Info on ganglion cysts

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by JaciBart, Jun 25, 2003.

  1. JaciBart

    JaciBart Member

    What is a ganglion cyst?

    A ganglion cyst is a bump or mass that forms under the skin. Most commonly, ganglions are seen on the wrist (usually the back side) and fingers, but they can also develop on the shoulder, elbow, and knee. These form when tissues surrounding certain joints become inflamed and swell up with lubricating fluid. They can increase in size when the tissue is irritated and often can "disappear" spontaneously. These masses or cysts appear to grow sometimes but they are not tumours or cancerous.

    What are the symptoms?

    Ganglions can be painless; however, they often are associated with tenderness and pain which may restrict the range of movements.

    How are ganglion cysts recognized?

    The diagnosis of ganglion cyst is made by physical examination. Medical tests such as x-rays may be used to confirm the diagnosis.

    How are ganglion cysts treated?

    The treatment can consist of rest, splinting the affected joint and, in some cases, aspiration of fluid is recommended. If a ganglion cyst tends to reoccur, surgical removal may be recommended.

    What are the causes of ganglion cysts?

    The cause of ganglions is not always clear. Non-occupational factors or conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis have been associated with ganglion cysts. Occupational factors play also an important role in the development of ganglions. Those occupations that require workers to excessively overuse certain joints such as the wrist and fingers pose the risk for ganglion cysts.

    I see nothing here about smashing it with a bible, that was so bizarre to me to read that here on a recent post about these, I just cannot imagine it!!!

  2. kredca4

    kredca4 New Member

    I have a similiar type of cyst. 3 weeks ago, I was washing dishes, and I dropped a large Glass cooking bowl on my finger's, I almost dropped the dish, and when I caught it, it smashed my finger betweent the bowl and sink.

    Good thing I had put on a Bandage and was wearing Gloves at the time. It poped, and it's still ozzing. It's turning red and swelling again with fluid. Seeing my Dr. in the am.

    It's relieve the pressure but won't get rid of the cyst.
    They come back, most times.

    Using a Bible is probably just as good as a glass bowl, I just don't think I could do it on Purpose tho.

  3. tulip922s

    tulip922s New Member

    I never had a ganglion cyst until I got CFS, then I developed one on my finger,,,had it surgically removed, but, it came back.

    I also, have had a wart removed from my leg, a rash on my chest that was biopsied and deteremined to be lupus, as well as a toenail fungus, and ringworm. All of this happened since I became ill with CFS 2 years ago. Prior to this I never had a skin problem.

    Anyone else experiencing skin disorders since becoming ill? Tulip
  4. kredca4

    kredca4 New Member

    I was rather worried about it. The Dr. looked at it, and said that we could wait on doing any surgery on it. I have 3 more finger's that are being affected also.

    When I told him how I did it, they laughed, I said see I do, house work and dishe's, didn't know they were good for releiveing the Pressure on a cyst.

    Madwolf, I love your explation. :eek:)