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How long does it take to cure HA MRSA
Posted by Teresa M.
Last Reply May 9, 2014 at 19:15
Started May 9, 2014 at 19:15
I am hoping to find out how many surgeries and how long it took for HA MRSA
patients to recover fully from the time of their first surgery until final resolution . I
went into the hospital MRSA free (according to pre-op testing) and healthy except
for a bad hip. On nov 1 , 2013 I had my hip replacement and 16 days later had a
second operation to wash out and replace socket liner and ball. Four weeks after
the PICC was out and daily IV of daptomicin and rifampin ended I developed
exteme hip pain and a high fever and this time all components removed & area
washed out. A cement spacer infused with daptomicin was inserted. (I'm allergic
to Vanco). PICC inserted again and this time 8 weeks of IV. Wound continued to
drain and a wound vac used to close up very end of incision about the width of a
pencil but extending inward 6.8 cm. I was supposed to have a new hip at the end
of April, but aspiration of hip and pre-op testing canceled by my surgeon until the
wo... read more

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Update on hip replacement
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply May 9, 2014 at 18:57
Started October 14, 2007 at 05:39
Today is day 20 post op for me. So far, I have no signs of the HA MRSA that has haunted me since February of this same year. I feel great.

I am no longer on any pain meds and am getting around quite well. I still have to wear a brace for the next 7 weeks, but that's fine with me. The goal is full recovery.

I must confess that had I not used "blended" therapies, that is traditional medicine and some alternative medicine, I would likely not even be posting today. Both helped my body do its job.

Thanks to everyone that offered suggestions. I used some supplements with great success. I also used the heavy hitter antibiotics. Some worked, others just made things worse. You never know.

At the end of the day, what we all really want is to return to the life we had before MRSA destroyed it. I'm trying real hard to get back there. Just wanted to let folks know that even when your doctor tells you that you only have a 50/50 chance of surviving, some do. Sooner or later, we evolve ... read more

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Ichthammol Ointment for spider bites
Posted by cathy n
Last Reply April 29, 2014 at 04:38
Started September 28, 2007 at 16:18
I have a borwn widow or brown recluse spider bite. The Dr. has me on antibotics.I remembered my Mother using drawing salve for infections so i bought a tube of goldline Ichthammol Ointment.However I am kind of scared to try on the bite.I was wondering if anyone has used it for these kind of bites? As I don't want to make the bite worse. I am not allergic to any thing except IVP dye.

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My partner has MRSA
Posted by Zia
Last Reply April 28, 2014 at 22:29
Started April 17, 2014 at 02:56
Good Evening,
I'm writing- very worried. My significant other was just diagnosed with MRSA.
This is his third "outbreak" in 3 months but he wasn't diagnosed before- instead
treated for respiratory infection.

We have obviously been physically close. Including kissed while his nose was
draining (had NO idea what any of this was!!). That's the only time while having
symptoms that we were close. BUT I assume he was still carrying it while not
"leaking" it?

How likely is it that I've been exposed? I assume very likely. What's next? I'm
going to get a culture done... But I'm mortified

What do I do??!! I'm worried for him, I'm worried for myself, I'm mostly worried for
the children. I'm making sure we are bathing twice daily, washing everything
maniacally, I don't know what else I can do.

I feel guilty refusing to share drinks and what not. But should I get over it
because I assume I've already been exposed? Or should I run for the hills? Idk
what to do:-(

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Healing MRSA with essential oils
Posted by jen
Last Reply April 24, 2014 at 05:13
Started April 20, 2014 at 03:10
I have been colonized with MRSA for a little over a year now. I had my
first staph infection last year and I don't know if it was MRSA or
not, but then I got MRSA in October on my elbow, then another a few
weeks later on my face taking antibiotics each time I had an
infection. Then, another on my leg. I have been colonized with MRSA
and have recently been getting more infections on my face. I got an
infection near the spot on my face where I had mrsa before, and then,
I was prescribed antibiotics which didn't help, so I resorted to tea
tree oil and taking echinacea/goldenseal pills.
When that healed, I got an infection on my chin which healed and
yesterday, I noticed a hard bump on my forehead. I have been putting a
lot of essential oils on it and eating garlic. It's strange because no
pus is coming out, and the spot where the bump started is now flat and
looks dark red like a bruise/dead red blood cells. There is still a
huge bump under it though. Is thi... read more

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Denver
Posted by Kelly
Last Reply April 22, 2014 at 13:42
Started April 21, 2014 at 03:25
Is anyone out there from Denver? I had MRSA over a year ago and am struggling with all of these same symptoms and the doctors have been no help. Looking to put a few local heads together to take some action.

