I had a severe left knee injury at age 17 that resulted in cartilage removal from the inside of the joint (instep side) and removal of the ACL ( torn completely). Now 31 years later – of bone on bone wear – I have started having fluid build up and pain. Clinic I am at attempted cortizone which resulted in 3-4 weeks of relief before symptoms returned. Now I am two days away from a 3rd Synvisc shot ( 3/3). At each treatment, the knee is drained ( 140 cc, then 40 cc). I have received no relief from the Synvisc. Fluid builds up within hours, the joint mobility is limited and unstable. I can hobble around some and I am able to oeprate with 1 crutch at times. Is this result understood with Synvisc? Is Synvisc only intended to be used on patients with cartilage in their joints? My physician doesn’t seem to have an answer.
Ankylosing Spondylitis Q & A
I am 35 years old now and was diagnosed with Reiter’s syndrome in 2003, hospiatlized with severe right sacroiliac pain. Presently I am on NSAIDs and short courses of prednisone to treat the flares. These worked until recently when my right sacroiliac joint and the surronding areas are stiff and hurt a lot. I want to go on long term treatment with one of the DMARDs, but am hesitant due to the side effects these might produce. How safe are these DMARDs in treating the disease and duration of use? Will I be able to go on them for 15 or 20 years without critically damaging my system? Are biologics better? I have read that biologocs can cause lymphoma and trigger other serious infections? Your response is greatly appreciated.
My name is Michele and I am writing because my 70 year old father cannot get answers from his physician. Dad is an open heart patient, onset diabetic, is on blood thinners because of blood clot in his body, he has double vision for the second time, a few other things but the main reason I’m writing to to ask about his gout, He had gout a year ago and was given medication, well when he felt better he quit taking the medication, now it came back, he’s back on the medicine Allopurinal, however he wants to know how long he has to take it? Forever? If you cannont answer the question because of liability, could you send me to an information web site I can trust?
45y/o,f,with severe back pains. Positive HLA-B27,SS-A,SS-B and minimal Deg.changes in LS-spine.This is a tall nurse with Dry eyes and mucosas. Currently not responding to NSAID,COX2,Tylenol,heat,PT. Is Immunosuppressants indicated?
My husband had found great relief from two injections a week with the Enbrel. He is able to do push ups and some weight lifting. Thank God, for this drug. My question is are they doing any research into making the drug into and oral medication vs. injectable? Are there any new advances with anyother medications?
My son is fourteen yeas old and has been complaining of back pain for the past four months. Vioxx 25ng QD and Pepcid 20mg QD is prescribed. He does not experiencing any joint pain other than his back which is mild somedays and others can get moderate to severe but does experiece pain on a daily basis. He has no difficulties with movement and feels better with excerise but complains of pain with standing. His HLA B27 is (+), sed and CBC and back x-ray are normal, but his liver enyzems are evelated. The CT showed mild subchondral sclerosis and 2mm erosion in the left ileum at the sacroiliac joint. The right sacroiliac is normal. His eyes tend to get red and irritated and did have burning with urination. These symptons occurred just prior to the back pain but did resolve on its own. Renal and bladder infection or disorders were ruled out and my son has never had any sexual relations. His Rheumatologist diagnosed him as havig AS. I and not aware of any of family history of AS or RA. The Rheumatologist wants to treat this “agressively” with Enbrel. What drug is the best for this situation, Methotrexate or Anbrel and the safest? What is the prognosis of AS? Do patients often go into remission for years? Is there better prognosis with a child developing AS than adult? My son had a growth spurt prior to this of one foot in a two years span, could that contribited to this?
I’ve been suffering from AS for the last 5 years. Does Infliximab permanently cure AS or is it somethin’ that has to be used lifelong? Is it an oral medication? Are there any side effects? Where in India can I get Infliximab? Can I take it on my own or do I need to consult a rheumatologist?
I was diagnosed as having Ankylosing Spondylits 25 years ago. I was very active and was able to maintain a reasonable range of motion. Two years ago my hands and lower back started hurting to the point where I could no longer be active. After trying many different many different anti-inflammatory medicines (from Indocine to Vioxx) I began seeing a ?pain specialists? and became dependent on various pain ?killers.? Recently, 5 months ago I began trying to be active and have regained some of my mobility but it is torture to force myself to move. I would like to be examined by an expert in Ankylosing Spondylits with an eye towards treatment with Remicade however I cannot afford this treatment without my health insurer agreeing to pay for the medication. My rheumatologist who avoids the issue by saying Remicade is not approved by my disease. I have called the local Arthritis association (New York City) and they have not been any help. Can you help me find the right physician?
What exactly is spondyloarthropathy? What is the most common treatments for spondyloarthropathy?
I had been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis in 1990, and have sufferred joint pain, weakness,fatigue, ect.for the last 13 years, although my family doctor has indicated that i may not have AS. I need any information you can provide as to what doctors, hospitals ect. i can see in order to obtain a correct diagnosis as to my condition, i live in the northeast Ct area, but would travel to any New England point to help with my condition.My quality of life has sufferred greatly from this disease, and i need help, thank you.