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Pilonidal Cyst

Updated on March 6, 2011

My horrific pilonidal cyst story and how I beat the odds.

My name is Justin and I'm a college student majoring in economics at Texas A&M. About 3 years ago I began to feel an uncomfortable lump protruding from my butt that I at first thought was just a pimple. I figured it would just go away and that would be the end of it.

Unfortunately, not only did it not go away, but it kept getting bigger and more painful as the weeks went by. It got to the point where I just couldn't do normal things that we often take for granted. I couldn't walk, lie or sit down without being in pain.

Being a college student, it really affected me at school. I couldn't concentrate on my studies anymore and my grades began to suffer as a result.

I began to realize that this was no ordinary pimple and started to do some research online to see if others were experiencing the same thing. Turns out that I was not alone.

I discovered that what I had was pilonidal cyst. Something you probably have as well or you wouldn't be here right now, would you :-)

So, here begins my story. I hope you learn something from it, but more importantly I hope it helps you get rid of your pilonidal cyst or at least make it more bearable to live with.

Let's get started...

What I found out about my pilonidal cyst

While researching this condition, I learned a lot about what it was and more importantly how I got it. While there were a number of causes of this strange disease, I deciphered that more than likely I got my pilonidal cyst from sitting down too much.

I know that sounds strange that one can get a disease from just sitting, but the more I thought about it, the more it actually made sense to me.

When I think back, I did sit down most of the day. Either I was in my car, in class, at work (at a desk job no doubt) or I was at home playing video games or surfing the web.

I spent the better part of my day just sitting on my ass. Not only was it unhealthy, but I figured that's what brought on my pilonidal cyst.

I mean, none of the other causes really applied to me. Some reports said pilonidal cysts were the result of genetics; a parent handing it down to their children. None of my parents ever had a pilonidal cyst.

Another theory of how this cyst occurs was excess butt hairs that become ingrown. I can tell you that I don't really have a lot of butt hairs (wow that sounds weird saying that).

In other medical journals and articles it said that obese people were prone to developing pilonidal cysts. Well, I'm not obese.

So, I came to the logical conclusion that I got this damn thing from prolonged sitting. Who knew?

Now that I was confident on how I got my cyst, the next step was to get rid of it. And now the long and painful journey begins...

I tried different home remedies I learned about online

One day, I came across a few sites that offered various remedies I could try to get rid of my pilonidal cyst. The very first one I tried involved tea tree oil.

I had never heard of tea tree oil before, but figured I had nothing to lose because so many others claimed it brought them much relief. I purchased a small bottle of tea tree oil and began applying it to my cyst. The first couple of days nothing really happened. Then, on about day 3 I noticed the pain and swelling started to go down. Not a lot, but anything was better than nothing.

I continued to take the tea tree oil for about a week longer and it really did help with the size and level of pain I was experiencing. But, it didn't offer permanent relief. It got to the point where I needed something more.

So, off I went searching for something else. Then I heard about other all natural methods like garlic juice and bacon fat. Yes, bacon fat! None of that stuff worked.

By now, I was a good 2 months into my pilonidal cyst and it just wouldn't go away. I even took a leave of absence from school because not only was it painful to sit down, but it was extremely embarrassing.

I mean, I couldn't go around telling everyone I had a lump on my ass that was keeping me from sitting. No Way!

At this point I hadn't told anyone about my condition yet, but I eventually gave in and called my mom and explained to her what I had and if she could help. Obviously she knew nothing about pilonidal cysts and instead recommended I go to the doctor.

That was the last thing I wanted to do, but I felt I had no choice at this point. I just wanted to get on with my life.

I set up an appointment to see a doctor

The doctor I saw was a general health practitioner who admitted to me that I was the first person ever to walk into his office with a pilonidal cyst. Without having much experience, all he could do was prescribe a pain reliever (that did absolutely nothing) and an antibiotic. The antibiotic did help a little, but nothing major.

He did recommend I go see a specialist in this field (a proctologist). He said more than likely I would need to have my cyst lanced and drained. How disgusting is that?

I never did go see that proctologist. Judging by what others had to say about lancing I decided I would make that a last resort. I still felt there was a better alternaive than going under the knife.

So, when the doctor wasn't much help, I was back to square one. This thing was really staring to get to me by now. I was depressed and ashamed all the time. I rarely left my apartment and I opted to forego my plans of playing on the schools softball team.

Now it was about 3 months since I first got my pilonidal cyst and it looked like I was going to have this thing forever.

Then I got LUCKY!

I must have spent every waking moment searching and researching pilonidal cysts online. I tried more remedies, continued to do my hot compresses, took my hot water baths and various other methods to try to calm the pain.

One day, I came across this forum and someone on there mentioned homeopathy as a viable treatment for pilonidal cysts. I had never heard of the term homeopathy before, but judging by what this lady said, it sounded like something I would be willing to try. I'd try anything to avoid surgery.

We got to chatting back and forth and she recommended a website with a great homeopathic remedy. I visited the website, purchased the homeopathic meds, (cost about $30) and began my treatment.

It took about 3 to 4 days for all of the meds to be delivered, but as soon as I got them I wasted no time.

There were 3 different meds to take, but you had to take each one in precise doses and you couldn't take any 2 meds at the same time. Everything had to be exact or it wouldn't work. Luckily, the website explained what to do which made it so much easier.

