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Posted by AMY
Last Reply November 2, 2005 at 16:28
Started November 2, 2005 at 07:29
MRSA and Sexual Contact
Started by Amy Posted: November 2, 2005 at 04:52
I am seeking information on the potential for the spread of MRSA through sexual contact. I am asking out of concern for my friend, who was recently discharged from the hospital after treatment of MRSA, which he acquired following surgery. At discharge he was told by his doctors that he no longer has MRSA and was discharged without antibiotics. From what I have been reading on this discussion forum, it sounds like once someone has MRSA, they remain a carrier for life even after the infection has been successfully treated. If it is true that he is a carrier for life, can he pass MRSA through unprotected sex?

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mrsa C-section incision
Posted by Pat
Last Reply November 2, 2005 at 02:35
Started November 1, 2005 at 23:45
My daughter recently had a C-section and has developed MRSA in the incision. Her OB doc emphatically states that there is NO infection. The culture done by her primary care giver show differntly....growing MRSA.I am not at all impressed by his opinion. She has developed a pilonidal cyst which is worsening despite oral antibiotics. A surgeon was consulted and said that she can not have surgery while the infection is present. He also suggested IV antibiotics be started. That was yesterday. I suspect that she now has MRSA in her pilonidal cyst. A culture was finally taken today after she was rushed to the ER with high temp, weakness and tremor. I feel that an aggressive treatment plan must be initiated quickly. I fear for her health. Unfortunately, her finances are limited and I suspect that she is receiving inferior treatment due to that. Suggestions?

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crushed to the bone by family member
Posted by catlin
Last Reply October 29, 2005
Started October 10, 2005 at 20:09
This is word for word from my brother:

"I am just tired of the non-truths and getting me upset over elements that are not in reality. When you get me emotionally upset over these fictional items that are running in all different directions in your mind, you are being extremely selfish. It would be a different story otherwise. I know this is your way at that time to get attention. I would appreciate if you could get attention in a non-selfish manner..."

This while awaiting my 2nd culture for septicemia from MRSA, possible lung infection and being very very sick from MRSA that was cultured from a skin infection.

I am just sick at heart now too.

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New here, just diagnosed
Posted by Jada
Last Reply October 28, 2005 at 16:21
Started October 23, 2005 at 05:21
Was just diagnosed with MRSA last week while in the hospital. I know very little about it but am scared to death. Haven't been able to find out much from searching websites. Was glad to find this site so hopefully I can learn more. I feel like there is so much more than the doctors told me, I have never been this sick in my life, and I don't know if it is the MRSA or something else going on. I was originally admitted to the hospital for elevated blood sugar (I am diabetic) and a bad kidney infection. Was not told about the MRSA for several days (I guess due to the time it takes to culture). I have a followup dr appt. on Tuesday and hope to get at least some answers.

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mrsa back
Posted by sandi
Last Reply October 28, 2005 at 05:23
Started October 6, 2005 at 14:11
I live in Alabama and got MRSA during an ankle replacement. THat was last JUne and now I have it again. Is there any advise on how to deal with MRSA and keep it from coming back. Sandi

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Posted by ohn
Last Reply October 26, 2005 at 22:35
Started October 6, 2005 at 02:11
I need more info on mrsa /superbug infection .... And have a question or 2 why are we getting this bug from the very place we go too get better ...?? what kind of life can you live knowing you have MRSA in your blood or urain ?? who do you go to for ansures ? who pays the price but you ??is there a lawer in the house

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So. Cal MRSA sufferers?
Posted by Gerri
Last Reply October 26, 2005 at 05:12
Started May 5, 2005 at 21:41
I work for Fox 11 News in Los Angeles. Currently working on a story about MRSA, and am looking for people who have dealt with or are dealing with it.

If you'd be willing to share your story please drop me a line at

Many thanks,

Gerri Shaftel, Medical Producer

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Nurses & Doctors
Posted by Debby
Last Reply October 25, 2005 at 18:57
Started October 24, 2005 at 18:28
I read all this about MRSA and it seems the drs need to be reeducated. I have posted before as my daughter acquired this infection in the hospital after brain surgery. (For a tumor that wasn'T there). In the ER and after being admitted to hospital, I was the one wiping the infection that was oozing from her skull. The nurses and doctors all saw me do this and never said a word about wearing gloves or washing my hands etc. She was never put in isolation. My small grandchildren (her neices and nephews) came to visit as did her sisters and brothers. NO ONE told us of the danger of this. She had a hole the diameter size of a pen or pencil in her skull where the infection choose to escape from. For 3 days I cared for the spot as she could only feel it running and not know where to wipe. Never was a dressing put on it or was it washed by a nurse. It stayed open and running except for the wipes that I washed it with. It is really awful that doctors and nurses are not more human when it com... read more

