i had one removed from my elbow last winter. it was causing pressure on the tendon and in turn caused some tendon damage. they removed it, tweaked the tendon and I was pain free in 30 days. 30 more days of rehab and i have not noticed any issues since but doc said it may come back. if it does, i am going to let him cut it out sooner rather than later. that way we don't have to fix whatever it rubs raw.
i also have them pop up in and around the finger joints during ice climbing season. never get them during the summer for some reason. must be the cold and such. i do a couple of rounds of dexametasone in march and by april they are cleared up and i am ready for jammin! i have found if i don't do the dex, they just get worse and i have to do it anyway but more of it.
it is so regular that i already have a vial of dex and a handful of 20 gauge, 1.5", 3cc syringes ready to go. when it looks like the ice season is over i will pop myself with my usual dose then again in week. man that is one burning vial of liquid fire to stab yourself with. during this time i do a lot of massage of the affected joints. a month later they are gone and don't come back till mid ice season.
i have osteoarthritis, degenerative disk disease and impingement's in my spine really bad too. c2/3 through c5/6. i used to call it belayer's neck because after a day of climbing belaying i couldn't turn my head for a couple of das and would be in misery. steroid injections and prescription enseds help some. at least keeping me in the game for the moment. meloxicam/mobic is my best choice at the moment for daily treatment. its going to eventually eat my organs out but its better than laying in bed crying and whimpering.
add all that to a pinched nerve at L5-S1, blown hip and bad knee. doc says i am legally disabled three time over and could go on disability and get a handicap tag if i want. i would rather crawl out of bed and go climbing though. some day the reaper is going to finally cash me in though. only thing keeping me going are some specialists that understand folks like us. your choice of doctors is the key!!!!!!
my internal medicine doc is a climber and at the top of his game. my neurosurgeon is a back county skier, cyclist and rugby player. my ortho guy is an avid mountain biker and skier. they are all current or ex heads of departments at university hospitals. they know their stuff and know that telling you to sit on the couch and suck your thumb is not an option. in the past year i have had elbow surgery, rotator cuff surgery, bone spur trim and two procedures on my lower back. have still managed to keep climbing between events. oh yeah, my PT folks are stunning also. had me leading 5.9 five weeks after the shoulder surgery.
p.s. this is not actual medical advice. see a good doc folks and if he doesn't help then try another.