Trying an Alternative to Surgery

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  1. stefrasser

    stefrasser New Member

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    I haven't seen any difference yet. When I look I see nothing different. My boyfriend claims that the two holes are getting smaller. I ran out of my pills today so I have to wait till monday to get them. I will keep you updated on this matter:D
     
  2. amethyst72

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    Today will be my third day taking the pills.. I haven't changed my bandage yet so I'll come back and do an update when I do.

    So far it seems to be going well tho.. the tissue around the opening looked much less irritated last night when I changed the bandage. Unfortunately I'm doing this on my own so I can only see so much.
     
  3. JT

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    Amethyst..I know what you mean, its hard to tell anything if you are doing it yourself. When I try to look myself, I cant see an opening, but I know there is one there because I am still draining. I'm hoping that the tissue coming out for the second time is a good thing, maybe its expelling all the dead stuff out of my body..Good luck to you
     
  4. JT

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    Well, I've been on this now for 3 weeks. I dont know if I have hit a wall or if something else is going on. The only way you can see the opening is because there is tissue coming out of it. This is the second day in a row this has happened. It happened about a week ago also that I mentioned about in one of my posts. I am still draining, seems that when I have tissue coming out, the drainage seems to be a little more bloody.

    I'm hoping that this stuff is helping my body expell all the bad stuff, and thats why the tissue is coming out, but I dont know for sure. Has anybody else ever had tissue come out of there opening???? The tissue is kinda bloody, but if you carefully wipe it off, it appears to be white.
     
  5. amethyst72

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    Day 4 for me.. just took the third dose of the day actually.

    I can't really tell if there's any significant change yet.. it did seem to be draining a bit more yest. and today. As for the tissue I'm not really sure what I would call it but usually when I'm changing the bandage and doing the hot compress for a few minutes there's usually.. for lack of a better word it just looks like a small glob of blood but it's very thick almost like a little clot -trying not to be too gross here-

    On another note.. the skin where my tape always sits is incredibly tender.. having it bandaged all the time I guess is irritating my skin.. and I already have rather sensitive skin to begin with. I wish they made some sort of more 'skin friendly' tape.
     
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    i have noticed a small change in my size regarding the holes. I have been draining since starting this alternative about two weeks ago. I have also noticed more pus coing out so i hope this is getting rid of the infection. it's great that many other are trying this and I hope it works for everyone else.
     
  7. JT

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    Hey Amethyst...I dont know how big your area is, but I dont use tape. I use the Large adhesive pads from Band-Aid...I cut a layer of gauze the size of the adhesive pad and put it under the pad, just to absorb drainage. I dont have any irritation from the dressing. Only Irritation that I have is when its drained alot.
     
  8. JT

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    Not much of a change since lastnight......still tissue coming out, but alot of it came out on my dressing. My wifes thinks its kinda comical, she says the tissue looks like a worm coming out of the opening.

    I guess its just me, but I dont find the humor in it.
     
  9. amethyst72

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    JT.. I tried using one of those nifty band-aid deals. It doesn't work for me at all the tape unsticks within an hour or so.. I don't know if it's because I move around a lot or what but I just can't afford to slap a new band-aid on every hour nor do I need to really. So I use a regular guaze bandage.. two actually.. and secure them with tape and I change it once a day.
     
  10. stefrasser

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    JT, I was wondering if you experienced any blood other than the tissue. Today I went to the casino and after a several hours of sitting, I bleed a little bit and had a ild pain. After I walked around for a little bit it went away. Have you experienced anything of this sort? I just want to know if this stuff is working.[:?]
     
  11. JT

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    Yes Stefrasser, but it was just mixed with the normal fluid that I've been draining. Nothing too significant, but before I started taking this and before I knew what I had, I used to wake up all the time in the morning very bloody. I would get up in the morning, not feeling anything unusual and I would go brush my teeth, just standing there I would have blood drip down on my foot. But, I have not had that happen anymore.

