Patient Comments: Baker's Cyst - Describe Your Experience


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Comment from: scared, 65-74 (Patient) Published: November 14

I wish I knew if my Baker's cyst was causing my inability to walk or stand. I went to my doctor who has since dropped me as his patient, with severe pain of about a seven behind my knee. He asked me if I was short of breath. I said yes and he then did a D-dimer test to see if there might be a blood clot. He sent me to a vascular surgeon for this ultra sound, it showed no blood clot but Baker's cyst behind both knees. He told me to go to an orthopedist but I haven't yet because I feel that it is more than just a Baker's cyst and I'm scared. My tibia also hurts and I have sever bone pain and I have a lump in my neck on the right side that is the size of a goose egg. If it is cancer in the lymph nodes that would explain the goose egg in my neck. When I sit I can hardly get up at all for this thing is pressing on my sciatic nerve as well.

Comment from: rose, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

After suffering with knee pain and swelling for 3 months my chiropractor suggested I get my general physician to send me for an ultrasound, that I may have a Baker's cyst. I had had x-rays that showed minimal osteoarthritis on the onset, but why my doctor didn't think of this made me angry. Sure enough I had a fairly large Baker's cyst. I asked to have it aspirated and was told 'they don't do that anymore, as they usually come back.' I also was told my body would reabsorb it naturally. The pain has been excruciating. I finally went to a naturopath to have it drained. So much relief. It came back smaller and was drained again. I will have an MRI in a couple more weeks to find out if the reason for this is due to tear in meniscus or tendons.

Comment from: RichardAlibon, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 13

I am gradually recovering from a ruptured Baker's cyst (it takes weeks) and like many others here I can confirm that the only things that ease the pain are rest and (temporarily) a hot bath. Regular painkillers such as ibuprofen, Co-codamol (even when both taken together), Biofreeze cream and Voltarol cream just don't seem to reach it. A compression bandage made it worse, and elevation made it worse. Exercise made it worse but the next day it felt a little better, perhaps because the movement helped reabsorbing of the fluid. I can honestly say it is one of the worst medical conditions I have ever experienced; you can't walk, you can't sleep and the pain is almost constant.

Comment from: DHH, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

After experiencing an annoying pinching pain behind my knee for several years, the pain intensified about five weeks ago. It extended down into my calf making it feel tight and sore. There was some bruising on the ankle. I was referred for an ultrasound which identified a large, complex, ruptured Baker's cyst with multiple pockets of fluid extending down my calf. I was referred to a sports medicine specialist who drained it today guided by ultrasound and injected cortisone. I had immediate relief.

Comment from: RichardAlibon, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 24

I was admitted to Accident and Emergency with suspected deep vein thrombosis and it turned out I actually had a ruptured Baker's cyst which I had never heard of before. I was told it would get better as the fluid was reabsorbed into my body but it would take weeks! Rest, elevation and painkillers were prescribed (UK). The pain was so bad I have been taking Co-codamol and ibuprofen together. After 2 weeks the pain and swelling are thankfully lessening. I suppose the pain is not agonizing but it is constant and this is what makes it so debilitating.

Comment from: Donna, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

I was diagnosed with Baker's cyst about 6 months ago. It was extremely painful to the point of not being able to walk. I went to my chiropractor and he told me to get off all night shade vegetables (for me the culprits are tomatoes, potatoes and peppers), and take mega doses of high quality fish oil. Of course if you're on any kind of blood thinner you must check with your doctor regarding fish oil as it thins the blood. I know longer take the daily aspirin. My knee is 80 percent better and I can walk with a slight pain. This has changed my life. By the way, I also drink 2 cups of low acid coffee in the morning and fresh lemon water in large quantities the rest of the day.

Comment from: Jane, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 29

I wonder if anyone has developed a Baker's cyst in their shoulder. Up until now the only information I can find concerns having this cyst in the knee. During the night my arm swelled to almost double its size and was bruised. My doctor sent me to Accident and Emergency and the next day I had an ultra-sound scan. By then almost all of my arm had turned purple and black and I could not bend it at all. It was diagnosed as a ruptured Baker's cyst in my shoulder. The orthopedics department had heard of it in the shoulder, but it was very rare. My arm and the muscles are now very, very painful and nothing seems to alleviate it.

Comment from: Birdie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

I was diagnosed with a Baker's cyst after experiencing severe pain behind my left knee. I left work and drove straight to the emergency room. After several hours of ruling out a blood clot I was diagnosed with the cyst. I have since seen an orthopedist, had injections which provided some relief but not much. I am now having a total knee replacement due to the severe arthritis in my knee. These cysts are the most painful things ever and I would not wish them on anyone! Nothing helps, and the doctors act like there is nothing you can do. Well, there is, give us some pain medication to at least take the edge off of the throbbing pain. I can barely limp around.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Comment from: Tberry59, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 26

I've been dealing with this mysterious pain for months now. It started out of the blue, couldn't figure out what was going on, tried working out more to stretch it out, didn't want to see myself as a wimp. Yet, it got worse, so worried it may be deep vein thrombosis, and I saw my general physician (GP). I was sent for an x-ray, then ultrasound, and back to my GP, who then sent me to an orthopedic doctor who would be able to request an MRI. Now this was going on for another month and a half to get all these appointments scheduled around my work schedule. When I first visited the orthopedic doctor, he did see a small cyst from my ultrasound, but commented it was too small to cause pain. I thought to myself, okay, I'm in so much pain, my leg is swollen, I can't bend it, I can't sleep without being in so much pain trying to move, after driving twenty minutes I look like I'm 90 years old trying to get out of my car, only to limp severely until I get in motion walking. I'm on my feet all day at my job, sitting isn't an option. I can't work out, I'm frustrated, and tramadol and Aleve do nothing. I ice the back of my knee every morning and night after work. So how can you say it's not big enough to cause pain! I'm now waiting for the results of the MRI, another doctor appointment to schedule. It's very frustrating, after reading all comments, I'm convinced Baker's cyst is what I'm dealing with along with all these other people.

