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 06/14/2006 10:02 AM

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CHUBBS1010

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can you please tell me what reactions you had with your synvisc shots? i had my second one yesterday and had reactions with it and my first one. doctor did nothing. reactions this time are severe, chest pains,dizziness,trouble breathing,headaches,sick in stomach, shakey,knee very week and painful and unstable, please respond to me at: tinahaus@pa.net. thank you
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 03/30/2005 04:08 PM

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cmcott

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As I understand it, they are similar products, with a few differences, and made by different drug companies. First, you cannot have syn visc if you are allergic to eggs, but you can have hyalgen. Syn visc injections are a series of 3, one a week for 3 weeks, and you can have a series once a year. Hyalgen can be given up to a series of 5 injections, one a week for 5 weeks, and can be repeated every 6 months. Please note, I am not a medical person, so this is simply my understanding. As a side note if you haven't had either of these before, the injections (for me) have not been uncomfortable. They have not hurt at all (like cortisone does) and mine have not been injected with an anesthetic as cortisone is. I don't even bat an eye going to have them done.
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 03/29/2005 08:54 PM

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thank you for replying to my post ,,, can you tell me the difference between SynVisc injections and hylagen??
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 03/29/2005 11:36 AM

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cmcott

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I have osteoarthritis of the left knee caused from trauma about 25 years ago. I fractured the patella, tore the quadriceps and tore the meniscus. Since then I have had 5 surgeries. Recently, the last year and a half, I had a round of synvisc injections a year ago. They helped quite a bit for about 6 months. Currently, I am having hyalgen injections. We'll see how that goes. Good luck.
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 03/22/2005 07:08 PM

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der

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my husband injured his knee in a motorcycle accident in 1981 ,, his knee hit a steel post at about 45 mph. His knee was shattered, his has no kneecap. He has had 6 surgeries since, some just to clean things out and the last one was a tendon placement to keep his knee in place. That was in '95. He is now having a great deal of problems with it again ,,his knee is shot ,, no cartiledge left. We were at his orthopedic doctors today ,, they dreww 60cc's of fluid from his knee. He has been told that he is too young, and too active to be a candidate for a knee replacement. He is 42 years old. The doctor recommended that he be fitted for a brace - this would help in preventing his knee from popping out and also prevent his leg from turning outward below the knee, anymore than it already has. The doctor also recommended 'chicken comb' injections, which I assume from my research, is the same as Syn-Visc injections. This is all unfamiliar to us and we would appreciate anyone else's input ,, as to what the injections do for you ,, possible side effects, etc. Any info and/or advice would be greatly appreciated ~der~
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 08/05/2004 08:46 PM

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margarita

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Two months ago, I had the series of synvisc injections. Noticed very little improvement if any. Three weeks later, I had not improved and even felt worse. Doc gave me a cortizon shot and I felt super for a day. Now, two months later, I can hardly walk. I am hunched over and am beginning to look for a cane and a handicapped parking sticker. I'm in more pain than I ever was. I am only 52. Have been hearing that Hyalgen is a better product and should have it injected. Problem is I don't know of any doctor in SE Michigan that will do it. Anybody know?
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 08/05/2004 08:38 PM

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margarita

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This is a test
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 07/17/2003 03:15 PM

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MYSweetpea

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I had a lateral release about 11 yrs ago...minor surgery, not bad...depends why they are doing it Judie
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 06/23/2003 03:58 PM

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MYSweetpea

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I am curious, because my Dr. @ the Kerlan Jobe has suggested zi have the injsections, but it seems as though most people posting have had a bad experience with them. I have had 6 surguries on my left knee...and the next step is total joint ( which I am too young for, I am only 42) Any one have any suggestions? Judie
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 04/02/2003 09:22 AM

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Jody1580

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As the originator of this post I feel I should reply with what has happened since my original post. I did not have the injections. About a year ago I began noticing discomfort in my hip and back, as well as my knee. I was compensating for the knee so much that it was hurting my hip and back. To make a long story short I had a total knee replacement in July, 2002. The surgery was not a picnic, but overlooking the surgery and the rehab (10 weeks) I am very pleased with the results. I can now play golf & walk pain-free and my lifestyle has improved tremendously. I was taking Advil like M&Ms for a long time there before the replacement. I want to thank everyone who responded and to be honest the discussion made me make the decision not to have the injections. The responses were more negative than positive toward the procedure so my doc and I decided not to do them. Here's wishing all of you well with your knee situations. Jody
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 04/01/2003 09:50 AM

