Osteomyelitis--know much about it?

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educ8athome
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   Posted 10/5/2011 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
All of my MRSA outbreaks have been on the left side of my body.  That's important information.
 
I have suddenly developed a problem with my perfect right knee.  I've not fallen, twisted, banged, injured this knee in any way, however it started being very painful last Friday/Saturday.  Got better but yesterday and today is causing me more problems than I know how to handle.  I can't figure it out.
 
My cultures came back clear in my wounds a couple of weeks ago.  But, we all know that the clear cultures don't mean squat.  Anyway...My knee isn't really "hot", it isn't red.  It IS getting bigger and bigger by hour.  Now I am wondering if I may have an infection in the knee joint.  *fat heavy sigh*  Osteomyelitis is the first thing that comes to mind.
 
Tenn(don't)Care did pick me up as of 8/29/11, so I have medical coverage--thank God.  But, then, I've proven that this matters nothing to me, my health does.  I don't have my cards yet to know what doctor they are going to force me to see, so I am thinking that I am going to have to go to the hospital in order to get some kind of initial dx and treatment.  I hate that...but, I have to do what I have to do.
 
My question is this:  With no wound anywhere near this joint, is this a high possibility?  Thoughts?
 
I'm going to go to the E.R. in the morning.  I hate this E.R. with a passion, but going anywhere else is too far a drive for my comfort.  I want to go in with all of my ducks in a row, because that is the only way they half way take me seriously when I go in.

Heather Lynn
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   Posted 10/5/2011 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know much about osteomyelitis, but I do know that a superficial infection can spread to a joint. This happened to a boyfriend of mine once. I would definitely get yourself to the ER as soon as you can, as it needs a lot of antibiotics and can be dangerous if not treated quickly.
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White Beard
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   Posted 10/6/2011 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
educ8athome

you might want to google Osteomyelitis, it is not something that you should ignore and let go. If you have it then you need to undergo treatment as soon as you can. I do not know any thing about the health care in Tennessee, but I am sure that they have some good hospitals and doctors there that can treat you. Even if you have to drive a little way it is worth it. Osteomyelitis can sometimes be difficult to treat, and often IV antibiotics are the best, so I do hope that you can get this chedked out realy really soon!

Good Luck to you

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educ8athome
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   Posted 10/7/2011 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the feedback.  I am familiar enough with Osteomyelitis to know that it was very serious stuff.  Fortunately, this is not what I am dealing with!  My wound care doc seems to think that my right knee is aggrevated from the extra work it is having to do because of my left leg.  So, he wants me to take Ibuprofen and give it through the weekend to see where I stand before going to the doc.

White Beard
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   Posted 10/8/2011 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
educ8athome
 
Well that is good news! Yes osteomyelitis is nasty and not something you would want to have.  I do hope that the Ibuprofen helps and you start feeling better. We are always here for you!
 
White Beard
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