Hello. I've just been diagnosed with a Baker's cyst. I first became aware of it whilst I was driving. Later on inspection, I noticed a swelling at the bad of my leg behind my knee. It is achey and very painful at the moment and much to my annoyance, cannot do much exercise as it hurts too much.
I am using some painkilling/anti-inflamatory gel from the dr, but if it doesn't work, have to have a scan and possibly drainage and or surgery.
Have you got a lump? It sound's like a Baker's cyst, but to be sure, visit your gp.
The symptom you describe M G20 sounds like what I have if I have had a really bad cramp in my leg in my sleep.
However if you even mildly suspect that it could be Baker's Cyst then you should go and see a doctor, the symptoms are very similar to blood clots symptoms so it need to be ruled out. I had stiffness and swelling to my left lower leg in 2004, even though I was only 25 I was straight away sent for ultrasound to rule out blood clots due to family history. Also Baker's cyst can cause blood clots. For me rest, elevation, heat and anti inflammatories made it go away after a while.
I am not a runner, but have been researching 'Baker's Cyst'.
I too woke up one morning with acute pain & stiffness in my knee, I walked through it which caused mine to rupture, this is extremely painful & very debilitating, it feels like extreme cramp in your calf. I understand this is not common & it is most important that you get it checked out for DVT, which carries a higher risk with Baker's Cyst.
I have been resting for 5 weeks & am still very restricted in moving & in a great deal of pain.
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