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Hand osteoarthritis with mucous cysts

Posted by @bonnieh218, Fri, May 4 10:53am

Has anyone with osteoarthritis in the hands developed any mucous cysts? I have these cysts on my finger that my primary care says is from osteoarthritis. He says there’s nothing you can do with them however, don’t pop them because of possible infection. They have become painful and burst open by themselves when they get so large. They drain and then regrow again. Wondering if anyone has heard of this and which type of doctor would be the right kind to visit.

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Hi, @bonnieh218 — thanks for sharing a bit about the mucous cysts you are seeing on your finger related to your osteoarthritis. I thought I'd introduce you to other members on Connect who have talked about osteoarthritis they or a loved one have experienced to see if they are familiar with this situation and what type of doctor they'd recommend seeing for this issue, like @gailb @ees1 @jeannegordon4 @suzie2017 @darlia @danybegood1. @johnbishop may also have some thoughts.

Is this something you've been dealing with for some time, @bonnieh218, or is this new for you?

Hi @bonnieh218 — I did find some information on Mayo Clinic's website that may be helpful. I believe an orthopedic surgeon does the procedures when needed. I have no medical training or background but from reading about them, the doctors normally take a wait and see approach. Then if there's pain or interference with the joint movement, they decide what the best plan of action is with your input (with your input would be important to me).

Ganglion cyst – Diagnosis & Treatment:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ganglion-cyst/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351160

Hoping others who have experienced this condition can offer more information.

John

Last year I saw a PA in my internal medicine office for a lump between the nail and joint of my left index finger for about a year. I had thought it was caused by a foreign body as there was a tiny speck in the center of it. They did x-rays and I was told it was a mucus cyst and that it could be surgically removed or just observed. I decided to soak it in Epsom salt solution and after that it nearly disappeared and has not come back. BTW I do have swelling on my other index finger but it is from osteoarthritis and it was not helped with the Epsom salt soak.

@lisalucier

Hi, @bonnieh218 — thanks for sharing a bit about the mucous cysts you are seeing on your finger related to your osteoarthritis. I thought I'd introduce you to other members on Connect who have talked about osteoarthritis they or a loved one have experienced to see if they are familiar with this situation and what type of doctor they'd recommend seeing for this issue, like @gailb @ees1 @jeannegordon4 @suzie2017 @darlia @danybegood1. @johnbishop may also have some thoughts.

Is this something you've been dealing with for some time, @bonnieh218, or is this new for you?

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I’ve had osteoarthritis for several years. The cysts only started about 9 months ago.

Thank you for your information. Would you explain what your epsom salt solution is? How much water and salt? How often did you soak? I appreciate any information. These cysts are painful the bigger they get. Then they burst open and drain and that relieves the pain but they just regrow again.

@johnbishop

Hi @bonnieh218 — I did find some information on Mayo Clinic's website that may be helpful. I believe an orthopedic surgeon does the procedures when needed. I have no medical training or background but from reading about them, the doctors normally take a wait and see approach. Then if there's pain or interference with the joint movement, they decide what the best plan of action is with your input (with your input would be important to me).

Ganglion cyst – Diagnosis & Treatment:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ganglion-cyst/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351160

Hoping others who have experienced this condition can offer more information.

John

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Hi John and @bonnieh218 ~
I've been scanning the Mayo connect tonight and looking at my past posts, etc.. I saw this and decided I can contribute because I just had a diagnosis last week of a cyst on my left hand middle finger which is just below the nail and cuticle . I had been noticing it as a depression at first and it looked also like the skin was shiny, and it was like the skn is irritated there and just not right… So I think this was many many months ago. My recollection isn't good on this but okay, so I have some ointment for when I get any open spot for me to put on to avoid infections. It's called Mupirocin. My dermatologist is the Dr who I showed it to and he said it is a cyst. I don't recall the name of it though. But he did use a type of syringe to extract the clear gel that was in it. Then he put some kind of steroid in it to help. He wants to recheck in a month..then after another couple times of extracting the gel, he says he will be referring me to a HAND surgeon. John, its not a gangleon cyst, the dermatologist told me this when I asked about my finger. But i cant remember what he called it…However, I did have a Gangleon cyst on my right wrist that got so large I had to have it removed by a hand surgeon and that was in 2003. That was not ever conveyed to me at all that either one was related to the Osteoarthritis in my hands. At the time of the wrist cyst I hadn't been diagnosed yet with osteoarthritis. So.the Hand Surgeon just told me that some people get them and are prone to cysts more than others. Gangleon cysts are not malignant and are also filled with a clear gel just like this one I have on myfinger now. Hope that you get some help. If you find out more about this finger cyst then please post it here Thanks.
Darla

@johnbishop

Hi @bonnieh218 — I did find some information on Mayo Clinic's website that may be helpful. I believe an orthopedic surgeon does the procedures when needed. I have no medical training or background but from reading about them, the doctors normally take a wait and see approach. Then if there's pain or interference with the joint movement, they decide what the best plan of action is with your input (with your input would be important to me).

Ganglion cyst – Diagnosis & Treatment:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ganglion-cyst/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351160

Hoping others who have experienced this condition can offer more information.

John

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Good information, thank you for sharing @darlia!

