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Multiple Cysts

About a year ago I started getting a throbbing in my left wrist and left foot. I noticed a lump on both and went to the doctor. It was diagnosed as a ganglion cyst. Since then, I have aquired at least five more cysts, all located on joints throughout my body. My right hand fingers have a cyst on almost each one, my right ankle, and most recently my right knee (I think).

The pain is so bad when I wake up and when I go to bed that I can barely cope. I do not understand what is causing all of these cysts and have not been able to find anything online about multiple cysts. Can anyone help me with what is causing this?

I do not do anything that requires repetative movements besides typing but I did not have a job that required that when I first started getting them. I do not play an instrument or sports. I used to be a server but did not get the first cyst until almost a year after I stopped.

What could be causing this??
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Hello!

Multiple small cysts can give the appearance of more than one cyst, but a common stalk so check with your orthopedician.

These are benign, fluid-filled capsules. When the fluid, called synovial fluid, leaks out from these spaces, it can become a cystic structure. You have to go for an X-ray and rule out lipomas, giant cell tumors, infections or bone spurs which have a similar presentation as ganglion cyst.

When the ganglion cyst becomes large enough, it will begin to put pressure on surrounding structures. This pressure can cause painful symptoms, and is usually the reason these ganglion cysts are removed by surgery, follow up with an orthopedician.

The reasons can be due to trauma or any flaw in joint capsule or tendon covering sheath.

Take care!

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