Wrist cyst/ganglion. anyone else have?

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I have one. No plans for surgery. I popped mine just by vigorously massaging it daily...:shock::laugh2:...Once it pops, your hand will look swollen for a couple days until the fluid from the cyst gets reabsorbed into your body.

After that, I just kept an eye on it, and made sure it stayed popped, which usually requires just a few minutes of my time each day. Guitarists should probably spend that much time stretching and massaging their hands daily even without any troubles. Just sayin' :thumb:

You actually popped it by just massaging it??!!:shock:
For real?
 

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I actually got a harmless cyst on the wrist of my picking hand. My dad (Surgeon) took a look and told me to just take a break as it was starting to hurt. I went away after about a 2 week break. I got back to playing and it came right back. Needless to say I quit again for about a month and it hasn't come back again even with 2+ hours of practice a day. How you get all fixed!! :D Good luck.
 

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I actually got a harmless cyst on the wrist of my picking hand. My dad (Surgeon) took a look and told me to just take a break as it was starting to hurt. I went away after about a 2 week break. I got back to playing and it came right back. Needless to say I quit again for about a month and it hasn't come back again even with 2+ hours of practice a day. How you get all fixed!! :D Good luck.

well ive had this for years, but its only become a real problem once i started playing and i dont think ill be able to quit for that long, even if it would help
 

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Get the surgery I had it done in 94, my wrist is fine it's better than being in pain.
 

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You actually popped it by just massaging it??!!:shock:
For real?

For real, ya. It hurt, and I thought it was a tumor...:wow:...so I was obsessing on it and rubbing it to ease the pain for a few days while coping with my denial syndrome (I'm too young to die!), and one day it just popped.

My wrist stayed puffy for a couple days as the fluid got reabsorbed, and now that it's popped, I just rub the wrist for a couple minutes a few times a day to express any fluid buildup inside the cyst. It's still there, it's just empty, meaning it doesn't hurt, and it doesn't interfere with my playing. :thumb:
 

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Correct ... as has been said before ... consult a different doc!

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Chris

Nah. Not a bad doc. If you have some brains you'd understand you should not grab the biggest hammer in the shed and whack it as hard as you can...
It might already pop when hitting it carefully. Or squeezing for that matter. No big deal. Nothing more than a bubble with body fluid.

If it were a bubble with bacteria (abscessus) you would have had the right to say he should see another doctor. Not very smart to destroy those DIY style.
 

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... that it's less risky to let a good doc take care of it ;)

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Chris

Just because of one statement you think that the doctor is no good? Popping a cyste is not a big deal. Just like Mudfinger stated.

If you really had more arguments for stating that his doctor is not good, I might have been seeing your point. Now I think it is unreasonable. Sorry but I have to say this. I'm not trying to hurt or insult anyone.
 

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Just because of one statement you think that the doctor is no good?

This statement is enough, that I myself would consult a second opinion from an expert (doctor) and not another patient ;)

And that's exactly what I recommended ... understandable, I hope.

Greetings from Germany

Chris
 

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Nah. Not a bad doc. If you have some brains you'd understand you should not grab the biggest hammer in the shed and whack it as hard as you can...
It might already pop when hitting it carefully. Or squeezing for that matter. No big deal. Nothing more than a bubble with body fluid.

If it were a bubble with bacteria (abscessus) you would have had the right to say he should see another doctor. Not very smart to destroy those DIY style.
You're assuming that the average Earthling actually has an ounce of intelligence.
 

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hey, dont criticize. i appreciate all help i get

LOL Sorry... My wife gets mad at me for my opinion of the species, too. I guess working in retail for many, many years turned me into a big misanthropist, especially my time working as a tech for CompUSA.
 

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I had a golfball sized cyst on my shoulderblade. My Doctor performed the surgery in his office...took 45 minutes, a little sore after the numbness faded away but was not bad and had a few stitches that came out fairly easily. Your doctor is a retard for 2 reasons. Smash it with a hammer? I know hes trying to be funny but thats a dumb thing to say, and it could hamper your playing forever?...thats nonsense...plus that fact that you just started playing is even better as if there were any deabilitations..you could continue learning how to play around it. Tony Iommi and Munky from Korn play guitar with missing fingertips for crying out loud. My cousin had that same cyst removed and no problems.
 

