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Cant get answer from hospital Staph or MRSA?
Posted by Bryan
Last Reply August 8, 2008 at 17:05
Started May 11, 2008 at 23:31
Bryan Posted: May 11, 2008 at 23:24
Dont know if this is the right place but getting desperate.

My father-in-law has had a second shoulder replacement...the first it got very painful for months and he had very elevated white corpuscle count the doctors said that they thought he might have an infection and opened him up and cleaned it out....they kept a culture for three days and said he was good to go.

A year later, same high corpuscle count, they now admit that they missed a more serious infection and have had to replace the shoulder again with a concrete ball and block filled with a broad antibiotic....the culture they based this on prior to the operation was grown for 6 days but they wont be specific as to what he has.

They did say the bone had been eaten away around the prosthis and that there was a sack of puss under his arm...with a track that up to his shoulder joint.

Here is where I get worried.

They also mixed vancomycin in the cement used to secure the pr... read more

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MRSA
Posted by Nikki
Last Reply August 7, 2008 at 17:42
Started January 14, 2007 at 06:58
Okay, so December of 04 I started breaking out in the boils. They were so painful I couldn't move. I was also pregnant. They tried treating with Bactrim but it didn't work and they couldnt do anything else because of the pregnancy. I continued to break out in the boils and had to get them lanced drained and packed.
I had my daughter in August of 05 and the assured me she would be safe as long as she didnt come in contact with my sores. By the time she was 2 months old she had a boil on the inside of her leg. The infectious disese specialist just told me I'd have to learn to live with it and my body would get used to it. Which it never has. I still break out. In March of 06 my dad who is a diabetic got incredibly sick and I made him go to the hospital, it turned out he caught it from me and it was in his blood. He went partially blind, his knee almost went out and other problems and he had to retire early from work because of it. He was in for 6 weeks and now he's MRSA free in his ... read more

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Request for interview
Posted by Linda
Last Reply August 6, 2008 at 21:59
Started May 3, 2007 at 20:34
I'm an RN and freelance health writer, interested in interviewing someone who has been struggling with reoccuring community acquired MRSA (USA preferable). I just want to chat for a few minutes to get an idea of some of the difficulties and glean an anecdote to use in a query for a magazine article. I would not use name in either the query or the article, if it were to be assigned. Thank you for your help!

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MRSA IN MY SON
Posted by Nikki
Last Reply July 22, 2008 at 23:20
Started July 14, 2008 at 22:42
Today i found out tha my son had MRSA. I took him to the doctor on May 19th because i was concerned about all these "bug Bites" covering his body. The doctor told me it was a little staff infection and gave him a anatb. And a steroid. He told me that if it was not better in a week to bring him back. Well I took HIm back and he told me that it was not a staff and that it was just bug bites and gave him itch cream. WEll now in july I took him to another doc and she told me it was MRSA after getting the test back. WEll I was wondering since he has MRSA and has had it for so long could it be in his bones or blood. He complains about his legs hurting alot and i did not puttwo and two together. what should i do about it? if anyone has any aadvice please write back.
thank you
nikki

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14-day IV treatment...who else has had this???
Posted by Michelle
Last Reply July 21, 2008 at 18:11
Started June 15, 2007 at 02:59
Well...I have just been hospitalized for 6 days and am now on home health administering my own IV's for another 8 days of Vancomycin...a total of 14 days.
I get my pic line out tomorrow and then begin a 10-day run of the nasal drug Mupirocin and Hibiclens baths.
CAN ANYONE TELL ME THE BEST HOMEOPATHIC IMMUNE SYSTEM BUILDERS????
If you have had this type treatment...PLEASE tell me your story and results...I am so exhausted and fearful this journey is FAR from over...

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Will this ever go away?
Posted by Kristin
Last Reply July 21, 2008 at 18:02
Started July 15, 2008 at 04:33
Hello,
A friend of mine contracted MRSA after the birth of her baby in January. Shortly after her diagnosis, I started getting painful boils under my arms. I was shocked when the doctor told me it was staph. I took a round of antibiotics and two weeks later, they came back, but not always under my arms. Twice on my butt and once on my stomach. After six months of this, I went to, an infectious disease specialist. She has me on Bactroban nasal ointment and Minocycline. I have been feeling more and more fatigued every day. I am beginning to feel like I am just going to get worse from here on out. I have felt horrible for half a year now. My heart goes out to everyone who has lost loved ones to this, and to the little ones who are suffering. I pray that this ends for all of us soon!

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Is it mrsa?
Posted by Loo
Last Reply July 18, 2008 at 12:23
Started June 19, 2008 at 03:38
I have had a staph sinus infection for 6 months. My latest lab report states it is resistent to 17 antibiotics...susceptible to 9. How do you know it is mrsa? Is there a specific test for it? I just want to fell better and get rid of the face/nose pain. Help.

