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just found out i have MRSA
Posted by China
Last Reply November 10, 2008 at 04:27
Started October 6, 2008 at 17:47
I thought i had a spider bite(on my butt! ugh!) so it was about the size of a golf ball under my skin very firm.. so i finally went to the hospital and they told me it was an absess not a spider bite.. but they really didnt get into what caused it, etc. they cut and drained it, and it is now healing, but when i last visited the docs they explained to me about the staff and the mrsa. Now i have to go see a ID doctor and im really scared.. i have been on this bactrum for a week now.. and i still dont know what to expect. is this going to kill me? am i going to keep getting these absesses? why is it happening?? should i get an HIV test mayb thats why my immune system isnt working? idk. im 19.. and very confused =[

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Cut on finger
Posted by Laurie
Last Reply November 7, 2008 at 21:51
Started November 4, 2008 at 03:24
Over the past 3 months, if I cut my finger, an infection begins. Both of these had a
small disc shaped center which was clear yellow; there was no drainage. I believe that
cellulitis developed as the 1/2 diameter around the wound was red and warm. I did
not run a fever. I have been soaking it in Epson salts, trying antibiotic ointments, and
still, no sign of it clearing up. Now, the first one, finally healed in about 3 weeks.
Now the second one, located on the knuckle of the same finger is progressing as the
other. I am also noticing, that the previous wound is becoming red; no open lesion-
just that the skin is slightly red. Please tell me if I should seek medical advice.

Thank you!

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After effects
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply November 6, 2008 at 05:59
Started November 2, 2008 at 15:10
Howdy, Peeps:

It's been a while since I've checked in, so I thought you might want an update. My last bout with MRSA is now 14 months ago. I had 2 more major surgeries after my last round, and am doing very well.

That is not to say all is perfect. I have come to the realization that no one gets out of this 100%. I still have chronic fatigue and so many joint aches and pains that it can really be problematic.

My shoulders are always very sore. I cannot lift my arms above my shoulder height without significant pain. I am not on any pain killers at this point because they always come with negative side effects. I have found that letting my body tell me when enough is enough is a better way of managing what I do and how I do it.

I am able to walk without any aids, but cannot walk for long periods. I get exhausted easily. I am reluctant to turn in my wheel chair, for I still rely on it from time to time.

I don't feel sick, but I'm certainly nowhere as active as I was prio... read more

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mrsa pneumonia
Posted by Maggie
Last Reply October 30, 2008 at 12:14
Started October 29, 2008 at 23:56
My son recovered from mrsa pneumonia a year ago and would like to start out-patient swimming. The facility states that anyone who has had MRSA is not allowed in the pool. Has anyone else heard of such a regulation?
Thanks

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Is it possible to transfer mrsa to cats?
Posted by RAA
Last Reply October 29, 2008 at 19:38
Started October 19, 2008
I had surgery a little over 2 months ago and about 4 weeks after coming home from the hospital, the Dr. took a culture to check what he thought was an infection. He called me a few days later and said it was an anaerobic bacterial infection and the only thing that would work on it was Clindamycin, so he was calling a prescription into my pharmacy and I was to start taking it immediately. I did and have continued to do so until about a week ago when he told me he felt the infection was gone and I could stop taking it. At my latest post-op appt a few days ago, he told me that I should count my blessing, because I was extremely lucky that the infection was caught when it was, because had it gone undetected, my implant would have had to come out, I'd have to heal and wait 6 or 7 months to have another implant put in.

OK, so meanwhile, I've complained about bad diarrhea and vomiting and he didn't seem concerned. I've been off the antibiotic now for about a week and a half and th... read more

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Confused
Posted by Ashley
Last Reply October 27, 2008 at 23:32
Started October 18, 2008 at 04:17
Hi, i am new and quite confused about exactly what MRSA is. Here's my situation:

My daughter is 15 mos old and rarely gets sick. Her babysitter is in her fifties, and has recently told me she has MRSA (she had surgery a while back). She also told me that a few days ago she had surgery to remove the infection. I asked her if she was contagious, and she said no, only if my daughter Alexis comes in contact with the open sore (on her thigh) that Alexis could catch it. But i have been searching the net for info, and from what i am reading, it is highly contagious...should i continue to allow her to babysit my daughter?