Comment from: Suz1971, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

My Baker's cyst is behind my left knee and nothing is helping! When I exercise, it hurts more. Cortisone injection did not help. Naproxen is not helping either. The orthopedic doctor told me it cannot be drained due to its location. Really!

Comment from: Raffa -mondo, 65-74 (Patient) Published: December 12

I had a burning painful right knee to start with for a week and struggled to walk so had to rest. The next week my calf and foot were swollen and I now had pain in my knee and calf, and bad shooting pains up from my knee to the buttocks. This pain was so bad no pain medication would take it away. I ended up going to Accident and Emergency, and had the blood test and scan for DVT (deep vein thrombosis) but found it was a Baker's cyst that I had never heard of. I am in my second week now and the pain is slowly subsiding. I do hope that no one ever gets one of these because it puts you out of action and you are unable to carry on with everyday life.

Comment from: Jade, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 16

I don't know when I injured something in my knee but after an ultra sound I discovered that I have a Baker's cyst, which occurred after I started running. It has been over a month, I have been off from work for a week with rest and ibuprofen which did absolutely nothing. At the end of the week I still had to go back to my doctor for an anti-inflammatory shot along with muscle relaxers and Voltaren which helped for a few days but I am one again in pain. Sore tight muscles in my calf and thighs and pain in my knee. If you are a runner, you do not want to develop this.

Comment from: Nick, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 20

I tore my antrior cruciate ligament (ACL), walked on it for 8 months, and formed a Baker's cyst. Even after ACL reconstruction surgery a year and 3 months later, I still have the Baker's cyst. I was told it goes away with rest, ice, elevation, and not having an injured ligament, but it is still the same size, and prevents me from sitting on my knee, and gives some knee instability (because its pushing on my ligaments). At age 21, it's frustrating to not be able to do many things the majority of others at this age can do, but I suppose things can happen at any age! For other young people out there, don't wait for an injury to cause more problems. Just get it taken care of as soon as possible (but don't run to doctors either, they will not help you as much as you think).

Comment from: lisa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 01

I have been a runner all my life. Unfortunately, I believe my knee problem (torn meniscus) is an after affect which led to surgery and to a Baker's cyst the size of a golf ball in my right knee. A year after my surgery my knee pain came back and now I have a stress fracture with another Baker's cyst! Apparently the knee injury is the cause of the cyst forming. I'm unable to work, my health insurance has been cancelled and now I'm going into a deep depression. The only advice I can give is to runners. Think of other ways to work out! The runner's high is not worth it! The pain is horrible and there is no light at the end of the tunnel (not that I can see). Sorry to be a Debbie Downer, but this is the truth.

Comment from: Jeff, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 21

I'm a 73 year old male, suddenly noticed my left leg calf slightly swollen, warm and aching. My general physician sent me to Accident and Emergency, they did blood tests and an ultra-scan and said the good news is it isn't deep vein thrombosis, it's a ruptured Baker's cyst. Never even knew I had one and strangely I have very little pain, just an occasional slight ache, though the leg and foot are swollen from the knee down. I don't understand why there's no pain as ruptured Baker's cysts usually very painful, and why I didn't notice the cyst, sometimes they form under the knee joint. I was told the fluid will get reabsorbed and swelling will subside, just give it time. Hm. If you've bad pain with yours demand the cyst is drained of remaining fluid and demand a cortisone injection so you can get on with your life. Good luck.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Comment from: Sam, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

I recently just had my 2nd Baker's cyst rupture in my left leg. The first one was 10 months ago. The pain is excruciating and exhausting. I was bed ridden for 3 days where I couldn't move any part of my leg without screaming in pain. I was told to rest and take ibuprofen which did absolutely nothing for the pain. It has been a week and a half now and I am finally able to walk with slight cramping feelings in my leg. It still gets red and swollen when I stand on it and my left ankle is twice the size of my right one. Last time it took almost a month before I was back to normal. I just wanted to let people know about how it feels because the extreme pain and how scared I was thinking I had been misdiagnosed even after having an ultrasound/x-ray for possible blood clot. The doctors I have seen don't seem to know much about them, how painful they actually are, or what to do for them when they rupture, except rest and ibuprofen. There has to be something they can do to prevent them; people shouldn't have to deal with pain like this for something that seems so simple.

Comment from: mona, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I had a Baker's cyst drained. Two week later I got blood clots in my leg and they went to my lungs. They did the draining of the cyst because of the blood clots. I had two blood clots before, they were 20 and 30 years apart. I am not taking any blood thinners right now for the third blood clot.

