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Looking for MD's opinions(6 posts)

Looking for MD's opinionsBikeViking
May 20, 2003 5:57 AM
About 6 months ago I developed a small but painful cyst right in the leg/cheek crease (saddle presses directly on it). I was given antibiotics and told not to ride for three weeks, did so and the cyst disappeared.

I had a two month break (courtesy of the AF "asking" me to visit Turkey for a while). When I got back I started riding again with no problems. It's been 6 weeks and that !@#$% cyst came back.

In layman's terms, what are cysts? Is this something the saddle (Specialized BG Pro) could be causing? Do cysts ever really go away unless they are cut out? I am not looking forward to this, but it would get be back on the bike sooner than another round of meds/no bike.

Thanks in advance...

Scott
Some info while waiting for the Doccoonass
May 20, 2003 6:34 AM
http://search.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/query?DISAMBIGUATION=true&FUNCTION=search&SERVER2=server2&SERVER1=server1&PARAMETER=cysts
Some info while waiting for the DocBikeViking
May 20, 2003 6:58 AM
Thanks!

Scott
Not a doc but do have cyst experiencewink
May 20, 2003 9:28 AM
I had a very painful cyst under my ear. It would swell up and throb so bad that I could not ride with my helmet on. It is my understanding that cyst is an infection in a sweat or tear duct. Antibiotics can ease the problem , but if it persist you will need to get it cut out - which I finally did have - had no re-occurance so far and that has been four years. Good luck, just go to a dermatologist - it should have nothing to do with you saddle or shorts.
re: Looking for MD's opinionsblownpupil
May 20, 2003 11:20 AM
Surgeon here.
As long as the cyst is there it will continue to come back when the spot is traumatized (rubbed)
Don't ride while it is red, swollen, or painful. This could mean it is infected. (It should be drained by a surgeon...easy ...done in the office...local anesthesia...5 minute procedure)
If it is not bothering you at the moment, yet you can feel the lump, you should have it removed. Again, this is a local anesthesia, 15 min. office procedure, with quick recovery. You could ride when the incision heals (10 days or so)
You may try a different saddle which may not cause friction in the exact spot the cyst lives. Same with the shorts.
Also, when you're done with ride, get out of the bike shorts and shower as soon as possible, to discourage infection.
Ideally, you should wait to have it removed until biking season ends.
Hope this helps.
re: Looking for MD's opinionsBikeViking
May 21, 2003 6:22 AM
Thanks for the advice...I have decided to get the thing removed. My last go-round with the antibiotics/rest kept me out for three weeks, where removal will keep me out for about two weeks AND permanently fix the problem. What's annnoying about it was that I have scrupulous about washing and ALWAYS wearing clean shorts, but it showed up anyway. The BG Pro may have to be traded for a Flite Gel.

Why couldn't it hav been on my calf? :o)