I guess it's intro time on the new site.I am still using the name from the old site.
Been dealing with back pain for about 10 years on and off.Last year I had enough after my L4/5 herniated very badly.It happened exactly on my 37th birthday.Couldn't think of a better gift...I saw a NS in the hospital and decided to have a Micro-D.It happened on 12/22/07.Went home the next day Recovery started really well until 1/18/08 when the evil pain came back w/o an apparent reason.Long story short...After 3 hospitalizations,9 or 10 MRI's,a bone biopsy,numerous blood tests I was diagnosed with Osteomyelitis.My disc and 2 adjacent vertebrae were infected.Only nobody new what caused the infection.All tests were negative.It was only seen on MRI.
So,they put me on IV Vanco and oral Cipro.I stayed in the hosp for 8 days;they inserted a PICC Line in my arm and kicked me out with 5 more weeks of antibiotics.I had a nurse coming to see me once a week and draw some blood for testing.After 4 wks I got a call from ID doc's ofiice.They told me to stop the Vanco b/c it did nothing but wiped my immune system..I said"Ni ce!!!What now?"Went to see doc,and he prescribed an antifungal med.In 2 wks,exactly 3 months after the pain came back,I started to show some slow progress.For 3 months I was nailed to my bed in non-stop pain.At best,I would spend about 1 hour/day out of bed.
Last week I finally started outpatient PT.It is slow and painful,but I see results,and the light at the end is getting brighter.A month ago it would have hurt me a lot to type such a long post.
It's very nice to see all the "old" newbies.To the real new members:Welcome all to a wonderful place!!!!