Patient Comments: Osteomyelitis - Symptoms

What were the symptoms of your osteomyelitis?

Comment from: liam, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: February 25

If you get severe pain with no bruising, swelling and not done anything to cause a pulled muscle. Go to the hospital! Your doctor will just say "pulled muscle" like with me. In hospital I tried getting on to a bed and went in so much pain I went into shock and had to be dosed with morphine, tramadol and codeine at the same time and was still in severe pain. So take my advice, if in doubt go to the hospital. The earlier you get treated the less pain you will have to go through. Each day gets more painful untreated.

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Comment from: MBeggin, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 15

Two years ago I got systemic MRSA at age 68. At the same time I had the worst hip pain and could not bear weight on the hip. I got well from the systemic MRSA but it had infected my hip. The pain was excruciating when I moved it. One evening I was paralyzed with pain and taken to the ER. The next time I could not bear another day of pain so I went to the ER. They gave me pain meds, morphine and even the Dilaudid box and it all felt like water. So the doctor took out the neck and head of my femur, washed the hip out and the pain was gone. Now the doctor does not want to do a hip replacement for fear of causing MRSA again or have a hip that does not heal. So I will be in this wheelchair for a long time.

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Comment from: Heather, 7-12 Female Published: December 07

I had osteomyelitis in my ankle in 1949 when antibiotics (penicillin) was just being trialed in Australia, I spent 12 months in the children's hospital and had two operations. Finally I spent another three months in aftercare. Now at 71 have arthritis in my ankle. Panadol Osteo helps.

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Comment from: tpileggi, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 17

I had my knee replaced two years ago. I had continuous pain and stiffness, after three surgeons later, finally had a bone scan done. Moderate increased perfusion, tibia, moderate increased intake during blood pool, diffuse increased uptake, minimal increase of activity. This suggests soft tissue inflammation/infection, loosening or infection cannot be ruled out. Any thoughts, suggestions? Again, I have severe daily pain, it is stiff and locks up, pain down front of leg, up thigh, just overall feeling poorly!

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Comment from: 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 27

My 8 year old son has recently been diagnosed with osteomyelitis. His symptoms began suddenly and included pain in his right thigh, fever, nausea and lethargy. Blood cultures taken in hospital showed infection caused by staphylococcus aureus and a bone scan subsequently confirmed osteomyelitis. He was treated with intravenous antibiotics for a period of 7 days. He is now recovering well at home on oral antibiotics.

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Comment from: Holly, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I am a 49 year old female, I had osteomyelitis when I was 11 years old. At that time, there were no CT scans, or MRIs, nor did the doctors check for inflammation. The disease was in my ankle of my right leg, I was very sick by the time, it was treated. It required surgery, and a long recovery.

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Comment from: 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 25

My son contracted osteomyelitis at the age of nine in 2008. His symptom was excruciating pain in his lower back. Unfortunately, he was sent home from the hospital twice and almost a third time due to misdiagnosis as the lesions in his sacrum which were causing the pain were not visible to the naked eye nor through X-rays. It was only when his fever spiked on the fifth day (which coincided with his third trip to a children's hospital) that he got the attention he deserved and then the proper steps were taken in the diagnosis i.e. blood test which tested positive for the bacteria followed by an MRI scan which showed the lesions.

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Comment from: warvet, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 10

I damaged the muscles around my right hip and had acupuncture. The next day, I presented at the emergency department of my hospital with redness, swelling, and pain in the hip. Because it was over prosthesis, I was very concerned. Four doctors and an ultrasound confirmed infection (cellulitis) but it took them 21 hours to administer antibiotics. Four days later, I was released on oral antibiotics. An abscess formed. I was operated on 14 days after first presenting at the hospital and the abscess flushed and tested. Two days later, the prosthesis was removed because it was infected. It is now confirmed that I have osteomyelitis around a remaining steel rod and screw and am on 24-hour antibiotics for six weeks with the possibility of surgery down the road.

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