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Old 09-20-2011, 01:12 AM
 
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Hi,

im 25 and I have a ganglion cyst. It first appeared just under 2 years ago, but was tiny and went away. Now it is back for almost 2-3 months now and it is alot bigger. Measuring at 17mm x 5mm x 16mm. I have been to see a specialist , which has sent me to have xrays and ultra sounds. But now i must wait another month to have another appointment to see him.

It is painful occasionally and sometimes if i lift something heavy i have to quickly put it down as it is too much pressure... for example flexing my wrist when pouring a kettle can even hurt.

After reading what has come back on the ultra sound, it doesnt sound that bad and as i have been told by the plastic surgeon (specialist) who will remove it if i wish , its completely up to me.

here is what the results of the ultra sound came back as:

"ganglion at the dorsal aspect of the wrist superficially with a neck extending between the tendons of extensor compartments 2 and 4 and communicating with a dorsal scapholunate ganglion"

I am unsure whether i should even consider removing this ganglion through surgery. Does anyone have any experience good or bad they are able to share who had had one removed surgically. So just happens that it is on my right wrist (my wrist i use everything for!) ... and ive been told i will need at least 2-3 weeks to recover before i can go back to work , but it may take up to 6-8 weeks to heal properly. Are the scars really that bad ?

Any info would be muchly appreciated! thanks.
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:38 AM
 
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I also have a ganglion cyst on my right wrist (and am right handed). It was diagnosed when I was a little younger than you are now. 40 years later I still have it and it has never given me any problems. It changes size from time to time, but none of my friends seem to notice it so it is by no means unsightly (it looks much like the first picture in the link below). Occasionally it gets a little sore, but usually not enough to bother with a pain pill.

From a medical point of view they are benign so as far as I'm aware there's no reason to have it removed unless you feel it's unsightly.

This article contains some info which you might find helpful.

Ganglion cysts (http://www.yourhands.co.uk/medical-conditions/ganglion-cysts - broken link)
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Old 09-20-2011, 02:27 AM
 
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Thank you very much for that info kobber! ive been looking at some images on google of scars and a picture that came up after someone had surgery was pretty terrifying! so it makes me have second thoughts. Apparently i have 1 year to get this ganglion removed before i have to go through the whole process of having to see another specialist and get xrays / ultra sounds again - quite stupid i have a time limit isnt it
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Old 09-21-2011, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I had one on my wrist for several years, then one day I looked down and it was gone. I never even felt it burst. It's been over a year and it hasn't come back (yet?).
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Old 09-22-2011, 12:02 AM
 
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Just my two cents.

Many years ago, my son had one on the top of his wrist. The doctor said it wasn't a health risk but my son wanted it removed. He was tired of trying to explain it to his friends and classmates. I searched at the library for information (before computers were in the home) and found one common thread of information. Some of the old medical books stated that they often disappear on their own after being hit with something. In one book, they talked about the "old days" when grandpa would smack it with the big family bible. Of course, I didn't want to hit my son's wrist. I couldn't, not even out of love.

I told him that I would make an appointment with the doctor again but before we could, my son took a tumble while playing touch football. He didn't notice anything, at first. A couple of days later, he looked at his wrist and the silly thing was gone. He's been free of it for over 20 years now.

In no way am I'm telling you to do it, but ..... if you are a dare devil with a high pain tolerance, you could smack your wrist against the wall and see if that doesn't do the trick.
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Old 09-22-2011, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Yeah around here people call them "Bible bumps". I had several people offer to hit mine, but I was too chicken. LOL
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:25 AM
 
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Yeah around here people call them "Bible bumps". I had several people offer to hit mine, but I was too chicken. LOL

Bible bumps. Good choice. I hear ya about being a chicken. Me, too! I hope yours will pop, on it's own, real soon.
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Old 09-22-2011, 10:00 AM
 
Location: in my living room
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I had one years go and also saw the mention of hitting it with the family Bible. I never did. I've never done anything about it. I still have times when I can pick something up and my wrist hurts like heck and I've dropped quite a few things over the years too. I just use my other hand on bad days.
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Old 09-22-2011, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Bible bumps. Good choice. I hear ya about being a chicken. Me, too! I hope yours will pop, on it's own, real soon.
Oh mine did pop. I was in a restaurant one day holding up a menu, then I just happened to notice my bump was gone. I never even felt it pop, maybe it happened while I was asleep. <shrug>
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Old 09-22-2011, 08:30 PM
 
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I had one 20 years ago. Saw the doctor about it. Said someday you can have it removed. It vanished on its own and never came back. If it causes pain then it might be good to have to removed. Mine was never painful.
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