@johnbishop

Hi @bonnieh218 — I did find some information on Mayo Clinic's website that may be helpful. I believe an orthopedic surgeon does the procedures when needed. I have no medical training or background but from reading about them, the doctors normally take a wait and see approach. Then if there's pain or interference with the joint movement, they decide what the best plan of action is with your input (with your input would be important to me).

Ganglion cyst – Diagnosis & Treatment:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ganglion-cyst/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351160

Hoping others who have experienced this condition can offer more information.

John

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I have a mucous cyst on my finger near my last joint. It is not near the fingernail at all. The cyst just pops on its own when it gets to a larger size, I've never had it popped by anyone. The clear gel drains out and I am left with raw skin where I put a little Neosporin on it and a Band-Aid for a couple days. Then the cyst starts growing again and the process repeats itself. Last month, after the cyst had popped and drained on its own, I started using Dr. Teals Lotion with Epson salts in it on my hands for my osteoporosis. This last week I noticed my cyst is gone and hasn't started regrowing at all. Going to keep up with this lotion and closely follow whatever happens with this cyst. Maybe this might be of some help to you. All the best!

@bonnieh218

Thank you for your information. Would you explain what your epsom salt solution is? How much water and salt? How often did you soak? I appreciate any information. These cysts are painful the bigger they get. Then they burst open and drain and that relieves the pain but they just regrow again.

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I've got this problem.. It's on my left middle finger, just below the nail and part of the cycts formation is occurring over the top of my nail. Mine does the same exact thing! I would like to know how epson salts relieved or "cures" this cyst? I can't use them because I only have one kidney and magnesium is a no-no. My dermatologist drains it and puts steroid in it. He says to come back in a month( that's Monday now)its been painful too. Drains, gets red, one time something sharp pricked it. It hurt, clear gel came out, it now has a spot that's a scab. So he says he is going to refer me to a hand surgeon. I'm guessing that's because there's a root that's the source to causing it and unless you remove the source it will continue to come back.
Any advice I get is appreciated from those who have already had a positive outcome. Thanks in advance!
Darlia

@bonnieh218

Thank you for your information. Would you explain what your epsom salt solution is? How much water and salt? How often did you soak? I appreciate any information. These cysts are painful the bigger they get. Then they burst open and drain and that relieves the pain but they just regrow again.

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I am scheduled to see a hand surgeon Wed. In the mean time…I have some new ones starting on at least 2 other fingers!! Help!

@bonnieh218

Thank you for your information. Would you explain what your epsom salt solution is? How much water and salt? How often did you soak? I appreciate any information. These cysts are painful the bigger they get. Then they burst open and drain and that relieves the pain but they just regrow again.

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The dermatologist has now injected steroids 3x and since it always comes right back, time for the hand surgeon.

@bonnieh218

Thank you for your information. Would you explain what your epsom salt solution is? How much water and salt? How often did you soak? I appreciate any information. These cysts are painful the bigger they get. Then they burst open and drain and that relieves the pain but they just regrow again.

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I have been told by doctors that after surgery to remove mucous cysts they will recur. That’s why I decided not to go that route.
Just by luck and self discovery I found a solution for me. So far, knock on wood, it is still working. Earlier in this thread I did post my experience and what worked for me.

@bonnieh218

I have a mucous cyst on my finger near my last joint. It is not near the fingernail at all. The cyst just pops on its own when it gets to a larger size, I've never had it popped by anyone. The clear gel drains out and I am left with raw skin where I put a little Neosporin on it and a Band-Aid for a couple days. Then the cyst starts growing again and the process repeats itself. Last month, after the cyst had popped and drained on its own, I started using Dr. Teals Lotion with Epson salts in it on my hands for my osteoporosis. This last week I noticed my cyst is gone and hasn't started regrowing at all. Going to keep up with this lotion and closely follow whatever happens with this cyst. Maybe this might be of some help to you. All the best!

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I am new to this site but happy to hear that some of you have gotten rid of their cysts. I just developed a mucous cyst a few months ago.While most unattractive it is not very painful and thus far has not burst. If someone can tell me about which Dr teals lotion with epson salts they used, I would be most appreciative. Also did anyone soak their fingers in epson salts and how much did they use and for how long. I also have several" herberden nodes" but was told there was nothing I could do for them?

@bethc1954

I am new to this site but happy to hear that some of you have gotten rid of their cysts. I just developed a mucous cyst a few months ago.While most unattractive it is not very painful and thus far has not burst. If someone can tell me about which Dr teals lotion with epson salts they used, I would be most appreciative. Also did anyone soak their fingers in epson salts and how much did they use and for how long. I also have several" herberden nodes" but was told there was nothing I could do for them?

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This is the lotion I was using and continue to use. I get it at WalMart.
I had the mucous cyst on my finger for probably nine months or so. It would grow and then burst on its own about every 4-5 weeks. When it would burst I would put some neosporin on it with a bandaid for a couple days because the skin was raw. I can’t believe it hasn’t come back now since the last time it burst. Other than that I just used this Dr Teals lotion on my hands everyday.

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I have osteoarthritis . I was going to doctor and he suggested me to x-ray my knee and report was osteoarthritis. He prescribe medicine and it continued for 3 months. but It was not complete treatment. I need help.

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