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Mrsvickyt

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I am about 150# overweight, and have already had the arthorscopy surgery last July 02, now I'm beginning the synvisk shots (this week will be my 1st) My problem is not the pain, I can live with the throbbing pain, but my knee locks up! And I'm unable to walk, I have to use crutches to get around. I've seen 2 specialist in TKR and neither will touch me because of the weight. I'm 43 yrs old, and work a clerical managment position, which is becomeing very difficult for me, since with cructches I can't even carry a notebook to a meeting. Any advice is welcomed.... is there anyone out there in the same boat, I can't see you through the tears... please write!
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 02/14/2003 08:48 PM

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akfr0zen

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This is for mom6kitty, I just had my second Synvisc shot two days ago, and both times, my knee has throbbed that night and a couple of days after, my doctor told me some people re-act like that, but most of them are fine, Has any one had a lateral release? I am curious about it, the doctor is suggesting it, I had my left knee scoped 7 months ago and I am putting my right one off (thats why I am getting the injections) I really don't want to get any more surgeries(who does) I am playing hockey again and finally getting happy again, just wanted some more information thanks Jennifer
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 10/05/2002 07:19 AM

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mjdileo

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be careful with your second series of injections. It might be better to speak with the company who produces Synvic, i had the injections 5 years apart and this time around i was unable to walk to two days due to a possibly sensatively built up to the injections, the pain was severe with swelling and fever. After two days i was feeling much better. The FDA studies from the company were only done on first time users.
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 10/04/2002 05:51 PM

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lbdeharak

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Hi, Did you ever figure out what to do with your knee? Is it any better? i had a similer diagnosis, and am now going for ACI surgery. they took cells out to regrow them, and will be putting them back in in November. Linda
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 08/27/2002 02:55 PM

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Alley_Cat_99

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I understand what you are going through. I have had 4 surgeries on my knee. My first surgery was done at 27 years old and a second surgery 6 weeks after the first. My last surgery I had six things repaired and that was done Dec. 2001. I am still struggling with pain and not able to return to normal activities. I have switched doctors several times and finally found a doctor that I believe is trying to treat my problem instead of the symtoms. The first doctor told be he would see me back in 5 years instead of the usual 10 years and I am to young for a knee replacement. The next doctor said that physical therapy was the answer. This only my knee pain worse. My new Doctor (Dr. Kirk Davis, Toledo, Ohio) has diag. Post Tramatic Syndrome and will be giving the Sinvisc injection. He says there are many other avenue to try but some avenues mean surgery. I have enough surgery but I want to keep my own knee parts as long as possible.
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 07/17/2002 12:33 PM

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Adhara

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Hello, I wonder if there are any other medicines besides Synvics and Hyalgan that can let me recover cartilage in both of my knees. I will have a surgery for kneecaps alignment and the doctor said that he will probably give me some injections of Synvics. I want a medicine that will help me recover my cartilag for ever, I am only 26! I will appreciate if you can help me with some information.
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 07/14/2002 10:30 PM

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pitbull

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I'm 59 years old I had 2 scopes done and then reinjured the knee I had the series .the doc said since the corta,didn't work we could try the synvic,while I didn't enjoy the shots,I did get relief after the first shot.I had them in june and it's amonth later no problems yet,just make sure you shooter uses litocane or something to numb it first,it burns like hell otherwise.I may have to have a replacement.But for now this has really helped.
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 06/18/2002 06:21 PM

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elained

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I received my Synvisc injections over two years ago. Previous to receiving the injections I was in very severe pain and virtually unable to walk. The Synvisc had no negative symptoms for me. The injections made it easier for me to move so that I was able to start an exercise program that was designed specifically for my needs. A year later I walked (not far, but I could walk) without a limp. I rarely felt pain. I think that the relief I felt was a combination of the Synvisc that allowed me to exercise and the exercise that strengthened the muscles in my leg to stabilize my knee. I have started to have some knee pain in the past couple of months. Nothing really bad, just a reaction to some weather changes. Based on my good results, my doctor is willing to give me another series of shots when I feel the need. I am hoping to get through the dry Summer weather with minimal discomfort.
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 02/21/2002 10:12 PM

