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Re: Synvisc-are there any side effects and did it work for you?
« Reply #30 on: February 21, 2009, 07:28:57 PM »
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I had 1 synvisc and 1 orthvisc injection.  Neither worked.  Very bad reactions.  Did not have the 3rd.  I have had continued weakness in my leg, quad muscle and knee since the injections.  I was wondering if anyone has experienced this?  I just realized today I've had this and its been getting worse since the injections.  Any thoughts??? 

Thanks,  Lea

I reposted this here since I am now scared to death that I had these injections.  I just read the post from 3cdgur and read all the information.  GROSS!!  I thought I did research before I got the injection, but I didn't find any of this....... :'(  I am concered about this muscle weakness I am experiencing. 

Has this happend to anyone else?  Thank god I didn't get the third!  I wish I knew all this I would never have had these injections.

Thanks to everyone,

Lea
Injury 4/08 left knee
10/20/09 PFJR, LR
6/25/10 LOA, Synovectomy , MUA
7/7/10 Cellulitis
7/26/10 Staph infection PICC Line IV antibiotics-3 months
8/4/10 Debridement MR LR and Synovectomy
12/10 Allergy Methyl Methacrylate Chemical in Bone cement
3/8/11 Remove PFJR/Cement less TKR with TTO

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Re: Synvisc-are there any side effects and did it work for you?
« Reply #31 on: February 21, 2009, 07:50:12 PM »
I do have some leg weakness and started PT this week.I was very (crazy) active while I was pain free. I had to do all that I could before I couldn't. It was strange thinking like that but it was so nice to do the things I love to do more and pain free.

  If I had not had the most wonderful 5 months with synvisc I would not go for orthovics, but things were so great. I can't not try again. That being said this is my 3rd try with Hylan injections but this time I'm switching brands. If this doesn't work then I will never try them again.

The post by 3cdgur was informative but I think we need to put into prespective that taking a nsaid is also not okay to take daily, or medications such as celebrax. I can't justify talking something long term to help my knee but hurt my liver/kindeys. I am in the process of trying to find more info such as the info 3cdgur found. And I plan on discussing the info with my doctor. The good thing about my doc and his PA, is, they prefer less evasive treatments before anything else.

It was good of 3cdgur to post the info and I will be looking into it further. I thought I did enough the 1st time but clearly as you I did not.


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 #32 on: February 28, 2009, 03:17:18 PM »
3cdguru,
I agree that many Americans want the quick fix and as of lately I want an AX! howeverI am not 1 of those Americans.  I have for many years done my best to not go for the quick fix. Infact at 1 point I hald off a scope for about 10 years as I felt it was a quick fix that would only deteriate my knee more. I am again holding off and trying othere avenues before I have any type of metal or plastic in my knee. Knee injury at 15, 10 years later witha  defect and know I am 38 with some awful OA pain. I feel I have done anything but jump at fixes. Exercise and stenght have been my main fix as keeping my weight down and good quad stenght are very important with knee injurys. But I'm past just that now.
I am alergic to asprin which can be fatal if I take some meds that say "may contain". Also I had liver and kidney failure while i was  pregnent with my daughter so meds that say may cause damage to those organs kinda make me nervous. Thankfully my liver and kidney issue was better a month after delivery but I am still wary.
I was never big into advil/aleve probably because of the asprin alergy but I have to say I have given in in the last few years due to some serious pain. I am a very active person. I am on my feet for 6 to 7 hours with preschoolers, I coaching soccer (and I'm not just a sideline coach), I also set up the fields every Saturday moving goals to locations (I am 1 of the VP's of the league and this is a duty of mine), I was an avid hiker but have recently stopped and am biking 5 to 6 days a weekinstead as well as strenght training 4x a week. I prefer not to stop any of these activites! I will do my best to fight through this but I'm sorry to say that I need some help.
As far as dietery changes I am a very healthy eater I prefer to eat founds rich in vitamins rather than take them so I eat. I have had a form of acupunture and not sure why but I had no benifit at all and very costly as I had to pay out of pocket.
I do apprecitate your post and your thougths. I have searched for more info but have found nothing exept what you have posted here. I am going to speak to my doc about this and I thank you for the heads up. I hope you understand this is not new to me. I don't know why the OA is affecting me so badly right now, ok well I do but I dont' know why I can't tolerate it. I have endured much more than this. I think it is the constent all day pain that is making me very wary and unable to deal anymore. I am sure my life style does not help, but to give it up totaly would be to give up on who I am.
I am sure many of us can say that OA does more than just killing knees.
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 #33 on: February 28, 2009, 03:34:00 PM »
I will be having my third year.. of supartz in my left knee.. on Wednesday  .  If the product did not work for me I would stop it.   To me personally it is a better option than  drilling of bone bits.  Putting some kind of cement  in your bone stock. and hammering and sawing metal bits in.     Dont get me wrong.. I have a lovely knee replacement in my right knee.   

The product is made from Rooster comb.  You know that skin flap on top of the head of a rooster.  They also put this stuff in over the counter face creams and inject it into lips..    and for the time period that someone can be on it. ..   Hey your knee is pretty crap anyway.. your prob on your way to a knee replacement in the next few years.     


If your leg feels weak.  Try aqua therapy.   Muscles can atropy pretty darn fast..    Just don't get discouraged by the zealots who try to place more doubt on you.. Your knee is probally toast anyway and the doctor is trying to buy a little time before he has to chop your body parts up. stick metal in your skelaton.. and open you up to having weaker legs .. since any type of high impact sport would be out of the question..   Falling on your implant .. Not a  pretty thing..  feels like you get hit with a frying pan. 

