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MRSA in Lungs
Posted by Claudie
Last Reply December 23, 2010 at 01:49
Started December 22, 2010 at 02:12
My friend has MRSA that has colonized in her
She has been on Zyvox works for a while but
MRSA comes
right back. Can anyone give advise?
Pulmonologist and pcp
are at a standstill.

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Lost over 400 lbs. Got MRSA
Posted by Deb Davis
Last Reply December 21, 2010 at 03:07
Started December 21, 2010 at 03:07
Please do not watch this video if you cannot watch surgery videos. It is very graphic and is what happened to my daughter after a skin removal procedure. It was the worst case Parkland Hospital (Dallas, TX) had ever seen. The link is...

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Posted by cristal
Last Reply December 20, 2010 at 18:37
Started December 20, 2010 at 15:43
im having boils pop up regurally it started about a month ago ad i have no insurance people are saying its just boils but im thinking its staph but my boyfriend or anyone else hasnt got it from me?

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post-MRSA spinal injections
Posted by TerriH
Last Reply December 17, 2010 at 02:42
Started December 9, 2010
Well I have finally seen a new spine dr- (the first one ignored my symptoms, and the strenuous activity he advocated caused 2 (L3-L4 &L4-L5)of the 5 bulging lumbar discs -that we found after the fact- to herniate (large central herniations, which caused me to fall and break my foot, which ultimately resulted in MRSA from the bone graft)-and after sending me to my IDD for clearance has scheduled a lumbar injection. I am very paranoid at this point of germs AND dr mistakes but after considering my options-laying in bed to reduce the pain or-take more-and eventually more-opioids to cover it up and keep going like I have- I feel I have to try something. The frustrating thing is, after 6 months off my feet from the break and mrsa- I thought my back was better but once I was "back on my feet" I found things had really deteriorated spinally, my RA is much worse, my sphincter of oddi dys. is out of control, etc. I'm just wondering if I should have a myelogram done first to make sure they... read more

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Very confused about MRSA. Need answers please
Posted by Bobby
Last Reply December 16, 2010 at 16:53
Started November 28, 2010 at 09:38
Hi everyone. My name is Bobby. I'm 33 years old and I was just diagnosed with
MRSA 3 weeks ago. I am a NY city garbage man. I cut myself on my leg while
picking up a bag of garbage. I don't know what was in the bag that cut me but
it was a pretty bad cut. Needless to say I never went to the Dr. To treat my
wound. 2 weeks later with no warning I came down with a 103 fever chills
severe pain in my legs back and head. I thought I had the flu. The second day a
boil popped up on my thigh the size of a qaurter. After the 3rd day the pain was
so bad in my legs I couldn't walk. I went to the ER. They drained the boil and it
came back positive for MRSA. I was in the hosp for 6 days on all different
antibiotics. They sent me home on the 6th day with no meds and no real info on
this condition. I don't know how serious this is. Will it come back?what will
cause it to come back? Will it always be that severe if it does come back? If I
cut myself what should I do? How will... read more

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Posted by ladyk
Last Reply December 15, 2010 at 01:29
Started December 14, 2010 at 21:07
Inducible resistance… is an overlooked complication which must be addressed concerning treatment of MRSA bacterial infections.

The problem with inducible resistance.
During ordinary lab culture testing, the microbe appears to be resistant to erythromycin and susceptible to clindamycin, BUT… once the MRSA patient is exposed to clindamycin, inducible resistance quickly develops.

Clindamycin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic, particularly effective against certain types of bacteria.

Additionally… if individual has been exposed to clindamycin - it is best to take proactive measures in protecting ‘system flora’ against overpopulation of other opportunistic pathogens which will capitalize on the imbalance this antibiotic therapy creates. Using probiotics will replenish “friendly/good” bacteria which will assist in keeping destructive pathogens in check, and will ultimately assist system regain balance. Clindamycin antibiotic therapy has been determined to be high on list of pat... read more

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Why all the secrecy?
Posted by Sue Mrla
Last Reply December 12, 2010 at 18:18
Started December 9, 2010 at 01:51

My son got a case of mrsa on his leg. He thought it was a spider bite at first but the boil got very large very fast. The doc did not take a culture but treated it as mrsa because she said she believed it was that. My son has took his meds, He thinks he has it again on his back. He uses a community shower with 15 other males and thinks this is where he got it. Please help me if there is anything new anyone can tell me. Thanks!

