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Synvisc-are there any side effects and did it work for you?
« on: February 25, 2008, 05:32:27 PM »
Hi,
 I was wondering if you have had these, if you got any relief from them? If so, how long were you pain free?  Are there any adverse side effects by having these injections?  Like weaking the cartilage in the knee or anything?  Thanks!
LOA #2 and hardware removal 12/15/08-new cartilage from ACI looks "GOOD"
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Re: Synvisc-are there any side effects and did it work for you?
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2008, 12:51:54 AM »
Hi Casey,

I had the Synvisc injections prior to my Mosaicplasty. The injections helped with the knee stiffness but did nothing for the pain. According to my OS if successful the results can last 6 months to a year.  When I started having problems with my right knee, my OS didn't recommend the injections since they didn't help the left knee. I wasn't told there wasn't any serious reactions from them. You can have some tenderness and swelling at the injection site. You should avoid them if you have an allergy to eggs or chicken feathers. I was told that repeat injections possibly may not be as effective.

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Lt. knee- 6/04 scope and chondroplasty of MFC,11/04 Synvisc injections, 11/05 mosaicplasty, 3/06 scope,LOA and MUA, 1/08 degeneration entire knee, 5/12/08 TKA, 7/21/08 MUA
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Re: Synvisc-are there any side effects and did it work for you?
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2008, 02:03:09 AM »
I've had 2 shots and have 1 more to go this Thursday. All was great until yesterday. But today my once short lived "skinny" knee is not so skinny. And its sore! Dam it! I wonder if I did to much and if tomorrow will be better. I was so hopeful and still am. I'm thinking 30 minutes on the bike and 30 minutes on the treadmill was not smart. But thts why I opted for these shots so I could do that and more.
dislocated patella and chopped off most of chondal 1985
chondroplasty/medial meniscus repair 1996
ACI  quater size defect-surgery failure
lateral meniscus repair2002
chondroplasty, lateral Meniscectomy2006
synvisc & orthovisc injections 2008/2009
drained and cortizone injection 2008

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Re: Synvisc-are there any side effects and did it work for you?
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2008, 06:33:18 AM »
Hi Casey i had both synvisxc and ortho visc i got relief shortly after the last shot with the synvisc abut the orth was another story but then they were trying to buy me time for tkr and that is why the ortho didnt work
i got several yrs of relief from the synvisc
good luck
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Re: Synvisc-are there any side effects and did it work for you?
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2008, 10:08:48 PM »
I didn't have any side effects, thank god. I have heard and read some bad ones. Sorry to hear you had some.
I had synvisc injections  14 weeks ago ( I think). I thankfully am not waking up in pain. That is one of the reasons I tried synvisc. Its horriable starting your day with pain and staying achey all day. As all of us can agree. lol.
I have recently, probably about 5 days ago started to feel the ache again. I'm not sure if I'm over doing it or did the synvisc run its course. I was really hoping to get the full 6 months or more out of it. I am very active!! and at times over do it. I know this. I am an over achiever who has to push the limits. I'm obstinent type. If someone says slow down or do less I do the complete opposite.
Does anyone know if you can get the injects before 6 months. Not that I am interested in getting injections every 3 month but I can't remember having it so good and would consider it. I would have to say about 12 years ago was the last time I remember being painfree. I really like the idea of not having surgery, I have put off surgery twice and now know that was a mistake. Now I wonder am I making a mistake being so active? I posted some of this in the spirtual sections as I am startng to get bummed out, not quiet depressed.
So all this chatter and I haven't helped you mcuh sorry casey. Knee issues really screw up your head. Have you tried Reiki? I know somepeople that have tried it. I'm not much help in explaining it so you might want to google it. Or maybe someone on her knows something about it.
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dislocated patella and chopped off most of chondal 1985
chondroplasty/medial meniscus repair 1996
ACI  quater size defect-surgery failure
lateral meniscus repair2002
chondroplasty, lateral Meniscectomy2006
synvisc & orthovisc injections 2008/2009
drained and cortizone injection 2008

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Re: Synvisc-are there any side effects and did it work for you?
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2008, 11:39:37 PM »
The shots didn't help me at all. The third was extremely painful. The most painful shot I've ever had.

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Re: Synvisc-are there any side effects and did it work for you?
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2008, 10:38:18 AM »
The shots weren't painful and I had no bad side effects. Without question my knee is better off. It's been two months. I'm hoping it doesn't wear off.

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Re: Synvisc-are there any side effects and did it work for you?
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2008, 02:51:16 PM »
Rob,
I was wondering do you notice it still aches with bad weather. I have been keeping a journal and I have noticed that it will ache with bad weather. I started the journal because I have become so much more active that I wanted to see if the activity is what was cause the occasional ache. The ache is nothing compared to what I was feeling before synivisc! It is totaly managable and rarely do I need advil.

 It is amazing how you get used to not feeling pain. I've noticed I'm less tolarent. I think a dull ache is more annoying to me now then the constent pain was before. What a baby I am now. lol.

