Hand osteoarthritis with mucous cysts

Posted by bonnieh218 @bonnieh218, May 4, 2018

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.

@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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it will help me

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@dementmt

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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I am not physician but icing and anti-inflamatories often helps.

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@bonnieh218

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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Thank you for taking the time to respond.

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Believe the actual term is "synovial cyst", variety of other names as well. Related to osteoarthritis in the finger joints. I was diagnosed by dermatologist who did steroid injection X2 which did not work long term. Referred to hand surgeon who did surgery for permanent resolution. He informed me it is rare for them to return after surgical treatment. I feel my arthritis pain is now worse in this joint, I had to go off Celebrex prior to knee replacement several weeks ago and the finger joint was awful.

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@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 have a similar problem at the time I didn't know what it was, and i ended up picking at it. Once I searched up what it was I have been seeking treatment. Is there anything I can do to cure it in anyway?

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Yesterday I had surgery to remove a cyst on my left index finger . It’s too early to tell if it was worth it, if it was a success. But I will think twice before doing this surgery again because the injection for local anesthesia hurt so much!

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I hand surgery in October to remove a mucus cyst on my middle finger near the nail bed caused by arthritis. Part of
the bone was removed to get to the "root". It started coming back after a few weeks. It is hard to ignore because it is sensitive and sometimes throbs. I went back to surgeon today. He drained some of the mucus and told me to wear a compression bandage for two weeks and apply pressure a few times daily. As a last resort a pin can replace the joint, but I would not be able to bend my finger in that joint. I don't plan to go that route. He said he was surprised I didn't have more.

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@bobbie53

I hand surgery in October to remove a mucus cyst on my middle finger near the nail bed caused by arthritis. Part of
the bone was removed to get to the "root". It started coming back after a few weeks. It is hard to ignore because it is sensitive and sometimes throbs. I went back to surgeon today. He drained some of the mucus and told me to wear a compression bandage for two weeks and apply pressure a few times daily. As a last resort a pin can replace the joint, but I would not be able to bend my finger in that joint. I don't plan to go that route. He said he was surprised I didn't have more.

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I also had cyst in finger joint, drained and promptly returned. No choice other than surgical removal of affected joint and replacement screw. Several years have passed without any more cysts occurring. Recovery was ok and I have never had any problems with the screw or even missing the joint. Finger works fine.

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I have had a few mixoid cysts. Some have eventually gone away some returned. I have just one at present on my best, most used, left index finger. I've had if ages. This is the second time. I believe it's joint damage due to work wear and tear. The skin is weakened so if it gets knocked it flares up worse. Then it's extremely painful. I've tried loads of stuff to protect it, but have recently been using "new skin" liquid plaster which supports the fragile skin enough to keep the cyst down pretty well. Unless knocked badly, it seems to do the trick. Even then it helps to improve the swellING making it more comfortable. As long as I keep up the applications, it seems to be doing well. Hope this helps.

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I have a digital myxoid cyst on my middle right hand finger. Dermatologist tried freezing it, but it just came back worse and painful. I started usinf Prid Ointment with bandaid a week ago, changing bandage and reapplying ointment several times a day. My cyst is almost gone. I’ll continue with the ointment and bandages in hopes it will completely disappear. My dermatologist suggested surgery. I want to avoid that.

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@wvfem

I have a digital myxoid cyst on my middle right hand finger. Dermatologist tried freezing it, but it just came back worse and painful. I started usinf Prid Ointment with bandaid a week ago, changing bandage and reapplying ointment several times a day. My cyst is almost gone. I’ll continue with the ointment and bandages in hopes it will completely disappear. My dermatologist suggested surgery. I want to avoid that.

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update: the cyst kept coming back with this treatment. I'm now using Ichthammol Ointment 20%, which works much better.

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@bonnieh218 I didn't notice this discussion before this morning, but I just had a mucous cyst drained by my dermatologist. He said they often recur and if they become problematic then I could go to a hand surgeon and have something done to prevent them from recurring. I do not have arthritis in my hands or fingers at all, which I realize is often a cause.

@u13496 My doctor did refer to them as being "mucous cysts". I just googled synovial cyst and I believe that is not quite the same, although it could be.

I took this picture of my mucous cyst to send via the portal to the dermatologist to ask if he could do something about it, so here's the picture. I wish this website didn't feel the need to make the picture so much larger, it makes it quite blurry.
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@wvfem

update: the cyst kept coming back with this treatment. I'm now using Ichthammol Ointment 20%, which works much better.

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@wvfem Just saw this I have a cyst behind my knee A friend had same symptoms She used the black salve Ichthammol it does work my leg feels better

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@lioness

@wvfem Just saw this I have a cyst behind my knee A friend had same symptoms She used the black salve Ichthammol it does work my leg feels better

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Good to know, Lioness!

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