I haven't really thought too much about the Baker's Cyst issue recently but I have noticed from the blog stats that a lot of people search the topic and end up reading my blog. I occurred to me that since my posts dropped off right after the knee issues that this might give people a negative impression of what might happen to them- death, paralysis, etc. This isn't the case so I decided that I should give a little knee update for you Baker's Cyst Google Searchers out there.
The knee is...okay... which is an improvement. The fluid from the ruptured cyst reabsorbed as it was supposed to, although for several months my left shoe(s) were always too tight- a little bit of swelling really affects shoe fit. I got some blisters because of this and also couldn't wear certain shoes at all. Now all my shoes fit fine. At this point the cyst is still there but in the last month it's finally gotten smaller, from golf ball size to not much of anything, just a slight bump behind the knee.
There is still room for improvement as far as knee function. The swelling is finally down, again, just recently. I can walk without pain and am starting (very slowly!) to do a little bit of strength training and recumbent bike. I've tried jogging but that has led to immediate increases in pain and a return of some swelling.
These results/problems are not typical from what I've heard. There's not a lot of data out there on this topic but it may well be that the aromatase inhibitor I take, Femara, and also the Zometa I've received once and will be getting again in December, have had an impact on my joint health and healing. Again, there's not a lot of info out there on the impact of some of these breast cancer treatments and orthopedic issues, but these drugs do affect the bones and joints so it seems plausible.
It's been good to get back to regular exercise, even if it's just walking. I don't know at this point if there will be anymore running in my future. Biking I'm more optimistic about It's not really a big deal since I'm not exactly an elite athlete. As long as I can get a decent amount of exercise in some form and as long as I'm not in pain all the time I'm happy.