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Have YOU Got These Pilonidal Cyst Symptoms?

Updated on February 9, 2014

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.


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      3 years ago

      I had one as a teenager, had it lanced. Was ok for about 20 years and it came back like a roaring lion... Omg. Horrible! Ended up getting it removed surgically and honestly the most painful thing ever! Took several weeks to heal and because of cutting through nerve tissue, I had no feeling in that tailbone area for nearly 10 years

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      Ellie Shields 

      3 years ago from USA

      I played tough with mine until it developed to breakage point. I can attest, these are terribly painful experiences. As unfortunate as it is to have, I'm glad I'm not the only one who tried to 'sit it out'.

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      Kevin Gambit 

      3 years ago

      I developed one of these Cst while I was stationed overseas. I think it came from doing sits on my dunks dirty floor. Few People know there are organism that are harder to kill in other parts of the world than in the states, but that is another story. I had what I thought was an ant bite rite at the top of my butt. I complained for a week or two until I could barely walk or do my job. Finally one of my Officers ordered me to get it checked out in the morning. When I when to the doctor they told me it was a cyst and it was as big as a baseball. They TRIED to operate rite there. Because it was so infected nothing would numb the area. So The doctor cut me open with NO numbing agents. Worst, most painful experience of my life. After he squeezed out all the puss, I had to get the gauss changed for a few weeks which was even worse if you can believe. I spent every second of every day thinking about having to get my gauss changed until finally it healed to the point were it wasn't that painful.

      Imagine someone taking a scalpel to your naked flesh. It was excruciating. I wish I would have went to get it checked out sooner instead of playing tough.

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      Healthy Habits 

      3 years ago

      have you looked into essential oils and how they have helped heal cysts in some people's experiences? I am curious of your thoughts on using those to avoid a painful experience at the doctor.

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      5 years ago from Northern Ireland

      O my goodness! That looks like a terrible experience. Thank you for this interesting hub. I will file that information away inside my brain, in case I get any symptoms like that - I certainly hope not. Very useful info.


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