Grade 2 Achilles Tendinopathy

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Grade 2 Achilles Tendinopathy

Postby NewFinnLoper » Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:58 am

At a recent massage therapy appointment my MT was preparing to work on my Achilles Tendon - it's been an ongoing pain for me and after a three year hiatus it's back..or so I thought.

When she went to work on it she stopped and said that she didn't think it was the tendon that was giving me grief...She asked if I would agree to a consult with one of the other practitioners...They both looked at it and said that they are pretty sure it is a ganglion cyst (usually they appear on the wrist or top of the foot) because my tendon was supple (not tight like you'd see with tendonitis) and that the pain I was feeling was more localized...

Good news is that they tend to go away on their own...Bad news...they can come back at any time...

Sooo they advised that if it doesn't get better in a week, or if it suddenly gets worse, to go to the local sports therapy walk in and they will drain it (gahhhhh!) and can inject with cortisone to prevent a recurrence.

Anyone had this or heard of it being done?
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Re: Ganglion Cyst - Foot

Postby jgore » Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:10 am

A friend had one on her wrist, but it went away on it's own. Sorry that I can't provide any help.

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Re: Ganglion Cyst - Foot

Postby Jo-Jo » Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:16 am

I had one many years ago when I was an avid downhill skiier (out on the hills about 4 times a week...those were the days! :? :D )

It was on the top of my foot...which made wearing my ski boots a little painful at times.

This was about 30 years ago...it did go away on it's own...and I've never had once since.

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Re: Ganglion Cyst - Foot

Postby RA. » Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:09 am

I had one on the top of my foot, and it went away on its own.
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Re: Ganglion Cyst - Foot

Postby MINITEE » Thu Mar 13, 2014 6:31 pm

I have a client who gets them in the joints of her index finger and thumbs. She has to get them drained once in a while, and they don't seem to be an issue for her, aside from the fact she doesn't come to the gym for a week or so as she can't grip anything.
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Re: Ganglion Cyst - Foot

Postby DonnaRigs » Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:08 pm

I had one on my wrist - it's gone now, took a little while (weeks, not months).

I think they used to call these "Bible Bump" or something like that because they would sometimes try to get rid of them by bashing them with a large, hardcover book (bible in most households).
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Re: Ganglion Cyst - Foot

Postby NewFinnLoper » Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:45 am

DonnaRigs wrote:I had one on my wrist - it's gone now, took a little while (weeks, not months).

I think they used to call these "Bible Bump" or something like that because they would sometimes try to get rid of them by bashing them with a large, hardcover book (bible in most households).


Yes exactly...that's what my RMT said and they actually used a bible on the one she had on her wrist... :lol:
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Re: Ganglion Cyst - Foot

Postby NewFinnLoper » Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:58 pm

Ok this thing is not getting better...walking to work today was uncomfortable. I will be stopping by the clinic tonight after work and hope that they can figure it out and get me some relief...
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Re: Ganglion Cyst - Foot

Postby Avis » Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:04 pm

NewFinnLoper wrote:
DonnaRigs wrote:I had one on my wrist - it's gone now, took a little while (weeks, not months).

I think they used to call these "Bible Bump" or something like that because they would sometimes try to get rid of them by bashing them with a large, hardcover book (bible in most households).


Yes exactly...that's what my RMT said and they actually used a bible on the one she had on her wrist... :lol:

:lol: My dad had one of these on the back of his wrist, and, as it did not go away on its own after a couple of years, he had it drained. We used to joke around with him though, and suggested he he just give it a good whack with a hammer. I never heard of the Bible technique.
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Re: Ganglion Cyst - Foot

Postby Joe Dwarf » Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:44 pm

Did the bible trick on one I had on my wrist, worked great, never recurred.

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Re: Ganglion Cyst - Foot

Postby NewFinnLoper » Tue Mar 18, 2014 7:04 pm

So I will consider the bible trick if I ever get one if these cysts... Yeah.. That's not what my lump is...

I saw the sports medicine dr today and turns out this is a Grade 2 Achilles Tendinopathy.

Good news - I have a diagnosis...
Bad news - no running for 3-6 months ( I want to cry) along with physio and wearing a "boot" at night. Follow-up appointment in 6 weeks...