Its funny you say you hope it doesn't wear off. I think the same thing. I have read on here that it is less affective as you go for more series. I am not looking forward to that.
dislocated patella and chopped off most of chondal 1985
chondroplasty/medial meniscus repair 1996
ACI  quater size defect-surgery failure
lateral meniscus repair2002
chondroplasty, lateral Meniscectomy2006
synvisc & orthovisc injections 2008/2009
drained and cortizone injection 2008

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Re: Synvisc-are there any side effects and did it work for you?
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2008, 02:33:48 AM »
I had five Synvisc injections and on the 6th week, I had an injection of cortisone.  The shots did not work on me.  My range of motion did increase, but the pain, discomfort and swelling were still there.  The only side effect, that I noticed, was for up to two hours after each shot, I had a moderate head ache and was dizzy.  I was told the "benefits" of the injections usually last up to six month.  I knew before taking the shots, there was only a fifty per cent chance they would work.  Lucky me, I was one of the fifty it did not work on.
Left knee scope - June 1991
Left knee hyper extended left  2005
left knee sever knee sprain 2006
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Left knee scope - December 2007
Left knee Synvisc injections April 2008

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Re: Synvisc-are there any side effects and did it work for you?
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2008, 12:48:44 AM »
The Synvisc injections worked GREAT for me, the first series gave me relief for an entire year.  Each series after that first year worked well, but the lasting effects were not as good as the first round.  I started with synvisc shots over 4 years ago.  the last set of injections did not help at all so  I  scheduled a  total knee replacement on tuesday june 24th.

One thing to remember is the synvisc injections can help with the pain, but it will  not improve the damage that has been done to the knee joints.

I had no negative side effects.

cindy
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Re: Synvisc-are there any side effects and did it work for you?
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2008, 04:04:49 AM »
I had synvisc injections two years ago. I had an allergic reaction to it, my right knee ballooned and it was incredibly painful!! It was almost impossible to move my leg. The surgeon I was seeing at the time has used synvisc on many patients and I am still the only one to have a reaction to it . Hope that helps!

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Re: Synvisc-are there any side effects and did it work for you?
« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2008, 01:08:48 AM »
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Sorry to hear of your experience with synvics. That sounds awful. I hope there is a way for you to find relief from your knee pain and from that terrible allergy.

I had 5 months of relief. I am waiting for the next series and hope I have the success I had with my first series. I have found that since the pain is coming back I am a bit cranky. I'm not going to say depressed, but....I am out of wack. My activity level since synvisc was off the charts.  I worked out 5 to 6 days a week. Walking 5 miles and taking a 1 hour boxing class all in one day. I was walking 3 days a week, biking 2 days a week, boxing 1 or 2 days a week, lifiting etc., to having a hard time walking up the stairs and standing on my feet. My family booked a vacation of hiking a whte river rafting in a few weeks because of my success and now I will be going without the benifit of the synvisc. I actualy think this is pretty ironic and funny. Murphys Law...lol

I was totaly living it up while I could. I knew it was going to end and wanted to do all the things I love as much as I could while I could. I had no idea that it was going to put me in this wacked state of mind. I think I wasn't prepared for it to wear off in only 5 mouths. I was expecting it to last 6 to 8 and looking forward to the 8 more than the 6.

It also seems as if I have less tolarence for the ache then I did before. I'm starting to consider should I do certain activities or hold off awhile. I really hate that I am doing that. It totaly has put my in a weird state.

Does anyone understand my physco feelings. I think I'm nuts.  :o
dislocated patella and chopped off most of chondal 1985
chondroplasty/medial meniscus repair 1996
ACI  quater size defect-surgery failure
lateral meniscus repair2002
chondroplasty, lateral Meniscectomy2006
synvisc & orthovisc injections 2008/2009
drained and cortizone injection 2008

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Re: Synvisc-are there any side effects and did it work for you?
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2008, 11:56:23 AM »
It's funny how these injections work for some but not for others.  Some find it painful, some don't....

In my case, I just finished a set of 3 - I had both knees done at the same time.  The injections were not painful at all but I did discuss them at length with my OS and made sure he went in on the sides that were less damaged.

I'm happy to say I am much less pain stricken and walk much better.  It's not a cure for sure but it certainly helped me.  I just finished my last ones last week and I'm very hopeful I can last for some time before doing them again.

Very pleased with the result, and no side effects other than the next day discomfort.

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« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2008, 01:48:23 AM »
OMG I started my second series of synvisc today and everything was fine until I started to drive home. The pain was so sudden and nothing I can explain. It has subsided some (Its been 4hours since the shot). I had such a great experience the first time with some ache after the 3rd shot.
I only got 5 months of relief but 5 great active months. If I get another 5 months I'll be happy but anything less I have to wonder if its worth it and if they will even give me the shots.
Good luck darlp. I hope you enjoy all things you weren't able to withouth synvics. I would suggest bike riding.
dislocated patella and chopped off most of chondal 1985
chondroplasty/medial meniscus repair 1996
ACI  quater size defect-surgery failure
lateral meniscus repair2002
chondroplasty, lateral Meniscectomy2006
synvisc & orthovisc injections 2008/2009
drained and cortizone injection 2008

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Re: Synvisc-are there any side effects and did it work for you?
« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2008, 05:00:37 AM »
I had supartz injections.   I would not recommend biking a few miles a week after the injections.  ..  I got myself into a bit of trouble .. but I followed up with my OS and had a cortizone shot..  Now I am in a happy spot again and expect to be good for another 6 months.  Before my shots every rain storm with send me into tears with pain.    last week a hurricane and I was good. No weather pain. 

If you have bad pain after the injections . Ice is the best thing..     If your pain is great.. call up your OS and see what options he has for you to make you comfortable.

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