Re: Bone cyst on calcaneus
I'm not sure if you are ever going to read this, but I hope you do. I am 15 years old and I have an extremely large calcaneal bone cyst. Last year on November 14th, I woke up at 1am screaming in pain. I had no clue what was going on, so I crawled downstairs to take advil. Later that day, at school, the pain came back. I got up to ask to be excused, but my foot cracked and I fell. It didn't break, I'm lucky for that much. I went to my pediatrician and he said to stay on crutches for the day, it would most likely go away, as I have many health problems that com and go. by 4pm, I had to be carried to the car and rushed to hospital. In emergency, they took blood, but refused to take an x-ray, MRI, or CT scan. They told me there was no pain and I should just go home. So I did. The next morning, I couldn't move. My mother took me to urgent care and they finally took an x-ray. My heel bone was entirely hollow. I had fractured my foot because the cyst expanded too much and I would've shattered my foot had they not found it. I was on crutches for 6 months. At the hospital, they booked a surgery date for an open curettage. This was unsuccessful. 5 weeks ago, I went in for a bone graft. It was the most pain I had every felt before in my life, however the pain does not last long. Mine lasted a few days, then began to get lesser. The piece of my hip they needed was so large they had to drill it out, and I can feel it when I touch the skin over top of it. I was also told 8 weeks before I could walk, but I'm not patient with injuries. I began walking last week, only 4 weeks after the operation. Of course, they gave me the choice to not do the graft, but then my foot would shatter in a time span of less than a year. If that happened, I would lose my foot forever. I've never been more scared of anything in my entire life. Even now, I am waiting for the results of the operation. I go back in January, and even though there's less than a 5% chance it didn't work, I'm terrified. Because the cyst took over the bone, it is extremely likely that it comes back. It can come back at any time in my life, so quickly, that I can shatter my leg. I can become paralyzed all too easily, and at 15, you can imagine how that can effect me. Nobody here understands what its like to feel like to hear the words: chances are, you will never walk again. Though this story is long, I only wanted to say that you are not the only one out there with this problem. Every third person you pass by in a day has a cyst, just not one that grows to the extent where an operation is suggested. I hope your operation was successful and I just wanted to say that you are amazing. It takes great strength to be able to face something like this. No matter the severity, it is still a challenge.