I took the first meds which was designed to make pilonidal cysts come to a head quickly. That means the cyst would open up on its own without the need for surgical intervention. This took about a day or so. It works really fast. This was also by far the best thing I have ever tried. It reduced my pain by at least half almost immediately.

I then took the second group of meds once my cyst opened up. These meds were going to expell all of the trapped pus inside of my cyst. This was the longest procedure and took a good 2 weeks. I could have filled up a jar with all of the pus that came out. WARNING: For some odd reason, pus really stinks. Just be ready. Don't say I didn't tell you so :-)

After 2 weeks of leaking thick yellowish pus, my cyst was about 80 to 90% gone. It was still there and would hurt if I applied too much pressure, but I could sit down normally again. That in itself was a HUGE relief.

The third group of meds, well I'm not entirely sure what they do, but whatever they did it worked.

All in all it took a good 3 weeks, but was well worth it. I am now pilonidal cyst free and haven't looked back.

I urge you to give homeopathy a try if nothing else has worked for you. It's a safe alternative treatment to surgery.

Oh, I almost forgot, here's the link to the website I was talking about: Pilonidal Cyst Relief

Coccyx cushion
Coccyx cushion

Coccyx cushions are a life saver

In the meantime, while you give the above remedies a try, I highly recommend getting what's called a coccyx cushion a try. I personally have used one (I still have it stashed away somewhere) and let me tell you that these things are awesome! These seat cushions are definitely a must have.

I'm sure if you are currently experiencing any amount of pain that sitting straight down is damn near impossible. More than likely you've been sitting on one butt cheek for a while now. Sucks, doesn't it?

But with a coccyx cushion you CAN sit normally just like before - even if your pilonidal cyst hurts like hell. You see, these cushions are specially designed just for you. They have a clever hole in the back where you would normally apply pressure on your cyst. This allows you to sit down comfortably with your back straight and shoulders level just like you used to.

The sooner you get a coccyx cushion the better, because the longer you continue to sit in an unnatural position (like on one butt cheek), the higher the likelihood of you developing an irregular curvature of the spine. This has actually happened to many people with pilonidal cysts.

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      Kat 19 months ago

      This is the third time I've had this. I've had it lances twice already within the past year. I REFUSE to have it lanced again. I look at the page to get the medicine from but I'm not sure with one he bought. I'll do anything other than having to get it lanced again! Please help!! I have an appointment to get the whole thing out(surgery) in June, but they can't do it if it's swelled and stuff like it is right now.

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      Steve 20 months ago

      Mine hurt so bad. Super hot showers all day long. Then stacked cushions on top each other. Sat down. Hurt so bad. Applied alot of pressure then bang! She opened right up. Blood and puss fest. This was yesterday. Had a good sleep and still sore. But feel the relieve was instant. Gross but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. I could barely walk and sit down. Now gonna get some tree oil and espom salts. And heal it right up. I think people leave it to long and get afraid. Be a Viking warrior and do what u can to pop it. Better at home. Then driving or out with friends. It's a mess. Good luck to all.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      He isn't lying about the multiple(possible) causes. The remedy of pills sounds like a stretch though. Unfortunately even after the surgery,its common to have recurrences. Multiple times. Requiring surgery,again. Painin the butt,literally.

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      whoismind 4 years ago

      While growing up; I have had two cyst surgeries, and hope to never have another. Beside the embarrassment, the very bad smell, multiple visits to the doctor. I can tell you what is fact; hope that you never have to go through this....what is not fact is most of this article about the cyst. First the article concludes he got his cyst from sitting all the time; I am not saying that is completely true, but more false then true; Can you imagine how many people sit on their butt all day long? Did everyone of those people, or even a good majority of them report having a cyst? I would say no....then the writer again says he took this miracle drug that just reduced the size of the cyst, once again, I think that maybe false,. If it is the same or similar cyst that I had, then it is more like a growing worm, and this is when you may notice a lump near your upper-crack of your backside (because it is growing, and growing) Maybe his cyst swelling just happened to go down (as this can happen) but I am not aware of any such miracle drugs that you can reduce the swelling of a cyst, but the writer is correct in one thing, if you sit down, and feel that you butt is no longer comfortable in any position, then you need to go to your doctor, and surgery maybe in your future, so unless you love that feeling of barely being able to sit.....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've had mine drained- twice at the e.r. Unfortunately, mine is very deep. I got mine from my mother, thanks a lot mom! The first one i had burst on its own, then its like scar tissue made the skin very thick when it grew back. The first time they cut it without it being numb. The doctor apparently thought I couldn't feel the incision because of all the pressure! The second time I was numb and only cried b/c I was humiliated from the cyst and the smell thy went along with it! It's not easy getting your ass crack lanced with 8 people watching that are all young, snotty, med students (no offense to anyone)! The only thing that will get rid of mine is surgery- the cyst has gotten too large...it's probably one of the worst pains I've ever had in my life.... Just giving all of the first timers a warning! Go to the doc and get it lanced! Then, make an appointment with a surgeon to have it removed before it gets too large( the larger the cyst, the more time it takes to heal after surgery)! Good luck and take care!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Good info. Oh yeah, and pilonidal cysts suck ass!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a pilonidal cyst too. Most remedies are only temporary. I think surgery is the only way to get rid of it. Good info though.