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Baker's cyst

Posted by carol on December 20, 1998 at 17:17:59:

I have just been told that I have a ruptured Baker's cyst. Does anyone know how this can be treated? And...how long does the pain typically last in this case?


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Re: Baker's cyst

Posted by Walt Stoll on December 21, 1998 at 10:47:03:

In Reply to: Baker's cyst posted by carol on December 20, 1998 at 17:17:59:

Dear Carol,

If you are lucky, this might be the end of this one!

However, what you really need to do is prevent the next one. Those same things that would prevent a recurrence are the ones that would help this incidental rupture be the cure of THIS one.

If you have not read the archives about this, you need to do so. the same things that prevent & improve arthritis & fibromyositis prevent Bakers Cysts.

Walt



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Posted by Jack Hopkins on December 21, 1998 at 13:33:43:

In Reply to: Re: Baker's cyst posted by Walt Stoll on December 21, 1998 at 10:47:03:

I have been diagnosed with a Bakers Cyst behind left knee through the use of a Doppler Scan. For the past year I have had pain in varying degrees in my laft heel. X-ray showed no heel spur. Cortisone shot gave some little short term relief. My Doctor says lose weight, keep leg elevated, wear supporrt hose, walk more (which is tough to do).Px for anti-inflamitory which gives me the most relief since the pain has now moved up the leg to behind the knee area. I'm considering getting a 2nd opinion.I am seeking any help you can give me. Thank you very much.


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Posted by carol on December 22, 1998 at 11:10:06:

In Reply to: Re: Baker's cyst posted by Walt Stoll on December 21, 1998 at 10:47:03:

Dr. Stoll - thank you for your prompt attention to my question. I have read the archives and have one further question. Given that my Baker's cyst has ruptured, will the synovial fluid eventually dissipate and my cyst will heal (close) on it's own? Or, will the problem persist without further medical attention?


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Posted by Walt Stoll on December 22, 1998 at 14:08:19:

In Reply to: Re: Baker's cyst posted by Jack Hopkins on December 21, 1998 at 13:33:43:

Hi, Jack.

Utilize the archives for this BB and read about arthritis, fibromyositis and Bakers Cyst. They are all caused by the same mechanisms and these causative items must be addressed before more problems occur.

THEN, if you still have questions, write again.

Walt



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Posted by Walt Stoll on December 23, 1998 at 09:47:04:

In Reply to: Re: Baker's cyst posted by carol on December 22, 1998 at 11:10:06:

Hi, Carol.

This depends upon whether the reasons for the cyst developing in the first place are dealt with. Even when the anatomy was "normal" the cyst STILL developed. Now that the normal anatomy has been disturbed ( the ruptured cyst) it will be even easier for it to recur or even another one to form. This is why I hoped you would read about the causes so you could choose what you are willing to do to get rid of them.

The present ruptured cyst likely did NOT rupture back into the synovial sac of the joint. The fluid that has escaped WILL just resorb into your system. However, for the cyst to grow, it had to be connected to the joint space. If it is still connected, and the causes are not dealt with, it will likely heal the rupture & start filling back up.

Is this making sense to you?

Walt



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Re: Baker's cyst

Posted by John Kendall on January 27, 1999 at 11:42:42:

In Reply to: Re: Baker's cyst posted by Walt Stoll on December 23, 1998 at 09:47:04:

Hello,
I was wondering if you could assist me. I had an MRI done on my knee. I was diagnosed with a bakers cyst. I have tried jogging, but most of the time it hurts too much. I have a doctor's appointment in 2 weeks. I was wondering if there is a treatment that will allow me to continue to run. I have a race that I would like to participate in the second weekend in April.

thank you for any assistance,

John


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Posted by Walt Stoll on January 28, 1999 at 13:48:38:

In Reply to: Re: Baker's cyst posted by John Kendall on January 27, 1999 at 11:42:42:

Hi, John.

If the knee shows no other damage (via the MRI and physical examination) AND you can get your sugery right now (approached from the rear so the joint is not entered) you may be able to do the race.

As you can see, that is a lot of "ifs". You should not pay your entry fee yet!

The main thing for you to know is WHY people get Baker's Cysts and do something about that or your running days are limited.

Walt



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Re: Baker's cyst

Posted by Mike Girolamo on January 28, 1999 at 20:53:15:

In Reply to: Re: Baker's cyst posted by Walt Stoll on December 23, 1998 at 09:47:04:

Can you identify any possible therapeutic interventions or course of treatments for a patient in his seventies who is havind pain as a result of the baker's cyst?


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Re: Baker's cyst

Posted by Myron Kaufman on January 28, 1999 at 23:41:34:

In Reply to: Re: Baker's cyst posted by Walt Stoll on January 28, 1999 at 13:48:38:

Is it possible to have all the symptoms of Bakers Cyst but not have any pain while running? I have bad pains in back of knee but I can run fine.

Any comments


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Re: Baker's cyst

Posted by Walt Stoll on January 29, 1999 at 14:46:03:

In Reply to: Re: Baker's cyst posted by Mike Girolamo on January 28, 1999 at 20:53:15:

Dear Mike,

The only thinng I would know is to surgically remove the cyst. THEN, if the symptoms persist, the notes about arthritis in ths archives for this BB would be the next place to go.

Doc Dave would have some valuable suggestions in that situation as well.

Walt




Re: Baker's cyst

Posted by Walt Stoll on January 29, 1999 at 14:47:38:

In Reply to: Re: Baker's cyst posted by Myron Kaufman on January 28, 1999 at 23:41:34:

Dear Myron,

See my note to another similar request today on this BB.

Anyone with persistant knee pain should not be doing weight bearing exercises.

Walt




Re: Baker's cyst

Posted by jeanne phillips on February 03, 1999 at 20:03:02:

In Reply to: Re: Baker's cyst posted by Walt Stoll on December 22, 1998 at 14:08:19:

I have a bakers cyst. MRI was negative for any tears or arthritis. Have tried drugs, pt, stretches. can get swelling down only until I am on my feet or drive. Would appreciate any suggestions for treatment. Anyone ever have one removed?



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Posted by Sandra Wacha on February 08, 1999 at 13:00:52:

In Reply to: Re: Baker's cyst posted by Walt Stoll on January 28, 1999 at 13:48:38:

I am dealing with a Baker's cyst and want information re: the cause of the cyst. I have stopped exercising but the cyst is increasingly more painful and getting larger. Could you advise me on a book that would explain why a person gets these cysts? Also, it seems to be going down the leg and has formed a bump on the calve muscle. I have seen an ortho. dr who recommended some P.T. but otherwise I am not having much luck in figuring this thing out. No one has done an MRI or much of anything to help me, really.


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Re: Baker's cyst

Posted by Walt Stoll on February 09, 1999 at 11:45:04:

In Reply to: Re: Baker's cyst posted by Sandra Wacha on February 08, 1999 at 13:00:52:

Dear Sandra,

You do not need to buy a book. This is a simple explanation that has been outlined once again on this BB within the past couple of weeks. Look for it.

Also, it has been discussed for years on this BB and the archives would have it too.

Once you have this informationi under your belt, if you still have questions, write again.

Walt




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