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Re: Synvisc-are there any side effects and did it work for you?
« Reply #34 on: March 01, 2009, 07:10:54 PM »
3cdguru, I discussed synvics with a friend who did own a pharmacy and now is a specialist in fertility. Anyways he has done some checking and said that he has not found evidence that Synvics contains or is linked with formaldehyde.

Plumb thanks for the advice. Your too funny.....chop up my leg...lol Its been chopped up but no metal yet. lol
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 #35 on: March 03, 2009, 11:37:52 PM »
So my friend kept looking into Synvics and just emailed me that she did find that formaldhyde is used as a perservative and only trace amounts. She said there Formaldhyde is used in many things that we don't even realize. She also said that with the amount the only reason anyone would have a problem is if they are allergic or if they smoke.  She did say she is still searching to see if formaldhyde is in orthovics and believes it is not from her search.

The company I am getting orthovisc is having the pharmacist call me back to let me know if it is used in their project, the nurse I spoke with said to the best of her knowldge no, but would rather the pharmacist let me know because she was not sure.

I really do appreciate your info 3cdguru, I hope orthorvisc will be a better choice for me. Thanks again. Yes pain is guiding my decisions and my limited ability which is very new to me and depressing.

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 #36 on: March 05, 2009, 03:05:42 AM »
I just had my first of five shots today of supartz,  I also had my cortizone shot today.    So by the time I got back to work I was sore and by the time I got home I was uncomfortable.   So I had a loracet.  The pain is now back down.   I did notice what the cortizone did to my sugar levels today.  I was at 152 this morning and after the cortizone I was up over 300. 

So I was chitty chatting with my OS who just came back from Vegas.  The orthopedic doctors have there pow wow each year..   This year the focus was more on Gender hips he said.  Nothing special with knees.  He did say that he sees that total knee replacements will be outpatient in the near future.  I was in the hospital three days with my total replacement of my right knee two years ago.   So the first question out of my mouth was pain control... pain control pain control.   

Than we talked about the comment my GP made about my  left knee.  and how she felt that it should be done .. vs my OS sayingthat doing patch up's cortizone at three month intervals is working for me and while I suck it up at night and after shopping..   I am a pro at sucking it up and dealing what I have right now..    Sure i have my up's and downs and hold back on walking up a storm.   But keeing your natural knee is important and there are risks that are unknown with each replacement.    I mean who can forsee who will have a smooth replacement and who will have an incredible bumpy road.

We also talked about my right knee total replacement and how it is doing as good as can be..  Had a few pinchy moments but nothing I could not handle .. 


I found this today while looking for the doctors office phone number..It is a few snaps of what the office looks like..  No matter how fancy pants it looks the sofa is comfy

http://jamiebush.com/commercial/CurrentElite1.htm

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Re: Synvisc-are there any side effects and did it work for you?
« Reply #37 on: March 05, 2009, 12:18:54 PM »
Are you sure that is your doctors office and not a lounge?

Thats alot of shots! And I had no idea tht cortizone ups your sugar levels. Never would have thougth of 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 #38 on: May 29, 2009, 11:21:08 PM »
I've had my three shots finished two weeks ago and am generally not limping on level ground.....so that's improvement. No problem other than some pain for the first 4-5 days after the injections.
My co-worker (with a lot less arthritic damage to knees) gets the injections and then is able to exercise like crazy (2 hours a day) for the last two years.
I think my OA is too far advanced.

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Re: Synvisc-are there any side effects and did it work for you?
« Reply #39 on: June 01, 2009, 12:07:25 PM »
Your OA may be more painful for you than the next person.   I have had Supartz shorts for three years now on my left knee.   Sometimes it is not about excercising like mad but being able to move and do things.    Go grocery shopping.. do laundry..    These shots are not a magic cure.. but a bandaid to help you do basic stuff.  prior to getting a TKR.    If you look at a few of the horror story diary's and think that a TKR is easy if something goes wrong..  No doctor wants to go in prematurely and have you suffer like that if they can prevent it with a cortizone shot or Bird gibbet stuff and some pain killers..   It is not like your removing a small tooth but a large area of bone that in later years may make you wheel chair bound if not treated in the most effective manner.

The pain of OA is horrible.     Ice is your friend. 

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Re: Synvisc-are there any side effects and did it work for you?
« Reply #40 on: August 02, 2009, 03:21:32 PM »
Thanks for the web site.  Very interesting.  I'll never get it again.  I had a bad reaction.  never got the third injection.

Lee
Injury 4/08 left knee
10/20/09 PFJR, LR
6/25/10 LOA, Synovectomy , MUA
7/7/10 Cellulitis
7/26/10 Staph infection PICC Line IV antibiotics-3 months
8/4/10 Debridement MR LR and Synovectomy
12/10 Allergy Methyl Methacrylate Chemical in Bone cement
3/8/11 Remove PFJR/Cement less TKR with TTO

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Re: Synvisc-are there any side effects and did it work for you?
« Reply #41 on: November 21, 2013, 01:21:39 AM »
Would synvisc or hyaluronic acid injections be effective for someone with chondromalacia patella or anterior knee pain? Has anyone had any experience with this.

Heres my thread where I have written some background on my injury and everything I have tried and nothing seems to help. I am only 23!:
http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=63201.0















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