KNEE ARTHRITIS - Injections into the joint :
2nd & 3rd Synvisc...so so to unbearable - - Posted by taxgoddess333 (taxgoddess333), 19 November 2004
Had the 2nd shot a week ago and had a little pain afterward for the rest of the day, but it was fine the next morning. However, I had the 3rd shot yesterday and woke up this morning in agony. The swelling is so bad, it appears an alien has taken up residence just above my knee cap, I have no ROM, and I'm wishing for a pair of crutches. My knee hasn't been so painful since I did the original ACL tear 20 years ago. Even camped out on the couch, I can't get comfortable. As I type, I'm waiting for a call back from the doc. Anybody have any input?
Posted by grannynan (grannynan), 19 November 2004
I had reactions to my 1st and 2nd Synvisc injections. I stopped at 2. My knee swelled hugely (rather alien like!) and the pain and stiffness were incredible. My reactions lasted about a week, but my knee has never recovered the ROM it had prior to the injections. I take it you had no problem with your first injection?
Posted by taxgoddess333 (taxgoddess333), 20 November 2004
Thanks for the reply. The first injection was a breeze, so this has really sent me for a loop. What did you do to handle the pain? The doc gave me vicodin, but it makes me vomit. Likewise for percocet, so I'm trying to tough it out. Really, I have a very high pain tolerance, but I've been in tears on and off since yesterday. And forget about getting any sleep! Yikes. You said your reaction lasted about a week, but you never recovered your previous ROM? Holy @%*. How long ago was this, and what's your status now? I'm so sorry! -R-
Posted by grannynan (grannynan), 21 November 2004
I had my last Synvisc injection September 1st. I was actually scheduled to have a TKR tomorrow, but I've developed a bladder infection (waaaa!), so it's been postponed until December 7th. My knee is quite a mess with lots of bone on bone, so it was just a last ditch attempt to avoid the surgery. My surgeon wanted to delay it as long as possible because I'm "only 51" (I love that!).
I took 2 T3's every 4 hours or so for the better part of a week each time and used crutches. I also used lots of ice, etc.
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