Patient Comments: Ganglion - Experience


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Comment from: alecha10, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 10

When I was eleven I developed a ganglion on my right wrist from doing cartwheels. Our doctors told my mother to make a bracelet from gauze, adhesive tape and a quarter. He said at bedtime position the adhesive tape wrapped quarter over the ganglion and tie the gauze ends slightly firmly, but not tight enough to cut off circulation and wear it overnight. Also, told me not do cartwheels for a while. It worked. The ganglion got smaller and smaller and eventually disappeared.

Comment from: Josephine Osei-Agyen, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

My ganglion popped out on my left wrist after I hit my volley ball with my wrist about 4 years ago. It swelled up and used to hurt really badly. I visited a specialist and after some examinations he told me what it was and advised me to have a surgery. I was scared and so were my parents. We decided to seek advice from another family doctor who told me not to have the surgery and that it will vanish on its own. I took that advice and interestingly it vanished for some time but now it is back again. It is not as big as it used to be but it really hurts.

Comment from: Greg, 65-74 (Patient) Published: September 17

I got a ganglion on my wrist some four years ago after I hit my wrist on a wooden door. The swelling appeared soon after and is now the size of a small bird’s egg about 2 cm, around 1 inch. It isn't very swollen and some days it is or seems larger. I squeeze it sometimes hoping it might move it on but it seems to stay. I also have a mild form of Dupuytren’s contracture in the same hand and a smaller incidence in my other hand in the palm has recently appeared. None of these problems are painful but sometimes there are involuntary tremors and a mild ache. I am 65 years old and have had a healthy life. I am lucky since I have been an abuser of alcohol. I am trying to stop this habit and engage in more intellectual activities. I do not smoke.

Comment from: McKinneyflowerlady, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

Back in the early 70s, I developed a ganglion cyst on my wrist. The doctor said he could surgically remove it but as a young person, married with a baby, this wasn't for me (let alone the expense). I told my (wonderful) mother-in-law about it and she told me how people took care of them many, many years ago. She said I should take the heaviest book in the house, and whack the cyst hard. Well, it did work for me. You do have to whack it hard, kind of like a cartoon "bong" seeing stars. What it actually does is break the sac of fluid and the body absorbs it on its own. It never came back. I would I do it again. Most certainly!

Comment from: Kathy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I had one on my left wrist at that point where you take pulse readings. It was the size of a blueberry and it was there for about a year. It is now gone without any intervention whatsoever. It did not hurt or bother me. It did not grow any bigger, it just disappeared.

Comment from: Hairzone, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

I had a ganglion covering the Guyon’s canal in the palm of my hand. It was cutting off the nerves to my pinky and ring finger. I have neuropathy from it. It was removed after it was discovered but the damage was already done.


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