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Ganglion Cyst Symptoms, Pain Relief, Treatment, and Removal

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Comment from: Lilcat, 19-24 (Patient) Published: July 07

I had a ganglion cyst on the top of my left foot. I had it probably about 5 years and it got more and more painful. I’m 22 and healthy, so I had it surgically removed because it ended up chipping my bone. It was probably from the pressure and friction of a shoe for so many years. It’s been 6 months and my foot still hurts, honestly, worse than before. It’s constantly swollen, turns bright red and I have brown skin that never turns red. My veins swell up in giant bulbs. I wish I just left the cyst alone.

Comment from: km4vow, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 14

I have a ganglion cyst on my index finger. I was considering surgery to have it removed and along comes COVID-19, followed by sanitizer on hands 50 times a day, every time I touch something. After 3 weeks of sanitizer, the ganglion is no longer there, appearance-wise. I still feel it under the joint, but it is no longer visible, raised, or embarrassing! Will it return after COVID-19 and my constant sanitizing? Probably so. But I am loving that it is no longer visible and looking like a wart on my finger.

Comment from: kay, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 30

After 3 years of pain in my right wrist, I finally went for an MRI yesterday. Upon arrival the doctor did an ultrasound first and informed me I did not need the color dye nor MRI as he had found the problem was a ganglion cyst and could resolve it there and then. He injected me with a local anesthetic, a steroid injection and then a long needle to suck out the ganglion cyst. It was pretty painful and took under 10 minutes. Last night, I was in pain but the anesthetic kicked in and numbed it a little. Today it's very painful.

Comment from: Neglected by NHS, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I have a ganglion cyst on my shin, larger than the size of a cricket/tennis ball, described as 'complex' by the consultant. Situation was made worse with failure to deal with it and medical neglect, despite being referred by my general physician to the specialist over five years ago at the outset.

Comment from: Kathy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 16

I had a ganglion removed from my left wrist exactly 4 weeks ago. Not only is there still a hard, large something inside my wrist where the cyst was, the pain is awful and getting worse. I can't grip anything tightly, and bending my wrist in any direction is so painful it's brought me to tears. I just had an ultrasound done on it today, ordered by my family doctor after my surgeon hasn't returned my calls for a week. I keep getting sharp pains that radiate up my arm, right up to my underarm.

Comment from: Debra, 55-64 (Caregiver) Published: April 07

I had a ganglion cyst removed about 6 months ago and now my wrist is just starting to hurt. I don’t know why this is happening.

Comment from: Salemsbest , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 09

I first noticed my lump on left ankle a couple years ago. I have a few autoimmune disorders that cause inflammation to my soft tissue. I roll my ankles a lot and this last time my ganglion cyst grew very fast and caused nerve pain. An MRI confirmed surgery was the only option. I've tried physiotherapy and injections in the past. As a nurse I'm on my feet a lot and I'm worried about recovery time and recurring cysts, which I hope is years away and not months. I just hope I continue to do my job pain free after this.

Comment from: Ouch, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I had 2 ganglion cysts removed from my finger knuckles. Synovial cysts with bone spurs were removed. I am in pain 2 months later. It is burning and swollen with nerve pain. I went to physical therapy after 2 weeks which ended with pain lasting another week, and being unable to move. The surgery was on my dominant hand, forefinger and thumb. I am basically disabled now when I was told all good after 2 weeks. I know each case is unique so I am looking for veterans of this very painful surgery.

Comment from: Moto, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 15

I had surgery to remove the ganglion cyst on my ankle twenty years ago. It came back and sometimes it’s painful especially in the winter with boots. Three orthopedic surgeons deemed this pesky cyst as something to live with because it will most likely recur and leave more scarring. Annoying and painful.

Comment from: Ljarrell0224, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I have had a ganglion cyst on my left wrist for about 10 months. It has been quite painful and very annoying. Recently I started taking iron, Flagyl (for unrelated condition), and burdock and Moringa (both in capsule form). I have no idea which is shrinking the annoying thing, or if it is the combination, but I am pleased to say the pain is finally gone and the size has decreased to half. Hopefully we are on the road to it being gone! Consult a doctor prior to starting anything though.

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Comment from: D, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I have a ganglion cyst on the side of my right foot. My doctor told me to place a quarter on top of cyst and wrap tightly. I don’t know what the quarter can do.

Comment from: Barney, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 16

My experience is to get tough with them! My wife had a ganglion cyst on top of her wrist, and the doctor suggested, 'bash it with a bible,' but she didn't fancy that. Hard massage eventually popped it. I had one under my ring finger knuckle, I ground it against the edge of my desk, hard, regularly for several days. Pop! problem gone. Now I have one on my pinkie knuckle. The doctor said to ice for a day, heat next day, then massage. I can then bash it, or he can cut it out!

