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Comment from: Ariel, 45-54 Female Published: March 07

I had a terrible time in my teens with a pilonidal cyst. Had it lanced and it kept coming back even bigger. I couldn't sit for even short periods of time. Some wise soul (it wasn't my doctor) told me to drink lots of pineapple (unsweetened) juice. I can recall buying a big can of it and would drink a large glass a day until it cleared. It did and I was never bothered again. I'm now 52 and it was that experience that got me interested in alternative health. Good Luck!

Comment from: MackTruk, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 23

It has been 14 years since my cyst was lanced and drained. The original incision was about 3/4 of an inch and is now about 1/8 inch. There has been no pain or discomfort since the original incision and the drainage events are minimal, about 6 times per year. I have not been motivated to attempt to resolve the problem with surgery, which does not appear to be a sure thing, and the intermittent seepage is not a problem. Research indicates the wound may never heal and that would be fine with me if no other complications develop.

Comment from: fisheswithspinners, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 22

I had pilonidal cysts three times during my young adulthood. Now many years later I still have pain and discomfort when sitting for too long. More recently I've started to have trouble with numbness in my legs and even my private parts. I believe something may have happened during surgery.

Comment from: 35-44 Male Published: February 22

I got my first cyst when I was about 27yrs old. My doctor did an in office surgery in which he lanced it several times before he broke it. He only used a topical numbing spray. Then he drained it and packed it with gauge, I could fill my skin ripping as he did this. This by far was the worst pain I have ever been in and actually went into shock.

Published: February 22

I had an infected pilonidal cyst several years ago. The pain was so intense that a general surgeon had to lance and drain it. This helped relieve the pain immediately. I was put on some antibiotics and pain medicine and instructed to clean the area and apply sterile dressings to the wound. I later had a surgery which removes the hair and skin debris (which forms almost a "spider web"). I am now 32 years old and I believe another cyst has formed because I am beginning to feel pressure and slight pain at the same site/area. These cysts will often return.

Published: January 25

We just found out that my daughter who is 14 now has a pilonidal cyst. She did not have any pain and it is a hole, not the typical blemish. She may have had something there previously but had not mentioned anything because she may have thought it was not a big deal. I think back now and she may have had a fall on her tailbone several years ago. She is due to see the surgeon this week and we will see what her options are. She is on antibiotics now and has not had to deal with infection yet.

Comment from: Deedre, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: January 25

At first, I thought it was my tailbone. I was in so much pain that I ended going to the hospital. I find out it was a pilonidal cyst from an ingrown hair. I had surgery, which took about seven minutes. This was all so painful. I could not walk, sit or lie down. I had to lie on my stomach to feel at ease. The worst thing was when they had to clean it and then pack with some type of thin gauze (anywhere from 18" then decreased to about 6"in length). I felt I was going to die. With this infection, it caused me to have a high heart rate, high fevers, a lot of swelling of my feet and hands. Since I could not urinate nor have any bowel movement. I was told by the surgeon that maybe in the long run the pilonidal cysts would return about 3 more times throughout life.

Comment from: 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 11

I had the cyst 40 years ago. My primary doctor lanced and drained the cyst. He said it may come back. I am now 73 and since then, the cyst filled up three times and drained by itself.

Comment from: Erin, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I was down in Mexico and one morning I woke up and could hardly walk or sit. All around my tailbone was obviously swollen, hot to the touch and red. It felt like I had bruised my tailbone. I went to a huesero, which is like a bone therapist, or a physical therapist. He said he couldn't help me because all the water my coccyx was inflamed with was infected. I went home and the owner of the house I was renting gave me a marijuana tincture to warm and place on my back with a cloth. After five minutes mostly what looked like blood leaked out, but I guess it was pus. After it drained I just kept the area clean and I haven't had a problem with it since, but it's only been a week or so with this pilonidal cyst.

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