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Received DNA Swab Today
Posted by Pauly
Last Reply January 15, 2010 at 20:40
Started January 4, 2010 at 20:22
Sorry I haven't been around for awhile. Since I finished my last round of antibiotics, several of my symptoms exacerbated. I hope this will be the last holiday season I spend in bed.

Anyway, I went to Loyola today & chatted w/ Dr Parada. Thanks again LadyK. He did give me a Nares DNA test. I really wanted a blood culture but I was happy to get anything.

Even though the results are known now, I have to wait until next Monday's follow up appt. One drawback of going to a large university hospital. Many patients in the waiting room as I left. If they called all those people w/ their test results, not much else would get done. Kinda scary actually since it was just for infectious diseases.

Makes one wonder how many people w/ infectious diseases & no health insurance are just walking around w/ no dx or treatment. I took a shower w/ Hibiclens & placed some Mupirocin in my nose after returning home. I don't need any other problems.

I finally found out what strains of bacteria we... read more

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I worry too much...
Posted by Adam
Last Reply January 15, 2010 at 16:17
Started December 22, 2009 at 14:33
I started out last Wednesday with a boil on my buttocks and two smaller ones on my thigh. On Friday I went to the immediate Med where the PA suggested that I had MRSA, took a culture, and perscribed Bactrim. Since I started taking it the two on my leg have cleared up, and I think the one on my butt has started to clear up. It has gone from red and painful to a dull throb and purple (after I walk a lot -- when i wake up in the morning it doesnt look near as bad). My wife has also been smearing some Mupirocin on it.

Anyway, while I'm waiting for the culture I am scared that the med isnt working. I have a tendency to think the worst...that I'll end up in the hospital...on a ventaltor...or worse. Everything I read about this online scares the craap out of me.

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William Kayser / Gourmet Garlic Gardens
Posted by Forum Administration
Last Reply January 14, 2010 at 16:55
Started January 13, 2010 at 21:53
William Kayser / Gourmet Garlic Gardens

William Kayser -

Your post dated 12/24/09 was removed from Main Forum and placed on the USA/Canada P R O D U C T S Forum, as it broke forum rule of no advertising products where commission sales carry a conflict of interest.

Although I agree with the value of information, and I get your point concerning current influx of Gourmet Garlic Gardens links… albeit there’s not going to be a controversy / battle amongst sales individuals plugging products nor their websites where products are being sold.

So unfortunately I’ll be editing/deleting/removing links in order to keep to forum rule - please keep future posts to dialog helping others with information (without product or website promotions where product(s) are sold), of which you are both welcome. If others wish to contact particular websites for product information they can use the links provided either through Product Forum or associated forum website MRSA AMERICA & Beyond link... read more

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Posted by Trina
Last Reply January 13, 2010 at 22:14
Started January 11, 2010 at 14:28
I was diagnosed with MRSA in five months ago in an ER visit for two tennis ball size very painful lumps. I was given Clindamycin IV and 7 days orally. They were opened and drained by a surgeon who gave me Bactrim ds for 21 days and they healed nicley. Of course a few days after finishing ABX, another showed up and every couple of weeks another pops up. I haven't gone back to the doctor and honestly don't want to. I did do a lot of research and read everything I can about MRSA. My husband and child haven't gotten had any problems so hopefully I am keeping it contained to only me. So far I have started taking Vitamin C, garlic, eat yogurt and take a multi vitamin and washing with hibaclens every day when I have one and every other day when I don't, I soak in bleach baths every other day as well. I clean with bleach and wash my laundry seperately, spray with Lysol daily for things I touch alot. I'm still getting them but now they are very small and stay that way (less than dime sized).... read more

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How you can help...
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply January 13, 2010 at 19:41
Started January 13, 2010 at 19:41

Impact Your World

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Thought we were done...
Posted by Shelly B.
Last Reply January 11, 2010 at 17:39
Started January 10, 2010 at 16:16
I really did think we were done with MRSA :( My husband has had two episodes of internal MRSA in his joints after minor injuries. We've never seen sores, absesses, or rashes with our experiences - just a normal bump of the elbow that developes MRSA internally. We haven't done any of the supplemental ideas for diet that have been mentioned here because... well, frankly - we got complacent. A couple / few trips to the clinic for IV antibiotics, a couple weeks worth of pills... and MRSA is just a scary memory for us. I have been so thankful that my husband's cases have been minor and cleared up quickly - after reading many, many of the posts here... I have truly realized how fortunate we have been. Sometimes complacency can really bite you in the butt when you're not expecting it :( My teenage daughter got her big toe stepped on at school Wednesday. Thursday morning I took her to the clinic because it was hot, red, and severely swollen (sound familiar??). They took an xray and put her ... read more

