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Doctor insights on: Connection Between Synovial Cyst In Spine And Ovarian Cysts

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How serious is taking out a synovial cyst that is close to the spine?

How serious is taking out a synovial cyst that is close to the spine?

See spine surgeon: Synovial cysts are treated by mainly 3 methods. Observation along with activity modification for minimal complaints. Cyst injections; either directely thru the facet joint with drainage & steroid injection or by epidural steroid. The latter does not decrease the cyst size but eliminate inflammation. The 3rd is either a decompression with foraminotomy or with fusion if instability is present. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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What is a synovial cyst in your spine?

What is a synovial cyst in your spine?

Fluid sac: This is a fluid filled sac that arises from degeneration of the facet joints. When present they usually occur in the lumbar spine, mainly l4-5 & l5-s1. Symptoms result from formation of spinal stenosis with resulting irritation of the affected nerve root. Since cysts are a result of degenerative changes, they usually are not present until after the age of 40. ...Read more

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With degenerative disc disease, facet arthrosis, nerve compression, buldging discs lumbar and cervical regions, synovial cyst posterior lumbar region in spine, continueum spasms, the need of surgery is the option as of now. I have been through all treatme

With degenerative disc disease, facet arthrosis, nerve compression, buldging discs lumbar and cervical regions, synovial cyst posterior lumbar region in spine, continueum spasms, the need of surgery is the option as of now. I have been through all treatme

Unsure of question: Most surgeons exhaust non-operative care before recommending surgery. Non-operative care can include medications (anti-infammatory arthritis type medicine or pain medications), physical therapy, activity modification, exercise, bracing, chiropractic care, interventional pain management (injections), or alternative medical approaches. ...Read more

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I am living with back pain since 2003. I have 2 synovial cyst which seems to move and cause a pain. What is the best option to get rid of such cysts?

I am living with back pain since 2003. I have 2 synovial cyst which seems to move and cause a pain. What is the best option to get rid of such cysts?

Maybe not the cause: Facet joint synovial cysts are not uncommon. However, they may not be the cause of your symptoms. Generally, these cysts only are a problem when they cause nerve compression or stenosis. Then you will have sciatica or shooting pain down the leg. Otherwise, the cyst is just a consequence of osteoarthritis of the spine. If compressive, the cyst can be treated by injection or eventually surgery. ...Read more

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Chronic back pain between my shoulder blades and weakness. I was told I have a synovial cyst at T1. Muscles also inflamed. Could the cyst be the reason?

Chronic back pain between my shoulder blades and weakness. I was told I have a synovial cyst at T1. Muscles also inflamed. Could the cyst be the reason?

Need more info: I don't believe that a cyst will give you your symptoms. I would suggest that you consult with your family physician to rule out other problems like arthritis, poor posture, muscular spasm and even cardiac & esophageal problems. ...Read more

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Synovial cyst and fluid collection around left knee in mri. Feels likes it can't bear weight, is hot and back of knee is swollen. Could be ra?

Synovial cyst and fluid collection around left knee in mri. Feels likes it can't bear weight, is hot and back of knee is swollen. Could be ra?

While it could be,: It does not mean it is. There are numerous other things this could be, anywhere from a bakers cyst that's irritated, an acute injury, or an infected joint. Speak to the physician who ordered the MRI and ask about a simple blood test to rule out RA (most likely) and then workout an accurate treatment plan. If that is your only, and first "hot" joint, then don't worry, just have lab checked. ...Read more

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An MRI of the spine showed a 5.9cm ovarian cyst. I had a Partial Hysterectomy 25 years ago. Should I be concerned I'm 50 years old.

An MRI of the spine showed a 5.9cm ovarian cyst. I had a Partial Hysterectomy 25 years ago. Should I be concerned I'm 50 years old.

Need eval by Gyn onc: It would be wise to have a pelvic ultrasound, consult a Gyn oncologist and have your ovarian cyst evaluated further. Ultimately, either exploratory laparoscopic surgery or laparotomic oophorectomy may be needed to make a definitive diagnosis. Unfortunately there is no other accurate and reliable way to reassure you that your ovarian cyst is benign, even though most ovarian cysts are. ...Read more

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Neuro dr says leg pain notcoming from spine. Thinks fluid from rptrd ovarian cyst from jan irritatrd sacral nerves, may need to be"washed out"thoughts?

