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Family of 5 with MRSA
Posted by Stephanie
Last Reply April 20, 2006 at 09:00
Started April 17, 2006 at 18:51
I just was told over the weekend that my family has MRSA. I did not know what that meant nor did the E.R Doctor who told me explain it. The way he was talking made me feel like he was talking about something simple like the common cold. I came home that night and started researching it. OMG. I cannot believe this. If you started getting boils within a week of having surgery, is that were you contracted this. My husband had surgery and within a week he had boils and so did my 2 year old. A week after that I broke out under my arm pit. We went to the doctor and they sent us home with bactrim. It did not clear it up. We went back a week after that and they lanced the boils and sent us home with more bactrim. It cleared up ...for the week. The following week we got more. We went back in they lanced them and this time they did a culture. They sent us home with another script for bactrim. A few days later we got a call. The Cultures were positive MRSA. They did not give us any more inform... read more

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staph from wrestling mats
Posted by lilie
Last Reply April 17, 2006 at 14:01
Started April 17, 2006 at 01:13
Did anyone or anyone's child ever get a staph infection from a wrestling mat? If so how treated,and what if there are other children in the house without infection,can they catch this staph?

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can you all help me understand this???
Posted by sonie
Last Reply April 7, 2006 at 17:02
Started April 7, 2006 at 02:49
ok,saw a wound doctor..he though i had tunneling,where the infection has gotten so bad...told me if this was the case,i would have to have another operation,and have the whole incision cut open,and cut into my stomache untill they got to the end of the tunneling..where,i went for a ct scan yesterday,and got the results today...heres what they say...
THE PREVIOUS REPORTED SUBCUTANIOUS FLUIDCOLLECTIONS HAVE RESOLVED SINCE THE PREVIOUS STUDY ON 2/25/06.HOWEVER,AT THIS TIME,THERE IS INCISIONAL DEHISCENCE ASSOCIATED WITH AREAS OF SUBCUTANIOUS AIR ANTERIORLY.REACTIVE TISSUE CHANGES WITHIN THE SUBCUTANIOIUS TISSUES ARE ALSO SEEN.COMPLEX CYSTIC CHANGES OF THE OVARIES ARE ONCE AGAIN NOTED ON TODAYS STUDY....IMPRESSION:COMPLEX CYSTIC CHANGES OF BOTH OVARIES ARE PRESENT.AT THIS TIME,THERE IS INCISIONAL DEHISCENCE ASSOCIATED WITH SUBCUTANIOUS AIR.REACTIVE CHANGES WITHIN THE SUBCUTANIOUS TISSUE IS SEEN.SEVERE REACTIVE CHANGE IS SEEN ADJACENT TO THE VAGINAL CUFF.....
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sense of smell and/or hearing
Posted by Linda
Last Reply April 7, 2006 at 14:02
Started April 4, 2006 at 14:20
Hi all, I have posted many times on this forum. I have been fighting my battle for a year now(the first surgury was on 4-7-05.) And I was wondering if any of you have noticed any effected on your hearing( like their constantly plugged up like after flying) or your sense of smell. I have really noticed that I can't pick up smells like I use to and of course it had effected my taste because of it. I don't know whether to blame it on all the IV Vanc I have been on (probably 24 weeks in the past year) or if its because of the MRSA itself. Just curious to find out if anyone else has noticed these side effects also.

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levaquin(sp)
Posted by sonie
Last Reply April 3, 2006 at 13:58
Started March 30, 2006 at 05:13
hey there all..i saw my doc today...he did confirm my lab results showed mrsa,but also said it showes regular staph also..is that possible??he said besides the culture of the infection,he said it is also showing in my blood work,not sure what that means....he said my incision is not healing like he though,and i see him again next week,and if no better,he said hes sending me to another wounnd care specialist....he said it may be possible for him to have to lance and drain the inside of my stomach several more times..i was hoping all the surgeries were over for me!!he has kept me on the 2000 mg of keeflex a day,and now added levaquin till i see the id doc..is regular staph the same as mrsa,just not as antibitioc resistant..he talked about some gram-positives and gram negatives,and i have no clue what that ment at all....with the staph showing in my blood work,does that mean its in my blood,or just a indicator that its somewhere on my body...he also said he could see some pockets of ab... read more

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mras
Posted by marjorie
Last Reply April 2, 2006 at 20:55
Started April 1, 2006 at 15:38
i got mrsa in 1997 following brest cancer will i be a carrier

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this is about VRSA
Posted by Hi need help
Last Reply March 30, 2006 at 03:03
Started February 28, 2006 at 06:27
Explain why VRSA is called a superbug!


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MRSA what all can it live on
Posted by Tina
Last Reply March 29, 2006 at 23:22
Started December 4, 2005 at 17:13
Can it live on couches and carpet. Thanks

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antibiotics
Posted by guy
Last Reply March 29, 2006 at 22:51
Started February 21, 2006 at 21:33
Have taken many antibiotics to cure this problem. Havent taken Vancomycin. After doing research, I find this to be the last line of defence. Im scared if I take it...and it doesnt work it will weaken my immune system and make bacteria stronger. Should I take it?

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Recurrence is possible
Posted by Nancy
Last Reply March 29, 2006 at 16:06
Started January 11, 2006
I was pronounced cured and free of MSA and took my last IV antibiotic on December 10, 2005.