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Posted by abcdeb
Last Reply January 10, 2010 at 21:30
Started January 10, 2010 at 15:58
Hello, everybody,
Wanted to start a new line because the one previously was getting long! I think I've found a website that has some of the garlic/allicin studies that Bob mentioned.
For me as a "non-science" person, they're basically over my head, but they appear to be valid and reliable studies (although older - I'd love to see some recent research). Anyway, can someone who understands this give the rest of us a bottom line? For example, I take a supplement that claims to have not less than 5000 mcg allicin yield. Enough? Not enough? If I take the correct amount (and what is the correct amount?), will I be "safe" from MRSA? Is this the miracle it appears to be?
I know I've seen garlic supplements mentioned many times by several people here, and I've started taking a supplement because of all your knowledge (and thank y... read more

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mrsa in the lung
Posted by debbie
Last Reply January 8, 2010 at 17:52
Started January 6, 2010 at 22:34
around dec. 9th, i took my mother to the doctor and she was very congested. the doctor ordered some blood work and come to find out her oxygen in her blood was very low. this was on a wed. the doctor ordered for oxygen to be brought out to the house for her to use at home. i had to work on thursday and friday and i am a nurse so i work 12 hour shifts. i kept in touch with my mother-in-law who sat with my mom while i worked and the medical supply place never brought 0xygen out to my house on thursday or friday. so, on saturday morning i was off work and i went into the bedroom to check on my mom and she was gurgling in her on phelgm and unresponsive. it scared me to death! i yelled at my husband to call 911 and they came and rushed her to the hospital. she was on the ventilator for about a day. they done a sputm test and it came back positive for mrsa. she was on i.v. vancomyacin for about 5 days, then took zyvox (antibiotic) for a few more days in the hospital. they did another sput... read more

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Deadly pneumonia caused by super-bugs...
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply January 7, 2010 at 15:08
Started January 2, 2010 at 17:23

U.S. researchers 'warned' deadly pneumonia caused by super-bugs are on the rise… and as these bacteria are opportunistic in nature they rapidly capitalize on those afflicted with H1N1 or other strains.

Warning signs to be on the look out for…

[They reported the pneumonia usually features high fever and low blood pressure with rapid progression to septic shock -- a widespread infection that sends the whole body into a tailspin -- and an urgent need for mechanical ventilation.]

Take care,

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Degeneration of bones
Posted by Hony
Last Reply January 7, 2010
Started January 6, 2010 at 19:42
The deficiency of Calcium in the body, malnutrition, harmon imbalance in women, Height and body weight are symptoms in my wife. Calcium suppliments,pain suppressing drugs were found of temporary benefit. Can an body help me for full treatment if possible

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Posted by samantha
Last Reply January 7, 2010
Started January 6, 2010 at 19:07
i had lymph nodes in about the beginning of november, around thanksgiving i went to the doctors whom took my blood they said i wasn't diagnosed with anything. A week later i had more blood test tooken at my schools doctors office, and he said a week later when the results came that i had mono. I was very sad to think about this because i had been kissing my boyfriend the whole time, so i told him to get a blood test about the 2nd week of december and he did, his doctor told him he did not have mono, how is this possible? Also my lymph nodes have went down some but they havn't went down completely, does that mean i'm still infectious it's been like 2 months since i first got them? Is there a possibility it wasn't mono?

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Just trivia
Posted by postman
Last Reply January 4, 2010 at 17:58
Started January 1, 2010 at 21:32
I guess I am easily amused. I found one of the most searched topics about MRSA. In any search engine enter this question. Then I substituted infected with for carrying.

How long is the person carrying MRSA contagious?

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negative coagulation??
Posted by abcdeb
Last Reply January 2, 2010 at 12:21
Started December 17, 2009 at 22:46
Hello, everyone, and thank you again for listening!
A few questions:
I've had three negative nasal swabs. I'm not a carrier, apparently, but could I still have MRSA on my skin and infect myself or others? I have started to boost my immune system and I bathe with Hibiclens - everything I learned here! I could not be more terrified to get it again. I almost have a heart attack with every little red bump I see.
I was never officially diagnosed with MRSA, but the surgeon who did the I and D said it looked like MRSA. He gave me doxycycline and it cleared right up. No culture or anything (he said there was no pus). I've had three lesions in two years, all in the same spot. I can't imagine what else it could be.
Lastly, one of my dogs was diagnosed with MRSA. He had some skin lesions that the vet said was allergies, but I finally insisted on a culture. They said it was MRSA, but wasn't a "true" form of MRSA because it coagulated negatively, and that it was no more dangerous ... read more

