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    Ganglion Cyst

    Just a few days ago I noticed a lump on the top of my right wrist. It seems pretty firm and is not very painful. It is a bit tender if I press hard on it. It only really bothers me if I do a transfer that requires me to bend my wrist quite a bit...that puts a bit of pressure on it. From looking online, it seems almost certain that this is a ganglion cyst. I've read that sometimes they can go away on their own, but given the amount of usage my wrist gets from transfers, I'm doubtful it will. Should I still just take a wait and see approach with it? If it does become more painful/bothersome, how many times can it be aspirated? It looks like typically surgery to remove it is done after a couple of aspirations, but would this be different given my SCI and how wrist surgery would lay me up for some time. I guess what I'm wondering is if I can just have the thing aspirated continually whenever it becomes an issue? Gosh, I just turned 40 this year and my body is feeling it, lol. Pinched nerve in neck with cervical radiculopathy in left arm, now this ganglion cyst on my right wrist. Missing the days when my transfers weren't even a thought...

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    This is one of the conditions which I wish I had approached differently. A surgeon convinced me that aspiration was a temporary fix, and thus a bad idea; so I had the cyst removed, and developed what used to be called reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), now referred to as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Sue Pendleton and I exchanged several posts about it here a few years ago, which I think you'd probably be able to find. I wouldn't wish the condition on anyone. I developed a ganglion cyst on my other wrist, and had that one aspirated - it never returned.

    In my opinion, aspiration is worth trying, as it will at least buy you time and do no lasting damage. If you elect to have the cyst removed, I urge you to go to a hand surgeon and not (as I did) a general orthopedic surgeon.
    MS with cervical and thoracic cord lesions

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      Originally posted by Bonnette View Post
      This is one of the conditions which I wish I had approached differently. A surgeon convinced me that aspiration was a temporary fix, and thus a bad idea; so I had the cyst removed, and developed what used to be called reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), now referred to as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Sue Pendleton and I exchanged several posts about it here a few years ago, which I think you'd probably be able to find. I wouldn't wish the condition on anyone. I developed a ganglion cyst on my other wrist, and had that one aspirated - it never returned.

      In my opinion, aspiration is worth trying, as it will at least buy you time and do no lasting damage. If you elect to have the cyst removed, I urge you to go to a hand surgeon and not (as I did) a general orthopedic surgeon.
      Thanks, Bonnette. I was searching the site and I did come across your posts. So sorry you had to go through all of that. I appreciate your advice and I will certainly use it. I definitely plan on using aspiration before surgery if it comes to that. For now, since it's not really painful or limiting, I think I'll just keep an eye on it. And it's kind of on the back burner as I search for a non surgical solution to this stupid pinched nerve. Going to PT tomorrow, hoping that maybe traction will help.

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        If you have an orthopedic hand specialist available I would consult him. GC’s are caused by strain and it may appear, disappear etc.. it is clear fluid around the joint. You might benefit from and hand/wrist support to prevent it from returning/getting bigger. CWO
        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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