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Mary16363

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I am a 49 year old who underwent arthroscopic surgery last fall(2001). My doctor told me that I had no cartilage left on the inner part of my knee. He said he could try the synvisc injections but he wasn't optomistic about the success of them since I have no cartilage there to work off. I am in pain constantly with my knee even during the night. Any suggestions?
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 02/20/2002 08:15 PM

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loding16344

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He is the best knee doctor I have seen and seems like he is going all about it right.instead of surgery he has chosen to use a non surgical aproach.His web site is www.arthritisusa.net does any one
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 02/11/2002 09:49 AM

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Lexie16205

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I am looking for information on synvisc.
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 02/11/2002 09:17 AM

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barbara16204

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i had my second shot on friday,in my right knee,i have been in pain since then,it feels like my leg is going to giveout on me,i spoke to drs asst. she said she never heard of this happening before,i don't know what to do or who to call for help in seeing if this is normal reaction,can you help.
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 02/06/2002 10:08 PM

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Kayson16151

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I just had my first synvisc injection about four hours ago. Directly following the injection I experienced terrible pain and I was unable to bend or straighten my knee. When I stood up I was not able to put any pressure on it and then I nearly past out. My doctor said that he has never heard of any one doing that before. Even now, although I have improved a bit, I am still in pain and don't have full ROM. Have any of you experienced this? I am only 22 years old and have had 2 knee surgeries w/n the past 2 years. Nothing has seem to work and it is not looking like the synvisc is a good thing to keep trying. Has anyone found anything worthing of trying?
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 02/05/2002 11:19 AM

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jj

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Me too! Had swelling and reaction from synvisc. That's good advice to ask doctor about neg. reactions. To be fair, this sight has more people with writing about problems. My healthy-kneed friends are not writing in with their success stories. Would love to hear more of those.--jj
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 02/04/2002 06:07 PM

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David16115

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A warning about Synvisc... I just had a very bad experience with Synvisc and found out from some top orthopaedists that this isn't that rare. Read on... I am 48 and have moderate to severe arthritis in my left knee (after ACL replacement) which is painful but manageable and still allows me to participate in active sports like tennis and skiing. A year ago I had a series of Hyalgan injections which had no side effects and gave excellent relief for about 4 months. In preparation for a ski trip to Aspen this year, I decided to have another series to help ensure that the knee was as painfree as possible during a week of skiing. But this time I opted for the Synvisc version... big mistake. Synvisc is the synthetic version of Hyalgan and I had heard that it may be a little more effective than Hyalgan. So about a month ago I started the series of 3 injections. The first 2 injections were fine and my knee was better than ever. However, two days after the 3rd injection, while I was on my way to my ski vacation in Aspen, my knee swelled up to the size of a cantalope and was extremely painful. The clinic here in Aspen, after they drained almost a liter of fluid from my knee, told me that they saw this kind of bad reaction to Synvisc in up to 1/3 of the patients that they had tried it, and that because of that they discontinued using it a couple of years ago. Now they only use the Hyalgan version which they say they've never had a bad reaction to. They say that my knee will recover from the reaction within the next couple of weeks (too late for any skiing!) with no ill effects. I wish I'd known about the bad track record of Synvisc vs Hyalgan... would have saved me a ruined ski trip. Just wanted to pass along the experience and the word from the Aspen clinic (and this is knee central up here due to all the skiing accidents). -David
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 01/15/2002 12:14 PM

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Allison15882

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After mt third shot my knee swelled and the swelling still has not gone down. My knee is hot to the touch. And on the 15 of Feb I have to have major knee surgery. Now I have osteochondralmalacia. Never had this type of problem before synvisc. I am trying to find some answers to my problems.
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 12/27/2001 06:05 PM

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Eric15701

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As i read I have to post a few questions. are poeple getting novicane or some other type of anistisia.... why My doctor told me to take a deep breath and get ready. I had both knee's done on the same day three times. Would like to here from similar good or bad thanks
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 12/27/2001 05:25 PM

