First off, let me just say thank you to all of the people out there sharing their stories, both the the good and the bad. I remember the first time I came across this site it was a tremendous amount of help and information that's not available to most people, so thank you. Because I've taken so much from this site, the forums, and the stories, I feel I should share my story and what I have done, if for nothing else, to attempt to give back. For those looking for the "remedy" I'll post that below so you can skip the story if you wish. I feel I should say here that I've been inflammation free for well over a year. I don't believe it's a cure, but it's cheap, there's no recovery time, and no embarrassment (jeez, I sound like I'm trying to sell snake oil ). I would encourage you to read through my story, I think you will see why a year and a half is such a big success. I'm not trying to sell anything I swear. My Story: I've been dealing with this cyst for about 10 years now. My first occurrence with my cyst happened in back in 2001 when I was 20. I thought I had fallen down and bruised my tailbone, that is until it got worse and worse until it was the most excruciating pain I'd ever felt in my life. There was a point I think I almost passed out from the pain. I have an extremely high pain tolerance, I broke my arm as a kid, and had a severe ingrown toenail that required surgery and this was way worse than either. So those of you with kids/friends/spouses with this problem, they aren't being a wimp about it, it hurts. Anyway enough side tracking. I ended up going to a doctor when I couldn't take the pain anymore and I starting to think I was about to die. I don't think he knew exactly what it was, or if he did he didn't share the information with me. He ended up opening up the cyst and draining it on the spot. This, by the way, was hands down the single most embarrassing moment of my life, I'm still trying to fix the emotional damage . I walked out of the office with a second butt packed with gauze and a memory that I really wish I could repress. But I figured all was well and when it healed I should be good to go, right? (I think some of you see where this is headed). Wrong. After several weeks, maybe even a couple of months the wound created by our glorious all knowing medical establishment was pretty much healed and I was back to normal, for a few months. About six months after my first drainage my cyst came back, with a vengeance. Given my last experience with the doctor and the fact that it apparently didn't do any good, I decided to ride this one out. Probably not the best decision of my life but it was less painful and definitely less emotionally damaging. Eventually the cyst burst (with a little assistance), drained over the next few days and I was off and running again. To sum up the next several years, my cyst would flare up every 4 to 6 months burst, drain, heal, repeat, like clockwork. It got to the point where I would pick at he scab that would form over the hole so that it would be draining constantly and I would have to deal with the bursting aspect (gross, I know). Eventually I got a job where I had insurance coverage and I decided to inquire about surgery to rid me of this nightmare cycle of nasty. After 2 months of trying to get an appointment, my doc informed me that it was considered a cosmetic surgery (aka not covered) but if I had the money the surgery itself wasn't that big of a deal. If it's not readily apparent in my above statements I don't have a lot of love, nor trust for the medical establishment here in the states. I decided to do my own research, and that's when I came across this site. I read countless stories the various surgeries and the results. It was increasingly obvious to me that the surgery options were definitely not to be taken lightly. While I had a good boss, I was working a job that required a good amount of driving, climbing ladders and such, a 1 to 6, possibly 12 month recovery was just simply not an option. So, I resigned myself to just dealing with it for the rest of my life, it was a sad realization. Fast forward a year and half and 2 eruptions later. I was in the middle of yet another painful inflammation (6 months, like clockwork I'm telling you), and I started considering the surgery again. I wound up here reading more horror stories about year long recoveries only to have a relapse a few months after healing. After a lot of reading and looking for some sort of miracle non-surgical cure discovered in the past 6 months, all I could find was "either get the surgery or deal with it." Well somewhere in the 20th something page of a google search buried deep in a 200 page pdf (what else are you going to do while you sit around for 3 days waiting for that scene from aliens to occur from your back side?) I found something that worked for me (please read the remedy below, I'll detail what I found). Here I am about 18 months later without a single eruption or major flare up. My self confidence is coming back and for the first time in 10 years I'm not living with the fear of my cyst rearing it's ugly head. So, without further adieu... The Remedy: I'm under no false illusions that this is some sort of cure, my cyst is still there, and every once and while it makes itself known. I'm not a chemist or a doctor (but lets face it, your doctor can't reliably fix this problem either) and I can't tell you why this works for me, just that it does. What I can say is this; not only have I not had my cyst burst for a year and half, I have never gotten to that inflammation stage where I can't sit down without cowering in pain and I have had no drainage of my cyst, nothing, zero, zilch, nada. What does it take? 3 things, 1. Castor oil, and 2. Baking Soda, and 3. vinegar. Yes, that's it, $4 from your local shop and I've only used the Castor oil once in the very beginning. I wish I could give credit where credit is due but I don't remember where I read this. But, somewhere I read that people use castor oil on regular cysts to bring the crap to the surface and speed up the bursting process, which is why I originally used it. I was waiting on my cyst to burst and I wanted to get it over with. It actually didn't work as intended (it never burst, it just went into remission and was gone 3 days later!) but it's worth mentioning since it only cost a dollar and I can't discount that it had no effect plus it relieved the pain. The baking soda and vinegar came from some place where they said it decreased inflammation in boils. So here's what I did/do: 1. Grab the castor oil and get it on a piece of gauze (warning: apparently the castor oil will stain cloth and such). Use a heating pad or what I did if you don't have one, put a washcloth soaked in water in the oven till it's hot. Lay down somewhere where you will be comfortable for about 15 minutes with your butt exposed. Place the castor oil gauze on the cyst then put the heating pad or the heated washcloth on the gauze and take a nap. 15-20 minutes later wash off the castor oil. 2. Grab the vinegar (I use white wine vinegar) and baking soda. Mix a small amount of each together until it forms a sort of paste. The consistency doesn't really seem to matter. Spread the paste all over the cyst, be generous the mix is cheap. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off and be on your way. That's it, like I said before I only used the castor oil a few times the first time I did this. I have had that "oh no" moment (those dealing with this know the oh no moment) a couple of times when I sat down since I did this the first time. All I do now is the baking soda and vinegar thing twice a day, once in the morning and once and night, till the "oh no" goes away. It really does just reverse and go away in a couple days, I'm not pulling your leg here. I wanted to post this a long time ago but I wanted to make sure it wasn't some one time fluke before I did. In the interest of full disclosure I did make some lifestyle changes during this time frame. I've been vegetarian for about 2 and a half years now (though I did have a couple of flare ups after switching), I quit drinking, and I've lost 60ish pounds over the last 2 years. The weight loss mostly comes from the fact that I don't have to worry about aggravating my cyst by working out, which was a definitely cause of flare ups. I mention this because I can't be certain that they don't have something to do with my current situation (or lack there of!) But, I firmly believe in the baking soda/vinegar combo and I would encourage everyone suffering with this to give it a shot. I can't guarantee it will work for you, but the only thing you have to lose is about $4; oh and maybe a $15,000 bill from the hospital. And when it works you get to call your doctor an overpaid hack and tell him/her to get their pound of flesh from some other sucker, which is always a plus (unless you live in Canada, in which case just shake their hand and tell them to keep up the good work). Thanks for reading this, I hope it helps and good luck.