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mrsa in spine now joint pain
Posted by sharlene
Last Reply January 17, 2011 at 16:23
Started January 17, 2011 at 12:29
My husband had back surgery last july. 2 weeks later ended up in the ER and had back sugery again for mrsa. I had never seen him cry before the pain was so bad. He did the IV Vanco. for 2 weeks than they up the dose allergic reaction to that landed him back in the ER. He was put on oral antibiatic for 2 months. The infection has stayed at 2.9% since. but since than it seems like more and more of his joints hurt real bad. He takes narcotic pain medicine for back pain (9 surgerys) and this does not touch the pain. 30 mgs of morphine dulls the pain. Was wondering if anyone can relate to this. Don't get to much info from the ID doctor. I feel so sorry for him there are days he spends 9/10ths of the day in bed.

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MRSA pneumonia
Posted by misti
Last Reply January 17, 2011 at 15:59
Started January 12, 2011 at 19:09
I had surgery for bladder cancer in October 2010, developed a fever, cough, and sinus congestion when I was six weeks post-op. Found out in December that I have MRSA pneumonia. Being treated with Zyvox now, have been on it for over a week, saw an infectious disease on Monday, he says that he wants me to stay on it for two more weeks. Still running a temp.of 100 and my white blood count is still high, but the x-ray of my chest looks good. He doesn't seem concerned really, just wondering if anyone else feels this way? I know that I'm tired of being sick with this. I have no energy, I'm tired all the time, and my muscles in my legs ache . Wonder if it could be caused by this? Would really appreciate some advice. Thanks!!!!

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good news! i think...
Posted by Lesley
Last Reply January 15, 2011 at 23:02
Started January 12, 2011 at 16:39
My story just started..a quick review. Had surgery Nov. 23 and on Dec. 23 landed in the ER again for a boil (had two others that did not go any further than a pimple like thing) that was lanced, drained and I had home care to pack/unpack for about 4 weeks. It is still needing polysporin and a band aid but no more nursing visits. I was told a week after the 23rd that the ER found MRSA. I had my first set of swabs (mouth, nose, anus) done last Wed. and got the call from the family Dr. that it was all clear. Nothing came back for the cultures, no staph ..and no specifically MRSA. I am to do one more set of swabs and if all clear then Dr. said no more antibiotics to be prescribed and no more swabs needing done.

...good news? I feel it might be but wanted to check in here too.

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C-Diff warning
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply January 10, 2011 at 01:07
Started January 10, 2011 at 01:07

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Daughter in law
Posted by Sandy
Last Reply January 9, 2011 at 03:07
Started November 11, 2010 at 11:17
She is 27 and in good health.
Had a sore on her bottom Sat, and by Monday so sore, she went to the
doctor. He mentioned going in for IV antibiotics, but she had
dismissed it as overkill. She called me though, and asked me about it,
and I thought to myself that if he mentioned it, it would probably be
best, so I read up and got to Staph infections (which the doc told her
it probably was) and about fainted.

I called her back and asked how far the red was from the center and
she said it was actually coming around to her sides and up her front,
at least 6 inches. I told her to pack her bag.

They started her on something that starts with a V right away, and
cultured it. The next morning she went in to have it surgically
drained and cleaned. Afterwards the surgeon said the abscess was
larger than expected. About 9 centimeters. (sounds huge and dangerous
to me but I have little to go by)
They have given her several antibiotics, one made her itch but
Benedr... read more

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Live in family member just diagnosed with msra
Posted by Adriana
Last Reply January 8, 2011 at 16:31
Started January 5, 2011 at 08:04
Hey there.. I live with my 85 year old grandmother who was just diagnosed as a carrier of mrsa. She went to the hospital for a cough and apparently it was noted in her chart from a year ago that she is a carrier. We were never informed by her doctors. In fact they had her secluded at the hospital (a year ago) but the nurse told us that it was due to her pneumonia case at that time. No one ever mentioned MRSA! She will be home tomorrow and I am very worried. I live here in the same home with her along with my 3 year old son, my 60 yr old mother and my brother. My Grandmother is very filthy, she does not wash her hands, touches everything around the house constantly. eats out of the fridge literally with a spoon(like opens the cottage cheese and takes a few bites). She chews gum and leaves it on the counter.she rinses dishes with cold water and puts them away after using them. We already had major concerns about her, but now with this I am terrified. I understand that she has already ... read more

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Germ cops help hospitals prevent infection...
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply January 7, 2011 at 21:45
Started January 7, 2011 at 16:15

At hospitals, germ inspectors lead fight against preventable death from infections.

University of Maryland Medical Center's crackdown on hospital-spread infections, and Michael Anne Preas patrols the ICU like a cop on the beat to help keep bacteria in check.

