From my new home on the couch, I found this blog post "Surviving a Ruptured Baker's Cyst", and its associated comments, to be both helpful and illuminating.
I notice that first thing in the morning seems to be the worst as far as the pain and stiffness are concerned. This may be due to a few things- probably a combination of all of them. First of all I don't take Vicodin at night because despite its depressant qualities it tends to keep me awake. Michele from across the beaver pond described it well yesterday when she and Rebecca brought over our groceries- that narcotics seem to do this weird thing where you just skim the surface of sleep. The Vicodin makes me feel dreamy and racey at the same time. This can be pleasant during the day, especially since I'd otherwise be in a lot of pain, but at night when I want to sleep, no. I've also, for the last two nights, taken off the compression wrap out of fear of developing blood clots.This may be irrational- or not- I'm not sure. I do know that I did not enjoy the DVT scare last week. During the day, compression and elevation make a big difference. I can't stand for any length of time even with the wrap, and without the wrap forget it. Stretching and moving seem to help, but only when done from a horizontal, not vertical, position.
A couple of key pieces of information in the various things I've read are that it usually takes a couple of weeks for the body to reabsorb the fluid from the ruptured cyst. Once this happens you usually feel better, except that the cyst tends to recur- unless whatever caused it has been eliminated. Since one of the common causes of these cysts is tears to the meniscus, and since I've had the torn cartilage removed, maybe this will be the end of the cyst. Let's hope so. Vamos a ver... I don't know if the fact that this is a "complex" cyst is of any significance as far as what to do about it. "Complex" in the context of Baker's cysts seems to mean that there is some calcification involved. This explains the grindy sensation I was having at the back of my knee where there's not supposed to be anything hard or crunchy.
The knee itself is definitely improving and better than it was before the surgery. If it weren't for the ruptured cyst situation I might even be up for a walk. Still, today has been better overall. I've been up and about a couple of times and have finally started working on the mid-term I need to have ready for Tuesday night. I have a pretty normal work week scheduled which is a little scary. Monday and Tuesday are pretty light so maybe it won't be so bad.