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Posted by Bishop
Last Reply October 25, 2005
Started October 5, 2005 at 19:49
I was wondering about something just a few minutes ago. Right now its 236pm in NJ. Im in NJ. I was wondering if contribitors to the site could let us know what state your in. You know, like a location, to kind of get perspective of where the MRSA is. But kind of like on a grand scale. Not that I wouldnt visit that state but just to be able to see the whole picture from another angle. I currently know of one other person who is diagnosed with MRSA skin type. And he isnt far from where I live. And I am in Mercer County. And The Robert Wood Johnson in Hamilton didnt really know for some reason how to treat someone with this problem. Believe it or not I actually witnessed the Nurse just lightly using an anti-bacterial soap and then quickly washing off just after handling my friend and his wound. She even had the nerve to only wipe the stethoscope with water.

Dont they know the risks? Are they even aware of how quickly so many people are getting the infection? Why would someone even ... read more

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Both kids have boils - one MRSA one not??
Posted by Kim
Last Reply October 22, 2005 at 12:03
Started October 10, 2005 at 21:35
My son had surgery in July. A month later he had 2 boils. The nurse at my sons doctor said that she would leave it up to me whether to come in or not since it was a friday. She told me to use a warm compress and just keep an eye on it. It got better and 2 months later he had 2 more boils on his legs. This was 2 weeks ago. I took him in and they did cultures and put him on antibiotics. The culture came back last week monday as MRSA.

On Tuesday my older son had a boil. I took him in on Tuesday and they did a swab and today they called me to tell me that his is just regular staph.

I was wondering if anyone had had this happen to them. To me it seemed strange that non of us have ever had a boil and now both of my kids have boils within a week from each other but they are not the same thing. The nurse says that they did not pass it on to each other as they are 2 seperate things.


(Please ignore the post before this. I was trying to copy it from a post th... read more

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Posted by Frank
Last Reply October 22, 2005 at 11:51
Started March 22, 2005 at 15:09
Antibiotic resistant bacteria have been a problem ever since antibiotics came on the scene. I am a retired microbiologist who has been involved in very early problems with this.

The other problem is with people. People cause more preventable infections and deaths than all the antibiotic resistant organisms. Though these can be prevented, the attitudes of the physicians, nurses, laboratories and administrative personnel are of paramount importance. The institutional attitude is that "Nothing can be done about it." In fact, something can be done, but illness and death cannot be brought to zero. Even when microbiologists do their jobs, it is the physicians, nurses and families who must carry out the treatment and preventive medicine.

In fact, not all bacteriology is done by qualified microbiologists. Laboratory technicians, laboratory aides and poorly trained and minimally experienced staff often do the first work on these organisms. If they do not carry out the best technical pr... read more

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Posted by Bishop
Last Reply October 18, 2005 at 13:15
Started September 6, 2005 at 16:40
How do the Doctors find out that a person has the MRSA infection in their blood? And not just a skin infection from culturing the site of the abcess. Is it done through a blood test? Thats my next question of the day.

Be Well and God Speed.

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CA-MRSA - What has helped you?
Posted by Denise
Last Reply October 18, 2005 at 08:53
Started October 14, 2005 at 15:16
Does anyone have suggestions about what has worked for you in terms of fighting this infection? Please post here or e-mail me at I would like to make this information available to whoever needs it in our Nov. newsletter and on the Mrsa resources and Hands of Hope websites. Thank for helping.

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my story
Posted by catlin
Last Reply October 16, 2005 at 02:50
Started October 10, 2005 at 16:34
Back in 1996 I had my tubes opened since I was infertile.

At the end of 2002 I started having right upper quadrant abdominal pain and there was no doubt I had an infection in my gallbladder. There were no stones. A surgeon took out my gallbladder even though nothing showed on tests. It was acutely infected with lots of adhesions. This was done on 5/21/2003.

Prior to the gallbladder surgery, I had an ECRP done in April of 2003. The doctor cut the spincter of odi at that time and biopsied an old healed stomach ulcer.

