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MRSA in child, no more symptoms
Posted by Momasita
Last Reply August 22, 2010 at 04:49
Started August 19, 2010 at 17:10
My child had an ear infection that was not clearing up with Floxin, so our Doctor swabbed her ear and the culture came back positive for MRSA. We changed antibiotics and the ear infection cleared right away. We went back and they swabbed her nose. The culture came back positive for MRSA. We are now putting Mupirocin in her nose. She has no symptoms. No rash. No fever. She has now missed two weeks of school, and because of the second culture from her nose coming back positive can't go back even though her ear infection is cleared. I'm waiting on a call back from an infectious disease doctor that I am told is VERY busy. I'm told there is a LONG wait for an appointment. In the mean time I have been reading online about people being "carriers" indefinitely! Others say that they had to go into the hospital! I'm freaking out that she may be a carrier forever. Does this mean that she’ll never be able to go to school again??

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MERSA @ Cleveland Clinic
Posted by Ken W.
Last Reply August 20, 2010 at 23:14
Started August 16, 2010
On June 29th 2010 I had surgery for GERD, and contracted MERSA from the surgery staff and the 4" incision from my ribs to my belly button was swelled up an inch high and 4" long. I was told on July 3rd that it was normal and the swelling will go away. I was released on the 4th and I asked if I should have antibiotics for the swelling and the nurses got upset with me and told me again that it was normal. I called Dr.Rices nurse the next day and she again told me to wait it out, "Its Normal".On July 6th I was walking in my yard and my incision bursted and shot out about 16" with a surgical sponge sticking to my sweatpants that came from the wound.I then called Dr Rices nurse again and she told me to either to come in then or go to the nearest ER. I went to Aultman ER in Canton,Ohio and the ER doctor squeezed out about 6 more ounces of infection fron the wound, and perscribed me Bactrim DS. The next day it swelled up again and I called Dr Rices nurse again. She told me to be there by... read more

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Surgery from He_ _
Posted by Ken W
Last Reply August 20, 2010 at 19:48
Started August 20, 2010 at 01:04
I have MERSA also. I had GERD surgery @ Cleveland Clinic on June 29th 2010 and on the 3rd of july my incision was swelled and very painful. I asked a nurse if I shouldn't have some anti-biotics or something since it seems infected. I was told it looks normal and I shouldn't worry. While I layed in the hospital, I asked for my bed sheets to be changed several times since they were soaked from sweat from breaking a fever, the nurses neglected to change them. I was released on Sunday July 4th and I walked around here in dire pain. On July 5th, I called Dr. Rices nurse and I was told again that I shouldn't worry, it was normal for a major surgery like I had. About noon on July 6th I was walking across my yard without a shirt on and my wound bursted and it squirted out about 15-16" and a surgical sponge landed on my sweat pants and stuck there.I again called Dr Rices nurse and she told me to go directly to my nearest emergency room. I then went to Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio The ER ... read more

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Lawsuits
Posted by Marlene
Last Reply August 19, 2010 at 18:02
Started August 19, 2010 at 18:02
I live in Northern Calif. and have researched lawsuits. We are only successful if we can prove that we've died from MRSA! We all have a nightmare to share and they are all similar stories...we've suffered and are still suffering. That's the bottom line! I can only hope that we can collectively come together and make our various hospitals and communities accountable for our misery.

This forum is a good start. What shall we do next?

Still in limbo,
Marlene

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CA-MSSA in Washington, DC
Posted by Brad (27- Texas)
Last Reply August 18, 2010 at 18:12
Started August 16, 2010 at 05:12
I moved to Washington, DC in June 2010 for a summer internship. After being in the city for about three weeks, I noticed a small bump on the my neck directly over my Adam's apple. Thinking it was a razor bump or zit, I put some benzoyl peroxide on it and went to bed. The next day, the bump doubled in size and became incredibly painful. Over the next four days, the boil grew to 4 inches long and started to impact my swallowing/breathing. I went to an ENT who tried to drain it, but no fluid came out, which meant cellulitis. I was put on Levaquin and over the next four days had the lesion reopened twice. The meds did nothing and I ended up developing another lesion in my right nostril a week later. As my face began to swell, I went to the ER and they admitted me instantly fearing I had MRSA. After four days of IV antibiotics (mostly Penicillin and Clindamycin), I was released when both lesions began to recede.

