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TorontoGirl
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   Posted 2/21/2015 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
For the past 4-5 years, I've been receiving Durolane injections in both knees, about two times a year. I have femoral patella arthritis and degeneration in both knees, with very little (if any) cartilage in left knee. Can't say I had any pain during the injections and usually felt great relief a day or so later in both knees). I was still playing soccer at 52 years old (three years ago)! I preferred Durolane to the Synvisc as Synvisc needed to be injected in each of my knees for three weeks in a row. I also thought the Durolane benefits lasted longer. Thank goodness my benefits plan covered the $900 cost for two Durolane injections!

On Dec 18th, 2014, I went to my Orthopedic Surgeon for my usual Durloane injections, but this time, I passed out from the pain. Couple of days later, my left knee was so swollen and painful I couldn't walk on it. Given the Christmas season, I could hardly walk in the malls. I couldn't stay standing very much to prepare meals, bake, etc. My ankles also became swollen. On Christmas eve, I got in to see my family doctor who said it didn't look infected and I would be ok to travel. On Dec 27th we went to Cuba and the airplane ride made things worse -- swelling and pain seemed worse. I truly could not put any pressure on my leg or even touch my knee. The resort doctor gave me anti-inflammatory drugs and injections in my butt which worked wonderfully! Swelling in my knee, ankles and leg went right down. Few days later, inflammation came back. When we returned on Jan 4th, I went to a hospital in downtown Toronto as i had started developing a fever. Fluid was taken from my knee (on two separate days that week), ultrasounds and x-rays taken. No sign of infection, gout or other concerns noted in the fluid or x-rays. My Orthopedic Surgeon (OS) gave me a cortisone shot in the knee --I lost 6 pounds in a few days! 7-10 days later -- swelling is back! It's not as bad as before, and mornings are much better than afternoons and evenings. Standing for 45 minutes or more making dinner really is painful on my knee though.

My OS had me taking meloxicam (anti-inflammatory) but other than upsetting my stomach, i cant say the pills helped reduce swelling or take away some of the constant pain i feel. My OS says I must have had a bad reaction to Durolane, and there's not much he can do other than knee replacement which he doesn't recommend for another 10 years or so. I cant have an MRI done as I have a pacemaker. My left knee is always so stiff (from swelling) and painful that I walk with a limp and often have my knee either lock or become very unstable, usually causing me to lose my balance.

I went to my family doctor and have asked for another OS so I can have a second opinion. I'm 55 year old woman, eat healthy, have always tried to keep active and I'm starting to get depressed that there's no improvement in sight. It's now been over 2 months since the Durolane injections and I'm so much worse off than before the injections. Has anyone ever experienced this?

fluffy5403
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   Posted 11/13/2015 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
My Rheumatologist recommended Durolane to me to postpone my left knee replacement. I had a shot every 6 months for 3 years. He injected a freezing serum first to numb the area and then the Durolane. His recommendations were to elevate the knee, use ice and anti-inflammatories for 3 days after the injection. Although painful, following his advice, I managed and after a few days, the knee became much less painful and more moveable.
This is in contrast to the Orthovisc injections for 3 weeks in a row administered by my former orthopaedic surgeon with no freezing and jammed in like I was an orange to practice on.
The Durolane is well worth the aggravation but ask before you receive the injection about freezing prior to the procedure.
Get plenty of books, movies, whatever and just rest for 3 day after the injection.
My knee was bone on bone and the shots postponed my knee replacement surgery for 3 years.

Vickio
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   Posted 12/18/2015 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I just had a fourth Durolane shot in my knee. I need a unicompartmental replacement but am trying to put it off as long as possible. The first three gave me six months or more pain free. Quite miraculous. But it comes at a short term price. Each time the initial injection, done by my orthopedic surgeon, was completely painless as he adds freezing. However after about 9 hours, the freezing wears off and turns into excruciating pain, worse than the original issue. I need to use a cane for the first three days, get lots of rest and do frequent icing. Happily I am usually completely pain free within a week.

My surgeon says a number of his patients have this extreme response, a far cry from the mild pain described by the manufacturer. Three months ago, he suggested I try orthovisc, as it is not as viscous as Durolane and might be less painful. There was absolutely no post injection discomfort but it also did not work at all. Yesterday, I had another Durolane with predictable post injection pain. It is really, really awful and I have had years of pain involved with a hip replacement. However, I hope it works as well as usual. My surgeon says either the orthovisc just didn't help my probkem, or else I have come to the end of the road with hyaluronic efficacy.

pain warrior
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   Posted 3/24/2016 7:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I had my Durolane shot on Tuesday at 3pm and I have been in bed ever since .when I do get up I have to use crutches to help me walk...however this is the second time I've had a shot .. the first one was in my right knee and this one was my left.. last time it took three days for me to walk on my own but once things got moving along it was awesome😊 the doctor froze me before he put it in and other than a strange pressure feeling and a bit of discomfort it wasn't too bad. It's after the freezing comes out that the nightmare begins lol! It truly works for me though and it's worth it to have the shots as I can get back to my life afterwards. I think the last time it took three weeks or so for me to get the full benefits but well worth it. I remember calling a friend the first time and I cried on the phone to her because it just hurt sooo bad but she reassured me things would get better. It's too bad that they couldn't keep it frozen until it settled down and wasn't festering any longer...I already am planning another shot in my right knee when needed...I just have to plan on getting lots of rest when I do πŸ’– hope this is helpful and people who are suffering at least can identify wuth one another... I know all of your comments made me feel better πŸ’– thank you 😊

Trixie
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   Posted 4/1/2016 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I am just finding this thread and signed up to chime in.

