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  • #47051

    Di
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    I’ve had Bakers Cysts behind both knees since 1985. Normally one fills up then eventually leaks into my calf which is very painful. It lasts a week or so then disperses. Then maybe a month or so later,the other will fill up. This time however, neither of them has filled up into the usual big lump behind my knee, they are just leaking down my leg. I can’t bend my knees without bad pain but if I do manage then I can’t straighten the right one properly and have to hobble around with it partly bent. IF I force it to straighten it feels as if a ligament has twanged behind my knee. In the past they have offered to drain them with a needle but this time here isn’t a lump to drain. Any ideas?

    #47054

    Lc
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    Hi Di, AS you have had this problem for many years and problematic for you ,and take it you have had all other treatment like ice bags, anti inflammatory meds and pain killers, cortisoid injections. the last resort is surgery but it is quite a difficult one to get the cyst removed as they are mainly jelly if chronic symptoms. and if you have osteoarthritis in the knees, they could sort this out at the same time.If surgery is recommended it would probably be key hole surgery. May be you need to go back to GP and ask if you could get referred some where as you have had enough. It must be really painful if the cyst is leaking into your calf and understand it does disperse into your body over time. sorry thats all I can suggest is go back to GP. you probably know all this anyway. I hope it settles soon for you. take care and best wishes. Lee

    #47071

    Di
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    Thanks. I’ve had them since 1985 but not as bad or persistent as this. On our honeymoon I drove the full length of the country without stopping; woke up next morning with a huge lump behind one knee because of sitting in the same position that long. I ended up on crutches for the week. About once a year they fill up and leak but the calf pain usually goes after about 2 weeks. It hasn’t this time. When I was sent for a scan a few years ago, he offered to d rain them there and then but it would only have lasted until they filled up again so I didn’t seethe point. When it’s just the calf pain I can cope but now something is definitely moving behind my right knee which is so painful I just can’t straighten or lock the knee. Never had steroid injections as I’m allergic to the main steroid they use. I doubt they would offer surgery after a heart attack, well not for this.

    #47073

    Lc
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    Hi Di, Blimey thats a long time to be suffering from that, I would have thought they would have done something well before now, also I would have thought they would have done surgery while you were still awake, as it’s not major surgery, also if you can tolerate being awake through it.
    Sounds as though something is not right,and going on , so I would advise you to see someone about it ie: GP. there is a wide range of drugs to keep you safe, during surgery even if you have had a heart attack,and allergic to some.
    Sorry I don’t know what else to suggest but defiantly see GP about it as you keep getting this, and if you have problems with arthritis as well in that same knee, as if they treated the arthritic knee, it could solve the bakers cyst at the same time.
    Hope you get it seen to soon, and your problem gets resolved,Let us know how you get on. as it would be one less thing playing on your mind. Take care and best wishes. Lee

    #47123

    Di
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    Many thanks. When I had a scan a few years ago they offered to drain it there and then but not to remove it. It’s both legs and when they leak it’s really painful but GP just isn’t interested. They used to be ok, not worth bothering about as the leaks lasted about a week but this time both at once iis really difficult.

    #47124

    Lc
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    Hi Di, yes I know what you mean, I been going dizzy on and off for years just gave me anti sickness pills to help with dizzyness and nausea, but since xmas been dizzy and for for 8-9 months, finally got to see an ent specialist done a load of tests turns out to be BPPV tiny crystals that are usually in a certain place, but sometimes gets dislodged and end up in the 3 balance canals making you fill dizzy, really easy fix as I’ve just found out by controlled movements of head to put crystals back where they should be. all sorted now. after years of this condition never being told what it was and so simple to cure.
    had a good chat with consultant and they gave me a direct number to ring if it happens again I can go straight to consultant to have the procedure done again and bypass GP. also finally knowing what was causing the problems I’ve had.
    So INFURIATING to suffer all this time and half hour later all sorted.
    Any way take care and be persistent in getting your bakers cysts sorted. take care and best wishes,Lee

    #47126

    Jan Sadler
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    Hi Lee
    I’m interested in the fix you had for BPPV (Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) crystals.

    Did you have the Epley Manoeuvre where they lie you down and then quickly either turn you over or sit you up? I get BPPV occasionally and it can last for weeks. I’ve found that instead of trying to keep my head still, if I keep turning it to the side that makes the world spin, it eventualy stops it, though you can feel sick until it’s worked!

    For the last few years I’ve been doing neck and head exercises every day, turning from one side to the other in different positions. This has helped tremendously both in reducing episodes of BPPV and the length of time they last.
    Jan 🙂

    #47127

    Lc
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    Hi Jan, yes I think it was called that. they sit you up then quickly lie you down so head tilted right back over edge of bed then turned your head to the right and after a few seconds head started spinning they keep you there in that position until spinning stops then sit you back up, then slowly turn head facing forward then repeat again turning head to left. Made me ill for a couple of days first day just felt sick all day next day just felt light headed and a bit detached from myself, then it settled. I did struggle a bit laying down quite quick with lower back an pelvic pain but was ok. then a couple of weeks later had it done again. after about half hour then had it done again and dizziness was not there, that’s when you know its cured it. but it can happen again though . It can take a few seconds sometimes for the dizziness to start.then about 30 seconds if it doesnt start your ok. hope I,ve explained it so you could probably do it yourself. take care and best wishes, Lee

    #47128

    Jan Sadler
    Keymaster

    Thanks so much for the explanation, Lee. I’ve often wondered what the Epley Manoeuvre felt like. My brother had it done once, he was very ill afterwards for a couple of weeks and didn’t dare go back for another treatment, which rather put me off!

    Anything you’re suffering from is made worse by travelling on our bumpy pot-holed Cornish roads. It’s a long way to the surgery so if I get vertigo again I’ll certainly give it a try and see if I can do it myself at home. Thanks again. Jan 🙂

    #47129

    Lc
    Participant

    Hi Jan Your welcome. I’d rather be ill for a couple of days then get better, than be like I have been on and off for years and since xmas permanently.
    It is a horrible feeling, if I’d drunk a bottle of whisky thats understandable. LOL not that I would do that now days.
    Hope You are well as can be .Take care and best wishes.Lee

    #47130

    Jan Sadler
    Keymaster

    Thanks Lee. 🙂

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