Patient Comments: Baker Cyst - Treatments

What treatment was effective for your Baker's cyst?

Comment from: Al Jones, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 24

I am an active 63 year old marine engineer still working, diagnosed last year with a Baker's cyst plus early osteoarthritis. Walking down stairs is extremely hard and my job means I am on my feet working 12 hour shifts which is making my knee problems so much worse. I was prescribed Celebrex and Panadol Osteo; very little effect on my knees. I had a cartridge removed when I was a soccer mad 16 year old, bad move I now think. I am not offered surgery or cortisone injections, and night pain is increasing. Voltaren gel is ineffective. I am waiting to see an orthopedic surgeon.

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Comment from: Gail, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

About a week ago, I was diagnosed with a Baker's cyst behind my right knee. My right leg and foot are much larger than the left, due to swelling. I do have osteoarthritis in both knees and am wearing unloader braces on both. But the continuous aching and pain in the right knee are relentless. The knee feels much better when I wear the brace, but there is no avoiding the pain. I have been on oxycodone and Tylenol 4, but nothing provides relief for the pain. I am taking Tylenol 4 every morning. My primary care physician has made a referral to the only hip and knee clinic in the city, but the wait is 4 to 5 months, before I will be able to see the next available doctor. I know it is horrible and nasty for me to say but I hope the cyst ruptures and I end up in the hospital. Maybe then someone will care enough to help me. I no longer enjoy life, and try to never leave the house.

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Comment from: Dave, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 02

I have a Baker's cyst behind both knees. I have had some pretty painful broken bones in my life but this constant pain is the most debilitating condition of all. Last week my right leg has been drained 2 times both producing 30 odd ml of fluid each time. I am beside myself with pain in both legs at this time. This site has been helpful as my doctors and local hospital have not given any ideas of treatment apart from draining once a week.

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Comment from: Need a knee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I have had a Bakers cyst for 3 years. I'm a golfer and I work out at least 3 days a week. The Baker's cyst really ends your activity. My chiropractor set my knee every week; also he used cold therapy laser treatment! It rid me of the cyst for a good year. Just recently it reared its ugly head again. It has been a week with chiropractor and almost walking normal!

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Comment from: Carmen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I have one total knee replacement and waiting for nerve to have other knee replaced. I was walking down only 1 porch step and began to walk when I heard a very loud pop and I felt like someone had shot me in the back of my knee. Everyone heard the pop and I could not put any weight on my foot for at least 5 minutes. I began walking around slowly and for days my calf ached like I had been ran over by a truck. Someone gasped at the black bruise running from behind my knee to my ankle. All seems well now. I never called my Dr but at my last visit with my Arthritis Dr he explained what had happened....Baker Cyst.

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Comment from: Raphael, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 30

I'm 37 years old and have a very painful Baker's cyst behind my left knee since September last year. Before that I would practice sports every day; running, boxing, squash, basketball, etc. Now I just can't do any of those. The problem is the Baker's cyst is small and very deep inside the knee, behind a lot of soft tissues and muscles. I can't feel it with my fingers, it can only be seen on the MRI. The physiotherapy (massage plus ultrasound treatment) didn't help. So I'm thinking about a surgery but it seems to be a bit of a gamble because to reach the cyst, the surgeon would need to damage all the tissue above it and therefore new problems may arise. I wouldn't care much if it didn't hurt, but I can't squat, run, etc.

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Comment from: Cynthia, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I believe I am in the minority of patients who is helped by staying off nightshades and caffeine. When I indulge in nightshades and caffeine what appears to be a Baker's cyst or synovial fluid buildup in the back of one knee worsens. When I stay off the above I have no problem running 3 miles 3 days/week. It is hard to stay off the foods but definitely worth trying for 1 or 2 weeks to see if it helps. And remember that caffeine is found in chocolate.

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