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Re: Trying Supartz for a second time
« Reply #15 on: April 07, 2008, 07:10:34 PM »
Tell the OS to find a good spot or you will kick him.   I always tell my OS that and he cracks up.. once he moved to the other side to avoid a kick

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Re: Trying Supartz for a second time
« Reply #16 on: April 07, 2008, 07:51:17 PM »
Actually it was the Physician's Assistant at my rheumatologist's office. The last time I had SUpartz, my OS did it. Either way, they'd probably crack up too if I said that. On Friday afternoon, I moved before the lidocaine and almost kicked the bottle off the examining table where I was lieing down which if I had, she told me I would've caused a huge explosion! I now have a nice bruise where the injection was on the knee and at this very moment, my knee is throbbing.  Fun, fun, fun......not!
Caroline
Chronic low platelet count
Men. surgery, both knees 2003,2007,2008
R PKR Sept. 17, 2008 - Biomet Oxford Partial
LK-TKR 4/21/2010 Biomet Vanguard Signature Knee
Scar tissue issue next to TKR knee
March 2, 2011: PKR to be revised to a TKR

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Re: Trying Supartz for a second time
« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2008, 09:50:49 PM »
they are really painful but i did deep breathing and visualization , i also went home and elevated and iced, i didnt move for the rest of the night, also took motrin for the pain and  swelling, good luck, moon
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Re: Trying Supartz for a second time
« Reply #18 on: April 07, 2008, 09:58:04 PM »
I went home (it was late Friday afternoon), got into my pajamas (not kidding) and rested on my bed, ice on my knee, for a couple of hours, with my laptop on. At one point, the door bell rang. I was the only one home so I got up to see who it was. It was my son who likes to ring the door bell to the locked door even when he has the house key. He apologized for making me get up and told me to go back to bed. He was quite solicitious after that.
My husband, who went with me to the appointment and whom I clutched during the worst of the pain, was quite shocked by the size of the main needle and by the fact that the needle goes all the way into the knee. I don't look while it's been done but I could tell that was what was happening. He's not coming with me  for thr next shot pn Friday and my sister said I should bring a teddy bear or something sweet to clutch when the pain comes, lol. I do have my oldest son's stuffed Ernie that went every where with him back in 1982-83 but I think Ernie will probably stay home. I could somehow also try and remember some Lamaze breathing I learned, although I ended up have csections, lol.
Caroline
Chronic low platelet count
Men. surgery, both knees 2003,2007,2008
R PKR Sept. 17, 2008 - Biomet Oxford Partial
LK-TKR 4/21/2010 Biomet Vanguard Signature Knee
Scar tissue issue next to TKR knee
March 2, 2011: PKR to be revised to a TKR

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Re: Trying Supartz for a second time
« Reply #19 on: April 07, 2008, 11:16:52 PM »
I go for the squished eyes holding the arms of the chair  route .. .  also I hate it when they take my blood pressure before the shot.. It is always up.. I am always tense..  My OS said I am a pro at them.  Did better than some of the army guys that come into his office.   

I even asked him to give me a new cyro cuff before we started the Nov batch.  My OS ever the thoughtful one .. said if his surgery center didnt have one he would bring the one he had from his hip surgery from home.

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Re: Trying Supartz for a second time
« Reply #20 on: April 08, 2008, 02:26:23 AM »
With my first set of Supartz shots, I sat on a chair. This time I lay on an upholstered examining table with my legs out in front of me. I purposefully wore sweat pants so I wouldn't have to get changed while there into a lovely gown. And I was told I was tensing up my leg which is a natural reaction to the pain, so I was told. When the nurse took my BP before the shot, the cuff was hurting my arm from my shoulder arthritis and I said Ow. SHe didn't tell me what the reading was, but I guess it was okay enough for them to do the shot. That same nurse usually tells me people's BPs are up when they're in pain.
 
