Septic Arthritis

nickisalter
nickisalter Member Posts: 4
edited 31. Jul 2017, 06:43 in Living with Arthritis archive
Hi everyone

I have just found your site and thought I would join and say hi.

so....... HI o;)

I have had two bouts of septic arthritis - neither of which were actually recognised at our local hospital.

First was in March 2017 in my left ankle, second was June/July 2017 in my left shoulder.

Neither our local hospital or my GP seemed terribly interested in my red, swollen and totally locked joint either time. After I had it in my ankle for a couple of weeks (totally untreated), my husband and I went to Bulgaria for a week, where I spent most of my time in three different hospitals. They gave me xrays, blood tests, a couple of injections and a few different packs of pills. This seemed to pretty much sort it all out, but unbeknown to me, it just made it dormant.

Come forward to the start of June, and it attacked my left shoulder joint. Again, local hospital just gave me a sling, and sent me on my way, despite a red, hard, swollen, locked and incredibly painful shoulder joint. My gp wasn't much better - he gave me oromorph, gabapentin and valium and told me to go back in a couple of weeks so he could give me a steriod injection into my shoulder as clearly I was in so much pain he couldn't get near it for a couple of weeks or so.

After two weeks of sleeping most of the day and night, high fevers with the shakes, and feeling generally dreadful I got my husband to drop me back to the local hospital where I stayed until they did something! I went in armed with the information that i 'thought' I had septic arthritis, and six hours later, I was admitted.

I was in hospital for 2 and a half weeks, with 2x daily blood tests, followed by 3 hour sessions of IV Vancomycin. This went on for a couple of weeks. I had two operations to wash out my shoulder, and was put on a Vac Pump for about 3 weeks. Oramorph, co-codamol and naproxen were the pain drugs I was given, the oramorph was especially useful when my Vac Pump dressing was changed, and after my operations.

Went on to Tycaplanin after 2 weeks, but that caused an allergic rash so they stopped that and went back to the Vancomycin while they worked out what oral antibiotic to give me (I am allergic to penicillin). Blood tests were still done every day to check my markers were lowering.

I am still taking oral antibiotic Clarithromycin and have another 3 weeks to go on that. Hopefully the blood test in a couple of weeks will show that the markers are down and the infection has now all gone.

I have a nice dent in my shoulder, and it feels like there's nothing much between my skin and the bones. The area around my scar (which is about 3 inches long) is numb, but very tender in a red area just behind it. No bra strap allowed as its far too uncomfortable.

Back to my left ankle joint ....... it's still a bit swollen and doesn't move as it should, and gets uncomfortable quite often. I was hoping that all the antibiotics that I have been on for a couple of months would have sorted out any infection that was still there, but maybe because it went untreated for so long, the septic arthritis that got into my joint has done irreparable damage.

When I was eventually diagnosed, I was told that S.A. was so rare, they only see around 4 or 5 cases a year. Now that is a figure i find rather odd, seeing as in my ward of 6 ladies, THREE of us had the same infection!!

Has anyone else on here had septic arthritis? Once it has finally gone, is it likely that it will return? And what about my two damaged joints? Am I now likely to get arthritis in them?

Sorry for my long post, but there was a lot to say.

If this is the wrong area to write such a lot, please let me know and I will copy and paste and put something on the main forum bit. This kind of place is totally new to me.

I am in South-east England, by the way.

Comments

  • moderator
    moderator Moderator Posts: 4,088
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Nicki & welcome to the Arthritis Care forums.

    As you rightly surmise, this post is a little bit more than a "saying hello" so I've moved it to Living With Arthritis.

    You certainly have had a bad time of things: I had to look up Septic Arthritis to find out more. It's certainly rare and you might find this Q&A on Arthritis Research useful if you haven't already seen it: http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/arthritis-today-magazine/157-summer-2012/q-and-a-antibiotics.aspx

    Coincidently, new member jayrea77 has also had a round of Septic Arthritis https://arthritiscareforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=48227&p=632696&hilit=Septic#p632696

    You can also contact the Arthritis Care Helpline which are open Monday to Friday, 9.30am-5pm on 0808 800 4050 for free confidential support.

    All best wishes
    Brynmor
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 26,619
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    You've certainly been through the mill, haven't you? Unfortunately, septic arthritis is very rare. Despite many hospital stays – some of weeks in a ward / hospital just for people with arthritis – I've only ever met one lady who had it.

    We can all sympathise with the pain and frustrations of everyday life but, as for septic arthritis itself, I can only suggest you read up here on former threads http://tinyurl.com/ybxrdmxm .
  • nickisalter
    nickisalter Member Posts: 4
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    You've certainly been through the mill, haven't you? Unfortunately, septic arthritis is very rare. Despite many hospital stays – some of weeks in a ward / hospital just for people with arthritis – I've only ever met one lady who had it.

    We can all sympathise with the pain and frustrations of everyday life but, as for septic arthritis itself, I can only suggest you read up here on former threads http://tinyurl.com/ybxrdmxm .

    Good morning
    Thanks for the info. Sadly when I try to look at the link you sent I says that I am not allowed to use that forum :-(

    Nicki
  • daffy2
    daffy2 Member Posts: 1,636
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Nicki
    I think the lack of access to the link may be something to do with being a new member, and will be solved in a few days. The mods on here are very good so I hope someone from AC will be along shortly to explain.
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 26,619
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I know some areas of the site are unavailable for the first few postings but I don't think the search engine is one of them.

    Try doing your own search. Put 'septic arthritis' into the search engine above on the right of the pale blue line.

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