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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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INTERESTING. YOU ARE A GREAT NURSE..a REAL DO IT YOURSELFER. GOOD FOR YOU. NOW YOU ARE READY FOR THE PARTY. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. I WILL GO TO CHURCH IN THE MORNING. GOD BLESS. GINNY AND JAZZY.
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.