Synvisc Injections??

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Blueyezs13
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   Posted 2/25/2007 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not sure if this is in the right spot, but I was just told that I have arthritis in my knee, however I also have patella femerol knee syndrome in the same knee, my dr wants to try the above named injections before talking any kind of replacement since I am only 27...anyone had these and if so what was your response to them??

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   Posted 2/25/2007 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
My mother has osteo in her knees and has had a serious of synvisc injections several times in the past. For her, they did 3 injections, one week apart. She got significant relief and got by for several years before having to repeat the process. Soon, she'll be doing it a 3rd time, since she is not a good surgical candidate and knee replacement isn't really an option.

I don't really know much about your specific problem, but I hope that you can find a way to get some relief.
Keah a.k.a. Wormy
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   Posted 2/25/2007 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Blue, this is becoming a number 1 thing to try on peeps that have worn their knees out. It gives them a little cush & lubricate. Alot of people are able to buy years doing this ever so often especially if it continues to work for them. Susie


Blueyezs13
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   Posted 2/25/2007 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the heads up guys, mine isn't bad enough for a TKA yet and I am in school full time so I'm trying to hold off on any kind of surgery that's why we're trying the shots, but it just seems like everything I read on the internet about them seems really mixed, and maybe even leaning towards the fact that they don't work......keep my fingers crossed they work for me!!

Blueyezs13
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   Posted 4/27/2007 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to let ya'll know that unfortunately the synvisc did not work for me. I had an MRI, that came back not normal, but pretty much what we thought. My knee cap is slightly off to one side so we're gonna go ahead and do a lateral release......Gotta love being 27 and going in for #3 on Right knee, after already having 3 on left knee....woo hoo!

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   Posted 5/5/2007 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Blueyezs Hi,

I am so sorry that it didn't work for you.Are they now talking about knee surgery or what?I do hope that you are able to get some relief and please let us know how you are doing.
Curley
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SkyDancer
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   Posted 5/6/2007 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Synvisc is a type of intra-articular knee injection. Synvisc is considered a treatment or therapy, not a drug. Synvisc is an elastic and viscous substance made from hyaluronan which is found in normal joint fluid. Synvisc is injected directly into the knee joint to restore the cushioning and lubricating properties of normal joint fluid. These injections are approved for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee in those who have failed to respond to more conservative therapy. It has been used in treatment since 1970. Synvisc injections are typically given once a week, 7 days apart, over a 15-day period, for a total of three injections. To get the best results, diseased osteoarthritic synovial fluid is typically removed from the knee before the first injection. The currently inject Synvisc into the knee, shoulder and hip. I have had 4 series of Synvisc to my knee. I have also had 7 knee surgeries and that Synvisc saved my knee for 4 years from a total knee replacement. I recently had a total knee replacement.. Take care of that knee. If the Synvisc doesnt help you with the pain, then no harm is done. If it can delay knee surgery then its worth it. Side effects dont often occur, but when they do they can include a rash on your back, calf pain, muscle pain, pain at the injection site, infection from technique. Side effects are rare. Wish you the best
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erin.K
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   Posted 5/7/2007 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bleueyezs13,
I wanted to ask you...you are about my age, do you mean that you have had your knee replaced?  Please say yes! :-) LOL...I oh so want my knees OUT!!!  But at 26y/o I fear I'll be laughed out of the office.
Or did you just have the knees scoped?  Is it from OA or RA?
I do wish you well. 
 
IceDrop...what's your specialty in nursing? (I'm an RN as well) I was specializing in rheumatics when I had to leave due to disability.
 
Take care
erin
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Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. AS. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Kidney Stones (oh joy). Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 600mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections; 6MP 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 20mgQD; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Tigan 300mg; Reglan; LidoDerm; Diazepam 5mg; Rozerem 8mg; Diclofenac; Celebrex; Percogesic; Dilaudid 4mg. 


