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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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Cure ?
Posted by Connie
Last Reply April 25, 2010 at 06:52
Started April 15, 2010 at 10:09
I saw my pain dr today, for my back, unrelated. when he asked how I was doing I said good except for the MRSA. He asked why and I said I had 7 outbreakes in the last 8 months. He asked why and I said that MRSA was like herpies and that it doesn't go away and he said I just need the right antibiotics and then it is dead. He said it doesn't live on the body and that each outbreak was a new infection. That's not what my primary care dr said and I haven't been to the infectious desease dr yet, next week. So my question is, does it go away forever or does it just go into remission? Are my outbreakes related or have I just picked it up over and over and over and over?

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MRSA & In-Home Daycare
Posted by Joy
Last Reply April 17, 2010 at 21:09
Started April 6, 2010 at 11:35
My friend has recently started an in home daycare at her place of
residence...Her daughter has had a very bad MRSA infection where she had to
be hospitalized this week, and now her daughter is home but her youngest
daughter 6 mos now has MRSA...My friend keeps telling me that the type of
MRSA her kids have is not contagious but I'm having a super hard time
believing her...Since she is doesn't believe MRSA is contagious she doesn't treat
her home and the infections with the type of sterilization/cleanliness I believe
they need to be practicing since they don't even cover the wounds...I'm very
concerned for the kids she watches in her home while her two y/old and 6 mos
old currenlty have active infections....she is supposed to be watching my two
toddlers next month for daycare but I'm scared...The questions I have are is
ther a non contagious MRSA? If not how would be the best way to approach her
on the topic? And is it safe for her to be running the daycare in... read more

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had mrsa 3 years ago-haven't been the same
Posted by margaret
Last Reply April 14, 2010 at 03:35
Started April 14, 2010 at 01:59
hi everyone,
I am here out of desperation because i have been to many doctors in the past three years since i had mrsa (which is what I attribute all the poor health episodes I have had to), but no one seems to be able to diagnose the source of my unknown fevers and muscle aches. But the thing that bothers me most is that since I had mrsa (was hospitalized for it, so they checked to ensure it was gone before i left the hospital), I am always having confusion trying to gather my thoughts, dig up vocabulary words to use, and experiencing overall memory loss. I continue to have fevers for unknown reasons as well. My doctor put me on birth control for the confusion, etc, saying it was probably from hormones. I swear this all started with the mrsa though - any suggestions?

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Menopause and Mrsa
Posted by Tana
Last Reply April 12, 2010 at 21:13
Started April 12, 2010 at 21:13
I am a 47 year old and had a hysterectomy in 96(I only kept ovaries).In 2006 I developed Mrsa as a result from doing CPR on my mother,she bled out and died.Within 2 months I went into menopause and have hotflashes.Since then I have had numerous outbreaks of Mrsa and I only have 2 antibiotics that will work.Question is,does menopause weaken immune system and does it effect thyroid?.I have been using hormone replacement therapy.I do not want to take hormones but fear if I don't my immune system will be further compromised.Thanks for your help

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Happy Easter
Posted by Nancy R.
Last Reply April 4, 2010 at 23:22
Started April 3, 2010 at 22:59
I am pleased to say that I'm still MRSA free! That is like being brought back from the dead. So, I wanted to encourage all of you that are currently in that particular depth of Hell to remember that you can get better and live a perfectly good life. I'm living proof. You will, of course, have your battle scars, but that's ok.

So, celebrate with me! May God bless.



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mental health
Posted by Connie
Last Reply April 4, 2010 at 15:47
Started April 3, 2010 at 16:51
I came on this site not only because I had 6 outbreakes, not just because I spent 9 days in the hospital when I was first diagnosed with the MRSA but because I feel like people that I'm close to have been afraid of me. I know I'm contageous but I still need to be loved. I'm hurt, and I don't know what to do about this. How do you all handle this?

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My MRSA Journey:
Posted by Lois
Last Reply April 3, 2010 at 22:53
Started March 2, 2010
I saw my ID physician today. First time since April 7, 2009. He was very nice and took a lot of time answering my questions. I had a nares culture last week and I am NOT colonized with MRSA or any other staph. Great news! The sad news is that MRSA or any other type of staph infection never goes away according to him. It lays dormant in the body and can come out any time it wants to. He said that's why they never say you are cured.

Also, he informed me that I did NOT have MRSA in my back. I did have it in my oophorectomy wound. What was in my back was Coagulase Negative Staph. I found that quite interesting because this is the FIRST time it was mentioned to me. It's been called MRSA ever since it happened in my back. Even he called it MRSA until today. Of course, now I have all these questions about Coagulase Negative Staph that I never thought to ask until I got in my van to leave and googled it tonight. Now I want to know what strain of Coagulase Negative Staph I h... read more

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