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13 Month with MRSA
Posted by Kelly
Last Reply June 4, 2006 at 20:17
Started June 4, 2006 at 06:37
About 2 weeks ago we took our 13 month if for what we thought was a hernia. It turned out she had an infected lymph node in her right groin. She was put on keflex. 4 days later the redness went away, but the swelling was still there. By Tuesday the following week the bulge was 2 inches wide and looked like a large under the skin pimple (redness returned to almost purple). We took her to urgent care where they opened the lymph node to drain it (abscessed lymph node). They had to pack the wound with gauze because it was so large and infected. We have had to go in every two days to have the gauze removed and repacked. It is the most horrible thing to see your child screaming in pain while they do this to her. We hopefully only have to go one more time. (4 times in all). They changed her antibotics. They have diagnosed her with MRSA. Is there anything else I need to worry about. I am afraid that this may come back. Are my other two kids at risk as well? I can not bear to ... read more

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MRSA QUEST
Posted by Adam
Last Reply June 3, 2006 at 20:39
Started June 2, 2006 at 05:50
hello. my father died from an infection. He had two infections in two months. He seen a family doctor and was in the er. Neither one took a culture of the open wound. He died days later from septic shock. Could this have been prevented with a blood test or a culture? Whos to blame?

I got MRSA of the right thumb days after my father passed away. I went to see a doctor. the first thing she did was take a culture. 2 days later i found out and they put me on good antibiotics. I had surgery and they had to remove the tip of my thumb. I am on Vancomycin for a month at home, and hook it up to an IV. At leat im alive. I just have to take my meds----and lost part of my thumb. Is there anything i can do about my fathers situation? Malpractice? Anything?

any doctos out there?
--Help me OUT---
Help me out

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6-year-old with recurring impetigo
Posted by Jan
Last Reply June 3, 2006 at 01:13
Started April 17, 2006 at 19:41
My daughter and son had impetigo last August. One week on antibiotics, and my son's cleared and hasn't returned. My daughter was more resistant, and they had to put her on a stronger dose of the same antibiotic (Keflex) which seemed to resolve it. Then she had another episode of it in February, and we haven't been able to get rid of it. She's been on Keflex twice, and now she's on her second round of Bactrim. It looks like small bug bites that pop up on her back, legs and arms. She has also developed a yeast infection from all of the antibiotics.

Her doctor said it was impetigo, but I know there is MRSA impetigo, and I was wondering if that type could be cured? I've also developed it, and I have an appointment with an ID doctor this week. No one has taken any cultures on my daughter yet. She has an appointment with a Dermatologist next week.

I can't send her to school when she is broken out, which means I miss work. I'm also afraid of her being around the other childen... read more

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How long on Vanco
Posted by Wanda
Last Reply May 30, 2006 at 02:10
Started May 30, 2006 at 01:24
My son is on his third bout of Hospital Borne MRSA. He has a rod in his leg. In March 05, he had several surgeries on his leg including a muscle flap and 6 weeks of vanco. His leg healed in Oct.
In Sept 05, his stomach (skin graft site used to close his leg) had MRSA. They took the stiches out and left his stomach open to heal on its own and 6 weeks of Vanco. No hospital stay. His stomach is still not healed. It is getting better.
In Jan his leg opened up again. In April the doctors finally agreed with me that he had MRSA again. They did two debrisments and put him on 6 weeks of Vanco and two weeks of Riflan. How do I know if he has been on the Vanco long enough? What is the best way to treat the wounds? On his stomach I am using Programa and Adeptic. On his leg, I am doing the whirlpool. We were going to the hospital every day for the whirlpool, but I found one ebay and am doing it at home. His blood counts are dropping and the doctors want to do more surgeries... read more

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mrsa
Posted by Tina
Last Reply May 26, 2006 at 12:40
Started May 23, 2006 at 21:06
Does anyone no what you can give babies to raise there immune system.I have 3 children who have it and yes we have been medicated to death. I also have it.I just dont know whats safe for children under 2 and under 1.My twins. Thanks Tina

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appalled by doctor
Posted by catlin
Last Reply May 26, 2006 at 06:52
Started January 12, 2006 at 16:24
I saw a doctor who asked to see my MRSA lesion. He ran his finger over it, ungloved, then went about his business without washing his hands. I told him vehemently not to touch it and he said he saw MRSA in the hospital all the time and that it did not bother him. I find this behaviour reprehensible. I was totally shocked.

