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Old 07-20-2010, 07:59 PM   #31
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Jerry, I kid you not. it was one of the most painful things I've ever gone through. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. that, combined with the headache, it was a constant assault and I started thinking the stress alone would kill me.

I'm guessing I got 16oz or so out of this thing, and I'm still trying to get it drained through.

no clue how I got this. I bathe daily, don't have hernias or anything like that, I only do maybe 5 hours of hard labor a week, I'm not obese, and I'm usually very resilient to colds, infections, and flu's.

so you had a repeat. did you do anything different the second time around? and did you take care of it similar to me? (meaning cutting and draining yourself) I'm just trying to keep it very clean now. I have a noticeable hole where the sac used to be, maybe 1/8" in diameter. I don't know to keep it in the air, cover it, put ointment on... what did you do?

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Old 07-20-2010, 08:03 PM   #32
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Got any pictures of the gunk on your seat?
no I cleaned it off. actually I might have some. only 1 cleaning so far. it was wet so I couldn't tell. I'll look and take a pic. I have some in my boxers during the time it happened that might show

thank you joemd. hopefully the worst is behind me.

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the worst is behind me.
I believe that goes without saying in this thread!
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I believe that goes without saying in this thread!
you never know

here's the carseat, and the other is what I can do to a...I don't know, like these bandage things I found under the sink. this is maybe 3 minutes worth.

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the carseat looks worse in person. I'm surprised that even showed up that good. the boxers didn't show since they were orange and brown plaid type deals. it hid the stain well.
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Old 07-20-2010, 11:38 PM   #35
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Go to Youtube & see some of the woppers on there, but be ready to puke
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So, as far as what causes them, it is usually a combination of several things. Excessive hair in the area adds to it (you can shave around the area and it will help--keep it shaved ongoing), a deep gluteal crease (deep butt crease--nothing you can do about that), and perspiration. Best thing to do is keep it shaved, dry, and clean. The surgeon I work for suggests baby wipes and witch hazel to keep the area clean and dry, as well as shaving the area. But don't do any of those things until the current abscess clears up. You don't want to get hair shavings or the chemicals from the witch hazel or baby wipes in the wound. The surgeon also suggests putting a cotton ball right at the area and keeping it there all day, to help keep the area dry as well. Oh, and changing underwear frequently during the day to make sure they stay dry.
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a deep gluteal crease (deep butt crease--nothing you can do about that)





Sorry you're hurting.. .thought you might be able to use a little laugh this mornin.
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Kate...those were hilarious!!! If he cannot appreciate them now, I am sure he will be able to later!
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thanks for the laugh Kate

good info harwa. thanks. it seems there's a good number of things that could possible instigate one of these horrible things. trauma, genetics, clogged pores, etc. I'll certainly be VERY cautious to prevent this in the future. the more info the better.
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Oh, and changing underwear frequently during the day to make sure they stay dry.
You're supposed to change them?
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I got tired of changing mine, so I just turn them inside out !!

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My BF swears by baby wipes, he has to coach in scorching temperatures and well he is a guy and has a "Manly" hair buttcrack ha ha and it helps everything stay dry and clean as a butt crack can be
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LOL...had one when I was 17 yrs old...missed a month of work (paid, mind you)~
They gave me a spinal to numb me from the waist down...completely removed it and sewed up the hole...
I'll never forget one of my nurses...a strikingly, cute, 22 year old blonde who spent a lot of time with me during my week's stay in the hospital...YES a week! (This was in 1968 mind you!)
She would come in and bring a deck of cards and we'd play something or other and she would lay the cards, deck and all right on my privates...(on top of the blanket of course) I was still numb for a day or so from the spinal...and couldn't feel a thing...
Ahhh...puppy love!!
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so you had a repeat. did you do anything different the second time around? and did you take care of it similar to me? (meaning cutting and draining yourself) I'm just trying to keep it very clean now. I have a noticeable hole where the sac used to be, maybe 1/8" in diameter. I don't know to keep it in the air, cover it, put ointment on... what did you do?
Nothing special, I just kept it clean and covered it with a band-aid. It might have been a big band-aid but that was about it. Then again, not much bothers me and it takes a lot for me to go to the doc. But yeah, after that minor second episode, no more. It's literally been 40 years since the last one.
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This is the most crazy @$$ thread I've ever read. Hands Down....Who knew ppl were so comfortable disclosing things, some hilarious/gross things haha
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thanks for the laugh Kate

good info harwa. thanks. it seems there's a good number of things that could possible instigate one of these horrible things. trauma, genetics, clogged pores, etc. I'll certainly be VERY cautious to prevent this in the future. the more info the better.