    Amethyst....I only change my band-aide once a day. It sticks pretty good to me, but yes I have to be careful with what I do and how I sit down. By the end of the day it is usually starting to come off from one of the sides.
     
  12. JT

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    Stefrasser, I'm pretty fortunate, I'm able to work from home. So I can really becareful of what I do. Not sitting in one place for too long. When I sit straight up for a while, I do find that I tend to bleed or leak more fluid, but whenever I can, I shift my weight to one side or the other. I cant really tell ya if its working or not, I'm really not sure what its doing for me now, but I have gone from two openings bigger than a dime with heads to a little opening that you cant even see unless something is coming out of it.
     
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    That sounds like progress to me. I started with two holes the size of a pencil tip and they have shrunk about a quarter of the way. I am hoping this is working otherwise I have to have surgery in the next few weeks before I get dropped fro my Dad's insurance since I turn 22 on August 4. I have new insurance from school starting then, but nobody covers pre-existing conditions. This really sucks because I don't have the time for the surgery quite yet. Sorry to talk about my problem, it just really bothers me. Do you still a bump at all from where the cyst is?
     
  14. JT

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    Stefrasser....maybe you shoud call your new insurance first. A Cyst can come up at anytime. My mother-in-law who is in the medical profession told me that a Cyst is not considered pre-existing. So thats like saying, if you have the surgery and after healing your cyst comes back, by what your saying you wouldnt be able to have surgery again covered by insurance because you had it before and it just came back. Or call up your current insurance company and ask them if a Cyst is considered pre-existing.
     
  15. JT

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    I'm going to go out today and get some Echinacea Extract pills. Echinacea is also good for boils and abcesses. It also helps increase your immune system, helping the white blood cells fight off foreign invaders such as an abcess, cyst, bacteria and virus.

    I'm going to take this along with the Silicea and the Hepar Sulphuris, I figure might as well give it an extra punch and see what happens. I personally think i'm seeing great progress, but if I can speed it up with the Echinacea, then i'm willing to try it.
     
  16. UKCityGent

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    Hi JT

    I'm using Eincheaea (400mg) to help with my closed op. A friend said she takes it to strengthen her imune system. Only side affect is that it makes my wee smell like anything :)

    I dont know if it is doing anything for me.

    I tried to find Hepar and Silicia, as I am draining a bit (no smell though) in the UK but come up with nothing :(

    UK
     
  17. stefrasser

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    JT: I was diagnosed with the pilonidal cyst about a month ago. My dad claims that it is considered a pre-existing condition. He is hard headed and won't let me try and ask before I switch insurance. He says i have to get it done before my birthday. I amm going to take your advice though and check with my insurance company, even though all insurance companies are a scam and will probably refuse the surgery so they don't have to pay for it.
     
  18. JT

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    stefrasser...if you dont want to ask the insurance company,then ask the doctor, he should be able to tell you
     
  19. JT

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    You dont even have to ask them about surgery. Just ask if a Cyst is considered pre-existing since it can come back at anytime
     
  20. ladyleekz

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    Ok I think this battle has gone on for way to long but I figured I would add a few thought. I have had many ingrown hairs and never had a problem with them, once and a while it would turn red and I would bother it until I got the hair out. Unfortunatley a side effect of having to shave your legs. Not once has that hair turned into a cyst so obviously there is more to these cysts then just getting an ingrown hair. For example the reason that these cysts happen between the cheeks of our bums or as in some examples on a barbers hands between their thumb is because of the pressure and friction applied to that area, also because of the friction there is heat which give bacteria a nice place to live and the moisture. So while I have enjoyed reading all of this I do not think that you can think of this problem as simply an ingrown hair. If I felt it was that simple that I would not have undergone all the surgeries I have undergone. Including two flap procedures which help to make the crack of your butt more shallow helping to decrease the surface area that is having all of the friction, pressure, yada yada that I mentioned before
     
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