Cysts in other areas

#1
Hey y'all!

So last week I had a pretty large cyst develop on the back of my neck. It was very similar to my Pilonidal cysts appearance wise. It drained by itself and it was disgusting, but I digress.

Does anyone else have this problem too? It would suck if I got cysts there frequently now too. Ugh. The pain was minimal, especially compared to Pilonidal. But just thought there might be a connection.

Any prevention tips or similar experiences?
 
#2
I've often thought that there's a connection with cysts - like some people (including myself) have a predisposition to Odd Skin Things. I have lots of closed cysts on my scalp (they don't get infected, they're just weird lumps), I had a fatty lipoma cyst removed from my shoulder (no infection, just a weird lumpy thing that was annoying as heck) and then I had a Bartholins cyst (I strongly urge you not to Google it lest you have nightmares forever!!) which got abscessed and was even worse than a pilonidal cyst. I'm like a pro cyst-grower. I think my skin just does weird stuff.

To me, there has to be some connection, however minor.

But the recurring pilonidal cyst is my biggest nemesis. My body really decided to join the Overachiever's Club with that one.

As far as prevention goes, it's always so hard to say bc everyone is so different. I find that when I keep a lid on excessive sugar intake, take regular iron supplements daily, and stay stress-free, my pilo doesn't act up as much. It won't go away until I have surgery, but at least in my experience it lengthens the intervals between relapse.
 
#3
I've often thought that there's a connection with cysts - like some people (including myself) have a predisposition to Odd Skin Things. I have lots of closed cysts on my scalp (they don't get infected, they're just weird lumps), I had a fatty lipoma cyst removed from my shoulder (no infection, just a weird lumpy thing that was annoying as heck) and then I had a Bartholins cyst (I strongly urge you not to Google it lest you have nightmares forever!!) which got abscessed and was even worse than a pilonidal cyst. I'm like a pro cyst-grower. I think my skin just does weird stuff.

To me, there has to be some connection, however minor.

But the recurring pilonidal cyst is my biggest nemesis. My body really decided to join the Overachiever's Club with that one.

As far as prevention goes, it's always so hard to say bc everyone is so different. I find that when I keep a lid on excessive sugar intake, take regular iron supplements daily, and stay stress-free, my pilo doesn't act up as much. It won't go away until I have surgery, but at least in my experience it lengthens the intervals between relapse.
It's so interesting that you mentioned keeping down your sugar intake! My dad has suffered from pilonidal cysts for years and he always said it happened after he ate too much fudge from our favorite vacation spot dessert shop! I couldn't find anything online about them being linked - but it definitely seems like a contributing factor. The very first time I had a flare up it was after a huge sugar-filled holiday weekend!
 
#4
See? I made the connection to sugar bc in looking for common denominators between all of my various flareups, excess sugar was definitely a factor. And based on what's known about overall infection and inflammation in the body, excess sugar really "feeds" it; creates just the right environment for overgrowth of bacteria in general. Kind of like a Petri dish!

Years ago, it also randomly popped into my head to add iron supplements, on the theory that extra-healthy blood cells certainly can't hurt.

I'm so desperate to find a solution, if I found out that painting my body in zebra stripes and mooing like a cow every Tuesday morning would stop these damned cysts, you know I'd do that too!!