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Hi all,


I was wondering if anyone else is experiencing fragile joints. I had shoulder surgery last spring after a tumble going up stairs resulted in a separated shoulder and impingement. Two weeks ago I shook hands with someone, and now I have a ganglion cyst on the inside of my wrist. He really shook my hand forcefully and at the time I felt a pop in my wrist and my wrist hurt. I ended up buying a wrist splint because I thought I'd bruised my wrist. Looking down at it last Thursday, I saw the bump and realized it is a ganglion cyst. Neither of these actions would have resulted in a major injury years ago.


I have sore joints, especially my right hip and toe joints, but this is slightly different than just soreness. I had a ganglion cyst on my index finger 9 years ago from an injury to it, I accidentally slammed a 15 pound pan on my finger. Yes, it was accidental. I was knocking crumbs out of a strap bread pan, and wasn't thinking and had my other hand in the way. The resulting ganglion cyst was always painful so I had it surgically removed. I really don't want any more surgery, but I can barely lift things with my right hand. Using the mouse is painful too. I am seeing a hand doctor in March. I'm not sure what treatment the doctor will recommend. I'm using the splint when it gets sore trying to make sure this doesn't get worse.


So, is this unusual? Is this a possible complication from scleroderma?



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I am so sorry to read of your most recent pain, Mando.


It's amazing how some folks are, when it comes to shaking hands! My dad always said that a firm handshake is really good, so I always remembered that.


However, since so many of us are prone to painful issues with our hands, wrist and the like, I offer only my fingers. It's a good indicator to men not to grab my hand.


Not long ago though, a man said, "Give me your hand so I can shake it"! I then showed him my hands and shared with him how painful it would be for me if I were to do that. He thanked me for letting him know and accommodated me...with a very gentle finger tip shake!


I wish you the best with this ganglion cyst, Mando. Please let us know how your appointment with the doctor goes?

Special Hugs,


Susie Kraft

ISN Support Specialist

ISN Chat Host

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Hi Mando,


I'm sorry you have fragile joints and ganglion cysts, to boot.


Please keep in mind I have no medical training at all, however like you, I am quite adept at silly human tricks. One time, I even managed to slam my head in my car door! (Children, that caused a concussion, so please do not try that stupid human trick without adult supervision or an ambulance in waiting.)


I've done a brief search on this tonight, and I haven't yet found anything that directly ties ganglion cysts to scleroderma. However, I did find they are often caused by injury. And a few references to them being sometimes caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Scleroderma can affect the tendons, with tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome and it is a form of arthritis, too. See our Skeletal Involvement page. So it is conceivable there could be some relationship there.


Mostly though, I suppose we are just all susceptible to everything that can befall a healthy person, so in general, I don't believe they would be considered to be a symptom or complication of scleroderma. But, of course, I may be wrong, I often am, and I'd really like to know if anyone can find more documentation on this topic.

Warm Hugs,


Shelley Ensz

Founder and President

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099


The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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