Is anyone else Baker's-cysted?

jdd

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baker's_cyst

I've had one of these behind my left knee for a couple years now, it was only discovered when I was getting some ultrasound for (I think) an unrelated thing, so it could easily have been there longer. After that ultrasound I had a couple MRIs, a year apart, no change really between the two views.

It doesn't show, no lump/protrusion and nothing to feel on the back of the knee, but tho no pain or even what I'd call discomfort, this year during these end-of-season days there seems to be a little more of a fullness feeling than usual at compression (when my heel is close to my buttocks). If I were to offer a subjective impression, it seems to be more noticeable after a couple days off the bike than when I'm riding regularly (I'm a casual 30-40km/day rider, rather than big distances and elevation).

I think I'm lucky in that it doesn't really bother. No need for the common treatments--trying to drain it or for cortisone shots, neither of which (from what I've read) seem to be more than short-term solutions, i.e., if those things do solve the problem, that seems to be more the exception than the rule.

But I'm just wondering if anyone else on this forum has any experience with this kind of knee-related leakage, and what your experiences, symptoms, treatments, and/or relations of it to other health issues might have been?

John D.
 

marc

Speeding Up
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I had a lump on the back of my knee that was first diagnosed as a Baker's cyst (back in 2002), but wasn't causing any pain and wasn't getting in my way at all (other than a feeling of compression when I flexed my knee). Over the course of the year I went into the Tokyo Medical/Surgical Clinic (the gaijin clinic across from Tokyo Tower) to get it checked about five more times, and they kept giving me the same diagnosis.

Finally (early 2003), I went to an orthopedic specialist who told me it was actually a fat tumor, so I got it removed as soon as I could.

Sorry to sound alarmist, but I guess my advice is go have a specialist take a look at it. If they say you're fine, and it's not getting bigger, then you're probably ok.