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staph bacteria/MRSA
Posted by mikkie
Last Reply December 31, 2005 at 06:58
Started October 25, 2005 at 08:28
Staph bacteria / MRSA
Started by Mikkie Posted: October 25, 2005 at 04:45
Myself and family have always been healthy and up until two years ago always resided in the uk, we now live in the uae - short term.
Both myself and my daughter started getting repeated boils in various areas and this was most distressign for us both and then having gone to the hospital for extensive tests, I learn that we are carriers of the stpah bacteria (mrsa) and now Im getting stye after stye, and its getting depressing.
Other than usign hot compress is there anything that we can use that does'nt involved popping pills and potions as Im into alternative meciines where possible.

Thanks
Mikkie



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Treatment for MRSA
Posted by Nancy
Last Reply December 31, 2005 at 06:56
Started December 29, 2005 at 20:23
I was treated with Vancomycin for 5 weeks and had a wound vac on my open foot infection. I was not getting any better. The communicable disease doctor in Minnesota changed my antibiotic to Daptomycin. I have 5 1/2 weeks of IV treatments for 7 days a week.

My wound finally healed and I completed my treatment on Dec. 10, 2005. So far I have not had a recurrence but I will remain very watchful. I don't trust this disease and I want to be ready if it rears it's ugly head again.

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not good news
Posted by catlin
Last Reply December 29, 2005 at 19:59
Started October 28, 2005 at 16:33
The sputum test came back positive for MRSA. How can they kill this if they won't go in and clean out abcesses in my abdomen and pelvis? There are only so many antibiotics that work, and I don't want to become resistant to them. I am over the fear, when the lung started acting up I experienced overwhelming fear due to hearing that this stuff eats holes in your lungs. I am afraid to start meds without getting to the source of the infection inside.

Would you be around loved ones and friends if masks are worn? I know they are not comfortable with that, and I have to respect their decisions. I would be afraid to be around me too.

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2 1/2 year old son w/MRSA
Posted by Mende
Last Reply December 25, 2005 at 04:21
Started December 21, 2005 at 18:26
MY 2 1/2 year old son started having pain and tenderness around his ear, doc sent us home on Augmenten still not better 2 days later. were then sent for blood work and Ct scan sed rate at 63 and scan showed definate fluid but no abcess, told to keep on augmenten, two days later it is now worse and doc sends us to ENT specialest, he (ENT) feels it is a mastoid infection and needs to be treated with IV antibiotics, we are sent off to the hospital. Our doctor came in after 24 hours of antibiotics and thought the swelling looked better (sed rate was now down to 43) and was going to send us home luckily we convinced him to look in his ear and he saw the nasty pus coming out he sampled it and found out it was MRSA, it was then treated with clidamycin and rosefrin(sp?) Iv treatments and finally released 5 days later on oral bactrim.Pretty unbelivable as he had no fever, no absess, or rash or cut (the usual way i am told this presents) He is not a day care kid, or around health care workers... read more

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Great News for USA!!!
Posted by Denise
Last Reply December 21, 2005 at 01:05
Started May 15, 2005 at 18:58
Tony Field, Chairperson of MRSA Support Group UK, is coming to the USA with his wife, Barbara, to help in our battle against MRSA!!! This is great news for our country! Tony Field is an MRSA survivor and has put considerable effort into the campaign against MRSA in UK. The booklet, "MRSA - A Patients Defence!" by Tony Field is now available by mail in the USA. To receive a copy, e-mail your address to drej424@yahoo.com.
Tony Field is also in the process of writing another booklet to address the issue of CA-MRSA. I'll post again when this is available. There is a great website at www.caercoork.com/orsa/treatment.html. This was created by a mom whose son has been battling CA-MRSA. Like me, she is not a medical professional. She is a mom whose family has been affected by this horrible bug.
If you would like to arrange an interview or speaking engagement with Tony, please post here or e-mail contact info to the above address.
Many thanks, Tony and Barbara!


