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  • jayd10033
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    Hello doctor – Through some of my other posts you have the background. I am now one week on IV antibiotics. My first post antibiotic blood test showed SED and CRP both down from pre-antibiotic levels.

    My questions are on your experience with the pain associated with this condition.

    While the absolutely excruciating pain with movement is now gone-I am still left with aches and mobility limiting pain generally across my low back and flanks.

    The pain maybe worse one day than another day- Is your expectation that I would have fluctuations of higher pain on some days even on antibiotics? Or should I be steadily getting better- meaning diminished pain day after day.

    It makes me a little nervous to feel more pain than I did the previous day while taking antibiotics. I assume that if the antibiotics were not working my levels would not be dropping.

    Any insight from your prior experience would be appreciated. Thank you!

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Healing after a discitis is non-typical. Some individuals will improve immediately and other will have lingering symptoms. If your disc space was truly involved and the infecting organism was virulent (produced many destructive enzymes-say Staph Aureus), you could go on to an auto-fusion of that segment over months. If the organism was not virulent (say P. Acnes), then you will heal faster with less problems.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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