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Baker's Cyst? (not really a Fibro question)
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canadacalling - March 19

Hi everyone:

Has anyone on the forum, had a baker's cyst at the back of the knee. It is really painful to go downstairs, or bend to feed the cat etc. I had knee x ray and ultra sound - no word from Dr. I guess there is nothing to be done about it!! Seeing him on Thursday. However, when x ray technician took ultra sound, she inadvertently mentioned the bakers cyst, and said Oh, shouldn't have said that, but the Dr. had put down ?? Bakers Cyst on the requisition.

I have had this for one month, and have tried a lot of stuff - ice , leg elevated, creams etc. tylenols etc. I cannot take ASA type medication because of warfarin. However, I finally bought some Arnica Gel (homeopathic meds, at Health Food Store) and it does help about 30%.

Please, let me know about this darn knee, any information would be helpful. Thanks.


jennloth - March 20

I have a Baker's Cyst, and I had to see an orthopedic surgeon. I am not sure what he is going to do about it. But I would start with seeing an orthopedic surgeon.


Fantod - March 20

A Baker cyst is swelling caused by fluid from the knee joint protruding to the back of the knee.
Baker cysts are not uncommon and can be caused by virtually any cause of joint swelling (arthritis).
A Baker cyst may cause no symptoms or be associated with knee pain and/or tightness behind the knee, especially when the knee is extended or fully flexed.
Baker cysts can rupture and become complicated by protrusion of fluid down the leg between the muscles of the calf (dissection).
Baker cysts can be treated with medications, joint aspiration and cortisone injection, and surgical operation, usually arthroscopic surgery.


LadyNae - March 21

I have never had a bakers cyst but I currently have a small ganglion cyst in my wrist. It hasn't gotten big enough to see on the outside but it has caused me some serious pain. I have to have surgery to remove it on the 29th so that hopefully I can get full function back into my wrist/hand. I would def. go see an orthopedic dr. to get some help.


Fantod - March 21

The time honored and old-fashioned way to get rid of a ganglion cyst was to smack the area hard with the family bible. It actually works!


LadyNae - March 23


I had one when I was a little girl and that is what we did to get rid of it lol. It actually only pops it but doesn't get the "roots" out so the chances of it recurring are fairly high. The one I have now isn't even big enough to make a bump visible on the outside. The dr. said it popped but still has some fluid in it and due to the fact that I can't use my wrist correctly surgery will be helpful.


canadacalling - March 24

Hi jennloth:

I saw my GP. this afternoon, and I also have to see an orthopedic surgeon. He says the length of time before I see him is 6-8 weeks. Meanwhile, nothing else was offered with excepton to Advil liquid gels, which will probably upset my stomach. The cyst (he knows very little about), is not allowing me to excercise. Once I mentioned this, he recommended I see an orthopod.

Fantod mentioned about it rupturing, and I forgot to ask about that. Can you comment further on that? Why couldn't you have come to the Dr. with me ha ha. I was in and out like a flash. Annoying. Now I am going to make myself a cup of tea, and chill with my leg, knee elevated. Have a good day all who were so kind to answer. S.


Fantod - March 24

Hi Susan - I'm sorry that your doctor rushed you in and out of the office. That just seems to be how things go these days. I must have some mule in my bloodline because I don't budge until I'm satisfied with the amount of information that I am receiving.

Anyway, I don't think I'd concern myself with the option that the cyst might rupture. These things are pretty common among people like Chef's who are on their feet a lot. I know someone who has had them for years.

Have you tried ice to see if that helps with the pain level? Honestly, this is no way to start out the warmer weather. I feel your frustration and hope that you can get into to see the orthopedist sooner than later. Take care.


Hekattee - July 26

I got diagnosed with fibro a few months ago, although I've had symptoms for years.

Recently my left knee has been really aching, and spams in my calf muscles have been keeping me awake, even though I am on pretty strong pain meds (meptid)

Today my husband noticed a huge bruise on the back of my leg, around the calf. As I haven't knocked it we went to see my GP who's diagnosed a ruptured Bakers Cyst. Apparently there isn't any treatment for this, apart from pain meds and it should go away on its own accord.



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