What is Hidrandenitis Suppurativa, or HS?
According to www.rarediseases.org, HS is a chronic, inflammatory disease where lesions are formed at apocrine—or sweat—glands. Symptoms can range from slight discomfort at stage one, to single or multiple recurrent lesions with interconnecting tracts at stage three.
HS was once considered a rare disease, but is now considered common because 1 out of 100 people suffer with it—most commonly between puberty and age 40.
For more information on what HS is, please visit the above National Organization for Rare Disorders link.
What is Inflammation?
An acute inflammatory response is our bodies way of protecting or healing us in the case of an injury or illness. It’s limited to a specific area of the body over a relatively short period of time, i.e. a minor burn, or coming down with the flu. This beneficial type of inflammatory response prevents further damage or sickness by essentially quarantining the ‘threat.’
The benefit of an inflammatory response is lost once the inflammation spreads throughout the whole body and/or becomes chronic. Chronic systemic inflammation is a precursor to many serious health concerns such as high blood pressure, heart disease, compromised immune system function, etc.
I’m not certain there’s an end to the list of risks associated with chronic systemic inflammation.
What Causes Inflammation?
Many things may lead to a pro-inflammatory state. In short, it comes down to genetics and environment. Thankfully, we can control our environment through the huge variety of lifestyle choices we make every day—things like diet and how we respond to stress are great examples.
Because we have a say in our environment, we can greatly impact how our genes are expressed.
Honing in on what impacts inflammation most for you is a deeply personal endeavor. Everyone’s genes are different, and so, everyone’s path toward good health is different. Where we’re all the same though, is in the rules we’re commanded to follow in order to steer us onto, and keep us on, the right path.
How Do I Stop Living with HS?
HS is an inflammatory disease. Think the Bible only covers good and evil? Think again.
Blessed Be Today exists to provide you with modern, relevant, information that supports the relationship between Biblically commanded practices and good health.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for HS.
Fortunately, every day, with every decision you make, you control a myriad of factors that affect your overall health. Although HS isn’t specifically called out by name in the Bible, the absence of illness absolutely is.
Will God ‘cure’ you? That’s His choice, not ours.
Regardless, he gives us plenty of helpful information to help us help ourselves.
We focus mainly on helping clients develop their faith in and love for Jesus by obeying Old and New Testament Biblical commands—commands that keep our path far from the problems we create for ourselves that so powerfully affect our health.
Where Can I Learn More?
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Where Does God Fit Into This?
In a very fitting passage, Paul talks about a physical ailment that keeps him from getting too full of himself.
Three times I begged the Lord to make this suffering go away. But he replied, “My gift of undeserved grace is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.” So if Christ keeps giving me his power, I will gladly brag about how weak I am.2 Co 12:8-9 CEV, my emphasis added
Lots of times we fail when it comes to making long term changes not because we don’t know what to do, but because what needs to be done seems impossible. What we need to do might actually be impossible for us, but nothing is impossible for Him. When we’re weak, He’s strong.
The key is where we put our faith. When you’re faced with medications, injections, surgeries, and all the other options available to treat HS, sometimes its really difficult to accept that the best option may be the one that seems impossible to follow through with. Can it really be as simple as adjusting diet and reducing stress? That may sound simple, but it’s much easier said than done! Keep in mind, you’re not alone. God is there for you to draw from when you can’t find the strength to do what needs to be done. The Holy Spirit is your connection to Him. Through the Holy Spirit you have His strength to do things that seem impossible.
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.Mark 10:27 NIV