Luke is a 24-year military veteran. A few months after his gallbladder surgery, his knees started to ache but he thought it was arthritis setting in. "My body took a beating after so many years in the military," he says. Luke had another MRI, again with the contrast agent. Turns out that a cyst had to be removed so he was back in the hospital again. "Immediately after surgery, I knew something was wrong," Luke says. "I had a burning rash on my knee and my nerves were twitching along with muscle cramping." Luke adds that the pain didn't subside and the rash has now radiated up and down his leg.
"After that I developed respiratory problems; I couldn't believe what was going on," says Luke. "Whatever had infected me seemed to be traveling all over my body. I thought I had a massive infection and now I have a litany of symptoms, including a sore back and ribs, and nausea. And I have lost 40 pounds since surgery.
And I've missed three months of work. Ironically I work in the Texas Department of Aging and Disability services. I didn't realize that the injection I was given with that contrast agent during the MRIs could cause all these symptoms until I went on the internet—that was two days ago.
I didn't know that such a condition existed and I can't help but think I might be developing NSF/NFD. Because I'm a vet, I have to see a VA doctor and I'm not too happy about that—they probably haven't heard of this disease either. All I can do is impress upon them that I need to get tested or see the right specialist. And if I am diagnosed with NSF, I'd better get a lawyer."