A spinal infection is nothing to play around with. The effects of a spinal infection can severely impact the livelihood of the infected throughout their life. More and more spinal infection cases are being misdiagnosed by physicians than ever before. Time is of the essence when dealing with a spinal infection and if you are among the many that have been misdiagnosed for this condition, you need to act as soon as possible.
The symptoms from a spinal infection are different depending on the person as well as the actual infection itself. Spinal infections are most commonly associated with bacterial infections from an open wound, but can be brought on by internal circumstances that have nothing to do with an open wound at all. Here are some of the most common symptoms to watch for.
- Traveling Pain – Most infections have pain in a generalised area that is easily detected. Pain however from a spinal infection is not localised due to the fact that an infection of the spine can impact the entire body. Pain that starts at the neck and back and then seems to travel to other parts of the body can be a sign of a spinal infection.
- Fever and Chills – Fever is most commonly associated with any infection within the body due to the body’s reaction when it is attempting to fight off the infection. Fever and chills that are not associated with any known condition can be a sign of many conditions, but also for spinal infections.
- Lethargy – A spinal infection takes a severe toll on the body and can cause the affected person to feel extremely tired. Lethargy without an explanation should always be examined by a medical professional.
- Loss of Appetite – It is human nature to not feel hungry when the body is trying to fight off an infection. The thought is that it is unwise to feed an infection in the body and allow the body to fight it off naturally. Prolonged appetite loss is a sign of Spinal Infection.
Spinal infections can happen to anyone at any time, but there are some causes that increase the chance of the infection occurring. Here are just a few of the possible causes of a spinal infection.
- Back Injury – One of the most common causes of a spinal infection is a back injury of some form. No matter if the back is being operated on, an infection can attack the spinal column from any part of the body as it is connected to practically every body part.
- Unclean Equipment – Back surgery is a common reality in today’s world. Medical advances have made the treatment of back injuries much more accessible to physicians. However, if the procedure is not performed with sanitised equipment, bacteria from the equipment can be left within the body and allowed to grow causing a spinal infection.
- Wrong Medication or Treatment – A misdiagnosis can occur at any time and for most medical circumstances, but when the incorrect treatment is given to the patient, it can cause a spinal infection to occur or worsen spreading one infection into the spinal area.
The implications of a misdiagnosis of some health issues is mild in comparison to the issues that can happen from a misdiagnosis of a spinal infection. The mere fact that the infection is attached to such a substantial part of the body means that the circumstances surrounding the disorder are serious. Here are just a few of the implications of a spinal infection misdiagnosis.
- Other Health Problems – Spinal infections are quite rare when compared to many other health related issues, but diagnosing the spinal infection as another health issue can spell disaster. A misdiagnosis can allow the infection to spread causing paralysis or even death if it is left untreated for long enough.
- Organ Function – Infection of the spine can lead to infection to spread to not only the tissues of the body, but the organs as well. This can lead to a reduction or complete shutdown of major organs in the body. Although it is a rare occurrence to allow the infection to reach to such areas, if left without a proper diagnosis it is a possibility.
A misdiagnosis of a spinal infection is nothing to play around with. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or if you are being treated for an ailment and suspect that it may be a spinal infection, contact an attorney as soon as possible. Time is always important in any misdiagnosis claim and the statute of limitations can be as little as 3 years, so do not delay in making your claim today. Never allow a physician to get away with a false diagnosis. Take action now.
If you have suffered a Spinal Infection as a result of an incident that wasn’t your fault, then you may be able to make a claim. Call Tylers today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 to see if you can make a claim today.
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