Comment from: Dave, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 21

I had severe pain in my legs. I saw a doctor who referred me to a hospital. I had ultrasound to discover I had 5 ruptured Baker's cysts! All this happened in one week. I am still trying to walk and exercise, it looks like slow recovery. The doctor said to have 5 was unique, especially as all had ruptured.

Comment from: pollymidwife, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 18

Following a holiday abroad, upon arriving home my right leg was aching and restless. The following morning I had symptoms of swelling in my calf, redness, and severe pain. After seeking help via general practitioner I had a scan which confirmed a Baker's cyst which had ruptured. It was very painful but I am glad a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) was ruled out. I now have to take it day by day to recover. I work shifts of 12 1/2 hours long, so understand the importance of resting, taking regular anti-inflammatory medicines and letting it heal. I will seek further medical advice if the symptoms worsen or continue. Not a condition to be ignored but urgent attention just in case it is a DVT.

Comment from: Sapirod, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

I fell and overstretched my knee. I had immediate pain in the back of the calf. Doctor did x-ray, determined that I had a Baker's cyst, and then sent me to physical therapy with a knee brace. Four months later, I requested an MRI and they found that the cyst had ruptured and drained into my lower calf. The doctor then drained it but as it had been in the calf for so long, did not say that it would stop it. Four months of pain could have been avoided with the MRI and I had insurance to cover it. I was not happy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
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!

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.

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!

Comment from: Jady, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I got my Baker's cyst drained. I had been house bound for years, in agony and told constantly there is nothing that can be done. At a recent doctor's appointment, I was in agony, sobbing and crying out in pain. I was offered the steroid injection but insisted he try to drain the cyst. Very reluctantly he asked the nurse to get a 50 ml syringe, and he very quickly asked for another syringe, then another. He stopped after draining 130 ml of fluid. Wow, I actually got off hospital bed unaided and walked without my crutches. It is early days, still a little sore, but slept without severe pain for the first time in years. Good luck.

Comment from: Dave, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 03

I had a bilateral knee replacement 18 months ago. Left knee now has a Baker's cyst that has been drained 2 time, first time 28 cc and second time 46 cc. It filled back up that same day and pain is right back.

Comment from: Dana, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

Around 3 years ago, I developed a Baker's cyst the size of a quarter from stressing my knee too much on my recumbent bike. I had never heard of one before, and since then I was careful not to pedal with a lot of tension. One afternoon I was outside and I had a strong cramp like feeling from the back of my knee down into the calf. It was painful enough to get my attention. The next day I was standing in my kitchen when I had this sensation of something running down my leg. It was so real a feeling that I actually looked and felt my calf. I had read somewhere that when a Baker's cyst bursts, it gives the sensation of something running down the leg and it was from that I thought my cyst had burst. I noticed my knee was swollen too. I tried to palpate for it and couldn't find it, so the true test to know if it was gone was to ride my bike hard to see if it swelled up like it usually did. It did not, so I assume it burst. A week later, my calf is still sore right where I felt that feeling of something running down my calf.

Comment from: Jack48, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 04

In July of 2014 I was walking and felt like a charley horse in the back of my left thigh. The next day my whole leg was swollen and the pain was unreal. When I got up from sitting I could not walk right away, I had to hold on to something and put pressure on my leg before moving or I would fall. I also started to receive nerve pain in my thighs and knees. Now if I sit on a hard chair for any length of time my left leg from the knee down to my foot feels like a pin cushion. I recently had an MRI and was told I have a Baker's cyst. I still cannot sit in a hard chair. I have to take the pressure off the back of my left leg even when I am driving. I do feel like I have nerve damage.

Comment from: Erin, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 28

I started having extreme pain in my left leg yesterday morning, more so than usual. I'd had surgery in January, a high tibial osteotomy. This pain was much different, and the symptoms seemed to be that of thrombosis. I let it go for one day, thinking that it would get better. This morning, the pain was still there, so I called my doctor and scheduled an appointment immediately. Upon arrival, he examined my leg, and concurred with my first idea that it might be thrombosis, and sent me to get an ultrasound. The ultrasound technician, after examining me, told me that I had a Baker's cyst that had ruptured. I had never even heard of this condition before today. I'm just glad it's not thrombosis, but the pain is very, very intense. My general physician is contacting my surgeon, so hopefully something can be done.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Comment from: Connie L., 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 28

On Sunday before Memorial Day this Baker's cyst hit me in right knee like a gunshot. The pain is unbearable. I fired my first doctor as he sent me to a useless pain clinic that did no good. I am seeing an older doctor who sent me on June 21st for an MRI. This Tuesday when he is in office I will know what he intends to do to stop this endless pain. I am afraid it will be surgery, and at 80 I really am afraid of that.

Comment from: Maybelle, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I was just diagnosed with a Baker's cyst. I have been referred to an orthopedic surgeon for treatment and further help. I cannot stand the pain; same as described by others on this site. I'd rather be in labor. This appeared about 4 months ago, and pain has gotten worse in the last month. I started with Aleve a week ago. Now it doesn't even help anymore.