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My Baby
Posted by Tina
Last Reply May 25, 2006 at 07:48
Started May 24, 2006 at 15:57
Over the last few days my 11 month old had gotten a pimple on her butt,we have been fighting this for 11 months now me and my 3 children, anyway last night she got a fever of 104 and i couldnt get it down,early this morning I took her to thre Dr, her boil had gotten so big it covered her front private parts and is huge all the way around to her butt,and this stuff comes on fast. As I sit here my Husband and mother are on there way to another town to meet a ped. surgen and disease specialist. I am sitting here with my 2 yr old and her twin brother. Waiting to see if my baby is gonna make it.Everyone that believes in GOD,and doesnt please,please pray for her, I dont want to lose my baby to this dirty rotten disease. Thanks Tina

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just told yesterday
Posted by sonie
Last Reply May 25, 2006
Started March 25, 2006 at 02:52
hello all...im very new to this as i was just told yesterday,by my home health nurse,not my doctor that my culture was positive MRSA...in january of this year i had a total abdominal hysterectomy requiring a bikini cut incision...after leaving the hospital,within several days i developed a large knot,just above my incision line,but under the skin..it grew and grew and as it grew,my health went downhill..i ended up in the er,and was told it was a seroma which would drain and heal on its own..never happend..instead the drainage that came out was completley green and just horrid...monday of last week,i finally gave in and went back to the er..the admitted me immediatley,and did cultures on the infectin and my blood,still i knew nothing of mrsa...i was put on 2 iv antibitoics,which still did not stop this GUSHING of infection coming from my incision...on thursday of last week,they took me into surgery,debreded it,and lanced many abcessed inside my abdomin,and cut out a bunch of dead tis... read more

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MRSA
Posted by Maria
Last Reply May 22, 2006 at 12:18
Started May 18, 2006 at 08:21
I came down with MRSA on my lower leg a year ago when I went to Queen's Hospital in Hawaii for a sprained ankle. To make matters worse, my PCP gave me Erythromycin (which does not work on MRSA) without doing a culture. Because no culture was done for a week, I was on a useless antibiotic that did not work for the infection. Meanwhile, the abscess grew and became more painful that I could hardly walk without extreme pain. When I voiced my concern about the antibiotic not working, my PCP said to "wait and see" what happens. To make a long story short, the abscess finally bursted and I was finally referred to a surgeon who cleaned the abscess and cultured it and found it was MRSA.

Since this incident, I have had another MRSA infection on the opposite leg and had to be put on Vancomycin which I found out I was extremely allergic to.

I feel not enough is being done by health care professionals (namely hospitals) to control the spread of this serious infection. When I visite... read more

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MRSA after Arthroscopic knee surgery
Posted by John Cruz
Last Reply May 22, 2006 at 01:57
Started April 24, 2005
i got my arthroscopic surgery march 29 and today april 23 almost a month after surgery i can barely do the things people told me i was going to be able do to after a month, i play professional basketball and this situation is killing me i don't know what to do i had a big abcess in my lip that i had to eat for a week with straws but now after taking RX augmentin the sweeling is coming down and everything but another boil just appered right by one of the incisions of my arthroscopic i'm horrified this knee is my life if i can't play my family can't eat i really need more information on this, one incision is completely healed but the other has pus coming out and is open im going back to the doctor on monday and i know (sorry for the language) i know this mothafuckas aint gonna have nothing to say, im just really frustated and i need some answer please email me
mcjoao@yahoo.com

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no antibacterial soaps please!!!
Posted by mrsarick
Last Reply May 20, 2006 at 01:28
Started May 15, 2006 at 07:49
Folk's, these soaps are a big part of the problem. You wash the infection with the soap, and the strain isn't completely killed off. and, what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. The strains of bacteria get stronger with each use of these soaps. Msra didn't exist untill these soaps appeared on the market. And ALL SOAPS ARE ANTIBACTERIAL IF YOU JUST KEEP WASHING. Don't let Dr. Siemelweiss '(sp)lifes work go in vain. Use a clear soap without any perfumes of anything else in them.Soap makes water wetter and all you need is scrubbing after that. Ask any science profesional and he will tell you the same. People who use these soaps have been relying on the anti bacterial properties to do the cleansing and forgot to keep scrubbing while singing the happy birthday song.

Speaking of birthdays, today, may 15th is mine. I celbrate it with 10 lessions in various stages of bursting, covered with more than a dozen band aids. In pain, and my legs swallen and my arm pits have a lump the s... read more

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SUPERBUG
Posted by BOB
Last Reply May 19, 2006 at 12:21
Started May 19, 2006 at 06:09
What does it do


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have I got MRSA
Posted by jamie
Last Reply May 17, 2006 at 18:46
Started May 17, 2006 at 14:37
hi
Ive been under the weather lately and have been in hospital as day surgary and since then ive been getting hot flushes.more aches and pains then normal for me and Ive had 4 bouts of kidney infections and feeling weak and breathless have been to doctor and didnt think about MRSA only to my friend told me yesterday that she has MRSA does anyone have idea what the symptoms are and could I have it

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MRSA in Columbia SC
Posted by T
Last Reply May 17, 2006 at 02:39
Started April 12, 2006 at 03:30
My dad died after contracting MRSA at Baptist Hosptial in Columbia SC. I would like to hear from others who have contracted this at Baptist Hospital or from orthopedic surgery in this area.

