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posted 05-04-2003 12:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jann     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not sure which board I should ask this one, so I figured I'd better post it here.

For several years now I've had a hard cyst on my lower back right above my butt. It started out fairly small and has grown slowly over the years and only bothered me occasionally until recently. It's been causing me pain for a few days now, especially whenever I start to get up or when I roll over in bed at night. It's now bigger than a golf ball and doesn't move at all, it never did, but it seems to be spreading upward. Or either another small one has appeared. It is deep into the skin. A doctor told me a few years ago that it was just a fatty cyst and that it would be alright until it grew so much that it bothered me and then I'd have to have it removed. Does anyone have any idea what it might be or has anyone else had something similar?

Thanks for reading and I appreciate all replies.

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posted 05-04-2003 09:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for plymouth     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have known several people with these. It is what the doctor says, a fatty cyst. They are not cancer. The cyst is harmless. You can have an operation to remove it when it gets large enough to be bothersome. The problem is that surgery always has risks so it is better to live with the fatty cyst if you can.


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posted 05-04-2003 04:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for camden     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would have had that thing removed long ago. My husband had a small cyst on his upper mid back. The doctor numbed the area, cut it out and stitched him up with no problems. He was in and out in a matter of an hour!

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posted 05-12-2003 01:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hollygirl05     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi, I had a cyst removed from the back of my neck a month ago. I had this cyst for years and never bothered me until recently. It started geting bigger and started causing headaches and upper back pain. I went to the doctor and he said he would cut it out and I would need 1-3 stitches. He cut it out and it ended up being bigger than what he thought. I ended up with 11 stitches. He said mine was growing in my neck instead of growing out. I had the stitches removed 10 days later. My headaches and back pain went away. He told me it was just a cyst. I didn't even have it checked out. Most cyst are benign. My doctor said he could tell by looking at it. Mine ended up being the size of golf ball. I'm sure if you have it removed, you'll be fine. Becky

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posted 05-23-2003 11:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for princessputter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A pilonidal (PIE-low-NI-dal) cyst is a sac under the skin at the base of the spine located in the opening between the buttocks muscles. It looks like a small hole, often with a few hairs coming out. A pilonidal cyst is a minor abnormality that occurs during fetal development. Infection is usually caused by staphylococcal bacteria. If infected you may need an antibiotic to fight the infection. Your doctor may have to open the cyst to drain the pus, and may need to remove the cyst surgically. See below.

I copyed that from a web site this is what i think u could have...ive been thru it what a pain in the well u know... boil ease will sumtimes help pain wise its an ointment u put on it u can find it in any drug store... sumtimes it will even cause it to burst ..realiving u soo much... but this prollem will continue to come back.. i had surgury on mine 2 times once to get the infection out and again to go in and get the core of it out i am now at a 95% chance of it not returning.. the doc can give u antibotics... but be careful mine got absessed at one point... watch for fever... and good luck ....

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posted 05-25-2003 01:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pippin31     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am not a doctor, but this is exacly what you have I think. Poly cyst as the post above me states. Let me see....sitting long periods make it swell or hurt? I had one before and had it removed. Anyway, believe it or not, before it was removed...hydrogen peroxide helps!!! Good luck

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