Horse Riding with Pilonidal Disease

  • Rowing_Ant

    Posts: 1504

    Jun 04, 2011 12:52 AM GMT
    Just after a bit of advice

    I suffer from Pilonidal Disease. I had a broad excision three years ago (2007-200icon_cool.gif and was at the time advised to give up

    Horse Riding
    Laying on my back to do weights/crunches
    Wearing tight trousers

    I friggin love rowing and want to get back into it. ditto horse riding, mosty asatribute to my late mum who taught dressage/

    Can you ride with Pilonidal Disease??

  • iGator

    Posts: 150

    Jun 04, 2011 11:01 PM GMT
    I suffer from Pilonidal Disease as well. I have gone to the doc before and they pretty much have just told me to shave the area, keep it clean. One time, they poked an instrument in to see if it burrowed all the way though...and that SUCKED!

    I lift almost every day...when I have a flare up, yeah, it's painful, but I work through it. Eventually, it calms down and I'm fine for a few months.

    I'm not a big fan of giving up the very things that you love to do. Take all the precautions that you can, but please keep up what you love to do!
  • Rowing_Ant

    Posts: 1504

    Jun 04, 2011 11:22 PM GMT
    Interesting. I wasnt told to shave, in fact toldto avoid shaving as shaving could push hairs into the skin and also irritate the area. Just to keep my ass crack 100% clean wear loose-fitting boxers and trousers. One Occupational Health Therapist in all serious told me to wear a kilt! (I do have the Legs)

    Ive had one sinus and that wasa excised. It took three months to close and another three to heal fully. Nasty times. Touch wood Ive not had anything come back...a few fungal infections and a horrible boil but nothing nast.

    Been told to avoid friction, chafing or any impact on my coccyx and wearing tight trousers and getting hot and sweaty down there.....

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    Jun 04, 2011 11:24 PM GMT
    I would urge anyone with a pilonidal cyst to just go ahead and get it removed. The surgery and recovery is only about a fourth as bad as the abject pain and limited mobility induced by the flare-ups.
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Jun 05, 2011 9:46 AM GMT
    Yeah. Tell me about it. Ive had one removed. Nasty nasty nasty.