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Please get it fixed now. I will bore you with a story here.....

I broke my left arm when I was 16 (1982). The large bone in my forearm is the one that broke. It grew back together improperly, you could tell my arm was kind of crooked if you looked closely. I stopped playing guitar because it felt weird. About 11 years ago I started having alot of pain in my left wrist, I was an auto tech, and couldn't hold a wrench. I had some specialists look at it, and that's when I found out my arm had healed worse than I thought. The larger bone was bowed and slightly rotated in the wrist socket, and in the xray, you could see the smaller outer bone thru the bow LOL. When I turned my hand palm up, my wrist would dislocate. The wearing of my wrist occurred because of the original improper healing process. 10 years ago I had surgery that screwed my wrist joint together solid, and 13mm taken out of the outer bone so I could rotate my wrist. The surgeon said he couldn't straighten the crooked bone because it had been like that for for too long, and my wrist socket was worn out. I picked up guitar again a couple of years ago and I still have pain. The surgeon said guitar is good therapy...

Sorry to be so long winded, but if the doctor would have set my arm and it healed correctly I probably would have been ok. Since you are young, please don't let this get too far along to the point where it may cause permanent damage.
 

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from what people have said here, it seems like very simple surgery. i dont think i can cause permanent damage by leaving it though.
 

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I had a golfball sized cyst on my shoulderblade. My Doctor performed the surgery in his office...took 45 minutes, a little sore after the numbness faded away but was not bad and had a few stitches that came out fairly easily. Your doctor is a retard for 2 reasons. Smash it with a hammer? I know hes trying to be funny but thats a dumb thing to say, and it could hamper your playing forever?...thats nonsense...plus that fact that you just started playing is even better as if there were any deabilitations..you could continue learning how to play around it. Tony Iommi and Munky from Korn play guitar with missing fingertips for crying out loud. My cousin had that same cyst removed and no problems.


A ganglion is cyst caused by leaking joint fluid. The are often called bible cysts because the remedy is to smash them- burst them- with a heavy book.
 

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I had one for a few years. Had it removed last year. Easy procedure. Doc said the same thing about smashing it. He said they used to call them Bible bumps, because they would smash them with Bibles. I asked him if he was Catholic. He got a kick out of that.

See the doc, get the surgery. My biggest post-op gripe? I couldn't ride my motorcycle for a bit.
 

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I actually have had two of those cysts, one on each wrist. Surgery took care of them both. The resultant scar tissue seals the joint area, so a return of the cyst, due to leakage of joint synovial fluid, is not likely. I had the surgery on my left wrist at 12 yo, and the right wrist at 25 yo. I'm 38 now, and I've had no problems since.
 

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I have developed this big ball shaped lump on the palm side of my wrist, the doctors said that its called a ganglion, or a wrist cyst. its very painfull, and it grows to the size of a large gumball or even a golfball, if i aggrevate it. Its on my fretting hand, so its aggrevated alot when i play guitar. sometimes its even too painfull to play. the doctor said that i can either have painfull surgery, which may hamper my guitar playing forever, or i can smash it myself with a hammer, but that does not seem too reasonable. Ive had this since as long as i can remember, but it only became a problem when i started playing guitar a year ago when i turned 12.

anyways, does any1 have a solution for this, that may let me play with less stress on my wrist, or has any1 experienced a kind of thing like this before? also, what do you think i should do in terms of surgery? ive heard of van halen playing with wrist pain and i think iommi did too, and they both got surgery too fix it. have any1 of you had surgery on your wrist, and has it hampered your playing? i really need to know, cause if it does, ill just play through the pain.

heres a pic of an example of a ganglion wrist cyst that is very similar to the one i have
File:Cyst Profile2.JPG - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


makes fretting bar chords on my new epi:dude: a real pain in the ass

anyways, rock on

I had a "similar" situation back in 2007.
Within 2 1/2 years I had 7 Seperate Surgeries.
(2) on EACH Shoulder -4 Total.
Then I had Carpal Tunnel Surgery (Twice) on my Right hand.
Then I ruptured my Tendon (Thumb- Left Hand).
I was 49 at the time and thought I'd never play again.
Here I am 3 years later, struming away.

Bottom Line...get the surgery, your young and you'll heal just fine!:applause:
Roger
 

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