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MRSA - PVL
Posted by Siobhan
Last Reply December 18, 2005 at 14:04
Started November 28, 2005 at 05:09
PLEASE HELP! My Uncle is in the ICU with MRSA-PVL. He was first admitted with pneumonia but it quickly advanced and they finally tested the bacteria they found it to be the MRSA - PVL. The doctors have been giving him a multi-antibiotic treatment. They currently don't have much hope for him. He is on a ventilator and has had carbon-dioxde levels in the 100s! They also tried giving him an IVIG treatment (as in one case it was found to neutralize the bacteria). It didn't seem to do any good. They are suctioning him out regularly and they were percussing him. The doctor recently stopped the percussing as he doesn't think it will do any good. THey have also considered doing a surgery to remove some of the infected lung tissue. However, they say that he is not stable enough to try this. My uncle is 48 years old and very healthy. I guess now they are thinking that it is only a matter of time before his lungs give out and his CO2 levels get too high that his heart fails.

My question is... read more

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Mrsa/Orsa
Posted by Lyn
Last Reply December 14, 2005
Started December 3, 2005 at 18:51
My son recently contracted Orsa after (or during) a surgery to implant a baclofen pump in his abdomen. He had a 2nd surgery to irrigate the infection out and was placed on a 6 week course of Vancomycin. Not 4 days after he finished the IV therapy the infection came back.....He just had a 3rd surgery (in less than 3 months) to remove the pump and went back on the Vanc. The docs are very blase about this infection. I'm concerned he will have this thing forever. He has Cerebral Palsy and is medically fragile to begin with. Am I being neurotic about this or do I have cause for concern?

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Sister In currently in ICU
Posted by Lisa
Last Reply December 14, 2005
Started December 4, 2005 at 05:08
All I can say is WOW. I 2 weeks ago, I never heard of MRSA, and now I can not believe how prevalent this superbug is in our society.
It all started in mid October, my sister injured her knee at work, developed a blood clot, severe pnemonia, and sometime in between was being treated for a spiderbite on her arm. She lives in lower Mainland Vancouver BC Canada.

November 18th we made a 12 hour drive to see her (i live in Alberta Canada) as the doctors couldnt do anything more for her. They were certain she is not going to survive. She is 38yrs old with 2 girls (12 and 10)
Her blood pressure was out of control (now stable 1.5 weeks later), she was put on an occilator (not the regular ventilator, this monster shakes the body constantly, like she is forever in a state of seizure)..because the pressure had to be so high to keep her lungs inflated, she developed leaks and 3 chest tubes were inserted...kindeys started to fail, onto dialysis...
She is off dialysis, and back to a regul... read more

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18 MONTH WITH MRSA
Posted by DAWN
Last Reply December 9, 2005 at 03:39
Started December 6, 2005 at 16:42
MY DAUGHTER WAS RECENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH MRSA AND I AM PREGNANT, IF I CONTRACT THE ILLNESS HOW WILL IT AFFECT THE UNBORN AND MY DAUGHTER???

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MRSA won't stay away
Posted by Evette
Last Reply December 8, 2005 at 22:37
Started December 7, 2005
I contracted MRSA in my sinuses in Nov 2003 and was treated with a one month dose of Zyvox. It came back in Nov 2004 and I was treated with a 7 day dose of Zyvox. It came back again in October 2005 and I was again treated with a 7 day dose of Zyvox. It has come back yet again in December 2005 and I am waiting to see the doctor. Is there anything I can do to make it stay away or can I be tested for a lack of something in my system? Is there a better drug to treat it? Do I need to be admitted to the hospital?


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18 MONTH WITH MRSA
Posted by DAWN
Last Reply December 8, 2005 at 08:01
Started December 6, 2005 at 22:51
MY DAUGHTER WAS RECENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH MRSA AND I AM PREGNANT, IF I CONTRACT THE ILLNESS HOW WILL IT AFFECT THE UNBORN AND MY DAUGHTER???The whole thing seemed to start after taking her to the hospitol, the next or so i noticed a blister on her belly, then a week later one more on her belly and one on her butt. Is this how it starts??? The doc didn't explain well what will happen...

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HA MRSA Legal case judgements
Posted by Franka60
Last Reply December 7, 2005 at 16:44
Started November 30, 2005 at 23:51
I have read several posting stating that in the UK settlements have been made to people with HA MRSA. I have attempted to find cases here in the US. Has anyone heard of or expierenced any legal action for HA MRSA against hospitals in the US ?