Another question, can MRSA be cured? My babysitter said that she has been on treatment since Monday...But will there always be a risk my daughter could get MRSA? I read about people getting cured, but always being a carrier, does this put my daughter at risk?

Also, are both MRSA and CA-MRSA contagious in the same ways?

Thanks for any replies, I am SO... read more

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USEFUL ADVICE ON MRSA
Posted by Joseph
Last Reply October 25, 2008 at 16:10
Started August 31, 2008 at 23:23
My name is Joseph and I want share my experience and give some useful advice to people who suffers from MRSA or the so called superbug. After more than eight month of fighting the bacteria,having seen my doctor a surgeon , and two infectious disease specialists and searched the web everything about MRSA this is what I found out. If your doctor gave you antibiotics to take for your sore or boil it is vrey important to have a culture test done in the lab. The culture test is when your doctor take a small sample from your wound and send it to the lab for testing. The purpose of the culture test is not just find out what kind of bacteria causing your sore or boil but also to test the sample from your wound against different antibiotics to find out to wich antibiotics the bacteria is resistent to and to wich antibiotics the bacteria is sensiteive to. Without the cultule test there is no way for the doctor who treat you to find out the right medicine and more likely he or she give you th... read more

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My son (kind of long)
Posted by JulieL67
Last Reply October 19, 2008 at 16:47
Started September 4, 2008 at 03:25
Hi
My son 14 was diagnosed with mrsa today. He had what we thought was a spider bite on the top of his foot on Thursday. (It was a large red bump) A day later it had a black head on it and it grew painful and more swollen. On Sunday, it had pus draining out of the top of it. I called his pedi and took him to the hospital because we were on vacation. They put a wick in and tested it. Gave us a prescription for percs for the pain and Kefflex. The told me they would call me only if it was mrsa. They haven't called yet.
Yesterday, I took him to his pedi and they marked it with a magic marker to see if it would spread. His pedi also tested it and put him on Bactrum and told us to keep with the Kefflex.
Today his doctor told me that his lab guy says it looks like mrsa even though it hasn't been 48 hrs. I guess the staph was growing larger or something. Today the pain was gone and the swelling was down. He had some colleagues take a look at it.
I have noticed that he had two "holes" ... read more

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MRSA blood infection and C-section
Posted by icudoucme
Last Reply October 15, 2008 at 22:10
Started May 13, 2008 at 20:15
Hi ya'll,
Here is my story about MRSA. I was pregnant with Twins(girls)and had a procedure done in the hospital that required an IV. I started to get what looked like a pimple on that same site. I asked my doctor if it could be staph, the doc said no. I ended up having to have a C-section because one of my babies had stopped growing. They were born 2 months early, and were doing pretty good. I was feeling well also. I had my tubes tied during my C-section, and the doctor nicked my uterus, but seemed to have fixed it. This doc left on spring break vacation right after this surgery. I sat on the postpartem ward for 5 days wondering why they still hadn't released me, then I started to run a fever. They had said they noticed blisters around my incision. I was like I can't see, so I don't know(I have a belly roll from the pregnancy). I have never been in the hospital for more than three day(force to stay because of hospital protocol) for pregnancy before. Well on the 5th d... read more

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Child in Preschool with MRSA
Posted by g
Last Reply October 15, 2008 at 02:46
Started October 7, 2008 at 19:11
My son was being treated for a staph infection on his bum and I just got a message last night from family dr that it is mrsa. I've been doing a lot or reading here and I'm waiting for dr to call back so I can set up an app with ID. My question is should I advise his preschool of his condition and besides hand washing should they clean the the toilet seat anytime he sits on it and if so how should they clean it? I'm concerned about spreading this but I also don't want everyone to know and treat him differently. In reading here I realize that anyone could have given it to him so I don't want to single him out and be blamed if anyone else gets it.


