• Welcome To AVNSupport.org
  • What is AVN?
  • Stages
  • Coping With AVN Pain
  • Treatment
  • Membership

The ON/AVN Support Group Int'l Assoc., Inc. is not accepting any more new memberships at this time. The website will remain open for all current members until on or about the end of this year, 2015.

What is AVN?

AVN is short for Avascular necrosis, a degenerative bone disease that is also known as Osteonecrosis. We shorten all of that to simply “AVN”, but no matter what it is called, it is a very painful and debilitating bone ailment. AVN occurs when the blood supply to a joint or bone is suddenly compromised. When that happens, the bone begins to die.

Once considered rare, more than 20,000 new cases are diagnosed in the US alone each and every year. It is a condition that can strike anyone regardless of gender, race, country of origin, or age. There is no known cure for it.

Come join us to learn what the most prevalent cause of AVN is at this time. The answer may be disturbing to you, as it has to do with a very commonly prescribed family of medications.

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Stages

Just as with any other disease, there are definite stages with AVN, from very early stage one all the way to total joint collapse. When you join us, you will learn about these stages and how they can impact your life. You will also learn how early detection is very important, as we guide you through our own combined experiences and acquired knowledge.

 

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Coping With AVN Pain

AVN can be an excruciatingly painful ailment. The main problem is that pain levels tend to fluctuate quite often, which tends to confuse both patient and some doctors alike. You will learn what causes these great fluctuations, why they occur, and how to cope with doctors, as well as family and friends, who don’t quite understand what AVN is and how it can affect a person. Our belief is for every AVN patient to become his or her own best patient advocate. Our members learn what this means, and how to accomplish it.

 

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Treatment

No known drug, medication, tonic, or supplement can cure AVN, according to our sister site, The National Osteonecrosis Foundation (NONF). We, as the patients themselves, can attest to this. Ours is a long and often frustrating road that can lead from doctor to doctor as we try to halt the advance of this disease, or to cope with it. Most treatments for it are surgical in nature, and none of them are ‘guaranteed’ to work.

Our massive informational libraries are full of information on the various surgical treatments for AVN. And, you can meet others with AVN – your fellow Association members -- and talk with them about all kinds of treatments, results, trials, etc. Come join in on our message board and our chat rooms as you expand your knowledge base on AVN in an atmosphere of true understanding and caring.

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The ON/AVN Support Group Int'l Assoc., Inc. is not accepting any more new memberships at this time. The website will remain open for all current members until on or about the end of this year, 2015.