Post # 1
Has anyone ever had one? If so did you have it treated and how did you treat it? How severe was it before you had it treated?
I have had one for a few years now, always in the same spot, now it’s flared up again except this time it’s lower with a new sinus.
so gross. If you don’t know what it is, don’t do a google image search because I swear the photos that came up nearly scarred me lol!
When I went to my Dr about it a couple years ago, he basically shrugged it off. But it’s so painful, and now that a second area has flared up, I’m concerned about it growing and wonder if I should have it surgically removed before it gets any bigger?
If anyone’s had theirs treated/removed I’d be curious to know about the experience. It’s apparently super common… I have a friend who’s had hers drained and packed, but not surgically removed yet.
Post # 3
I have one – it got infected a few years ago and I got it drained – I was so sick for a few days – high fever. I went to a surgeon but he said it didn’t need to come out and I haven’t had a problem since.
I had no idea I had it until I got so sick and had a big bump!
Post # 4
@oneofthesethings: Yeah I’m wondering if having it drained will do the trick? My friend that had hers drained is a nurse. I remember asking why she had it drained and not removed and I think her answer was something about wanting to be done having kids first.
I know I read online that people can go years without a flare up and it lulls them into thinking it’s gone… but can always come back unless it’s been completely removed :S
Post # 5
I’m a nurse and have seen a few that have been surgically excised. They have to be packed and redressed everyday for weeks.
they are truly awful, I’d make sure your dr is aware of it, because if they get seriously infected it can be pretty nasty!
Post # 6
My fiance has them, I have to help him keep it cleaned. His were drained and now every few weeks I help him shave and make sure the ingrown hairs are out. Since we’ve been doing that it’s helped alot. What you won’t do for the love of your life…
Post # 7
My cousin had this. She’s been going through treatments for it for almost a year now, as it was not healing properly. She had it cut open and drained several times, as well as a surgery. As a last resort they used some kind of vaccum treatment and now it is almost closed up.
Post # 8
My BF had one that flared up pretty badly a few years ago. He originally went to the doctor for a bruised tailbone, and boy, were they wrong. Finally after him screaming in pain after sitting down wrong, I did my own research and figured out what it was. We did super hot compresses that night, and it popped by itself overnight. I cleaned it out as much as I could the next morning, and we went to a walk in clinic. I had gotten most of it out luckily. They said that if it flared up another time or two, they would do surgery on it. We have heard the surgery is brutal (sister’s friend had it). It basically ruined her whole summer, but apparently she is fine now. It just takes a lot of healing time and care. Good luck!
Post # 9
@MrsPhilly: I had one and had it removed shortly after. it was on my tailbone and in 3 days was the size of half a golf ball…and so so so so so so painfil to walk, sit, stand, lay, anything. I went to urgent care and they put stuff to numb it so they could drain it…clearly it didn’t work because I cried it hurt so bad, and I have a very high pain tolerance (for example, my back pain gets so painful sometimes that it hurts to breathe and nothing takes the pain away….and the only way I know it’s getting bad is that I start to shake). That week I had surgery and honestly, it felt soooooooooooo much better after!!!!!!!!!!! My tailbone looks like it has a little dimple but It healed nicely — you will probably have to have someone pack it after.
Post # 10
@NicoleLyn1218: yes I asked my fiancé if he loved me enough to pack it for me twice a seat should i get it removed… He shuddered, his face contorted.. But ultimately he said “I guess, if I have to” lol. He was probably scared after hearing my horrified laughs/screams after performig a google video search to see what a packing would entail 😛
Post # 11
@MrsPhilly: yeah he probably is. But here’s the thing….if it hurts you bad enough like it did for me, it will be worth getting it removed. They didn’t even hesitate scheduling my removal after draining it once, although my lol and older sister both had one too. my mom did mine since I was I’d high school and still living with them, but reassure your FI that he only has tot do it for a little while. It’s not gonna be forever. And since he loves you, he shouldn’t want to see you in pain right?? 😉
Post # 12
DH has this, but it’s only flared up once in 8 years (knock on wood). His doctor at the time referred him to surgeon who immediately wanted to remove it. We talked to my dad about it (he’s a doctor also) and he advised against removing it as apparently it’s not a guarantee that it won’t return, and the surgery/recovery can be quite awful.
Post # 12
I waited four months for an appt with a surgeon…after 8 months of pain of a reflared up pilondial cyst. It’s so painful, I cannot sit for more than five minutes, ride in a car on bumpy streets and I am in tears with anything that puts direct pressure on my tailbone.
Because it’s not draining itself, and not infected, he said just live with it. Hate to say this, but this is more pain than I am willing to live with….so now what? Where do I go for relief? My GP doesn’t do any lancings….