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Old 08-02-2010, 01:54 PM   #16
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Well, I've finished my round of 3 Euflexxa shots in both knees last week. I could just kick myself for waiting so long! The results for me too are just amazing. The OA in my knees was said to be "moderately severe" in both prior to the shots. I now feel like the OA is nonexistant in my right knee and very mild in the left, and my PM doc said more impovement can still be expected. For the first time in over a year I'm joining my husband and furbabies on their nightly stroll. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the nightly ritual. Maybe now I can drop the extra 15 pounds I've gained since becoming disabled due to the spinal problems.

Once again, many thanks Koot for posting you experience. Had you not I really doubt I would have had the courage to try these injections and start to get part of my old life back! I wonder if they will ever be able to use the Euflexxa on the spine and hands someday??

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Old 08-02-2010, 03:00 PM   #17
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Glad to hear it worked so well. I am getting a second opinion on my knees from a knee doc in the same practice as my spine doc. I think it may be time for a change. And I agree that I need to take off a few pounds developed since I've been sedentary due to spine and back. I'd love it if they could use the Euflexxa in my SI joint!! That's the other big activity preventer.
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Old 08-02-2010, 03:15 PM   #18
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Well, I've finished my round of 3 Euflexxa shots in both knees last week. I could just kick myself for waiting so long! The results for me too are just amazing. The OA in my knees was said to be "moderately severe" in both prior to the shots. I now feel like the OA is nonexistant in my right knee and very mild in the left, and my PM doc said more impovement can still be expected. For the first time in over a year I'm joining my husband and furbabies on their nightly stroll. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the nightly ritual. Maybe now I can drop the extra 15 pounds I've gained since becoming disabled due to the spinal problems.

Once again, many thanks Koot for posting you experience. Had you not I really doubt I would have had the courage to try these injections and start to get part of my old life back! I wonder if they will ever be able to use the Euflexxa on the spine and hands someday??

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Excellent! I am so glad you are experiencing the same good results I am. It's truly amazing what the Euflexxa injections have done for me.

I am playing golf 2-3 times a week, and on days I don't play I'm practicing. That's a lot of activity on knees! But, I have no problems now. I'm working to get my (golf) handicap down to single-digits like it was three decades ago!

My somewhat bowed-out left leg has even straightened up and I walk normal now...without a hitch-in-my-giddyup. I simply cannot imagine ever going back to the way it was with the discomfort and pain all the time. I just wish I had gotten the Euflexxa injections years ago.

I'm wishing that you have the same outstanding results I'm having.

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Old 08-20-2010, 11:52 AM   #19
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Today, August 20th, I received my 8 weeks checkup. The doctor said he did not detect any fluid buildup and he is pleased with my increased range of motion and my normal walk. I asked the doctor about a little muscle tightness I sometimes feel in my upper calf and behind my knee – he said it was because I was more active now and was stretching muscles (micro tears) I haven’t used in many years. He said this tightness would probably slowly disappear over time. The doctor said it was impossible to determine how long the Euflexxa would last before I needed more – that it could last six months, or as long as three years. I am to call when I think it’s time for me to have more Euflexxa injections.

The doctor said that I should not take part in any contact or impact sports or activities, and that includes running or jogging. He said I can play golf and practice as often as I wish...which I'm doing very often. All is good!

I could not be any happier with how my knee feels and what the Euflexxa injections have done for me. It has given me back so much (of an active life) that I've missed over the past three decades. I just wish I had done this a long time ago.

I'm off to the practice range to practice my golf game... BTW, my handicap is now single digits again, which is what it was 30+ years ago when I hurt my knee.

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i wonder if why more folks don't get the shots is because it requires approval from the insurance company. mine was approved yesterday (8/20/2010) thank god. i just have to wait for it to come in and pay the $50 copay and i'm good to go. i had cortizone shots in each knee but didn't seem to last more than a couple days but then my knees are extremely bad. i'll try to remember to log in after each shot to give you all an update.

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Old 08-21-2010, 07:08 PM   #21
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i also had the ACDF surgery. everything seemed ok but when i took xray's in for my 6 week checkup their was 1 screw coming out so after a month, back in the hospital to get it repaired. all seems ok although it didn't relieve all the pain.

 
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Re: Euflexxa (HA) Injections In Knee

My new knee doc is seeking approval as well for the shots. He said he's had success even with resistant insurance companies I'd he does a full write up and request for coverage. Should have changed orth knee docs sooner.
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Koot:

Im new to this board and seeing a hand and elbow specialist on the 18th. How did your CuTS turn out 4 years later? Thanks.

 
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Old 10-01-2010, 03:24 PM   #24
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Im new to this board and seeing a hand and elbow specialist on the 18th. How did your CuTS turn out 4 years later? Thanks.
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I've had one injection of Euflexxa, due to have my 2nd on Tuesday. Before the injection I had constant pain and couldn't sleep, walk downstairs, stand for long periods, etc. The day after the first injection I was walking downstairs like I used to as a young person. I walked 2 1/2 miles today with no pain whatsoever! I cannot imagine how good my knee, back, etc will feel after the 3rd injection. I think I must have been walking funny too, because my back/hip no longer hurt either. Euflexxa gave me my life back. I'm a happy camper!

