Hey there! I just wanted to share my experience with you all. I know it may be completely different from others'- but it helped me a lot when I found a story on PC that I could relate to! So around 3 weeks ago I moved. Spent all day packing, loading things into a Uhaul, unloading them, unpacking. Afterwards, my tailbone started to hurt. I would mention it now and then, but would shrug it off. Well it wasnt my tailbone, it was a bump. I thought, oh just a pimple or something? YEA, or 'something'. When I couldn't sit anymore (about two weeks later) that's when I went to the ER and got it checked out. The doctors gave my upper butt pilonidal cyst an ultrasound (Lol.) to make sure it didn't have any fluid in it. Which it didn't- THANK GOD. (At the time, I didn't really know what it meant if it did have fluid in it.. the nurse just said they'd have to 'drain' it and such. Later on I found horrifying videos of PC's being "drained".) They gave me a shot of antibiotic in my left butt cheek, a prescription of Cephalexin and Vicodin, and sent me on my way. I came home and started instantly ripping through the Internet on my phone looking up Pilonidal Cysts. What would happen next I wondered? WTH is on my ass? All I could find were HORRIFYING videos, pictures, stories of people getting their PC's lanced, drained, surgically removed. Pictures of whole chunks of skin being surgically removed. And this is seriously ALL I could find. Not one story of how it went smoothly. Or how they didn't need their PC drained or operated on. I was mortified. Crying. I texted my mom, embarrassed. She told me she used to get them all the time. How she has scars from them. How her sisters would get them as well. She told me it is painful but would go away in a week or two. To keep taking the antibiotics, use a hot compress with some epsom salt on it as much as I could, and to put bacitracin on the affected area. I couldn't even believe she was telling me that's all I had to do to get rid of it. Why wasn't anyone saying this on the internet? I followed her instructions and now- less than a week after going to the ER and taking my antibiotics religiously (special shout out to the vicodin, you made me sweat like a pig and I hate you but you really kept me together for those really painful days) rubbing bacitracin on it & using my hot compress EVERYDAY - my PC has drained, the area is scabbed over, my pain is virtually gone. I can sit again!! It should be all healed up in a few days and I'm so thankful that it didn't turn into anything more. I want anyone who cares or is going through it for the first time to know that it sucks, and is a pain the ass...but it may not be as bad as you think. Don't image search it online. It's so not worth the anxiety.