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Re: Ganglion Cyst - Foot

Postby Habs4ever » Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:44 pm

NewFinnLoper wrote:So I will consider the bible trick if I ever get one if these cysts... Yeah.. That's not what my lump is...

I saw the sports medicine dr today and turns out this is a Grade 2 Achilles Tendinopathy.

Good news - I have a diagnosis...
Bad news - no running for 3-6 months ( I want to cry) along with physio and wearing a "boot" at night. Follow-up appointment in 6 weeks...


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Re: Ganglion Cyst - Foot

Postby Jwolf » Tue Mar 18, 2014 11:24 pm

Oh that sucks. I have been there - it's not fun but there IS a light at the end of the tunnel- I am living proof that you can get through this.
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Re: Ganglion Cyst - Foot

Postby Joe Dwarf » Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:56 am

Sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Here's to a speedy recovery!

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Re: Ganglion Cyst - Foot

Postby grimskot » Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:33 pm

Sorry to hear that, NFL. Here's hoping that the diagnosis is correct &that the plan to get back to running works.
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Re: Ganglion Cyst - Foot

Postby RA. » Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:44 pm

That sucks. But, I guess now that you know, you can move towards healing.
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Re: Ganglion Cyst - Foot

Postby Avis » Wed Mar 19, 2014 2:49 pm

That does suck! Here's hoping you have a record-breaking recovery from this.
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Re: Ganglion Cyst - Foot

Postby jgore » Wed Mar 19, 2014 2:59 pm

Sorry to hear that. Good luck with a quick recovery.

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Re: Ganglion Cyst - Foot

Postby NewFinnLoper » Wed Mar 19, 2014 3:39 pm

Thanks...

Looks like I'm going to have to get creative with my cross training...I'm willing the snow to melt fast so I can get on my bike...
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Re: Ganglion Cyst - Foot

Postby Darth Tater » Wed Mar 19, 2014 4:09 pm

NewFinnLoper wrote:So I will consider the bible trick if I ever get one if these cysts... Yeah.. That's not what my lump is...

I saw the sports medicine dr today and turns out this is a Grade 2 Achilles Tendinopathy.

Good news - I have a diagnosis...
Bad news - no running for 3-6 months ( I want to cry) along with physio and wearing a "boot" at night. Follow-up appointment in 6 weeks...


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Re: Ganglion Cyst - Foot

Postby Jwolf » Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:21 pm

NewFinnLoper wrote:Thanks...

Looks like I'm going to have to get creative with my cross training...I'm willing the snow to melt fast so I can get on my bike...

You will be able to find things you can do. It is an exercise in patience, no doubt.

Be careful on the bike though because that can also aggravate a cranky Achilles. Until the weather is better you can try out the stationary bikes or spin bikes at a gym.

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Re: Ganglion Cyst - Foot

Postby NewFinnLoper » Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:02 pm

Yes .. The dr said to use the mid foot for pedalling and not the forefoot ... So I'll have to replace my clips with platforms.


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Re: Ganglion Cyst - Foot

Postby BabyWolf » Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:59 pm

No! Vibes to you for getting better! NFL

Btw that bible thing .... :shock: :shock: :shock: the generations before were made of sterner stuff I'm sure of it!

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Grade 2 Achilles Tendinopathy

Postby NewFinnLoper » Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:35 am

BabyWolf wrote:No! Vibes to you for getting better! NFL

Btw that bible thing .... :shock: :shock: :shock: the generations before were made of sterner stuff I'm sure of it!


Yup...this is going to be a long slow process....I'm doing everything doc says and I'm seeing absolutely no change....frustrating... :(
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Re: Grade 2 Achilles Tendinopathy

Postby Nicholas » Mon Apr 14, 2014 4:39 pm

NewFinnLoper wrote:
BabyWolf wrote:No! Vibes to you for getting better! NFL

Btw that bible thing .... :shock: :shock: :shock: the generations before were made of sterner stuff I'm sure of it!


Yup...this is going to be a long slow process....I'm doing everything doc says and I'm seeing absolutely no change....frustrating... :(

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