What is Discitis?
There is a disc between each vertebra in the spine. When this disc gets an infection and becomes inflamed, it’s called discitis.
Often the cause of the infection is staphylococcus, or a bacterial or viral infection. The discs in the lumbar and thoracic section of the spine are usually the ones affected by discitis. Discitis is rare, but it affects children under 10 more often. It is a very painful condition, as pain often travels all over the body with any movement of the spine.
Symptoms of Discitis
Symptoms of discitis include gradual onset of severe back pain, fever, chills sweating, and stiffness.
Fatigue, loss of appetite, and refusal to stand, walk or sit up may also occur.