Patient Comments: Osteomyelitis - Symptoms

What were the symptoms of your osteomyelitis?

Comment from: maggiewitt, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 23

I am confused. The diagnosis of the lab states, skin with ulceration overlying bone with acute osteomyelitis. Skin and soft tissues resection margins show dermal scar and inflammation. Osteomyelitis not seen at proximal resection margin.

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Comment from: Liv R, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I have pan hypopituitarism and on replacement steroids and other medications. I was diagnosed with a suprasellar germ cell tumor in 2007. I had surgery and radiation to head and spine then. I am visually impaired as a result of tumor crushing the optic nerves. I have had a series of bouts of pneumonia since 2012 which required hospitalization. Septicemia in 2013 required 3 weeks in intensive care. Now I have been diagnosed with osteomyelitis in front sinus bone. Symptoms were initially sinusitis which reoccurred a month later, and treated with antibiotics. Then more symptoms, which caused swelling around the right eye and forehead. I had MRI recently which revealed infection so then I had an operation through my nose for this. I am now on intravenous antibiotics for 4 to 6 weeks, then oral antibiotics.

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Comment from: Cutie pie, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 05

I am nine years old. I started having pain in my back left hip/pelvic area during gymnastics. So I had to stop. But for several months I still had pain, but not really bad. I still ran around and played normal. But in about 4 months I began having fevers, every day. They would go up to 104, I would have chills and then sweat like crazy. Also I was very tired and could not play. I lost weight. This went on for 4 weeks. My pediatrician did tons of blood tests, but everything came back normal except my CRP level was high. Finally I got sent to children's hospital for infectious disease. They figured everything out, and now I'm on medications for osteomyelitis through a PICC line for 6 weeks.

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Comment from: Bj, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

My story goes like this: I broke my ankle in 3 places in October. By March the following year I knew that they were going to have to do surgery to remove all the hardware they had put in. I had an infection in one incision a week after the first surgery. In May I had my second surgery. Within 3 weeks I had another infection in the same incision that the first one was in. Now six weeks after the second surgery I still have 2 holes in my leg and severe pain. I went to my family doctor who ordered a bone scan. Bone scan showed an infection. I am currently waiting to find out what treatment I am going to get. The pain and severe burning sensations and the stiffness and swelling make walking even 2 feet almost unbearable. I hate taking pain medications and am taking narcotics on a regular basis. My ankle looks deformed and is discolored. I am just frustrated that the orthopedic doc didn't even consider a bone infection/osteomyelitis.

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Comment from: Lola, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I am a healthy 49 year old female. No chronic illnesses and no history of infection. I woke up one morning and thought I broke my foot in my sleep. I had just pain the 1st day. The next day I had redness and some swelling at the base of my last 2 toes. The swelling and pain progressed and by the 4th day I could not wear shoes and could barely walk on the foot. On the 5th day I could not lower foot below horizontal without severe throbbing pain and could not bear weight. I had lab tests and everything was normal, had an x-ray and everything was normal except for soft tissue swelling. Bone scan finally diagnosed the osteomyelitis. I am on oral antibiotics for 3 weeks so far, probably another 3 weeks to go. Swelling and redness have greatly reduced, pain is now a dull throbbing pain in that foot.

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Comment from: Cracker, 65-74 (Patient) Published: May 22

I am 65 years old and was diagnosed with osteomyelitis of the right heel. I remember the pain, for a while I walked on the ball of my foot until being bedridden for several weeks till I was placed in hospital where a piece of bone was removed from the lower part of my heel. After several months recuperating and physiotherapy, I was ok. The only ongoing problem I had was walking with the heel of my right shoe down, eventually my dad reinforced my shoes. Today with the advent of joggers and high sided shoes I have no problems.

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