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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Chronic Pain
Hi I am Maz and am new to this forum today. I was looking for answers about a lumbar cyst. had an MRI in June after I was complaining (still am) of throbbing burning buttock and electric type heel pain. The pain is increased when sitting and walking. The MRI showed bilaterial facet degeneraion L5/S1 with a small cyst on the exist foramen of L5 it states this is "not obvioulsy compressing the root which may be related to the posterior joint"

Thing is, SOMETHING is compressing nerves! Its is in my opinion th cyst a sthe MRI showed nothing else significant but bilateral facet degeneration I have pain in bothe buttocks and heels.

I tried asking my spinal surgeon (had a 2 level ADR in Sept C5.6 C6/7) he thought it was the possible source of the pain but it was the day after my neck op, and I was in the hospital bed, I think it wasnt the right time to discuss my other concern! Saw him breidfly (2 mins) for my 6 week post op but he would not discuss lumbar issue as it was too early. I am due 16th Dec for another post op but on the NHS it is a 2 min look and may not even be him. I am worried the buttock pain is getting worse and I am due back at work on 17th Dec.

If anyone has any info on whether this cyst could be my pain generator, general advice and infor can you post, many thanks Maz


  • These cysts are formed because calcification builds up in the snyovial sac around the facet joint. This plugs the outlet so that synovial fluid builds up and balloons out the synovium to form a cyst that impinges on the spinal cord and the nerve root. I had a cyst on L4-L5 joint. This caused intense sciatic pain in the hip and the leg. Unfortunately these things do not get better by themselves and need to be removed surgically. Every situation is different with respect to the cause and the best surgical solution. My cyst was the result of severe facet arthritis in the lumbar region. The L3-L4 and L4-L5 motion segments were affected by degenerated discs and by facet arthritis so I ended up with a fusion L3-L5 and the cyst was removed. This was not fun, and delay in dealing with it may be the cause of my current chronic nerve pain. You need to get some opinions soon.
  • About 8 years after my initial injury a cyst was found beside my t9 vertabra. They called it a psuedo(something very long)cyst :?? and think it is a small pocket of water. At first my doctor was excited and thought maybe that was causing my pain and other symptons but then decided it was nothing. Oh well.
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