Comment from: Mina, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

I am a 56 year old female that suffers from Baker's cysts in the back of my right knee. I have recently lost over 70 pounds to help with the osteoarthritis I also suffer from. The pain is extreme and hard to cope with at times. It starts in the back of knees and runs down the front of my shins and into my feet sometimes even my big toe is involved. When that happens the only relief I can get is when I ice the back of knee while elevating it and resting for periods of times during the day. I've also been prescribed Norco to take for the pain however, I have to take 2 at a time for it to do anything. Sitting for long periods of time, standing, and riding my bike irritate the cysts. I'm hoping I can have them drained soon and not feel so much pain in my knees and legs.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
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.

Comment from: foolish old bag, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I am a 67 year old female, retired nurse. I had an arthroscopic surgery for a torn meniscus and seemed to be progressing very well except that I could not fully extend my leg and had leg pain associated with activity. Prior to surgery I did not have ultrasound or an MRI. Eight weeks after my surgery I began to have a catch or Charlie hose behind my knee. We were 60 miles from home (and as the pain was so severe I rated it as a 9 on a scale of 1-10). I thought I had a blood clot. To my surprise I had two very large Baker's cysts. My leg turned every shade of blue and red. I could barely walk and needed a cane for assistance. Doctors suggest total knee replacement. My thoughts are twofold; I should have requested an ultrasound from the start and I would have avoided this unfortunate pain and at this point I would prefer to have the cyst drained and arthroscopically removed before a knee replacement. I think a second opinion is in order.

Comment from: Rosiem, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I am 55 years old and have 7 revisions of my right knee. A couple weeks ago I was walking and then I was in so much pain I could not walk, went to my surgeon and he stated I had a Baker cyst. Pain was getting so bad I went to my surgeon. He tried to aspirate it there was nothing to aspirate, it is just hard and solid. It is getting to be worse than before.

Comment from: Grammy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 28

I am 66 and do very little exercise outside of walking. About 3 months ago while walking out the door I had extreme pain in my back calf area that felt like someone had hit me with a baseball, and I could barely walk, with the calf feeling like it was stuck in major cramp mode. Within days my leg was extremely bruised in the calf area, down into my lower leg, and around the ankle, into the side of my foot, but the pain was much better, and I could get around again. My doctor said the bruising in the ankle and foot area was confirmation that I had a Baker's cyst that ruptured. I spent days elevating my leg and icing then moist heat as much as possible. For weeks my leg felt very heavy when walking. It is getting better, but I still have the swelling from my knee to ankle. This was the worst pain I have ever had and hope that it never happens again. Unfortunately, my doctor has said the cyst can return at any time, probably caused by arthritis, and it could rupture again. Not something to look forward to.

Comment from: Ofrakin, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 15

I had a partial knee replacement in Oct 12. Two weeks later I am walking casually and my leg starts to stiffen to the point that it won't bend and feels as if it has 1000 psi. AT the emergency room (ER) my right leg can't even be touched and 4 shots of Dilaudid doesn't help. I spend a week on my back and leg elevated, no explanation is given. Twenty months later, July 14, I get same problem and off to the orthopedist's office and 44 ml of blood is aspirated from my knee. More could have been removed. X-ray shows normal and lump behind knee same as original symptom of Baker's cyst. I need as much help as possible.

Comment from: Dennis, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 19

I thought I had a pulled muscle but when my leg got swollen and painful my nurse wife worried I might have a blood clot. I went to the emergency room as it was Sunday. They diagnosed a Baker's cyst that was beginning to resolve. I went to my primary doctor who confirmed that and said pain, etc., should subside over the week and my wife says swelling is down. I have limped and braved the pain which is only when I walk. My doctor prescribed an MRI/x-ray as he said a torn meniscus or arthritis often causes it. He sent me to an orthopedist who will review the results. I am thinking my treadmill use with 12% incline may have caused this as someone told me their therapist said using a high incline can irritate the knee. I feel lucky so far after reading some of the accounts written on this site.

Comment from: GrannyC, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 10

A week ago I had sudden severe pain in my left calf that felt like someone had hit me very hard with a baseball. I could barely walk after that, and did see my physician that day. It felt like I had a severe cramp in my calf, which is what was diagnosed, and I was given Flexeril to try to relax the cramping. A few days later, still having difficulty walking, I noticed that my calf was swelling, and appeared to have bruising, with bruising going down my leg, around my ankle, and into the top inside portion of my foot. I then had a duplex ultrasound, checking for blood clots, which was normal. The bruising/swelling continued to get worse although I was at least walking a little better. My calf was very tender to touch and I started to have a popping feeling behind my left knee, with a sensitive spot on the left back side of the knee. Back to the doctor again yesterday and was finally diagnosed with a popliteal cyst, otherwise known as a Baker cyst, that had burst and the fluid from that cyst is what had caused the severe pain in my calf and the bruising down into my ankle/foot. I have had 4 children, left knee surgery, and a hysterectomy, and never have I had pain like I have had with this burst cyst. The doctor says it will heal over time, but that it will take some time.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Comment from: immobile, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I am a very active 45 year old female. A week ago, I was entertaining an out of town guest and I began to have extreme pain and swelling in my right lower leg. I took oxycodone I had on hand for back pain and then when she left, I went to urgent care. Long story short, in a week, I have seen several doctors and had several tests, all to learn I have a Baker"s cyst. The pain is unbearable and I can barely walk or drive. My cyst is 7 inches long, extending down the back of my calf. It is too close to major arteries to drain and surgery is not an option according to two orthopedic surgeons, so I get to wrap, elevate and suffer. Not fun. Please tell me it will go away soon!

