Patient Comments: Osteomyelitis - Symptoms

What were the symptoms of your osteomyelitis?

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

I received a staph infection in a doctor's office after having fluid removed from my knee and antibiotics placed in my knee. The doctor went on vacation for two weeks. I tried everybody; I could not get any help. Three weeks later, I went to the emergency room and had surgery performed on the knee. I was put on antibiotics in the hospital. I was in a lot of pain. I was released with home-care antibiotics. Then the doctor said the knee was out of place and put me back in the hospital, which put the knee back in unreal pain. I spent thousands of dollars on rehab. I had unreal pain and swelling. No one would listen to me. Finally, months later, I had an MRI that showed I have osteomyelitis. I will see the doctor again in two days. I still have swelling; it has never gone down much. The pain is still there, and I am very frustrated.

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Comment from: cohe2005, 35-44 Male Published: August 01

I have heard of diabetics getting osteomyelitis, but my case is a little different,i am 42 years old and have had diabetes for almost 20 years. I have heard that I am more prone to osteomyelitis, but my twist is I had the osteo thingy when I was under 3 years old, i was born in hong kong in 1971 and apparently got an infection which caused this osteo thing. I spent 11 months in gobowen hospital and had apparently 32 operations on my left leg, very very big scars scars to show. Does diabetes stem from osteomyeliyis or is it just diabetes to osteomyelitis?

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Comment from: VSLG, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

It was definitely the most intense pain I ever experienced. The pain began after I received an epidural injection, that was tainted by the physician administering it, to relieve pain from degenerative disc disease and herniated discs. Instead of relieving me from having to take pain medications, it worsened my condition by causing a bone infection (osteomyelitis) in my sciatic nerve area. I could barely move, much less walk. The doctors in the ER thought I was crazy or a drug seeker because they couldn't diagnose the problem. I went to a teaching hospital that was able to diagnose my problem. I was hospitalized for four weeks and then sent home on IV antibiotics for an additional four weeks. My SED rate was very high, and if I hadn't been diagnosed when I was, I would have died. Years later, I still suffer with constant pain. It's not nearly as bad as it was, but I continue to be treated with narcotic pain medications.

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Comment from: Ali, 7-12 Male (Patient) Published: May 01

I am a 12-year-old kid with osteomyelitis in the C3 area of my neck. I have had 60 shots of antibiotics, and when I do, I sleep with the cannula for three days, and then switch it to another. I had seven MRIs, 16 blood tests, four X-rays, and a biopsy. I still have the pain � it is very irritating.

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Comment from: Pccstudent, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 01

I developed osteomyelitis after a posterior cervical fusion. My fusion was done on in November of 2012 and we did not discover the infection until the end of January 2013. I awoke one morning with the bandage that covered my incision soaked with pus, and my pillow was also soaked in pus. I had two debridements (the doctor took a piece of my vertebrae and sent it to the lab, which confirmed my diagnosis. I spent seven weeks getting wound care and IV antibiotics. I have a huge "divit" on the back of my neck. I still have all the symptoms of chronic osteomyelitis (severe leg and pelvis pain, pain and swelling at the wound site, nausea and malaise). I am scheduled for a myelogram to see if the cause of my pain can be determined. The doctor wants me to stay on Keflex for a year, and then take the metal out. I do not like this plan. I do wonder if the time from when I got the infection and before treatment was started is considered a long time. I can say that my doctors are not very responsive. I can't walk with my head up and I have no stamina. This must get better.

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Comment from: robbie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I fractured two parts of my foot. I had surgery with a pin placed. The swelling continued for months, and my skin felt so tight that I thought my foot was going to burst.

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