Thursday January 18th 2018

My Participatory Medicine Story: Osteonecrosis / Avascular Necrosis

My name is Alexandra Albin (msaxolotl on Twitter) and I have an orthopedic condition called osteonecrosis or avascular necrosis (AVN). AVN is a painful and debilitating bone disease that typically affects long bones, is caused by a loss of blood supply to the bone, and can lead to bone degeneration and the collapse of joint surfaces. AVN can happen for many reasons. In my case it was the result of medications — steroids —given for a misdiagnosed condition of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 1994. That was my third strange neurological episode over several years of what was suspected to be MS, but never confirmed. One spinal tap was positive with white blood cells, but not enough to be clinically significant. Each episode took several months for me to recover. The 1994 episode was my worst sy…

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My Participatory Medicine Story: Osteonecrosis / Avascular Necrosis

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