Ganglion Cysts- Smash or Drain

A couple of days ago, I started looking up ways to get rid of a ganglion cyst. I had a super huge one on my foot and have gone to the foot Dr and he did an ultrasound and xrays. I would not suggest this if you haven’t had it checked out by a Dr.
A ganglion cyst is basically a sac which is filled with fluid that arises from either a joint (space between two bones) or from a tendon (structure which attaches a muscle into a bone). Inside this cyst is a substance which is sticky, thick, clear, jellylike as well as colorless. Contingent on the size, cysts can feel spongy or firm.
This is a ganglion cyst on the wrist. But, mine was the same size, but on top of my foot. 

I guess these kinds of cysts are common when shoes are too tight. But, I haven’t been able to wear shoes for a long time because of the size of this. The Dr said they could surgically remove it or drain it. When I was in the hospital a month ago, the Dr said they are also called Bible Cysts. The reason they call them that is because it use to be common practice to hit the cyst with a Bible since it was a big book and heavy back then. I told the neuro that I am not going to hit my foot with any kind of book and for sure not a Bible. Instead of just having a huge cyst on my foot, I would need a cast when I broke it lol. Since I already knew what it was and what the Dr’s said, I was thinking draining it would be the best option. I went onto Youtube to figure out if I could do it.

 Why are they called Bible Cysts:

I found this information on A “Nation in Motion”  In the “old days,” a condition called ganglion cysts was referred to as “Bible bumps,” because doctors would tell people to “just smash them with a Bible.” I don’t recommend that because there have been instances of people breaking bones in the wrist that way (turning a little problem into a big one!).

Ganglion cysts are the most common mass in the hand and wrist. They are usually found on the back of the wrist, but also can be found in many other places on the hand and wrist. Smaller cysts can look (or feel) like bumps; the larger ones can look or feel like bubbles, balloons, or balls under the skin.

  • Here is the video for the book smash…… I watched this video and it was very helpful in me making the discussion to NOT hit my foot with a book, lol. But, some would be OK with that.
This is the liquid inside of the cyst. It is thick kind of like hand sanitizer and sticky.  It will take a bigger needle because of how thick the liquid is. 

I came across a number of videos and one of them was the book way of doing things. My cyst was bigger than his though. I don’t know why I didn’t do this a long time ago. But, shoot, I have a lot of needles at my house since I’m on IV’s and use them a few times a day. Now, normally I just draw the fluid out of the viles and take the needle off. I never feel the needles going in unless it’s when my port access is changed each week. I took some of the numbing cream I use for my port access change and put it on the cyst. About 30 minutes later, I inserted the needle. With the cream, I didn’t feel a thing. It hurt much more to have it on my foot. But, about 30 minutes later, it was mostly gone and tonight when I took my bath with the hot water running on it, the rest of it is gone.

The foot Dr I went to see would have charged me over $500.00. Shoot, probably into the thousands since they consider it surgery. But, it cost me nothing and I wish I would have done it a long time ago. The fluid is really thick, and that was the hardest to do since it isn’t like water per say. It is thick like lotion.

If you have a ganglion cyst. I would recommend this video. I found it incredibly helpful. He is actually a Dr, so this isn’t some crazy person.  It’s about 20 minutes long, but worth your time. Out of all of the information I found, this is the best video.

Proven Self-Help Remedies To Heal Your Ganglion Cyst – Dr. Alan Mandell, D.C.

Tonight, I finished draining it under water. I thought it would be painful, but I didn’t feel a thing with it. Now, I stubbed my little toe on the same foot last week, that hurts lol. But, now my ganglion cyst is GONE…
I have read on many sites and my Dr’s have said that there is no guarantee that the ganglion cysts won’t return, even if they are surgically removed. Since I just drained my own, I know that there is a chance it will come back. But, now I know it can be drained and it is painless. I do want to say this as a word of caution. Please be sure to see a Dr before you do this or the Bible/Book Smash.  Even though it is rare, injury to tendons, blood vessels or nerves may occur. These can cause weakness, restricted motion, or numbness. I would never have done this myself if it wasn’t for going to the Dr and getting an ultrasound of the area and xrays.
Here are some home remedies for ganglion cysts. The link for Dr. Alan Mandell also discusses these on his video. I posted that a earlier in this post. I am going to try a few of these to help heal the area and hopefully prevent it from coming back.

All of the sites that I have gone to in order to figure out if there is a way to get rid of this thing without paying an arm and a leg. These are a few of the things that they have said that increase your  risk of ganglion cysts include:

  • Your sex and age. Ganglion cysts can develop in anyone, but they most commonly occur in women between the ages of 20 and 40.
  • Osteoarthritis. People who have wear-and-tear arthritis in the finger joints closest to their fingernails are at higher risk of developing ganglion cysts near those joints.
  • Joint or tendon injury. Joints or tendons that have been injured in the past are more likely to develop ganglion cysts.
  • Shoes– I got my cyst on the top of my foot because when I lace my shoes, they would be to tight. I may have to change how I tie my shoes.

On Mayo Clinics Website they shared this little tidbit, which I did take into account. But, since I’m on home health and have sterile things and syringes, I ignored the part where it says to NOT drain yourself at home. I have access to sterile supplies. If I didn’t have access, then I wouldn’t have done it the way I did. I did listen about beating it with a book though lol.

Mayo Clinics Warning: An old home remedy for a ganglion cyst consisted of “thumping” the cyst with a heavy object. This isn’t a good solution because the force of the blow can damage surrounding structures in your hand or foot. Also don’t try to “pop” the cyst yourself by puncturing it with a needle. This is unlikely to be effective and can lead to infection.

2 thoughts on “Ganglion Cysts- Smash or Drain


    1. I have had to learn to do it myself. With my medical history, it’s hard to get Dr’s to do it since I’m so high risk. But, it was painless and easy. It was like popping a blood blister.
      I’m looking forward to seeing you at the party also. I don’t get to church much because of my immune system. Even a simple cold ends me up in the ER or ICU. I’m glad you are coming to my party. It will help me get into the spirit of things.

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