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I have a lump on my right pointer finger. It started small

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I have a lump on my right pointer finger. It started small but has gotten bigger. It hurts like arthritis at times and sometimes if I hit it on something it hurts REALLY bad. I can move it slightly. I am a photographer so I use this finger quite often and constantly use it with my editing software. What caused this?
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Dr B :

Hello, when did this start?

JACUSTOMER-14spxy4q- :

I have had it for a while

Dr B :

How long?

JACUSTOMER-14spxy4q- :

Maybe 2 years

JACUSTOMER-14spxy4q- :

around 2 years

Dr B :

Is it over a joint?

JACUSTOMER-14spxy4q- :

close to one

JACUSTOMER-14spxy4q- :

right above the bend in my finger

Dr B :

Is it soft or hard?

JACUSTOMER-14spxy4q- :

from what I can tell its soft but tough enough that I can't mash it

JACUSTOMER-14spxy4q- :

and I can move it back and forth like a ball

Dr B :

This is most likely a ganglion cyst

JACUSTOMER-14spxy4q- :

thats what it looks like when I compare it to online pictures. The skin is smooth and doesnt look red or irritated or anything

JACUSTOMER-14spxy4q- :

It's just normal.

Dr B :

Here is a link

Dr B :

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ganglion-cysts/DS00767

JACUSTOMER-14spxy4q- :

ok

Dr B :

After you look through the link, let me know what questions you have

JACUSTOMER-14spxy4q- :

OK, one momen

JACUSTOMER-14spxy4q- :

moment*

Dr B :

no problem, I'm here

JACUSTOMER-14spxy4q- :

OK, I used a flashlight to shine from the back of my finger thru the "cyst" and you can see thru it.

JACUSTOMER-14spxy4q- :

will it go away or will a doctor have to remove it?

Dr B :

A doctor has to remove it if it is bothering you. You should see a hand surgeon

Dr B :

If it doesn't bother you you can let it be

JACUSTOMER-14spxy4q- :

Okay. Thank you for your help.

Dr B :

you are welcome

Dr B :

let me know if you have more questions or concerns

JACUSTOMER-14spxy4q- :

Thank you and have a nice day! =]

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