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Osteomylitis(mrsa bone/blood infection)
Posted by Marie
Last Reply October 12, 2008 at 18:01
Started October 12, 2008 at 14:43
In 2002 I had been sick with bronchitis(a lot of coughing and pain in back) was treated by my primary care doc with 2 rounds of Zpaks, 2 rounds of rosefin? (shots in the butt)and was still suffering form symptoms when I fell in June 2002 and had to be backboarded to the ER.After many tests and doctors wAS found to have MRSA in blood, spine and spinal fluid. My prognosis was not good but thanks to a very good ID doctor was put on pic IV Vanco for 3 months followed by oral drugs which I could not tolerate, back in the hoapital for another pic line 3 more months of vanco. This was followed by 1 year of 2 antibiotics and so far so good with the help of the Good Lord and pain killers for the pain in the Back due to the MRSA erupting and causing 4 compression fractures. If I had nit fallen in 2002 I doubt I would be here now. I was 60 years at the time I contracted MRSA an I must have contracted MRSA when I had surgery on my breasts in 1999, no one can tell me where else it could have bee... read more

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oral and nasal mrsa
Posted by edp
Last Reply October 10, 2008 at 15:48
Started October 1, 2008 at 17:21
I am reposting my story from mrsaresources.com where I also get a lot of information about MRSA just like this very informative website.

I had a surgery to correct my deviated septum many years ago, but a few months after the operation, there is still a spot of blood everytime I blow my nose.I went back to my otorhinolaryngologist and he ordered a CT scan of my paranasal sinuses.Seems like the wound from the surgery would not heal and part of my ethmoid and maxillary sinus are infected.He then cultured my nose and it grew MRSA.He prescribed ciprofloxacin for 10 days.Bad decision for that choice of antibiotic.My nose was recultured and I am still colonized in my nose of MRSA, this time the only antibiotics that are susceptible are sulfa and vanco.He referred me to an ID doc.This ID doc told me upfront that I do not need to do anything with this MRSA nasal colonization.He told me to come back to his office if I am getting sick due to this MRSA.I insisted and pleaded to him to give ... read more

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Does MRSA Cause a Rash?
Posted by a nony mouse
Last Reply October 6, 2008 at 02:02
Started October 5, 2008 at 02:24
Oh my Goodness… I’m so glad I found you all, I need some help!

I just found out I have MRSA.

I’ve had one heck of a year already—two emergency abdominal surgeries within six weeks of each other earlier this year. A few days after the second one, I had noticed a big zit developed just above one of my incisions. My incisions from the second surgery leaked fluid for a long time afterward and I developed a rash around the wounds. Then a few weeks later, I started getting painful pimples inside my nose and around the openings of my nostrils.

For the last several months, I have been suffering from a horrible skin rash that is pretty much everywhere. No one has been able to figure out the cause or how to fix it.

It was about a week ago I noticed a few painful pimples on my back—I was able to get them immediately cultured and got the MRSA diagnosis.

Now here are my questions. Does MRSA cause a skin rash? Could the fluid that leaked from my incisions have been tainted wi... read more

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MRSA / Bone Infection
Posted by Diana V.
Last Reply October 3, 2008 at 03:10
Started October 2, 2008 at 23:00
A family member had an ingrown toe nail removed, then two days after when she returned for a check up, the doctor told her it was infected. The following day we went to the emergency room and they performed an MRI on her and told her that it was MRSA and it had infected her bone. Hospital is wanted to amputate the infected bone. They make it sound like this is the only solution. Is it?