Eight days after being discharged, two more lesions began to develop on e... read more

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Ear Infection
Posted by Timi
Last Reply August 17, 2010 at 16:30
Started August 17, 2010 at 13:28
hello there. I've found this forum a most rewarding discovery and have learned so much from it.

But i now caught an ear bug 6 days back which has caused my ear to be completely blocked deep inside and just in front of the ear drum. the nurse who saw me said the ear was 'too dry'. she recommended warm olive oil for two days to loosen the wax and then Locorten (a corticosteroid i have no intention of using, as it isn't curative) two days later. this was on Saturday 14/08/10. By Monday, no change; so i changed to warm coconut oil. Still the wax has refused to budge, but i have been able to peel off some scab from the orifice. I suspect a fungal infection. Will garlic (raw or in oil form) help, and if so how? is it safe to apply it to the wax?

Thanks

Timi

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Confused
Posted by Nan
Last Reply August 16, 2010 at 16:27
Started August 16, 2010 at 02:19
I was diagnosed with MSRA back in April 2010...was given the bactrim antibotics, then given another one to take for 3 months after to make sure it was out of my system. I am 33 yrs old, and I feel like I am 80. my dr did blood work on me, he thinks I have RA. my hands, arms, shoulders, hips, knees, and feet are killing me, he thinks that because its symetrical. I have a low grade fever every night. I did notice a sore this morning "appear" on my stomach. without changing my diet, I have lost 27lbs, I have noticed hair loss. I am just tired of hurting!!! nothing I do helps at all. any help would be great. I am so glad I found this website! there is a ton of information on here..I am going to continue to read now.

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MRSA
Posted by andrew
Last Reply August 13, 2010
Started August 7, 2010 at 01:25
So i contracted mrsa after having sex with a new partner , been dealing with it for 8 months now, been on rimampfin and bactrim since being on these drugs my mouth seems to stay dry and my tongue feels weird .. also i was also diagnosed with sebboreah on face .. has any one else experienced these problems ?

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Heart Beating Fast? Hurts when I Breath.
Posted by Uxmal
Last Reply August 10, 2010 at 21:47
Started August 7, 2010 at 18:56
Hello everyone.

i'm posting this topic because I'm not sure what is causing my heart beat a little faster than usual. Last night before i went to bed everything seemed fine. However, it was really cold & breeze Outside.

I left the window open then i fell asleep.. Plus i had the fan on(i dont know why i did! the air was cold) But anywho.. when People have MRSA suffer from weird or painful Heart problems? has anyone been through this before?


PS: i did research online that sometimes when we sleep, we move our bodies in very uncomfortable positions.. like we twist them in a very bad way but we can't feel it because we're asleep. But then Again, My heart has been beating fast, the pain already stopped when i breath,
But does it have to do anything with MRSA?

I changed my Diet for about two weeks, a tough Diet.. the Break outs and the fatigue has been decreased a lot. my joints on my legs dont hurt anymore...but if it persists.. i have to go to the Dr. ASAP
o_o

if anyo... read more

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MRSa
Posted by andrew
Last Reply August 9, 2010 at 18:41
Started August 8, 2010 at 02:35
has anyone else experienced sebboreah with there mrsa and white toungue from antibiotics...?

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new w/ probable mrsa infection
Posted by educateME
Last Reply August 7, 2010 at 19:31
Started August 7, 2010 at 18:21
new here. read forum guidelines. was hoping to find a thread for newcomers like me so i wouldn't have to start a new topic. but need to be on this forum because i feel very alone and scared.

about me: i am a physical therapist assistant and work in an the outpatient rehab department at my local hospital. the building i work in is outside the main hospital. i just turned 46. i am healthy except have genital herpes for the past 18 years that is very well controlled with preventative acyclovir.

current situation: was in key largo. laying on hammock with my boyfriend. i felt like what was a mosquito bite on my right buttock. said, "i got bit, we better go inside." the next day we both got tattoos. that night the "bite" turned into a flaming, red, swollen, painful mess that was about the size of my whole hand.

i went to the hospital that i work at but not the ER. i first went to occupational health because i am an employee there. the PA looked at my buttock and s... read more

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MRSA without blood culture?
Posted by NeedAnswers
Last Reply August 7, 2010 at 15:27
Started July 25, 2010 at 03:46
I had lap band surgery almost 2 months ago. I continue to have infection at my incision site, despite having used zithromax & clindomycin, as well as granulation tissue coming through the incision.