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Does the pain last forever?
Posted by Deb Davis
Last Reply January 7, 2011 at 20:53
Started December 30, 2010 at 02:57
My daughter went through a horrible battle with MRSA. She was in the hospital for SEVEN months and they did NOT expect her to live. She made it through the hospital battle but still takes so many pain meds so she can function. Many of the meds I have seen listed on this forum. I know she wears a pain patch andalso takes Fentenyl, Neurotin and Hydrocodone. You can see some of her intricate MRSA photos at So, Does the pain ever get better?

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Well add me to the MRSA list
Posted by Lesley
Last Reply January 3, 2011 at 17:12
Started January 2, 2011 at 06:32
I just don't know what to think. The Dr's and nurses tell me it can be serious but don't seem to be too concerned, then I come online to try to learn more and I am confused, scared and worried. Here is my quick story.

About a month and a half ago I went in for day surgery. I seemed to be healing quite well from it except I got an UTI pretty quickly after and then a nasty cold. 3 weeks after surgery I developed a boil on my groin area. It was small but very painful. I just thought it was a pimple or skin irritation from clothing. I put polysporin on it as much as I could and did my best to keep my clothing from touching it. I remember feeling hot and generally not well. It resolved on it's own. A week(ish) later I developed a boil on my backside near the top, again it was annoying and I used hot compresses and it resolved on its own. However I had one on the back of my thigh/inner thigh area that grew about the size of a ping pong ball, was hot as heck and painful as hell. I saw a... read more

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Losing hope
Posted by Amanda
Last Reply December 31, 2010 at 06:17
Started November 24, 2010 at 23:58
I have had MRSA since 2004 I have had 11 breast surgeries and so many skin abscesses removed ( they stopped draining and started just cutting out the tissue) I currently have two open behind both ears packed with gauze and one next to my anal. I have had two lymph nodes one in my groin and one under my left arm removed because of mrsa. I had toe surgery because the second to last small toe in my right foot was black and looked as though it was bleeding on top of the skin. There was MRSa in the bone along with strep bacteria growing. All of the specialist I have seen have been treating me with bactrum, rocephin,vancomycin,done it oral and IV. I went to the Dr. last week and he said he is going to remove my right breast because there is so much drainage still from my first breast surgery in 2005. The dr. then tells me day before yesterday that he thinks it is best to take both. I am postin here not for pitty by any means just someone to talk to.I am married with a four year old daught... read more

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Bone pain
Posted by Adam
Last Reply December 30, 2010 at 17:01
Started December 23, 2010 at 04:31
I'm an 18 year old male, and last year on a weekend i discovered what
seemed to be a huge boil/pimple on my lower back/butt. The boil hurt so
much that i couldn't stop complaining about the terrible pain, so i went
to the doctor, had it swabbed and was diagnosed with MRSA. I was then
prescribed some medicine and the boil for the most part went away and it periodic came back but i haven't had it for around 6 months. Now my
issue is that the bone directly under where the MRSA was hurts a lot?
does anyone know if that is because of the MRSA and if i should get it
checked out?

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New to this site
Posted by Jen
Last Reply December 29, 2010 at 23:57
Started December 29, 2010 at 03:21
Hi everyone. I am new to this site. I posted the other day about help with all natural cures. My whole family has MRSA and we battle it everyday. I found someone online named Christine Dawson, but was wondering if anyone had bought her program. I don't want to waste any more money on fighting this disease if I don't have to. Any help would be appreciated.


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MRSA forum for USA
Posted by Rob
Last Reply December 29, 2010 at 21:33
Started October 13, 2004 at 17:33
Here it is, the American MRSA forum. hope this helps organise the posts this site receives. You can easily switch between UK and USA forums, see link at top of page. Don't forget these forum are not just for folks living in these two countries.

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New Post USA/MRSA from Hell!
Posted by Kay G
Last Reply December 29, 2010 at 18:42
Started December 29, 2010 at 18:42
I have already posted my comment and questions. Just really need some kind of feed back,PLEASE!

Thanks! KAY G.

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Hibiclens foam soap?
Posted by Tana
Last Reply December 28, 2010 at 16:01
Started July 22, 2010 at 15:01
I have been looking everywhere for the Hibiclens that comes with foaming pump. I brought what my pharmicist told me was the pump in a larger size but it does not foam.When I look on wesites that show the foaming soap it does not specific as to which one it is when you go to order it,can anyone help with this? Which size and product code number and website. Thanks

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Merry Christmas
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply December 27, 2010 at 06:20
Started December 25, 2010
Just checking in to say Merry Christmas to all of my friends here. I know its challenging to have fun during the holidays with an active infection but at least you are still alive. Every day we know more about MRSA than the day before. It's only a matter of time before they will finally find a cure. In the meantime, take good care of yourselves and love those that love you so much. In the end, the love we take is equal to the love we make.



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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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