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Advice needed...ganglion cyst on spine

Started by NikkiL on 04/08/2018 10:51am

Hi everyone...I just joined and I am praying for some advice or someone else who has dealt with this..I was diagnosed with a large ganglion cyst on my L4 L5 last August...I made an appointment with a neurosurgeon in Nashville and went to the initial appointment totally unprepared on my part..I had the radiology report from the ER only and not the actual disk of my MRI..Basically the doctor wouldn't even discuss anything without having the disk...so I was sent on my way with another appointment made...long story short...I have been in transition as far as my living situation for over the past year and being able to tend to this issue has been near impossible....until recent...I am settled in Dickson TN so not to far from Nashville...but I have state health insurance and have been finding it difficult to get seen ASAP...I know by this point I need an updated MRI due to my pain becoming excruciating

And fear of the cyst growth since August...I am just not exactly sure where to start now....do I go back to the ER and start the entire process over...make an appt with an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in spinal issues...I at the point that I just want it fixed......

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Hello. I can not give advice but I do think the cysts are intertwined with nerves. If it were me I would find the best neurosurgeon you could.


Hi, NikkiL--We are so sorry to read about the trouble you've had to get treatment for the ganglion cyst on your lumbar spine. That must be incredibly frustrating--especially when you're already dealing with the pain from the cyst.

We found this information about ganglion cysts on SpineUniverse: Ganglion cysts function much like synovial cysts but arise from the posterior longitudinal ligament (which is located behind the spine and inside the spinal canal). They often require surgical removal if they become symptomatic.

With that said, consulting with a spine surgeon--a neurosurgeon or orthopaedic surgeon--to discuss your treatment may be the best option. We have a tool that connect you to qualified spine surgeons near you if you'd like to check it out: https://www.spineuniverse.com/locate/spe...

We hope this information helps, and we hope that the next time you seek care for your cyst that it goes much smoother! Keep us posted on how you're doing.


I agree with the post above. Using the tool in this app, find yourself the best orthopedic surgeon you can - in fact, interview a few. Remember, you are the patient - you're paying their wages so you have a right to interview them/get more than one opinion, if possible. I had a ganglion cyst, also very large, but it was on my shoulder. I had a very brutal rotator cuff surgery which included removal of the cyst and resecting of the clavicle. By the way I've had three spinal surgeries and two other joint replacements. I wish you the best of luck!