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I had one on the top of my hand when I was working and doing alot of typing. Mine was about the size of pea. My best friend also had one too when she was waitressing and like mine, her's went away over time. It's usually contributed to excessive use of your wrist/hand/arm. I don't think there are any treatments but I'm sure there are methods where you can prevent them from worsening.
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I had one last year by my wrist, I was supposed to get it drained but missed the appointment. After school was done in may, it eventually went away with the stress I had. I say get it checked out to be on the safe side and take it from there. If it is a cyst and you get it drained, keep in mind that it can still come back. Try to destress a little. Hth!
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I have a pea sized one on my little finger and one slightly bigger one each wrist. My doctor said to leave them alone and he had one too on his finger. They are very common. but if they bother you maybe you can have them drained. Mine aren't very unsightly - nobody else seems to have noticed them. I think anyway you should have them looked at just to make sure. HTH
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I've had one right in the middle of the inside of my wrist for over 20 years. It causes carpal tunnel syndrome in my case, however, not badly enough that I've ever gone ahead and had the surgery because where mine is is a little tricky and expected to be a lengthy recovery time. It hasn't gotten any worse in at least 10 years, so I just put up with it.

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Sometimes people tell you to hit the cyst with a big book to break it open, but I don't recommend that. My BF did that with a cyst on the underneath of his wrist, and it came back anyway. He finally had it removed surgically, and the surgeon said the scar tissues from bursting it made the surgery much more difficult.

Better to get it drained if it's annoying.
Oh yes.

I've had a large one on my wrist off and on for the past 7 years or so.

When it first appeared it looked like I had two wrist bones. It was very sore and made it hard to grasp items.

We tried draining it. That didn't work, it just became more irritated and grew. I had it surgically removed but in the past year or two, it has reoccurred and popped itself several times but is much less painful than it was at first.


The surgery was really simple but the recovery took at least 6-8 weeks and even now, I only have about 85-90% motion in my wrist. It's fine but there are no handstands, gymnastics, or certain yoga poses in my future! I don't think I'd go through the surgery again as the chances of re-occurrence even with surgical removal are high.

It bother me from time to time when work is really busy as I'm on the computer all day but other than that, I don't think about it much.
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Oh yes.

I've had a large one on my wrist off and on for the past 7 years or so.

When it first appeared it looked like I had two wrist bones. It was very sore and made it hard to grasp items.

We tried draining it. That didn't work, it just became more irritated and grew. I had it surgically removed but in the past year or two, it has reoccurred and popped itself several times but is much less painful than it was at first.


The surgery was really simple but the recovery took at least 6-8 weeks and even now, I only have about 85-90% motion in my wrist. It's fine but there are no handstands, gymnastics, or certain yoga poses in my future! I don't think I'd go through the surgery again as the chances of re-occurrence even with surgical removal are high.

It bother me from time to time when work is really busy as I'm on the computer all day but other than that, I don't think about it much.
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Exactly. Everyone I know, and there have been several, has had a recurrence. As long as mine's stable and not causing too much problem, I'm leaving it alone.
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I have had one on my right wrist for about 8 years now. Some weeks (months?) it's bigger than others (like the size of a small marble) other times it is only slightly pea sized. I have no idea what causes the change in size but I only know it's there because I can see it, it does not bother me at all.

My doc says to leave it alone if it's not bothering me. He said, like the others, that getting it drained is no guarantee it is going away for good so it would be up to me if I wanted to do something like that, but he didn't recommend it. Best to just let it be - it's harmless, he said. So I do.
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I had one on the top of my wrist years ago. It was about the size of a malted milk ball, I think. I never saw a doctor and it went away on its own after a while (maybe a year) and I haven't seen it since.
Mine doesn't change in size. It's been about the size of the small marble for years and years. I've never had it drained, but they did try injecting it with steroids a couple of times. Didn't do a thing.

Mine doesn't usually cause much pain, but it causes a great deal of numbness if I'm writing, sewing, using tweezers or paring knife - anything where I'm trying to grip something kind of small. It goes away quickly when I wiggle my fingers and hand, but it also comes back quickly if I try to continue doing it. I used to do calligraphy, cross-stitch and all sorts of other hand sewing that I can't do anymore.
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I had one removed about 15+ yrs ago from my index finger, palm side.
I went to a plastic surgeon who specialized in hands.. he
told me to leave it but about 3 or so years later, my finger started to get numb and so we decided to have it removed. He told me it was wrapping itself around the nerve which is what was causing the numbness. He also told me it could grow back because he wasn't sure if he was able to get it all.
15+ yrs later... so far, it hasn't grown back.

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my finger started to get numb and so we decided to have it removed. He told me it was wrapping itself around the nerve which is what was causing the numbness.
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Yes! This is why I had mine removed. When it wasn't numb it ached. Unless it becomes painful or numbs my fingers again, I wouldn't go through the surgery.
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Sometimes people tell you to hit the cyst with a big book to break it open, but I don't recommend that. My BF did that with a cyst on the underneath of his wrist, and it came back anyway. He finally had it removed surgically, and the surgeon said the scar tissues from bursting it made the surgery much more difficult.

Better to get it drained if it's annoying.
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I'd be afraid of breaking my hand!
Get it checked out just to be sure that's what it is. They can be annoying and painful but are mostly harmless.
I've had one on the back of my wrist for over 30 years. It comes and goes. Sometimes hurts like heck but then just disappears.
I had my hubby smash it with a book once. OMG did that hurt. It went away but came back anyway. My sister had hers surgically removed. Left a nasty scar but I don't think it ever came back.
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I had one on the inside of my wrist years ago -- small. For some reason the doctor wanted me to have it surgically removed, and I did. It was OP surgery and no big deal, but now I have a scar that kind of looks like I tried to slit my wrist in an S-shape!

I don't remember why she felt it should be removed -- maybe the carpal tunnel someone mentioned?
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Sometimes people tell you to hit the cyst with a big book to break it open, but I don't recommend that. My BF did that with a cyst on the underneath of his wrist, and it came back anyway. He finally had it removed surgically, and the surgeon said the scar tissues from bursting it made the surgery much more difficult.
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I've never been able to watch these, but of course they have this on youtube. Supposedly it doesn't hurt.

[ETA: I see jeep says it did hurt with hers. Yeah, I was skeptical, so not surprised to read that here.]

video 1

video 2

These are also called "bible bumps" for this reason — the bursting of it with a large book.

If you google "ganglion youtube," there are videos of the surgery as well.

I have one on my palm, at the base of my index finger. It's from using the mouse in my work, click click click. I've switched mouse buttons now so that I'm using my middle and ring fingers instead, and that helps. Mine sort of comes and goes, I've had it for about 5 years. The tendon below it gets a little swollen too.

My dad was an accountant and used a ten-key, and he had the exact same thing. He had surgery, but this was years ago and I guess it didn't go very well because his tendon became tight aftewards and he ended up having an index finger that curled inward. He could uncurl it with some effort.

I'm sure the surgery is more effective nowadays. This would have been about 30 years ago.

Last edited by wild~hair; 09-29-2009 at 12:38 PM.
Yep, my brother had one, he went to his dodgy doctor who smashed it with a large hard cover medical text book. It worked fine, went away and never came back...i don't think he ever went back to that doctor though...
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My dad had 1 on the top of his hand. My mom told me that his prior Dr told him to hit it with a book . i dunno if he did that but i think he had his removed cuz it came back. My brother had one on his hand like my dad , size of a marble, his went away on its own and never came back.
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