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Posted by Stacey
Last Reply May 21, 2010 at 17:29
Started May 20, 2010 at 04:52
I have a quick question... What happens is the only antibiotics that your stain(s) of MRSA are susceptible to, are ones that you cannot take? I'm just a little scared, as I've taken two already- Bactrum which I'm allergic to, and have been off and on Cipro so often, that I doubt it's any help at all at this point.

Thank you :)

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Deep MRSA infection
Posted by Stacey
Last Reply May 21, 2010 at 03:48
Started May 21, 2010 at 03:48
I regulary get at least a boil or two a week, which come and go within a few days.

However, I have one infection that will not go away. I've had it for 14 months now. It started as a ball WAY under my skin and slowly, over a couple months, emerged as a large boil. It survived 10 days of Bactrim, and about 40 days of Cipro & Doxycyline. It tested to be susceptible to both Bactrim and Cipro, but didn't respond much at all. It's been lanced, drained, and packed with gauze twice. It's in a very sensitive area and is painful.

I'm at the end of my rope with this. Do these infections ever get to a point where they just have to surgically remove them?

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8 year old MRSA
Posted by Sarah
Last Reply May 20, 2010 at 23:44
Started May 20, 2010 at 09:18
my 8 year old has positive for mrsa and had small liaison. What is the posibility she can have it again.As she is young, how dangerous is it? now and future too? Is it fatal? too dangerous to deal? What happens when she loses her teath?

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2nd Surgery for MRSA boil?
Posted by Stephanie U.
Last Reply May 20, 2010 at 20:19
Started July 23, 2009 at 21:24
I need help & advice...two days ago, I had a large boil surgically drained that was between the inside and outside buttock, and now, there remains a large hole. I went for my follow-up today, and my Dr. says that part of the opening is smaller, and still draining, and healing. However, on the other side (closest to my pubic hair-sorry-)there is a small tract that has pus in it, and she needs to open it up and drain the pus out. I have been on Bactrim for three days, Bactoban ointment for nose & fingernails once daily, and Hibeclens soap. She insists the tract is teeny, and that everything is going well, and this should really stop it. The boil is most likely MRSA; the initial culture shows staph, but the sensitivity culture will be back tomorrow.
I am scared to death. Is this normal? She says it is part of healing; she is not worried at all. I have no fever, I'm not septic, and she said I would be a lot sicker if the Bactrim wasn't working. Should I be afraid that the staph will... read more

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Posted by Christy
Last Reply May 20, 2010 at 03:22
Started May 4, 2010 at 16:26
I am so glad I found this site to make a long story short I have been battling fatigue, memory problems and a long list of other symptoms that seem to relate to Chronic Fatigue, I had several "boils" 4 years ago that were never tested for MRSA, after have continuous ear infections I told my doc to test the inside of my ear for MRSA and sure enough it was positive, my question to you all is can this make me feel this bad for years? I am only 30 and my 65 year old mother in law has more energy than I do, it's everything I can do to get up every day, I have 3 kids so it's not easy. I have had a constant headache for 2 years now, it's pressure in my head that never leaves, your comments and recommendations are appreciated!

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surgery with MRSA
Posted by Stephen Mc SR
Last Reply May 17, 2010 at 16:31
Started May 16, 2010 at 21:20
My name is stephen. I have had MRSA in my blood twice in the last5 years.I have to have a hip replaced due to avascular necrosis..first time I got it I was in DE,treated me for 6 weeks with vacomycin,you're good to go.I had L4L5S1 fusion. So off we go 1200 miles west to MO.and thought things were made annd things couldn't be going any better.
Five monthed to our new home in the woods..MRSA returned to me meaner than the first time.I had a large abcess in my lower back next to fusion site. They had to break out the "Ginsu" knives and cut a LARGE hole into mmy back which had to be wet packed everyday...twice a day...for two very long monthes. And not to mention the IV's with "picc" lines..which went on for three monthes. Now after all that you think I could catch a break. OOOoooo I have avascular necrosis of my right hip..right where the MRSA was removed. I am not feeling sorry for myself,I just want to know, is if I have the hip replaced,what are my chances of getting i... read more

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New effectiveTreatment for MRSA
Posted by Frank Ludlow
Last Reply May 16, 2010 at 20:16
Started September 14, 2007 at 11:51
The End of the Age of Antibiotics - Author Dr. Paul Clayton

‘We are facing a relentless increase in antibiotic resistance across all classes of drug. The age of infectious disease control is coming to an end, and most governments are asleep at the switch. By 2010, antibiotics will be effectively useless.’ Professor George Poste, April ’05.

It would be unwise to ignore Professor Post’s alarming predictions. He heads the Biodesign Unit at the University of Arizona, and is reckoned to be one of the most influential clinical scientists on the planet. His expertise includes epidemiology, bio-terrorism and molecular biology, so he should know; but he is saying nothing new.

