Hello! I've recently had the climax of pilonidal dealings; the surgery. I wasn't too frantic or scared during the operation or beforehand, having been told mine was small and would probably only be around a fifteen minute cut and clear, maybe thirty minutes under. I was more scared of the pile of work I would have to do with the days of school I was missing; being sixteen and enrolled in so many advanced classes takes its toll on you when you're injured. It wasn't, it was much deeper, all the way to the bone at one part apparently. There was no fancy skin flap done or anything super major I've seen other people going through, he just used some sort of liquid to see how deep it was, filled it with something and put a drain in and sewed it up standard enough. There's quite a bit of stitches; I think it's around 6 or 7 cm long from what pictures and other people have described to me. The pain problem I found after the hospital meds wore off was dealing with the pain. They put me on 350 mg tablets of Hydrocodone, take 1-2 every 4 hours depending on level of pain. I was fine taking them the first 2 days, but after that the pills seemed to do more harm than good and I've just been taking 400 mg of ibuprofen every 4-6 hours. So, the whole point of this thread is about, what am I to do about sitting? There's always a constant level of pain. A pain that doesn't go away under either ibuprofen or hydrocodone. I rate it around 4-7, from feeling like there's a stick up my butt to gritting my teeth and hoping I'm not going to start whimpering or mewling in pain as I try to get up or roll over. I would like to sit up and do my school work. I've tried crossing my legs, sitting like an Indian, sitting straight-backed, sitting slouched, sitting 45 degrees up and working out the abs I didn't know I had, but nothing seems to be a painless position that doesn't hurt to rise from. This is a pain in the butt, literally, because I'd like to get most of this school work done why I'm doing nothing. It needs to be done before I return! I asked the surgeon I meet with and he advised I try advil or deal with the side effects of the hydrocodone. Like I should work on school work when the medicine works. So 1 hour of school work to 3 hours of I can't actually think or move. Is there a fairer solution? I'm on Day 5 of the recovery, by the way.