ganglion cysts? Does 17% of guitarists have/had them poll

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ganglion cyst? Had one or not

  1. Yeah freaky wrist bump that says I work the guitar!!

  2. Nope I'm bump free so I must know ergomics

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  1. flampton

    flampton Member

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    I believe ganglion cysts, or wrist bumps or bible bumps or whatever you want to call them are prevalent in guitarists. So this poll is to find the percentages. I had one for 8 years. I guess crushing it on a table every couple weeks it finally got tired and stayed away.

    If you feel embarrassed just vote...don't need to respond
     
  2. waylay00

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    Yes, I have one. I had surgery to remove it, but it grew back.
     
  3. Brian D

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    I've had two of them in my wrist, and one in my ankle. All three were successfully treated by injection and, in one case, repeated squishing as it kept trying to come back after the injection.

    None of them were caused or aggravated by playing guitar, however.
     
  4. flampton

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    btw that was suppose to say ergonomics :)
     
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    Got one on my fretting hand.
     
  6. flampton

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    Yeah mine was fret hand too.
     
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    I had one back in the early 90's. Painful to play a barre chord. It was drained twice, and injected with cortisone. Fortunately, it has not returned.
     
  8. Mr Fuzzy

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    I have had a few.
    I had/have one on my right wrist, it comes from under the base of my thumb. Very painful, it pressed on a nerve. It also was a harder one, not the soft squishey kind. Aspirated twice with a cortisone injection. Kept returning. Doctor wants to surgically remove. I don't. No guarantees it won't come back. Plus the risk of nerve damage does not thrill me.
    I had my Mom whack it really hard with a wooden spoon, she was the only one with enough balls to go for it. My wife and friends wouldn't do it. So far it has been gone longer than the aspirations, but it still feels like it wants to come back. Time will tell.
    I think it was caused more by lifting weights than guitar playing.

    Had another hard tiny one, at the 1st joint (closest to the palm) of my left index finger.
    Hurt like heck, made playing very difficult (fretting hand). I couldn't even hold objects with any serious grip. I squished that one myself 4 times and so far it has stayed away.

    I do not think the ergonomics of guitar playing has anything to do with it. At the time they appeared I was not playing guitar that much. Some people are just more prone to get them than others.
     
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    I've got one on my fretting hand. It comes back if I whack it with a book or against a table, but it doesn't usually effect my playing either.
     
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    I've got one on my fretting hand - doesn't hurt, just looks funny.
     
  11. flampton

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    Wow alot more guitarists have the bump then I thought
     
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    I just had a large one (almost golf ball size) surgically removed in Oct.
    I had it drained twice before my wedding in May, but it came back both times.
     
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    I don't even know what they are. lol
     
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    Had one surgically removed at 18 and so far it's stayed gone (I'm 42 now). Related to sports/weightlifting in my case. It was painful (dull pain) and greatly weakened my grip.
     
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    I've had 'em every now and then... and every time, they just went away on their own...
     
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    I had one on my picking hand a few years ago... it went away after a couple years. I had no idea it was related to guitar playing though. (Still not sold on that one).
     
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    I had a really large one removed back in '07. It was onethe inside of my wrist and making it hard to play guitar. Took about two weeks before I could play guitar again. Sucker was as hard as a rock too. Mine was most likely from typing.
     
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    Never had one but saw dozens of them during my employment (as a PA-C) with a hand surgeon.

    Surgically assisted in the removal of dozens of them. Ganglion cysts arise because of a defect in the joint capsule. Injecting them with steroid and/or aspirating them with a needle is usually not curative. Why? Because though you can aspirate ("drain") them with a needle, the holes you make in the capsule will use heal back up, and again there is a "cyst" capable of retaining fluid.

    Surgical incision by a hand surgeon is usually curative but not always. The hand surgeon I worked with was anal retentive, detailed-oriented, and gave 110% every second during surgery. He would meticulously try to trace the defect as far as he could in the joint capsule. Even he occasionally had a ganglion cyst return on a patient. Not often, but occasionally. Perhaps the recurrence rate is something like 10% or less. I really don't have a precise statistic.

    If you beat it to death and it didn't return, you were real lucky and apparently damaged the capsule to the point it couldn't self repair. Not recommended. They aren't dangerous and usually aren't painful. But cosmetically, they are unattractive.
     
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    I don't think I have one - anyone have a pic? LOL! (I'm kinda serious too)
     
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    Bible bump! Yep I got it. I had no clue about them and when it presented I made an appointment with my doctor, but got the nurse practicioner who fields all last minute appointments or whatever - she's a really cool/sassy gal and I enjoy seeing her.

    I am sitting on the table and the door opens with the nurse coming first with a young girl following behind her. She says, "We have a student observing today and wonder if you'd mind having her for the appointment. ". I quickly replied, "Do you mind if I mess with her?" She shook her head with a silent chuckle and replied, "Sure."

    "So Mr. Cram, what's the problem today? "
    "Well,... Alright!"
    - I hopped off the table and pulled my jeans down around my ankle. I popped back up from doing this and pointed to the bump in my wrist and said, "I've got this bump right here and while it's not painful, I have concerns about it."

    :)

    Sorry, the thread reminded me of the story. Just some of the people in my neighborhood and what they must endure.

    FWIW: it is mostly subdued. I actually did see a specialist about it and he said they'd not suck fluid out of it unless it was REALLY a problem.
     

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