Have YOU Got These Pilonidal Cyst Symptoms?
A pilonidal cyst can be a dreadfully painful experience. Indeed, the absolutely best way to stop one becoming too developed (and ultimately excruciatingly painful) is to recognize the symptoms of a pilonidal cyst early and get treatment. Whether that treatment be at home, from your doctor, or from the hospital, it is absolutely essential.
This article is based from my own horrendous experience of developing a pilonidal cyst. At the time I had absolutely no idea what it was, and I left it and left it until one day I could barely walk. I couldn’t sit, stand, lay down – it was constant agony on my backside. To some it may seem funny, and I guess it is in a way – but it’s horrible if you’ve actually got one. So, if you suspect you may have a pilonidal cyst, check out the symptoms below. Thankfully the symptoms are quite few and easily recognizable, so you shouldn’t have much trouble working out if you have or are developing one.
The first and most obvious symptom is developing a cyst or a small lump close or on your tailbone. Starting out as a tiny lump, it very slowly grows in size, and is easy to forget about for a few weeks while it’s developing. It’s not until it suddenly appears in a huge lump that people start to get worried, but if you think one is developing, be sure to check it every day if you can. If the lump persists and keeps on increasing in side, get to the doctors, because an early dose of medication can kill the cyst almost instantly (if it’s still in the early stages).
If you do have a lump developing, think back to whether you sat on something uncomfortable for a prolonged amount of time. In the Second World War pilonidal cysts were known as ‘Jeep Seat’, as soldiers often had to sit in uncomfortable jeep seats for a long amount of time. Mine was actually caused by repeatedly sitting on a hard, beaten up wooden couch in an awkward position (it was too small for me). All of this sitting around eventually saw the cyst burst out.
As mentioned it’s almost always on or very near to your coccyx or tailbone. Almost all cases report this, and although it can happen with women, these are only rare cases. Men with dark hair seem to be the most at risk. Of course ultimately it could happen to absolutely anyone, so the best thing to do if you feel a small, hard or painful lump on your coccyx/tailbone is to go to the doctors straight away.
This brings me to the second pilonidal cyst symptom – pain on the tailbone or when sitting down. Some cysts lie underneath the skin for a while and are only noticeable when you sit down, sending a pain out. In this case you should again go to the doctors because antibiotics can help extremely well in the early stages.
These are ultimately the two symptoms you need to know. When fully developed a pilonidal cyst will fill with pus, be extremely painful to have, and look horrible. Thus, if you think you have one from reading this symptoms, you must get a medical professional’s opinion. Even if it’s not, it’s better than actually fully developing one and having to go through the often horrendous treatment processes.
If you think you may have a pilonidal cyst, or you know you have one for a fact, check out my hub on Pilonidal Cyst Home Treatment.