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MRSA- Breastmilk Please Help!
Posted by Elizabeth Howard
Last Reply December 11, 2010 at 04:41
Started December 9, 2010 at 11:56
Thank you so much for reading this post! I am so glad I found this discussion forum. My daughter was born two years ago and I have not found answers thus far. My daughter was born with a severe birth defect (Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia) which required a lengthy hospitalization. Before giving birth the her, my nose was swabbed and tested positive for MRSA. I was told this was standard procedure, a large number of the population is positive, and that nothing would be done differently. When I gave birth to my daughter, I started pumping breastmilk for her in the NICU. She started taking my breastmilk via ng tube. About two weeks after birth my daughter became septic with MRSA in her blood stream. She was placed on ECMO for eighteen days due to the sepsis (very tough time). Never having been exposed to the medical field previously, something just told me to ask to have my breast milk tested (as I remembered that I tested postive in my nose). They agreed although said it was uncommon... read more

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gram pos cocci
Posted by Lexiv
Last Reply December 10, 2010 at 20:32
Started December 7, 2010 at 20:05
My lab results say: 4,000 col/ml of gram pos cocci. My others show:

4.08 (red blood count)
35.70 (hematocrit)
178.00 (platelets)
26.20 (Lymphocytes)
0.40 (basophils)

could you just let me know, should I be serios worried, should I visit an infrectologist? What does this all mean?

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MRSA & work in the med invironment
Posted by Scared And Lost
Last Reply December 9, 2010 at 04:46
Started November 26, 2010 at 23:46
I was just diagnosed with MRSA infection on my toe. For a suspected infected ingrown toenail, the nail was removed and sent for a culture to rule out fungal causes. It came back as positive for MRSA and reactive to Bactrim. My Dr wanted to be very aggressive once the culture results came in. Prior I had been through 2-10 day rounds of Cephlexin and 2-7 day rounds of Bactrim (the first 1-2 X daily the second 2-2 X daily) Once he had the results he extended my Bactrim to 14 days (2-2 X daily) and added the Cleocin (2-3 X daily).

I am due to start a new job on Monday and it is at a hospital. I keep the toe completely covered, then in a sock and shoe. My husband and daughter have not had any issues and I've been fighting this for months now. So my question is : Is it safe for me to go to work and if so is it necessary to reveal my infection to them if I am keeping it covered and it is all but completely healed. I'm worried it will cost a job I've been looking for since the f... read more

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Uh Oh
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply December 8, 2010 at 04:51
Started November 17, 2010 at 16:51
Well Peeps, here we go again. Looks like my last real joint below my waist is in failure. My left knee, on the same leg that I had the HA-MRSA infection in back in 2007, is probably going to have to be re-placed. It's so hard to select that option, but the alternative is a wheelchair. I've done the wheelchair and frankly, I didn't care for it.

I see the ortho on Tuesday to make a decision. I'm always on high alert for MRSA, so you can imagine my mindset. I'm gonna eat a lot of Ben and Jerry's as I try to calm myself down.

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Made it through surgery
Posted by Shellyb
Last Reply December 1, 2010 at 18:46
Started November 28, 2010 at 12:32
It's been awhile since I posted here. We're all doing fine (cross fingers / knock on wood). My husband has been active infection free since his last outbreak (about one year ago) and my daughter's infection cleared up with the removal of the nail-bed from her toe (we're still having issues with her toe, but they are related to the scar tissue growing out as opposed to active MRSA infection). My latest news is that I has surgery recently to remove two Melanomas and several of my lymph nodes. I was very concerned about bringing open wounds into the house with our history of MRSA, but everything healed with no issues :) I know that I'm going to get taken by surprise one day when MRSA rears its ugly head again, but for now, we seem to have gotten control of it (again with the crossing fingers and knocking on

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my 3 yo and MRSA
Posted by B'smom
Last Reply November 23, 2010 at 20:36
Started July 14, 2010 at 18:40
My gorgeous 3 year old daughter has very recently tested positive for MRSA. Unlike the other topics I read my daughters MRSA is not coming in the form of pimples or boils.(however after reading others' expierences i remember when there was some questionable skin issues). She was plagued with chronic ear infections as an infant and had her first set of tubes put in at 6months. We went about 6 months with lots of runny noses and even got pneumonia shortly after tube placement. We got the diagnosis of allergies and thrown loritidine (sp?). Let me just say this that since the age of 6 months the longest we have gone without antibiotics 2 months. The longest being on constant antibiotics is 28 weeks.We had many blister diaper rashes and thrown cream after cream which sometimes worked sometimes didn't. We had dry patches of skin diagnosed as just that and told we needed to change soap and lotions. No soap or lotion ever worked in ridding of these "spots" which were almost blister ... read more

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MRSA infection
Posted by bicuspid
Last Reply November 22, 2010 at 21:26
Started November 22, 2010 at 21:26
I recently was admitted to my local hospital for Numerous Syncope episodes. While there I specifically told the ER staff that I did not want the hospital's cardiologist involved in my case due to previous encounters with him. To my surprise when I was being work up the next morning it was by the specific doctor I stated for them not to send. The hospital did not even notify my PC doctor, which I asked them to do during the admitting process. While in the hospital this particular doctor ignored every direction my cardiologist had given me. I have extreme low blood pressure which I take medication for but am not to be taking it within 4 hours of laying down. Well, in a hospital bed, you lie down. This doctor had the nurses giving me this medication. I had been advised to severely increase my sodium intake to help boost my pressure; this doctor cut sodium out completely. (This is when my blood pressure dropped to 69/48, I was told this could be deadly) It was like he was treating someo... read more

