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Posted by Chase
Last Reply August 2, 2006 at 16:22
Started August 1, 2006 at 07:57
Hello everyone. My name is Chase and I am a 23-year-old recent college graduate. I first learned of MRSA in March 2006 when I had a "boil" in the crease between my leg and my groin. After lancing it twice in the doctors office, a shot and a take home antibiotic (not to mention my leg swelling twice its normal size from cellulitus) I was admitted to the hospital. I did five days of Vanco and numerous oral drugs. When I left I thougth it was over. That was the beginning for me. Since then I have spent time on Rephampin and numerous -cycline family antibiotics.
Three weeks ago I moved five hours away from home in what I thought was good health. After catching what I thought was poison ivy and treated over the counter, and a trip to Urgent Care (which is a joke) my primary care physician back home sent me to an infectious disease specialist in Dallas, TX. He immediatly re-diagnosed me with combination MRSA and Impetigo (another form of staph). I am living in constant fear f... read more

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Posted by sandi
Last Reply July 31, 2006 at 18:02
Started July 28, 2006 at 04:40
The consumers union is hunting people to post their stories on their real people page. If any of you are interested, please leave your email address and I will pass it along. I hope by letting them publish my story it may help get legislation passed to make hospitals responsible for their actions. Sandi

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Posted by soniek
Last Reply July 31, 2006 at 02:11
Started July 29, 2006 at 06:12
just wondering if anyone has heard from linda??ive not seen her post lately and was worried...

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Phisohex and essential oils
Posted by germphobe
Last Reply July 28, 2006 at 23:03
Started July 28, 2006 at 20:35
I am trying to take every precaution not to pass this onto others. Does Phisohex work? Is there any way to get it without an Rx? Does it have any side effects?

I have read that Eucalytus, Tea Tree and Lavender work against it. Are there any other essential oils that work?

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a call for action
Posted by Elaine
Last Reply July 25, 2006 at 15:37
Started July 8, 2006 at 03:08
In my humble opinion, after having read everything having to do with MRSA for the last one year, our government is falling short in addressing this disease threat in almost every way imaginable. What ought we to be asking our elected representatives to do?

1. Track the extent of the epidemic. The CDC has still not made MRSA a reportable infectious disease. This means that if half the children in your child's elementary school have MRSA, you WILL NOT BE NOTIFIED. Hospitals ought to be required, not state by state, but at the federal level, to report their MRSA admissions in addition to every single nosocomial (hospital acquired) infection that occurs on their watch. Individual physicians should be required to report MRSA cases to their local health departments. Most doctors still believe that MRSA is approximately as infectious as run of the mill staph. They will not be convinced otherwise until the rise of the epidemic is characterized fully.

2. Define and characterize ... read more

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Desperate, Terrifed - Please Help
Posted by Anonymous
Last Reply July 25, 2006 at 15:26
Started July 25, 2006 at 06:57
I am having my fourth episode of MRSA in 8 months. It first occured in Novemeber. I had a large boil on my thigh. I went to my regular doctor, he did not culture it, (I probably should have insisted but I didn't know this could be done) said it was staph, said to put a lot of moist heat on it and gave me some antibiotics. It eventually went away but left a large scar.

Then in April I got another one on my lower leg. I was in so much pain I almost went to the emergency room. My regular doctor was out of town so I got antibiotics from another doctor. It did get better but didn't really heal. I went to another doctor who said it was a spider bite and was definitely not staph. He did not culture it and said antibiotics would not help.

Six weeks later, I got five more of these things. I went back to the doctor and said I doubted they were spider bites since I had so many. At this point, I started to do my own research and started to take Olive Leaf extract, Garlic, Vitam... read more

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SICK TO DEATH... what to do, options gone
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply July 25, 2006 at 04:23
Started July 21, 2006 at 19:49
Don’t give up, don’t give in, chin up, fight, fight, fight... but when you are worn down to absolutely nothing with seemingly no answers in any direction, battling MRSA is a larger than life uphill battle just to keep your nose above water.

We were so optimistic to see the long awaited Infectious Disease Specialist yesterday morning. The first ID Specialist since all this MRSA stuff began. ( In twelve weeks since acquiring MRSA I have seen 8 doctors, twelve appointments between them all, 8 antibiotics total. Two outbreaks.) I have mentioned in a previous post I happen to see this particular ID doctor on a local televised public program where he, a local health department doctor, and an infectious control RN were having a question and answer public forum specifically about MRSA at a Gould Medical Group establishment. We had been so relieved I was finally going to be seen by a doctor who held answers.

His cough could be heard throughout the office, as though he had a deep, ... read more

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Research proven help to fight MRSA
Posted by Lori
Last Reply July 24, 2006 at 03:56
Started July 22, 2006 at 16:28
I am not one to do the posting thing, but I have a family member with MRSA and have been doing alot of research and found your site. If this can help anyone that would be a great thing, so I decided to POST! Visit the web site and look up mangosteen and mrsa. If you are interested you can go to for more information and I pray that you find some help.

