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Well, Fodorites, you are the font of all knowledge and I have Googled, but I'd be interested to know if anyone here has ever had a Baker's cyst.

I sprained a ligament in my left knee about three weeks ago; the entire knee just went as I walked across the road. An MRI showed some massive degenerative damage in the knee (very complicated), so much so that I was put in a thigh to knee brace (now removed, hurrah!)

Woe is me , because this resulted in the other knee flaring up massively. I have since been told the right knee is in far worse shape than the damaged one and the very painful burning sensation behind it is a Baker's cyst caused by my very severe arthritis.

As the surgeon is focused on getting the damaged left knee fixed (with a course of corticosteroids and possible surgery) he is letting the cyst be. But the discomfort of that is really worse than the damage in either knee. Apparently rest is the thing...but has anyone ever tried any other treatment?

I'm kinda over it, as my children would say. Just one too many in along list of , thankfully, "minor" things wrong with me at the moment, but the one causing me sleepless nights- and no, I won't take sleeping pills. Doctors here in Australia are most reluctant to prescribe sleeping pills and I prefer not to add them to the pain killers I have to take - my poor gut can only manage a few pills at a time!

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