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Should I "help" it drain by squeezing?

Posted by Belle on April 15, 2002 at 14:18:25:

I've read lots of the posts and still have a question.
After doing the warm baths and rubbing the cyst with the towel I was able to get a plug out. In order to get mine
to drain, my husband had to push pretty hard on the cyst.
I was in lots of pain while he was doing it, but we got
so much pus out, I was thrilled! Mine hadn't drained at all
until then and I felt like I had finally gotten over the hump (ha ha, there are so many puns in this, aren't there?).

It's been two days since then and I still have the cyst, but
it is considerably smaller now--I could even sleep on my
back for a while last night. I am taking several warm baths a day and it seems to be working as the cyst is getting softer/spongier and less hard and red.

My main question is--Will the cyst ever drain on its own--or do I always have to help it, by squeezing it like a pimple? I hope to have the cyst go down on its own, without lancing or surgery, and I want to know if squeezing it to try to get it to drain will continue to help--as it clearly did two days ago--or hurt it and make the infection worse.

I believe this was cause by my chiropractor, who twice a week presses very firmly in this tailbone region--and I'm assuming that I have a predisposition to this happening, plus I'm 29, and everything I've read says that is the likely age for this to happen. My family practice doctor said nothing to me at all about it being a Pilonidal Cyst--she just gave me antibiotics and then said to come back in a week--saying that it would either be gone or smaller by then, in which case she would take it out right then at the appointment. She made it seem like totally no big deal of a surgery--which I'm amazed by considering that everything I've been reading about it tends to indicate that this surgery and lancing procedure truly sucks--and that there are several options for treatment.

To fight this--I've also been doing daily Reiki treatments, eating mostly fruits and vegetables, drinking lots of water, and doing tons of affirmations for wellness, constantly throughout the day, in addition to four warm baths daily and warm compresses once and hour for five minutes. Plus I am making a concerted effort not to sit through the healing process. Are there any herbs I can take that will speed up and help the healing? I am dedicated to healing myself if there is ANY way I possibly can.

I appreciate your answers with regards to pushing on the cyst to help it drain--especially because unlike many of the posts I have read on this page, my cyst has never started to drain on it's own throughout the past 2 weeks that I've had it-- the only time it drained was as a result of squeezing and literally popping out the plug and then squeezing out as much pus as we could get to come out.

One final question for now--could there be more than one plug or have I already found the only one? And should I make it point to keep it open? Mine has already scabbed over, tho every time I get out of the bath I rub it vigorously with the towel as was recommended through this list.

But, like I said, the swelling is down considerably from 5 days ago when I finally went to see my doctor, and I hope to beat the cyst naturally! Any help is greatly appreciated!

Re: Should I "help" it drain by squeezing? (Archive in pilonidal.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on April 16, 2002 at 09:12:24:

In Reply to: Should I "help" it drain by squeezing? posted by Belle on April 15, 2002 at 14:18:25:

Hi, Belle.

Sounds like you are doing a pretty good job. I do not think that it is possible to resolve a pilonidal conservatively. The goal is to learn how to live with it and not have flareups.

Keeping the "plug" from forming with the daily covering with a little vaseline on the gauze (see the archvies) and using the hot compresses asap, for any hint of a flareup, is what I would do.

Let us know how you do.


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Posted by just another suffer on April 17, 2002 at 09:32:03:

In Reply to: Should I "help" it drain by squeezing? posted by Belle on April 15, 2002 at 14:18:25:

My cyst has never opened and drained on it's own like most other peoples. So I know how you feel. The very first time I had a flare-up in 91 I did get it to pop like yours by myself using epson salt hot compresses. It took a few days and they are painful days.

After 91 it came back in 98 I had it lanced twice because it just wouldn't open up so matter how much I pushed it and I started under fevers and was in so much pain I just went to my doctor to have it cut open. After packing and healing for a two months it was done. Then a month later it came back. After that healing I went for surgery.

I've had two recurrances after surgery. However I was never properly informed on how to prevent flare-ups so who knows if the surgery wouldn't have been a successful one?

Since mine never opens now I really have no option but another surgery for me. I just can't live with these flare-ups there are so painful!!! I tried the hot compresses and it worked only onces. After that the infection came back and hot compresses just didn't do the job I had to have it lanced on Feb 1 2002. That's why I've opted for surgery.

Surgery is a personal choice I'm not saying you should have it. Just research it. If yours does like mine did you might want to consider it. However with surgery or without surgery you do the same thing to avoid future flare-ups.

A great site on an excellant living with it section and surgery options is www.pilonidal.org. It has the most detailed easy to read living with it section. It tells you how to avoid flare-ups. And this is a lifestyle thing even with successful surgery you must follow the life maintance care.

Good luck, I hope yours never comes back and you'll never had any future flare-ups.

just another suffer

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