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Old 01-13-2005, 10:02 PM   #1
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Question carpal tunnel and ganglion cysts

hello all,

Does anyone know if carpal tunnel and ganglion cysts are linked? I have a ganglion cyst on my right wrist and my nerve conduction test came back negative, yet my surgeon says he wants to do an endoscopic carpal tunnel?

I am thinking maybe he wants a bigger paycheck?

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Old 01-26-2005, 07:38 AM   #2
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Re: carpal tunnel and ganglion cysts

I have had a ganglion cyst on my left wrist since I was 13 years old. I am now 31, so that was long before I ever used a computer on a regular basis. It was in the pocket of the top of my wrist until about a year ago, but then I noticed one day that it had moved to the pocket at the base of my thumb. It used to change shape, size and firmness quite a lot in the first several years but has stayed somewhat the same for the past 10 years (except for moving). I certainly think it can put pressure on nerves in your hand, but I don't know for sure if it's related to carpal tunnel. A doctor once told me it wasn't, but I never had any tingling or pain in my hand until I got the cyst. Repetitive motion certainly aggravates it, like flipping through a lot of papers for extended periods. Sometimes the tendon that leads to my thumb gets caught on one side of it and then when I move my thumb the tendon snaps over to the other side. That's a weird feeling! I do find relief wearing a tensor bandage overnight.

Old 02-11-2005, 05:04 AM   #3
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Re: carpal tunnel and ganglion cysts

I had a ganglion cyst on my left hand for 10-15 years which caused me no bother. 1 year ganglion started to move towards my wrist & was shrinking & eventually vanished.
Approx 1-2 years later my wrist became very sore & hard to move due to pain. A few weeks later probing my wrist I detected a small lump which turned out to be another ganglion cyst. 3 weeks of soreness eventually vanished when it moved. I took to hitting the cyst with a book because it was still causing me a bit of grief, but it kept regrowing. Eventually it moved into a "good" spot, but imagine my suprise when a 2nd ganglion appeared behind the 1st one...
Saw my doc about getting them removed & they have finally been removed a few days ago. Never had any connection with carparl tunnel which I have had a bit in my right wrist

Old 02-24-2005, 07:20 AM   #4
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Re: carpal tunnel and ganglion cysts

Originally Posted by Baalzamon
Saw my doc about getting them removed & they have finally been removed a few days ago. Never had any connection with carparl tunnel which I have had a bit in my right wrist
I have two questions:

1. How do you go about removing these disgusting things? I can't even do a pushup without my wrist collapsing in pain!

2. Do people get these cycsts at the base of the thumb?

Any info would be greatly appreciated...


- Brad

Old 03-01-2005, 11:03 AM   #5
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I was a teenager when I was told that I had a ganglion cysts with carpal tunnel. I found it when I was at band camp one day and my wrist started hurting. I was on the flag line so I used my wrist a lot.
I went to the doctor the next day and got a referral to an orthopedic surgeon. After he examined me he made a surgery date immediately. He told me that I would be back into everything in a couple of weeks. I had the surgery and after 6 weeks of sitting on the sidelines I memorized the routines and put the movements together in my head. I got to march that season but my wrist still hurt a lot.
The cyst was gone but it came back 6 months later. A year after the first surgery I went to another doctor and set another surgery date. He told me that the first doctor had done a sloppy job and was not through enough. I had the second surgery and had a cast put on for another 6 weeks. Also this time the doctor told me that I would never be able to twirl a flag again.
Well it has been almost 3 years since and the cyst reappeared a year after the second surgery, I am still in pain from the littlest movements. I am only 19 now and trying to work on my college and career. It's hard with all of the pain and papers that I have to write and type. My mother suggests I have a third surgery but I think it's a waste of my time and of money.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what I could do?

Tiffany :

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Old 03-02-2005, 05:36 AM   #6
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Re: carpal tunnel and ganglion cysts

I saw a doctor about three years after I first got my ganglion cyst. She told me that there were two ways to remove it: Drain it with a needle, and there would be an 80% chance of it returning, or surgically cut it out and there would be a 30% chance of it coming back. I decided that these percentages were too high to bother with, so I just left it. That was about 15 years ago. So they do have a very high likelihood of returning. It limits movement and I don’t have much strength with that wrist, but I have just learned to live with it. It is in my left wrist and fortunately I am right handed. But things like flag twirling would definitely be out of the question for me!

I have a really good tensor bandage that I got from the hospital when my dad broke his arm. They can’t reuse them due to hygienic reasons, so I took it. It is better than any that you would find in a store. I usually wear it when my wrist aches.

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