Comment from: Helpme please, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

I had surgery to remove ganglion cysts that were present in both of my hands. I had the cysts for years on and off before the surgery. Now, both my hands still hurt and I had the surgery months ago. I don’t know what is going on.

Comment from: Rebecca, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

I have just had an outpatient surgery to remove a ganglion cyst out of my left wrist. As post-operative care the surgeon prescribed ibuprofen, Tylenol, elevation and ice. I have not been able to sleep tonight due to the severe pain and unable to find any relief. He placed a cast on my lower arm, wrist and excluded my thumb and fingers. Ice does not relieve pain and swelling through concrete! He refused to prescribe prescription pain medicine.

Comment from: Dee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I have had no treatment for my ganglion cyst! The physician informed me that a glenoid tumor (ganglion) should not give me shoulder pain. Not the kind I am feeling. Impingement of range of motion, most painful at resting. I tried a steroid injection without a long-lasting result. Less than one day only. And I believe it was due to the numbing medication used during the administering of the steroid.

Comment from: Cher, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I had a ganglion cyst removed but now have more pain because they cut a nerve. I don’t know what to do.

Comment from: Wtfymelol, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I have a large ganglion cyst inside my knee. It doesn’t start to hurt until around noonish depending on what I’m doing, but by the end of day I feel so aggravated and my knee feels unstable and so painful. I’ve had aspiration, then injections, and nothing has really been the dramatic change. I’m in need of surgery if possible, but I need something; it’s been over a year after 2 MRIs. I’m lost.

Comment from: Switzer, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I had a ganglion cyst on the inside of my left wrist. When I first noticed it, I thought it was a bone! It didn’t hurt and the doctor told me not to hit it with a book because it was too close to a vein. I subsequently broke that same wrist and I guess it popped the cyst. That was about 25 years ago and it never returned. Now, I have them on top of several toes! Decisions, decisions... hit them with a book or break my toes!

Comment from: Lana, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I have had a ganglion cyst on each of my wrist since I was 6 years old and I'm 76 now. Four years ago I got one on the bottom of my right foot and had it removed with success. Three years ago I got one on top of my left foot and it has grown all over my foot and is painful especially if I do a lot of walking. My foot looks deformed now. I don't have any idea what to do for pain and I can't rest it because I'm the caregiver to my husband with dementia who has a lot of needs.

Comment from: Rachel, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

I was diagnosed with a solid ganglion cyst on the inside of my left wrist (below the thumb) in 1983. In 1989 it became very painful. The doctor sent me to a hand surgeon. The two doctors removed the cyst and had to splice a couple of tendons to get it out. They stated I could lose 2 to 5 percent use of my thumb. I find now that I cannot put any weight on my thumb. I can't hold cups or coffee pots. The best I can do is use my left hand and thumb as support beneath what I’m carrying.

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Comment from: TheAcystant , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 10

I had a ganglion cyst on my wrist. I was referred to the plastic surgeon who poked my cyst to draw out the fluid. Then he injected the location with a steroid, and massaged it a bit. I was surprised how little fluid he drew out due of the size of my cyst, but my cyst has never come back; it has been 5 years!

Comment from: Bill, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 29

I have a ganglion cyst on the first knuckle of my right index finger. I self-treated for about two years. This included freezing it, lancing it, and cutting it off. Fortunately I never got an infection, but I did scrub with alcohol, peroxide and whiskey once. It kept coming back, sometimes painful if I had banged it on something, then it would fill up with a clear gel-like substance and hurt. Finally I went and had it surgically removed today. Simple procedure of about 15 minutes, after pre-operative procedure. Good so far.

Comment from: Mike, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 05

I have a 1 1/2 inch ganglion cyst in the underside of my wrist, and the MRI even notes an obstruction under skin unidentifiable. So far 3 x-rays, the MRI and 5 doctors later I’m still waking up every hour with the worst pain ever in my hand and all my fingers. I can hardly close my hand now and I’m watching the ability of my right hand (I’m right handed), deteriorate more every day. Not to mention the pain is almost to the point I want to slice my wrist open.

Comment from: Jayne, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I have a ganglion cyst on my left wrist. I had it aspirated last Thursday but it is still there. I was told by the doctor I have to go back on the waiting list then have it aspirated 2 more separate times and I can go on the waiting list to have it removed by surgery. The aspiration is basically a waste of everyone's time but has to be done just to get down the surgery route.

Comment from: david, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 25

I just had a ganglion cyst removed at the base of the left thumb, by an orthopedic surgeon hand specialist. It was causing constant low grade pain so I decided to have it removed. Still painful after 3 weeks but it is getting better. I am getting full movement back. Let's hope it does not come back.

