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  1. B

    First Timer - Seeking Advice and Opinions

    Hey All - I’m a 26 year old male who has had two pits for the better part of 10 years. It wasn’t until recently ( I was too embarrassed to tell/ask anyone) that I figured out what the two holes were. Saw a colorectal surgeon and he basically said my pits are so big they drain on they own (one...
  2. M

    Fitness after open wound?

    Hi everyone, I had my 3rd surgery a week ago and they’ve left it as an open wound (again) but this time removed the sinus! Just wondering if there’s any easy at home workouts I can do when I’m feeling a bit better? Just concerned as it took a while to heal with my other ones and I don’t want...
  3. M

    3rd Surgery!!

    Hi everyone, thought I’d share a bit of info about my cysts and see if anyone has any tips for after care and their healing times etc. In May last year I had my first incision and drainage and it took until August time to heal then 2 weeks later I had another flare up and another incision and...
  4. KatieMarie

    Cleft Lift 1/24 Dr. Immerman - Recovery Log

    Hi everyone! I just had my cleft lift done yesterday and thought I would post a log and give some updates! Yesterday started with an appointment at Dr. Immerman’s office at 10:30 where he looked at the wound and answered all of my questions. He’s extremely nice and laid back and encouraged me...
  5. H

    Excision with open wound healing log Jan14,2019

    Today is January 14th 2019. I have had an itchy and sore tailbone for the last 5 years now. I also suffer from pelvic floor tightness. However, in June of 2018 i started to notice something was not right. My tailbone was more sore than usual and i had a lump so big that it pushed one gluteal...
  6. KatieMarie

    Closed excision nightmare

    Hi there! My name is Katie. I am 25 years old and work as a surgical ICU nurse in Ann Arbor, Michigan. My nightmare began in March of this year. I developed my pilonidal abscess and had it drained in the ER. It was a traumatically painful experience. About 6 days after I had it drained, two...
  7. S

    Over 10 years later. anyone have something like this happen?

    so about 12 or 13 years ago i had a fairly extensive excision for multiple pits. Details are foggy since i was so young, but it took about 2 months or so to heal and i’ve been completely fine since then. Haven’t even thought about it since that time period, until 2 weeks ago. Right after...
  8. R

    Cleft Lift Procedure - My Experience w/ Dr. Jeffrey Sternberg FY 2018

    I have had multiple appointments and meetings with Dr. Sternberg since 2014, when I was first diagnosed with pilonidal disease. The first time I met Dr. Sternberg was during my initial “flare up” on my pilonidal cyst. I had gone to the ER, which refused to drain an abscess they were unfamiliar...
  9. J

    To everyone who get terrified when reading stories here!

    First of all, I'm Juan from Colombia, 19y/o male. I've had pilonidal cysts for 3 years now, and before I had like 1 flare-up per year, now, I've had 3 flare-ups in the course of 4 months. So, I decided to search for info online before going to my doctor (and, as I've learned here, I shouldn't go...
  10. L

    A few hours after I wake up it will be time for surgery.

    Finally getting the cleft lift tomorrow with Dr bascom. Laying here in bed trying to sleep but anxious and afraid of what's to come tomorrow. Afraid of the iv, also TMI but my period started two days ago so I'm going to be on it during surgery and that's freaking me out a ton, just another thing...
  11. M

    A bit of comic relief from the pain....

    Hello everyone, I have been fortunate enough to be blessed with a pilonidal cyst which only occasionally wants to appear and stab be in the back. I was also blessed with a strange coping mechanism in which I can laugh at something that brought me quite possibly the worst pain of my life...
  12. M

    Going to gym after pilonidal cyst surgery?

    Hey, I had a closed incision cysectomy a few weeks ago, in early July. I plan on avoiding the gym until I fully recover especially since classes start soon. I'm wondering if waiting until early September is enough time. I plan on avoiding lower body exercises and will only do arms, shoulders...
  13. B

    What would be the best and safe choice ?

    Hi I am a 17 year old male who has had a pilonidal cyst for about 2 years now. I’d say it’s about the size of a dime from what I can feel and hasn’t got much bigger or painful that I can tell. Although I feel two separate bumps. I went about a month ago to my doctor to get it checked out and...
  14. B

    Three weeks after closed excision pain

    I've posted on here my story along with my surgery experience! So far it seems all is going pretty decent. I had my stitches and drainage tube in for 2 weeks and there were no signs of infection (thankfully). I do have one concern though that I am hoping someone can help me with. About two and a...
  15. G

    Muscle spasms after surgery, HELP

    I’m an 18 y/o male who’s in his sixth day after getting an open-wound pilonidal cyst surgery. I need urgent help. I’ve been getting these sudden spasms in my injury (tailbone area) since my gauze was packed for the first time. Today, those spasms are the worst because whenever I’m relaxed and...
  16. L

    I'm thinking taking the Cleft Lift route, have a couple questions..

    Hi again, I recently made a post about what I've been going through. I have my doctors appointment tomorrow for the check up a week after the lancing I just had, it had to be packed for 4-5 days, after that it couldn't really be packed anymore. Its basically back to feeling gone and what not...
  17. R

    Swiss Surgery Protocol, have you heard of this?

    Three weeks ago I went to the ER with an inflamed cyst and was able to visit a doctor about two weeks ago for consultation on surgery. The surgery included a pre-operative procedure that I have not seen mentioned here and am looking for insight and curious to know if anyone has had similar...
  18. D

    How painful is open wound recovery?

    My name is Dani and I’m having the surgery on Monday. My pain tolerance is very low and I’m extremely scared about the pain. In fact, I graduated high school yesterday and I’m going to college abroad in 2 months and I couldn’t care less about those things because I’ve been depressed due to the...
  19. L

    I'm so tired of it coming back, but I'm scared. What do I do? (Long)

    Hi. As I'm typing this I'm laying on my side on the couch, feeling a good amount of pressure and pain from the same spot as usual. The stupid thing came back again. I've had it come back maybe 4-6 times, maybe even a time or two more, since I was 17. I'm 22 now. I've only had it lanced, every...
  20. A

    Any advice for closed surgery after care

    I got my first pilonidal sinus 9 months ago and it always only leaked blood. I never felt any pain and the blood leaking from the sinus was like a cycle. One month there was leakage other month I was fine. Very rarely I felt uncomfortable sitting when it did happpen it lasted a few seconds. (I'm...
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