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Nares PCR Negative
Posted by Pauly
Last Reply September 4, 2013 at 02:48
Started January 12, 2010 at 14:25
I should be grateful for Dr Parada applying the test & the negative result. I'm not though because of what I know about the test & by the dr's own comments. A couple of times he stated, "if the results are correct." He told me he couldn't do another such test for a couple of weeks.

I asked him to do a blood culture to confirm the negative result. He refused. It certainly was an opportune time to do one since it's been 3 weeks since my last antibiotic treatment.

He placed me on a 42 day dose of Bactrim DS 2x for my sinus infection. This was surprising since he didn't have any labs to prove I still had a sinus infection. The PCR Nares he gave me was strictly for MRSA. He didn't even do a CBC to check on my WBC. My temp was taken but at 96.7, it hardly suggests any type of infection. (I have had low body temps since originally testing positve for MRSA, even w/ confirmed major infections & viruses).

I had provided him w/ evidence that I had just finished 3 separate courses of a... read more

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How long does the pain last.
Posted by Jenna
Last Reply September 2, 2013 at 18:53
Started September 2, 2013 at 05:57
I was diagnosed with cellulitis which then turned into an abscess that was lanced
and I was then diagnosed with MRSA. This was 3 weeks ago and I still have pain
on my leg at the site and also have found 2 sores in my nose How long does the
pain last?

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Posted by daramola
Last Reply September 2, 2013 at 16:54
Started September 2, 2013 at 16:54
Does mrsa cause nausea

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Garlic Baths/Internal MRSA
Posted by Rita
Last Reply August 27, 2013 at 16:45
Started August 26, 2013 at 13:28
Bob...I am ready to start the garlic baths for internal MRSA. Can you please tell me how often and how long I need to keep up the regimen for it to be effective and rid my body of any bacteria that may still be there. How does it actually work? And how will I know if I am MRSA free?

I have been having a very hard time trying to find the correct garlic. I saw that you posted that Forever Yong Garlic in AZ has what I need. Are all their garlics non-irriadated? Does it matter which I buy? Also, what about the garlic pills? Are they a good supplement to the baths?

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Can I touch people again?
Posted by RestlessMar
Last Reply August 26, 2013 at 20:30
Started August 23, 2013 at 05:51
Hello everyone! I'm so thankful this forum exists. I hope all of you dealing with MRSA are managing to have moments of peace, warmth, and some degree of health. I am a 35 year old gluten-free vegan, who was diagnosed with MRSA a month ago. I had 2 very painful boils 1 on each butt cheek, 1 was very close to my vaginal area and the intolerable pain combined with hellish discomfort and fear of spreading the infection pretty much drained every bit of peace in me for about three weeks. I stopped touching people, started sleeping in a separate room and using a separate bathroom the day my doctor did a culture and said he suspected MRSA. That same day, my partner and I immediately started cleaning all high touch areas, had carpets cleaned and continue to keep all hygiene practices daily. My doctor confirmed my mrsa days later, drained one of my boils and had me do a 10 day clindamycin treatment and gave me mupirocin ointment to put on the wounds. I completed the 10 day treatment, did a fi... read more

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Posted by amber
Last Reply August 25, 2013 at 21:57
Started August 25, 2013 at 21:57
i just had surgery on the 8th of this month and i got stitches they got
infected and the er gave me bactrum well i went back to my dr and he
said it was staph infection and has me on 2 different antibiotics and im
feeling really dizzy and sick..any suggestions?

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mrsa around babies
Posted by kara
Last Reply August 25, 2013 at 16:18
Started August 25, 2013 at 16:18
Im engaged to my sons father and every person
basically in his family has or has had mrsa. His
mother continuously battles with it, his father, his
brother, his sister in law his 4 nephews his 2 nieces
his grandmother his sister and like it never.goes
away one of them always has it and its freaky to me
because I have a 4 month old son should I bring him
around them? I always make them wash their hands
and sanitize or put a blanket over them because I'm
deathly afraid.of him getting it. When I was
pregnant his mother gave me it and it was treated

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Workers Rights & MRSA
Posted by David
Last Reply August 25, 2013 at 12:13
Started March 4, 2013 at 17:32
People suffering with AIDS are protected against job discrimination. Are we as sufferers of MRSA protected?

I am concerned that, should my employer learn that I have MRSA, they will not want me working there any more. I am afraid to inform them, yet I know I should. I've been told my MRSA is invasive. I'm not sure what invasive means, but it doesn't sound good.

At any rate, does anyone know if I am protected through EEOC, or should I just keep my employer in the dark?