My gallbladder incisions healed nicely and I had no pain. What I did have was pain from the ECRP that worsened over the next year. I have fibromyalgia and am used to ignoring pain, I thought the fibro was getting worse from having surgery. I sought help from a pain management specialist for intense muscle and abdominal pain in September of 2004.

On November 21st, 1004, I started experiencing intense abdominal pain around the umbilicus. It moved to the... read more

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Student with MRSA
Posted by J R
Last Reply October 7, 2005 at 17:59
Started October 6, 2005 at 18:02
I am a school nurse, I have a student that has an active MRSA infecyion on his face. He is being treated for this, my question is should he be in school , I can't seem to get an answer from the department of health

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MRSA in Florida
Posted by Jeff
Last Reply September 27, 2005 at 14:26
Started August 24, 2005 at 18:54
Hi, everyone. This is Jeff in St Petersburg, FL. I first got MRSA on my right thigh. Then I reinfected myself on my left leg, around the genitals, around my hairline on my face, by my eye, and near my mouth. The worse was on my left buttock. My healthcare provider did not lance any of them. I was prescribed Zyvox for the first 3 series of infections, and Clindamycin for the 4th infection. The infections all went away after much pain and amazing amounts of oozing of blood and pus.

I am a person who used to like to pick and scratch at pimples and such with my fingernails. After a total of 4 infections, I noticed an interesting trend. I noticed that after the initial infection, all subsequent infections occurred where I had what appeared to be the onset of a pimple, which I mercilessly tried to pop and/or scratch. It is precisely those pimple-like things that I popped or scratched with my fingernails that ended up being infected with MRSA. It was very difficult to stop my... read more

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Posted by BISHOP
Last Reply September 27, 2005 at 14:02
Started September 5, 2005 at 13:24
Just New
Started by Bishop Posted: September 5, 2005 at 13:19
I am from the United States, located in Mercer County, New Jersey. I was once a big Tattoo enthusiast and am pretty well covered and never had any trouble until I had a small Kidney procedure in a hospital. Thats where I think I contracted my MRSA. It really sucks because I dont know if I can give to my Girlfriend during sex or if I can even hold her hand. My job is at a foodmarket and my people there tell me that I may not be able to work around perishable food anymore and that they may have to move me to a different department. I not the kind of person that likes to be moved around or cause a disruption in the flow of things, I just want to be able to keep working in the deli where I had begun all my successes, Now they have to make special "arraingments" for me.

My qeustion of the day is:

How long will it take to be rid of the MRSA and will I have it till I die?

Yours Truly....Bishop

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Daughter & pregnancy
Posted by Debby
Last Reply September 26, 2005 at 04:33
Started September 6, 2005 at 23:15
I had posted before about my daughter. She underwent unnecessary brain surgery and the results were MRSA. She under went another surgery to try and clear out the disease. After the scraping away of bone matter and tissue, she was left with a hole about 2 x 4 inches. She was suppose to have a third surgery to put a metal plate in her head. The doctor said the bone plug was "Too Infected" to reuse. She has been doing ok but they can not do the surgery for a while. She found out that she was pregnant. Of course the parents to be are thrilled as we are but we do worry. Does anyone know if the MRSA will have any affect on the newborn? Or is there any concerns with labor or anything? Thanks for any info. Debby

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Posted by DR E CALLUM
Last Reply September 25, 2005 at 18:52
Started September 15, 2005 at 12:20

With MRSA infections increasing rapidly in and out of hospitals the below information will save your life and limb if followed carefully after other options like pharamaceutical drugs have failed you.

You should always consult a registered health practitioner and use the below information as a last resort although using it earlier may help you to avoid complications as the treatment is not harmful if followed as below.

It is non-patentable , non-drug based and therefore not profitable for established pharmaceutical companies.

Your doctor will dismiss it automatically but you should do your own research using a search engine like google.

If you are infected with antibiotic resistant MRSA and wish to save your limb and life then the following set of instructions will save your life.I suggest you save this information and pass it around.

If a limb has become infected with MRSA and your doctor suggests amputation... read more

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Posted by Talitha
Last Reply September 16, 2005 at 18:57
Started September 16, 2005 at 04:17
Okay so today i just got let out of the hospital i was in for 4 days thiking i had a spider bite and had to have surgery on my arm right by my elbow but then they found out it was MRSA and i got let out today and sent home im pretty scared cuz i hear about alot of people dieing from staph infections im only 15 and a really healthy teen im just scared though im taking care of and keepin it as clean as possible

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