Comment from: OmaB, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

I had an 8 cm Baker's cyst in my right knee that ruptured and oozed into my calf last December. It was by far the worst pain ever! I also had blood clots from the site and have been taking warfarin since. I had a total knee replacement (TKR) which would supposedly fix it in early March, but after recovering from it, I now feel like that cyst is back. Impossible? No fluid anymore? I don"t know, but that awful pain is back. Physiotherapy has been my salvation with the TKR and hopefully this will pass.

Comment from: Nancy, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 09

A week ago I was wakened in the early morning by a very painful "jolt" that felt like a bad leg cramp. I swallowed a lot of tonic with quinine that helped a little but the pain continued. The next morning, via wheelchair, we saw our internist who ordered an ultrasound to rule out blood clots because my leg was quite swollen. The results showed a Baker cyst with a possible cramp that was not the cause. I have tried to stay off my leg, but not entirely. Doctors said to keep alternate cool and warm presses on my calf and back of knee where it is most sensitive. Discoloration has occurred between ankle and calf areas and is still sensitive. I take some Tylenol and try to keep my leg up, sometimes toes above my nose. I don"t like to be restricted so my patience is wearing thin.

Comment from: ShirlG, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

Several years ago, unknowingly I had a Baker's cyst that burst while I was tending bar. I felt a huge painful pop, and not knowing what it was other than painful to walk on, I kept going; until my jeans got so tight around my knee. I couldn't take it anymore and sent my son for another larger legged pair. The pain continued all evening, until at closing time I had someone run me to the emergency room. By this time it was almost impossible to walk on, it hurt so badly. When the doctor looked at it and told me what it was I just looked at him and said "a what?" my mother who is a licensed practical nurse (LPN) had never even heard of one. The doctor put me on crutches for at least a week to see how it goes. Within 2 days, the fluid had spread throughout my entire leg. Up my thigh down to my toes, my entire leg was every color you could think of all at the same time. Very pretty and would have been cooler if it hadn't hurt so badly. I was on crutches for several weeks, and still had to take it easy on the leg after that. I would not wish this on anyone!

Comment from: kdwmanteo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I am an active 58 year old female, 5"2" 124 l., diagnosed with a torn meniscus in August 06; running injury. MRI revealed Baker"s cyst (golf ball size in the back of the knee) that burst a month after arthroscopic surgery for meniscus repair. Sonogram showed synovial fluid trailing down the leg; the most pain I ever experienced, next to childbirth. The Baker"s cyst immediately reformed and my doctor surgically removed it in Jan 07 with a horribly botched surgery. Baker"s cysts should not be surgically removed; I urge anyone considering this treatment not to do so. My knee remains in some degree of chronic pain and inflammation 24/7 but I have learned to live with it. I use elliptical regularly and participate in other gym training to mitigate pain.

Comment from: SOLDIER-T2489, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I was in basic training running, and no injury took place. When I got a sharp pain in my knee I just thought it was because I wasn"t a long distance runner, since I wrestled and played basketball in high school. The next day I couldn"t get out of my bunk. I was told that I had a stress fracture. Then a year later the pain just got worse, so I got an MRI. There was no stress fracture but I was told I had a Baker's cyst. Then another six months went with therapy but no improvement; it actually got worse. Last month I started getting shock therapy on my quadriceps because I"ve been dealing with the pain for so long it became extremely weak. As my therapist put it "your quadriceps are as weak as a baby"s the first time it learns to walk". I can barely squat or walk even 100 m without having to stop. Another MRI was done this month and the cyst is nowhere to be found but the pain has gotten so much worse it has moved to my ankle with a loud clicking when I strike a surface and all the way up to my hip. The pain is bad, I have a burning feeling also in the pelvic area on that side. I don"t know what else to do, I need advice because the doctors I deal with are not helping.

Comment from: gsr60, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 11

I had a total left knee replacement 5 years ago. I have had soreness and stiffness with the changes of weather conditions since the surgery. In the past couple months I have noticed swelling on the back of my left knee. My Doc told me it was a Baker's cyst, fluid buildup much like bursitis. I am concerned about the excess pressure on my knee replacement.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Comment from: Pbeamish47, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

About 6 months ago I had a lot of knee pain, I finally went to the doctors, and they did x-rays and found nothing. About 2 months ago I started having swelling in my calf and ankle, I was told to go to the emergency room because my symptoms also could be a clot. Well, they did an ultra sound and told me it was a Baker's cyst. I guess it has burst as my swelling is also in my foot. I am active but this has really slowed me down as the longer I am on my feet the more the leg and foot swell. I'm not sure what to do and I am concerned.

Comment from: Tony, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 14

I am a very active 48. I was playing volleyball in the gym and while diving for a ball, I hit the front of my knee. I limped around for a few days and then my knee exploded with pain. It got very swollen, swelling all the way down to my ankle. My knee so swollen that I couldn't bend it. I went to emergency room and got an MRI. It showed that I had a large Baker Cyst that had ruptured. I can't describe how intense the pain was. Ultrasound ruled out any clots. Thirteen days into this, heat and Aspirin (325mg day) have helped. I am going to the orthopedic doctor on Monday; no more diving for volleyballs!

