Sjogren's Syndrome Support Group

Sjogren's syndrome is an autoimmune disorder in which immune cells attack and destroy the exocrine glands that produce tears and saliva. It also associated with rheumatic disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, and it is rheumatoid factor positive in 90 percent of cases.

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Synovial Fluid Replacement Therapy

I have very little fluid in my knee joints because of Sjogren's. Has anyone ever had their fluid replaced? My doc says it will just drain away again. I sure don't want to undergo painful injections if it doesn't work or if it's just going to last a week or so.

Help!

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jltraw
jltraw

My husband had this treatment and it did NOTHING for him! From what I understand it either works or doesn't with no in between. I hope that if you decide to have this done you are one that it helps! It wasn't to bad pain wise, he was sore at the injection site for a few hours.
-Well Wishes
Jackie
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deleted_user

Thanks, Jackie
Does he have Sjogren's? I'm sorry it didn't work for him. I know they use this treatment for people with Osteoarthritis, but I've never heard anyone say if it helps with Sjs or not.
Thanks again. - I hope he gets better.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Hello. About ten years before my dx of Sjogren's, I had two knee replacements. Before the knee replacements I tried the Synvisc for six months and had very little relief from it. My knees were bone-on-bone for almost five years prior to that, so it could have been they were just too far gone. Good luck and I hope it helps!
jltraw
jltraw

Nitrategal, No my husband has fibro but negative for Sjogren's, I was blessed with that special gift. He has had problems with his knees since an injury in Saudi while active duty, 2 surgeries on right and 3 on the left. He needs total replacements on both but they say he's to young (49) and won't do the replacements and tried this instead.
Tom59
Tom59

http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/treatment/a/synvisc.htm


Even if it doesn't work for pain it has inflammation properties that will protect he joint from further damage, supposedly.

"Does Synvisc actually help knee arthritis?
Numerous studies have investigated the effectiveness of Synvisc as a treatment for knee arthritis. Studies have ranged in their results from no benefit when compared to placebo injections, to significant pain relief for 6 months from the time of the injections. However, no clear understanding of how well Synvisc injections perform has emerged. Most orthopedic surgeons will agree that there is likely a temporary benefit of Synvisc injections, but in the long-term, additional treatments are likely to be necessary."