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    Lara- New Member

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    Hello, first of all you all seem very nice and this site is very informative. I've had a small bump under the skin on my tailbone since I was around 12-13, it hurts to touch it but not majorly, if I'm sat awkwardly on hard surfaces for a while it hurts but it's never really been too major so I've just dismissed it for ages. I kind of thought it was chipped bone for a while after knocking my tailbone. The lower part of my back around that area also pops sometimes, I don't know if that's relevant. I just searched 'bump on tailbone' just out of curiosity and now I'm pretty terrified as I think I can identify this 'dimple'. Does this sound like pilonidal?
    I have anxiety issues and tend to be quite a hypochondriac but I this is pretty plausible. If so, how do I prevent any huge problems with this? Is there a way I actually can? and do I visit the doctor now? I've never experienced any infected cysts but the bump is there.
    Thanks sorry I'm a hysterical 16 year old hahahahah
     
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    I was 17 when I got mine...and it was a pretty scary experience! I would recommend finding a colorectal surgeon to take a look at it- often times ER and family doctors are not well educated and will not take the appropriate response. My mom actually found be a female doctor and that was much better (I'm a girl). Let me know if you have any questions!
     
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    krisrenee Very Helpful

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    Have you ever had any kind of injury to the area? Is the bump on more so to one side of the tailbone? Does it hurt then go away in a couple days? If so, it sounds like it. That's how mine started. Bruised my tailbone years ago. Ignored it and in October, mine abscessed after a 13 mile bike ride a week prior. I agree that you should go see a surgeon. Hopefully you can avoid the horror by having it looked at and something done. You do not want it to get abscessed. It's extremely painful and it kind of puts your life on hold for a couple to several months depending on your case.
     
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    The pain is really very mild, only really hurts if I'm sat on something hard for a long period of time/bike riding etc. It's never swollen or become infected, it's just little lump really that occasionally becomes very mildly painful. If this is all I'm going to be stuck with it's not really an issue for me, however, if there's a risk of it developing into something worse I want to do as much as I can to prevent that from happening. If I went to a doctor now, do you know if there's anything they could actually do to prevent it getting worse or even remove it completely? Sorry for so many questions!
     
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    krisrenee Very Helpful

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    You're totally fine with the questions!! Yes that's exactly how mine was. For years. Mildly painful then it would go away. And I'd be like oh well. But at the time I had no idea what it was. And this would go on for years. Then one day it came back and didn't go away and I went to Doctor. Got the diagnoses. Went to ER and they sent me home to do Epsom salt baths every 4 hours to bring it to the surface. Because they said it was too deep into the tissue to do anything about it. It had to come to the surface or "a head". So I'm saying it will abscess eventually because it's already there. The flare up you feel is an inflammation. Irritation. I'm not sure what they can do before it abscesses. A lot of people find out they have a pilo after they get lanced. Just set up an appointment with your family doctor. Tell them what you have. Maybe they can do some kind of ultrasound. And go from there. If they can do something about it before it gets abscessed, that's fantastic. Because the abscess is very painful. Very very painful. And once an abscess comes, then surgery is pretty much something Drs strongly consider. Because after the first abscess, they become more frequent. And then problems just get worse. You're fortunate to have learned about this before yours get bad. Many people have no idea they have it until it's too late.
     
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    Thank you, I'm booking a doctors appointment soon and hoping they can do something to avoid the pain of an abcess to begin with! Wish me luck, thanks for being so helpful. :)
     
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    You are welcome!! Please keep us posted!
     

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