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Re: PRP injections are regenerating my knee cartilage & ligaments
« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2009, 06:12:17 PM »
Hi guys,

I am scheduled for my first PRP injection on March 26th.  I have severe patellar tendinosis to where my bad tendon is 3 times wider than my good side.  My OS says I am the best candidate he has ever had for this procedure and has high hopes that it will be a success.  They told me they only do up to 2 injections if the first one isn't quite as good as the final result could be.  He said if I am 40% or less better, then they will do the 2nd one.  If I am better than that, then hopefully i will feel better soon!  So we'll see.  I have done a lot of research on this procedure and it sounds great!  I can't wait to see if my tendinosis will improve!  I have RSD/CRPS as well as the severe knee pain.  So once the tendon pain is gone or improved, I hope to be able to walk without crutches or a cane!  I am only 27 years old! 

Farrah
11/16/10 Fulkerson TTT, chondroplasty, LR (Left Knee)
11/17/09 SCS re-implant
7/29/09 I&D
5/7/09 SCS removal b/c of MRSA
12/15/08 & 2/6/09 SCS Revision
10/30/08 Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantation
6/27/08 diagnosed with RSD
1/8/08 Fulkerson TTT, chondroplasty, LR (Right Knee)

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Re: PRP injections are regenerating my knee cartilage & ligaments
« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2009, 05:28:12 AM »
Hi guys,

I am scheduled for my first PRP injection on March 26th.  I have severe patellar tendinosis to where my bad tendon is 3 times wider than my good side.  My OS says I am the best candidate he has ever had for this procedure and has high hopes that it will be a success.  They told me they only do up to 2 injections if the first one isn't quite as good as the final result could be.  He said if I am 40% or less better, then they will do the 2nd one.  If I am better than that, then hopefully i will feel better soon!  So we'll see.  I have done a lot of research on this procedure and it sounds great!  I can't wait to see if my tendinosis will improve!  I have RSD/CRPS as well as the severe knee pain.  So once the tendon pain is gone or improved, I hope to be able to walk without crutches or a cane!  I am only 27 years old! 

Farrah

Very exciting!  Can I ask what you have done to this point?  Why is it only now you are pursuing PRP? 

Please keep us informed.  I really want to know the results of others.

Ben

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Re: PRP injections are regenerating my knee cartilage & ligaments
« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2009, 01:41:14 PM »
Hi Ben, I have a very long history!  Long story short, I had a Fulkerson TTT in Jan of 2008 which resulted in RSD/CRPS.  So most of my pain has been blamed on that.  Well after having a spinal cord stimulator implant and some of my RSD pain improved, I knew that my knee pain was an orthopaedic issue and refused to go back to physical therapy until they examined me.  So they did and found the tendinitis.  I have a lot of other problems in my knee, but hopefully this PRP procedure will help the tendinitis and then we can go from there.  I am just thrilled with the idea that I may be able to walk again 10days-4 weeks after the procedure!  Most of my walking pain is from my tendon. 

I will keep you posted!

Farrah
11/16/10 Fulkerson TTT, chondroplasty, LR (Left Knee)
11/17/09 SCS re-implant
7/29/09 I&D
5/7/09 SCS removal b/c of MRSA
12/15/08 & 2/6/09 SCS Revision
10/30/08 Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantation
6/27/08 diagnosed with RSD
1/8/08 Fulkerson TTT, chondroplasty, LR (Right Knee)

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Re: PRP injections are regenerating my knee cartilage & ligaments
« Reply #18 on: March 18, 2009, 03:00:15 PM »
Farrah,

Have you considered the Regenexx injections (bone marrow stem cells)? It is expensvie but far more powerful than the PRP or prolotherapy? Maybe you don't need the Regenexx though unless your issue is inside the joint?
Left knee - 1997 debridement, 1999 trochlea paste graft / microfracture), 2002 IAGH injections, 2005 plica and synovium removal, 2009 Regenexx injections
Right knee - 1997 debridement, 2000 trochlea paste graft, 2004 IAGH injections, 2008 Regenexx injections

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Re: PRP injections are regenerating my knee cartilage & ligaments
« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2009, 10:16:58 PM »
rob, the Regenexx has not been offered to me.  I am not sure if that's b/c I am not a good candidate or what.  My pain is from my patellar tendon mainly, but I also have chondramalacia which causes some of the pain.  I haven't researched Regenexx at all, just PRP.  I guess Regenexx could be the next plan?? 
11/16/10 Fulkerson TTT, chondroplasty, LR (Left Knee)
11/17/09 SCS re-implant
7/29/09 I&D
5/7/09 SCS removal b/c of MRSA
12/15/08 & 2/6/09 SCS Revision
10/30/08 Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantation
6/27/08 diagnosed with RSD
1/8/08 Fulkerson TTT, chondroplasty, LR (Right Knee)

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Re: PRP injections are regenerating my knee cartilage & ligaments
« Reply #20 on: March 20, 2009, 08:58:18 PM »
Hi Farrah,
I have had two prp injections into the patella tendon and it has helped alot! I hope they work for you. Please let me know if you have any questions. -Summer

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Re: PRP injections are regenerating my knee cartilage & ligaments
« Reply #21 on: March 20, 2009, 11:09:58 PM »
Summer, how is the soreness afterwards?  Is it possible I may feel okay enough to go to a doctors appt the day after?  Does it feel like a cortisone shot or a Euflexxa (synvisc) injection afterwards?  I just had a day of soreness after those procedures.  Thanks!

