Posted by Pamela
on January 19, 2000 at 00:04:58:
In Reply to: Re: Bakers Cysts information on bakers cyst/treatment posted by Raylene on January 12, 2000 at 18:06:30:
I have had rheumatoid arthritis for 20 years. Just after the holidays I was dx with a baker's cyst of the right knee. My Rheumatologist injected cortisone, macaine and xylocaine into the knee join and this has relieved some of the pain. I decided to get another opinion as saw an orthopedic specialist. He feels I may have a torn medical meniscus and my x-rays showed I have lost 80% of the cartilage in my right knee. I am having an MRI this week and depending on the results my doctor will discuss treatment options. I am glad I go a second opinion as there is a lot of damage to the cartilage inside my knee. I currently date Votaren and Darvocet at bedtime for pain. My best advise is to always get a second opinion.
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: : : : : : : : I would like some information of how to treat a bakers cyst. What treatment do I need and how long should it take to cure. Please advise me of the medication I need and how to take care of this problem.I was diognose with a bakers cyst on the underside of my knee.
: : : : : : : .Its ironic, my husband also has a bakers cyst on the underside of his knee. Reading about yours makes me feel its a lot more common than I thought and maybe not too serious, I too would like to know how to help or what to do about this cyst. Thanks for any help!
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: : : : : I also had a bakers cyst on the underside of my right knee. It was quite large so my orthopedic doctor said she could cut it out and it would not come back. I had it cut out in March l999 and I ended up with a very bad bacterial infection and had to be on IV therapy in my home for about a month. I have since gotten another bakers cyst on the same leg-same place and my new doctor says they will come and go when you have osteoarthritis, like I have. Because of the terrble infection I got I can no longer have cortisone shots in that leg and I have many problems with my knee on that leg. Your husband's cyst may go away on its own because that is what I have now learned, that these cysts come and go because on inflammation. I hope this helps you.
: : : : Raylene, I read with interest your experience
: : : : with your doctor who drained your "knee"and gave
: : : : you a shot which if I remember your message didn't help and said draining the cyst itself
: : : : wouldn't help.I am in the same position as my
: : : : doctor drained my knee plus a shot and it hasn't
: : : : helped at all. Before he did his thing I had no
: : : : pain in the knee itself, just on the underside.
: : : : Now I have pain directly in the knee and no
: : : : relief from the pain under my knee and down the calf of my leg.
: : : : Would appreciate any additional information or
: : : : suggestions
: : : I like you had more pain on the underside of my knee, but like you I now have pain in my whole knee and my calf. My orthopedic doctor drained the cyst, but then proceeded to have me have surgery to cut the cyst out. That was a big mistake. I got another cyst, but that went away on its own. I still have alot of pain in my knee and leg. Previously I wrote about the infection that I got from having this cyst surgically removed and my new othopedic doctor said he would never have cut out a Baker's cyst because they will keep recurring. The fluid in the cyst is from the inflammation caused by osteoarthritis. I had to be seem by an infectious disease doctor also because of the infection and she agreed with my new orthopedic. I have just gone through a series of synvisc injections in that knee approx. 2 months ago. Somedays, I feel that the injections have helped and sometimes I am not so sure. I do believe that if I hadn't gotten the bacterial infection in this leg these injections of Synvisc would have been more beneficial. I hope this helps you.
: : Hi everyone. I am new. My doctor said I had a meniscal tear in my knee and also saw this lump behind my knee. He wants an MRI to see inside my knee (although I will not have surgery) I have very little pain in the knee. But it is also the lump he wants investigated. It scares me. But it seems coincidental that it could be a Bakers Cyst like I have been reading about. Does the cyst have to be dead center behind the knee. Mine is off to the side towards the inside of my leg. Slightly in the center and over. Please let me know if this sound like something you may have. Thank you .
: Don't be scared more than likely you also probably have a Bakers Cyst. They really can occur anywhere in the back of your knee especially since you have a meniscal tear. The cyst is probably inflammmation from where the tear is. Let me know, what your MRI shows. Good luck.