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MRSA free for two months
Posted by Garlic Warrior
Last Reply August 25, 2013 at 05:06
Started August 25, 2013 at 05:06
Yes, I still have folliculitis on my butt but I honestly don't even notice it, it's symptomless and from what I've read it's basically harmless. I haven't had a full-blown boil for months. What worked for me? It's honestly hard to say... garlic baths seemed to help a lot, although I wonder these days whether it was because of the garlic or because of the warm water. Heat is one of the best treatments for any infection and soaking an infection can really improve blood flow in that area. Either way, the garlic baths worked for me when I needed them. Some antibiotics worked, some didn't. Hibiclens seemed to work too, after showering with it daily for a month I was completely good to go (unfortunately, I now have to deal with jock itch, but who cares, jock itch is way better than MRSA). I developed a case of reactive arthritis after food poisoning and that wasn't fun to deal with either, but that's gone now too. Just thought I'd let you guys out there suffering know... there IS hope.
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Diet/Boosting Immune System
Posted by Rita
Last Reply August 21, 2013 at 22:21
Started August 21, 2013 at 14:35
Looking for opinions on how to make my body as strong as possible. I've been drinking Kefir, but not sure how much a day to be effective. What are the best foods to put into my body and what supplements could I take?

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Posted by Joyce-Ellen
Last Reply August 19, 2013
Started August 16, 2013 at 12:28
After a chest xray and initial diagnosis of traditional pneumonia, 5 days and 5 docs, and an ongoing fever that stays between 100-105 even on ibuprofen, 5 days of no improvement on augmentin ...the latest doctor is pretty convinced that my 16 mth old son has either an atypical strain of pneumonia(NOT VIRAL) OR- more seriously she suspects a MRSA pneumonia.

My older son had a boil early last week that the long culture came back positive for MRSA. After having a cold for almost 2 weeks the doc believes my little guy contracted the MRSA and it settled in the lung. She started him on an intense arsenal of abx. Azithromyacin and clindamyacin ... She ordered a repeat chest X-ray tomorrow morning and said if 24 hours didn't show improvement he plans to admit him to the children's hospital. This is one sick little baby. This whole situation makes me sick to my stomach.

So. Here's where I need your help. How do I help him? Is there anything else I can do?

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Green pus
Posted by LaffRiot
Last Reply August 19, 2013
Started August 17, 2013 at 02:24
I just posted one topic about my concerns but this is a new one and is separate.

My mom had an abcess drained about three weeks ago which left a crater in her breast. It was from mrsa. SHe has been home for about 2 weeks and noticed green pus in her bandage two days ago. IS this normal??

She had an appt with her surgeon yesterday and of course the pus was not present at the time. He said he was not concerned. Today, she showed me a bandage she removed earlier and there was quite a bit of olive colored pus on it. I had her try to call the doc but it was after 5 and he only took emergency calls. A nurse frined said to see if she had a fever. My mom says she gets a pain in the wound site.

What should we do? The hospital would not give advice when she called. Said they couldn't do the Ask A Nurse thing anymore due to liability issues...

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I can't menstruate for 3yrs due to stap
Posted by Mariam
Last Reply August 19, 2013
Started August 11, 2013 at 07:24
Pls help me# . I have got stap
for more than 8years now I av
used different antibiotic to
no avail. I was lucky I gave
birth to my child in 2010
uptil now I cannot see my
Menstrual circle the doctors
said the stap has blocked were
my menstration is surpose to
come out from. Please hlp me
for it is affecting me
seriously.pls hlp me. My email

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MRSA / upcoming oral surgery
Posted by Kim Manning
Last Reply August 17, 2013 at 22:57
Started March 27, 2013 at 13:54

I broke my leg badly in November, and needed surgery/bone graft to set the bone. I wound up with a MRSA infection in a surgical wound, diagnosed in late December 2012. It cleared slowly (over 8 weeks) but without major complications, and I've tested MRSA free via a nose swab since.

I just found out I need oral surgery for a tooth extraction, and they're going to do a bone graft in the area where the root is removed so that I can get an implant in the future. It's absessed, and they've prescribed penicillin for me to take 2 days prior to, and then following the surgery. I told them about my recent MRSA infection in my leg, and asked if Bactrim might be a better choice, but they dismissed the idea.

