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lump on my wrist

I have a medium sized lump on the posterior aspect of my right wrist, almost in line with my index finger, it's neither soft, nor hard just somewhere in between. It has been there for about 3 years but never caused any problems before but now sometimes it's painful to lift heavier objects. It usually grows then goes away for a while just to come back even larger. I read that it could be a ganglion cyst and that you can make it go away by smashing it with a book, it worked for the first time but now doesn't. I don't really have time to go to the doctor with it(university+work) so i would like to ask you, do i have to worry about it?
thank you:)
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A ganglion or ganglion cyst arises due to repetitive use of joint or due to rheumatoid arthritis or sometimes without a cause too. It is usually a swelling in the tendon of a muscle. Please do not smash it with a book. It will cause more harm than good. Usually no treatment is required unless it becomes painful. It can be surgically removed then.  
Please consult your doctor regarding this. Hope this helps. Take care!

The medical advice given should not be considered a substitute for medical care provided by a doctor who can examine you. The advice may not be completely correct for you as the doctor cannot examine you and does not know your complete medical history. Hence this reply to your post should only be considered as a guiding line and you must consult your doctor at the earliest for your medical problem.
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When I was 17 i dislocated my thumb from my wrist now I'm 29 and my wrist has a lump that is only visible when I bend my hand down and if I move it side to side it pops  its becoming more painful what should I do and what could it be  
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