Wrist Ganglion Cyst

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    Nov 22, 2010 7:03 PM GMT
    Hey guys, months ago I start to feel some discomfort when doing push ups in the gym, or after doing repetitive moves with my wrist, like typing or cooking.
    At first my doctor told me it was just a wrist injury from all my computer work, but since then a swelling has appeared in the upper side of my wrist.
    It's not very big, and only noticeable when i put my hand down (like trying to touch my inner forearm with my fingers), but i think the swelling is the one pressing the wrist and making it painful to do push ups and other exercises.
    A second doctor identified as a Ganglion cyst. apparently is a very common issue, some joint liquid slips out of the joint and creates the cyst.
    I have an appointment with my trauma doctor, but since it's not a urgent matter I have to wait until 12/29.
    I've read so many things about ganglions, and right now looks like breaking it might be the best solution, since sucking it out or surgery are worse options.
    I'll wait until next month to see what the doctor has to say, but I'd like to know if any of you guys ever had this problem and how it was solved.

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    Nov 23, 2010 12:05 AM GMT
    I've had two cysts removed via surgery.
    Another cyst formed a few weeks ago on my chest and got large pretty quickly; but I got drunk a few nights ago and the thinned blood caused it to pop while I was asleep and I woke up in a puddle of puss. Had to wash my sheets, but I totally saved another $2K surgery. icon_lol.gif

    PS. Some people are more prone to cysts than others. Some cysts will require surgery, some will pop on their own (as my latest one did) and some can be lanced in the Dr's office. Most of the time they're not very serious, but hella messy when they pop.
  • Timbales

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    Nov 23, 2010 1:38 AM GMT
    My mom has a ganglion cyst that has been drained twice and removed via surgery once, and has come back. They can be really tricky.
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    Nov 23, 2010 4:58 PM GMT
    Many ganglion cysts disappear spontaneously. Many ganglion cysts that are removed surgically reappear.

    Unless it's REALLY bothering you, you should consider giving it time.

    Surgery has many risks. It also is not all that effective in ganglion cysts.

    I know lots of folks who had them.

    I had a ganglion cyst pop up on my wrist one day doing wrist exercises. I had it for about a year before it went away, and never returned. I drained it a few times with a 20 gauge needle and syringe (upon the suggestion of my doctor friend).

    I went to see the hand surgeon, and, the surgery would have been $3200, and held me up from working out for quite a while, and left scarring.

    Thankfully, I waited it out, and everything worked out just fine.

    You can drain the thing if you're bumping it. It's like hair gel. Getting cut on, with a strong likelihood it will return, seems the wrong thing to do.

    Some nurses recommend the "bible method." There's some thought now that it makes it worse, but, I don't know. It's a tried and true method. (You smack the sac and break it so it drains.)

    I'm very happy that I didn't have surgery.

    Understand, it's not infected, it's just a little sack of clear gel. Letting it go won't hurt anything.
  • yogadudeSEATT...

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    Nov 23, 2010 5:11 PM GMT
    Yes, give it time. Most will disappear on their own. But you have to have patience. I got one once from practicing handstands in my yoga practice. I cut out handstands and within about 8 months it was gone.
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    Nov 23, 2010 5:12 PM GMT
    My experience has been that wrist ganglion cysts pop up with hyper extension under load.