 
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:42 PM   #26
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I've had one injection of Euflexxa, due to have my 2nd on Tuesday. Before the injection I had constant pain and couldn't sleep, walk downstairs, stand for long periods, etc. The day after the first injection I was walking downstairs like I used to as a young person. I walked 2 1/2 miles today with no pain whatsoever! I cannot imagine how good my knee, back, etc will feel after the 3rd injection. I think I must have been walking funny too, because my back/hip no longer hurt either. Euflexxa gave me my life back. I'm a happy camper!
What took you so long to get the Euflexxa shots? Just kiddin'!

I had my 3 Euflexxa shots almost 2 years ago, and my knee feels great. I'm still waiting for the shots to wear off. No doubt the shots allowed me to use my knee more without pain, and thus I was able to build up the muscles around the knee and in the leg, which helped too.

On a scale of 1 to 10, before the Euflexxa shots my knee was a 2 or 3...and now almost 2 years after the Euflexxa shots my knee is [still] a 9.

 
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Infla, You guys are awesome. JB, I have been perusing some of the old boards and feel like I was watching your journey through these boards. I am looking at a TKR on my left knee, probably his summer, as it is bad enough that I have to use an immobilizer to walk most of the time. I wanted to wait, but I was told in 2005 that I needed it, when a microfracture surgery failed. I screwed around for several years, losing more and more function to pain, but never really thought about TKR again until last year. When I went back they told me I was too young. Six years ago I needed it right then, but six years later I was too young. Since then I have moved to the Twin Cities and have been majorly impressed with their VA hospital. I met a new Ortho guy that tried cortisone and then Hyalgan shots, but he was also pretty confident that my knee was totaled and needed an overhaul. The cortisone shot lasted four days and the Hyalgan lasted almost a month. I called this week and left him a message that the pain is back and we need to move forward. I will turn 39 before the surgery, because I can't do it until my son is out of school for the summer, so I will almost fall into the 40's category.

I was really scared at first, and have chickened out many times, telling myself it isn't that bad, that the immobilizer will keep me moving. Until my son asked if we could go to the State Fair..... Neither of us has ever been to one and we are right here, so close to it. I can't walk, though. I can't play frisbee with him, I can't teach him to ice skate. I can't even help him work on his swimming moves. I needed to pull up my big girl panties and be a mom.

So I pulled them up by the elastic, and went to the first doc but he said I was too young, I wanted to smack the dog crap out of him. He was in his 70's and had one done, he said, it wasn't for young people. I asked him if he could swim and walk and go shopping. He said, "of course". I can't do those things, and in 20 years when I am 'old enough', my kid isn't going to be a kid anymore, and he isn't going to want to play frisbee with his mom.

I went to a different Doc and found one that agreed with me. He looked at the CT's and MRIs and said, "you are bone on bone, damn." I don't care if I have to get a replacement in 15 years, and I don't care if it hurts and sucks for a year, I will be a good mom in a year. So thank you for helping me understand what all this truly entails, and helping me get ready. I am still scared as a squirrel in a blender, but I know what I am facing and what the results will likely be. Rock on!

PS, JB, are you riding that bike, yet?

 
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I received my first of three Euflexxa hyaluronic acid (HA) injection for my osteoarthritis knee on Friday.

I'm curious to know if anyone else has received Euflexxa injections for an OA knee and what the results were.
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Well, I received my 1st of 3 this Monday, 2 days ago. When the shot was administered (one in each knee), it had the same feeling going in as a hydrocortisone shot. The main difference was there was pain about 30 seconds later in each knee that can be best described as alot of pressure. It felt more like it was discomforting versus painful. I tried to get up almost immediately to walk on the knees...DON'T DO THIS! OUCH! The doctor's asst. said sit down for a few minutes which is all I really COULD DO as the pain was very severe standing on them.

They were sore the remainder of the day. I am VERY HAPPY to report (48 hrs later being today) that I am really looking forward to shots #2 and 3 as my normally painful knees are doing much better. I only pray these shots last over 6 months because it can get expensive for this therapy.

I am going to put my knees to the test after my 3rd shots where I'll try slowly getting back into alot of physical activity I do such as officiating soccer and playing racquetball.

 
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Well, I just returned from playing 18 holes of golf (shot 71) and my knee is totally painless. I have only had the original 3 injections back in June 2010. I wish you the same pain-free results that I have had.

 
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PS, JB, are you riding that bike, yet?
Hey Scooby

You better believe I'm riding! I'm almost 3 years out from my 1st TKR. Still have absolutely no regrets. Limitations??? that's another thing. As good as the new knees are, they just aren't mine. I get fatuged if I walk long distances and I do have trouble climbing stairs. They do ache once in awhile, but compared to the bone on bone that I had, I would do it again in a heartbeat.

This past summer DW and I took the bike and spent 2 weeks riding in North Carolina, from the Smokies to Nags Head and everywhere in between, had a blast!
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