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ID appointment
Posted by abcdeb
Last Reply December 31, 2009 at 18:36
Started December 31, 2009 at 16:32
Hello, everybody,
Just wanted to share that I had my appointment with an Infectious Disease Specialist - 2 1/2 hours away. Worth every minute! He spent almost an hour with me. Very warm and caring. Went through my entire list and never felt rushed.
Basically, bottom line is that since no one ever took a culture, there's no way to tell what I had. He was angry that they just gave me Doxycycline without culturing - kept shaking his head. Could have been MRSA, but could have been any other infection. He said it also could have been shingles (he's seen shingles with one lesion, he said). He said we'll never know unless I get it again. Then come right to him!!!
I asked him about the supplements (multi-vitamin, vitamin C, garlic, and probiotics), and he said very good, and definitely take the probiotics. Although he wondered why I just don't eat garlic instead of taking a caplet!
Remember that I posted about one of my dogs having MRSA that coagulated negatively? He said the... read more

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Happy Holidays
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply December 31, 2009 at 18:32
Started December 24, 2009 at 03:16

Merry Christmas to all and a big Thank You for your contributions of knowledge and support that make the USA/Canada Forum a treasure so many have found as a valuable MRSA resource.

Wishing you all a New Year filled with peace, love, health, and hope.

Sincerely yours,

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pain and swelling
Posted by Chris
Last Reply December 30, 2009 at 15:32
Started December 29, 2009 at 16:29
My 30 year old daughter was hopitalized for 48 hours to receive vancomyacin by IV for an MRSA infection on her face that caused the right side of her face to swell to where she was not recognizable. She is still experiencing extreme tiredness, body tingling, joint pain, and swelling of her feet and ankles. I just wish she was feeling better. She is single and supports herself. I know she struggles just to keep going. Can anyone help us.

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MRSA & Joint Body Pains
Posted by Ramona
Last Reply December 30, 2009 at 05:31
Started December 27, 2009 at 01:43
This forum site has given me great relief. I got MRSA two years ago. Boils formed on the back of my knee and I, thankfully, called my doctor's office. I haven't had any outbreaks for a while, but recently was suppose to go in for spinal surgery. I went to the hopsital for the pre-op and the surgeon called me a day or so later and asked me to come into his office. When I got there, he was very concerned and told me that my blood was infected with MRSA and that he could not go ahead with the surgery until it was cleared up.

My family doctor had been treating me w/antibiotics when I first showed signs of MRSA, but the surgeon told me that if I took Zyvox, it would kill it. My family doc didn't put me on the Zyvox because I was on other meds that couldn't be taken w/Zyvox. Had to slowly go off all of my other meds over a three week period with some impressive withdrawal symptoms. Finally, just before I was going to begin the Zyvox, my husband had to take me to emergency and I had to ... read more

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Posted by Lois
Last Reply December 30, 2009 at 01:51
Started December 29, 2009 at 03:11
Hello All!

My Christmas gift this year: My right leg was able to climb steps! I was able to alternate legs going up stairs! I am so.....thrilled! It was with the help of my cane, but it won't be long and I will be able to do it without a cane. Of course, I count progress in months, not days or weeks. I'll take any progress I can get though!!!

Happy New Year to All!!!

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MRSA free!
Posted by SaraM
Last Reply December 28, 2009 at 01:42
Started November 8, 2009 at 03:46
In June of 2006, my husband came home with a spider bite. He went to the doctor's, who told him it looked like a staph infection, took a culture, and told him he had nothing to worry about. She gave him some cream, and that was that. We had no clue what a staph infection was, and we didn't take necessary precautions to stop it from spreading. It wasn't long, and I started getting boils too. The culture came back and verified that it was a "staph infection". No mention of MRSA. Time went by and we suffered with them continuously, in the worst of locations. I usually had no less than 2 or 3 at a given time. We found out in November of 2007, that I needed abdominal surgery, and I started doing research online about boils and staph infections. That's when I found out about MRSA. We went to another doctor, who confirmed that we did have it (on the skin, not in our nose), and prescribed us Bactrim and Bacroban nose cream. The boils went away for a short time and then came back. After tryi... read more

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Bad Day Yesterday
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply December 24, 2009 at 02:19
Started December 21, 2009 at 01:41
I will be away for a while. While in the midst of a total blizzard here in central Maryland, my husband of 41 years had a heart attack. He had to have emergency surgery at Johns Hopkins yesterday afternoon. He is stable now, but we still have a lot of snow here. I slept in his room at the hospital last night and am totally exhausted.

Hope everyone else braved the weather and did fine.

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