Patient Comments: Ganglion - Experience

What was your experience with a ganglion?

Comment from: Greg, 65-74 (Patient) Published: September 17

I got a ganglion on my wrist some four years ago after I hit my wrist on a wooden door. The swelling appeared soon after and is now the size of a small bird's egg about 2 cm, around 1 inch. It isn't very swollen and some days it is or seems larger. I squeeze it sometimes hoping it might move it on but it seems to stay. I also have a mild form of Dupuytren's contracture in the same hand and a smaller incidence in my other hand in the palm has recently appeared. None of these problems are painful but sometimes there are involuntary tremors and a mild ache. I am 65 years old and have had a healthy life. I am lucky since I have been an abuser of alcohol. I am trying to stop this habit and engage in more intellectual activities. I do not smoke.

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Comment from: McKinneyflowerlady, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

Back in the early 70s, I developed a ganglion cyst on my wrist. The doctor said he could surgically remove it but as a young person, married with a baby, this wasn't for me (let alone the expense). I told my (wonderful) mother-in-law about it and she told me how people took care of them many, many years ago. She said I should take the heaviest book in the house, and whack the cyst hard. Well, it did work for me. You do have to whack it hard, kind of like a cartoon "bong" seeing stars. What it actually does is break the sac of fluid and the body absorbs it on its own. It never came back. I would I do it again. Most certainly!

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

I had one on my left wrist at that point where you take pulse readings. It was the size of a blueberry and it was there for about a year. It is now gone without any intervention whatsoever. It did not hurt or bother me. It did not grow any bigger, it just disappeared.

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Comment from: Hairzone, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

I had a ganglion covering the Guyon's canal in the palm of my hand. It was cutting off the nerves to my pinky and ring finger. I have neuropathy from it. It was removed after it was discovered but the damage was already done.

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