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Alopecia and MRSA?
Posted by Tana
Last Reply November 22, 2010 at 01:12
Started November 17, 2010 at 01:42
Well,here I go again. Its been one year and three months since last outbreak.Just wondering if anyone here has had Alopecia areata from the effects or treatment from MRSA.Since my last outbreak I have have been diagnosed with arthritis in neck with narrowing of vertabrea and bone spur pressing on nerve,severe dermatitis and just recently Alopecia.All of a sudden out of nowhere my daughter freaked and said you have a bald spot,then looking closer found 3 half dollar size spots and numerous nickle size.Also have pain in hip and seeing Dr for that in a few days.Chronic yeast infections,which are getting better with garlic and strict diet.Where does it end with this.Was healthy until Mrsa and IV antibiotic use for months.Any input would be greatly appreciated.Thanks

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My baby had MRSA
Posted by Shannon
Last Reply November 19, 2010 at 17:21
Started November 19, 2010 at 17:21
I have some concerns and was hoping someone here might have some answers. My now 13 month old baby girl ended up with MRSA last month. She had an abcsess in her groin area that had to be surgically removed. She spent a week in the hospital with fevers running at almost 105. The wound is now closed but she still has one hard part that just seems to stay that way. DR said it could take months for it to soften. Should I be concerned. I was told that she will forever have it and could easily get it again now. Is this true?

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Effective Treatment Without Antibiotics
Posted by JC
Last Reply November 16, 2010 at 15:43
Started November 16, 2010 at 06:24
I had a septic toe for over three months caused by MRSA. This is how I got rid of it without prescribed antibiotics. It began simple enough as a cut on the foot. Then the cut healed "funny" and a blister formed shortly thereafter. The blister went away then part of my foot and toe became septic and red, and then cellulitis set in. It was about this time that I decided to do something about it. (lol in retrospect) First I used bread and milk poltucies, potatoes, hot compresses, and elevation to draw the infection to a head. I then lanced the "head" and drained it. Being careful I made sure to keep the wound clean with hydrogen peroxide and to keep it covered. I also continued to try and draw the remaining infection out with continued poltucies and on occasion an epson salt soak. This worked out ok however it remained septic. This is when I started taking pau d' arco and oregon grape as well as high doses of vitamin C. I also stopped consuming white bread, sugar, caffeine, and saturat... read more

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I need some advice
Posted by couchmonkey
Last Reply November 16, 2010 at 07:09
Started November 6, 2010 at 07:07
I have had MRSA for 2 years now. I am 20 years old, and aside from
getting colds fairly often, I consider myself healthy. My doctor told
me I was colonized, I have taken nearly every kind of antibiotic. I
put the nasal cream inside my nose, taken bleach baths and wash my
hands frequently. The past year or so, my outbreaks have been less and
less extreme, with fewer trips to the hospital/doctor to have any
abscesses drained and stuffed. Id say its been about a year that I had
much trouble, and yet last week I noticed a spot, of course in one of
most humiliating places possible. After nearly a week of sitting on it
(literally) I couldnt take it any longer and went yesterday to the
hospital, where I was treated, and given antibiotics and such. When I
arrived at the hospital, I was only in pain, no fever. When I left the
hospital, on the drive home, I got a fever, and chills and could not
stop shivering for over an hour. I got a headache after awhile and
foug... read more

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help understanding MRSA
Posted by Echo
Last Reply November 13, 2010 at 06:41
Started November 11, 2010 at 05:22
hello my name is Echo and i am 20 years old.and besides the MRSA i consider myself to be in good health. i figure i should first of all start with my story and ask questions at the end. last spring around memorial day i woke up one morning with a bump on my right forarm. as the days went on this bump was getting larger and was very tender to the touch. i kept a bandaid on it but refused to go to the doctor to seek help for it because i was very stubborn.. adventually tho the pain from this bump grew to be just a little too much and was getting in the way of me enjoying everyday activities even though i didnt want to admit it. so i finally went to the doctor when my bump was about the size of a golf ball. entering the doctors office i thought for sure my bump was a spider bite. seeing i live very close to a large woods spiders are not uncommon for me to see. when i got into the office i told the doctor what i believed it was and he had no remaks to make against my observation. so he ... read more

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switched antibiotics/garlic
Posted by GINA
Last Reply November 5, 2010 at 08:58
Started November 4, 2010 at 10:16
Nsal mrsa 3rd time in two years.
Need some guidance and support. Feel awful. Depressed,

I am trying inhaling the garlic but still not better. I do not think I am doing it right .
Anyone else use this and how do you do it. Bob says not to boil it; ladyk said to boil it. Confused.

I felt better after 2 weeks on Biaxin and bactoban and had to stop them to be reswabbed . Awaiting results.
By the third day off antibiotics I had tiredness nausea and awful head pain back- no fungus smell in nose.

Now I am on again doxycycline and bactroban again and have to go off it to be retested next Monday when I see Inf Diseae. AFraid I will get worse. Had to lie down for days.
Is this normal ?


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