I have quite advanced osteoarthritis but since I'm 54 years old old doctors don't want to replace the knee yet. How soon after the injection will I start to feel the effect, and when will it be fully in my system? My only hobby is walking, so I do need my knees to work!
I have OA in left knee, 3rd stage, and received my first cortisone 7 days ago and the relief was instant. I had a series of viscosupplementation injections (march-april) with minimum results. The pain was relieve somewhat with celebrex and Physical Therapy. For the last 5 weeks I have been working on 5 different machines doing exercises for muscle strengthening. This is the relief combined with cortosone and celebrex. Last Sept(08) I had a hip replacement, though some complications followed surgery I had complete use and relief of my hip. There are just things that have to be worked through and I had to handle them as they unfolded. I have 77 will be 78 very soon. I know pain from OA my hip pain was so severe the operation discomfort was negated by the loss of pain from the OA. Specifically it took 2 to 3 weeks on the visco shots and the relief was very short lived in my case. However a whole new life has opened up to me since the cortisone. I hope to put off surgery on the knee for a while but I know the relief the replacement will give me. Keep Moving! Get into some low impact exercises for the knee and develope and strengthen those muscles. You will do well and the relief will come when you say I have had enough discomfort. Replacement should not be based on age. Get a Second opinion. Stay in good frame of mind and good luck.
Thank you so much for your reply. I am feeling relief now with the help of a stronger knee bandage as well. It is not as good as it was 6 months ago but better than it was 3 months ago. I am a very active person so constantly building up the muscle. I have tried Celebrex but it didn't help. I will definitely go for a second opinion should I start to suffer badly again.
To everyone out there with OA in the knee get to your Rheumatologist and get EFLEXXOR injections. It requires three given exactly one week apart. I was close to getting a knee replaced but now have no pain in it. Yes I do know what suffering is like .I also have OA in both hands, wrists very bad, in left foot can hardly walk most days. close to having surgery on my hand because of the extensive OA. What do you/anyone use to ease the pain [besides medication] ICE OR HEAT?. One Dc says Ice. one says heat, one says ice or heat whichever is comfortable for me. Meds I've had .Hydrocodone, Mobic. Celebrex.[ 400mgs day]Oxycontin, Ultram. and others over the years.I take Gabapentin for nerve pain caused by the OA squeezing the nerves.Thanks Laura. Ft Lauderdale
Did you mean CELEBREX ?and what was the injection? I suffer terribly with Ostoeathritis in Hip, Knee ,wrists, fingers,this all causes nerve pain. I had a hip replaced in Dec. get to your Rheumatologist right away and request injections of EFLEXXOR you must get three, one week apart. its for knees only. I have no knee pain now. Try it. IT WORKS. but you must get all three and dont wait for two weeks untill the next one. In six months you can get three more.Good Luck
You dont say what the injection was so its hard to answer. also do you mean celebrex? I have extreem arthritis in my right need and in furture could possibly face knee replacement.[I had a hip replaced in Dec]Pain pills do not help much. I have had them all, however recently my Rheumatologist injected my knee with Euflexxor. you must get one injection exactly one week apart for three weeks. I now have no pain in my knee.The first injection helped a tiny but but the second one really helped and the third one was great. I highly reccomend it.
Yes I did say the injection was Euflexxor. It still is pain free 6weks later. Laura Jane