Patient Comments: Cyst - Symptoms and Signs

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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