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What a difference a year makes
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply June 21, 2009 at 14:16
Started June 13, 2009 at 01:44
Last year, I was just beginning recovery from my knee surgery in June. I was so afraid I'd have a recurrence of HA MRSA that plagued me the prior year after a hip replacement. I had only been walking for 2 months after finally getting my hip infection under control when my knee totally gave out.

It wasn't easy. I had a lot of problems recovering from the knee surgery because I'd lost so much muscle from being in a wheel chair and bedridden for so long. I can still remember when I decided to try to go into our pool for a swim. I didn't even know if I'd be able to walk in and out.

Here it is a year later and I'm happily rocking on my front porch, computer in my lap, enjoying an absolutely beautiful evening with my family. I'll suit up and swim tomorrow. Life is so very good these days. Frankly, at the darkest period, it was a pipe dream even expecting to live long enough for one last Christmas.

I'm posting this to remind those of you who are currently battling MRSA that some... read more

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Anyone going through tests for auto-immune dis
Posted by MeMe
Last Reply June 17, 2009 at 23:44
Started June 17, 2009 at 15:00
I had MRSA Staph n my spine in September of 2007, after having a "epidural injection" for a disc problem. I was very ill, lost blood pressure and pulse twice. I was in hosptal for 4 wees, treated in veins with vancomyasin, then sent home for 4 weeks of treatment with home health care coming by and havung same drug treatment.The after effect of the drug itself was awful, like having chemo. Since that time I have had fatigue, great pain, especially leg, head aches, just a general feeling of being sick all the time. I have now been going through tests for a lot of auto-immune diseases because I present the symptoms of just about all of them. So far MS, Lupus, MENI & MENII and a lot of other..Of course they all seem to come back inconclusive. I beleive all of the symptoms I have go back to the staph infection, but how do you proove this and what do you do to treat it? Also I have a low immune system and seem not to have the ability to fight of most infections. Before the staph I... read more

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C section wounds
Posted by Mrs Fazil
Last Reply June 6, 2009 at 18:33
Started June 5, 2009 at 17:05
hello doctor
i had an c section about 2 years and 1 month ago the issue is now i am having a bleed in the wound i counselted with doctor (the same doctor who did c section) he comments is might be any theraed will be inside need to re-open it again could you please advise me whats wrong with me .from Sri Lanka
if dont mind please email me

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Update on my Mrsa
Posted by Tana
Last Reply May 31, 2009 at 13:05
Started May 28, 2009
Thanks for your advice on the Tumeric it really helped and I got the foaming cleanser too.I had that bad bad reaction to bactrim ds, I guess because its a sulfa drug?I went back to IDC and they put me on IV 500mg cubicin.I asked if I had to do it for long because I feel so weak and the said everyday for 7 days.My lesion was healed up and closed but they said it was best for me to do the full dose.I don't know sometimes if the are really doing whats best for us or not.I question everything now.Anyway this site has a lot of info that is helpful.I feel like I finally have a place to go when I need help.I am sorry for the crazy venting the other day,I was in bad shape.I feel angry that Doctors have no idea how to deal with this.And for the most part they just guess and leave us taking things we should not be putting in our systems.Now they have left me so weak I have contemplated quitting my job.If this keeps happening I'll get fired anyway.

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huge abscess draining in abdomen
Posted by Tina Johnston-Wilson
Last Reply May 31, 2009 at 12:44
Started August 20, 2007 at 20:15
Hi everyone, I'm back again, six months into none stop abscesses,I still can't get help, I now have a cantalope size abscess on my stomack and abdoman, thats draining into my abdomen, the pain is unbeaible, I still have many on my hips and an my ankel, and the infection in my lungs is really bad now, I look like I'm six months pragnet, because of the swelling, and I can't find any info on what will happen if this thing keeps draining into my abdomen. Dose anyone know how much sicker this will make? and for some strange reason it feel like all the fluids I drink end up in my lungs, but the rest of me feels like I'm really dehydraded.has anyone been through this? or have ny idea's, it's making me so sick, I really don't know how much more of this my body can take, I'm so tired,

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Bactrim ds side effects
Posted by Tana
Last Reply May 26, 2009 at 14:54
Started May 20, 2009 at 13:28
I was wondering if anyone has had side effects from Bactrim DS? I have had a bad headache,nausea,and lethargic.I wanted to go to this really great clinic and get Cubicin IV that I had once before. The problem is that my insurance is not paying enough.I had a 600.00 bill from what they did not cover and that not including lab fees.That was in Dec 2008 and I just paid them off in April.I am worried that bactrim will keep lesion from getting bigger and it will travel to another area of my body. This has happened before, and it traveled to 2 other areas and I had to have surgery.I told my hubby that if I ever get sick of getting these,maybe I should just let it do its thing and be done already.

