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I'm a 49 year old female who has recently got the results of my ultra sound, and have had a Bakers Cyst confirmed, with possible meniscal tear. Now have to wait to see the orthopaedic surgeon, and get an MRI to decide what to do.
The knee and leg is very swollen and painful, and I've been told to elevate the leg as much as possible and to avoid weight bearing exercise.
I've read all I can find about the cyst, and I get that now, but no one says how much rest is rest
It's going to be weeks before I get to see the specialist and get an MRI, so does this mean that I'm not supposed to be walking on it for what could be months?
So can any one share their experience on how much or how little I can do?
6th Dec 2007 arthoscropy, major debridement and meniscus trimmed
Jan 08 2008 Arthritis grade 2/3 told to wait until TKR needed.
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Re: Bakers Cyst and possible meniscal tear.....advice on resting please.
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2007, 05:51:30 AM »
Rest means that you should put up your leg as often as you can. Are you on crutches or allowed walking ?
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Re: Bakers Cyst and possible meniscal tear.....advice on resting please.
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2007, 12:31:32 PM »
The Baker's cyst is generally the result of another insult to the knee. So if the swelling resolves, chances are the cyst will be less bothersome. I doubt a doctor expects you to stop life & live with your leg elevated but I think you'll find you'll be more comfortable the more you can ice & elevate. Wishing you well...Ellie
April, 2005 - ACL rupture, medial meniscus tear within posterior horn to articular surface, abnormal signal within lateral meniscus, partial tear MCL, bone contusions tibia/fibula, Baker's cyst.
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Re: Bakers Cyst and possible meniscal tear.....advice on resting please.
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2007, 04:05:09 PM »
Thanks for that guys, I suppose I'm looking for the impossible, and expecting a timetable of what I can do.
We are farmers, and there is always work to be done, especially at this time of year, and it's difficult being your own boss. When I was first told to rest I was quite good, then we had cows to move, so I spent 2 days helping wih that, it wasn't much walking, but a bit of standing around gaurding gates and things, and lots of hours sat in the truck hauling. It's now taken me 2 days almost constantly lying with the leg elevated to get the swelling back under control and the pain back to managable levels.

I'm worried about finding balance between resting and working, and also trying to make sure that I keep some strength and mobility in the bad knee, and the rest of my body.

When I was first told to rest it wasn't so bad, because it had a time limit, because the ultra sound was already booked. but this time it's the potential of months of this that's getting to me.

I was offered crutches, but didn't think I needed them at the time, but as my walking is meant to be severely restricted, I suppose I would actually be more mobile with them, I do use a cane when walking.
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Re: Bakers Cyst and possible meniscal tear.....advice on resting please.
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2007, 04:09:48 PM »
The Baker's Cyst is probably there because of the torn meniscus. They're not really that big of an issue and doctors usually don't do anything about them because it doesn't make sense if the underlying issue is not resolved. I walked on a torn meniscus for 17 years. As a general rule, if whatever you're doing is causing you pain then stop and rest a bit. Take a couple of days off if you  need to, but eventually just get on with your life. What my OS told me about my shoulders was that if I was swimming and they started to hurt I should change my stroke or stop. He said if they hurt then I'm hurting them (ie causing more damage).

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Re: Bakers Cyst and possible meniscal tear.....advice on resting please.
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2007, 05:22:26 PM »
Thanks Jathib, the physio and the Doc, agree that the cyst is due to a tear, but the ultra sound didn't look at the stucture of the knee as such, so need the MRI to assess what is going on. I know that the cyst in itself is not usually a problem, but something has caused by leg to swell from just above the knee right down into the foot, and something there is dam painful, they are saying that the cyst must be interfering with something, and at the moment are warning that surgery is going to be an option to look at.
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Jan 08 2008 Arthritis grade 2/3 told to wait until TKR needed.
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Re: Bakers Cyst and possible meniscal tear.....advice on resting please.
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2007, 06:31:39 PM »
Having the torn meniscus taken care of surgically is the most important. By the time I had mine taken care of I had arthritis pretty bad resulting in a PKR a few months ago.

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Re: Bakers Cyst and possible meniscal tear.....advice on resting please.
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2007, 08:09:27 PM »
All that is why you shouldn't walk around too much. If they tell you to stay off the leg as much as possible do that.
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Re: Bakers Cyst and possible meniscal tear.....advice on resting please.
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2007, 08:37:19 PM »
I know now, because I've tried it that doing to much really hurts, so from that point of view will try and rest up, but if I'm going to need surgery to fix this, am I actually going to make it worse by keeping going?

