Pilonidal disease pre army

#1
Hi.

A few days ago I started feeling a sharp pain in my left butt cheek while sitting down and slightly painful when walking, so yesterday I went over to the ER to get it checked out, and the doctor told me I had pilonidal disease. They gave me a small incision apparently to take out the pus that was accumulated there, and gave me some painkillers and a packaging to put over the small wound. However, he did mention that surgery will have to be done, this is a huge problem for me because I'm supposed to enlist in the army in 6 weeks, and he told me that there is no way I will heal in that amount of time, so I don't know what to do, because it is really important for me to join the army in 6 weeks and not later, also I built up my fitness especially for the army, and now resting will cause my fitness level to deteriorate. So I was thinking maybe this is something that can just be left alone and will heal itself? Is it absolutely necessary to do surgery to stop the pain? I was absolutely devastated when he told me I won't heal in 6 weeks, it is way too long for something as pathetic as this honestly.

Thanks
 
#3
Is it absolutely necessary to do surgery to stop the pain?
No, usually draining the cyst, and cleaning the area gives many people relief. Surgery is looked at an attempt to cure the disease. Just draining or lancing is a common procedure to deal with short term pain/complications. Some people even go as far to drain it themselves (probably not ideal if you never did it before)

So I was thinking maybe this is something that can just be left alone and will heal itself?
Many people here have lived with their cyst for years (with flare ups occurring a lot or a little). Don't think this would particularly stop you from joining the army. I also wouldn't rush into surgery. Do the research and figure out whats best for you. For me, I was tied of living with this crap for so many years so I researched and picked the surgical route.
 
#4
No, usually draining the cyst, and cleaning the area gives many people relief. Surgery is looked at an attempt to cure the disease. Just draining or lancing is a common procedure to deal with short term pain/complications. Some people even go as far to drain it themselves (probably not ideal if you never did it before)



Many people here have lived with their cyst for years (with flare ups occurring a lot or a little). Don't think this would particularly stop you from joining the army. I also wouldn't rush into surgery. Do the research and figure out whats best for you. For me, I was tied of living with this crap for so many years so I researched and picked the surgical route.
Thanks for your reply.

But if I leave it alone now to heal, will it heal in 6 weeks? Also, it might come back while I'm in the army, no?
 
#5
But if I leave it alone now to heal, will it heal in 6 weeks? Also, it might come back while I'm in the army, no?
If by "heal" you mean completely go away, its possible it can heal in a few days or a few months. I've had flare ups, then drainage, then it goes away for a month, then comes back.

Yes it can definitely come back while you are in the army. But will it stop you from doing army activities? I don't think so, but everyone is different.
 
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