Saturday, February 26, 2011
Hyperhidrosis treatment hope?
Yesterday I went to the dermatologist for a general checkup for skin cancer prevention. It was a new dermatologist, fresh from medical school. I had previously given up on getting treatment for my hyperhidrosis. More than 10 dermatologists had informed me that they would not work with me to get an iontophoresis machine and show me how to use it. However, they would be happy to give me expensive and painful Botox injections in my hands and feet. Truthfully, I had given up on getting treatment and had resigned myself to life with sweaty palms and feet.
But the doctor yesterday agreed to try to help me get an iontophoresis unit through my health insurance provider. She said she would draft a letter of medical necessity on my behalf.
I began to cry as I sat there on the exam table.
She said she'll get back to me in a week or two with next steps.
If you've read my previous blog posts, you'll recall that I believe iontophoresis is my best treatment option for my primary focal hyperhidrosis. Surgery is too risky. Botox is too painful and expensive -- and short-lasting.
Wish me luck!