff work. The real problem is doing it right and playing it safe. With iontophoresis, everything in the water that can fit under your skin will. I was concerned about using aluminum a while back because of all the scares about getting Alzheimer's from aluminum. I still don't know if that's true or not, but the only thing I want going under my skin is water deposits like calcium - not metals... I'll do some research about harmful plastics and metals...
  5. The treatment sounds like a joke. Like a sick pyramid scheme or something else scam-ish.
  6. That made my day. Seriously. Thanks.
  7. Do you have any suggestions for people that don't feel they have severe blushing (me) to the point where it's totally uncontrollable? I get facial blushing pretty bad when I'm put on the spot, but I have hyperhidrosis on my hands and feet like it's cool. It's a cruel joke. It's like my body's constantly effing with me. (yes, I spelled it) I was curious because you may have had experiences where you got the blushing under control, or maybe not and that's why you had the surgery... just fishing for a quick fix when put on the spot. Thanks, Joe (kungfumonkey)
  8. Sorry... I think my hands do that anyway. I have extremely severe HH in my hands and feet. I often do that too. I'll take my hands and sort of squeegee (can't spell that, sorry) them with the corner of a table, a cd case or something. I do that a lot when I'm bored because it's like natural entertainment in a sick way... I, on the other hand, have never tried to set it on fire... perhaps I'll try that tonight... The theory behind iontophoresis is electrophoresis. It means getting charged particles to move somewhere - in this case, water deposits under your skin, all over the place. Think of it like shooting a buck shot from far away - you'll hit the target and a bunch of other stuff too. You luck out when the pores eventually get clogged (like zits, I guess...ha...) I know this is how it works because it makes sense to me, as I am an electronic engineer with vast bio-chem experience. Electrophoresis is used to paint cars on assembly lines (electrophoretic painting), strip/plate metals (electroplating), etc. Phoresis means "transmission", move, transport, to transmit, etc... You get the idea... electro / ionto / y phoresis / plating / x Whatever you want to call it, it's all the same idea... good info though. The idea of it working by shocking the pores... I'm not so sure that's accurate. It might play some part in it because of the fact that it's living tissue... I don't honestly think that is part of the reason it works though.
  9. Has anyone tried cutting off the circulation to your hands with say, rubberbands? That might work well because when my leg falls asleep or something, I can't feel anything. Then you could really crank up the power!! That, or that would be a terrible thing to do... I don't know. I'll try it tonight and see what happens...
  10. Sharing some info... Iontophoresis is a great method for treating hyperhidrosis. The only danger I must put out there --- and only because I'm not seeing this mentioned anywhere --- is that it's going to put whatever's in the water under your skin. This is great if you are trying to block sweat glands. This is bad if you use plated metals, had lead in your water, or use anything composed of plated metals because the metals will be separated and then put under your skin. The same basic principles for iontophoresis are used to paint cars in assembly lines, strip/separate metals, etc. so I have heard. It has to be used properly. I'm sure the professional medical supply places that sell iontophoresis machines know that and use safe materials to construct their equipment. The only thing I'm not sure of, is that DIY-er's know that. I used some copper in one I made and that was a big mistake. Within an hour of use, the copper was all over the pads my hands were on and I had some green on my palms. Just throwing that out there - so be careful in your endeavors... use safe, solid metals that don't rust or deteriorate in water.
  11. All about darknight It was more about his reaction to me telling. It changed the way I thought about it. Iraq is crazy... 'nuf said. By the time your 12 year old brother joins, we should *hopefully* be out of there. I picked the Marine Corps because I wanted to put my life in fate's hands and see where I end up. I made it this far, so I'm glad. ROTC is lame. Most people shy away from the military because ROTC in high school is so lame. I believe that hyperhidrosis is almost entirely in my head, at least. What makes me wonder is why it is more severe with some people than it is with others... we should all do our own studies...
  12. I just tell people now that I have hyperhidrosis and then explain what it is. I've found out that a good amount of people know what it is already. I do that in between self-administered treatments of iontophoresis when I am meeting new people and my hands get sweaty. People don't care if you bring it up first. I usually start with, "I must warn you first, I have hyperhidrosis." There's something about confidence that people like, even if you think you are "ugly" in some way or another. It's all psychology. You can persuade and guide people easier than you think - especially when they haven't met you before. Sort of like, 90% of people won't notice a mistake unless you make it obvious by apologizing and correcting it in front of everyone. Plus, nowadays, people are afraid to offend people for all sorts of reasons. A disability is something that you are unable to control. HH is a disability and should be accepted and welcomed as such. I base it off of: If they don't like who I am, f*** em. I am what I am, and I can clean things easier... just kidding about that last part... but a positive attitude helps.
  13. If anybody is interested, I am going to design an iontophoresis machine that will be very inexpensive to build at around $40 (US). I think it's ridiculous that companies charge so much money for something that helps people. I think we can do it cheaper and tailor it to our needs. I look forward to everyone's input. Here's the idea: -It will have two tubs, or pans if you will. One for the right hand / foot, and one for the left hand / foot. This will allow the hands or feet to be completely submerged in water to give even treatment throughout the entire surface area of the skin. -It will output as much power as the Drionic and it will be adjustable too. I have bought the drionic and used it. I liked it. It worked. The only problem was that it left my hands with patches of dry skin. The rest of my hands were unaffected. It didn't even work on my feet at all. I bought it cash and it was expensive. -It will look presentable. The electronic components will be concealed in a box. There will be an "on" light. There will be an "intensity" or power dial/knob. -It will not require a prescription or whatever because I will build it, test it, and put the plans on here so you all can build it and test it. I will find stores online with part numbers so you all can get the exact parts you need. -It will be cheap, and it will work. I'm tired of the exact opposite. I'm sure you all are too. Please post suggestions/ideas here so everyone can get involved. You'd be surprised that even a crazy sounding idea is a good one. I'd like to see ideas like, "Could we make one with gloves, so I can use my hands instead of leaving them in plastic tubs of water? I hate getting used to uncomfortable methods of treatment." Wouldn't that be awesome! How about, "Put a power meter on it so I can see how much power's coming out." Maybe, "Put hydraulics, subs and a light kit on it." - just kidding... Anyway, we can figure it out together and make it work. I can't wait to see how this turns out. There will be many pictures to come... If you are a guest and just browsing, please don't be afraid to register. It's easy and we need your input too!
  14. kungfumonkey

    Joe...

    Iraqi sunset My wife Kathleen and me She has eczema and I have hyperhidrosis... perfect match! Enjoy!
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