Patient Comments: Baker Cyst - Describe Your Experience

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Comment from: LaPaz, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 21

I'm 64 and very active. I have two knee replacements with the most recent 2 years ago (right) and the other 5 years ago (left). I was hospitalized in Mexico for 6 days diagnosed with thrombosis. My left calf was 1 inch larger than my right and very painful, including my knee. They took an ultrasound and said I had many clots in my calf. One day after I was cleared from the hospital I flew on a 2 hour flight and drove 3 hours, back to the USA. I was scared about the clot moving so I went to the emergency room to have my leg checked. No blood clots were found but I had a large Baker's cyst that was dissecting into my calf. Still very painful but behind my knee as the 6 days in the hospital brought down most of the swelling. They had me on blood thinners for thrombosis, so after a week I stopped using them. Now 3 weeks after the initial hospitalization my pain has pretty much gone. I think this happened from pushing too much weight on the leg press and not resting my knee long enough. I also had an incident with that knee popping with extreme pain, so yes, I overdid it. I have had problems with the Baker's cyst before due to my knee replacements and overdoing it. I still need to see my orthopedic surgeon to see if there is an underlying problem with the knee. I hope it was just overdoing it and rest is all I need.

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Comment from: Aged Parent, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 13

My Baker's cyst was first diagnosed 30 years ago. Five arthroscopies later I have just had a half knee replacement. Incredible pain in the calf next day, and it was swollen and red. I was scanned for DVT (deep vein thrombosis) but today they identified a ruptured Baker's Cyst that had drained into the calf. I had treated it with heat (a wheat bag), elevation, massage (gentle at first), ankle pumps and leg lifts and by rubbing in Voltarol with Diclofenac. My calf size reduced by 5 cm in a week, and pain is now almost gone.

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Comment from: Peter, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 04

I had a Baker's cyst behind my right knee, and it burst causing synovial fluid to empty into my lower leg. My leg swelled up to the point that you could not see my ankle. I went to the hospital and told the doctor what I thought had happened and they gave me a scan for blood clots. No blood clots, and told to go home and rest, I rested for 4 days and swelling went down. Synovial fluid is still leaking in to my lower leg and yes, I have severe pain. I am waiting for a knee replacement at present, as it is hard to walk.

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Comment from: rjmartintx, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 04

For about a month, my knee felt 'tight'. Then a sharp pain began for a couple of weeks when I walked. I decided I just needed more exercise so hit the treadmill hard. Bad idea. Big-time pain started in the back of the leg below the knee, followed by swelling all the way through the ankle. Then four days later, the deep bruising showed up all along the side of the affected foot. Classic rupture signs of Baker's cyst. Doctors told me to take NSAIDs. It is still swollen after two weeks. Hope this subsides soon!

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Comment from: Flyguy747, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 02

I am a 50 year old who has had 2 meniscus tears in 25 years. After the second orthoscopic surgery I had much more pain than before. After 6 months I learned I have a Baker's cyst but not in the usual spot behind the knee. It is on the medial side on my knee (inside). After two doctors' opinions, both said to just leave it and not drain it, and not operate on it but just give it time, and it may go away in time. After a year it just either popped or just went away. Other than going for a few long power walks there is no other change in life style. So perhaps the walks helped in some way. Either way it is gone for now 2 months.

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Comment from: jojo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I am 58, female, had a knee injury which became a Baker's cyst. It popped one night at work and was the most painful event since child birth. The leg was not able to support any weight. I went to my doctor who neither looked at the knee nor ordered any tests. I was given lots of pain medications and sent home. I was sent for physical therapy and was given exercises that did nothing. I developed another cyst that popped and more pain. The reason the doctors won't order tests is because I had no bruising and minimal swelling. So if this is twice, why can't I know what exactly this is! They tell me it's a Baker's cyst, but in the same breath tell me I don't have all the symptoms. So I've to find out what it is because I need my legs to do my job and it is painful and my movement is decreased.

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