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Is osteomyelitis painful?

18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Can be

If pus in bone is under great pressure bone pain is likely to occur. if cortex or perisoteium of bone contains abscess formation pain is also an issue due to pressure.
Sometimes purulent material can cause infarction of bone , another sometimes painful process.

In brief: Can be

If pus in bone is under great pressure bone pain is likely to occur. if cortex or perisoteium of bone contains abscess formation pain is also an issue due to pressure.
Sometimes purulent material can cause infarction of bone , another sometimes painful process.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Every case ive seen pain and fever are hallmark symptoms of osteo.

In brief: Yes

Every case ive seen pain and fever are hallmark symptoms of osteo.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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Dr. Allen Seely
One exception is diabetic neuropathy (diabetics may be UNAWARE)
Dr. Peter Corrado
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Osteomyelitis is caused by infection localized to an area of bone.
Symptoms often develop gradually and may be localized, such as pain, swelling and redness or generalized like fever. Causes include spread from a local area of infection, direct innoculation following trauma or surgery and seedind from a blood borne infection.

In brief: Yes

Osteomyelitis is caused by infection localized to an area of bone.
Symptoms often develop gradually and may be localized, such as pain, swelling and redness or generalized like fever. Causes include spread from a local area of infection, direct innoculation following trauma or surgery and seedind from a blood borne infection.
Dr. Peter Corrado
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Dr. David Hardin
Wound care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

The most sensitive part of the bone is the membrane called the periostium on the surface.
Osteomyelitis tends to push this up from the bone causing quite a bit of pain.

In brief: Yes

The most sensitive part of the bone is the membrane called the periostium on the surface.
Osteomyelitis tends to push this up from the bone causing quite a bit of pain.
Dr. David Hardin
Dr. David Hardin
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Dr. Nima Yavari
Internal Medicine

In brief: Sometimes

It can be painful but not always.
For instance, patients with diabetes with significant diabetic neuropathy may not experience pain.

In brief: Sometimes

It can be painful but not always.
For instance, patients with diabetes with significant diabetic neuropathy may not experience pain.
Dr. Nima Yavari
Dr. Nima Yavari
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Dr. Majid Jamali
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Depends

On the type. Different osteomyelitis have different signs and symptoms.

In brief: Depends

On the type. Different osteomyelitis have different signs and symptoms.
Dr. Majid Jamali
Dr. Majid Jamali
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