Comment from: Jenn, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I’ve had a ganglion cyst on the top of my left wrist for a few years. It just started hurting really bad so I decided to have surgery. Surgery was done a month ago, I went today for the postoperative checkup and I asked the doctor if he even took it out. It looks like it’s still there! And the ache! The doctor told me I was scaring him. I’m scaring him!

Comment from: PacificaPq, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 29

Almost 6 months ago I had surgical incision of a ping pong ball-sized ganglion cyst removed from top/side of my foot. After 3 weeks, the stitches closed the incision, which had left a large space inside my foot, so I was referred to wound care. The wound filled in with medical help, but the yellow, stringy fluid continues to drain, keeping the wound wet. Surgeon touched the nerve twice, during excision causing burning in my baby toe; told me the cyst had a “broad base”. The wound is still not healed.

Comment from: Bluejay, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I had a ganglion cyst that developed in between the two rows of bones in the wrist. It was pushing the bones out of position. My doctor injected something into it that made it dissolve in five days.

Comment from: Elowndes, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 13

I have had a ganglion cyst on my inside wrist, about 2 cm in diameter, for a couple years. It became painful, and I sought help from an orthopedic surgeon who proposed excision under general anesthesia. Prior to the scheduled surgery, I watched a YouTube video of the traditional treatment of striking it with a book. Being a technologically savvy person I decided to try this approach with my iPhone 8 plus on which I read. After a couple trial smacks on the area adjacent to the cyst, I gave it a whack. Problem solved, all gone, no pain. Is it really appropriate to propose that radical a procedure for something that simple to fix! Either way it can recur.

Comment from: coconut , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 03

In about 2013, I developed a small ¼ inch size bump, painless, on the joint of my index finger (closest to my thumb) of my left hand; it has always been painless. In January of 2015 I had a physician at an urgent medical care facility diagnose it as a ganglion cyst, and he gave me a handout on it. He performed a small incision to drain the cyst fluid. After several months, it had re-inflated to the original size. I have never had any arthritis associated with this hand. After about two years, in early 2017, the cyst had reduced in size to about 1/3 of what it was, or a 60 to 70 percent reduction. In late 2017, it has remained this size and it is hard to see unless I look closely at it. So, I am happy about it. I am now age 63 and of Chinese ethnicity, in quite good health otherwise.

Comment from: Sandra, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 29

I developed a 'probable' ganglion cyst (diagnosed by MRI) on the top of my foot below the big toe. This cyst emerged about 6 months following a bunionectomy. It was drained multiple times but kept returning. My podiatrist wanted to do surgery but I resisted after reading that it is only effective 50 percent of the time and that recovery is slow. Instead I started physical therapy (PT). The therapist gave me a series of exercises that increased the range of motion in my big toe! I continued these exercises 3 to 5 times a week for several months, even after formal PT ended. Slowly but surely the cyst started to reduce in size and eventually disappeared. I have been cyst free now for over one year but I still do the exercises given to me by the therapist. I do them almost every day while watching TV in the evening. The site of the cyst is still sorer than the other foot but at least I can wear shoes and the ugly cyst is gone. I would suggest trying physical therapy before surgery. Good luck!

Comment from: Blondie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 18

I currently have a ganglion cyst. I have found much relief from Biofreeze. I spray it on the cyst and wrap it in gauze, keeping the gauze wet with the Biofreeze. It gives me much needed relief.

Comment from: Diane, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

I had a large ganglion cyst appear on the top part of my left ankle. The doctor aspirated this 3 times over the course of a year but each time it returned, and each time it appeared to be larger. Nearly 4 weeks ago I was admitted for surgery to remove it. An epidural was administered and I was in the theatre for 2 hours as it turned out the nerves were knotted in with the ganglion cyst. It was not a painful procedure but the recovery has been very slow. I have not been able to put any pressure on the foot because of hematoma around the wound. I am due to return tomorrow and hope I will be discharged, but somehow don't think I will be.

Comment from: Lake Girl, Female (Patient) Published: May 25

I had a large, painful ganglion cyst removed from my right wrist when I was 25. Recovery was approximately 3 weeks. The cyst never returned. I had a golf ball-sized ganglion cyst removed from my right ankle three weeks ago and am shocked at how long the recovery is taking. Based on my pre-surgery appointments, I thought I would be back on my feet (literally) by now but I'll be lucky to be walking without crutches in another 10 to 14 days. I am now on antibiotics to help relieve the hematoma that formed. I hope I am lucky as lucky as I was with my wrist. If you decide to have surgery, be prepared for a long recovery.

Comment from: luka, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 12

I had my ganglion cyst on my finger when I was 20. I cut it off and it disappeared. I did not have it until when I was 58 it appeared behind the wrist. It was surgically removed but re-emerged at 59 and I am now nursing the wound.

