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My knees have new sneakers! An early report on my first HA injection

January 4, 2010

I wrote previously about my experience with near-lifelong arthritis in my knees and the prospect of hyaluronic acid injections instead of knee replacement surgery. I had my first injection this morning, and I am ready to buy stock in Ferring Pharmaceuticals, makers of Euflexxa, the natural hyaluronic acid product that has brought about the sensation of having new sneakers on my knees.

The injection was so simple, and I walked out of the doctor’s office and across the parking lot — the paved parking lot that 20 minutes earlier had been the enemy of my knees — without pain. I can tell you that Euflexxa did more for my world in 10 minutes than the planet-hunting telescope that just found five new lightweight worlds. Who cares about planets? I have knees! I can’t remember ever feeling like my knees had cushioning before. All I can think is that they feel like they have new sneakers.

I have another injection next week, and one more the following week. My orthopedist thinks that should be good for 6 months. The PA told me that I might experience — horrors — redness — or even some mild pain this evening. That would not be exactly novel. I just hope the sense of new sneakers holds up.

Please read the sequel.

  1. Roberta Alexander permalink
    January 4, 2010 4:51 pm

    Ferring Pharmaceuticals is a private company; you can’t buy stocks. Glad Euflexxa worked for you, though.

  2. January 4, 2010 4:57 pm

    Thanks, Roberta… I’d hate to have anyone take my investment advice!

    Here’s the full disclosure: I am receiving no compensation for my words about this company. They were purely an effusive spontaneous, euphoric hyperbole. Heck, I just hope I still mean them tomorrow.

  3. January 4, 2010 6:31 pm

    Praise God! That is wonderful news, Lauren.
    I am so hopeful for you that the spring in your sneakers is long term. What a relief it must be.

  4. January 4, 2010 6:51 pm

    Thanks, Ruby! It was raining pretty hard when I came home, so I didn’t try my knees out with a walk around the block on the pavement. Even if it’s raining tomorrow though, I’ll just don my gear and head out. And even if my knees are still somewhat sore for a while, it’s better to travel second-class than not at all. Pavement and concrete floors have been so painful for so long — any relief is a miracle.

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