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Posted by Jim Grainger on February 13, 2000 at 04:53:29:

In Reply to: My question about my leg. posted by Barbara on January 12, 2000 at 11:22:44:

My Father in law has been told he has a bakers cyst ,his leg has turned blue and yellow like abruise from the knee down to the bottom of his toes.i would like to know if this is normal as our doctor is of little 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 .

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