Patient Comments: Baker Cyst - Describe Your Experience

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Comment from: Hopeless, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

I have had a Baker's cyst for 5 months. I have been dismissed by 2 surgeons and have gone to the hospital to get some help. I am finally going to see a surgeon and I am hoping that after all this he will agree to take them out. I have 2 that are tunneled together, and they have tried to drain, however it filled right back up. The pain is incredible. I am a cashier and I worked for months with the pain. I have seen so many doctors and specialists and nobody wants to help me. Not something I have asked for. I really just want some help, so I can go back to work.

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Comment from: sick of knee, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

Last year I suffered with a very swollen left knee and could barely walk. I had it drained and steroid injected and it was fine for a week. Since then I have had 3 more steroid shots but diagnosed with a form of arthritis. The knee keeps swelling which has caused a Baker's cyst. It burst once and was agonizing but a few months later its back. It is very debilitating as the front of the knee is also swollen so I can barely bend it. Even walking upstairs is an issue now and I am not yet 45.

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Comment from: Mars, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

It started with tightness behind knee and by the next day pain generating down my calf and up above the knee. By three days later pain so bad I was hobbling around and even with tramadol the pain was intense. Ultrasound showed Baker's cyst. Orthopedic appointment not for 2 weeks but today, knock on wood, no pain. I forced myself to do stretches, and I don't know if that broke up the oil. Who knows what tomorrow will bring but I can handle a lot of pain and this was intense going all the way down to my foot.

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Comment from: A DEBBA, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I suffered from a lot of knee pain and after a while I felt the back of my knee crack. The pain was terrible and the doctor told me I had Baker's cyst. The best exercise I am doing is swimming in a heated pool. The pain is still there but not so bad as it was.

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Comment from: Jo Hoffman, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 04

My knee pain started 4 or 5 months ago. They did x-ray first said no arthritis. They did MRI which showed swelling in my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and a Baker cyst. I was sent to a knee specialist, who told me he could do nothing. I can barely bend and stand. Sitting or standing for more than 20 minutes is so painful. I do ice it every night. It is awful to be 44 and limited to what I can do. I love to hike, bike and kayak. I have been diabetic for 9 years and since moving to Florida over a year ago I have lost 18 lb. and now this knee is slowing me down. I don't understand with all the technology we can't do anything. The orthopedic doctor wouldn't even drain it. He says surgery is too risky. Really the swelling and pain are going up my leg and makes the top of my foot numb. This is awful!

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Comment from: larry609, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 22

I've had a Baker's cyst expand if I hiked for miles. Then I had a surgeon remove a bit of bone that had broken loose from a previous surgery back in 71 to remove a very small piece of kneecap that was broken off in a motorcycle wreck. While this surgeon was removing that small piece (size of a raisin), she said that she also removed 40 percent of my meniscus. Now I can't even clean my house without that cyst really blowing up in size and it takes days to go down.

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Comment from: LollipopOntario, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 07

I have had a Baker's cyst for about 6 months now. I was a very active person before this. I guess I must have overdone my walking and bicycling. No one ever warned me of over doing exercise before! Now I only walk for short periods of time for exercise, but I would like to do much more! It is unfortunate as I am only 56 and still pretty healthy. I just do what I need to do to look after my knee. Hope everyone who has a Bakers' cyst finds relief!

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