I just had surgery 2 days ago for my ganglion cyst on the top of my wrist. I didnt want to go the surgical route either but after the orthopedic doctor aspirated it, it came back. I should have full use of my hand in 12 days. I wouldnt suggest busting it with a book just because of the locality, you could break your wrist. It is also very painful, as mine was on a nerve. Let me know if you have any questions. Its not that bad, now im just healing. It got to the point where i couldnt use my wrist for much of anything. Good luck. Let me know how u r.