My major issue is I feel so dam helpless, and we are trying to survive in this new farming busines, tempers are getting frayed when I say that I have to spend time lying on the sofa. with my foot hooked over the back reading a book.
6th Dec 2007 arthoscropy, major debridement and meniscus trimmed
Jan 08 2008 Arthritis grade 2/3 told to wait until TKR needed.
August 2010 Left knee arthroscopy

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Re: Bakers Cyst and possible meniscal tear.....advice on resting please.
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2007, 08:20:19 PM »
I'm in pretty much the same situation as you. Suspected torn menisucs has caused a bakers cyst which I've now had for almost 2 years. The only advice I've received is either to get on with life or have an op to repair the tear. I don't like the idea of the latter if it's not entirely necessary. I've just got back from 2 days walking in Snowdonia + some ruuning and cycling and it's enormous and causing pain. Have tried massaging it and think I've shifted the fluid to other parts of my knee / leg. Has anyone else done this / had this done. A few months ago it appeared to have ruptured and leaked into my calf relieving the pressure brilliantly. Is there something to be said then for NOT resting it?

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Re: Bakers Cyst and possible meniscal tear.....advice on resting please.
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2007, 04:48:24 AM »
RM--before I had my surgery, I was told to basically be sedentary. I could walk around but only as I could tolerate and that wasn't much. I had trouble with the steps by my porch too.  It is pretty important to rest as much as you can. Obviously you don't know where or for sure if you have a tear (but it sounds like you do) so it really is necessary to rest and elevate. It can tear more, at least I tend to think so!

After the surgery, I was still told to rest a lot, but I could walk as I felt like it, and I do. I stand/walk as long as I can tolerate (before no more than 15-20 minutes without agonizing pain, NOW I can for more than an hour and yesterday I walked about 2 hours straight and wasn't in much pain at all).  The other thing that's really good is to make sure you ice your leg. I have a potential Baker's Cyst too, but it appears to show when it feels like it. Right now, not so much. Probably tomorrow it'll come back after therapy. I was told they don't do much for them, they usually resolved on their own. I was also told to rest after therapy and keep icing my knee--at therapy I ice on the back and front, it seems to help the swelling and pain. Try some Ibuprofen if your stomach can handle it. It seems to help too.

Good Luck and make sure you rest! :O)

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Re: Bakers Cyst and possible meniscal tear.....advice on resting please.
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2007, 06:14:23 PM »
Hi there, people thanks for the updates.

As time goes on with this thing I'm finding out my limitations, and they seem to be pretty limited! It all wouldn't be so bad if I had a reasonable time line on getting this fixed, but I don't actually get to see the OS until September. BUT, we were away for a short holiday a couple of weeks ago, and the knee found the sitting in the car and walking bit quite stressful, since we got back we have been trying to catch up for lost time, and there have been so many things that have just had to be done. I've been far more active than I have been for a while, but I'm now paying the price. I'm off to the doc this afternoon to list all the new symptoms and see if I can get bumped up the order at all. It's quite scary at the moment, it looks like harvest will be starting in a couple of weeks and there is no way I'm going to be able to rest much once we start. We've been having family conferences to see which machine I'm going to be best in this year....I figure that I'm going to get the combine, it will be a bitch to climb up intio, but once I'm there I don't need the left leg at all, can do everything with the right leg and hand controls, I'll just have to take a bucket up with me so I don't have to climb down for comfort stops ;D
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Jan 08 2008 Arthritis grade 2/3 told to wait until TKR needed.
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Re: Bakers Cyst and possible meniscal tear.....advice on resting please.
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2007, 07:12:20 PM »
Get ice packs with you for the knee and if there is space something to put up the leg on.
Injuries never come at right time..do they ?
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Re: Bakers Cyst and possible meniscal tear.....advice on resting please.
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2007, 08:17:32 PM »
How about if I put a lid on the bucket, I could rest the knee on that ;D Seriously though, ice is a great idea, I'll take the cryo cuff, I figure if I freeze some small bottles of water and put them in the resevoir of the cuff, can double up cooling and cold drinks.
6th Dec 2007 arthoscropy, major debridement and meniscus trimmed
Jan 08 2008 Arthritis grade 2/3 told to wait until TKR needed.
August 2010 Left knee arthroscopy















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