Comment from: bert, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 18

My doctor said I had a Baker cyst behind my right knee. It is extremely painful at the point of the cyst. Also my calf is swollen and tight all the way down to the ankle. I cannot straighten or bend my knee without great pain. My doctor prescribed Voltaren gel to be applied to the knee twice daily. It is an anti-inflammatory gel that is supposed to be delivered directly to the spot. I have been using it for three days now and it has had no effect at all. I have some pain pill medication prescribed for another problem, but it does nothing to ease the severe pain I am having in my knee. I am going back to my doctor in a few days if I get no relief and ask him to determine the cause of the cyst. Treating the symptom is not working. I am in more pain than I care to tolerate twenty-four hours a day, with the swelling increasing in the calf all the way down to the ankle. I am normally very active and not being to walk without a cane is not my idea of a life - not to mention the pain that nothing seems to address. I am amazed that it can hurt so bad.

Comment from: Nurse84, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I had a medial meniscal tear, which was treated with conservative therapy and later arthroscopic surgery. I later developed a Baker cyst, which was managed with injections, medications, aspirations and then surgery. It has since recurred and is approximately 8 cm long and very painful. I cannot bend my knee past 90 degrees and it keeps me awake at night. The worst is when a popping in the back of my knee wakes me up. On the preferred pain scale it is an 8. I am told that a total knee replacement is the only treatment that will alleviate the problems caused by a Baker cyst but I am too young to consider this.

Comment from: KarenP 74, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 09

I am just diagnosed with Baker's cyst after having pain for over a week. Nothing helps ease the pain apart from a warm bath.

Comment from: Marge, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I have sharp pain in the back of my right knee. It hurts to straighten and I'm very cautious when first standing. I had a Baker's cyst there 8 years ago; very painful.

Comment from: va1980, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 03

I have had a Baker's cyst behind my right knee for almost 2 years. I had an MRI last May that showed no sign of what the cause of the cyst was. Now I have pain at night and found out the other day that it is bigger the last year.

Comment from: Shea, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 13

Last summer I noticed my left leg was tender with swollen soft tissue below my knee. I do have rheumatoid arthritis, anyway there was no pain until a month ago. Since then my leg stays swollen, and hurts a lot. I was just diagnosed with a Baker's cyst. I never saw or felt a lump at all just swelling and pain. I don't want to spend time with draining and shots I want the cyst out and the pain to stop.

Comment from: Sue, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 02

I have been diagnosed with a Baker's cyst. My pain threshold is normally high. But I have been weeping and wailing like a baby not knowing what to do to gain relief. I also have infection with it, so dosed up on antibiotics and codeine. Please, I want some relief!

Comment from: colgate, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

I'm 65 and had arthroscopic surgery 8 weeks ago for a meniscus tear and arthritic joint. My Baker's cyst was drained and injected with cortisone a week ago. My knee is still swollen from the surgery and my cyst doesn't seem any better from the cortisone. From reading this website, it seems that many people have the same problems but there's no fix. I would have thought that was a simple operation carried out a million times a day throughout the world, yet we have no solutions to fix!

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Comment from: Larry, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 06

My Baker's cyst kills me when I ride in a car for a long time, like 45 minutes, or ride my motorcycle. I must try to keep my leg straight, I can't bend it, just too painful. So I just had a test today.

Comment from: Scope, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I didn't even know I had a Baker's cyst. My partner saw dark purple bruising at the back of my knee. I've always had generous soft padding there, at times with a bit of an ache, but luckily haven't experienced the pain others are stating, just tingling in my big toe and ball of foot. The bruising is fading after a week and I am going for ultrasound next week. I am slim but not particularly fit so will have to watch myself a bit closer I suppose.

Comment from: becky, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

My Baker's cyst hurts behind left knee. The pain is noticeable when I start to stand up. I also have osteoarthritis and my left knee has been on the backburner. My foremost fear is having to go to a rehabilitation for at least 6 weeks.

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

I have had the lump on the back of my leg near the knee for about a year. Sometimes it hurt but most of the time I didn't even notice it was there. The other day I believe the Baker's cyst ruptured. My leg, especially my calf is sore, and a bit swollen. I haven't seen a doctor since it has ruptured. It is a strange pain.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I have been diagnosed with a Baker's cyst. Physiotherapy has failed so I have to go back to the general physician but it is the pains in the knee that are bad; they go down the back of the knee into the thigh and hip. My last physiotherapy told me I had a calf problem.

Comment from: squeakie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

I started with a shin splint then horrible knee pain. After a meniscus tear repair, I still have pain and am told it is a Baker's cyst. Mobility is painful, and everyday activity is extremely hard. After 3 doctors no one wants to help me. Physical therapy, icing and stretching have given little relief.

Comment from: irene, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

After wearing moonboot on a fractured foot, my good leg developed a cyst. I had it treated with anti-inflammatory medicines, tramadol and Band-Aid fix. I have limited movement, very painful. I am waiting for an appointment to see a specialist; I can't work.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I am a 58 year old female. I was diagnosed 3 weeks ago with a Baker's cyst. I got a cortisone injection but it only seems to get worse. I am in a lot of pain and it even wakes me up at night. I am taking Motrin, Aleve and Tylenol at times. It dulls the pain a little bit. Walking is very painful. I take my dog for several walks a day and I live on a hill. It is getting extremely hard to keep up with my walking due to the pain.

