Should I have splenectomy for painful cysts?

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Hi I have had mid left back pain for about a year. All usual back conditions eliminated. They have found splenic cysts. They are assuming these are causing the pain as can’t find anything else wrong with me. Cysts possibly laying on a nerve? I have been told they can’t remove the cysts so I have to decide whether to have my spleen removed. The pain is 24/7 & unbearable & I take a high dose of tramadol, which I can’t do forever. Anyone heard of splenic cysts causing severe back pain? Any advice appreciated thanks

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    I would as you can live a normal life without a spleen, back pain as bad as you say stops you doing a lot of things in life, hope this h
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    I have also had back pain. The cyst was diagnosed 4 years ago. We have monitored it to make sure no growth. But my left side back pain has gotten worse. I didn’t have it removed because I didn’t want to risk surgery or side affects in case they take the spleen. It’s a hard decision. I understand your stress and you are not alone. Hope whatever you decide works for you. 
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