Should I fight for Bactrim? Do you guys have any experience with this kind of thing or thoughts for me? I also have a call in to my infectious disease doctor, so hopefully she'll be able to weigh in as well. I don't want to over react, but it just makes me a little nervo... read more

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Family member with MRSA questions
Posted by LaffRiot
Last Reply August 17, 2013 at 16:41
Started August 17, 2013 at 02:17
Hi All, This is a great forum, thanks to everyone who contributes!
My mom recently had to go to the hospital for an unbearably painful abcess on her breast. She had surgery and a few days later we were told the abcess was due to MRSA. They drained it and now she has a round hole about the diameter of a half dollar which she must change the dressing every day.

I live with my mom and pay the bills as she is on disability at the moment and can't really support herself. We share a shower and I have been careful about cleaning it once a week and using lysol between showers etc. I also hit the dorknobs and lightswitches, toilet seats and handles and sinks, and so on with lysol twice a day (more if my ocd starts acting up).

I really do have ocd issues where I worry more about me spreading mrsa around, either back to her or to my new boyfriend's house, who has 2 kids and a mother who survived breast cancer. I am actually afraid of visiting him (ok, being with him) because of this. M... read more

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nervous from mrsa
Posted by danielle
Last Reply August 16, 2013 at 04:49
Started August 15, 2013 at 06:16
im nervous about the mrsa. is anxiety a side effect of having mrsa?

ive had a severe case of mrsa for over 4 yrs and every day I was deadly sick. it was a systemic infection. and my doctor also told me im allergic to the mrsa bacteria. I almost died a lot of times due to it and mine is untreatable it was really sad hearing every doctor I went to tell me they cant help me and that theres no medication for me. because none of the dozens of antibiotics helped one mrsa strain is one of the strongest ones out there. so they also told me its resistant to iv antibiotic

I planned my own funeral in my mind a bunch of times. I have some type of anxiety from it because im horrified. I have ptsd from it

every day thinking u will die

is this normal? I have this huge level of anxiety being told that at age 25 your life has ended forever. do other people go through this when they have long term mrsa

I have an autoimmune issue so the garlic didn't help. are there psychologi... read more

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Posted by Anne
Last Reply August 13, 2013
Started August 5, 2013 at 19:41
I contracted MRSA from having plastic surgery. By the time I went to the ER my
blood stream was totally infected (sepsis) and my body was septic. If I would
have waited another few hours I would have died. It is now 5 months out and my
abdomen won't heal ( where they removed the MRSA) i was admitted into the ICU
where i was for 2 weeks following 2 surgeries. I am wearing a wound vac, am
extremely anemic. I am always tired, I'm unable to work, and needless to say
frustrated and depressed. The original surgery was to remove excess skin, a
tummy tuck, breast lift and augmentation. I now am seen twice a week at a wound
clinic and the Drs say my immune system is at 30%. I've never felt so tired, weak
and emotionally fragile!

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Recurrent MRSA after bactrim and fatigue
Posted by Luke W
Last Reply August 13, 2013
Started August 12, 2013 at 22:08
I believe I got MRSA from swimming in Miami Beach, FL. A couple of days after
returning I had a large boil on my stomach that did not go away. When I saw the doctor
they prescribed bactrim but it did not go away. I had it surgically removed and
remained on bactrim for seven more days. Two months later I got another smaller boil
after skinning my elbow and was on bactrim for 10 days. Now, another small boil has
appeared on my stomach and I'm feeling fatigued like I did with the second occurrence.
I am sleeping and eating well. I do not want to build a resistance or continue to flood
my body with antibiotics every two - three months. I am an otherwise healthy 21 year
old male. Please advise.

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Never apply raw garlic direct to skin
Posted by Bob Anderson
Last Reply August 12, 2013 at 16:59
Started May 17, 2012 at 04:09
Never apply crushed raw garlic direct to skin with diluting it as it can cause a burn. While I have said this many times in this forum I want to emphasize it because a few people have done so and left it on for a while and it has resulted in second degree burns, which may be relatively minor but can still be painful like a bad sunburn, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Garlic can be very helpful but its benefits can be overshadowed by an unpleasant burn. Many people in this forum have reported cures using garlic water and the key word here is water. It doesn't burn when diluted. A few people have reported burns when applying it diretly to the skin without diluting it in water. I urge everyone to dilute it and avoid any unpleasant burns.

It is my intention to help desperate people find relief but that can be made difficult if the garlic is apply direct without diluting in water.

I urge in the strongest possible words everyone who uses it to dilute it in water ... read more

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Is this MRSA?
Posted by Frank
Last Reply August 11, 2013 at 22:15
Started August 10, 2013 at 13:51
I've had mrsa in the past. Recently these showed up on my foot.

One has brown puss in the middle. I tried to pop it to put manuka honey on it but it wouldn't pop.

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