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#278536 - 07/12/17 05:23 AM Fluid in knee joints**
Seeker77 Offline
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Hi all:

I have fluid in my new joints, or, aka, bakers cysts. I have had the real bad one, the left knee, drained a couple of times and given an injection with cortisone. Anyways, I do not think I have a lot of damage to my knee, so, am wondering, what med will help clear the fluid up (besides biologics)? It is starting to hurt.

Thank you.

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#278538 - 07/12/17 07:15 PM Re: Fluid in knee joints** [Re: Seeker77]
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Had that for years along with Uvietis and sciatica. Those were my only symptoms of AS for 6-7 years. Knees never really hurt much nor do I have any damage. They were just like softballs with bakers Cysts and fluid surrounding the knee in general. Then the neck began to stiffen until I could not turn my head at all. The only thing that touched it was a TNF drug. Sorry but no nsaid ( and I took a lot of different ones) nor sulfasalazine would help much. Advil helped all but the fluid but that finally failed as well.

Today my neck works fine and there is no fluid in my knees. Yea TNF drugs work. I also fast now and have a strict diet so when I go off the TNF drugs I have pretty minor symptons for the most part. But no symptoms is an amazing thing given my current age of 59 (AS for over 30 years) and my lifestyle.

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#278539 - 07/12/17 07:42 PM Re: Fluid in knee joints** [Re: Seeker77]
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Thank you for your reply. I am just scared of starting a biologic.

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#278540 - 07/12/17 07:56 PM Re: Fluid in knee joints** [Re: Seeker77]
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Originally Posted By: Seeker77
Thank you for your reply. I am just scared of starting a biologic.


So was I. That is a normal thing. In fact I put it off longer then I should have. It was 5 years after I was offered one by a rheumy that I agreed to go on one.


Edited by drizzit (07/12/17 07:56 PM)

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#278542 - 07/12/17 10:08 PM Re: Fluid in knee joints** [Re: Seeker77]
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May I ask which one you used..Enbrel? Humira? Shots every week?

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#278549 - 07/13/17 07:57 AM Re: Fluid in knee joints** [Re: Seeker77]
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Everybody is afraid to start their first biologic. But, after starting, most people find it's no big deal and wonder why they waited so long.

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#278551 - 07/13/17 10:15 AM Re: Fluid in knee joints** [Re: Seeker77]
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Seeker, I agree that you should consider a biologic. Which one will depend in part on what your doctor prefers and what your insurance will cover.

The frequency of shots will depend on which medication and how well you respond to it. For example, Enbrel is typically once a week, Simponi is typically once a month.
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Ginny - 56 year old female
Dx with USpA in March 2013; changed to AS in July 2015
Iritis and Scleritis
unicompartmental knee replacement June 2014
MTX, Humira, Cyclobenzaprine, plus Indomethacin ER as needed
Supplements: Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Calcium, Fish Oil, Melatonin, Culturelle probiotic

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#278553 - 07/13/17 03:06 PM Re: Fluid in knee joints** [Re: Seeker77]
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Seeker I choose SImponi as it was only once a month and was engineered to reduce the development of anti-bodies. I was traveling overseas a lot at the time and had no interest in lugging a couple of shots with me and worrying about temperature and always looking for a fridge.

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#278561 - 07/14/17 11:07 PM Re: Fluid in knee joints** [Re: Seeker77]
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Thank you all for your comments.

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