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    Bump on wrist

    Hey all,

    Its been a loooong minute. About 2 months ago I noticed a hard lump on the front side of my right wrist after I painted my entire apartment. My wrist was sore and then the lump.

    I immediately panicked and my GP said via email likely Ganglion Cyst.

    Fast forward 2 months and the lump is still there and has gotten more tender, and kind of bigger?

    I continued to google (rolling eyes) and I think it may be Carpal Boss (since its very hard and doesnt move really).

    Of course, in the back of my mind i also think it could be something more sinister.

    Looking for reassurance really, and to hear from others who may have had a similar experience. I will go to the dr to have him examine it but thought of posting here as well.

    Thanks for reading!

    Rey

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    Re: Bump on wrist

    I said to myself before even opening this thread “probably a ganglion cyst.” Ha ha
    My mom had one and she had to immobilize her wrist for several weeks. Completely harmless and due to overwork (painting in your case).

    Best Wishes

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    Re: Bump on wrist

    I've had a ganglion cyst for YEARS. It's fairly small and doesn't bother me so I've never had it removed. Mine is also hard and tender if I poke at it too much.

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    Re: Bump on wrist

    I had something like that happen to me a few years ago. Extremely painful and could hardly bend my wrist. I just took ibuprofen and used OTC arthritis creams. It eventually went away but to this day there's a hard hard lump (like bone) in that spot. No idea what it was or why it happened.

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    Re: Bump on wrist

    Thank you all for replying to my thread.

    I will try to have it checked out in person (my drs office is only doing phone appointments due to covid…)

    I thought it was just a ganglion cyst until i reslized its hard as a bone and does not move (which may indicate that it is not filled with fluid)

    I guess as long as it is nothing sinister I can deal with it.. but I won’t be able to shake that off until it is seen by a dr.

    Thanks for reading!

    Rey

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    Re: Bump on wrist

    I have one of these two. it may feel as hard as bone, but it is technically movable (don't try -- instant bad nerve pain)
    If you can, try getting into plank position or just lean your body weight on your hand, like against a wall or something, as you bend your wrist to support the weight. If that makes your wrist hurt on the back (knuckle) side of your hand, that's indicative of a likely ganglion cyst.
    Here's a really good study on it (which should CALM your fears! ): https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29085728/
    Basically, nobody with this has cancer or anything. Just a bad wrist.
    Good luck best wishes

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    Re: Bump on wrist

    Thank you for taking the time to respond Fishmanpa! Mine feels like a hard hard bump as you’re describing and it is causing some pain and discomfort along with some mobility issues!

    I have a drs appt coming up, we’ll see what he says

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    Re: Bump on wrist

    Quote Originally Posted by kyllikki View Post
    I have one of these two. it may feel as hard as bone, but it is technically movable (don't try -- instant bad nerve pain)
    If you can, try getting into plank position or just lean your body weight on your hand, like against a wall or something, as you bend your wrist to support the weight. If that makes your wrist hurt on the back (knuckle) side of your hand, that's indicative of a likely ganglion cyst.
    Here's a really good study on it (which should CALM your fears! ): https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29085728/
    Basically, nobody with this has cancer or anything. Just a bad wrist.
    Good luck best wishes
    Thank you for responding!

    I do feel pain when putting weight on it, for instance when doing push ups!

    Now my hand is tingly as if im pinching a nerve or something and I got all worked up because every article online says that a ganglion should be soft and moveable and mine is the complete opposite (hard and feels fixed in place).

    Obviously then rhe worse came to my mind (tumour, etc). So i will have my dr see it in person hopefully next week and go from there!

    Thanks for reading!

    Rey

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    Re: Bump on wrist

    I just had this. Mine is on my right wrist pinkie side. Mine is rock hard and tender. Let me tell you what. I ran to my ortho specialist who specializes in hands. After a quick X-ray I found out it was a calcium deposit. A normal calcium deposit. Nothing more. She explicitly told me “I do not want you worrying about this”.

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