Neuro dr says leg pain notcoming from spine. Thinks fluid from rptrd ovarian cyst from jan irritatrd sacral nerves, may need to be"washed out"thoughts?

See your Gyn Doc: If the neurosurgeon has cleared the spine as a cause, then I would have your gyn specialist see you, and possibly with help of an examination and possibly a pelvic ultrasound, confirm your DX and treat you.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Can lumbar spine Mri without dye detect ovarian cyst?

Can lumbar spine Mri without dye detect ovarian cyst?

NO: If MRI is done for spine focus will be on spine, speak to your doctor, if you think you have ovarian cyst problem, must be seen by gyn doctor and tests are to be done appropriately for correct diagnosis ...Read more

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Recently had a full spine MRI which incidentally showed follicular ovarian cysts could it have showed any problem with cervix, bladder or uterus as we?

Recently had a full spine MRI which incidentally showed follicular ovarian cysts could it have showed any problem with cervix, bladder or uterus as we?

Yes. An MRI of the-: Spine could very well show abnormalities, but on a spine MRI scan, it is an incidental finding. This can not B relied on for diagnosing cervical, bladder or uterine abnormalities to any degree. If indicated an MRI of the abdomen would B needed. ...Read more

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How does a ganglion cyst differ from a synovial cyst?

How does a ganglion cyst differ from a synovial cyst?

No difference: They are essentially the same with respect to origin and tissue type. ...Read more

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Can I exercise with a synovial cyst?

Can I exercise with a synovial cyst?

Yes: Theae are a sign of degeneration and do not always need treatment. Exercise is beneficial to spine health. ...Read more

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Can a synovial cyst be caused from a car accident?

Can a synovial cyst be caused from a car accident?

Yes.: A synovial cyst is a sac of fluid, which lines all tendons, muscles, ligaments, joints. Any type of trauma or inflammation to part of the musculoskeletal system can cause such a sac to form; very commonly, no known cause. May resolve on own, or be injected w cortisone after aspiration, may recur. May be true that in days of yore, they were smashed with a bible, but don't recommend this approach-). ...Read more

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I have had a synovial cyst sense I was 19 now I am 57 could it be caused from lifting heavy projectiles in the millitary?

I have had a synovial cyst sense I was 19 now I am 57 could it be caused from lifting heavy projectiles in the millitary?

Possible: Joints have a capsule arounding then that hold slippery clear goo that acts like oil on a hinge. If the capsule is too weak or the weight on the joint is too heavy, or you used the joint too much, it could bulge into a cyst. However to blame it on a specific activity years ago is hard. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between a ganglion cyst and a synovial cyst?

Is there a difference between a ganglion cyst and a synovial cyst?

Yes: A ganglion cyst occurrs typically at the wrist. Synovial cysts occurr wherever a tendon ia superficial and injured or inflamed. ...Read more

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The large mass went down, but my forearm feels better. Was that a synovial cyst that popped?

The large mass went down, but my forearm feels better. Was that a synovial cyst that popped?

Possibly: Large cysts in the area of the wrists are usually ganglion cysts and these are synovial in nature; would recommend it be looked at so as not to miss a more serious underlying problem. ...Read more

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I have degenerative disc disease (lumbard) & was told today I might have a synovial cyst. Are these related, could it be the cause of my intense pain?

I have degenerative disc disease (lumbard) & was told today I might have a synovial cyst. Are these related, could it be the cause of my intense pain?

Synovial Cysts: Synovial cysts are quite common adjacent to the lumbar spine and are usually asymptomatic, and rarely affect the exiting spinal nerve. Best to discuss this with you physician. ...Read more

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I think I have a synovial cyst due to OA in my R thumb DIP. Swelling is decreasing my ROM. It usually resolves spontaneously. How long should I wait?

I think I have a synovial cyst due to OA in my R thumb DIP. Swelling is decreasing my ROM. It usually resolves spontaneously. How long should I wait?

See a hand orthopod: He/She can confirm diagnosis and inject with a steroid and if necessary cut it out. It can recur though. In the "old" days they used to smash the cysts with a heavy book, such as the Bible. You wait until it bothers you enough. ...Read more

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Ovarian Cyst (Definition)

A growth (often balloon like) on an ovary. It is often thin walled ...Read more