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Old 02-06-2013, 07:08 AM   #1
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Wrist degeneration

Hi! I recently went to the doctor for a large, hard lump that has formed on the top of my right wrist. The doctor thought it might be a ganglion cyst. Ex-rays show that it is bone degeneration. He made me an appointment with a sergeon.
I have no pain, but my range of motion is diminished. I am a painter. I need this hand working correctly.

My questions are: What does surgery entail? and does surgery generally improve the condition? How long is recovery time generally? And finally, if I choose to do nothing at this time, will the lump keep getting bigger, and become painful?

This went from being a harmless cyst to a possible life changing situation.

Btw, I am 52 and female.

 
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:25 AM   #2
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Re: Wrist degeneration

I personally would take a better look at this medically. I would take my xrays to a rheumatologist and ask to be checked for inflammatory arthritis conditions, like rheumatoid arthrits, etc. I think even considering surgery is premature-what would they do? Bone degeneration is basically arthritis which is treated medically. Many acute episodes like this can subside, so please don't worry about your painting career or hobby. It is likely this will subside with treatment.

 
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:33 AM   #3
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Re: Wrist degeneration

Thanks ladyud..it just came as a shock because I have absolutely no pain...just a big, hard lump..it is easily 1 1/2 inches in diameter and as big as half a ping pong ball. I actually just noticed it a few weeks ago when i pushed up my sleeves and gripped the steering wheel.it becomes more prominant when my hand is flexed downward. is this lump bone or cartilage?

 
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