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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.

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