Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
Re: I have a ganglion cyst...
I've had one since I was 13... so 17 years now. It started out really small and soft... but since my dad was an ass and didn't want to take me to get it fixed, it became hard. It flares up now and then and gets bigger. It is painful since I type for a living... but without good health insurance, I've never been able to afford to get it removed. It can sometimes be really painful when moving my right index finger because there is a tendon or something that seems to catch on this hard knot and not glide over it... yep.. it sucks.
My stepsister had one the size of a golfball removed from the inside part of her wrist. She never had problems with it after that.
I tried that whole book thing (and a big mallet among other things) to try to get rid of it... never helped. In fact, it seemed to aggitate it and make it worse.
Not much else to do there mate. Drain it if you can... if not, surgery if you can. Otherwise, it can just keep getting bigger and bigger and harder and more painful.