Back in 1992, Mitchell Cohen of the Centres for Disease Control in Atlanta published a paper in Science entitled ‘Epidemiology of drug resistance: implications for a post anti-microbial era’ (Cohen ’92). This paper, which went on to become one of the most frequently cited scientific papers of all time, charte... read more

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Update on my MRSA case
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply May 16, 2010 at 01:09
Started November 1, 2007 at 19:00
I am very pleased to say that my visit with the surgeon yesterday couldn't have gone better. My hip is great! I no longer have to wear the leg brace and I can now drive. After 10 months of fighting for my life with a HA MRSA infection in an artificial hip and bones, it appears I'm actually on the mend.

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Posted by Jenna
Last Reply May 15, 2010 at 10:48
Started May 14, 2010 at 14:25
My husband has recurring "breakouts" of MRSA on his trunk and arms. My question is
how do you all deal with intimacy with your significant other when you/they have active
MRSA? I hate for this to put a damper on our sex life.

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What Now?
Posted by Debi
Last Reply May 15, 2010 at 01:37
Started May 14, 2010 at 20:09
I am currently sitting in the hospital with my 10 yr old son. He had surgery Tuesday night to clean out 2 lumps on his botton that were cellulitis but have now been confirmed as mrsa. He is scheduled to go home tomorrow, on antibiotics still of course but I have so many questions and the blooming dr is never around to ask. I have a COPD/emphysema person at home, what are the risk factors to her? Will he have recurring infections of some sort? How will I know if mrsa rears it's ugly head again?? ARGH I'm excited we are finally going home tomorrow but really need more info

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I Know what triggers my MRSA!
Posted by JF
Last Reply May 12, 2010 at 20:33
Started May 7, 2010 at 14:38
Its been about 10 months since I last posted. This is an update to my condition and
what triggers it. I hope this helps others. SWEAT! I finally figured it out. Let me back
up. About a year ago I was working out heavy at the fitness club preparing for an out
patient procedure similar to Dialisys (sp?). The workouts were heavy and long with a
ton of sweat. A week after the procedure I developed a boil (not in the area of the
procedure), had to be hospitalized and placed on Vencomicin. Since then I have had 4
more outbreaks usually in the armpit area. One had to be lanced but the bactrim
usually subdued the others. Every time I had an outbreak, it was preceded by heavy
sweat and keeping a sweat filled t-shirt on too long after the workout. Lately I have
been having good luck because after my work out, I change shirts right away then go
home and shower. This past weekend was unusually hot and I had a sweat filled shirt
on all day while I worked in the yard. A cou... read more

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Adverse Effects of Rx Drugs/NSAIDs/Antibiotics
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply May 12, 2010
Started May 11, 2010 at 17:07

I am providing this extensive list of studies concerning adverse drug effects in hopes of arming you with valuable information when consulting with physicians over choice of medications. If a medication falls into group where studies reveal ‘serious’ adverse effects - with a meeting of minds (you & physician), a safer alternative choice may serve you better with less risks.

Side note:
Those who know me best, know I’m not an activist in either direction as it is my belief we should benefit from the blending of medicine, meaning... utilizing safest alternative and conventional methods of care. My focus is on one’s best possible health and well being - quality of life - even when one is struck down with medical maladies. Please do not take away from these studies that I am advocating not to take meds that bring a better quality of life to those who use/need them for their very survival. Rather take into consideration known cautions, and actively research other alternatives w... read more

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Happy Mother's Day
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply May 10, 2010 at 04:14
Started May 9, 2010 at 21:02
To all of the ladies out there who do it all and do it well, I tip my hat to you. It's never easy, but nothing is more rewarding. Celebrate with those you love. You've earned it.

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do i have mrsa? or just staph?
Posted by S in PA
Last Reply May 9, 2010 at 14:59
Started May 4, 2010 at 03:23
In Feb I was told I had a staph infection, hosp acquired, from a
procedure i had done. They cultured it and said it was staph not MRSA.
Fast forward to now, I have been thru Keflex, Cipro, back to Keflex
and now finishing Levaquin with no good results. My incision site is
open, draining with blood and pus and very sore. Doctors are now
playing pass the buck with me. 1 surgeon says go to the other, the
other says see the ER, the ER says see the surgeon and so on and so
I am going back to the ER tomorrow to scream for someone to DO
something. I have had 2 surgeries to clean the site out, and it looks
ok for a week or so and then falls apart.
My joints ache, I am exhausted all the time and sick and tired of
getting the bum rush.
What should I say tomorrow at the ER to make them pay attention and
help me?
Can I insist on seeing an infectious dis spec? what are my rights in
terms of demanding treatment? What buzz words should i use so that
they dont j... read more

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Have I been exposed?
Posted by Steph
Last Reply May 5, 2010 at 20:44
Started May 4, 2010 at 21:24
I live with someone who has an active MRSA infection on his foot. He has used my
tweezers to dig at his infection and walks around barefooted. I was unaware of this when I
used my tweezers. I have an autoimmune disease and have come close to dying from a
similar infection a year ago. Am I at risk now?