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Reporter Inquiry
Posted by Ibby Caputo
Last Reply April 21, 2014 at 03:22
Started March 10, 2014 at 19:13
Hello, I'm a reporter at WGBH, Boston Public Radio. I'm interested in speaking with a
person from Massachusetts or New England who has had MRSA, or a hospital inquired
infection. If you would be willing to speak with me for a public radio story, please be in
touch ASAP. I can be reached at ibby_caputo@wgbh.org. Thank you, Ibby Caputo,
Reporter

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mrsa in blood & lungs
Posted by mary
Last Reply April 19, 2014 at 14:47
Started February 21, 2005 at 02:20
My brother is currently in ICU with MRSA in his blood & lungs. The doctors say he has a 50-50 chance of living. Has anyone lived through this? Please help! He is 51 and has a 9 year old son. He is on a respirator and dialysis.

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Garlic powder
Posted by Bob Anderson
Last Reply April 19, 2014 at 05:59
Started April 19, 2014 at 05:59
When you cannot find good fresh non-irradiated garlic, properly made garlic powder is the next best thing

The way things are, garlic is planted in the fall and harvested in July or so, depending on garlic type and growing conditions. It has to dry down for 2 to 6 weeks, depending on bulb size and sales start in August and continue until the crop, except for seed stock, is all sold out, usually through November but sometimes into the new year.

Garlic stores at room temp for 4 to 12 months, depending on variety and storage conditions.

Home gardeners can actually have garkic year around by growing early harvesting varieties as well as late harvesting, long storing ones like silverskins and never run out of fresh garlic, nature permitting.

For most people it is very hard to find non-irradiated garlic from December until August. If one needs to use garlic during this time, garlic powder, if made from non-irridated garlic, will work well. Garlic made from garlic that has been ... read more

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Nasal Swab accuracy
Posted by Hil
Last Reply April 16, 2014 at 20:56
Started April 16, 2014 at 19:25
How common is it to be colonized with MRSA in your nose and have 1 positive with the other 5 out of 6 swabs negative??

My boyfriend's surgery was cancelled today b/c one result was positive. But in the past 7 weeks, he has had a total of 6 swabs but only 1 out of 6 turned up positive? Just doesn't make sense!?!?

Does it depend on the technique the nurse uses for taking the swab? Or perhaps the MRSA is colonized in 1 small spot in his nose and only 1 out of 6 swabs touched that area where the bacteria are hanging out??

Thanks for your input!

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MRSA and exhaustion
Posted by Tamara
Last Reply April 16, 2014 at 15:58
Started April 16, 2014 at 05:56
I am currently going through my fourth bout of MRSA. This time it's in my ears. I
posted down below about my history with the disease, but I've had two spots
under my arm, two abscesses in my mouth and now my ears. I'm currently using
ear drops and doxycycline to treat it.

Anyway, I can't seem to get over this exhaustion. Even doing everyday things like
laundry leaves me in a cold sweat and so tired I have to rest afterward. It's
horrible because I work full time in an extremely stressful field (I'm a mental
health social worker), have two kids and a husband. My ID doctor recommended I
add Vitamin B12, zinc, Vitamin C and garlic powder to help fight the disease and
to try to fight the disease and get my strength back. She also recommended
avoiding stress and getting a lot of rest.

So, I took a few days off from work to rest and de-stress. I'm also adding all the
natural things she recommended. Is there any thing else I can do, especially for
the exhaustio... read more

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MRSA ear infections
Posted by Tamara
Last Reply April 16, 2014 at 15:37
Started April 3, 2014 at 17:09
Last year, I had a MRSA cyst under my arm that was surgically removed and
treated with Bactrim. Five months later, I developed MRSA abscesses on my lip
and in my mouth. I had four oral surgeries to drain them, took vancomycin
through the picc line and eventually developed a staph infection in it before
everything was cleared up. I've been back to work since January and thought
everything was going great.

Well, except for one thing. I kept getting ear infections but honestly, I've been
having recurring ones for about a year now, and I just thought it was part of that.
However last week my PCP decided to culture the nasty smelling drainage to
make sure it wasn't pseudomonas. It wasn't. It was MRSA. She has referred me to
an ENT and also told me to make an appointment with my infectious disease
doctor. I see the ENT Monday and the ID doctor a week later.

I'm not sure what to expect now. My PCP said I may have to have surgery on my
ears. Is that accurate? Wil... read more

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Recurring abbcesses/MRSA
Posted by Michelle
Last Reply April 4, 2014 at 18:40
Started May 25, 2007 at 19:08
I cannot find treatment to heal my body. I suspect I contracted MRSA during cancer surgeries in 2000-2002. In 2005 I had my 1st surgical site abcess. To date I have had over a dozen and the latest is not a prior surgical site. It is affecting my quality of life with such negativity and I cannot seem to find anyone to help cure me of these recurring boils that turn infectious abcesses and are SO painful. Any help, comments, suggestions, similar experiences? HELP!

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Baby Jena MRSA
Posted by BLeonard
Last Reply April 4, 2014 at 05:21
Started April 3, 2014 at 04:36
I promise to the creator and all that is holy. I AM a real person.
I want to see if I can post a wigit(think thats what its called) to my MRSA+
granddaughters website.


