Not sure what a Baker’s Cyst is? Read this

For about six months now, I’ve been having some rather significant pain in my left knee. I hurt this same knee playing rugby several years ago, and while it’s been good in terms of not bothering me too terribly, I may or may not have been rather intoxicated at a wedding of good friends of Blaine and me back in June and may or may not have done the worm.

Allow me to clarify that I can do the worm. I just hadn’t done it drunk before, and it’s safe to say I went a little harder than I would have had I been sober.

My knee started causing me a lot of pain immediately after this, and I recently bit the bullet and called my doctor about it because it’s gotten to the point I can’t always bend it. He sent me for an ultrasound, and I got a call back from his office and was informed I’m going for an MRI as well because I have a Baker’s Cyst in my knee.

Since I had no idea what the fuck a Baker’s Cyst is, I figure a lot of you may not, either. So, I did a little bit of research and gained an understanding of this curious-sounding diagnosis.

According to mayoclinic.org, “A Baker’s cyst is a fluid-filled cyst that causes a bulge and a feeling of tightness behind your knee. The pain can get worse when you fully flex or extend your knee or when you’re active. A Baker’s cyst, also called a popliteal (pop-luh-TEE-ul) cyst, is usually the result of a problem with your knee joint, such as arthritis or a cartilage tear. Both conditions can cause your knee to produce too much fluid, which can lead to a Baker’s cyst.”

I’m not exactly sure what treatment will consist of in my particular case, but I read that cortisone shots, meds and physiotherapy are common forms of treatment.

Now we all have a firmer comprehension of what a Baker’s Cyst is, and, sadly, it has nothing to do with baked goods.

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