Comment from: Chesirkity, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

I have rheumatoid arthritis and a ganglion cyst on my finger. I had it drained, only to have it return within 4 weeks. It is very sensitive to touch and the doctor suggested seeing a surgeon to remove it.

Comment from: Bear, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 18

I have a ganglion cyst on my left second toe, it is not painful, but is ugly and I wear sandals frequently. I had it removed twice by two different foot surgeons, had an extremely painful recovery and it came back within about two years both times. The third time, I had laser treatment on it about 10 times and it went away on its own. Unfortunately, about 2 or 3 years later it returned again and I still have it. I do not plan to have surgery because the recovery is so painful and it does not stay away anyway. I am still looking for another resolution that would be more permanent.

Comment from: Mary, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 15

My ganglion cyst the size of a blackberry was at the end of my finger just above the cuticle. I cut off the top and drained it, then applied alcohol. Three times it filled up again. The 3rd time, while it was open, I used melaleuca oil on it 2 or 3 times a day. It did the trick.

Comment from: MCPK, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

I have been diagnosed with a ganglion cyst on the bottom of my large right toe. As you can imagine, it is very bothersome. After living with it and having it drained several times I had it surgically removed. Within 2 weeks it was back and I lived with it another year. This was possible only because I was able to express it myself about three times a week. I again had it surgically removed about a month ago and it is now back again, probably within the first two weeks. It was removed by an orthopedic foot surgeon both times (2 different ones). I am willing to fly anywhere! I also have another ganglion cyst on the top of my left foot that I had surgically removed 2 years ago and it came back within 2 weeks. I've been living with that one, though it's starting to cause pain now. Yes, I am 0 for 3 on surgically removing ganglion cysts!

Comment from: Krystle, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I have had a ganglion cyst since 8th grade. I am now 26 years old and it won't go away. It is severely painful and I can't put pressure on my wrist. I have had it drained once, and it came back within a month! I want it surgically removed but I currently don't have insurance because I just got off my dad's, after turning 26, so I need help with someone doing the surgery at a cheap price.

Comment from: MamaC, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I have a ganglion cyst on my left wrist causing constant pain. I went to my doctor and he referred me to an orthopedic doctor. My appointment is 3 weeks out and I cannot take this pain; now I’m taking pain medications. I think I’m going to the emergency room.

Comment from: Joyce, 55-64 (Patient) Published: September 25

I am having a ganglion cyst removed that is on top of my left foot. I am scared about post-surgery.

Comment from: tshaye1, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 09

I am wondering about the status of the ganglion cyst of the person who submitted the post on November 29 with a wound that would not close and was excreting fluid. My dad is experiencing similar symptoms after several surgeries to try to get rid of his ganglion cyst.

Comment from: BNJ, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I had a ganglion cyst removed almost 5 weeks ago. I'm still in pain, swollen and can’t bend my wrist. I am not sure if this is normal.

Comment from: Jackie , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I had a ganglion cyst removed from my foot in November last year. It has returned and is more painful, and also my ankle keeps giving way.

Comment from: pat647, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I had a ganglion removed from my toe 2 1/2 months ago and it is already back. I wonder if that is normal or if the doctor not get it all the first time.

Comment from: Maeve, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

I had a ganglion cyst on my right wrist 4 years ago and I got it removed after a year because the pain was unbearable and debilitating with regards to everyday things. Three or four months ago, I started getting pain, and sure enough this month it showed up again in my right wrist and exactly where my old one was. I have pain that is not too bad yet, does get a little too painful sometimes, but not constant.

Comment from: eec, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I have a ganglion cyst on the middle finger of left hand. It is very painful. It has disappeared once and returned. The general physician will not treat saying it will go away by itself. I am not sure how to proceed.

Comment from: Ben, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 25

My ganglion cyst got removed by surgery, but returned in the same spot a year later. I have symptoms of numbness, hard solid cyst and ache throughout the hand. It feels like carpal tunnel syndrome. It's on the index finger just right below the nail to the side. It pushes the skin and causes tension to touch and writing. From my observation and based on the first surgery, this type of cyst feeds off the blood vessel and it keeps growing.

Comment from: zete, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 04

I went out to mow the yard and in doing so was poked rather hard in the chest area by a tree branch. After three weeks, a bump appeared there. It didn't bother me for a year or so, then began bothering me when I would lift weights. Thus, I had it removed. It cost me 2,100 dollars out of pocket to do so.

Comment from: shatoya3384, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 29

I recently had a ganglion cyst removal on my right inner part of my wrist and it was attached to a major artery along with some nerves as well. So, since surgery my hand is worse. My wrist doesn't bend at all and when I try, it’s painful.

