Trying an Alternative to Surgery

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  1. CM

    CM New Member

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    Linda,

    no, on the initial visit, he lanced it where it was infected and forced alot of puss out of it. up until this point mine had never drained before so there was alot of puss. the incision he made was very small, my wife described it to be as wide as her pinky fingernail, and she has tiny fingers. by the fourth day i was able to just use a bandaid. then when i went back for my follow up visit, my wife pointed out to him my bigger sinus, he had never noticed it, because he had seen the one on top and assumed that was the cause of my cyst. so when he looked at it he saw the hairs in there and he pulled them out. i believe my wife said the where down in there so maybe they were growing from the inside out. she had never seen them before, but he had a small spot light so that he could see really well. hope that helps.

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    CM,
    Thank you for answering my question. That information helps. From what both of you are saying, this is really sounding like what "Susant" told me about her son months ago. He had the most extensive case I had heard of. He had a large cyst with 12 sinus tracts. Over the course of a year, he had been lanced 6 times because antibiotics never worked and it continually became infected. Susan told me that each time it was lanced, hair would always have to be cleaned out, and that the hair was actually growing inside the cyst. She said that in her son's case, this hair would grow much longer than normal. I had never heard of hair actually growing inside the cyst, so I thought her son had an unusual problem with his cyst. Theories always talk about hair getting into the cyst from the outside.

    It is certainly starting to sound like there are different kinds of pilonidal cysts. Some people say that when they are lanced or have excision surgery, there is hair in the cyst. Then others, mostly females, say that hair was not found in their cyst. Maybe even people who have hair in their cyst can differ, in that for some loose hair is from the outside and for others the hair is growing inside. I hope both of you continue to investigate and can find out exactly what is going on.
     
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    Linda, I have to pretty much go with what my wife tells me. She first trimmed all the hair around the sinus. And she said the hair coming out of the sinus appear to be growing from it. As far as being matted together, its like when a bunch of hairs get wet. Its kinda like that, but they are matted in some kind of gunk, drainage, I dont know for sure.

    y wifes says its about the size of a kernal of corn, if that helps. CM, so your doctor just pulled the hairs out of your sinus, when he lanced your cyst did he do anything with the sinus? Does he think the two sinuses you have will heal up on there own?
     
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    JT,

    yes he just pulled them out. he didn't do anything with the sinus. the actually inflamed area was to the side of the sinus. and as far as him saying whether or not it could heal up on it's own, no he didn't mention anything about it.

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    This cyst is an amazing thing, Confusing as hell.

    I didnt pay too much attention to the cyst today, I was more occupied by the sinus and hair removal. Well, when I looked at the cyst tonight after showering, the hole that was in the cyst is half the size it was lastnight. What the heck is going on???????

    [(o)] this thing has me going crazy

    CM, what happens in 3 months? Has your doctor talked about surgery? I would think if they dont do anything for the sinus and hair keeps growing in it, you would run into the same problem all over again
     
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    JT,
    When your wife saw hair that is coming out of the sinus, did she pull on any to see if there were loose or attached? Is your cyst still half the size of a pea, as you described a while back?
     
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    Linda, she tried pulling on them and they are attached. Yes my cyst itself is the same size, just the hole is now smaller
     
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    I'm glad you continue tell us about changes that occur.
     
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    JT,

    He just wants to see me in three months to check my progress. of course he said from his experience it is highly likely that i will have another abcess in the next year. i am not a surgery person and i really don't want to do it if there is anything else i can do. so hopefully i'll be correct.

    pertaining to a comment you made earlier about whether or not the cyst would heal up completely if the hair were still growing inside. sometimes this may take a while as it is a slow process, but i've had experiences with objects being logged under the skin and eventually the body recognized it was a foreign object and pushed it out. hopefully the same will happen with your cyst as it continues to shrink. keep updating us....thanks

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    I woke up this morning and proceeded to change my dressing like every morning. This thing has a mind of its own, just when I talk about things looking like they are getting worse, they turn and look better.

    The hole in my cyst now is about the size of a pin hole. And the cyst has even shrunk in size.

    I'm dumbfounded with this thing
     
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    JT,

    Sounds like great news to me. these are the reports i like to hear. i hope they continue to be good reports. thanks

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    JT,

    I know it's easy to see the size of the hole, but how can you be so certain as to how big the actual cyst is? When I had a surgeon tell me how big my cyst was without cutting me open, people here called that ludicrous. Do you have a different situation?
     
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    Burgundy....All my sizing is ONLY based on whats on the surface. I have no clue the size of it underneath. So who knows it could be the size of a softball for all I know
     
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    JT,

    has she tried to pull them OUT. my doc used some sort of instrument, i can't remember what it's called but it looks like big tweezers. and he just pulled them out, it didn't hurt too bad, about like an ingrown hair. i am not saying you should pull it out, just letting you know that he pulled mine out.

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    No CM, she hasnt tried pulling them out and frankly I really dont want her to. She is the type of person that would pull real slow. She could see they were attached by taking her finger over them.
     
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    JT,

    I don't blame you. i wasn't very excited about him pulling mine. but at the time I thought he was pulling ingrown hairs. i'm glad i didn't know what he was doing. besides my wife is a nurse and she thrives off of doing stuff like that, i totally understand why she wouldn't want to.
     
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    Not too much change. Stopped bleeding from my sinus and the hole on the cyst is even smaller
     
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    I'm gonna have to really watch my cyst now. The hole from my cyst is now gone. So it makes me wonder a few things. Any drainage I have will come from the sinus, or my cyst will not drain and cause me big problems, or which I am hoping for this one, my cyst finally heals.

    My cyst has flattened out against my skin. It is no longer raised.
     
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    JT,
    I really hope it is the latter, and your cyst heals now for you.
     
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    JT,
    If your cyst heals and I hope it does. Also will you keep us posted on what happens after you stop the treatment. Thanks
     
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