Wondering about recurrent cysts, any connections?

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   Posted 12/7/2017 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a cyst pop up beneath the lobe of my left ear in 2013. It was swollen and inflamed. I went to the ER, where it was lanced, and the physician attempted to drain it.

Nothing much came out. Ultimately, it receded, but remained as something of a pit, or a seed.

Fast forward to 2014, the cyst swelled again, only this time filling with serosanguineous fluid. Eventually, it would come to a sort of head on its own, and start leaking said fluid.

This process would occur, like clockwork, about every two weeks. Swelling, inflammation, a weird itchiness inside of the skin, followed by fluid, drainage (I eventually started draining it myself, so as to try and speed up the process).

Finally, once I started leaving the house more, I decided it was time to see a doctor about it... again. I know, waited so long. I'd kind of lost faith in doctors, given up on life, etc. You know the story.

The cyst was removed. Simple as that. I experienced some inflammation in the area thereafter, but never the unsightly swelling or fluid.

Sadly, one of similar nature sprouted up lower on my neck, the same side. I had that one removed as well. Similar symptoms post-op - mild pain, inflammation, but never swelling or fluid.

Now, I've got another one behind the left side of my jaw bone, near the ear.

The ENT doctor's said they're sebaceous cysts. What he found strange was that they all have little tracts, leading from elsewhere. It's like the fluid is pooling there, for whatever reason. He claimed to have never seen anything like that before.

I'm convinced they're related to my infections, somehow. They have to be. I didn't have cystic acne or anything for years. Their nature is just so strange.

I've mentioned this here before, just kind of seeing if there's any new information out there, anecdotal or otherwise.

Anyone dealt with something like this? Any idea what it could be?

I've tried Googling cysts with these sorts of symptoms in relation to Lyme/co before, but it always seemed to be a rarity.


Another quick note, I'd say my brain fog worsens significantly during these flare ups. It's definitely an infectious process.

edit: Forgot a title. Big thanks, whether anyone cares to comment or not.

Post Edited (NotQuiteAntonio) : 12/7/2017 1:38:06 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/7/2017 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Tonio, I'm so sorry. I remember your challenge with this cyst before.

I think if you google "boils and lyme disease" you are going to find many threads on this.

I'm not sure of the difference in a cyst or a boil and maybe the posters did not also.

So very sorry. I had a boil when I was a kid and I remember it being painful.

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   Posted 12/8/2017 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, it's a persistent thing, whatever it is.

Thank you for the suggestion. I'd never thought to search for "boils" instead, though they're similar, I suppose. I can't say how either.

"A cyst is a closed capsule or sac-like structure. It is typically filled with liquid, semisolid or gaseous material. A boil, on the other hand, is an infection of the hair follicle."

I can't say how accurate that is, but oh well. If true, it's definitely the former.

I'll just, you know... keep plugging away. 😂

Apologies for the late response. Days are long, anymore.

All my love,
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