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  • Avatarjayd10033
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    First opportunity to get a culture taken is a week from tomorrow. Hospital is overbooked, etc. No fever, chills, lethargy.

    I am REALLY hoping I get something before then that may ameliorate the infection – i.e. a broad spectrum.

    AvatarDonald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Getting the correct infecting organism is important so the most effective antibiotic can be used. Starting the antibiotic early prior to the aspiration typically makes obtaining a culture less possible. What country do you live in?

    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.
    Avatarjayd10033
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    Update: The abscesses were too tiny to aspirate. The pain was growing. During my appointment with the Infectious Disease doc, his determination was to admit me to the ER immediately to get an IV antibiotic going (Ertapenem) and insert a PICC line so I could continue at home.

    I stayed in the ER/Observation for 2 days, and am now continuing at home. 5 IV doses later, the worse pain is gone, but strong pain persists in the area of the surgery where the infection grew from, but seems to be improving. Will get my first lab results today for CRP, sedimentation rate, etc.

    Will keep the group posted.

    AvatarDonald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Hopefully, the organism will be identified. The treatment includes watching the ESR and CRP labs to decrease in value with your pain improving. We will watch your progress with best wishes!

    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.
    Avatarjayd10033
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    Update: Sed rate down to 20’s from high 50’s. WBC down to 6,000 from 9,000. Waiting for CRP. Pain is reducing as well. So I think the trend is positive! More to come.

    AvatarDonald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Thats a sharp reduction for the small amount of time so that’s great news! The antibiotic is working.

    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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