SkyDancer
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   Posted 5/10/2007 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Erin
My background in nursing is 14 years of chronic pain management, Im a medical malpractice legal nurse consultant. I have the basic 10 years of hospital nursing, worked on the IV team working with intrathecal pumps , PICC lines and central lines. I also spent quite a few years working with severly disabled kids with neurological deficits. Ive been a nurse for 20 years and have been volunteering online in forums like this for 13 years.
I had my total knee replacement at 42 years old. The first surgeon that I saw gave me the "your too young" speach. The next surgeon I went to.. I gave him the story that the first doctor gave me and then I said to him "why should I have to suffer until I get to an age that suits you?" He agreed and did my replacement. These new prosthetics are lasting up to 20 years, but statistically the highest failure rate with total knee replacements happens in the population of people less then 55 years old do to their increased agility. Total knee and hip replacements are among the most successful orthopedic surgeries done...ALTHOUGH, mine was a disaster and I wont do the other knee no matter what happens to it. Some people really do well..and some dont.. and they cant seem to make sense out of it.
I hope that your knee can settle down so that you have a few more years without having to do something drastic. Id give anything to have my knee healthy.
take care
IceDrop
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erin.K
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   Posted 5/11/2007 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow IceDrop! That's a realy impressive set of skills you mastered! I must admit....chest tubes & trachs SCARE THE HECK OUTA ME STILL! LOL...I did become very comfy w/ PICC & central lines. In fact, I eventually prefered THEM to giving oral meds!
Yeah that's very cool...so glad to have you here!
Take care
erin
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Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. AS. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Kidney Stones (oh joy). Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 600mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections; 6MP 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 20mgQD; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Tigan 300mg; Reglan; LidoDerm; Diazepam 5mg; Rozerem 8mg; Diclofenac; Celebrex; Percogesic; Dilaudid 4mg. 


SkyDancer
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   Posted 5/11/2007 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I never cared for working in intensive care..but putting in lines isnt so bad...a skill to master. Ive spent more years having medical problems myself..have had 17 surgeries, a broken arm a broken foot, a grand mal seizure..3 shoulder surgeries, 2 back, 7 knee including a total knee..My past 2 1/2 years have been a nightmare of pain..so I dont feel much like a nurse these days. Working in health forums like this at least gives me some sense of worth. Id be happy to have the pain under control and get back to the life that I once knew. You sure look like you have had your share of aches and pains also. Are you still working? Thanks for that nice welcome.. I look forward to getting to know you also
take care
Sharon
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erin.K
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   Posted 5/12/2007 12:20 AM (GMT -7)   
blah...nah, i had to stop work May 2005. then attempted to go back last August and only lasted a few weeks.
have a disability case pending right now.
i don't know if i'll ever be able to work. i do wish & hope so, but the past 7 years has progressively got worse regarding the RA and complications.
it's a pleasure to have you here!
erin
Arthritis Forum Moderator & Co-Pilot
Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. AS. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Kidney Stones (oh joy). Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 600mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections; 6MP 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 20mgQD; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Tigan 300mg; Reglan; LidoDerm; Diazepam 5mg; Rozerem 8mg; Diclofenac; Celebrex; Percogesic; Dilaudid 4mg. 


SkyDancer
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   Posted 5/12/2007 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Erin
Waiting for disability can be so frustrating..Do let me give you a bit of information just so that you are aware of it so that you dont get yourself upset.. 75% of people are denied on their initial application. 45% of those people walk away and do not appeal this process. The state does that with the hopes that people will just walk away and not continue to fight the process. So, dont be at all upset if you get denied on your first application. It took me 5 appeals to get approved. I got approved in the 5th year...I finally got a lawyer and it really does benefit people to get a lawyer after their initial application and denial. I wish you the very best and hope that they dont take forever getting you approved. I stayed out of work for many years and went back to school and furthered my nursing education..Once I got approved..I never went back into the hospital and have just done chronic pain managament and legal nurse consulting. Its hard feeling that loss of self worth..when I had a booming career. I am not one to believe that things happen for a reason.. I wont bother you anymore on this thread because I dont want to take the attention off of the person who started this thread. I look forward to knowing you and being in touch.
Be well
Sharon
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erin.K
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   Posted 5/12/2007 10:25 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks Sharon.
i know you're right...i already was denied 4 times. this appeal is with the court, in december.
i really do not get upset because i figure that's what they do...try to turn people off. but, i'm so freaking bad-off that i know eventually it will happen. i mean, when you can barely shower???? that's pretty basic.
you take care!
:)
Arthritis Forum Moderator & Co-Pilot
Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. AS. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Kidney Stones (oh joy). Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 600mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections; 6MP 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 20mgQD; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Tigan 300mg; Reglan; LidoDerm; Diazepam 5mg; Rozerem 8mg; Diclofenac; Celebrex; Percogesic; Dilaudid 4mg. 


SkyDancer
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   Posted 5/14/2007 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck with your case. Its so sad that they deny those who need it and then there are those that really dont that get away with bloody murder...The whole system is confusing...
Be well
Sharon
I am a Registered Nurse, who also is a chronic pain patient who well understands the world of living in pain. I have had 17 orthopedic surgeries and am still dealing with orthopedic and neurological complications. My background in nursing consists of Legal Nurse Consulting, chronic pain management, medical surgical nursing as well as intensive care. Ive worked with children with sever neurological injuries and diseases. Becoming a patient really opened my eyes to how people in pain suffer and are neglected by our society..

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