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Tom / ZR1 / (Joseph)
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply May 26, 2009 at 14:38
Started May 21, 2009 at 19:33
Tom / ZR1 / (Joseph)

Please explain to us why you feel it necessary to post under different aliases?

[Re: Does Lysol spray kill Mrsa?
Reply #1 by Tom Posted: May 20, 2009 at 22:30

Re: Bactrim ds side effects
Reply #1 by ZR1 Posted: May 20, 2009 at 22:38

Re: Mrsa help
Reply #3 by Tom Posted: May 20, 2009 at 22:50
Tana ! First of all if you have Mrsa caused boils or rashes on your skin you have to go to se the Infectious Disease Specialist because Mrsa is his field and not the dermatologist. The IDS doctor is the specialist for the treatment of Mrsa.Second ,oral antibiotics are used for the treatment of MRSA caused wound on your skin and not to kill the bacteria and this is very important to understand when dealing with Mrsa.To get rid of Mrsa you need to use topical antibacterial liquid such as Hibiclens wich is proven to be effective against Mrsa.14703]

Tom Re: Does Lysol spray kill Mrsa? 20/05/2009 22:30:47

ZR1 Re: Bactrim ds side eff... read more

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Research & Politics
Posted by Tana
Last Reply May 23, 2009 at 01:05
Started May 22, 2009 at 14:23
Has anyone ever considered getting a petition started to have the Government get involved with MRSA.I know there is a certain amount of signatures required to even get them to look at it.If there is one already please let me know? If not,I am one of those people who are willing to try and do something.I have a daughter who works for doctor and deals with MRSA herself.She also is the Editor of a small newsletter.I would at least give it a try and usually when I set my mind on something, there is no stopping me.I have had MRSA since June 2007 and will not go down without a fight.

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Mrsa help
Posted by Tana
Last Reply May 21, 2009 at 19:21
Started May 20, 2009 at 16:02
I use PhisoHex wash and antibiotic ointment swabbed in nose first week of every month.One doc said to swab everyday and the other one week a month.I also use garlic capsules,Garden of life Primal defense probiotics,4life Transfer Factor,Maitake mushroom extract.I don't know if I'm doing the right thing.Everyone seems to have dvice and I am desperate to try anything.One of my doctors told me I should take low dose of antibiotics for the rest of my life.I have spent more money on treatments, and have depleated my funds.I wish someone could give me one way of preventing this from happening again.I am so afraid that this will do me in someday.I know thats not positive,I am just soooo tired and weak.

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Does Lysol spray kill Mrsa?
Posted by Tana
Last Reply May 20, 2009 at 22:30
Started May 20, 2009 at 16:57
I live in a house with one bathroom. I have no energy to clean shower everytime I take one when I have lesions.Will lysol spray kill Mrsa if I spray down shower.Worried that my husband will get Mrsa.

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Can you get mrsa from injesting blood from cpr
Posted by Tana
Last Reply May 20, 2009 at 14:30
Started May 19, 2009 at 14:19
I went to visit my mom out of state and she had had surgery and was home for less than 2 months. I was having coffee with her and her artery burst open near her heart and she was bleeding heavly fro her mouth and nose and I did CPR and injested her blood, despite cpr she died in my arms. I was told by my sister that in the hospital she had mrsa and CDif? Since then I have had Mrsa infections at least 5-6 times and some near fatal that kept healing and then traveling through my body.Could I have gotten MRSA from doing cpr and injesting my mother blood.I feel like I am losing all hope and have become afraid of dying from this.Had to have surgery to as I say Scramble egg my rear end to break up a traveling mrsa band.At this point I have to have a sense of humor,but its really taking its toll on me.IV's of Cubicin everyday for 30 min seems to be my last resort to fight this.God help us all.

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This is to correct MISINFORMATION
Posted by LindaA
Last Reply May 20, 2009 at 09:02
Started May 19, 2009 at 16:48
I must speak up and correct RUTH who responded to Ryan. She stated that Licorice was a deep penetrating antibiotic. THIS IS NOT CORRECT. Though Licorice can be helpful in combination with other herbs for infections, because it is an anti-inflammatory, it is not an antibiotic. Specifically, it is an Expectorant, Demulcent, anti-inflammatory, anti-hepatotoxic, anti-spasmodic, and a mild laxative. It is mainly used in bronchial problems such as bronchitis and coughs in general. It is also used to treat peptic ulcers, as well as gastritis and ulcers in general.

Echinacea does have anti-microbial properties, and is a useful herb when combined with the correct combination of herbs to treat your specific problem. So in order for it to be effective for MRSA, it would need to be combined with other anti-microbial, and antiseptic herbs. And it needs to be taken internally to recieve it's optimal qualities.

