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Clindamycin-sensitive MRSA?
Posted by joe
Last Reply June 20, 2014 at 15:47
Started December 4, 2008 at 23:53
Hi! Nice to have stumbled upon this forum! Great site!

Here's my story: I had a small "boil" in my forearm that started on a monday. I pricked the "pimple" open and put band-aid on it. 3 days later, it started becoming very tender to touch and I noticed increased redness. By Friday, My forearm swelled up, so I called my PCP and he said I need to go to the ER or have a doctor lance it. I told him I was out of town and would do it when I come back, so he prescribed Clindamycin. By saturday, the boil started draining pus/blood and the swelling started going down so I was thinking the Clindamycin worked. By Monday night (7 days later) I had the boil lanced and cultured. Meanwhile I continued on the oral Clindamycin. 3 days later, the doctor told me that the culture came back SENSITIVE to Clindamycin, but he still diagnosed it as MRSA. Is that possible? I thought MRSA is resistant to these antibiotics except Vanc and Bactrim? Any thoughts?

By the way, the wound has healed really we... read more

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Mrsa and pain pills
Posted by Jim
Last Reply June 20, 2014 at 14:59
Started June 19, 2014 at 14:56
Does anyone know if abusing pain pills can cause mrsa? Thanks

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You can beat it
Posted by Sbet
Last Reply June 12, 2014 at 13:49
Started June 4, 2014 at 06:41
Just wanted to share how I overcame MRSA. First off I had been dealing
with it for only a few months before I started researching like a mad
man and found this site and many others. I believe I had a 'mild' case
of it. My only symptom occured after I scratched my leg. I was getting
large swollen areas all over my body roughly the size of a baseball in
diameter that would itch and after 3-5 days would develop a small
wound and drain leaving scars. I would get 1-6 at a time in the same
general area. I tried many things like garlic, silver, etc. What I
didnt realize at the time was how stressed I was and after reading
about how stress can basically kill your immune system I got lucky. At
the time I was unemployed and looking at not being able to pay my
bills, etc. I got a call out of the blue from a former employer who
handed me a great job. All of a sudden my stress level went from 10 to
2. With that I also was eating better and halving my sugar intake. I
h... read more

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MRSA Joint after effects?
Posted by Steve
Last Reply May 20, 2014 at 13:47
Started May 20, 2014 at 13:47
Hello all, Last summer I was bitten directly on the left kneecap by a
spider and ended up getting MRSA in the Knee. It was very swollen and
I had a open wound on my knee cap about the size of a quarter for
about 3 weeks to a month or so. Well after high doses of meds for
about a good month my doctor and I finally won the battle with the
MRSA and it healed up nicely or so I thought. Well fast forward to
this summer my wife, son and I have started running together as a
family. Not running to far maybe 1 1/2 miles every 2-3 days but my
left knee ( where I had the MRSA infection) has been constantly sore
and hurting since we started running. Could this some sort of damage
to my knee joint from the MRSA?

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MRSA in my middle ear.
Posted by May
Last Reply May 18, 2014 at 17:35
Started May 18, 2014 at 15:10
A swap of the fluid draining from my ear came back as MRSA. I am freaking out!
It's in my ear! I'm on the correct antibiotic and my doc says I'm not contagious
after 48 hrs. but I'm getting mixed messages from this forum. Does anyone else
have it in their ear?

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Does the garlic bath help treat cellulitis?
Posted by anon
Last Reply May 18, 2014 at 02:39
Started May 16, 2014 at 23:05
I have a little bump on my face, and I think it will be cellulitis
because I have had it on my face before. I need some advice.

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Can MRSA cause pain in joints?
Posted by Jenn
Last Reply May 16, 2014 at 19:23
Started September 26, 2009 at 03:23
I have been dealing with MRSA for YEARS. I am talking 5+. In the last two years, the pain in my lower back is almost unbearable. I usually take a month to finish the lg'st bottle of Advil. I have tried to get help from Dr's but they dont know what is going on. I went to a pain specialist and even had epidurals in my back. Nothing helped and I stopped. I have battled dependancy on narcotic pain killers. I stop taking them when I feel like I "need" them.
Now that you know the extent of my pain, can MRSA cause this pain? Do I have the infection in my joints now? Remember, I have had this pain for around 2 years and I am 31 years old with no outside reason for pain. I have also had an RA test and several others that I cant remember. I have active facial MRSA right now.
When I mention to a Dr that I have been battling MRSA, they never seem to think it is a big deal.

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How to get garlic to staph in the blood blood
Posted by akin
Last Reply May 11, 2014 at 23:07
Started May 11, 2014 at 16:44
please am having something similar to what I read now.I always feeling something moving all over my body ,slight headache and pain in panis when passing out urine .in fact I have used some drugs no improvements ,how am I going to use garlic .Moreover I don't have anything on my skin like pimple sores but have done test that shows that it is staphylococcus. please help me.Email=akinsadis@gmail. com

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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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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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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 Thank you, Ibby Caputo,

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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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