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Old 03-05-2008, 03:46 AM
Location: Oxford, England
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I was wondering if anyone has ever suffered from Synovitis and it anyone found anything particularly useful. Any particular medication, homeopathic remedies or treatment that worked for you.

I have synovitis of the ankle and it is really quite bad at the moment. My Orthopaedic surgeon said an operation to remove the fluid might be the only solution but because of my very bad immune system, quite dangerous and he was therefore not recommending it.

It restricts my ability to walk quite badly and so far I have been told to stick to normal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen which does nothing to alleviate the pain and symptoms.

I researched the subject on the internet and found that in some cases cortico-steroids ( in oral form) can help as can much stronger anti-inflammatory drugs/
Anyone has any recommendations ?
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Old 08-14-2010, 08:11 PM
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well acetaminophen works better in my case. i have synovitis too in the ankle, elbow, knee, wrists, it is just unbearable.....and acetaminophen is the only one that helps with the pain...
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Old 08-14-2010, 08:58 PM
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Whatever you do, DON'T have a synovectomy---removal of the synovium. I fell for that about 20 years ago, it was a disaster. I had RA (rheumatoid arthritis), and persistant swelling of both knees. They convinced me a synovectomy was the answer. The failed to tell me that in many cases, once the synovium is removed, it grows back, oftentimes worse than before. Also, the surgery left my knees almost useless--I could only bend them about 20 degrees. Intense physical therapy only got me to about 40 degrees bend. And the swelling was worse than before.

At least get another opinion, a syovectomy is an outdated procedure at best. There's much better anti-inflamatory medications out there now, at least go through them before such a surgery.
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Old 12-11-2011, 09:09 PM
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What did you end up doing in your case. I have sinovitis issues in my ankle and have no spleen so my immune system is compromised so I am nervous about surgery and risk of infection.
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