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#1 Vee

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 07:14 AM

Don't know if anyone remembers me talking about getting my knees "cleaned out" or not. But I finally went to the orthopedic specialist. I brought my xrays from my general practitioner's office, which I thought was a waste of time, since when I had them done I could here the girls discussing them in the back room and they weren't sure if they got them "right"!
Yep, I was right. The new doctor said they were worthless! So he redid all my exrays, and my hips too. There is arthritis and some wearing of the cartillage (sp?) but nothing "free floating" in there, so there is nothing to "clean" out.. So I told him that my sclero specialist told me NOT to let anyone do a "series" of shots in my knees. My mistake, I didn't ask why?, and that's what the ortho wanted to know, since he wants to give me injections to help where the arthritis grinds together under my kneecap.. He said that there were two different types of injections and they are: One shot per knee once or twice a year=cortisone. Or a "series" of shots, one a week for I think he said 4-6weeks = lubricant, made from a derivative of chicken. So the only reason he could think of that I shouldn't get them would be if I were allergic to chicken byproducts, which I am not. So I mentioned that maybe it was due to the way we scar, and he said that the needles weren't enough to warrant worries about that. I gave him my sclero doctor's secretarys' # and he had his nurse call her. She was on vacation!! Of course!!! where else would she be!! So I made an appt to go in for injections in 6 weeks, that way I can surely find out why she didn't want me to get them in the first place, by then. I do have an appt' with her next thursday, so I'll find out then. I'll ask about getting the arthritis "scraped" also. 'Til then, it's painful knees for me. No big deal, what's another few months after many years of waiting!

Hope everyone is happy! Vee
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#2 LisaBulman

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 09:25 AM

Vee,
Do we need to worry about you clucking? Growing feathers? That would be kind of funny... well not to you but you could provide us with some great entertainment!

If I were you I would definately go for the chicken stuff because I don't think the cortizone works very well. I have had two shots in my hip in the past 4 months and they only last about 2 weeks then I am in agony again. My doctor thinks it is bursitis but I think it might be something else.

Please let us know how it goes!

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 09:51 AM

Actually, I'd like to learn more about the chicken stuff. Do you have a reference? You are very smart to make the extended appointment allowing you time for information gathering.
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#4 Vee

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 09:58 AM

Cluck, Cluck!!! Of course you're kidding! I think!! :P I can do the chicken birdie dance if you like. You know, that silly dance they do at weddings?

Jefa,

Sorry I'm not smart enough to remember the name of the lubricant that he mentioned. I would think it is standard stuff that most Ortho's use. We could probably find it on an arthritis site. I'll ask when I go to my rheumatologist on the 4th.

Hmmmmmm.........I have a strange craving for grain and dried corn!

Have a great day!
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Posted 24 September 2007 - 10:35 AM

hmm I was told one person should not get no more than four shots a year for something like that, but who knows who is right and who is wrong. That is what my Rhumey told me on sat.
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Posted 24 September 2007 - 03:29 PM

Vee,
My scleroderma doctor also told me not to get cortisone injections and not to take prednisone because it can cause kidney damage in scleroderma patients. I don't know why she said not to do injections.
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Posted 24 September 2007 - 04:29 PM

HI vee,
Wow what an ordeal. Please let us know what the outcome of the rheumatologist apt is...
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Posted 25 September 2007 - 11:22 AM

Wow Vee, your posts are always fun to read.

I think the med your doctor is talking about is "Orthovisc". It acts as a lubricant and shock absorber of sorts. :)
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