Patient Comments: Cyst - Symptoms and Signs


The symptoms of cysts can vary greatly from patient to patient. What were your initial symptoms? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Firehair, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

My cyst symptom was a bloody discharge from my belly button.

Comment from: cgolf, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 19

I am an avid golfer. Several years ago I had a painful elbow that I attributed to tennis elbow. After playing with the pain for about 6 months, I had a painful episode during a round of golf. My elbow swelled and turned a bit purple. It was then diagnosed as a cyst that had ruptured in my elbow. After going about two years pain free the pain has returned with some swelling. I have an annual golf trip coming up and was wondering if draining is an option to get relief for my trip.

Comment from: Cyst symptoms , 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 11

He had pain on the side of chest. He had upper respiratory infection and flu so he had not gone to the doctor and thought he could treat himself and would be ok. The doctor said he waited too long. There was 4 weeks’ worth of pus, guck, blood and inflammation in the cyst. He was in the worst pain ever. The doctor said had to have surgery, if not he would die. His lungs were so filled up. His body was swollen up. His feet and hands looked terrible. He had a high fever and was very sick. This was too much. The pulmonologist said the surgeon did surgery wrong. He had stitched the burst cyst. He would have to have another drain or hole in his back. They didn’t know if it would heal or even how long it would take to heal, so transferred him to a hospital. That was an absolutely terrible. A nurse took him off his heart medicines. Then they gave him morphine he was allergic to, though 2 times he screamed he was allergic to it. His body swelled up bad. They ignored his calls for help in early morning hours for help to get to bathroom. He wasn’t given the regular pain medicines and was not taken slowly off the pain medicines. He was sicker not better and they began to release him very quickly. No notice for me or home nurse. We never got home nurse. They did not give him anything for pain to go home, and no antibiotics when he had been on 4 IV antibiotics. He is still sick. I am afraid he will die. His heart is enlarged. His back is bad and he can hardly walk.

Comment from: patricia, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 13

I have a tiny cyst on my kidney and also have blood in my urine.

Comment from: Trudijane, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

A month or so ago, I had small hard bump in the middle of my neck. I thought it was an ingrown hair, but my doctor diagnosed it as a cyst and I could leave it alone (as it wasn't visible) or have it removed. Since it was so small and not bothering me, I decided to just leave it as is. Over the past week, it seems to have grown (horizontally) and is more tender to the touch, so it is causing me concern. Maybe it's because I've kept touching it so it has gotten irritated or it could be something else. Anyway, it's making me very nervous, and when I touch it, I don’t know how deep it is below the surface. It feels like a big ball but I'm afraid to determine how big it is. I told my doctor but everybody is busy for the holidays.

Comment from: Alexandra S, 55-64 (Patient) Published: June 07

My cysts are hard, small bumps on my neck, and painful to touch.

Comment from: Rosedala, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 01

I have a weird case of only one tiny bump appearing only in one spot, while I read everywhere it's usually bumps all over or a few, never only one. To explain, for about 6 months or so a tiny bump on my neck, a little towards the back, frequently and intensely stings and itches. It raises itself a little more when the stinging and itching appear. My dermatologist called it a cyst and said because it is under the skin she can't freeze it as she does my occasional keratitis. I'm awfully puzzled as to what it is and why nothing was done to either excise or aspire it with a needle.

Comment from: Taylorbell, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I have a cyst on my left shoulder, a bump under the skin. I had it check years ago and was told it was nothing to worry about. But in the past few years it has started to have a smell! Not all the time, but, when I go to a doctor it never has that smell. I can smell it and it is not good. I am worried others can smell it also. It is a sour smell, like clothes that have been left in the washer for days. If you rub your finger across it the smell is on your finger. It also causes my shoulder to hurt at times.

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.

Comment from: milisa_c., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 17

I have a 47 mm cyst in my head that cannot be removed due to the fact there would be nothing in that area if they did. I don’t know how it can be treated, been going to the doctor for almost a year. I have a really good neurologist but the neurosurgeon that he sent me won't do anything about it. It causes me to feel awful, I need some answers.

Comment from: flowerrlady, 65-74 (Patient) Published: May 13

These cysts or nodules begin appearing about a month ago. They are limited to the labial area. I have no symptoms. I am many years post-menopausal.

Comment from: Jesse, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 14

My cyst is located on my left shoulder. My doctor has looked at it, but it has changed since then. It is leaking a little and has two tiny holes in it. It is sore and itchy.

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.

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.

Comment from: payne, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 04

I had a spot on my right hand palm. At first I thought it was a callus, then it started growing in size and I found it was a cyst.

Comment from: Tofu, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: February 27

I have a couple of huge cysts in the front of my chest right about the midline and slightly above the nipple level in the middle. They have been there since I was around age 17. I guess I tried popping pimples and it led to this. I was wondering if it is too late to treat it with cortisone cream.

Comment from: joyce, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

I am having my 2nd mammogram because it came back abnormal. If it’s a cysts, or whatever it may be I am staying positive. But my mind wonders. Since it runs in my family for breast cancer. I already have my right ovary and right tube removed which tossed me into early menopause in my 30s. Something’s got to give.