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granddaughter
Posted by BLeonard
Last Reply April 3, 2014 at 23:45
Started April 3, 2014 at 04:25
For all moms, grandmoms, dads, uncles, anyone and everyone. I am just a nervous
wreck lately. I have more on my plate than I can truly handle. I ask, for ALL OF YOU
who have FaceBook and Twitter and ANY social site, will you please, I beg you with all
my heart and soul, spread this link like wildfire for my granddaughter Jena who has
MRSA and her parents recently lost their job and health insurance. I started a
fundraiser. My husband is already paying rent electric natural gas medicine food
vehicle payment ins. You get the picture. As soon as these kids get some money, I
believe baby Jena can go to the hospital where she belongs. Thank you .

All I really ask, is that you just spread the link like wildfire - please. . . . . .

https://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/-mrsa-baby-jena-has-mrsa-
/158808

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MRSA FROM HAIRCUTS
Posted by Steve
Last Reply April 3, 2014 at 17:29
Started August 15, 2005 at 03:35
Hello all,
Last year I contracted MRSA from a haircut in which I was cut by the barber and then developed a massive MRSA infection. Has anybody had the same experience or can point me to articles on the same? you can contact me at yensid@breakthru.com

Please help
Steve

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MRSA & Now Paralyzed
Posted by Michelle
Last Reply April 2, 2014 at 18:56
Started April 2, 2014 at 18:56
I am a wife and a mother of 3 daughters. I was working three jobs at the time when my life changed so drastically. My story began in Oct. 2011 when I developed a boil on my left elbow. I was told to go home and put a warm compress on it and let it burst open and then clean it, put Neosporin on it and keep it covered and dry. Changing it very often. I did all of this and it went away and had no more problems. On Nov. 30, 2011, I was going to work and by the time I got to my car, the pain in my back started. I thought that I had just pulled something stepping out of the house and turning to shut the door. Took some Tylenol and went on to work. The next few days I used
icy hot and a heating pad. The pain got worse because it hurt to sit or even stand for a bit. I went in to see my doctor because I needed something stronger for pain. He gave to Vicodin and told me to try that because he felt like it was just a pulled muscle. I came home and within 2 days I could not move my legs and t... read more

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No support from spouse
Posted by Mary
Last Reply March 28, 2014 at 13:45
Started March 23, 2014 at 16:20
Hi, I wondered if anybody deals with this. I was diagnosed with MRSA after a foot
surgery thirteen years ago. My spouse seems to blame me for it. He resents that I
am not healthy and can not work full time. I am now suffering through another
flare up and have three sites of infection. We were supposed to attend a wedding
and he became upset because I did not attend. He accused me of being stubborn
because rather than returning to the ER in the middle of the night, I elected to
wait for the redi-care to open. I am familiar with the docs there and knew they
would switch me to a more appropriate antibiotic. I am getting tired of being
called selfish. I understand this journey has been difficult for him as we'll. I just
wondered if anyone else has dealt with this?

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MRSA help
Posted by Christi
Last Reply March 26, 2014 at 02:30
Started March 25, 2014 at 23:01
I contacted mrsa in a gym in July . Area is less than desirable on my butt. My first
outbreak was at least 9 spots. All had to be drained and repacked several times.
Antibiotic for 4 weeks. Next outbreak august 24 that area drained. No outbreaks
until January 7 area drained antibiotic. Then February and March another spot
each time drained. This latest outbreak last week they didn't give me a antibiotic
and now I have another spot on the opposite butt cheek. I use the hibiclens soap
and the antibiotic cream in my nose. I wash my hands repeatedly to the point they
are sore. I am so sore that I can barely sit most of the time. We bleach wash
clean everything in our house. I have even given to my husband in January after
a hand surgery causing him to have another one to clean out his surgical site. I
am so depressed over this. Is there any cure for this stuff? The doctor even
contacted the infectious disease center. Their response was once it is colonized ... read more

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MRSA and C-Dif
Posted by Tiffany
Last Reply March 24, 2014 at 16:46
Started December 31, 2008 at 20:32
I have been in pain since the middle of September. I have had a number of test performed and continued to hit a wall. I went to the ER because I couldn't take it anymore. My symptoms were/are vomiting, diarhea, lower abdominal cramping, and nausea. I was diagnosed the first ER visit with gastritus and a week later the second visit with colitiz when they did a CT. The next day I went to a gastro and he scheduled me for a endo and coloscopy I was clean no gastritis or coloitis. I did stool samples and tested positive for MRSA and C-diff the ID spec. put me on vancomcin and the pain continued. I called the ID spec to ask if the pain and diarhea was normal while on the antibiotic he seemed clueless even suggested that maybe somethin else was wrong. Please help I'm 27 years old and have no clue what to do now. Any advice is greatly appreciated. I'm scared to death.


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