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Chronic low platelet count
Men. surgery, both knees 2003,2007,2008
R PKR Sept. 17, 2008 - Biomet Oxford Partial
LK-TKR 4/21/2010 Biomet Vanguard Signature Knee
Scar tissue issue next to TKR knee
March 2, 2011: PKR to be revised to a TKR

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Re: Trying Supartz for a second time
« Reply #21 on: April 11, 2008, 10:20:25 PM »
I had shot#2 of SUpartz today,Thankfully, the shot was about 1/10th as painful as last week’s shot. PA says it was because the knee isn’t as damaged in that spot as last week’s shot spot! I am very grateful because my right knee (and actually all my joints) have been really achy today due to an upcoming 3 days worth of rain storms coming in. I even took an extra Celebrex this AM and it didn’t help much. Now on to next week again…
Caroline
Chronic low platelet count
Men. surgery, both knees 2003,2007,2008
R PKR Sept. 17, 2008 - Biomet Oxford Partial
LK-TKR 4/21/2010 Biomet Vanguard Signature Knee
Scar tissue issue next to TKR knee
March 2, 2011: PKR to be revised to a TKR

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Re: Trying Supartz for a second time
« Reply #22 on: April 12, 2008, 05:18:21 AM »
i am glad you are thru the first two.  hopefully the first one went into the most danaged spot and the rest of the injections won't be too painful.  i hope they bring you relief and are worth what you are going thru.  they sound miserable.
take care of you.
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Re: Trying Supartz for a second time
« Reply #23 on: April 12, 2008, 11:02:02 PM »
i know they are horrible, but theydid buy me years before i had to go through this, i did have a focus point it, stared at and held it while deep breath , it is very hard to not tense up but try really hard not to tense, dr says that makes it worse, i also was on ultram at the time and took it an hour before i went in and if i had a nerve pill i took that to,  take care and let ice and elevation be your best friend, denise PS does the whirlpool help with it at all? we are gutting our bath room for a whirlpool also, any suggestions? everyone says a regular size one, but jets or the bubbly thing? think ill go lay in them LOL get a visual on that!
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Re: Trying Supartz for a second time
« Reply #24 on: April 13, 2008, 12:42:39 AM »
We have enjoyed having the jet tub. I like it especially for my neck and shoulders aches. My knees like it too but not as much as my neck and shoulders. My husband, who doesn't have arthritis or orthopedic issues except when he overdoes something, loves it more than I do. When we remodeled our master bathroom 4 years ago, we chose the Kohler 8 jet regular size tub. It was, at the time, their cheapest jetted tub. It think it was about $650 then at Home Depot. I don't know if it's still available but we were on a limited budget in an extremely limited space (this bathroom is very small) but it's been worth every penny we paid for it!
I took Ultram once and it made me feel nuts so I haven't taken it again. I wouldn't be able to drive if I took it before the appointment, although my husband drove me the first time. This past shot, I was chatting with the PA at the time and since the pain was so much less than last time, I only distracted myself a couple of times by saying [ouch, just got up to check what my cats were growling at through the window, and that killed my knee] "lalalalalalala."
3 more shots to go and hopefully the pain level won't be too bad again.
Caroline
Chronic low platelet count
Men. surgery, both knees 2003,2007,2008
R PKR Sept. 17, 2008 - Biomet Oxford Partial
LK-TKR 4/21/2010 Biomet Vanguard Signature Knee
Scar tissue issue next to TKR knee
March 2, 2011: PKR to be revised to a TKR

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Re: Trying Supartz for a second time
« Reply #25 on: April 25, 2008, 09:30:25 PM »
Just had Supartz shot #4. Not too terrible even though she did it again in the area where it hurt A LOT with shot #1. She said she couldn't do it again in the other area because it was quite bruised there still from 2 shots in a row there. We were chatting and she told me she sees a lot of patients who have had partial knee replacements who find out 2-3 years later, they need a total knee replacement. So now I'm wondering what to do. In any event, I'm not going to be doing anything soon and will cross that bridge when I come to it!
Last Tuesday night I went down the stairs and realized my knee didn't hurt. But then later, of course, it hurt. So maybe there has been a little progress.
Caroline
Chronic low platelet count
Men. surgery, both knees 2003,2007,2008
R PKR Sept. 17, 2008 - Biomet Oxford Partial
LK-TKR 4/21/2010 Biomet Vanguard Signature Knee
Scar tissue issue next to TKR knee
March 2, 2011: PKR to be revised to a TKR