Comment from: Cajun Lady, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 25

My orthopedic surgeon diagnosed the large bump on the top of my right foot as a ganglion cyst about 2 years ago. I also noticed that I had a bump on my ankle. He ordered an MRI to see what was going on. It turned out that it was also a ganglion cyst and the two were connected. He drained the cyst through the bump on the ankle. He said there was a 50% chance that it would return and it did. He said he could drain it again, but it would probably return again. Now I feel it is affecting the way I walk and makes me limp sometimes because my foot doesn't flex. It also hurts sometimes. He originally told me to leave it alone. But he also said that I could see another orthopedic surgeon who specializes in feet. I think I will do that to see what he thinks.

Comment from: laurenk, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

I first noticed my ganglion cyst on my right wrist when I was about 12. I had it drained with a needle several times, but it kept coming back. When I was 17, I had it surgically removed, but within two years it was back again. I am a massage therapist and my cyst disappears and reappears off and on, seeming to reappear and get bigger and more painful during times when I am massaging a lot. It's a nuisance and I wish it would stay away! I would not suggest the surgery if you are going to be paying out of pocket since it is likely to come back eventually.

Comment from: Lana, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I have a ganglion cyst on the top and sides of my foot. It keeps growing all over my foot. It hurts so badly and I believe it is pushing on nerves.

Comment from: bella, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 14

I had my ganglion cyst surgery 2 months back. I wonder if I need to go for physiotherapy treatment.

Comment from: Nicky d, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 19

My daughter has suffered with a wrist ganglion cyst for over a year. This was confirmed by 2 different general physicians who sent her to the hospital. The consultant believes her to be lying as she lost feeling in her hand with it, and as it didn’t fit with what his textbooks had taught him. So I have a 13 year old in constant pain unable to compete in physical education at school and has difficulty in writing at school. Lovely NHS treatment.

Comment from: AGSerra1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 27

I had my first event with a ganglion cyst when I was about 25 years old. It wasn't a just a lump that I am seeing in these photos. It was and is a smooth blue bump that is over a quarter size area just below the 2nd knuckle on the back of my hand. It just shows up, and am just now going through my 3rd episode. No doctor wishes to do anything. They feel it may be related to vascular issues. So I have to just live with the joint pain in my fingers and hand. Then it ruptures and burns and my hand is in real pain. I have gone to several doctors including a vascular doctor in the past and no one was willing to help.

Comment from: Jmarie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I have been going back to school for a little over a year now for nursing and I write all the time. Six months ago I started to see a small knot on the top of my wrist and within the past month I started to get another on the right side. One ganglion cyst is a quarter size and the other is about a dime size. I am hoping when school is over they will fade away.

Comment from: Betty, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

I had a large ganglion cyst removed on the top of my right hand when I was 17. I am now 68 and it has never returned. I have several ganglion cysts on my left hand at the top of my fingers. My doctors said it was caused by carrying plastic bags with my fingers. They are now starting to hurt. Don't know what to do now. My hands are arthritic and do not want to have surgery.

Comment from: HK, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 13

I had surgery. The ganglion was one of the most painful injuries to my body. This was my seventh orthopedic surgery and one of the most painful.

Comment from: Alison, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 22

I had a bump on my foot which my dermatologist said was an epidermoid cyst. It got painful and bigger quickly so the doctor said to remove it. It was supposed to be a simple procedure in the office with a local anesthetic. When he opened my foot he said he couldn't find the cyst. After some digging he found it and said he couldn't remove it, only drain it. Within a few weeks the cyst was back and growing bigger than before. I saw a foot specialist who drained it. They were surprised when blood came out too. She thinks it's a ganglion cyst. She said draining it and injecting it with cortisone would relieve the pain and it would get smaller. I have another appointment coming up, but I am concerned and frustrated.

Comment from: amomfirst, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 25

When I was about 20, I was sitting in class and dropped my pen while taking notes. I couldn't figure out what happened. Writing began to cause pain in my wrist. I had no apparent bumps or we might have suspected a ganglion cyst like my mom and her mom used to get. My grandma would hit hers with a big book! One doctor injected my wrist with cortisone. Another gave me an antidepressant for my 'writer's cramp.' A few people tried to get me to see a psychologist or admit I didn't like school! Nine doctors and 18 months later, a doctor figured out that it was a ganglion cyst and did surgery to scrape it out from between the carpal bones of the wrist. Sometimes a long writing session will feel a bit painful, but nothing like it was back in college. I'm so grateful it hasn't returned!

Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I've had a lump on the inside of my right wrist for over six months. I went to a hand surgeon and he gave me a brace to wear for six weeks. It didn't help. I went to him again and he said to just wear it at night. I do that but the lump seems bigger and my hand and arm hurt a lot. I have trouble sleeping because of the pain.

