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Bye bye neck bump
Visited the dermatologist, and now the large bump on the back of my neck has been replaced with a painful hole, two stitches, and a bandaid. That's okay though... I'm relieved to have it out! It was sore and very uncomfortable.

Turns it wasn't actually a large cyst after all, despite appearances, but a small cyst that had become infected. That explains why it was hurting, and why it appeared so suddenly on Monday... and makes it an even better thing that I saw somebody quickly and had it removed. She (the dermatologist) is fairly sure that it was the same cyst from last year, and that she must not have succeeded in removing all of it then. In her notes from last year, it said she couldn't find the "pore". However this time she says she did find it, and she seems confident that she got it all. I hope so! I'd rather not have to do this again next year.

In other news, when I got home from my minor surgery we were in the middle of a tornado watch. A tornado touched down just a few towns over, and it destroyed several houses. Scary. We locked the kitties in the laundry room and hung out in the basement for awhile, but all we got was thunder and rain. Really a lucky day all around, when I think about it.


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netmouse From: netmouse Date: March 16th, 2012 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I had an unsuccessful surgery to remove a cyst on the top of my head a few years ago. The incision took FOREVER to heal, and the cyst came right back! It is so annoying. Saw a dermatologist about it in Ohio but she was going to just try to shrink it with medication - basically daily antibiotics. I had actually started that but stopped when I thought I might be pregnant - and I was!

I'm supposed to see a new dermatologist about it in April. Wish me luck!

Glad you got yours out, and glad you didn't get any damage from the storm! It sounded scary!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 17th, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ugh, that's no good. Hopefully you'll find one like mine, who will just take it out and be done with it, no fussing around with antibiotics or injections or whatnot. As she put it, "Cut it out, a couple of stitches, and you're all set." And then hopefully neither of ours come back! Good luck!!
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: March 16th, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
wow! is/was it a dermoid cyst? that's the issue my dad has had going on in his neck, and has been having recurrances on/off since childhood.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 17th, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mine was a pilar cyst, which tends to occur in/around hair follicles. I googled dermoid cyst to see if it was the same. When I clicked on the wikipedia article, oh my gosh that photograph is the most disturbing thing I have seen in quite some time. Ack!!

Anyway no, it looks like a dermoid cyst is something you are born with, while a pilar cyst is something that just develops randomly now and then.
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