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5/21/12 11:35 P

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Take it from someone who lives with the problem of Bakers cysts, You want to stay off it, rest, elevate, use antiinflamitories, pain meds, very little use, no exercising. After the swelling has been gone completely for atleast one week, slowely go bavk to walking and minimal exercising. Slowely work your way up to 30 minutes of exercise per day to keep it limber and strong. DO NOT exercise it while it is swollen!

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5/21/12 10:40 A

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All I have read said rest it. I do know for me, exercise made it and made feel worse. But my orthopedist said to strengthen the knee. Not my help, huh? :(

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5/21/12 8:38 A

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I have one now on the back of my left knee. My doctor said she thought it was due to osteoarthritis in that knee. She gave me a shot of something in the knee and told me that would help with the arthritis pain for about a month and to start riding my recumbent bike at least 30 minutes a day (I was only up to about 12 minutes before this). But I read on Mayo Clinic that you should elevate it, ice it, and rest the leg. This wouldn't be the first time she gave me bad advice..... which is better, trying to increase the exercise or resting it?

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5/20/12 4:51 P

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Thank you so much Barb for your Empathy. My cyst gets so large that it is excruciatingly painful. I would not be able to walk without the assistance of my can or walker, if I am going a long distance I take my walker because it has a seat so I can stop and rest right where I am. This is the 4th time it has acted up but it is the first time that it got so bad so quickly, and it never got this huge before. I was actually worried the other day that I may have to have it drained, but I am able to get the swelling down by staying off it, elevating, icing and using antiinflamitories.

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5/20/12 4:41 P

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Hello Teenysmom;

There is No dumb question. A Bakers Cyst is a fluid filled sac that forms behind and around the knee. It can become very very large, and rarely can become so large that it causes extra pressure and strain on the knee from the inside and back. They can also be so small that there are no symptoms. Bakers Cysts are an accumulation of natural occuring fluid, that lubricates and protects the joint, but when an injury such as arthritis, tendon injury or torn cartilidge occur the body will produce too much of the fluid and it will become a cyst/build up.

As stated before you can have a small one with no symptoms or you can have a very large one with severe pain, swelling, tenderness, and weakness, that can actually push the knee out of joint, if the cyst becomes too large.

In my case I got themmany years ago and they act up every now and then just out of the blue. This time it hit so unexpectedly that I didn't realize it was acting up until I got out of the van and tried to walk. I couldn't walk without assistance and it actually slipped out of joint twice because it became so enlarged. If the swelling doesn't go down with conventional treatments then it would have to be drained using a syringe. The cyst can be removed surgically but they commonly will grow back, over and over, so surgery is discouraged.

They treat the symptoms and try to find the underlying cause so they can treat it and try to prevent reoccurance. Mayo clinic has great information on this subject if you are still having questions.

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5/20/12 3:29 P

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Actually, I had to look it up in order to tell you! Ha! It is swelling from a joint in the knee that goes to the back of the knee. . . pretty vague description because I can't remember what all it said. Some people do not know that it is there. If you are one of the ones that feel it then Oooohhhhhhhh pain!!!!!!!!!! One article I read likened it to a ballon surrounded by water. Probably, you can google it. It comes on so suddenly and quite painfully. My knee, like the first lady who wrote was swollen to twice its size. I could not bend it for months. I can bend it now, but not like before. I had an MRI after 5 months, then saw an orthopedist about 10 days later. it did show up on the MRI and the x-ray, by the ti e I had gotten to the doctor the pain was subsiding. I don't kniw if it broke, dissolved or finally left, but it just about incapacitated me for six months. I hope you never get one!

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5/20/12 3:03 P

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My mother use to tell me that there is no such thing as a "stupid" question. But I feel stupid anyway. Could one of you tell me what a Bakers Cyst is and how you get it? My dad use to always say that you never get to old to learn......and I agree with him.

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5/20/12 10:38 A

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Oh Gosh, I can certainly understand your pain!!!!!! I had one recently, Aug 2011 until Jan 2912. It hit me so fast. . . in church and then I couldn't walk for months. I,too used a cane, then a walker.I didn't know what it was until it was almost over. I am so glad you found out early. Keeping it elevated is good, but you're right, horrible on the After six months of doing NOTHING, it has taken me months to get back to moving again. Keep your upper body moving and exercise your other leg. BTW water exercise did not help during that time.

I am so sorry about your cyst. I know the pain is excruciating!!! What ever You do, keep up your spirits as best as you can. When I had this, I truly thought I must be dying. It came so quickly, was so painful, I just about gave up hope. If I had only known what it was, it would have been so much easier. Hang in there, it will get better, but it will take time. BIG HUG.

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My worth comes from who I am in Christ Jesus. I mess up too much on my own, but I can do everything with God's help.
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5/20/12 5:32 A

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I was on vacation when I got out of my van and couldn't walk on my right knee. The knee was so painful that I couldn't bend it or completely straighten it, I had to go to Walgreens and buy a cane in order to walk through the planned museums. Even though it took much longer to maneuver I did go to most of the tourist attractions I had planned on going to. My knee is at least twice the size of my other knee. I am now home and am babying it. Continueing to take extra Oxycodone for pain, Naproxin for inflamation, and ice for swelling as well. I have it elevated and am staying off it as much as possible. Hubby hates waiting on me so I am glad to be home where daughter is helping me out. Having this extra pain and inflamation seems to make my fibro act up worse too.

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