Comment from: bossy chick, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

I suffer from ovarian cysts. They are very painful. At times, it feels as if I am having bad cramps. The pain can even feel as bad as contractions. I had one rupture and it was so bad that I had to get my appendix removed. I now have another one on my right ovary.

Comment from: skbishop86, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

I have two cysts that have formed on my back, one for each pregnancy. I have been searching for answers as to why they showed up when I got pregnant, and why they haven't gone away. One is on the left side of my lower back (tucked nicely inside my muffin top), and it hurts when my hormones are out of whack, or when I am going to be starting my period. I asked the nurse practitioner about it, and she didn't seem concerned. They are obviously hormonally caused. They are not on my ovaries either. The OB/GYN didn't seem concerned about it either.


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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.

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.

Published: July 09

I have been dealing with ovarian cysts I have had 6 burst in the last year. They are very painful. I also have had a cyst removed from my scalp but another one has come back. I also have one on my wrist called a ganglion cyst. It doesn’t hurt just annoying it prevents me from doing several tasks because its so weak. I want to know how to stop the ovarian cysts. Those are severely painful and I would really like them to stop.

Published: July 07

I have had a cyst on the back of my neck at first I found it in my teenage years and went to the hospital and the doctor told me to put a luke warm water or wash cloth on it. It was gross because it broke and it was draining a clear liquid. Now, I have had many more since then on my neck and they are so gross. I haven't had them checked out yet.

Published: July 02

I noticed a large lump in my armpit. At first I thought it may be razor burn, but it was way too big and beneath my skin. I've had a cyst on the back of my calf as a younger child, and so I read up on them. I never would have thought you could get a cyst in your armpit, but I guess anything is possible.

Published: June 09

I have a cyst on the bottom of my tongue and one on my voice box the surgeon says he cannot operate on me because I have a chronic breathing condition and it would not be safe to put me under anesthetic is there any other way of dealing with the cysts?

Published: June 05

Its about the size of a pea and when I press on it I can feel the fluid in it.

Published: June 03

I have cysts in the back of my leg. I'm an athlete in high school and the cyst pulls on my groin and hamstring whenever I stretch. My dad has had the same kind of cyst in the same place for over 20 years now and it bothers him too.

Published: June 02

I have a large lump under my underarm and have a little pain. I know its a cysts because i had 2 removed from under my other armpit and it was caused by being allergic to scented deodorant.

Published: June 02

I had a small half penny size bump on my upper bank, normal skin colored, no pain. My doctor looked at it, said it was a cyst and not to worry about it. Tonight at work, I bumped into wall backwards, and now my cyst is DARK red, and the size of a penny and hurts.

Published: June 02

Large, red swollen lump on my scalp.

Published: June 02

I had a pea size cyst on my back, which became abscessed. Doctor lanced it, squeezed all of the abscess out. Now, two years later, the same spot has a large, bump there. No bother to me except it looks gross.

Published: May 23

I had cyst removed from my back, and now it has spread. I have four more smaller ones and one about the size of a silver dollar, it is red, and irritated, and it hurts. I don't know what to use or how to stop the irritation.


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Published: May 23

I have small lumps on the inside of my thighs that sometimes grow about the size of a quarter, when squeezed it draws out puss, blood or clear white fluid.

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

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.

Published: July 21

At first, I felt a painful lump at the base of my tailbone. I thought I had accidentally sat too long and caused the swelling. I had no idea it was a cyst. The area was back to normal in a week or two, so I didn't think much of it. Then it was back. It swelled up again. Again, I thought I had sat on my tailbone "wrong." I waited for the swelling to go back down again, which it did. I didn't experience further symptoms for months, if not years. Then, it swelled up again. This time, I squeezed around it, and liquid came out. I thought maybe that meant I had gotten it, cured the "zit" or whatever it was. I didn't experience any pain or any swelling in the area again. Literally years and years went by. Then, I had to go to the hospital because I was extremely constipated. After the scan of my abdomen, the doctor asked if I had been seen about the cyst on my tailbone. I said, "No, but I squeezed it and I think it drained." He didn't say anything further about it, so I figured it was no big deal. About two years after that, my step-mom, a nurse, told me that cysts don't just "go away:" The entire hair follicle needs to be removed. That was over a year ago, and I finally got insurance and went to the doctor. Because there were no signs on the outside of my body that this cyst existed, he had an X-ray taken to be sure that my back wasn't messed up somehow. I'm still waiting for him to get the scans from the hospital. I'm sure they'll show the truth that the cyst does indeed exist, but is completely inside my body and hidden. I hope this happens, at least, because I believe it is starting to affect the sciatic nerve in my left leg, making walking and climbing stairs uncomfortable. I'll have been to this internal medicine doctor three times, and hopefully he'll actually do a scan to see the truth of the matter so I can be treated.

Published: May 22

Diagnosis of pineal cyst of brain, benigh. I'm having symptoms of sleepiness. I feel sleepy all the time and would rest all day. Mono test was negative. TSH results were .4. Could any of this be related to my cyst. 18 years of age. Thank you.