Patient Comments: Septic Arthritis - Experience


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Comment from: Shahra, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 08

My 2 year old son had been complaining from left leg knee pain but we thought it is nothing serious till the day he started crying while asleep, from knee pain and wasn’t able to walk. I advise to never ignore joint pain as it could be septic arthritis either in children or adults. Two weeks after he first mentioned the knee pain is when we took him to the emergency, and a week after tests being done he was diagnosed and taken for an operation of fluid drain.

Comment from: Leann , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I woke up one morning and fell unconscious. My legs couldn’t hold me up. Four months later, I have had 2 operations on draining my knees from septic arthritis and an unconscious induced coma in ICU. Then I was in hospital for 4 months for rehabilitation and a brain bleed with a bout of pneumonia. I felt I’d been hit with the unluckiest card ever, as septic arthritis is and was the most painful disease I’d ever come across. My road to walking again is slow and I’ve now, 28.05.2019, got decrepitude, crepitus knees.

Comment from: Serenap, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I was gardening and pulling weeds. Suddenly I felt a sharp stab in my finger. Super painful. I thought something bit me. It was a palm spike. I knew nothing about this septic arthritis. My fingertip became red and enflamed and painful to the touch. The pain went from the fingertip up the arm. What made things worse was when I performed my own spike removal; it felt better, and 4 days later it was red and super inflamed again. Here I am 2 months later, fingertip tender, red, and pain still in arm.

Comment from: turtlelover2730, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I had septic arthritis due to a partial hysterectomy I had done a few years ago. They were treating me for gout in my left ankle, which was later found out after I went to another hospital. I almost died from the group A strep bacterial infection that was in my blood. I spent a week in the hospital and was cleared from this. But I have awful stiffness and pain from my left ankle. Didn't get any physical therapy and I can barely walk on my left side. I hate this.

Comment from: Wdlcrew, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 27

I am currently in hospital with three surgeries on my wrist for septic arthritis. It is extremely painful and I am no stranger to pain. The draining of the joint fluid that was infected helped some as did the antibiotics however my full movement of fingers and wrist have not returned. It does not feel very stable and I am not confident that it will.

Comment from: Fariafamily5, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I've been hospitalized 3 times for septic arthritis in my left hip joint. My 3rd time in hospital they did surgery and drained the joint. I had a wound VAC (vacuum-assisted closure) in place for 2 days after. I completed 6 weeks of vancomycin in a nursing home. I'm home 3 weeks and recovering pretty well, but still have a lot of pain in my everyday living! Now my right knee and foot are causing me a lot of pain! I don’t know how long these joint pain will last and wish there was something to help relieve the pain! I don't wish this on anyone, before this all started I was a very active healthy mother of 3 and now I just feel like everyday life is a daily challenge! Thank you.

Comment from: frank, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 06

It was the worst experience of my life. I lay on my bed for 3 weeks in agony while medics failed to diagnose me. I was even put in plaster for a week. After 3 weeks one of them ordered a blood test as an afterthought. I was called 2 days later and told to get to hospital quickly! For 3 weeks I was in hospital on a drip, manipulations, lots of physiotherapy, all useless and finally I had a full knee replacement. I am still sore 3 years on, I assume because of all the surrounding damage.

Comment from: ro, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 03

During my summer holiday I managed to contract septic arthritis and can say it was very painful. After a week had passed I was told to go the Accident and Emergency where they admitted me and did keyhole surgery within 24 hours. After two months of recuperating I went back to work (but I have a numbness in the knee and my foot that won’t go away).

Comment from: Mariahrdr, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

Septic arthritis has been a very painful experience. I am still in physical therapy.


The term arthritis refers to stiffness in the joints. See Answer