A Baker’s cyst…

I have had enough of myself at the moment! My right leg is causing me constant pain and restricting my ability to walk. Just walking around the house is painful and almost beyond me right now, let alone trying to even think of going to the gym. It’s alright for my Physio or Doctor – or anyone else for that matter – to say I can still go to the gym and do upper body work! This has been said to me at one stage by one of them. The thing is, by the time I have limped through my day in constant pain trying to work or do other life stuff, I barely make it to the end of the day and I just want to sit, put my leg up and try to alleviate the pain.

Here’s some info on what a Baker’s Cyst is.

Baker’s cyst (popliteal cyst)

A Baker’s cyst is a fluid-filled swelling that can develop behind your knee. It is usually caused by a problem in your knee, such as arthritis or a cartilage tear. With these conditions your knee can make too much fluid (synovial fluid) which then collects behind your knee.

For some people, apparently a Baker’s Cyst does not cause them much pain or inconvenience. As the health info site I was referred to says “If you have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, you won’t need any further treatment. The cyst will usually go away by itself.” Well, I wouldn’t say I have mild symptoms by any means and if anything every day it gets a little worse. It certainly doesn’t look like it will go away by itself!

So, I have sent an email to my GP asking if I should come in to see him again and see if we can make a plan to sort this out. I have just six weeks to try to get a functional knee again before we go to the UK. I am really worried that this problem will ruin our trip and my husband and I won’t be able to do the things that we want to do. This is supposed to be our trip where we do all the active things we can before Parkinson’s gets worse. It feels really unfair that this issue is causing me mobility issues, when I have otherwise not had any with my Parkinson’s.

I admit this is starting to affect my mood and I am feeling a bit down about it all and can’t see a solution right now.

I just need to get this leg sorted, or I fear our whole trip will be ruined.

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Published by kiwipommysue

I work in health and have been with the same supportive team for over 7 years. They are all aware of my diagnosis and this helps tremendously especially while I get used to the idea of my diagnosis. My parents both had Parkinsons, so I guess my odds were higher than most.

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