No problem. All those things are from a surgeon's perspective. Obviously, if you can try those things and avoid a recurrence, then I would not opt for the surgical procedure for long term. However, if you start to have it creep back up frequently to the point it is insane, then see a doc. Otherwise, I agree with the other guys that have had 'em...just keep it clean, dry, etc. and tough it out.

Hot bouncy jeeps are probably not the best thing to drive/ride in while it is aggravated though. But, if you are a tough-guy, go for it!

Okay. I think I have had enough of this topic for one week...hope you feel better.
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I had a cyst removed from that area back in 92. But i didn't have any pain or sickness related to it at all.
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Old 07-21-2010, 08:37 PM   #48
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alright cool. I'll just let it do it's thing then. it's getting easier and easier every day. I still can't sit or lay on my back, but that's really my only restriction.

it's still draining though. I swear everything I drank the last 3 days came out that hole and it's not done. that's what's keeping me from work. I'd go through my entire wardrobe in about 2 hours

I tried getting in the jeep. couldn't get my leg up that high, plus I'd be pulling on the steering wheel which I don't really want to do. she prob thinks I'm cheating on her. I drove every day since purchase, now she sits all alone on the street for almost a week.

thanks for the preventative tips too. I wrote everything down and put it with my ER papers. even though I think sleeping on that damn couch probably caused this, I'm not taking chances. and tosh...I do that baby wipe trick too I work in a hot machine shop, sometimes it gets 100 inside with the outside heat, and all the machines going. that's a machinist's secret

I'll leave it alone too. I watched YouTube videos last night of post-ops like a post above mentioned. not cool I'll make sure this thing wants to keep coming back before I do that route I think.
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The Navy doctors called mine a pilonidal sinus.....sounds like what you had. It came up quickly and I was immobile until they worked me over in Guam. (The helo/plane ride from Danang to Guam was absolute hell) After the surgery I had a wick inserted in the slit for drainage. They said it needed to remain open for a period of time so it could heal from within. They also said it would probably reoccur later in life. Sure enough, seven years later it came back up. Another round with the doc then cyst baths in the hospital, more wicks. That one worked, never had anymore problems. I know what you are going through!
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The Navy doctors called mine a pilonidal sinus.....sounds like what you had. It came up quickly and I was immobile until they worked me over in Guam. (The helo/plane ride from Danang to Guam was absolute hell) After the surgery I had a wick inserted in the slit for drainage. They said it needed to remain open for a period of time so it could heal from within. They also said it would probably reoccur later in life. Sure enough, seven years later it came back up. Another round with the doc then cyst baths in the hospital, more wicks. That one worked, never had anymore problems. I know what you are going through!
that's exactly the same thing. some call it pilonidal sinus, cyst, or absess. same thing being referred to. so you actually went through the surgery. I'm going to suffer through this one until it decides to leave.

they are wretched. how bad was the operation? if mine returns a second or 3rd time I think I'll go for it. what's the recovery time and packing like post-op?

to be honest, I'd deal with this thing coming back if I only missed a few days of work. today is 1 week now, and I'm still slowly draining with mild to moderate pain. it upset me yesterday, so I quit baby'ing it. walked normal speed, sat on it, bent over, etc. trying to force it to drain faster. didn't really work, and it looks like I'm going to pay a price for it today.
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. how bad was the operation? if mine returns a second or 3rd time I think I'll go for it. what's the recovery time and packing like post-op?
The operation was actually done in the hospital where the doctor practiced. The surgery itself wasn't bad but they did a spinal tap and it was a beeeeotch. I stayed in the hospital several days and the worst part of that was the cute nurse taking me to the shower where I did my cyst baths.....she had to help me get my butt in and out of the tub. She laughed because I was so embarrased. I wanted to smack her. The best part was the relief I had once it healed. If yours comes back up I'd sure look at trying to get rid of it. JMHO
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cool. thank you for the info. yeah these things suck. I deal with sciatic pain 2-3 times a year to the point I can't walk and need to crawl around to get anywhere. sometimes an episode lasts a month. I'm not dealing with this thing on top of that.

I saw YouTube videos and pictures of post-op wounds. they were massive. like 1.5"-2" across openings. if you don't mind me asking, how large was the hole they put in your back?

my girlfriend has been helping me in and out of those hot water baths. she also does stuff like check out it's healing progress, helps with hot towels, applies gauze and tape, etc. god bless her
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There was one slit going parallel with the top of my butt crack about 1" to 1 1/4". I never saw it but my wife knew it well.

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