Patient Comments: Cysts - Symptoms and Signs

What symptoms and signs did you experience with your cyst(s)?

Comment from: julaboola, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I have a number of back/neck problems. My joints throughout my body are swollen on a daily basis. I have chronic pain and I take narcotic medication. Lately I have been finding small cysts under my skin and when I find them it is because I may have a very itchy place so as I am scratching, I then tend to find these cysts. Most of them are right on or close to my bones or muscles. They do get sore (some of them) and some of them are either in a cluster or very close together.

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Comment from: Marcos, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 03

My dentist recently removed a tooth that was causing me so much pain for the last three years. I have had several sinus infections and two surgeries to remove them. That tooth caused me dizziness, ringing in my ears, vertigo, breathing problems; the upper gum skin used to peel off (just around the area where the tooth was). Anyway, the dentist found a cyst in the root of the tooth. The cyst was putting pressure in the sinus cavity and that was the reason I was having all the symptoms mentioned above. It was not the wisdom tooth it was the one before that one (#14) as the dentist called it. The only way to see the problem is by having a 3D CAT scan.

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Published: July 29

I have a sebaceous cyst tucked in behind my right ear. I have had it lanced before but now two years later it has recurred. I also have three cysts up to the size of a golf ball on my chest. The one behind my ear is very painful when it flares up and when it bursts there is this whitish brown liquid and some semi-hard white stuff and sometimes really dark blood, that I think is infected.

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Published: June 23

So far, I've had nine cysts in the past nine years. Some went away with just packing them. Four had to be surgically removed. Each had to be reopened because they'd flare up, drain again, and not heal. The doctors are clueless as to why I get them and why they don't want to heal. The drainage is a creamy off-white liquid and the blood is sticky and there's no odor. Lab results show nothing unusual. I've been tested for everything in an attempt to find an answer. I constantly wear bandages because of the continual drainage. Right now, both arms are bandaged. They erupt every two to three days. So far, my diagnosis has been sebaceous cysts.

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Published: July 21

I have a cyst that is said to be congenital on the upper part of my buttock. The initial symptoms were pain, redness, swelling, and eventually, a large bump appeared. I went into my doctor's office, and they drained much of the fluid, and now, because it is still very painful (I cannot sit down), I must have it removed.

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Published: August 04

I have a cyst in my upper buttock area, it only flares up every once in a great while, sometimes it will burst and I'll go on about my life as normal, but other times it flares up and I have to see a doctor because the scar tissue will be too strong for the liquid to break through, I would get surgery on it, but it was nearly $2,000 just to have a doctor poke at it then send into a nurse to do the work

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Comment from: imsherylt, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 04

I have been diagnosed with a pineal cyst that presses on my brain stem but, I suffer no ill effects from it so I have opted for no surgery. My surgeon said it is something I have had all my life and as long as it remains as is, he agrees with my decision. It measures just under 2 cm. When it was first discovered in 1998, I felt like a ticking time bomb, but, I have since learned to live with it. It doesn't bother me and I won't bother it.

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Published: July 10

I have a painless cyst (2cm) in the upper right side of my neck, near the pulse. A CT scan shows no abnormal growth. I now have a larger lump, (quarter size) somewhat sensitive to touch on my upper back, 8 inches behind my left armpit. I'm 70 yrs old, active in tennis, and wonder if this is just an aging thing.

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