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Eric15701

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2 days after my third injection in both knee's. I had to go today and get my knee drained. There was major joint fluid. can't figure it out. I was the small minority who got imidiate relief, after my first shot got out bed with no pain, totally suprised me. know this ... I'm laying in bed trying to gather information now. I just took these injection on the recomendation of my doctor not knowing much about SYNVICS history -ostio. arth. since my 20's . now im 40 6 operations later.
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 12/11/2001 12:29 PM

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Jackie15601

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I'm scheduled to receive synvisc injections in both knees on 19 Dec. Could someone please let me know what to expect on that day. I've already had arthroscopic on the right and 2x on the left. I'm 54 and the Dr. says I'm too young yet for replacements but will certainly have both replaced. This is supposed to buy time. All comments welcome!!
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 12/01/2001 10:59 PM

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jj

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HEY...your reaction sounds like mine! be sure to let your PA dept know your about reaction. My ortho PA said its NOT normal and had to stop. Took over two weeks for swelling to go down. Yours may calm down sooner ...or later. However, by my stopping synvisc there is not any relief, knees are doing badly. Also tried viox, but allergic to that,(among other anti-inflamitories). Now have ultram and a referal to pain management and surgeon appointment in Feb. Again...make sure your medical care people know about your reaction! if you can, write back after your next appoiment. Want to know what happens. Good luck! jj
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 12/01/2001 08:40 PM

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Penne1813

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first synvisc injection in left knee on November 27, the first 36 hours were fine, no problems at all. After that things went downhill very quickly. Had swelling +++, with pain as well as a moderate amount of fluid leakage. Was advisde by the PA to increase Vioxx and do the usual ice thing. It's noe December 1 and even though the swelling has susided partially, I'm still having pain, more than before I started this adventure. Am taking Ultram for pain relief, ut without much sucess. Second injection is supposed to happen on the 4th., now I'm wondering if my reactions are normal, or if I should call the whole thing off?
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 11/26/2001 01:19 PM

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jj

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Good news: finally had authorization for left knee's synvics injection. Bad news: had reaction that caused swelling and major pain. Swelling went down after a couple of weeks, but obviously, cannot finish synvics program. Orthopedic assistant had not seen reaction like that before. Has anyone? -jj
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 10/17/2001 09:14 PM

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Frank15027

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I have 2 tears in the meniscus cartilage. The Dr. wants to try synvic injections rather than "scope" my knee. I am 46 and active. It seems to me that we know its a temporary fix. Maybe I should just get it scoped and forget it. Am I assuming too much regarding the effectiveness of the surgery? I would appreciate anyone's comments.
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 09/30/2001 08:04 PM

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jj

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Also had series of injections recently. took 6-8 weeks to feel any difference. some pain relief, but did not as much as anticipated. was hoping to be able to walk more. sigh. better than nothing. hope you get some relief too.
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 09/30/2001 08:04 PM

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jj

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Also had series of injections recently. took 6-8 weeks to feel any difference. some pain relief, but did not as much as anticipated. was hoping to be able to walk more. sigh. better than nothing. hope you get some relief too.
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 09/29/2001 11:57 PM

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Patty14876

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Ive had 3 synvisc injections and I see no difference yet I hope and pray it will start getting better soon but so far no help at all. I have read it sometimes takes 12 to 18 weeks before there is any improvement. What do you hear on the subject.
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 09/29/2001 11:56 PM

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Patty14876

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Ive had 3 synvisc injections and I see no difference yet I hope and pray it will start getting better soon but so far no help at all. I have read it sometimes takes 12 to 18 weeks before there is any improvement. What do you hear on the subject.
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 09/24/2001 05:37 PM

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Sue14805

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l am getting synvisc in both knee's at one time yomarrow 9 25 01 , l would like to hear a good success story, as l am very nervous and scared, but also tired of daily pain and not being able to walk......please a good story.....
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 09/24/2001 05:36 PM

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Sue14805

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l am getting synvisc in both knee's at one time yomarrow 9 25 01 , l would like to hear a good success story, as l am very nervous and scared, but also tired of daily pain and not being able to walk......please a good story.....
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 09/24/2001 05:36 PM

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Sue14805

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l am getting synvisc in both knee's at one time yomarrow 9 25 01 , l would like to hear a good success story, as l am very nervous and scared, but also tired of daily pain and not being able to walk......please a good story.....
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