Dr Emma Craythorne is known for dealing some of the most severe cases but when Elise walked in to meet her, she realized that her case was different than the ones she had seen so far. Elise suffers from hidradenitis suppurativa, which is a chronic skin condition that develops lumps on places like armpits.
While only 1% of the population usually suffers from this, Dr Craythorne realized that Elise’s case was extreme. Elise revealed that she had been suffering from this condition for a long time and it happened to be a biological problem. She revealed that her grandmother and mother also suffer from the same but their cases are not as extreme as hers.
Elise confessed that she often finds it hard to move around because these lumps would hurt her and it was hard to put the pain in words. She added that there have been times when the lumps would burst and puss would drain out of it. Elise’s mother revealed that the pain was close to a hot screwdriver being pressured inside someone’s body.
To make things worse, suffering from this condition has made Elise turn to food to bear the pain. She often tends to binge eat the times when she wants to take her mind away from the lumps. Elise confessed that there have been times when she has felt embarrassed because of her lumps.
She recalled an incident where she was sitting at the pub and one of her lumps had burst open which left the fluid dripping from her armpits. Elise revealed that one of the ladies turned towards her and said “disgusting”. After having countless experiences like this Elise knew that she wanted to take control of her body and her condition.
She decided to meet Dr Craythorne to help her. The doctor knew that Elise had already tried everything, right from injections to cream, there was nothing that controlled Elise’s condition. She advised her that the best option that she had was to take very powerful drugs that would focus on helping with her condition.
However, she warned her that there are side effects to it as the drugs increase the chances of cancer. Elise knew that she was desperate and wanted something to be done. This made her say yes to taking the medications.
After a couple of days, Elise came back to meet Dr Craythorne and explained that she was feeling much better and could see the change in her body. When Dr Craythorne examined her lumps, she was pleased to see that they were drying and in a better condition than before.
‘Save My Skin’ airs on Thursdays at 9 pm ET on TLC.