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Old 08-17-2006, 06:43 PM   #1
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Unhappy Knee injury led to cyst

I injured my knee 2.5 years ago, I tore the MCL. It does not hurt where I tore my MCL, but I have a huge amount of what I thought was swelling above my knee towards the outer portion of my knee. This "swelling" really started to become visually apparent within the last 6-10 months. I have always had pain with sitting to standing position and it hurts to sit for any significant amount of time.

Now, backtracking to the time of the injury, I went to the doctor concerning my MCL injury and told him that I had pain elsewhere. I insisted on an MRI, they gave me one, but didn't really find anything that would explain my pain. He pretty much blew it off as a "kneecap tracking" problem and said that women are prone to this. I could never quite believe this because I NEVER HURT BEFORE the injury! I iced and did the prescribed exercises, but it STILL HURT!

Now just recently I went to a different doctor who ordered another MRI with an dye injection this time as well as the use of a better MRI machine. What this doctor found was what he refered to as a "huge cyst". This is what is what has been causing me the pain, finally I know that there is a reason that makes sence. I asked him if he could drain it, so he tried, but was only able to get out a small portion of the contents of the cyst. To his suprise, the fluid was blood, not the clear fluid that he expected. He said that he is going to have someone else examine the MRI again to find out what is going on. I am scared because he said that I will probably need to have an "open surgery", which will hopefully make my pain stop. However, he said that I would be left with an ugly scar. This sucks! I like to wear skirts above the knee and now I am going to look so ugly!

Has anyone had a cyst filled with blood on their knee as a result of an injury? He mentioned some kind of cyst that he thought it was, but I can't remember because I was so light-headed from the pain of the needle in my knee (he didn't numb me). Please help me understand what on earth is going on. Why would I have a blood-filled cyst? I am freaking out!

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Old 08-20-2006, 03:12 AM   #2
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Re: Knee injury led to cyst

Does anyone have any insight on this issue?

 
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Old 08-20-2006, 07:41 AM   #3
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Re: Knee injury led to cyst

it was most likely what is called a bakers cyst or popliteal cyst,this forms when there has been a tear in the synovial sac somewhere within the knee itself.tho these normally show up more towards the back of the knee they can also form in the location you mentioned.the thing is,since this is actually caused by a tear somewhere,unless that tear has been repaired,the fluid will just fill it right back up again.the cyst needs to just be removed and the tear repaired and things will be normal again.i had one of these little buggers for over two years but because i suffered significant spinal cord injuries,and have whats called RSD in that same knee,any surgery would have possibly caused major complications and very much more pain than i was already suffering which was already hidious.i let mine go wayyy too long and it became really really huge.my ortho needed to make a really big incision just to remove it from behind my knee.but if you can get this done as early as possible,the surgery will be much easier and the scarring will most likely be minimal.because i waited,i have a really really huge scar behind my R knee that runs from below the bend,thru it and (it is shaped like an upside down seven)and goes side ways from there but actually ends about two inches above that bend,trust me,you want this fixed as soon as possible.

i am pretty sure the blood is just 'in there' and nothing to really get to worried over,since you had a tear,there IS going to be a bit of blood in there and thats pretty normal.i had alot of blood in the aspirated fluid he took out of the cyst itself and also the excess free fluid that was surrounding it from the other structural problems i had.but seeing a good ortho will get the job done and you will be up about the very first day but taking it real easy.

this is the most likely and common cause of what you have described,if it is something else,please let me know what they found on the MRI.good luck.please keep me posted,K?Marcia
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Old 08-21-2006, 06:59 PM   #4
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Re: Knee injury led to cyst

Thanks for the reply, I will do some reading on the cyst that you described. Unfortunately, I wasted my time with the first doctor that I went to because he ignored my pain and "swelling". Believe me, I wanted to take care of this as soon as possible, but the first doctor kept on telling me that there was noting wrong with me. I got tired of hearing this BS excuse that the reason why I had this pain was because I'm a female and kneecap tracking problems are common among women! I KNEW THAT WAS NOT THE CASE as I never had any pain until I fell down! That is what second opinions are for. Now because I wasted my time with that first doctor, this cyst has grown and my scar is going to be bigger than it would have been had he address the REAL issue. I am so sick of doctors that can't listen. I feel like calling the first doctor and telling him off, I have been in pain for 2.5 years and the reason is this HUGE CYST! I'm sorry, I am ranting! It just makes me so mad though!

Hopefully, I hear back from my new doctor soon because another specialist was supposed to look at the MRI last week for another opinion. I just want this pain gone!

 
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Old 08-24-2006, 08:19 AM   #5
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Re: Knee injury led to cyst

dont cha just love those specalists?i have been pretty lucky so far with all the many docs i ahve to see with all my multiple medical problems but there have been a few that I was really suprised actually had a license to even practice medicaine at all let alone actually specialize in something.but getting that second opinion is ALWAYS something i have done.no two docs will ever have the same level of knowledge and experience.it really is shocking at just how totally clueless some are.your doing the best possible thing here for yourself.there is a ton of info on bakers cysts that should give you a pretty good understanding of what you may have.only your doc(preferably a good ortho?)can really Dx.MRI showed mine clear as day.actually had three seperate ones done as time went by and man that sucker was big.but mine did go on forever.just educating yourself before you see the new doc will really help alot in being able to discuss and really understand just what he or she is saying.i try and do that with all my conditions.knowledge IS power,really.and it gets you the best possible treatment.keep me posted on what you find out,good luck,Marcia
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Old 08-31-2006, 08:11 PM   #6
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Re: Knee injury led to cyst

Okay, here is the deal on the update...

The "cyst" is in fact NOT a cyst, but a tumor. The second opinion doctor referred me to an orthopediac oncologist. He confirmed that this is a tumor and is pushing up on my kneecap causing me all of this pain. I am so angry, I told the first doctor about this pain a long time ago. Now this tumor is just getting bigger and it's growing faster. So I am scheduled for surgery on the 18th of September, that was the quickest they could get me in. At this point, they don't know what kind of tumor it is. They will do a biopsy the day of surgery, so I'll find out when I'm all durgged up if this is malignant or not.

I have a high tolerance for pain and am so upset that the first doctor totally blew me off, as a result I will have a much more invasive surgery to deal with. Not to mention, I had to live with this pain for some time now. Plus a bigger scar! This could have been removed when it was smaller, but NO I was not taken seriously and was looked at like I was some kind of crazy women complaining about some made-up pain. I feel like going back to the first doctor and telling him off, I am just so mad!

 
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:56 PM   #7
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Re: Knee injury led to cyst

Play Hard... I can completely relate to your story. I also had an injury... MRI saw a smal cyst at 3cm... 2yrs later I am also still dealing with the pain and the Dr's. Now the cyst has grown to 8cm. I am just at the point where they might want to look under the kneecap. But they still don't think the Bakers Cyst has anything to do with anything. They don't want to drain it nor do they want to remove it. They told me the same female stuff for a year. Please update me on what has happened... I am very interested to hear what happened next.

 
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