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Re: Trying Supartz for a second time
« Reply #26 on: April 26, 2008, 10:12:41 PM »
I go to the OS on may 9.   I think round 3 on spuartz is on the way..  My knee feels pretty good. I went walking for an hour.. and wished I had less pain..  So I guess I will get them again..  There is no charge per say ..only to the insurance carrier.   My bones today went click click.sounded pretty strong snap crackle.. no pain..

off to go running around ..  now..  .. I waited three years to feel as good as I am feeling lately.

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Re: Trying Supartz for a second time
« Reply #27 on: April 26, 2008, 10:16:47 PM »
Every once in a while (maybe every other day), I move my leg and I can feel that sick bone on bone action. My knee also cracks quite often when I bend it. It hurts and feels odd. Hoping that will lessen with the last of the Supartz shots next week. Obviously you've had good luck with them! I paid about $36 with our insurance for each of the shots I've had so far (haven't gotten a bill yet but I can see the claims on my health insurance company's web site). It always bothers me that the claims call shots (be it cortisone or SUpartz) surgery!
Caroline
Chronic low platelet count
Men. surgery, both knees 2003,2007,2008
R PKR Sept. 17, 2008 - Biomet Oxford Partial
LK-TKR 4/21/2010 Biomet Vanguard Signature Knee
Scar tissue issue next to TKR knee
March 2, 2011: PKR to be revised to a TKR

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Re: Trying Supartz for a second time
« Reply #28 on: May 05, 2008, 06:24:23 PM »
Between shot #4 and #5, my knee was feeling better-even on stairs. Then a week ago tomorrow (last Tuesday), I tripped on my laptop wire going from the laptop to the wll outlet and managed to twist but not fall. My knee has been hurting ever since, right where I still have a small meniscus tear. I'm afraid I may have torn it more.  I had my 5th shot this past Friday and I mentioned the pain. So we're hoping I didnt do anything to it. I go back in 4 weeks for a follow up and if it still hurts, we'll discuss it more.
Caroline
Chronic low platelet count
Men. surgery, both knees 2003,2007,2008
R PKR Sept. 17, 2008 - Biomet Oxford Partial
LK-TKR 4/21/2010 Biomet Vanguard Signature Knee
Scar tissue issue next to TKR knee
March 2, 2011: PKR to be revised to a TKR

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Re: Trying Supartz for a second time
« Reply #29 on: May 07, 2008, 10:39:50 PM »
Check this out....hope it works!!!  Have you heard of this before?

Researchers study new ways to treat damaged tendons
Updated: 4/3/2008 2:46:12 PM
By: Ivanhoe Broadcast News Service
Researchers are studying new ways to treat damaged tendons and other parts of the musculoskeletal system. Allan Mishra, M.D., from Stanford University Medical Center, has been studying platelet-rich plasma to heal the pain associated with tennis elbow.
Platelet-rich plasma is derived from a patient's own blood. Mishra draws a patient's blood and simply spins it down in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the platelet-rich plasma. Once it's separated, the platelet-rich plasma is drawn into a syringe and injected back into the patient near the injured area. In the initial studies, the platelet-rich plasma was injected into the damaged tendons of elbows -- and then knees.
Tendons aren't the only body parts Mishra thinks platelet-rich plasma will help. His research team plans to soon start a study looking at platelet-rich plasma as a way to regenerate cartilage in the knee.
Because the platelet-rich plasma comes from a patient's own blood and can be done as an outpatient procedure, there are no risks of disease contamination or rejection involved with the procedure.


Hollie