Comment from: Amanda, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I developed a ganglion cyst in my left wrist at 14 after hitting my arm on a rock. After about 5 years of suffering with numbness in my hand, it was finally removed via surgery. After the surgery I was told that I had 12 cysts that were wrapped around the tendon and pinning it to the bone which was affecting the nerves and causing the pain. This cyst has not recurred, however I still have varying levels of numbness in my left hand constantly but the pain is no longer a problem. I had a fall about 12 months ago and within 30 minutes a lump had developed on my right wrist and I was suffering from pins and needles in my right hand. After a very painful examination, four x-rays, an MRI and an ultrasound I was advised that I had a ganglion cyst. My doctor suggested immobilization for six weeks as treatment to see if this reduced the amount of pain involved. After this failed, the cyst was injected with steroids. The steroid injection provided immediate relief from the pain but only lasted for two months. My doctor has now referred me for surgery. As I am right handed and my left hand is numb 95% of the time, I suffer constant pain. I am also allergic to NSAIDS (and most other pain killers) so I have tried just about every "home" treatment I could find (including bible therapy) all to no avail.

Comment from: Lady, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 29

I've had a ganglion cyst for about 15 years. For a while I had to have it drained monthly. A sports medicine doctor once told me that if I had it surgically removed the chance of returning was pretty great, so I opted to never have surgery on the wrist. Now I see a rheumatologist who gives me an injection in my wrist about once every six months, which seems to keep it down.

Comment from: baby cak, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 12

I had a ganglion cyst on my right wrist 50 years ago. I had it removed and it came back within a year. My cysts disappeared after lifting patient and it never returned.

Comment from: ktnov, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

I was injured at work. Before that I had no problem with my hand that I ever noticed. With 10 minutes there was a large lump on my hand which turned out to be a cyst. The doctor did an ultrasound and there were actually 7 of them. All were drained and I was told they rarely reappear but it was possible.

Comment from: cc, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I have a big ganglion cyst on the side and back of right knee and was told it is quite big. I fell on my knee and had an MRI and that is when it was discovered.

Comment from: lumpy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I have a very small painful lump on my right wrist. I went to the doctor and she said it was a ganglion cyst. I was told to wear a wrist brace and was given an anti-inflammatory medication.

Comment from: mel72, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 28

My son has had surgery to remove a ganglion cyst on his foot three times. Removal was needed because it hurt him to wear shoes and play. The last surgery he had was to do the same .However his surgeon came back to say this time it was a build-up of blood vessels and not a ganglion. I am concerned if this will now impact his life.

Comment from: anonymous, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I had a golf-ball-sized ganglion cyst appear overnight on the top side of my right wrist about 2 years ago. It was so painful that I went to see my doctor immediately. She referred me to a hand surgeon who told me that he could drain it, but it would probably reappear. He recommended surgery. I had the surgery within a week of the cyst first appearing. Now, two years later my wrist still aches about 85% of the time. The surgeon said the root of the cyst went all the way to the bone. I now have a pea sized cyst at the base of my index finger on the palm side of my right hand. It has been coming/going intermittently for the past 25 years. It is always painful when I have it, but usually goes away within a month or so. I certainly wish the cause of these cysts could be determined and a "cure" found.

Comment from: Sue, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I had a ganglion surgically removed from the outside of my wrist 25 years ago. I also had one removed from the outside of my ankle 2 1/2 years ago. Both have been fine since. I now have one in the inside of each wrist. The left one is huge and very painful. The right one is small and hurts occasionally. I'm only hesitating on surgery because I've had many operations and am not anxious for more.

Comment from: jaherrick, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

I have had three ganglion cysts on my right hand directly above my ulna. I would like to describe what happened in each instance. 1. I had the first cyst for about two months in 2006. That year, we had a severe winter and ice was blocking the drain to my driveway causing a backup of ice. I got an ice chipper and chipped ice for about four hours relatively continuously clutching the chipper with an up and down motion. Miraculously, I noticed the cyst went away right after that. 2. In the fall of 2010, I got another cyst. I went to the doctor's and had it drained in December. It cost $500. The cyst reappeared, and was even larger within a month. 3. I have had the cyst since January and today I went skiing. There was a lot of powder and I really had to dig in with my poles, of course clutching the pole with an up and down movement. When I took my gloves off after a seven hour ski, the cyst was GONE.

Comment from: nigel, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 19

I am a 38yr old New Zealand male with a ganglion on the top right side of my wrist. This is painful and I drop things because of the pain. I have trouble holding the steering wheel of the car. I have tried to pop it with heavy books etc and lately have been so desperate. My doctor is reluctant to do anything with it as I have multiple sclerosis but don’t have any symptoms but he says he could set it off if he hits a nerve I am so desperate to get rid of it and I also am developing one in my right wrist.