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Got a lawyer
Posted by Stephanie
Last Reply July 23, 2006 at 07:27
Started April 18, 2006 at 03:17
We called the doctor that did my husbands surgery and infected him with MRSA. He took resposibility and asked my husband to come to his office first thing tomorrow. We talked to an attorney earlier in the day and he said we have a case. I wonder how this all works. I wonder what the doctor has to say tomorrow.

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Posted by Tim Jacobs
Last Reply July 22, 2006 at 22:59
Started November 18, 2005 at 20:38
My son went in for a colonoscopy and indiascopy and ended up with MRSA three days later.After five bad infections which were lanced and cleaned by surgery they finally sent him to an infectious desease center in OKC, OK.They told him that it settled in his blood.He has had two more infections since both lanced and cleaned surgically.He is 28 years old, has never been in the hospital untill these procedures and has rarely ever been sick.The local DR. say he carries MRSA on his skin but;why has'nt it affected him before?He has taken different antibiotics each time.Now my daughter in law and two grandaughters get boils and my daughter in law just recently went to the ER and she has MRSA.This has been going on for over a year and he has since filed for bankruptcy because of all the work he has lost.Can MRSA settle in your blood? If so will he have problems with this from now on?Someone help please! My e-mail is

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no treatment works
Posted by tatum
Last Reply July 22, 2006 at 18:00
Started October 25, 2005 at 08:27
No treatment works
Started by Tatum Posted: October 25, 2005 at 05:01
My girlfriend has had MRSA for about two years now and nothing seems to work. She has jumped from place to place trying to get cured. No matter what we do she doesnt get any better, actually she seems to of gotten worse. I do not understand how i have not caught it. I am just desperate for help at this point. If anyone knows of anything that could cure or help treat her an any way possible please reply. We live in columbus, ohio. It seems to me like the doctors dont know what they are talking about. So if anyone from are area knows of any treatment facility around us plese help, thank you for your time.

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I won't be sending the dentist my 'papers'
Posted by Wendy
Last Reply July 21, 2006 at 15:29
Started July 18, 2006 at 04:47
I am doing 'okay' but I don't know for sure that I am MRSA free now. And, even if I am, well -- it sounds like it's something that's fairly easy to find anywhere these days.

I've done my best to communicate with busy, harried doctors, nurses and secretaries.

I've needed dental work for a while, had an appointment set up, was supposed to be tomorrow. But, this morning, I called the dentist and told them that I'd just fininshed taking antibiotics (Bactrim, etc.) for MRSA, was doing well, but wanted to mention it, main reason for informing them is that I'm afraid that the dentist would determine, after seeing my teeth, that I need oral surgery -- and I don't wish to risk that right now, so I would say 'no,' and then I'd have to explain that I'd had (or have) MRSA.

Anyway, the response I got, and it's my own fault, I know -- was to be told that before I could be seen at their office I needed to have my primary doctor send or fax a letter to them saying that I was 'o... read more

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How many varients of MRSA?
Posted by Dr.Chris Malyszewicz
Last Reply July 19, 2006 at 21:31
Started May 11, 2005 at 22:52
Combact kills over 122 different strains or varients of MRSA.

I have tested E15 & E16 strains (hospital ones) with positive results, also community strains as well.

The department of health in the UK do not know exactly how many variants there are, that is why they have asked for my input.
The mecA gene is reposible for the variation and resistance to anti-biotics.

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keeping the lid on MRSA
Posted by kiki
Last Reply July 17, 2006 at 15:42
Started July 17, 2006 at 15:42
So sorry to hear about your wife. Have Had MRSA 1 year now and have succeded in keeping it at bay. Culture showed Bactrim succeptability. Took for 5 months. Still remain on nose swab with the same. Gave MRSA to kids. kids treated the same. only for 3 months. Kids o.k. I have signs of MRSA coming and going still. No boil out breaks yet since july last year.
Helpful hints: one towel per day/no sharing. No baths. Liquid soap, no shaving this is tough for women. (this spreads shed skin cell bacteria and compromises skin as first defense)Have resumed shaving in bleach solution for summer and have noticed an increase of symptoms. Bleach 1/2 water in spray bottle in shower, spray skin folds and areas effected by MRSA. Night clothes 1x only