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court actions
Posted by sandi
Last Reply December 5, 2005 at 02:55
Started December 1, 2005 at 20:19
Has anyone in the US had any success with law suits to make the hospitals take responsibility for MRSA? I would love to find a lawyer to help us. Sandi

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marsa in /on nose
Posted by Curt
Last Reply December 1, 2005 at 15:47
Started November 25, 2005 at 06:30
I have been diagnosed a marsa carrier and have several episodes of a sore exteroir nose in the last year due to this. I use mupirocin ointment and that cleared it up after a week or two. Then I had a coure of anitibiotics that clered it . Now it back. These are painful and little pimple form . Who has had this and successfully got rid of it ?

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MRSA, Klebsiella & Cellulitis
Posted by Heather
Last Reply November 30, 2005 at 14:57
Started November 29, 2005 at 17:29
I had surgery, got all three of these. Been on several IV antibiotics for a month, in and out of the hospital. my last blood results said I was "healed" and they removed the IV sights... I am a 31, "was healthy" female.

Will MRSA come back? how can I keep it away? Can I be healed this quickly with Vancomycin & Rocepherin & Levaquin?

Thanks for any replies and answers!

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Why?
Posted by Merci
Last Reply November 27, 2005 at 05:44
Started November 22, 2005 at 19:57
About a year and a half ago my 18 month old had a small pimple on her upper thigh of her leg, two days the pimple grew doubling in size me and my husband rushed her to the doctor, they told us it was an insect bite. Three days later we were in the emergancy room. She had a high fever wouldnt eat or drink they switched her anti. twice. They didn't know what it was. I took her out of the tub the one night and it started to drain. For the next eight months she got one every month the docors had no idea what they were dealing with they just kept switching her meds. We had to get one lanced that was on her buttocks. The last one she got was in July 2005 we were sent up to Albany NY an hour from our home our daughter couldn't seat in her car seat I had to hold her the hole way. We got to Albany the doctors were very attentive started her on IVS and gave us a room 2 hours later they took her into sugery they had drained the abcess and recoved 5oz. of infected fluid from her two days later... read more

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my MRSA
Posted by Sandi
Last Reply November 27, 2005 at 03:56
Started November 27, 2005 at 03:56
Denise, I never mind answering any questions about my MRSA. I have taken Zyvox, I was able to tollerate it for about 30 days then every time I took it I thru up. I am now not on an antibiotic until Dec. 12, but I can tell by the way I feel, everything is not right. I see the ID doc on the 12. I took the zyvox, after the vanco made my kidneys start to fail. Email me anytime at sandisampson@charter.net. Sandi

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Surgery with MRSA
Posted by Sandi
Last Reply November 25, 2005 at 04:32
Started October 30, 2005 at 04:05
I contracted my MRSA from an ankle replacement in B'ham Alabama. I now have MRSA again, I got a boil on my hip. The boil is better, but the MRSA is not. They are going to take my ankle out Wednesday and replace it with an antibiotic spacer to see that will help. I will then of course be non weight bearing for a couple of months before they can even consider what to do with my ankle. I am on Zyvox because vancomycin make my kidneys shut down. Any ideas were to go from here. I am very afraid of having surgery with the MRSA present, but I seem to have no choice. The doctors think the metal in my ankle is drawing the MRSA> Thanks for any support.

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antibiotic therapy
Posted by Mina
Last Reply November 20, 2005 at 21:07
Started November 20, 2005 at 01:52
I know this is a question for my doctor, but I am curious to see if anyone else here knows.
If you take an antibiotic known to be ineffective in treating MRSA, and it helps cure a skin infection, does this mean the skin infection is not MRSA, but something else, like simply a staph aerus infection? I'm on Keflex right now and it seems to be helping.

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MRSA in UK hospitals
Posted by James
Last Reply November 17, 2005 at 08:49
Started November 6, 2005 at 15:36
It is about time we all realised that the UK's Health Service is nor remotely interested in MRSA, which their compacency created back in the 1960's.

By offering free medical treatment to anyone arriving in Britain, they have succeeded in spreading it around the world. In fact it is currently Britain's most successful export.

Having seen their disgustingly dirty hospitals at first hand, my advice to anyone falling sick in Britain would be to avoid touching anyone or anything in a hospital there. Better still, avoid them like the plague as most of my Brit friends do !

As the Brits have washed their hands (figureatively) of this nightmare, why aren't we doing anything to contain it in the states ?

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