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osteomyelitis, how can i be sure that this disease will not come back

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  • Posted By: renegatu21
  • January 23, 2008
  • 01:35 PM


This is my story.

I am 25 years old and at the age of 17 years old, I was diagnosticated with septic arthritis. My right foot, was infected, the bacteria wich was found there was staphylococcus aureus. I was operated the infection was removed, and one week, the operation was let opened so that the pus to drain. Also I received a treatment with antibiotics, oxacilin and gentamicin. This was the story from that time, although the x ray showed that the bone was not affected.

After 7 years, last year, when I was 24 years old, I was diagnosticated with osteomielytis at the same foot. This was proved after I made a tomografie, at my foot and the split bone was swelled.
The symtoms were not like usual for osteomyelitis. I had no fever, the blood test were ok, only a little anaemia, I had no paine at my foot, no absces. Only some insensibility, and the foot was a little highflown.

Doctor decided to operate me, and the affected area from the split bone was removed. He said to me that, this part of the bone was very degradeted. After this operation i received also strong treatment with antibiotics, Targocid. The bacteria found after antibiograme test were made, was also staphylococcus aureus
Now I am ok, i do not have problems with this foot.

My problem now is that I spoke, with a lot of doctors and none gave me a treatment or a guarantee that this disease will not appear again. We are in 2008 and I can not believe that there is now treatment to remove this bacteria and to be sure that it will not appear again. The answer that I received is that I have to be sure that the immunity is not weak.

Please tell me what are the highest risks for me, and how can I escape off this problem.
Thank you, Adrian

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  • Some things that can wreak havoc on your immunity (body's ability to fight infection) include diabetes (either type), steroid use, genetic disorders of immunity (or aquired ones such as HIV), too much stress or poor nutrition. IV drug users are at particluar risk for osteomyelitis, although I don't think this applies to you.I guess there is no way the doctors can guarantee your osteomyelitis won't come back. This has to be frustrating! Some of them are probably reluctant to give antibiotics until/unless it recurs, which is probably a good idea, since staph aureus is very capable or becoming resistant to antibiotics, in particular if they are overused. Since the deck is sort of stacked against you and you are scared of your illness recurring, maybe you could make yourself a promise to go to the doctor the minute you suspect a recurrance (such as symptoms similar to your previous ones).I am so sorry you had to go through this twice. You will be in my thoughts and I will hope you never have it again!
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    • January 25, 2008
    • 09:13 AM
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  • I have Osteomyelitis as well, It comes back about every 10 years. It runs in 10 year cycles.All you need to do is get IV antibiotics for about 15 days and it will clear up. Check out this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gross_ClinicDon’t worry you should be OK.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 19, 2009
    • 06:10 AM
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