I had an injection in my big toe joint yesterday and have been in excruciating pain ever since. I even resorted to digging out some of my late mother's old Oxycontin to take (she died of cancer) and the pain persists even through that powerful drug. The actual injection wasn't so bad, but about six hours later the pain really took hold, and it's been persistent for the past day and a half. Am really hoping it subsides soon. The idea of doing this again in a few months .... ugh.

But not sure what else there is to do a about Hallux Rigidus other than surgery.

Andicede
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   Posted 7/1/2016 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I just found this post as I have been in bed since wed afternoon after having a shot of duralane yesterday on my left knee.

The pain is unbelievable and I have never experienced pain like this.

I can not walk and have to use a crutch and a can to walk the 15 feet to the bathroom.

When I asked the doctor of any side effects, he only said don't go swimming. WTH I can not even walk and when I do I am in tears.

I am lucky I have Tylenol 3s because the pain kept me awake.

I am hoping that I will be able to walk by tomorrow, Sat, because I have to return to work on Monday.

All I know I AM NEVER GETTING THIS DONE AGAIN.

The pain is awful and I was not told that I would have this much pain

I got freezing when he gave me the shot but after it wore off, Holy mother of God, pain 15 out of 10.

If not better by tomorrow I am going to the hospital because this does not seem normal at all.

I have been in bed since wed and the pain now is still 9 out of 10

In reading all the posts it seems like I am not alone.


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Kouky
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   Posted 8/16/2016 8:36 PM (GMT -7)   
My mom got durolane injection on both knees 6 days ago, one knee seems to be fine but the other is too painful. The pain is persisting and even getting worse everyday, she is hardly walking on it to go to the bathroom, and when she sits she can't get up because of the pain, so she need to be laying down and not to move it. She was on Tylenol and ice for 4 days and then switched to Advil the last two days and nothing is helping. Tomorrow if there will be no improvement at all I think I will have to take her to emergency as it does not look well at all.

I am wondering what it could be? does not look like inflammation to me since even Advil is not helping.

Post Edited (Kouky) : 8/16/2016 9:39:01 PM (GMT-6)


Andicede
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   Posted 8/17/2016 3:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Update

After a month I still have pain and worse then before I got the durolane.

Went back to the Dr that did it and he cannot figure out why I have worse pain. His comment was well it is get absorbed by yr body in 3-6 months.

eyes

But was a waste of 470.00 and would never recommend to anyone.

Now just working on losing weight and going to physio to see if that will help.

Scared to think that my only other option is a replacement, but waiting as long as I can for that option. Which is to make sure I am at a low weight and strength my muscles to handle it.

Yup very disappointed in the results. shakehead

Andicede
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   Posted 8/17/2016 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Update

After a month I still have pain and worse then before I got the durolane.

Went back to the Dr that did it and he cannot figure out why I have worse pain. His comment was well it is get absorbed by yr body in 3-6 months.

eyes

But was a waste of 470.00 and would never recommend to anyone.

Now just working on losing weight and going to physio to see if that will help.

Scared to think that my only other option is a replacement, but waiting as long as I can for that option. Which is to make sure I am at a low weight and strength my muscles to handle it.

Yup very disappointed in the results. shakehead

jmcmurray
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   Posted 10/25/2016 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Just had my first Durolane shot as recommended by my doctor. I had zero pain with the injection and none since the shot and it's been a few hours. I've read some posts about the pain during and after the shot and maybe the skill of the doctor has something to do with it? My doctor seemed to really zero in on where to put the needle.
I'm 53 and hoping this will help with some pain/strength I have while playing hockey.

Maharet
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   Posted 6/10/2017 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I was searching for Durolane info when I came across this site.
My Pain Clinic Doctor who is a licenced Anesthesiologist and recommended Durolane to me when my xrays came back showing I had OA.
I have been walking with a cane for about a month now as I have no balance without it and it came on very suddenly too.
He said he would inject one knee one week and then the other the next week. Seeing all the posts about pain and passing out and vomiting, I am wondering if it is really worth getting it done.
For me, taking the time I would need to recoup from the shots is lost days/weeks at work, with that I don't get paid. Makes me do a double take about the shots.
Can one honestly say the shots were really worth getting and they did honestly help them?
Just curious.

straydog
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   Posted 6/11/2017 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Maharet, I have had both of my knees done & had success with it. I did not experience any of the things the above posters talk about. They do spray a freezing numbing agent prior to the injection & yes both knees were sore for several days afterwards which is normal. I did the injections because of numerous knee scopes a lot of arthritis & knee replacements recommended. Another thing that is a huge help to me is getting into the pool & doing knee kicks in the water. I sit on a noodle to do this.

One thing I have learned over the years in public forums a lot of people come to forums to write about negative experiences. Even here at HW this happens in all areas of medicine. I look at it this way, the success stories are out there living their life. I suggest that you consider that statement before making your mind up. Also, sit down & explain your fears to the dr, ask questions.

Take care.
Susie
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ritaknees
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   Posted 7/25/2017 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had Durolane treatments in my knees several times. I have had the experience of getting relief from pain pretty quickly and only hurting momentarily as I was injected. However the last two times I was in intense pain after. When it was done about a year ago it took about 8 weeks for the pain to settle. It frustrated me because I had no pain beforehand. A week and a half ago I had both knees done. I have had severe motion restriction in my left knee and a clicking in my right knee I had never had before. The specialist gave me cortisone injections in both knees today. In the past that has resolved pain almost immediately. Today my knees and resultingly my legs are very sore. I will just keep icing them and hoping it gets better. With Durolane it is very helpful to take a day or two after the shot of complete rest to assist it in settling down. It is very confusing because sometimes it is really helpful and sometimes it seems to create a whole pain reaction. My specialist says there is research that says these injections in the knees help to prevent or delay knee replacement surgery.
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