Comment from: hummingbird, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I had laser treatment on the ball of my foot near the big toe for a plantar wart. I believe the laser treatment contributed to the very large ganglion cyst that appeared immediately afterwards. My podiatrist did not know at the time that this was a ganglion cyst. He aspirated the bloody fluid and sent it for biopsy. The biopsy report said it was unlikely to be a ganglion cyst, but could not identify what it was, so I went for a second opinion. The second podiatrist sent me for an MRI. Again, the report said it could not identify what it was. I then had surgery to remove this mass because of the burning and pain associated with it. The incision has 18 stitches, I am in a cast to my knee for at least 3 weeks, and it is pretty painful.

Published: December 10

I had a small ganglion cyst on the back of my wrist several years ago. My doctor suggested that I massage it (hard) every day. After about a week, it went away and has never returned.

Comment from: Cortisone Queen, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 14

I have had the pain in my right wrist increasingly present over the past 13 years. Within the past year, however it's been worse. I just had the diagnoses of ganglion cyst and a subsequent cortisone shot. I will wait a few weeks for a follow-up to see if it worked. I was told that 60-65% of patients are fine after a cortisone shot, others need surgical removal. After reading the preceding comments, I'm not convinced surgery is the best option.

Comment from: melbourne girl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I had a ganglion cyst for many years and it grew larger over time. I went to see a chiropractor and she used the activator on it and did some wrist adjustments and within one month it disappeared and it has been 12 months since and it is still gone. No need for surgery when a chiropractor is near. My niece had hers surgically removed but it came back again.

Comment from: Gaynor, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

One morning I woke up and nearly fell over with pain. It was six months before I managed to get an MRI which showed I have a ganglion pushing on my sciatic nerve next to my spine. I was about to have an operation to have it removed and my surgeon fell ill. It was another month before I was able to see another surgeon. I was offered an injection. While considering my options, over a period of two weeks the pain in back has diminished by about 90%.After reading your website, I notice they can disappear. I pray that mine has.

Comment from: bella.mella, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

My wrists are a very weak point in my body; I had a ganglion cyst surgically removed from my right wrist at age 14 (20 years ago), leaving a 1-inch scar. I am a massage therapist and have now developed one in my left wrist. Very disappointing. The pain radiates up my arm and down through my fingers. I had not heard of simple aspiration as a possibility and am hopeful of such a solution this time around.

Comment from: 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 13

I had a ganglion cyst, which I had removed recently because it was too painful to wait. I have had no other problems so far.

Comment from: wh, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 26

I had a ganglion cyst show up suddenly in July. It hurt when I moved my wrist. A friend who is a RMT stretched and massaged around it and it felt better but didn't really go away. That same friend smacked it with a spoon several times in October and it broke up a bit. Then it came back even bigger in January. In March, I had a chiropractor friend break it using a spoon and one of those collapsing boards. That didn't work too well. Finally, I convinced my boyfriend to smash it with a textbook. So he used his most-hated pharmacy textbook and hit the ganglion on my wrist. My first reaction was the shock of discovering that the bump disappeared that fast... then it turned to pain! Ha! Within an hour or so, the pain was just the regular ache I had learned to live with while having the bump. I'm considering splinting my wrist to help ease the strain.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I recently had a dime-sized ganglion cyst removed from my left wrist and a very small one removed from left middle finger. The surgery is fairly easy, recovery not so much - in fact it is far more painful a week after surgery than it ever was as a cyst. Hopefully it’s gone for good now as previous attempts to inject it with steroids were unsuccessful.

Comment from: MASTER YETS, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 05

I am 32. I never had ganglion cysts until the last few years. I probably got them after a skateboarding fall in which I thought I was lucky not to have broken my wrist. I started to wear wristbands that my girlfriend gave me. I started rocking them over my cyst and accidentally wore it to bed. I noticed that my cyst had gone down basically disappeared. I have to been wearing them just to be sure but the big old bump that used to be on my wrist that bugged my when scrubbing, or doing push-ups, and everything else is gone now. I tried to pop it by squeezing with no results and I noticed it to be more aggravated. I stumbled on to something people might want to try. Gone! No doctor visit needed.

Comment from: 44 gym rat, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 05

I have had two on my left ankle and just recently had it return for a third time. I am going to elect to have it aspirated and injected with a steroid. Thank goodness I play basketball with an orthopedic surgeon three times a week.

Comment from: Durango, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

I had a ganglion cyst on the outside top of my right foot (right below my ankle) in 2007. It took a whole year to recover from the surgery because the cyst was so deep. I finally recuperated from the surgery, by the site is still very tender. Well, two weeks ago, I discovered that another cyst has formed right below the site of the previous cyst!

Comment from: Mimi, 55-64 Female Published: March 24

I have a marble sized bump on the inside of my right wrist. Dr. said it was a ganglion cyst. She says to do nothing it will eventually go away. I have had at least two others in the same spot, but none have lasted as long or hurt as much as this one. I am almost incapable of performing any task with my right hand and wrist.

