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Q: Synvisc shot not working anymore. Are steroid shots the next step?

I had my seventh synvisc shot in my right knee a few weeks ago. It doesn't seem to be helping this time. I left a message for my orthopedic doctor's nurse for a return call today. I want to ask her about a steroid shot in my knee. I have had steroid shots in my hip and shoulder twice, and they helped a great deal. Anyone have any tips for me on what might help alleviate the pain? Thank you for your input.
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10/25/10 10:44pm

Hi V,

 

Did you know that using a cane will help to reduce up to 30% of the load on the knee? That reduce amount of stress may translate into less knee pain.

 

Steroid shots can help. However, too many steroid shots into one joint can cause damage to the joint. With a limitation of how much many steroid shots your knee can have, use those steroid shots wisely, when absolutely necessary.

 

Have you looked into the Anti-Inflammatory Diet? This diet changed my life, maybe it can change yours.

 

Peace.

 

Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

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V, Health Guide
10/25/10 11:08pm

I do have a cane. Hmmmm. It's a pretty one, too! 

 

I used that cane once when my knee was really swollen, and it did help a lot.  It is my right knee, so I use the cane in my left hand...???  Sounds silly, but I don't remember how to use it.

 

Saw my rheumatologist today. He gave me a script for some kind of topical medicine for my swollen wrist. I can't take NSAIDs. The pharmacy had to order it. I am anxious to see if it helps the swelling in my wrist which he says is arthritis and an inflamed nerve. We shall see.

 

He upped my Plaquenil script, too. He said w/winter coming, I might need to take three a day instead of two a day. Maybe that will help my knee, too.

 

I know what you mean about steroids. I have a love/hate relationship with them. They are wonderful when you absolutely have to have them, but not something to take lightly.

 

I have stopped eating almost all processed foods. I'm still refining the diet issue. I eat fresh fruit and vegetables, only whole grain bread and lean meats.  I need to research some more, but I was thinking dairy may cause inflammation...???

 

Thanks for the suggestions. I had forgotten about the cane. I am going to research the anti-inflammatory diet and adhere to it more closely. I'm a firm believer in good nutrition.

 

Peace Be With You---V

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By V, Health Guide— Last Modified: 12/27/10, First Published: 10/22/10