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    Default Ganglion Cysts

    Does anyone else suffer from these? Or do you know what causes them?
    They are so unsightly, embarrassing, and can be quite uncomfortable and even painful.

    I have one on my left wrist. About three years ago my mother and I paid a lot of money (weren't covered by PHI at the time) to have it surgically removed because it was causing quite a bit of pain on the joint. I was left with a small scar which (which has faded away to almost nothing).

    Now it has come back again. In the last two months it has just appeared and kept growing to the point where it is constantly uncomfortable. I can't put any weight on it and my left wrist feels like it's getting weaker again (can't even open jars any more) .

    Have you had surgery on yours before? Did it come back? I was told there was only a 5% chance mine would come back so I feel pretty unlucky and I'm not sure if I want to do it again, but there really isn't any other alternative.

    I think mine are caused by the trama of a broken wrist when I was a lot younger, but I don't think anyone can explain what causes them.

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    I haven't had a Ganglion however my sister had a huge one on the top of her wrist and it was starting to effect her wrist mobility so she had it removed under surgery. This was over 10 years ago and it has never grown back or caused any ongoing problems. The only thing she has is an unsightly keloid scar.

    I don't think she was ever given a reason as to 'why' she had a ganglion except to say 'some people' get them.

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    Hi I have 2 on my left foot. One on top and one on the left side of it. They both cause pain but the Gp I seen insists that surgery is not an option until its over 1.5cm in length. One is only 7mm, not sure bout the other. He suggests I just take panadol for it. I had a fall couple of years ago and he reckons its from that. Ask to have an ultrasound maybe to check the length. He told me they can come and go and in the end the only choice is surgery. If its causing so much pain get it removed.

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    I have one inside my right foot that presses on all the nerves.

    I had surgery two years ago but only shurnk a very small amount. I cannot see it and half the time I forget I have one.

    I get pins and needles in that foot a lot and my toes sometimes get a blue colour if I am on my feet too long but that is it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uniquey View Post
    This was over 10 years ago and it has never grown back or caused any ongoing problems. The only thing she has is an unsightly keloid scar.
    A shame about the keloid scar but at least hers never came back. Lucky girl.

    I've just talked to my mum who apparently remembers my first operation better than mey. The doctor told her if mine ever came back to come back to him straight away as last time he had to operate longer than usual because the roots(?) had gone quite deep and he had to untangle them from around my nerves? Hmmmm. Tricky little things..

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    Had one on my left wrist as well. HDTV surgery to remove it and its returned. I find now its easier and cheaper to get a dr to drain it using a needle. Last a few months before needing it drained again.

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    I have one in my left foot, it is only slightly above the skin, the rest has grown down between the bones. It is ridiculously painful, shoes just are an enemy. I was booked in to go back to the specialist to discuss having it removed but deferred it due to some unexpected heart issues

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    I had one on my left hand palm, just below my ring finger. I had it surgically removed about 4 years ago because it would flick when I put my hand down and leant on it. The doc told me the same thing, some people just get them. They don't need to be removed unless they cause pain or are uncomfortable. He also said there is a slight chance they may come back, even if surgically removed. You can pop them too but I've been told that really hurts. I was not up for the pain.

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    I had no idea they were painful!

    DD has one near her ankle, but never complains that it hurts! Hates anyone touching it though.

    Dr told us if it gets painful/gets in the way of sandals/grows, we'll get it removed. Doesn't want to touch it yet as 30-50% of ganglions disappear by themselves.

    The cyst is apparently just fluid, and completely benign. We were told the reason why ppl get them is unknown.
    Could be wear and tear of the joint, (dd is only 8, so that ones not it in her case) or the bodies response to injury/trauma.

    Apparently in the olden days they used "bible therapy" or were referred to as bible cysts. Because they would smash the cyst with a big heavy book and it would disappear! DD's eyes nearly popped out of her head, when they dr told us this little bit of trivia lol

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    I have one on the inside of my left wrist.
    It has internalised and the fluid completely surrounds my nerves to my hand.
    If it swells I get numb hands and pins and needlea.
    It went away once before but has staued for years now.
    Its quite painful and most days I struggle to wear a watch even.


 

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