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I am 36 and have just been diagnosed with a pilonidal sinus. My brother had to have major surgery for the same problem several years ago. Where his GP had not referred him, he ended up having a massive area removed due to excessive scar tissue as as result of repeatd infections. Indeed the surgeon said it was the worst case she they had seen and the bigest amount of tisue removal.
My symptoms started on the Friday with a feeling of a pain, not on the surface, but deeper down, almost like a bruised cocyx. On the monday I visited my GP as the symptoms had not eased and indeed I now had localised tenderness on the skin. My GP diagnosed a Pilonidal Sinus and said I was very lucky as we had caught it extremely early. My brothers misfortune turned out to be my gain.
I have read in many places that Pilonidal Synuses should be drained and treated with antibiotics. I have not had mine drained but have been prescribed Erythomcin 500mg 4 times daily. The doctor said that if it isn't better in a week or worsens in the meantime to return. Touch wood, after a day and a half of treatment, it seems to be responding well. I guess the question is, am I extremely lucky and have caught it early enough to avoid a lot of the problems people experience with this condition or should I still have been refered to have it drained.
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