When it comes to bone health, doctors will usually prescribe plenty of milk and calcium rich foods. But when your bones are under attack from the bacteria that causes osteomyelitis, you'll want our board certified infectious disease specialist helping you to treat and manage the disease.
- Fever, irritability, fatigue
- Tenderness around affected bone
- Swelling around affected bone
- Decreased range of motion
- Severe back pain, especially at night
People with diabetes, HIV, or rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk.
Only 2 in 10,000 people become infected with osteomyelitis, so when these symptoms occur, you'll want to set up an appointment, even if it is just to rule it out.
The first step in treatment is having the diagnosis - from there we can focus on stopping the infection with antibiotics, surgery, or both.
The bacteria that infects your bones is staphylococcus aureus, commonly called staph, and travels to your bones after infecting your skin and being introduced in to the bloodstream.
Keep things clean - if you
can avoid staph, you can