My surgeon just told me at the last visit that he believes I have MRSA & have most likely have had it the whole time. I asked if he would be doing blood work to confirm it. He said that it was not necessary since he was treating it as MRSA anyway with the clindomycin. The Dr. didn't even give me any information about MRSA, much less explain how I should handle it. I have small children at home & am very concerned with their safety.

My question is...Is it actually necessary to have blood work done when MRSA is suspected? I'm just wondering if this Dr. is worried about hurting his practice's reputation as well as the hospital where he performed the surgery.

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New, qdmitted from ER and scared
Posted by MommaBear
Last Reply August 6, 2010 at 05:47
Started July 31, 2010 at 08:36
Hi I stumbled on this forum yesterday and today was admitted for cellulitis two
days after having a boil lanced. The ID will be in tomorrow so I hope at least
have the results from the boil but may not yet have blood results. Everyone is of
course assuming mrsa and they have me on vancomycin. So my question is
this - am I likely to need long term antibiotic infusions or is it two courses of
Vcin and home with a couple prescriptions? I realize nobody has a crystal ball
but has anyone here dealt with that? I'm a 39 year old healthy weekend warrior
type with two boys. Sorry if typos or bad grammar, it's 3:30 am and I'm typing
on my phone from the hospital room.

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timing of hardware removal
Posted by terri
Last Reply August 5, 2010 at 22:34
Started August 2, 2010 at 20:49
approx. two weeks after having a plate and pins placed for a fracture to my fifth metatarsal (mid-shaft) I developed cellulitis and hospitalized for three days after the culture came back positive for MRSA. Currently at home with IV Cubicin. The orthopedist has told me the hardware must be removed but can't tell me when. The IDD gives me the impression it should be done ASAP and I would prefer to get it over with instead of waiting until I'm "healed up" and then going through another surgery. Have not been able to find a standard protocol for correct timing and hope someone has some answers? Additionally I had 6 dental implants placed 6 months ago-is this another potential problem? I would appreciate any help or advice from someone who has been through this.

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Staph...MRSA
Posted by Heather
Last Reply August 5, 2010 at 16:01
Started March 13, 2010 at 17:10
I have a 2 and a half year old daughter and she has been battling staph infection for over a year. The first incident was when I was changing her diaper and saw a red bump...looked almost like a pimple. A few days later it was inflammed and came to a head. The size of the knot underneath the skin was a little bigger than a quarter. This bump was located on her private area. I took her to the doctor, they informed me that it was staph (a form a MRSA) He told me there are many different types of MRSA.THey put her on cream as well as bactrim. Well she has had it 7 times since then.(In a about a year span) It went from her private..to her butt..to the outside of her leg(3 bumps that time) back to her private area now she has 2 on her legs again and 1 more in coming back on her butt. They are like boils. They inflamm, get a head, and rupture. It is very painful for her. Just as painful for me I think being a mother and watching my daughter go through this at such a young age. I took her... read more

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Roommate disclosure
Posted by Grace
Last Reply August 4, 2010 at 04:25
Started August 3, 2010 at 22:51
My roommate of a few months disclosed to me upon moving in that she was bi-polar and on medication. I said that was fine as long as she stayed on her meds or had a note from her doc saying she didn't need them. Things have been fine until she started developing severe acne and announced she was discontinuing her meds as they were the cause. I reminded her of our agreement and she told me that she had MRSA so she needed to take care of her skin. Now that I have been researching this disease I am so mad! She moved into my home with this communicable disease without telling us, and I have a fifteen year old and a pregnant nineteen year old!!!! She paid rent for this month and I have already given that to the landlord but my instinct is to pay her back anyway and ask her to leave immediately. We dont have a formal rent agreement, but I doubt seriously a judge would expect me to let her stay, especially in light of the fact that at the moment she has open sores which she can't kee... read more

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fibromyalgia link????
Posted by Melissa
Last Reply August 3, 2010
Started July 29, 2010 at 02:59
anyone suspect a link?

