Hello all. I am from Vancouver, BC and i lived with a pilonidal problem for 3 years before i had any trouble. during those 3 years it was very minor, almost no drainage or pain unless i had a particularly nasty fall onto my tailbone. this january i had a massive flare up and went from zero pain to incredible pain that had me incapacitated for two days until the cyst ended up opening and draining itself. within 3 days it was back to normal. however i visited my doctor and she recommended i see a surgeon. my surgeon was very helpful and had done the open and closed procedures before, she had never heard of a cleft lift. in any event i opted for an open surgery and it went really well. after a month i'd see great results but now here i am 4 months later and its stalled. the packing came out a month ago and i'd been doing sitz baths but almost no improvement has been made. ive gotten so used to living with the open wound that i think my problem is my sleep habits, nutrition and general health. at first i was very careful about eating healthy, not drinking and getting lots of rest but as i grow frustrated with this wound i've been trying to have a social life. im 21, so it is tough to live a spartan lifestyle during the summer months. any ideas or feedback would be greatly appreciated, thanks. tl;dr - 4 months after open surgery and still not healed, ideas?