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Posted by
SusanM on October 30, 2000 at 11:58:26:

I just found this website today....what a lifesaver!! I have read as many posts as I can (without getting fired from my job), and now I have to post my story and ask some questions. I want to give as much history as I can, so please excuse the lengthy post.

I am 34, female, 40 lbs overweight and a smoker. About 10 years ago, I had a pilonidal cyst surgically removed from my tailbone. It was something that had hurt my whole life (sit-ups in high school were impossible), but I have been fine ever since in that area.

In the last few years, I have experienced numerous purple bumps on my inner thighs, about the size of a dime. They show up, hurt for a couple days, then go away leaving a scar. My regular doctor and my ob-gyn both said they were related to diabetes. I have been tested over and over again, but am not diabetic (yet). I always called them 'boils' until recently.

A few weeks ago, one appeared and just kept getting bigger and more painful. I went to my doctor, and he gave me Augmentin and referred me to a surgeon. The surgeon wanted to lance it, but I didn't think I could drive home afterwards, so he told me to put a hot, wet washcloth on it and hold it in place with saran wrap (a tip that worked great!). He scheduled surgery with general anesthesia for the next day.

The hot compress worked, because the next morning it popped and oozed out the infection. He still said I needed the surgery, so I went under at 4:00pm on Thursday. The hole in my leg was 3.5cm x 1.5cm and 1 inch deep. He sent me home with instructions to change the dressing every other day, wet to moist.

On Saturday, the home health nurse came and changed the packing and dressing. She put the packing in dry. She left, I stood up, and the whole dressing fell off my leg. My husband and I tried all day to get the dressing taped good enough. On Sunday, I called home health and a new nurse came out. She changed the packing again (wet), and dressed it to where it would stay.

On Monday, I went back to the surgeon for follow-up. He left the packing in, and told me I could (finally) shower again. He said to shower without the dressing, and if the packing didn't fall out on its' own within 10 days, then he would have his nurse take out the packing.

This doctor's instruction sounded crazy to me, so I called home health again, and they said to shower with the dressing on. So on Wednesday, that's what I did. But I called the doctor again, and his nurse said I needed to follow the instructions.

On Thursday I started taking showers without the dressing. The packing did not fall out on its' own. Today (Monday), I pulled it out myself while in the shower. So now I just have this hole in my leg. One side of the hole feels hard, and my husband saw some white stuff inside, but says it's not really pus. I'm not sure if something is wrong, but I remember one of the home health nurses said it should not get hard. I don't go back to the surgeon until Friday.

My first question(s): Is everything that has happened this past week correct for the treatment of a sebaceous cyst? I have no idea if the doctor got it all out, or if it came out in one piece. What else can I expect in the near future? How long will this thing take to heal?

Now, I'm going to order your book today. I see it has a chapter on IBS, which I have self-diagnosed myself with ever since the birth of my daughter a year and a half ago via c-section.

One last thing, I don't understand the information on essential oils. It's way over my head. Can you tell me specifically what to take and how much and where to buy it? And please answer a most important question: Can I take these oils while trying to get pregnant, or while I am pregnant?

All I know is that I never, ever want to go through this again. It hasn't really been painful (post-surgery, that is), but I want to find and fix the cause of the problem, not just treat the symptoms. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Susan





Re: sebaceous cysts on inner thigh

Posted by Walt Stoll on November 01, 2000 at 07:52:38:

In Reply to: sebaceous cysts on inner thigh posted by SusanM on October 30, 2000 at 11:58:26:

Hi, Susan.

Your surgron knows that he is doing. Don't listen to the home health agency about this even if they tell you what you want to hear.

The hot compresses he recommended are exactly what I have been telling people about on this BB for years. They work MUCH better than any antibiotic for infected sebaceous cysts!

The directions for the essential oils are very specific on the home page. Print thenm out and take them to your healthfood store.

Actually, taking these supplements during (starting even before) pregnancy will help the development of a normal brain in the fetus. MUCH research now shows that deficencies in these essential fatty acids are a major cause of the epidemic of hyperactivity and learning disabilities in children in our culture.

Losing weight is probably the only way for you to be though with these cysts in the long run. Damage to the ducts, by your thighs rubbing together, will continue to mechanically cause recurrence. You have to be genetically susceptible for this to happen but there is nothing you can do about that (yet). SO, you do what you can: remove the trauma!

Hope this helps. Let us know how you do.

Walt



Re: sebaceous cysts on inner thigh (Pregnancy and essential oils. Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on November 01, 2000 at 07:54:33:

In Reply to: sebaceous cysts on inner thigh posted by SusanM on October 30, 2000 at 11:58:26:

Hi, Susan.

Your surgeon knows that he is doing. Don't listen to the home health agency about this even if they tell you what you want to hear.

The hot compresses he recommended are exactly what I have been telling people about on this BB for years. They work MUCH better than any antibiotic for infected sebaceous cysts!

The directions for the essential oils are very specific on the home page. Print thenm out and take them to your healthfood store.

Actually, taking these supplements during (starting even before) pregnancy will help the development of a normal brain in the fetus. MUCH research now shows that deficencies in these essential fatty acids are a major cause of the epidemic of hyperactivity and learning disabilities in children in our culture.

Losing weight is probably the only way for you to be though with these cysts in the long run. Damage to the ducts, by your thighs rubbing together, will continue to mechanically cause recurrence. You have to be genetically susceptible for this to happen but there is nothing you can do about that (yet). SO, you do what you can: remove the trauma!

Hope this helps. Let us know how you do.

Walt



Re: sebaceous cysts on inner thigh (Pregnancy and essential oils. Archive.)

Posted by R. on November 09, 2000 at 21:37:42:

In Reply to: Re: sebaceous cysts on inner thigh (Pregnancy and essential oils. Archive.) posted by Walt Stoll on November 01, 2000 at 07:54:33:

>Actually, taking these supplements during (starting even before) pregnancy will help the development of a normal brain in the fetus.

It will do that... or stimulate tumor growth, weaken immune system, etc. (read posts about Ray Peat's work)

>MUCH research now shows that deficencies in these essential fatty acids are a major cause of the epidemic of hyperactivity and learning disabilities in children in our culture.

Actually, according to what I've read, heard and seen, these are conditions are largely caused by allergies. And since people eat progressively more junk food, one should expect more allegies.



Re: sebaceous cysts on inner thigh (Pregnancy and essential oils. Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on November 11, 2000 at 08:26:57:

In Reply to: Re: sebaceous cysts on inner thigh (Pregnancy and essential oils. Archive.) posted by R. on November 09, 2000 at 21:37:42:

Hi, R.

Since there is substantial disagreement about some of these claims, it would be a good idea for anyone to become an expert in all this (as much as is possible) before acting on it.

Walt



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