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Cyst on head - warning photo attached....

(28 Posts)
maddiemookins16mum Wed 07-Sep-16 16:32:16

I think this is a pilar cyst on my scalp. Has got bigger over the last few years, has anyone ever had one removed???

sonlypuppyfat Wed 07-Sep-16 16:35:51

That must be so uncomfortable have you been to the doctors with it

GirlInTheDirtyShirt Wed 07-Sep-16 16:51:08

Ouch! You poor thing. I have no advice or experience, but have you asked the doctor about having it removed?

PikachuSayBoo Wed 07-Sep-16 16:53:12

Wow, that's quite some size. What does your GP think?

Amandahugandkisses Wed 07-Sep-16 16:53:13

Goodness I think you need to have it removed it must be incredibly uncomfortable. Poor you.

Graceflorrick Wed 07-Sep-16 16:56:41

The GP will be best placed to advise. Good luck OP.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Wed 07-Sep-16 16:58:01

Seriously, have you never thought to go to the doctor's with that?!

sonlypuppyfat Wed 07-Sep-16 17:01:33

There's loads of video's on YouTube about them it looks a simple enough op

Mooey89 Wed 07-Sep-16 17:02:34

😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮

Oblomov16 Wed 07-Sep-16 17:03:11

My god. Poor you. Off to the GP, pronto!! And that's a MN order!

Mooey89 Wed 07-Sep-16 17:03:16

Sorry. GP! ASAP!

mangomay Wed 07-Sep-16 17:05:41

Ouch, that's a biggin shock
They won't remove it as such. They'll drain it. My mum had one. Very simple procedure, not painful because they give you a local, and might need a few sutures to close it. Just make an appt to see your GP and they'll either refer you to the local hosp or if it's a big surgery like ours they can often do minor procedures by appt in house.

Vlier Wed 07-Sep-16 17:11:38

My mum had one removed and it was fine, just two stitches but it was so much smaller than yours. I'd really think about removing it in your case and talk to a GP about it. The GP can also tell you if it hurts or how many days you have to wait before you can wash your hair again.

Arfarfanarf Wed 07-Sep-16 17:19:04

Yes. They operate. Slice it, empty it out and stitch it up.

I spend more time than is healthy watching youtube vids on this stuff

maddiemookins16mum Fri 09-Sep-16 09:14:50

To clarify, yes I have been to the Dr. He said the likelihood was that it would come back! That was a couple of years ago and tbh it doesn't hurt as such and is only uncomfortable when I lie on my back in bed and rest my head on the back of the sofa. I don't think it has nerve endings as it's pus (I think) from a hair follicle. It has however got bigger and since I (very stupidly) asked my DP to take a photo if it the other day I had never seen it and it looks like a giant bolloc* on the back of my head. I'm now conscious of what it looks like if my hair parts which it did the other day.

Arfarfanarf Fri 09-Sep-16 09:21:05

the fact it might come back is not a reason to not have it removed. If it comes back - have it removed again. They can't expect you to just live with that because it might come back if it's removed. That's nuts grin

Is a pillar cyst different from other cysts where they are gone completely if the entire sac is removed?

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 09-Sep-16 09:37:33

Go back and stress how it is impacting your sleep as you can't get comfortable. Really lay it on thick.

PikachuSayBoo Fri 09-Sep-16 09:50:46

If it's remived properly it shouldn't come back. They need to slice it, squeeze the crap out and then remove the sac. If they leave the sac then it will return but shouldn't if it's removed.

KittyKrap Fri 09-Sep-16 09:59:29

They removed something that size on Embarrassing Bodies once, fascinating but the sac needs to be removed to prevent regrowth.

Footle Fri 09-Sep-16 10:04:43

It's hard to imagine a doctor looking at it now and advising against having it removed. Frankly, it's not something that you or anyone should have to put up with.

TolpuddleFarterOATB Fri 09-Sep-16 10:06:02

I had one removed this year. Our GP has an in-house doctor to do minor ops like this. Didn't hurt (though local anaesthetic stung a little.) Fascinated by what came out, like a lump of flesh (the sac I think.)

sonlypuppyfat Fri 09-Sep-16 12:02:09

A doctor can't let you carry on with that ffs

DoItTooJulia Fri 09-Sep-16 12:11:45

New GP for you! Even a different one at the surgery.

You poor thing-I hope it gets sorted ASAP for you. flowers

ifcatscouldtalk Fri 09-Sep-16 12:11:46

Def go back to gp re removal. I know someone who had bakers cyst, not sure if this is similar? They did have it drained. Who knew there were so many types of cyst?! I hope you get it sorted pronto, you shouldn't have to put up with that!

Spybot Fri 09-Sep-16 12:12:53

These run in our family. Myself, Mum and Bro have all had them removed with a local numbing shot and none of us have had recurrences. Insist on its removal, it must really bother you. Quite heartless of the GP to expect you to put up with that. Good luck!

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