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mrsa in north dakota
Posted by kathy
Last Reply May 4, 2010 at 03:23
Started February 21, 2005 at 01:50
i have been reading the other letters on this website and have been reading information everywhere and i have come to conclusion that the doctors do not really know how to get rid of mrsa. why do we continue to get infected after treatment? why bother with the treatment if it is just going to keep coming back? in oct 2003, i had what i thought was a spider bite on the back of my leg behind my knee. it itched and i scratched. it got infected and turned into quite a bump on the back of my leg.thinking it was just a boil, i treated it at home.i soaked it in warm water and kept it covered until it opened. once it opened, i seen it left a hole in my leg and i had 2 more little sores below it. i went to the doctor, who in turn, put me in the hospital in isolation. they treated me with vancomycin for 2 days while waiting for cultures to come back. cultures came back as strep and staph, so he sent me home with some presriptions to pick up at the pharmacy. about a week after my medication wa... read more

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Posted by Missi B
Last Reply May 2, 2010 at 18:06
Started April 26, 2010 at 22:11
Hi all. I have been battling MRSA off and on for about 1 year now...I think I've had about 8-9 of them..I don't know but lots of ugly scars to prove it. I have one right now on my back that is draining. I had to stay in bed with this for 3 days muscles were sooo sore and I could barely move. Things like brushing my hair and teeth were unbearable because of the pain. When I tell the doctors in the ER about my muscles being so sore they just tell me that it is unrelated to the MRSA sore. Am I crazy? This is the 2nd one I've had on my back and both times had me down with very sore muscles...I'm talkin' extreme pain here. This could not possibly be a coincidence!! And if you ask the doctors for a work excuse for a couple of days they think you're crazy as if this really does'nt hurt bad enough for time off. Honestly if I was lonely and by myself with nothing to live for... I would end this cycle myself!! (And not with antibiotics I tell ya!) I would rather go thru labor 10... read more

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MRSA Legal Research
Posted by Michael DuPont
Last Reply May 1, 2010 at 06:10
Started May 1, 2010 at 05:45
Reply #171 by Michael DuPont Posted: May 1, 2010 at 05:42

A great number of workmans compensation appeals have sustained findings of MRSA being acquired on the job, with or without negligence, and I would suggest anyone looking for favorable court decisions to start out with such workman's comp court decisions.

Paralegal Associates
Boston Massachusetts

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I haven't had MRSA for 6 yrs.
Posted by caringaj
Last Reply April 30, 2010 at 20:19
Started April 30, 2010 at 20:19
I have been MRSA free for almost 6 years. In 2004 I was hospitalized two times for MRSA. The first time for 5 days when I was diagnosed with MRSA. I had three boils. They put me on Levaquin and Vancomyacin IV. I was sent home with an IV for 5 days. My doctor had no idea how I got this. I haden't been in the hospital, my immune system was tested twice after the fact and I was fine, and to this day my doctor and I have no idea how I picked it up.

The second time - 8 months later I again was put in the hospital with a boil on my leg and it had to be lanced. I was in the hospital for 8 days, put on Rifampin and IV vanco and was sent home with a PIC lines to continue with the vanco and also to continue with the Rifampin. Again my immune system was tested and everything was fine.

Be very careful if you are given Rifampin. 6 weeks after my last stay I had to call an ambulance and was put in the hospital for 5 weeks. The Rifampin, in addition to Macrobid I was taking daily to prevent ... read more

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Anitbiotics and digestive issues
Posted by Shelly B.
Last Reply April 26, 2010 at 21:34
Started April 25, 2010 at 19:06
Hubby has had MRSA 3 times - teen daughter has had it 1 time. My daughter's case was worse than any that my husband had and she was on antibiotics much longer than he was with any of his infections. The difference is that he was given IV antibiotics and she was given all oral. At one point, her Dr. voiced the concern that all the different, long-term antibiotics were going to cause a digestive issue that commonly occurs with long-term anti. use (can't remember the name of this issue). Stomache pains, chronic diarrhea, etc... were the symptoms to watch for. My daughter started having stomache aches, so they tested her for this issue (negative results). HOWEVER... hubby and I put our heads together and realized that he has been suffering from diarrhea / stomache pains / etc... for a couple months (coincidentally... about the last time he was treated for MRSA :) To make a long story just a bit longer (sorry)...we are without medical insurance right now, so seeing a Dr. for expensive la... read more

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