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Any Info Helps
Posted by Steve
Last Reply July 16, 2006 at 07:59
Started November 22, 2004 at 01:03
Hello This is kind of a long article but please bear with me I don't know what to do. I am a 20 year old male in the US. I was diagnosed with MRSA about 3 years ago. I first started to get boils and went to the hospital to get them lanced. They took a culture but did not tell me anything. I finally was fed up and went to a different hospital, they ordered my papers from the first hospital and got worried because the papers said I had MRSA. So they imediatly started treatment with antibiotic pills and creams. I went through 8 different pills all curing it for about a month or two before the boils returned. Then I was tested to see if it was in my blood and sure enough it was. I was fed up with that hospital too so I switched to Mayo Clinic. After seeing the results my Dr. came running back saying get him in a bed and a IV on him. Then another Dr. said no he will be fine with pills so we went with the cheeper way because I have no insurance. Any ways I'm starting to get worse. I'm alw... read more

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Posted by Terri
Last Reply July 14, 2006 at 22:48
Started July 14, 2006 at 18:11
Here in S.C., there have been several articles lately about MRSA. One article in The State newspaper on Sunday, July 9, talks about the plight of hospitals as they "work on reducing infections." HELLO- IT'S CALLED SOAP AND WATER!
Another article in The Greenville News on Wednesday, July 5, was entitled "Staph infection complaints lead to probe at jail." This probe was at the "request of two lawyers investigating conditions there."

I am furious! How is it that the conditions at a prison bring on the lawyers, but healthy people getting sick at our hospitals is met with, "I'm sorry I can't take your case." I am not at all for frvilous lawsuits, but I don't have a father to talk to, to laugh with, or to hug. His only "crime" was going into a hospital to get better, but there are no lawyers waiting in line asking for a probe into his death.

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So be brave and carry on!
Posted by Wendy
Last Reply July 13, 2006 at 22:40
Started July 13, 2006 at 14:49
Hello, all, I recently was diagnosed with MRSA, though I have no idea what strain. After about a week of feeling very anxious about the whole thing, I've decided that there's no other choice but to be brave. Right? What else can you do? ' Death, Taxes, MRSA.'

Fortunately, I am able to rest at home in a quiet environment, and to do my housework and whatever at my own pace. So, while taking the antibiotics, I seem to be recovering -- at least this time -- very well. Time will tell whether or not this is my final bout with MRSA. While recovering, I've lurked around some MRSA forums -- found one regarding pets, too, since we have dogs, cats, and birds. I'd intended to not post anything, but, well, I guess it really is nice to find some other people who have the same, or a similar diagnosis.

I'm tyring to guess if I've had this for years, which I think is quite possible, or if I only recently got it. If I've had this for years, it seems that it did show up a bit but was nev... read more

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Re: MRSA Boil? Still There
Posted by Kate
Last Reply July 13, 2006 at 01:33
Started July 12, 2006 at 15:24
I had one lesion that never drained under the skin after several months (I had MRSA for about a year). All my other lesions drained or healed & I had some surgeries and plastic surgery on my face. My doctors said to see a surgeon about the one remaining lesion after I complained it was still there. They sent me also for an ultrasound. The diagnosis was lymph node though it hangs in the skin under where a lynmph node would be. I finished my bactrim two months ago and am still doing the nose stuff for one more month.

The surgeon said "How do you know you had MRSA? Everyone has MRSA. You must just have had ingrown hairs." etc. I was stunned. I said they took cultures, I was hospitalized several times, I almost died, etc. He said he'd never heard of cutting skin and basically threw a fit. He said any culture on anyone's skin would show MRSA. He said a swab isn't a culture and said only a needle biopsy would be any good (but didn't offer to do one). Then he said it could be a lymph no... read more

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DR. ESE CALLUM IS A FRAUD A concerned real doc
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply July 12, 2006 at 21:21
Started July 12, 2006 at 21:16

Since my strength is up at the moment, not enough for me to do anything other than sit here and write intermittently, I thought I’d take a shot at this.

First and foremost it is highly suspicious for a “real Doctor” as the writer states, to respond on this forum... when it takes an act seemingly larger than our century’s basic medical knowledge.... to get “correct responses/treatments” from doctors out in the field who know any bit about MRSA. If you research MRSA you will see it was introduced in the 60s!

I am not a doctor.
This is my take based on what I’ve learned in two months concerning MRSA.

As with the beginnings of any epidemic, trials of real people are data collected, compiled, logs of medical CDC registered medication are advised and given to doctors to treat MRSA patients under strict CDC dispensing and documentation rules, repetitive treatments which are laterally proven successful to minimize bacterial growth and patient symptoms who are MRSA positives,... read more

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Antiobiotic Resistant Bladder Infection
Posted by Patty
Last Reply July 12, 2006 at 21:13
Started September 29, 2005 at 19:24
I can't seem to kick this recurrent enteroccus faecium bug that I got from a hospital stay I think. Here's some questions:
What have people done to prevent it?
I've read about cinnamon, garlic, eucalyptus--are these prevention options?
If chlorine kills this bug in sewage plants, would swimming in a chlorinated pool help?
Cats get this bug--could this be a way it's transmitted?
I'm obviously pretty desperate for help here because there aren't many antibiotics left

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