About 18 months ago, I had what I though what was an attack of cramp in my left calf during the night. During the following day I felt a slight discomfort on walking but nothing more. The following morning however, I could not walk. My leg was swollen and bruising extended right down to my toes. The sort of bruising you would associate with a fracture.

I do not suffer from arthritis in my left knee, although I had a medial meniscectomy many years ago on my right knee following an accident.

At my local A&E dept., the medical staff refused to believe that I had not had an accident ie. hit by a bus, and sent me for Xrays which naturally were negative.

Eventually, I had an ultrasound scan to exclude the possibility of a DVT, and a ruptured Baker's cyst was diagnosed. I was prescribed analgesics for the pain and ice dressings to reduce the swelling. (A little late for that as it was now 48 hrs later!).

Two or three days later, the swelling and pain was gone and the bruising gradually faded. Until this time I had experienced no symptoms whatsoever. No pain, no popllteal swelling, nothing at all. since then I have had no more problems.

Danny Winn BSc, RGN,RNMS, FRSH

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