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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Pilonidal Cyst

Hey everyone, again...... Well Wednesday the 13th I went in for surgery. For months I have had issues with a Pilonidal Cyst. Basically, the Pilonidal glands are right above and along the tailbone. Some people have issues with these glands as they get older and grow, and the glands may become blocked and create a cyst. The cyst and glands are very painful if this happens, so with my horseback riding and different activities the only result was to remove the problem so that it won't reoccur later on. They went in, with about a 3 inch incision, and scraped out the cyst and glands. This has left me with a very painful cut, with 8 stitches, to tend to as it heals over the course of a month. Its the 6th day after the surgery right now. The 1st day afterward I got really sick from the pain med.s! The 2nd day was a little better but sore, I was finally allowed to shower and run some hot water over it. The 3rd day was yet again a little better and I was on my side the entire day. The 4th day was yet again a little better, but that night I was up throwing up pain medications. The 5th day I was tired but able to sit upright on a soft pillow, and today I am much better. I've been up walking around and sitting on a pillow all day, so its been a good and fast recovery so far! The stitches look good and are only sore. I will be able to move some more in a week or two. The surgery went well, and they did not find any infection or anything. I am on 3 antibiotics for the Lyme Disease, so the possibility of getting an infection there now is extremely slim, I should heal nice and steady!


  1. I have been dealing with pilo for a little over a year now. I had my first flare up about two months before my lyme symptoms kicked in and I tested positive for that.

    I don't have insurance so I can't afford to do anything about the pilo problem.

    I'm on tons of antibiotics and they really don't seem to help with this issue :(

    I hope you're healing nicely and can report no further issues with the pilo. I'm curious to see how others respond to that because I do plan to have it done ... whenever I have insurance or tens of thousands of dollars, lol. Ugh.

  2. I ran across your blog post when googling "pilonidal cyst" and "horseback riding". Do you mind if i ask how your horse riding is going now? I had two surgeries to remove my cyst, its been 5 years since my last. I LOVE horses, I have a few and have been considering getting back into riding again. I went for a quick ride the other day and for the first time in years, felt quite a bit of pain from the pilonidal cyst area after the ride. I know it is not recommended to ride horses, what has your experience been as far as riding goes? I don't want to aggravate anything and have another flare up, but I'm just itching to get back in the saddle :) Let me know when you get a chance, thanks! you can email me at

  3. i had pilonidal and then had laser used in the area to destroy all the hairs - been riding and no problems.


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