Comment from: Miss Vicki, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I am a 58 year old female and I was diagnosed with a Baker's cyst behind my knee about 6 months ago. It was relatively small then but now it's the size of a softball. The pain is too much. Walking is difficult. My knee cap feels like it is being lifted up when I walk and there is grinding of the bone.

Comment from: Bob H., 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 26

I have just had an ultra-scan on my knee replacement and have been told I have a Baker's cyst. I don't know how I can get fluid on a replacement knee!

Comment from: Misha, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I have had a large Baker's cyst for several months. My general physician acted like it is no big deal. I would have no idea of the problems associated with this if I had not been bothered enough to do my own research.

Comment from: Louise, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 08

My Baker's cyst burst, I don't know how to relieve the calf pain.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Comment from: chap, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I have a lot of problems walking and bending because of Baker's cyst. I am so afraid of needles.

Comment from: jo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I was told I have a Baker's cyst. This came on about a week after a spider bite on the same leg, I wonder if it could this be from this.

Comment from: mary, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

With my Baker's cyst pain is running from knee to ankle and it is swollen from knee to ankle, but only in one leg.

Comment from: Princess, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I did an MRI and was told I have a small cyst in my knee cap. I have been having pain, swelling and burning sensation in my knee for quite some time.

Comment from: Norma, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

I had a meniscus surgery three years ago, and still have issues with the Baker's cyst that was actually bothering me as much as the meniscus tear. Do I assume the cyst is here to stay until I have replacement surgery!

Comment from: Deb, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

This Baker's cyst is extremely painful. I saw an orthopedic doctor and he drained 45 cc but within 2 hours it's back. He injected me with a steroid and MRI does not show a tear. I'm extremely frustrated.

Comment from: lee, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I went to an orthopedic who described my Baker's cyst as the largest he had ever seen. I started taking gemfibrozil and it kept shrinking. Now, I can walk, run and jump. Earlier I was on a cane and often would fall flat on my face. To me this has been somewhat of a miracle drug. I cannot say it will work for everyone, but it worked for me.

Comment from: Anonymous, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

My swelling from my Baker cyst coincided with my first laser hair removal session. After the session, I was playing with a child and bent down with a straight leg. I felt unusual tightness, but moved on. By evening I had pain and swelling behind the knee. It feels like it's a ligament and it hurts a little above the knee, into the hamstring.

Comment from: David, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

My knee problem probably started many years ago and is now just starting to affect my mobility. I had a walnut sized thing in the back of my knee that was probably a Baker's cyst. No sleep, pain while standing or walking and a limp favoring the leg were symptoms. I was frustrated enough and started to massage the area vigorously and low and behold the lump disappeared and even though the knee was tender the pain was disappearing. After a week no pain and I'm getting around just fine.

Comment from: Leanne37, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I have just been diagnosed with a Baker's cyst that protrudes on the side of my knee, NOT behind. It is approximately 2.5cm x 4.2cm. I am an ex racehorse rider and can only assume the trauma from an extensive break to the opposite knee has caused this problem.

Comment from: pam, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I have a bakers cyst that ruptured and crystallized. Pain, swelling. I am extremely active up to 90 mins at gym most days. This is causing problems. I cannot bend knee.

Comment from: Tierney rasheed, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I had a baker cyst removed from my right leg when I was ten years old, 60 yrs ago. Nine yrs ago I was diagnosed with a baker cyst in my left leg, which I still have. It bothers me some times. I now think I may have one in my right knee again. Hard to tell due to the terrible scar I have from the surgery. No idea what causes them except I was told by a doctor that some people have a certain amount of inflammation in their bodies at all times and no one knows what triggers it. This would explain bursitis and pleurisy attacks over the years.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Comment from: Baroughy, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 05

Knee swelling, lots of pain, can't bend down. I got an MRI and it showed a baker cyst in the back of my knee. It is large in size and a small cyst in the front of my knee and moderate arthritis, no tear in meniscus. I got a cortisone shot. It did nothing and my knee is killing me. I don't know what I should do next, these things are very painful, I don't care what they say.

Published: July 08

I am a 42-year-old woman, who is about 60 to 80 pounds overweight. I had a blood clot on my left leg and after two hospital stays, six months of Coumadin and continuous heat packs and more than 30 minutes of daily walking, it finally went away. Unfortunately, I developed a Baker's cyst on the inside right leg behind the knee. I know this was from walking more than 30 minutes per day after pretty much never exercising. The blood clot leg is great, but I am almost crippled now w/the right leg cyst. I literally can't walk sometimes. I have no health insurance and can't see a doctor now. My vascular doctor said it is not from walking, but we ruled out that it can't be from anything else such as: previously rigorous exercise, hiking, biking, laying down rug or flooring, etc...So much for exercise! Now I can't do anything. I do make it into the pool but I still have pain.

Published: July 08

I am a 60-year-old woman who is fairly active. I have neuropathy. A few weeks ago, my daughters noted that my left leg from the knee down to the foot was swollen. No pain, but it was obviously swollen. I went to the ER (it was late and I was out of state). They treated me for phlebitis because they were unable to do an ultrasound that night. The next day, I had the ultrasound and was diagnosed with a Baker's cyst. I haven't done anything because of the combination of knee surgery a few years back and neuropathy, pain was already there. My only problem is when I sit for a while and stand, I have acute pain in my ankle and foot.