I started with bronchial problems last week. I am on antibiotics but it is not getting any better. I am now experiencing swelling and pain in and above the site of MRSA in my foot. I am going to the doctor tomorrow and expect that the MRSA has returned. This is a really rough one to know how to live with. I'm beginning o worry that I could give this to my children and grandchildren. Is there some magical cleaner I could give them when they leave my house?

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looking for answers
Posted by lisa
Last Reply March 28, 2006 at 15:26
Started March 26, 2006 at 15:44
Dose anyone know how much higher the % rate is of developing MRSA again, after having surgery in the same area that MRSA once was???

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trying to help my son
Posted by lisa
Last Reply March 28, 2006 at 04:22
Started March 28, 2006
Hi there, I was woundering if anyone had any information about MRSA support groups or web sites for children and teens to go to that are dealing with MRSA???

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symptoms
Posted by Cindi
Last Reply March 28, 2006
Started January 19, 2006 at 22:02
Im so happy to find this site. myself, husband and two small children have MRSA. I was told my daughter got it because of chemotheropy. We all have it in our nose. We are extreamly tired. We get the infections in our chest. as well as my daughter gets alot of sinus infections. I also feel like I have aged drasticlly in one year. I have noticed most people get boils. My question is these boils comming our way soon orcan we live with MRSA and not recieve boils. All the other sympoms seem to be the same tired, weak, and alot of antibiotics.



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mrsa
Posted by tina
Last Reply March 26, 2006 at 17:14
Started January 15, 2006 at 23:45
I was wondering has anyone tried the silver biotics or allimax garlic with good results for mrsa.

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mrsa blood test??
Posted by nyker
Last Reply March 26, 2006 at 17:01
Started March 22, 2006 at 06:00
I requested that my gen. practioner provide a blood test in order to see if mrsa is in my bloodstream. The doctor stated that a blood test for mrsa CANNOT be done unless I have a wound which can be cultured.

Can anyone tell me whether this is correct??

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filled with questions
Posted by lisa
Last Reply March 26, 2006 at 16:34
Started March 24, 2006 at 19:41
HI there! I was woundering if anyone has heard of a vacination used for paitents that has had a prior case of MRSA given before surgery to prevent MRSA from comming back?

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A WORD OF THANKS !
Posted by lisa in SC.
Last Reply March 23, 2006 at 22:41
Started March 21, 2006 at 18:47
I just wanted to say "THANKYOU" TO everyone who has helped to put this site together,to all who help give people some answers that doctors simply refuse to,To
all that share their personal nitemares,their pain,their struggles,their knowlage and their hope.My son got HA-MRSA in march 2005,In Dec.05 I got my first computer,never used one before,this first thing I did was type in my sons diagnios and it led me here,I thank God for that!Every day since ,I keep comming back here,and have read all 20 pages.I have been so angery for the last year as I watch my son struggle daily with the disabilities he now has because of a medical mistake, one that seems to me that should be avoidable and that would- be proper cleaning of surgical equiptment,cleaner hospitals and hand washing!I am learning slowly how to use this thing(computer)and am hoping that I can find a way in my area, SC. for people to listen to my son's story,the life changing damage that MRSA has had on him and our family,and... read more

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MRSA when to know if its active again
Posted by Linda Austin
Last Reply March 20, 2006 at 15:09
Started March 18, 2006 at 22:44
Hello,
I've had MRSA 3 times in the past year. Each time required a pick-line and Iv Vancomycin for several weeks to clear it up. I had been undergoing breast reconstruction when I first got it and the last time was after they had put the permenant implants in. They had to wind up removing them and leaving the wounds open. This was done on Feb.13th and I still have open wounds the size of small walnuts. I have been off of the Vancomycin for 10 days now and I'm worried about it returning since I still have open wounds. Is there a way to know if it becomes active down the road. The Infectious desease doctor feels that the MRSA has caused my body to reject anything foreign (the implants were part silicone and the tissue expanders were plastic as well, and all the drain tubes I had that touched the skin caused it to blister and ooze. Any info would be appreciated. I guess that I'm just paranoid at this point. I'm worried about even doing my gardening this summer.

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mrsa misdiagnosis and maintenance
Posted by nyker
Last Reply March 20, 2006 at 07:45
Started March 20, 2006 at 07:45
I was diagnosed with MRSA in Aug. 2004. I was likely a carrier since 2002, when I had oral surgery performed. Initially, the urgent care md thought my bulging leg wound was a spider bite. A culture wasn't taken (ubelievable since so many people are walking into urgent care centers with mrsa that's mistaken for spider bites) Keeflex (useless for MRSA) was prescribed, and the infection festered in my leg for at least 5 days.

I happened to have a visit to a dermotologist a week later and asked him to look at the gapping wound. He hit the roof; he couldn't believe a culture wasn't taken. He called the next day and told me to get to the hospital right away for stronger antibiotic.

Initially, my general practioner (nor any other md)did not mention this is basically incurable (at least for right now). I took septra for a month, and one month later had three more outbreaks. I was then placed on septra and rifampin, and my general told me I'd be on antibiotics about every 3 mo... read more

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Colonization of MRSA
Posted by Allison
Last Reply March 19, 2006
Started March 16, 2006 at 18:32
I would like to know how many people out there are colonized with MRSA but have no symptoms ie boils? The specialist said that our daughter could be colonized all her life and it could never affect her or show any symptoms. The swabs in her nose are negative but her peri-rectal is positive. She has never had an open wound or anything like that. Any info would help.

Thanks.

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