Hi everyone, I'm new here. Glad I discovered this place, because it already looks very helpful and informative. I'm 18 (male), and I discovered my pilonidal cyst last school year. After realizing what it was, I became extremely nervous about the whole surgical aspect of it all, and I was too embarrassed to mention it to anyone. In fact, I only did so today, telling my mom that it hurt when I sat. Why? Well, it seems to have flared up quite a bit, and it hurts as much as ever to sit on it... especially with those plastic chairs at school. Looking around, I've read some positive results of drainage and/or complete surgical removal of one's cyst, but I've also seen some horrendous horror stories; the whole thing has had a huge toll on me. First off, I can barely sit straight at school (since the cyst is slightly offset to the right), so my back feels tweaked the entire day. I also can't lean back in my chair, so I have to sit forward. So far, I have had to do this throughout the first half of 11th grade and currently do it in 12th. Not good for my back at all. Additionally, the thought of having to go to the hospital for this practically makes me tear up. This would be the first time I ever go to the hospital for medical reasons. I'm otherwise very healthy, and the last time I was a patient in the hospital was... well... when I was born. I'm keeping my text stern so as to not seem distressed - but, really, I'm freaking out over this! After seeing how long it takes for one to heal (whether it's an entire surgery or just a draining), I'm getting scared what will happen with school. Unlike working adults out there, I have to sit at school all day, meaning that having to stay at home and heal would just ruin my academic success completely. Summer seems like a nice time to have something done, but I would probably ruin my summer with the grief of having surgery and healing from it, and I also don't think I can physically wait until then. Every day, I go to school worrying that the stupid thing might leak and make a stain on my shorts or something. I walk to class every freaking day anxious that something might happen and I'd have people behind me laughing about it. In addition, it has become incredibly annoying to sit in a chair or lay down, so that just ruins my mood and causes extreme discomfort in a class where I should be focussing on the lesson at hand. What am I supposed to do about school? I can't go through school with a healing wound! What about biking? There's no physical activity I like more than rigorous bicycling, and the thought that this entire thing could just ruin all that for me (since biking is partially a sitting activity) is saddening and concerning. Bottom line: I'm anxious, concerned, embarrassed, and crushed. This is the first time anything like this has happened to me before; I had had ZERO pain issues with my tail bone area until this whole cyst thing came about. Now I'm just wondering how a possible surgery could go. I can't have this thing have to sit and heal throughout the rest of high school, through my summer, and into college! :-/ I've sort of just bit the bullet every day, making sure to wipe the affected area clean each day, but now it's getting to a breaking point. Not sure if this thing can physically hold any longer (considering that it's becoming puffier and more painful), and I'm not sure I can deal with the discomfort anymore. It's literally a pain in the åss to sit down! Son of a gun... what do I do? Is surgery possible with all this high school work and activity going on? I just feel like I can't deal with this, and I envy someone who can simply take leave from work or who works at home or something. There's no choice in school. Guess I'd be missing days from my perfect attendance and slacking on my grades if I were to go through a whole surgery. My stomach and heart have just completely sunken; my spirits are absolutely crushed. Seems like surgery is inevitable, since drainage is usually only a temporary fix. Can't believe I only now mustered up enough courage to tell my mom. I feel weak and pathetic right now, and the fact that it's midnight and I have a test tomorrow that I'm currently doing THIS in place of studying for?? This just seems like the beginning of a nightmare. I'm already needing a HUGE break once I graduate, but it seems like this will just bar that from happening. Call this whole rant dramatic and everything, but I think I just need to roll over (since I can't sit on my freaking butt) and cry. Please - tips and advice. Is it realistic to go through days and days of school post operation?