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Baker's Cysts & how/when/why do they rupture?

Posted by
Penny on June 06, 2000 at 04:16:01:

Hi! I've read all the info, and still have some questions.
I started dancing about 4 months ago in a topless bar. I bought the best shoes I could, and stretched regularly, but still developed a bakers cyst. I have been out of work almost two weeks. I actually enjoy my job and would like to return to work, however my doctor warns me that the cyst could rupture ecoming extremely painful and require surgury. The dancing is not vigorous, or extreme, but the high heeled shoes may be. I have always been somewhat of a tomboy, and I think the abrupt change in posture (?) may have been a contributing factor in my condition. At this point I can't afford to not work, yet I can't afford an emergency room bill either. Do I get a new job? The two week wait for a paycheck would set me quite far off schedule. I really like dancing, I don't plan to make a career of it, but it definitly pays the school bills. In addition I do not have health insurance, yet. SO>>

Will I have any warning to the cyst rupturing? Swelling. pain, discomfort? As of now I do not feel any of these.

Our sets are 15 minutes each, one per hour, for eight hours.
Does it sound as though I could dance without this cyst rupturing?

Because I don't feel pain or discomfort I am afraid I could rupture the cyst easily, not knowing any particular threshold of exertion.

-Thank you so much for your help.



Re: Baker's Cysts & how/when/why do they rupture? (Archive in Baker's Cyst.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on June 07, 2000 at 08:04:38:

In Reply to: Baker's Cysts & how/when/why do they rupture? posted by Penny on June 06, 2000 at 04:16:01:

Hi, Penny.

First of all, I am greatly disturbed to hear that after reading what is available about Baker's Cysts on this 'site, that you still do not understand that Baker's is caused by the same structural mechanism that causes arthritis: "bracing". The bracing creates a greatly increased pressure inside the joint and thus the rupture of the capsule. See the glossary for any unfamiliar terms.

Since there is nothing but the tissue of your leg to contain the fluid, once it is leaking, it just causes an accumulation of fluid at the site of the leak. There is no neat sack to contain the fluid so there is nothing to "rupture". When someone tells you the cyst is ruptured, what she means is that the pocket of accumulated fluid has suddenly found an additional place to expand. So long as the rupture of the joint capsule is still leaking, the fluid will continue to run into the tissue spaces of the leg. The lining of joints continually make joint fluid.

I hope this helps clarify this since I do not know how to say it any plainer.

Walt



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