Ganglion Cyst of the Spine
I have been disgnosed with a ganglion cyst in my spine at L5-S1 that has encroached the nerve root. I have already had 2 epidural injections and am scheduled for the third in 3 weeks. I am in Pain Management, physical therapy and taking medication to help control the pain. My pain became intolerable very quickly. I felt as though some one was slicing my leg with a knife from my hip down into and around my foot. I was unable to lay, sit or put any weight on my leg. It was the worst pain I have ever had in my life. After I had the MRI done, I was seen by a neurosurgeon, bless his heart, he has patients on a waiting list to see him but he triaged me into his first available appointment. He says to finish the third epidural and if i have any pain return, i should call him and he will schedule surgery. I have an appointment in April for a second opinion with a Neurosurgeon at a teaching hospital who has a lot of experience with cyst/tumors etc. I have tried to find information on Ganglion Cysts of the spine but there is not much information available. Most articles that I have read say that this is not a common condition, and most all of them suggest the best cure is surgery to remove the ganglion cyst. Does anyone have any information to share with me about these cysts?