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hi....I had osteomyelitis in my left ankle and shin when I was 11 years old....I am now 68 and have had back problems all my married life...after reading some of your comments, I was wondering if this could be the cause of the Excrutiating back spasms I'm having at the moment....

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    Hello Barbara,

    Sorry to hear about the osteomyelitis you mentioned when you where 11. 57 years ago, you don't mention how it was treated , do you suffer or have you suffered any similar symptoms of osteomyelitis in your ankle since that time, I only ask as there are 3 types of osteomyelitis, chronic being the most serious, when I was diagnosed with chronic osteomyelitis back in march 2013, I had never heard of it before then except just prior to the diagnosis when I noticed osteomyelitis written down on paperwork a nurse was Carrying when I was about to have an MRI scan,

    I was told when asked that it was just something they check for ? Totally blew me away as I had had the exact same tests done at least 10 years previously and no tests like that where ever mentioned.

    I did a lot of research Barbara into this osteomyelitis, a bone disease , serious if not caught early, it can only be treated with certain antibiotics, but only when the germ s are identified, can the correct antibiotics be given, I'm not a doctor, it's only from what I've read and asked about since being diagnosed myself.

    Osteomyelitis as far as I'm aware can effect the spine, but I would think this may only depend on where the diseased bone/ tissues are, I would certainly ask for a referral to a specialist, it is your right especially as having some historical issues with osteomyelitis when you where younger,

    Since losing my leg I have to fight every day to show I'm still a human being,

    By the stories I've come across on this patient forum I've been shocked as to how common this bone disease is and how it's effecting everyone concerned life.

    I do sincerely hope and wish Barbara that you have no further issues with this terrible disease, but for peace of mind at least insist on a referral for MRI scans blood tests if not already done for the areas you may think are effected.

    Kindest regards, William

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      Sorry William should have explained that i had an operation on my ankle bone...then another on my shin as the poison had travelled up my leg....I asked my doctor yesterday could there be a connection...he just snubbed me...will try another doctor from the practice...sorry to hear about losing your leg...thoughts are with you....
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      No need to be sorry Barbara, you can ask to be referred to a specialist dr who is experienced in bone infections, they have a duty of care, CT & MRI SCANS are the best I believe in finding abnormalities within the bone etc, blood tests would show infection present due to higher count of white blood cells, where the germs could be identified, so hope yo can get a referral soon.

      Regards , William.

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