Aaaargh! I have a ganglion cyst on the palm of my hand!

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@mentalward (14768)
December 27, 2008 4:25am CST
Ewww! I noticed a small lump on the palm of my hand a few days before Christmas, so I made an appointment with my doctor to find out what it is. He took a look at it and said, "I've seen this many times. It's a cyst on your tendon. You need to see a hand surgeon." Oh, great! Just what I wanted to hear! Well, I looked up ganglion cysts on the internet and found that the only way to guarantee that they're gone and will never come back is to have surgery. Lovely. I've already had 28 surgeries in my lifetime and NONE of them were elective! I was hoping there would be no more for the rest of my life... no such luck. Has anyone here ever had a ganglion cyst? Did you have surgery or was it aspirated? How long did it take to heal? I'm not crazy about the thought of having my hand incapacitated for weeks, but I need my hands for my business and this thing hurts so I guess I'll have to go through with it. Did yours hurt?