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Metal allergy to implants

Started by Mickey on 09/08/2018 12:53am

After 3yrs of mystery the adventure continues. In 2015 I had a full knee replacement followed by a lumbar fusion. A veteran of orthopedic surgery, I thought my life would continue on pretty much as it had. This was not to be. After the second surgery I had mystery symptoms, no energy, chills, sweats, pain , swelling in the knee, all kinds of weirdness that were definitely not normal for me.
Fast forward after much research. It ended up that I am allergic to the titanium screws that were used in my fusion. Everybody if you are metal senstive, save yourself the misery by insisting on a patch test at the allergist for common metals. The surgeons seem to brush right past the fact you could be allergic, because the percentage of people is low..trust me after a career loss and ongoing drama that test would have literally saved my life. I had the screws removed two weeks ago and this has opened another can of worms. The wound ran clear fluid that literally burned the surrounding skin. Within a week, I was covered on my back and arms with a. Itchy rash. The rash has cleared up some but the skin is super sensitive on my back and still itchy. I still have low energy, but my vision has cleared and some of the general "flu" feelings are starting to subside. I hope someone may know how to detox from this. Right now it's just misery.
There are also some implants out there made out of tantalum 3 which is almost impossible to allergy test for. The neuro surgeon talked like this was an easy procedure and I would be up quickly. No one seems to know what to do after the allergy takes over. This seems to be a problem.
I am also having problems with the knee implant but after this experience, I am afraid to go through a revision.
Our medical community doesn't seem to be able to deal with aftermath that doesn't fall into a "normal" set of symptoms. Patients beware.

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