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MRSA....so sleepy
Posted by Sarah
Last Reply October 2, 2008 at 21:32
Started October 2, 2008 at 03:40
I had surgery on July 25 Due to a spider bite *...and yes it was a spider bite I had a big prob. with the ER thinking it was just MRSA and telling me to just put heat on it and see the surgeon...* and i got MRSA when I was in the hospital. i was in the hospital for a week and then sent home with a wound VAC for a month *luckily I was healed enough to go back to school this fall* But some time after being back in my apt. I noticed a bump that got all red and sore so I covered it with a band-aid and went to the university health center *I didn’t want to piss around since my wound still wasn't all the way healed* well they did the test and it was MRSA AGIAN! and ever since I noticed it I've been so sleepy it seems all I do is go to class then come back and nap I even nap after I wake up in the morning, I shower get dressed do my hair and make-up then go back to bed till I have go to class. I also have no appetite what so ever I think I eat once a day that’s it. Well I guess my question... read more

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MRSA-Length of time in system
Posted by Lynn
Last Reply October 2, 2008 at 01:32
Started October 1, 2008 at 06:40
Does anyone know (or even heard rumored) how long MRSA can be in your body before you get a lesion/sore?

Can it be colonized in scar tissue for a long period of time before becoming active?

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Pedeatric MRSA
Posted by Julie
Last Reply October 1, 2008 at 23:43
Started September 17, 2008 at 15:15
Is it normal for ped doctors not to culture a severe abcess that has to be drained? I trusted the doc when he said it was mrsa, but don't you have to culture it to know what meds to use? He only put her on Septra. Over the last15 Weeks she has had 4 more breakouts with meds. He said(after I asked about rifampin) that he didn't want to put her on it for the communities safety. He did however, say he would do it. He just seemed leary...and I had to ask him to do it. Is all this normal?

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My rant
Posted by heidi1975
Last Reply September 29, 2008 at 05:46
Started September 4, 2008 at 04:10
Hi everyone- I've lurked here for a few months and just posted for the first time today. I'm mad and I wanted to rant and, hopefully, some of you will feel the same way I do!

The more I research about MRSA, the more infuriated I become. The medical community in the US seems to be keeping this problem a secret to prevent panic and outrage. Panic because this thing is an epidemic- almost everyone I know has recently experienced a "spider bite." The medical community would like for us to believe there are roving gangs of brown recluse spiders roaming our houses looking for their next victim. Come on, they are called brown RECLUSES for a reason! Outrage because this is a problem that the medical community caused!! Shoddy hygeine practices, over prescribing antibiotics, not informing the public.

Why are doctors and coroners not telling the truth on death certificates? Organ failure? Bone infection? It's MRSA!!!

I'm sorry, but it makes me so upset because the public is ... read more

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still wonder if it was MRSA
Posted by Rhonda
Last Reply September 23, 2008 at 04:49
Started September 22, 2008 at 04:20
was hospitalized for routine tests and a catheter was inserted into the bend of my right arm. Blood was drawn, and it was to also be used as an iv site, but was not viable after drawing blood. The nurses refused to remove it. It was left in for three days and finally removed at discharge. When removed, pus came out of the site. The nurse called it a skin flap. Next day, my arm was swollen, red & hot to the touch. The following day, I was running a high fever, the arm was huge, red, extremely painful and I could not straighten it. Was seen in the ER and given 2 antibiotic shots and a prescription for bactrum DS. The next day, I saw my family doctor, who immediately admitted me to a different hospital and put me on iv vancomycin. after 4 days on vancomycin, a surgeon was called, and I had developed phlebitis & necrosis of the vein and also necrosis of the surrounding tissue. Needless to say, vein and tissue had to be removed. I was kept on vancomycin for 6 more days, having a total of... read more

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Do You Ever Get Rid Of MRSA?
Posted by Janet G
Last Reply September 22, 2008 at 23:32
Started September 11, 2008 at 02:51
Ok I was diagnosed with MRSA in the beginning of July 08. My 2 year old son was diagnosed with it two days ago, are we definitely going to have this for the rest of our lives? My doctor doesn't really seem to know too much about this. Also I went to see about my joint pain in my shoulder, and she doesn't seem to think that it is related to the MRSA, I really don't know what else it would be, cause I haven't hurt it and it started about a week and a half after my last outbreak. Does anybody have any comment on my situation, would be greatly appreciated. I feel bad for my 2 year old, cause he has had about 4 very painful boils and I don't want him to suffer for the rest of his life. I did get some bactroban so hopefully that will work.

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