Patient Comments: Cysts - Diagnosis

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A Doctor's View on Cyst Diagnosis

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Cyst diagnosis depends upon the type and location of the cyst. While some Baker and ganglion cysts may be apparent on physical exam, ovarian and liver cysts are not. Ultrasounds and CT and MRI scans may be used in the diagnosis of a cyst. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: louise, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

I had surgery for my sciatica. I had pain traveling down right leg. Recovery was going well, then 5 weeks in I got the flu, then I got pneumonia. After recovering I lost the ability to stand or walk unassisted. I now must use a walker. I also experience pain in the same leg, and weakness in both legs. My surgeon ordered an MRI and found I had two cysts, one on each side of my spine between 4th and 5th vertebrae. The doctor says surgery, illness and chronic arthritis inflamed them. Now I"m going in for a series of steroid injections to see if that will help. The doctor said he"s not looking at surgery... But I still can"t walk or stand unassisted; not good when that"s required of your job.

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Comment from: Leda, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I have recently had two seizures within 24 hours, which the neurologist considers one seizure. They were not grand-mal seizures. Through having a cat scan it was found that I have a 4-5 mm cyst on the top of my brain. I was on Dilantin in the hospital, but it was discontinued. My symptoms now include constant dull headaches usually about a 3\10 on the pain scale. I just went for an EEG today, but no results as of yet. My question is, does the cyst just stay there, or do I need it removed. My biggest fear is that it is going to grow.

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Comment from: Er, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

I had a cyst on my liver that was found on an ultrasound a couple of years ago. Now a recent ultrasound has revealed multiple cysts all over my liver. I am experiencing bad upper back pain between my shoulder blades and severe neck pain all to the right side. I'm also experiencing pain and heaviness in my right side of my chest and lung.

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Comment from: Nai, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

My first cyst was back in middle school on the lower portion of my calf. It seemed to develop overnight and one day while I was in gym class, it erupted and my gym teacher packed it for me. My next experience was a few years ago. After working out daily on my exercise back, I developed one in the crease between my groin area and thigh. Talk about painful. Once again, it seemed to develop overnight. The dr. had to cut and drain it which resulted in me wearing a catheter for several days-couldn't sit straight up at all. I left the bike alone and switched to machines that didn't put so much pressure on that area. Recently, I went back to using the bike to see if I could and started feeling that same pain after working out. No cyst has developed yet and hopefully won't, but no more bikes ever for me.

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Comment from: sufin, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

My doctor sent me to have my heart checked at a heart center and they put this checker under my right breast and they discovered a cyst (benign) which measured 4inx2in and weighed 2lbs after surgery because the cyst was on my liver and made my upper abdomen stick out like I was pregnant or something!

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Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

I'm 32 years old and my left ovary is covered with cysts. I also want children.

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Comment from: poly, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 20

My cyst were in my big toe, I had an ingrown toenail.

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