Comment from: [email protected], 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 23

Last year I noticed a small bump on my pinky between the knuckle and cuticle. It grew to the size of a pea and it looked infected but I could touch it with no pain. I went to the doctor and was referred to a hand surgeon. I was prepped for surgery in a day surgery facility. I was given an IV with sleepy meds. I woke up in recovery with a small bandage on my flat finger, and my nail was growing as if it were in a vice pushing it up sharply. Now five months later I have a perfect nail, and a tiny scar. I feel very lucky to have such wonderful insurance.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

I had a bump suddenly appear on my left hand about 5 months ago. It was pea sized one day and marble sized the next. It didn't hurt, but it did move with the tendons when I wiggled my fingers. Several months later it disappeared as fast as it came. Next time I was at the doctor, I told him and he said it was probably a ganglion cyst. Now suddenly this week a marble sized bump appeared on the back on my right hand. It grew fast like before and two days later was huge bump in the middle on my hand. It hurt if I pushed on it and it hurt when I moved my hand in certain ways. Once again it moves with the tendons and it feels "squishy" like before. I decided to get in for an office visit while I still had it. My doctor had no openings for at least a week, so I saw one of his associates. I told her about the left hand and now this one. She examined the new one and said that it is a ganglion cyst. She said the draining doesn't usually work well, but surgery is an option if it bothers me. I would rather wait and see if it will go away like the other one. She told me it was common for them to get bigger and smaller over time.

Comment from: UrshPursh, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

I have had a few of these at various times at the base of my fingers where they meet the palm. They have been rock hard (feels like bone) and have got progressively more painful over a period of months, until they have burst, accompanied by severe flu-like symptoms. I have searched the web and also spoken to my Doctor, and can find no information on why this would be accompanied by the flu symptoms.

Comment from: mtiger1, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I had a ganglion cyst surgically removed when I was 16. It did recur w/in a year or two, but with little pain or discomfort until recently (30 years later). Until now, the pain has been intermittent. Now it is almost constant. Time to see someone, I guess.

Comment from: 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I am a 13 year old athlete. Last night I fell while playing basketball. Later that night I noticed the pea- sized bump on my wrist and showed my mom. She made a doctor’s appointment and he said I have a ganglion cyst. It is not painful or big, so I am ok ;-)

Comment from: kittykay3, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I’ve had surgery the first time and the cast drove me nuts, but the cyst returned.

Comment from: Rick, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 22

I get them a lot on my left hand. All my life (I'm 42), but in the last 5 years or so I'm getting them more often. Once a year or so I guess. I'm not sure if it is a problem... Once they get big enough to cause me some discomfort, I find something flat and hard like the edge of my desk, grit my teeth and smack my hand against it until it pops. Just did that 10 minutes ago (which is why I Googled), and everything is fine now. Don't take that as a recommendation though... :-)

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 11

My doctor thinks I have a ganglion cyst. I have had this “bubble” in my foot for about nine months now.

Comment from: Momofthree, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

I have had ganglion cysts each time after I have had children (3 boys) and I believe it came from the constant lifting of the child and/or the positions held during breastfeeding. I went to an orthopedic surgeon the first time and was charge a $100 office visit for him to tell me he couldn't do anything about it, except maybe drop a big book on it. I ended up going to my mother's chiropractor who indicated I had a pinched nerve between my shoulder blades. After three adjustments, they were gone and did not return again until after my 2nd child was born. I saw the chiropractor again as soon as they arose and he helped once again. The same with the 3rd child. No more since then but whenever I feel a tightness coming on, I run to my doctor (chiropractor).

Comment from: momoffourdolls, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 07

I was in a minor car accident in October, a couple of days later; my wrist started aching really bad. I figured it was the after effects of the accident. It’s now January and I have 3 bumps on the inside of my wrist which ache on/off. I was told they are ganglion Cysts. I don't have insurance though.

Comment from: Kyle, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 13

I received the aspiration treatment for a ganglion cyst on the top of my wrist, and was finished draining the cyst within 10 mins. Very little pain was involved, after the treatment I had minor stiffness in my wrist.

Comment from: katie, Published: July 06

It was three years ago and I had, had a cyst return to the palm of my hand for the second time I had it removed with acupuncture and it’s been three years. I have just been told I have one on the bottom of my foot going to try acupuncture again.

Comment from: rysgma, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I have the cyst on the top left of my right foot for quite some time now. The doctor froze it and drained it, but it came back. It’s back in the same spot and I am going in for a second opinion to another foot doctor tomorrow. It has no pain, but sure doesn’t look good on the top of my foot and everyone seems to notice it, especially in the summer months with sandals on my feet. Hope I can get it broke again and never appears again, but I think that’s wishful thinking.

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