Chamomile is also the type of herb that is useful in any combination of herbs f... read more

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spine surgery after previous MRSA infection
Posted by Likea
Last Reply May 17, 2009 at 01:24
Started May 16, 2009 at 17:15
About 2 years ago I got MRSA after having MOHS surgery to remove skin cancer from my arm and nose. The arm became infected first (within 24 hours). The doctor put me on Cipro and took a culture of the pus. It came back CA-MRSA. I was put on oral Doxycycline and Rifampin and Mupirocin ointment and the arm eventually cleared. Then my nose became infected and I went on another round of the antibiotics. I did go see an infectious disease specialist and he told me to always assume that I was a carrier. He advised not to have any elective surgery. So there went my eventual plans for some cosmetic procedures :) To date I haven't had any more reoccurences.

I was just diagnosed with severe spinal stenosis in my neck and I have an appt with a neurosurgeon this coming week. I know that surgery will be my only option since my spinal cord is being flattened. I know I will need disc removed at one or two levels and then either fusion or artificial disc replacement. I am SO worried a... read more

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Do I have it still?
Posted by Steve V.
Last Reply May 16, 2009 at 15:35
Started April 20, 2009 at 19:47
September of 08 I had a pimple on my chin that my doctor (a GP) called folliculitis. Antibiotics, went away. 2 weeks after the regimen was over I had another on the back of my neck. Same thing. November was near navel, January came in as a "felon" infection next to the fingernail. I've always been treated with the "free" antibiotics. My doctor assures me it's not MRSA and has never tested. I could tell a week before an outbreak when the inside of my nose would become sore and the mucus would become thicker. The last three months have brought small felons that go away and one large pimple on the neck that disappeared (thankfully). All these symptoms are new to me at 40 and otherwise healthy and screened for immune disorders. I have been taking mega doses of vitamin - C but should I switch doctors or try harder to insist on an antibiotic more specific to MRSA?

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Posted by Joe
Last Reply May 16, 2009
Started December 9, 2008 at 02:32
I just started using Staphaseptic on my wound last night and I really think its helping speed up the healing. My question is: Can I use it on my 5 month old baby in case a see a suspicious-looking pimple? I know the label states to consult physician, but does anybody here have any experience with this?


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Posted by Jim Harper
Last Reply May 13, 2009 at 21:32
Started May 13, 2009 at 21:32
Are there any class action lawsuits for the drug? I was given this drug and had 11 of the serious side effects. I am still having after effects from this drug and cannot find an attorney in Texas to touch it. Is there anyone else who had severe side effects from this drug?

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ha-mrsa in canada
Posted by doug
Last Reply May 8, 2009 at 19:56
Started April 19, 2009 at 06:41
Hello All,
I was diagnosed with ha-mrsa about two years ago, and since then I have been on different antibiotics.This really p$%#s me off because in my case, it was contacted through a hospital environment.The fact that the doctor's and nursing staff still to this day do not practice proper procedures under cdc guidelines when handling patients only makes it worse for me.My question: Why has the canadian govt let this go on so long, knowing fully that this will cost taxpayers millions if not billions in added medical care costs? Also, because mrsa is an infectious disease, is it not supposed to get the same treatment under the law for knowingly transmitting a disease? The fact remains that everytime I go back to the hospital, I am treated like a leper, because I am now flagged in the medical system as a carrier even though they had treated me.I would like to know or if anyone here knows of class action suits against any hospitals or the canadian medical society or the canadian gov'... read more

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Six months
Posted by Calene in Alaska
Last Reply May 6, 2009 at 02:17
Started May 3, 2009 at 11:39
It has been six months since Lucinda pased.

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Posted by Freeforester
Last Reply May 3, 2009 at 14:31
Started May 2, 2009 at 20:55
An elderly friend of ours had a hysterectomy because of a small
cancer in December 2008. They noticed her liver was a bit "lumpy".
She has had many blood tests, and they can't decide what is wrong,
but say they have found a hiatus hernia and a varicose vein in the
same area. She is now on 2 medications, is breathless, and they say
her kidneys have deteriorated. Her cancer checks are clear, and
before the op she was fit, had no other problems at all. We are very
concerned, could it be MRSA, if not, what is it?

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Oprah and DR. Oz
Posted by Kim
Last Reply April 30, 2009 at 01:48
Started April 29, 2009
Did anyone watch the Oprah show today? Dr. Oz was on and they were discussing MRSA.

HE explained what MRSA was and how it grows. He made a statement that made me a little worried. He said that when you are undiagnosed, but being treated for an "infection" and usually it is the wrong antibiotic, you are only feeding the MRSA. IF that is the case, I was on the wrong antibiotic for months.

This is really scary.

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