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I thing MRSA is trying to com back!
Posted by KIM
Last Reply May 16, 2006 at 14:38
Started May 16, 2006 at 11:40
I was treated for MRSA 4 months ago got it on left breast, Wound was cut-drained and packed/recut re-drained re-packed, took two different oral anti-biotics for 2 weeks and had 3 days of IV Vancomycin. 1 month later I started with a small red bump on my rt side, was told by Physican it was just a case of fungus and to put fungal cream on it. I did just that and it went away. Now- not a day goes by that i don't have at least 3-4 new small red bumps appear on by stomach and thigh, I even had one appear on the same breast that was previously treated for MRSA and I thought I was going to have a nervous break down for fear that the MRSA had returned on the same breast, it took a week but that went away also. Its now a pattern, I will get a new
set of red bumps just as the previous set has healed and I try to keep them clean and covered with antibacterial ointment. I don't know what else to do. I am horrified that
one of these days one of those red bumps aren't going to just go awa... read more

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mrsa and gallblader disease ?
Posted by lori
Last Reply May 15, 2006 at 20:01
Started May 13, 2006 at 06:29
I got mrsa on the skin 6 months ago after being treated for spider bites. started having chest pain (heaviness) after the mrsa . did every test and only came back as a diseased gallbladder. was schudled for surgery for gallbladder removal but got mrsa again. going to see an infecution disease dr. next week. has anyone had any cheast pain or gallbladder problems with mrsa? good luck to all!!!

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KNOWLEDGE=AWARENESS
Posted by Dyana
Last Reply May 12, 2006 at 19:54
Started May 3, 2006 at 15:32
Sorry I haven't posted for a while, but in brevity, I have been a victim of MRSA and done extensive research in my jobs as a medical research reporter, following working as the manager of a Wholistic Medicine Clinic. I feel its important to let people know what they can do to not just treat it, but prevent it from taking over our lives!

If anyone is interested and who may be in South Florida,

I am facilitating a free workshop with a Naturopathic physician in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida at Nutritian Smart on Northlake Blvd, on June 1st at 7pm. I am trying to get people aware of their immune systems, and that strengthening your own body's abilities to fight this Superbug to prevent MRSA, is better than any course of antibiotics known to man. The body isa an amazing machine, given the right fuel...

We are gonna fight this bug, and all others and get our lives back! I am officially MRSA FREE for almost a year after 2 occurances back to back! After MRSA, you are most vu... read more

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MRSA and USA
Posted by Lisa
Last Reply May 11, 2006 at 18:15
Started July 16, 2004 at 03:06
Hi, would like to start a new topic for anyone dealing with this issue in the US. I cannot find anything similar for those of us on the other side of the ocean. The descriptions of your hospitals sound appalling - at least we don't have visibly filthy rooms - but we certainly have a lot of invisible filth. My father contracted MRSA during a hospital stay and passed away in December 2003. I was given such insufficient info on MRSA that I began my own search. Our government agencies, etc. don't seem to give much info. Most of the info I've found on the internet has come from the UK so at least you are talking about it in the media and in citizen groups. My best to all of you from Florida.

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MRSA destroyed my daughter
Posted by Mary Gerada - Malta
Last Reply May 9, 2006 at 17:33
Started May 1, 2005 at 20:21
I lost my only 16 year old daughter due of Hospital infection after having a laparatomy. For doctors and hospital managements it's just percentage - for me and my husband its devastation of out lives visit www.karengerada.com. After all that suffering which she went through and which we still bear each moment as memories haunt, she died. What a dreadful way to loose a child the pain we still have is unbearable. Hope responsible people will do their utmost so that no one ever passes through this ordeal.

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Build your immune!
Posted by Dyana
Last Reply May 3, 2006 at 15:31
Started February 25, 2006 at 13:55
Dear people and fellow MRSA sufferers:

I have had two occurances of MRSA since May '05. IV drugs like Vancomycin and Cubicin seem to be the only answer to curing it. Fortunately, I work in a Wholistic Medicine Clinic where we have both MD's and Oriental MD's on staff. Acupuncture, herbs, vitamins and antioxidants! You must keep your body as alkaline as possible to prevent disease and keep your immune system functioning properly. I have had no reoccurances since I began maintenance treatments with my own clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The bottom line is to prevent it! You have to go through whatever medical protocol you have to if you are infected, but you must remember when its all over that you will be permanently colonized with it! My second occurance came from a mosquito bite! Know as much as you can about it so that you can prevent another occurance, and do everything you can to boost your immune system. It takes some time to do that because the IV drugs wipe out your... read more

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