All the overwhelming effects I've read, and having experienced them myself since contracting a fatal MRSA infection--internally--in my head--no visible sore, but a severely swollen face-unknown sorce--not hospital (I was a healthy, fun loving 28 yr old 3rd Grade teacher, for crying out loud!) 2 summers ago, I have never been the same.

Was on potent, agressive treatment of antibiotics--via IV/picc line, 4 hrs. a day for almost 2 months; still had picc line when I started school--could now drive myself over an hr to my disease/infectious specialist who literally saved my life---after initial trip to ER via my Dad, then diagnosis- and watching the look of horror and defeat on the faces of numerous docs/specialists/surgeons-even the staff--rushing me off to others who were also clueless as what to do w/me.

Finally had to go on long term disability back in Dec. b/c I couldn't get rid of yet another severe case of Strep Throat--4 rounds of antibiotics &... read more

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MRSA and the hospital
Posted by Matt
Last Reply July 30, 2010 at 17:02
Started July 29, 2010 at 01:01
Hello everyone, I wanted to get some advice. About a month ago I
went in and had surgery to drain a boil. I was given painkillers and
Cephalexin or something like that. It was done and going just fine.
The surgeon said the culture came back with nothing, that the boil was
just blood. About two weeks later I got what looked like a bug bite.
Within a few days it was large and I went to a medical center. They
said it was probably MRSA and they didn't even check anymore as it was
so common. He gave me a prescription to Sulfamethoxazole. A day
later I went to my surgeon again. He immediately said stop taking
those antibiotics. Looks like MRSA, lets operate today. Now, two
weeks later after confirming the second operation was MRSA and using
Hibiclens like I was told, I am getting the same boils again. Is it
safe to say this came from the hospital? Any tips on cleaning to help
get rid of this stuff?

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mrsa again
Posted by tasfira
Last Reply July 24, 2010 at 06:20
Started June 19, 2010 at 21:19
I've been battling mrsa off and on for about 15 yrs now. Some were bad some were ok, and some didnt really get anywhere at all. I posted here about 9 or 10 months ago because I had a mrsa infection on my left outter thigh that would not stop draining and would not heal. Well it finally did, but left a tiny hole. I have since had 6 more and am on the 7th, which I want to write about now. It started showing last Monday with the pain and the heat, but not size. By Tuesday morning I noticed it was the size of a golf ball and very painful, red, swollen, and I couldnt sit as it is located on my inner left thigh rather high up. By Wedneday night I couldnt take the pain anymore and asked my husband to take me to the hospital. The only thing they did was localize it, make a very small incision and drain about 1/4 of it. They took a culture, gave me painkillers, doxycycline, bactrim, packed it and sent me home. I saw my doctor yesturday(Friday) and he took a look at it and the first words out... read more

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what if CA-MRSA is never treated?
Posted by kayro
Last Reply July 22, 2010 at 14:40
Started July 19, 2010 at 05:41
I have asked about this about 6 months ago. I believe my 89-year-old father may have MRSA and his doctor will not test him nor refer him to a specialist.

His symptoms are mostly an extremely itchy rash and an ocassional "bug-bite" or "pimple" type of manisfestation.

I would never have guessed MRSA myself except that I myself have had it, and after my initial diagnosis the man for whom I was a caregiver (who happened to be my dad's age) broke out in a similar painful, ultra-itchy rash like my father's present situation. With my employer, I suspected MRSA almost right away (because of my recent infection) but none of the several doctors I took him to would even consider it. I started out with his primary and from there we went to a dermatologist, an infectious disease specialist, his VA doctor and NOT ONE would seriously consider that his itchy rash (which would pop up here and then there and looked more like cellulitis to me) could be MRSA.

After about 5 months his orig... read more

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