I had my first orthovisc injection yesterday and almost passed out from the pain. It was horrible. I am not sure I want to go back for the 2nd and 3rd shots. Please advise.
29 May 2011
I am unsure of what a Orthovisc injection? Please tell explain.
I get something called a Rhyzotomy normal words a nerve burn
where they put a needle that is 3 to 4 inches long. They do this
on the rt and lft side of my neck 2 weeks apart to allow for healing.
It can be very very painful after I have gone back to the hospital
because the pain was so bad and have passed out from the pain.
I have 2 questions for you about you retruninig for the injection.
Does it help once things have settled from the injection even a little?
If it does and you have children or a loved one you want to be with it is worth the pain. If I had no one and it was just me I would stop going for the nerve burns I get becasue I have to be awake and from the minute they put the first needle in I cry until about 2or 3 minutes after it is over, it hurts very bad
but then my pain goes from 8-10 to 4-5. Yes I am still in pain but this way I can spend time with my husband and children. I hope this helps you to decide. please could you post what this injection is for?
24 Sep 2012
Hi Idolfan! The pain from those shots are terrible. The only good news was that the pain went away completely. It has been 13 months now and the pain is back but it is only a 5 on a pain scale of 0 to 10. Before the shots my pain was a constant 11 24/7. The pain was so severe that I could not sleep at night. So to me the pain of the shots was worth it to me to be without the severe pain I was in 14 months ago.
25 Sep 2012
Bless your heart, they are painful. But hopefully you'll find the benefit is worth the initial pain. Many doctors have a lidocaine spray on site they can use to numb the injection site. Ask yours, sometimes they just don't think about it or wait to see how you feel you handle the first shot. Turns out my Dr had it, but thinks I'm a pretty tough cookie, so didn't bother with it! I didn't know whether to be complimented or threaten to pull his fingers off!! So be sure and ask before your next injection, he very well may have some there in the office. Best of luck to you and hang in there - it really is worth the pain you're going through!
25 Sep 2012
Hello, and welcome. I have osteoarthritis in both of my knees so bad the doctor ordered MRI's on both of them, an referred me to an Orthapaedic Surgeon for possible surgery. Their awful. I wak with a limp, and my five yr. old will be walking up the stairs with me and say..Mama, your knees sound like when your crunching gravel. lol. I have never had the Orthovisc. I don't know if it is simalar, but I have had Symvisc injections in both knees. I'm not saying it wasn't uncomfortable, but I must have a really good pain dr. He has this stuff in a can. ha ha. Ok, I don't know what it's called. that helps alot. anyway it's in a can and he sprays it on before he injects my knees. It like freezes the area, and is so less painful than without. I would try and ask about it, or look into it, or ask your doctor about it. I wish I new the name. I always ask him before he injects me..Do you have the can stuff? And he just laughs and says yes... always with you. lol. I hope this helps a little. Maybe someone else will come along that will kknow exactly what I am talking about. Good luck and taked care. Ruthie
26 Sep 2012
I occasionally get a Hyalgan shot (same stuff) that hurts like all get out! but most of them are - moderate pain, but it's only for a moment. I can tell you that how much it helps is phenomenal!! Talk to your doctor about using freezie spray - it freezes the area right where the injection goes for just a moment - enough to help. Also, the other doctor in the practice where i go gives me a shot of lidocaine about 15 minutes before, but I've found that shot can hurt too. Give the shots another chance - the next one might not hurt anywhere near as bad. Be sure to relax your leg - let it dangle and relax those muscles. I hope you can hang in there - the pain relief from the series of shots is worth it. I get mine every six months and about six weeks before it is hurting again and I'm counting down the weeks till the next one. But I've gotten 4 1/2 months of pain relief - priceless! Take care - ElizaJane
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