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Healthwatch – Bone-Breaking Tumor

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((TOM)) ONE YOUNG HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER WENT FROM DOCTOR TO DOCTOR AND DIAGNOSIS TO DIAGNOSIS TO FIND OUT WHY HIS BONES WERE BREAKING BUT LEFT WITH MORE PAIN THAN ANSWERS ((ERIN)) CHELLY BOUTOTT TELLS US HOW HE GOT BACK ON HIS FEET IN HEALTHWATCH

DAVID COVINGTON WAS BREAKING EVERY BONE IN HIS BODY AND DOCTORS HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS CAUSING IT " TWO YEARS AGO, DAVID COVINGTON DIDN'T THINK HIS BACK PAIN AND GENERAL WEAKNESS WOULD TURN INTO HIM NEEDING A CANE AT 27 HE EVEN HAD A HARD TIME WITH HOUSEHOLD CHORES DAVID COVINGTON, "I COULDN'T GET THE LAWN MOWER STARTED AND IT WAS JUST A PULL AND I WASN'T STRONG ENOUGH TO PULL IT ON" DOCTORS DID A FULL BODY SCAN ON DAVID AND FOUND HE HAD SEVERAL STRESS FRACTURES THROUGHOUT HIS BODY

DAVID COVINGTON, "THAT WAS KIND OF WHERE I REALLY FELT THAT 'OH MAYBE THIS IS SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS THAN JUST BACK PAIN'" AFTER TWO ORTHOPEDISTS, A RHEUMATOLOGIST, AND MONTHS OF TREATMENTS, DAVID'S CONDITION WORSENED AND HE BECAME SO WEAK THAT HE WAS FALLING THEN AN ENDOCRINOLOGIST AT VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY SAID A TUMOR IN HIS BRAIN MAY BE THE CULPRIT REID THOMPSON, MD, PROFESSOR OF NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY, VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, "A RARE PROBLEM CALLED TIO, WHICH STANDS FOR TUMOR-INDUCED OSTEOMALACIA, SO TUMORS CAUSING BREAKDOWN OF BONE" DAVID WAS REFERRED TO NEUROSURGEON REID THOMPSON WHO AT FIRST THOUGHT IT WAS A BENIGN TUMOR

REID THOMPSON, MD, "IF YOU ASK MOST NEUROSURGEONS WHO SPECIALIZE IN BRAIN TUMORS WHAT IT IS THAT YOU HAVE, THEY WOULD SAY IT'S A BENIGN TUMOR, NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT" BUT A QUICK SEARCH ABOUT T-I-O CHANGED HIS MIND REID THOMPSON, MD, "WE REALLY HAD TO DO THAT OPERATION, BECAUSE IT WAS A CHANCE TO ACTUALLY CURE HIM OF THIS DISEASE WHICH WAS RAVISHING HIS BODY" AFTER THE SURGERY AND ABOUT A MONTH OF PHYSICAL THERAPY, DAVID FELT BACK TO NORMAL DAVID COVINGTON, "IT WOULD TAKE ABOUT FIVE MINUTES TO GET FROM MY CAR TO THE FRONT DOOR

NOW IT TAKES ABOUT 15 SECONDS" AND TWO MONTHS AFTER SURGERY, DAVID WAS BACK IN HIS CLASSROOM TEACHING, PAIN-FREE " DOCTORS SAY DAVID'S CASE OF T-I-O WAS EVEN MORE RARE BECAUSE OF ITS LOCATION MOST OF THOSE TUMORS ARE NORMALLY FOUND IN THE HANDS, FEET, OR NASAL CAVITIES AND THATS YOUR HEALTHWATCH, I'M CHELLY BOUTOTT LOCAL FIVE NEWS

((ERIN)) THANKS CHELLY A NEW DEVICE THAT LOOKS LIKE SKI GOGGLES IS HELPING PATIENTS WHO GET EYE-LID SURGERY HEAL MORE QUICKLY

Source: Youtube

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