Ganglion Almost Disappeared in Hours
June 12, 2012
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I’m writing about this because I can’t believe it.
For the last 2-3 months I’ve had a fairly hard solid ball like growth under the skin on my right wrist. I’ve had these before – years and years ago in my late teenage years. They just went away.
I was worried that this one was sticking around because it’s been months and it hasn’t gone away.
But in the last two hours or so (between 3pm and 5:30pm) the hard ball has almost disappeared – not entirely – there’s still a bump, but it’s a lot softer now. I’m amazed because it was there this morning – I was running my hand over it feeling frustrated with it.
What have I done in the last few hours? Well – my car has developed a small leak – and after torrential rain over the past 24 hours there’s quite a bit of collected rainwater in the rear passenger footwell. I’ve been using my right hand (same as the wrist the ganglion was on) to press down with a sponge, then wring it out. I did this many times (maybe 50-100) because there was a lot of water there.
Could it be this action has allowed the fluid in the ganglion to free up? I don’t feel any pain (although I haven’t felt any pain the entire time I’ve had the ganglion).
I’m going to add some pictures of the motions I was using. The first was pushing down on the sponge – the awkward angle (pushing back on the wrist) was because I was pressing down from the back seat of the car into the footwell.
Angle Used When Pushing Down On Sponge
Then I would hold the sponge outside the car door and squeeze tightly to wring out the water.
Tightly Squeezing a Sponge
If you have a ganglion then maybe it will go away on its own. There’s not much known about what makes them appear and disappear (from what I can find online). My UK doctor could give me little advice – given that it wasn’t hurting. I don’t know if the motions described above have been the reason my ganglion has turned from a hard ball to a much smaller soft mush in the last few hours. But I’ve documented it in case somebody else happens to notice something similar!
The ganglion came back a while later – I don’t remember how long it was – and it’s since become bigger and almost disappeared over the space of weeks. At the moment it is small but present. So I guess it was just one of those things it went away in a day as above. Maybe it is diet. Maybe it is sleep. Maybe it is something else. I really don’t know. But it won’t necessarily stay around forever.