It’s a long time since I last wrote on this blog.
Firstly I’d like to say that since 2008 when my last surgery healed up I have had no recurrence. The first year to 18 months after I had been pronounced healed were fairly shaky, I found sitting for long periods of time difficult, and in general I felt aware of discomfort and was nervous that I would do too much physically and disrupt the scar tissue. This has now become a lot better, I feel much more normal and whilst I still have some discomfort sitting, largely I forget that the aftermath of my surgeries exists.
I am very grateful, surgery for my pilonidal sinus was a long and rocky road but it had a good ending.
This site gets a relatively small but steady amount of traffic and comments, and I am always pleased to hear success stories and answer questions if I can. Recently I have started to get a significant number of comments related to homeopathic cures for pilonidal disease. Not well written, with not particularly convincing evidence and mostly clearly pedalling the sale of homeopathic remedies. Thusfar I have decided to delete them.
Yesterday I received a comment which I think is not commerce related and does put forth an opinion seemingly by way of a personal experience to the effect that surgery is bad and should be avoided at all costs favouring homeopathy as the solution to pilonidal disease.
However I am not going to publish this comment, but I thought I should give my reasons. All the evidence I have seen for pilonidal disease cured by homeopathic remedies is highly circumstantial. Is is almost exclusively personal stories, not backed up by scientific research, not endorsed by the medical profession in the UK. Most importantly though, this blog is not about the best cure for pilonidal disease, it is a personal account of my experience with the disease and the care I received from the medical profession in the UK, both from the NHS and the private sector. That is all. I dont want the site to become a debate about whether conventional medicine is the best way to approach treating pilonidal disease or not. In the end, if you are suffering with this condition it is entirely up to you how you decide to approach treating it, but please speak to qualified medical practitioners, preferably ones who have experience dealing with pilonidal conditions before you make a decision.