Farrah
11/16/10 Fulkerson TTT, chondroplasty, LR (Left Knee)
11/17/09 SCS re-implant
7/29/09 I&D
5/7/09 SCS removal b/c of MRSA
12/15/08 & 2/6/09 SCS Revision
10/30/08 Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantation
6/27/08 diagnosed with RSD
1/8/08 Fulkerson TTT, chondroplasty, LR (Right Knee)

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Re: PRP injections are regenerating my knee cartilage & ligaments
« Reply #22 on: March 20, 2009, 11:23:50 PM »
Hi Farrah,
The soreness is more than the Synvisc injection. I think you should be able to go to a Dr.'s appt. the next day. For me, I have been feeling more pain than others with this injection. I don't know why. But they say for at least a few days afterwards it hurts for most people. I have to take Vicodin after the shots. But its worth it cause the shots have worked for me. Are you experiencing alot of pain in your tendon? I have been following your story on this site. I hope the shots help you. Where are you going to get them done? -Summer

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Re: PRP injections are regenerating my knee cartilage & ligaments
« Reply #23 on: March 22, 2009, 02:12:02 AM »
hi Summer,

I have a lot of pain in my tendon which is causing some walking issues and have had to use a cane for a long time.  I am getting them done at my OS's office with a doctor that was trained to do the procedure.  He's had huge success with everyone he has performed the procedure on. 

I am dealing with an infection from my last spinal cord stimulator surgery for my RSD and have a fever and upset stomach as well as very very tender and constant pain on my back and it's very very hot to touch. 

So have to go rest now.  Good night!

Farrah

11/16/10 Fulkerson TTT, chondroplasty, LR (Left Knee)
11/17/09 SCS re-implant
7/29/09 I&D
5/7/09 SCS removal b/c of MRSA
12/15/08 & 2/6/09 SCS Revision
10/30/08 Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantation
6/27/08 diagnosed with RSD
1/8/08 Fulkerson TTT, chondroplasty, LR (Right Knee)

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Re: PRP injections are regenerating my knee cartilage & ligaments
« Reply #24 on: March 22, 2009, 09:07:49 AM »
Hi Farrah,
Sorry you are not feeling well. I hope the shot works for you. When are you getting it done? Since you are already pretty hurting on the tendon your pain will increase in the beginnning of the shot which is normal. Then you should start feeling better. The shot starts an inflammatory process. There will be times when your tendon will feel completely pain free and then the next day it hurts a little which is normal too. I guess when the pain increases its a sign that the shot is working which is what the Dr. told me. I just had my 3rd shot last week and am in more pain than the other two. I am limping from the pain this time. I don't know why. But I'm hoping its a sign its working! Hope you feel better and let me know how it goes. -Summer

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Re: PRP injections are regenerating my knee cartilage & ligaments
« Reply #25 on: March 23, 2009, 06:38:41 PM »
How are you all doing?  My name is Chad, im 32 years old and I have trouble walking.  I have severe osteo-arthritis in both my knees and both my ankles.  I have recently taken an MRI and it shows that I have bone on bone, zero cartilage at all in both ankles and my knees.  I have severe pain in my ankles when I walk.  It feels like someone is stabbing me with a knife when I walk.  The pain started when I was 25 yrs. old and now it is at the point where I cant even deal with it anymore.  I am in such excrusiating pain when I walk, I have a 3 year old daughter and I cant even keep up with her.  It makes me so upset that I cant run with her, play with her.  I cant run at all at the moment, have trouble walking, bending, my knees crack, crunch and give out easily, walking down stairs or going up really is difficult for me.  Also at night when I lay down, I feel pain in my ankles too.  I have seen a knee specialist here in NY where I live and he suggested the PRP injections in both ankles and my knees.  So I am going to go in for my first treatment soon.  I am very excited to say the least.  I came across this website and thread about the PRP injections and after reading this I hope that I will benefit from these injections.

My question is how long does it usually take to see positive results with the PRP injections, and are the injections painful at all afterwards?  With someone in my situation with zero cartilage in the knees and ankles how many shots would I need to receive and would HGH help me at all?  Thanks alot.
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Re: PRP injections are regenerating my knee cartilage & ligaments
« Reply #26 on: March 30, 2009, 02:05:09 AM »
How are you all doing?  My name is Chad, im 32 years old and I have trouble walking.  I have severe osteo-arthritis in both my knees and both my ankles.  I have recently taken an MRI and it shows that I have bone on bone, zero cartilage at all in both ankles and my knees.  I have severe pain in my ankles when I walk.  It feels like someone is stabbing me with a knife when I walk.  The pain started when I was 25 yrs. old and now it is at the point where I cant even deal with it anymore.  I am in such excrusiating pain when I walk, I have a 3 year old daughter and I cant even keep up with her.  It makes me so upset that I cant run with her, play with her.  I cant run at all at the moment, have trouble walking, bending, my knees crack, crunch and give out easily, walking down stairs or going up really is difficult for me.  Also at night when I lay down, I feel pain in my ankles too.  I have seen a knee specialist here in NY where I live and he suggested the PRP injections in both ankles and my knees.  So I am going to go in for my first treatment soon.  I am very excited to say the least.  I came across this website and thread about the PRP injections and after reading this I hope that I will benefit from these injections.

