Patient Comments: Baker's Cyst - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with a Baker's cyst.

Comment from: Tberry59, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 26

I've been dealing with this mysterious pain for months now. It started out of the blue, couldn't figure out what was going on, tried working out more to stretch it out, didn't want to see myself as a wimp. Yet, it got worse, so worried it may be deep vein thrombosis, and I saw my general physician (GP). I was sent for an x-ray, then ultrasound, and back to my GP, who then sent me to an orthopedic doctor who would be able to request an MRI. Now this was going on for another month and a half to get all these appointments scheduled around my work schedule. When I first visited the orthopedic doctor, he did see a small cyst from my ultrasound, but commented it was too small to cause pain. I thought to myself, okay, I'm in so much pain, my leg is swollen, I can't bend it, I can't sleep without being in so much pain trying to move, after driving twenty minutes I look like I'm 90 years old trying to get out of my car, only to limp severely until I get in motion walking. I'm on my feet all day at my job, sitting isn't an option. I can't work out, I'm frustrated, and tramadol and Aleve do nothing. I ice the back of my knee every morning and night after work. So how can you say it's not big enough to cause pain! I'm now waiting for the results of the MRI, another doctor appointment to schedule. It's very frustrating, after reading all comments, I'm convinced Baker's cyst is what I'm dealing with along with all these other people.

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Comment from: Suz1971, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

My Baker's cyst is behind my left knee and nothing is helping! When I exercise, it hurts more. Cortisone injection did not help. Naproxen is not helping either. The orthopedic doctor told me it cannot be drained due to its location. Really!

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Comment from: Raffa -mondo, 65-74 (Patient) Published: December 12

I had a burning painful right knee to start with for a week and struggled to walk so had to rest. The next week my calf and foot were swollen and I now had pain in my knee and calf, and bad shooting pains up from my knee to the buttocks. This pain was so bad no pain medication would take it away. I ended up going to Accident and Emergency, and had the blood test and scan for DVT (deep vein thrombosis) but found it was a Baker's cyst that I had never heard of. I am in my second week now and the pain is slowly subsiding. I do hope that no one ever gets one of these because it puts you out of action and you are unable to carry on with everyday life.

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Comment from: Jade, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 16

I don't know when I injured something in my knee but after an ultra sound I discovered that I have a Baker's cyst, which occurred after I started running. It has been over a month, I have been off from work for a week with rest and ibuprofen which did absolutely nothing. At the end of the week I still had to go back to my doctor for an anti-inflammatory shot along with muscle relaxers and Voltaren which helped for a few days but I am one again in pain. Sore tight muscles in my calf and thighs and pain in my knee. If you are a runner, you do not want to develop this.

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Comment from: Nick, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 20

I tore my antrior cruciate ligament (ACL), walked on it for 8 months, and formed a Baker's cyst. Even after ACL reconstruction surgery a year and 3 months later, I still have the Baker's cyst. I was told it goes away with rest, ice, elevation, and not having an injured ligament, but it is still the same size, and prevents me from sitting on my knee, and gives some knee instability (because its pushing on my ligaments). At age 21, it's frustrating to not be able to do many things the majority of others at this age can do, but I suppose things can happen at any age! For other young people out there, don't wait for an injury to cause more problems. Just get it taken care of as soon as possible (but don't run to doctors either, they will not help you as much as you think).

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Comment from: lisa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 01

I have been a runner all my life. Unfortunately, I believe my knee problem (torn meniscus) is an after affect which led to surgery and to a Baker's cyst the size of a golf ball in my right knee. A year after my surgery my knee pain came back and now I have a stress fracture with another Baker's cyst! Apparently the knee injury is the cause of the cyst forming. I'm unable to work, my health insurance has been cancelled and now I'm going into a deep depression. The only advice I can give is to runners. Think of other ways to work out! The runner's high is not worth it! The pain is horrible and there is no light at the end of the tunnel (not that I can see). Sorry to be a Debbie Downer, but this is the truth.

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