Published: July 08

A few weeks ago, I sprained my left knee pretty bad mowing a hilly lawn. The next day my knee started hurting, but there was no noticeable swelling. I thought it was a pulled muscle that would go away on its own, so I didn't go to a doctor. I limped around for two weeks with somewhat bearable pain, with it sometimes going down my calf and ankle. I thought maybe my shoes were wearing out and that put me out of alignment and caused the additional leg pain. I changed shoes but it didn't help. Then two days ago, I was walking across the parking lot at work when I almost fell to the ground because the sharp pain in that knee was so bad. It was as if someone took a dagger and stabbed the back of my knee. I had to be helped back into work and couldn't stand on that leg at all. I was taken to the doctor and she told me I had a Baker's cyst. I had never heard of a Baker's cyst. For the time being, she told me to keep it elevated and warm and use ibuprofin for the pain. I'm scheduled to see a physical therapist next week to evaluate my knee. Then they'll determine what the next best step will be. I'm using crutches now. I can't put any weight on that leg at all. My doctor told me the cyst may go down on its own. It's really not noticeable at all at this point.

Published: July 08

I am nine weeks post ACL reconstruction. The surgery went great, and I am in rehab. The problem I am having is increased pain and pressure in the back of my knee from a large Baker's cyst seen on my MRI. I try to ignore it, but when I am at rehab, I have so much discomfort that I stop doing the exercises that I am suppose to do. I have addressed this issue with my doctor, but he will only aspirate the cyst not remove it. It interferes with my activities of daily living. When my doctor does aspirate it, I have no pain with extending or flexing, and I do get relief, even if it's only for a short while. The cyst is getting bigger, and now I am having pain in my calf muscle.

Published: July 02

I'm a 39-year-old active woman and when my right foot and toes started swelling up, I thought I had unknowingly broken a toe. The swollen foot did not hurt, but was aching almost like a sore muscle from exercising after a long day. The only injury I had on my right side was a broken tibia/shinbone at age 10. My doctor suspected a thrombosis and sent me to have an ultrasound where they discovered a Baker cyst of 3 centimeters in size. I have no problems; I just can't cross my legs when sitting down as that feels very uncomfortable. I still go running at least three times a week.

Published: July 01

Diagnosed with a Baker's cyst beginning around age 35. Now 55, with no associated pain, just a soft movable mass at the back of the knee. My orthopedist told me at age 25, after cracking the inside surface of my kneecap, that I'd get arthritis in that knee someday. I'm about to take a 2 week backpacking trip, so I think I'll bring ibuprofen in case inflammation occurs under the unaccustomed weight.

Published: July 01

I'm 51 y/o fairly active male and was just diagnosed with a Bakers cyst. Thinking back, I suppose it was there for quite a while because my left leg/knee would always get "stiff" after extended physical activities, but 3 weeks ago it really got my attention. The pain I experience is exactly as described on these pages, painful when bending the knee after being fully extended, painful after being partially bent. Now, I'm limping all the time and always in pain. This has affected the quality of my life! Sex can be difficult, as well as, simple tasks like cutting the lawn. Forget about kneeling down to weed the veggie garden!

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Published: June 26

I am a healthy, active 65-year-old female who, up until four weeks ago, played tennis three to five times a week and hiked twice a week. I was diagnosed with a Baker's cyst of unknown origin. My family doctor ordered Aleve 9 a day for 10 days and to rest my knee. I have taken a couple of three mile walks as my knee felt better after taking Aleve. The next day after walking, I experienced pain in the back of my knee again upon walking up and down stairs. I have an appointment with an orthopedist for an MRI to further the diagnosis. I am eager for healing since tennis is a big part of my life.

Published: June 26

I was diagnoses with a baker cyst two days after I ordered my new mountain bike frame. It hurts at times, and I take Tylenol. I wear shorts because I work in a bike shop, and that is what people wear. I asked a couple of people if it looked bad and they said they didn't notice until I pointed it out. I have no plans, I am ignoring the pain and advice to go back to see the doctor until the summer is over.

Published: June 19

I'm an active 51 yr old male who participates year round in coed volleyball leagues; only leg issues I'd ever had was a torn calf muscle in the right leg a few years ago; about 3 mos ago I "tweaked" the left leg and thought it was a pulled hamstring; the tenderness moved down thru the back of my knee to the top part of the calf muscle in a matter of a couple days; I've not been able to squat on my toes since it happened; tried it one day and heard a loud pop behind the knee; it got well enough that I returned to playing and then tweaked it again this week; saw a friend who's a rehab specialist and he diagnosed a Baker's cyst and possibly a torn meniscus; he said typically they don't do surgery unless it reaches a point that it affects my lifestyle; it's starting to feel like bone on bone pressure and tender behind the knee; my leg swelled considerably the first few days of the injury.

Published: June 19

I am a 26 year old male. I noticed a small lump behind my left knee about 10 months ago. Over the months it came and went and just recently got rather large then disappeared. My lower leg started to swell and get very painful around the calf muscle region. The swelling is quite prominent and slowly travelled down my leg into my foot. The ultrasound resulted in a large baker cyst beginning behind my knee proceeding 7cm down between the calf muscles. I am going back to my GP today as it is not subsiding at all.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
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