Post # 1
I had surgery to remove a cyst in my wrist back in the spring. The cyst was bigger than expected and very deep in my wrist, which makes sense since I couldn’t put any weight on it or push a shopping cart without serious pain.
It’s been 7 months since it was removed and my wrist STILL hurts! Not anywhere near as bad as it was, but it’s still uncomfortable if I do pushups or if I’m overusing my wrist (scrubbed the bathtub/shower last weekend and it hurt afterward) or writing for a while.
I know cysts in wrists and the removal surgery are pretty common. Anyone on the Bee get the surgery? How is your wrist doing? Does it stop hurting after a while?
And now that the weather is getting colder, I’m feeling it more! How weird!
Post # 2
cooperlove: I had a cyst removed right under my right hand index finger when I was about 8 years old. I remember it hurt a bit for a while after it was removed if I pressed the area. I guess it is normal, any surgery is a kind of invasion of your body (although necessary) and that part of your body may be a bit sensitive for a while after.
Seven months seems a long time, maybe you could talk to your doctor and have x-ray? I would say there is nothing to panic about, seems pretty normal that it hurts a bit (after all, you had a cyst there for a while and had surgery), but just to be sure, talk to your doctor 🙂
Post # 3
I had a cyst on the top on my wrist that bulged out so bad and caused a lot of discomfort And pain. I had it removed back in 2013 and it hasn’t come back. (I heard that can happen)
After surgery it was the weirdest feeling because they numb your whole arm, so it took the whole day and night to re-gain any movement back. Other than that you keep it in a sling and can’t get it wet while you shower.
Best of all, no more pain! 🙂
Post # 4
No, but I was scheduled twice for the surgery (I assume you are referring to a ganglion cyst). It was originally so huge, painful, and bothersome, and was interfering with my activities (including just plain bending my wrist!). I cancelled both times as by the time each surgery date approached, it was not bothering me as much. Eventually my cyst actually accidentally burst so it was a while before it bothered me again. It came back eventually but even now 20 something years later, while I can still see a small cyst if I bend my wrist, it is no longer bothersome to me so not worth the surgery.
One thing I was told when I scheduled both surgeries was I would absolutely need to do a few weeks of hand rehabilitation afterwards or I could risk ongoing issues with movement, etc. This (along with being told of risk of it coming back anyway) is part of why I was not eager to get the surgery.
Did you ever do any hand and wrist rehabilitation? If not, if it is still bothering you, it is probably a good idea to do so, or see a physiotherapist.
Post # 5
soupir: That’s what I’m thinking – it was pretty envasive. My forearm was so sore afterwards and when I mentioned it at the followup, he said he had to move my bones around in my wrist to get to the entire cyst, so my arm bones were going to be sore for a bit. I figured everything would have settled by now.
anndck: My friend has one on the top of her wrist too but she’s too scared to get it removed – especially after I showed her my wrist when it was still stitched and bandaged! It’s been months, so I’m not bandaged or slinged or anything, but yes, showering was a pain in the ass when it was new. The poor Darling Husband got a lesson in long hair shampooing!
Post # 6
RayKay: No, it wasn’t a ganglion cyst, but I know what you are referring too. You couldn’t see mine at all since it was buried in my bones and tendions. They first tried blindly poking my wrist with a giant needle to pop it but it didn’t work and made me more sore.
I went to physcial therapy for about 8 weeks afterward the surgery since the scar adhered to the muscle and bone underneath and I couldn’t move my wrist much. They had to first break it up (very, very painful) before I could do stretches and strength exercises. I have almost full mobility back, but it gets sore sometimes randomly still. Maybe I should contact them again.
Post # 7
Ouch on the needle! Yeah, generally they only consider that a temporary solution (with risk of infection) so surgery was probably the better idea anyway.
I would definitely contact them again, maybe there is some other therapies you can try.
Other than that, you might just need more time! I’ve had other unrelated surgeries and even 1-2 years later I sometimes feel a bit of a random soreness or twinge in the surgical area, from scar tissue or nerves or who knows!
Post # 8
RayKay: ugh, great!! I was numb around that area for about 2 months, so maybe everything is just taking it’s time to heal. I’ll call though.
Thanks for your help!
Are you going to book a surgery again!?