Ganglion cysts are noncancerous lumps that most commonly develop along the tendons or joints of your wrists or hands. They also may occur in the ankles and feet. Ganglion cysts are typically round or oval and are filled with a jellylike fluid.
Small ganglion cysts can be pea-sized, while larger ones can be around an inch (2.5 centimeters) in diameter. Ganglion cysts can be painful if they press on a nearby nerve. Their location can sometimes interfere with joint movement.
Causes--No one knows exactly what causes a ganglion cyst to develop. It grows out of a joint or the lining of a tendon, looking like a tiny water balloon on a stalk, and seems to occur when the tissue that surrounds a joint or a tendon bulges out of place. Inside the cyst is a thick lubricating fluid similar to that found in joints or around tendons.
Symptoms---The lumps associated with ganglion cysts can be characterized by:
Location. Ganglion cysts most commonly develop along the tendons or joints of your wrists or hands. The next most common locations are the ankles and feet. These cysts can occur near other joints as well.
Shape and size. Ganglion cysts are round or oval and usually measure less than an inch (2.5 centimeters) in diameter. Some are so small that they can't be felt. The size of a cyst can fluctuate, often getting larger when you use that joint for repetitive motions.
Pain. Ganglion cysts usually are painless. But if a cyst presses on a nerve — even if the cyst is too small to form a noticeable lump — it can cause pain, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness.
Risk factors--Factors that may increase your risk of ganglion cysts include:
Your sex and age. Ganglion cysts can develop in anyone, but they most commonly occur in women between the ages of 20 and 40.
Osteoarthritis. People who have wear-and-tear arthritis in the finger joints closest to their fingernails are at higher risk of developing ganglion cysts near those joints.
Joint or tendon injury. Joints or tendons that have been injured in the past are more likely to develop ganglion cysts.
Homoeopathy today is a rapidly growing system and is being practiced all over the world. It strength lies in its evident effectiveness as it takes a holistic approach towards the sick individual through promotion of inner balance at mental, emotional, spiritual and physical levels. When ganglion cyst is concerned there are many effective medicines available in Homoeopathy , but the selection depends upon the individuality of the patient , considering mental and physical symptoms.
RUTA GRAVEOLENS 30—Ruta graveolens is one of the top remedies for dissolving the ganglion cyst. It is considered a specific remedy for ganglion cyst. There is pain and stiffness in wrists and hands.
CALCAREA FLOUR. 30—Calcarea flour is excellent for pain in hands and fingers due to ganglion cyst , especially when the ganglion is formed on back of wrist. This medicine is very effective when the ganglion causing a nerve compression. It can ease out the pain.
BENZOIC ACID 30—Ganglion cyst with swelling of the wrist. There is tearing and stitching pain. Benzoic acid patient urine is hot , dark brown, strong foul odor of horse urine. Gouty deposits in joints.
SILICEA 30--- Silicea is effective for ganglion cyst which occurs on the back of the wrist. Paralytic weakness of the hands. Presence of offensive sweat on hand helps the selection of Silicea.