I have a bone island in my scapoid bone let hand (found on x-ray after twicsting my wrist and being unable to use my hand and was put in plaster for 6 weeks because of a suspected fracture). My consultant diagnosed me from an x-ray.
My question is why am I in agony with it? He said I cannot possibly be (they never hurt) and I must be just suffering from mental illness which I don't understand, but then he looked at my hand and said it looked fractured (swollen, discolouration) checked the x-ray again and nothing there but the bone island and looked mystified. He offered to put me in plaster again but I refused because that was no help last time as my hand kept swelling and the plaster was removed several times over the 6 weeks. He said he could refer me but it was probably just from me not wanting to use it properly (chance would be a fine thing).
I cannot take pain killers (due to severe reactions) and the medication I take for my right elbow problem makes no difference. The only thing that helps is warm water.
I cannot sleep at night and am looking at being forced to resign from my job because I cannot concentrate and do it properly from the pain, i've already had to give up my musical instruments (played for 22 years and now cannot at all). The physio is making the pain worse and although I can move my hand properly it really hurts. I cannot lift anything with it at all. The more I use it the worse it gets (the consultant said this was normal and just to ignore it but I can't). I've been having pain getting worse for two years in it and all I was told was how I was just experiencing growing pains (i'm 28) and there was nothing wrong. I was put in plaster for 6 weeks because of a suspected fracture and still have fracture signs and symptoms but no fracture.
Does anyone know anything about bone islands? Do they hurt, am I just a crazy woman? Any ideas?
I've had pain in my ankle since before Christmas and walking with a limp has now put my back out. Had x-rays on both. All normal except for bone island in distal tibia which the doctor shrugged off. He said I most likely have soft tissue damage and have I done anything unusual. Answer is no. He has given me an oral anti-inflammatory to take. Hoping this helps.
I also have a 'bone island' in my tailbone/hip that has also caused me severe pain. It was found after two months of seeing a chiropractor with no relief. My MD took x-rays at this time and immediatley did a full blood pannel and sent me for a bone scan, suspecting Cancer. When i was told about my bone island, my Dr. said it was nothing more than a "birth mark" on my bone? Now I don't know what to do, by 3pm I am in my office crying from the pain, and al i have been given is some tramadol. Any suggestions as what i should do next???
I have been dealing with severe pain in my left knee now for over 9 years, just last year they found a bone island in it, but like you said, they said "bone island's do not cause pain" Yet I am still in constant pain.
You are not the only one out there, and trust me it is one hell of a hoop to jump through, but bare through it and keep pushing the doctors for answers. I'm not going to give up until someone figures something out, or they cut off my damn leg. Either way, I wont stop till I have some answers. I'm going in tomorrow for another set of X-Rays to see if anything has changed. I am now experiencing severe swelling in my leg as well which has never happened before. Wishing you all the luck! Praying for answers!