My question is how long does it usually take to see positive results with the PRP injections, and are the injections painful at all afterwards?  With someone in my situation with zero cartilage in the knees and ankles how many shots would I need to receive and would HGH help me at all?  Thanks alot.

Frustrating story.  My ankles were shot also but worse than you but knees hardly at all.

Anything you do to rebuild cartilage is going to help.  My own results, as you have read, lead towards HGH but have had PRP treatments also.  Yes it will work even if you walk on it from day 1.  My right ankle was injected and started feeling a difference in 1 week even though I was walking on it constantly.  It has been 4 months and the pain is nonexistant in the joint.  However, as you read, I am going through prolotherapy and I have ligaments to repair still you may not depending upon your underlying issue. 

Get to the bottom of your OA!  Dig until you figure it out.  As for me, I had Hemochromatosis (high iron) and that causes arthritis. 

Don't live with what you are going through.  You have a doctor who is open and start getting injections!  However, don't stop learning.  I read up on this stuff for at least an hour a week.  I learn new things all the time.

Referencing HGH, I am no doctor and can only go off of my results.  I suspect HGH at 5 mg per shot in 1 joint would take roughly 10 shots to fully reform your cartilage over a period of a year.  Expensive?  Yeah but look at the alternative.

Ben
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Re: PRP injections are regenerating my knee cartilage & ligaments
« Reply #27 on: March 30, 2009, 02:21:49 AM »
Summer, thanks so much for the information!  I am still struggling with this infection in my back and will be going to the local hospital tomorrow for some tests and hopefully proper treatment.  For now, I have temporarily set up my first PRP injection for this coming Thursday, but it depends on the treatment and results of my infection.  They don't want to start the PRP treatments until the infection is cleared up.  UGH!  I told my OS that it sucks that my ability to walk without my cane depends on my stupid infection!  I can't wait to get rid of my cane.  It really bothers me that for so long, much of my pain has been from tendinitis!  RSD is a lot of it too, but without the tendinitis, I could probably be back to sports by  now.  Maybe...but maybe wishful thinking. 

For everyone else going through this, good luck!

Farrah
11/16/10 Fulkerson TTT, chondroplasty, LR (Left Knee)
11/17/09 SCS re-implant
7/29/09 I&D
5/7/09 SCS removal b/c of MRSA
12/15/08 & 2/6/09 SCS Revision
10/30/08 Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantation
6/27/08 diagnosed with RSD
1/8/08 Fulkerson TTT, chondroplasty, LR (Right Knee)

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Re: PRP injections are regenerating my knee cartilage & ligaments
« Reply #28 on: March 31, 2009, 05:10:36 PM »
Well I had my first PRP injection in my left ankle yesterday, ;D Mon. March 30th 2009.  And I have to say the injection was Extremely painful.  After the injection I was not able to walk on it for an hour and I just hung out in my OS's office until I felt I could make it out to my car.  I was able to walk on the ankle later that night, but it is a little sore today as well.  Otherwise I feel great, listen if its gonna help me walk again like a normal human being, the pain of the injection is a non-issue for me.  I am very excited to say the least, and I hope it will help me.  If it does, Im going to go back and do my right ankle and both my knees.  I was also very happy because my insurance is covering the shots, they said I can have as many shots as I like as long as it's one shot per day.  My OS says all I will need is probably 2 shots, anything more is overkill. I asked him about the HGH injections and he said that he never heard anything about it in regards to healing cartilage.  So im going to do some more research on it before I proceed with it, whether its through him or on my own.  Anyway I will keep you all posted on my recovery, Thanks,
Chad-

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Re: PRP injections are regenerating my knee cartilage & ligaments
« Reply #29 on: March 31, 2009, 06:24:46 PM »
My PRP will be cancelled for who knows how long!  I have a pretty serious infection from my last spinal cord stimulator surgery on February 6.  IV antibiotics for 28-42 days.  Had two days of it already.  It's a mess.  I need to talk to the doctor and see if the PRP will be affected by the infection...probably not a good thing to do right now, but have to ask! 
11/16/10 Fulkerson TTT, chondroplasty, LR (Left Knee)
11/17/09 SCS re-implant
7/29/09 I&D
5/7/09 SCS removal b/c of MRSA
12/15/08 & 2/6/09 SCS Revision
10/30/08 Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantation
6/27/08 diagnosed with RSD
1/8/08 Fulkerson TTT, chondroplasty, LR (Right Knee)