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18 month old daughter prescribed Cefaclor
Posted by Mina
Last Reply July 17, 2008 at 17:14
Started July 10, 2008 at 17:32
My daughter got a boil on her stomach last week. We took her to the pediatrician and he wanted to put her on Augmentin. My husband refused because he felt she didn't need an antibiotic because the boil had already drained. She developed another boil and we took her back to the pediatrician today and he drained it. He prescribed Cefaclor three times per day and Bactroban ointment twice a day. The pediatrician said he doesn't know what my daughter has and when I bring her in next week for a follow-up, he'll decide if he wants to do blood work.

My brother in law has had MRSA for one year. I shared this information with the doctor. He refused to culture the fluid that drained out and it was about one teaspoon full of pus. I asked him about the possibility of my older daughter passing it along to my younger daughter (6 months) and he said of course she could and that I should keep them apart (which would be next to impossible). I'm not really sure what to do at this point. I just w... read more

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Baby with MRSA
Posted by Kathy Combs
Last Reply July 10, 2008 at 23:40
Started June 13, 2007 at 03:32
My 6 month old son has mrsa. He is getting little pimples on his diaper area and when the sun is shining on his skin, I can see little tiny bumps all over him that I fear could start doing the same thing. He was just diagnosed a week ago. His ped. doesn't act too concerned, but still gave me Septra for him to take orally and Mupricin topically. I'm using the Mupricin, but I haven't given him the Septra because I'm too afraid of the side affects. My 6 yr. old daughter had two little pimples that have since gone away. I had three and mine are gone as well. I'm so worried about mu kids that I am sick. It seems as though no one really knows what to do for sure and I don't want my baby to be harmed by antibiotics if he can get through this without them. I have been told to bleach down everything in my house and put Mupricin in our noses. Can anyone tell me what is the best way to go for my kids?

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MRSA infection after hand enchondroma surgery
Posted by Dan
Last Reply July 2, 2008 at 20:35
Started July 2, 2008 at 03:13
Hey all. I had surgery last tuesday, June 24th at a "major" orthopedic hospital in NYC. I was discharged same day on pain meds and up until today, everything has been fine. My hand has been completely wrapped in a cast with an ace bandage over it. Ironically, I am a pharmaceutical rep in hospitals (not selling antibiotics) and have been working/active since last Friday.
Today when I got home, I wanted to change the ace bandage for cleanliness purposes. When I removed it, it took a peek under the gauze I was EXTREMELY swollen and it was red around the surgical site. I left a message for my surgeon to call me, and then called an Infectious disease doc I know. He told me to come in. He looked at it, drew blood and wrote me a 10 day script for Zyvox and Cipro. During this time, my surgeon called and I explained my concerns. He told me he was not in the city tomorrow, but to go to the hospital and have the fellows/residents look at it. They would communicate with my surgeon... read more

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decolonizing mrsa
Posted by ruth
Last Reply June 27, 2008 at 02:54
Started June 27, 2008 at 02:54
MRSA in the Military

Aggressive decolonizing cannot combat reinfection potential

Link: HighWire Press -- Medline Abstract.

Community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) is an emerging pathogen that primarily manifests as uncomplicated skin and soft tissue infections. We conducted a cluster randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to determine whether targeted intranasal mupirocin therapy in CA-MRSA colonized soldiers could prevent infection in the treated individual and prevent new colonization and infection within their study groups. We screened 3447 soldiers comprising 14 training classes for CA-MRSA colonization from January to December 2005. Despite CA-MRSA eradication in colonized participants, this study showed no decrease in infections in the either mupirocin-treated individuals or within their study group. Furthermore, CA-MRSA eradication did not prevent new colonization within the study group.

highwire.stanford.edu/cgi/medl... read more

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mrsa passed between me and my husband
Posted by Debby
Last Reply June 10, 2008 at 07:44
Started June 7, 2008 at 23:34
Since August of 2007, my husband and I have been dealing with mrsa outbreaks. I've seen others ask this question but have not seen an answer: is it best not to have sex if there are any lesions? This last outbreak may even involve his prostate according to the urologist he just saw last week. We went 5 months with no outbreak and thought this nightmare was over, but now I have a terrible infection on my shin bone.Aaugh! Anybody else out there passing this with your spouse?

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Diagnostic Imaging patients with MRSA
Posted by Doug K
Last Reply June 9, 2008 at 14:14
Started May 30, 2008 at 21:58
Looking for stories of patients who have contacted MRSA after non-invasive diagnostic testing in the hospital or private centers for a story on healthcare acquired MRSA.

Will not share your information without prior consent, but want to hear any stories associated with contracting MRSA during non-invasive testing.

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balanitis or penis infections
Posted by raen
Last Reply June 6, 2008 at 01:27
Started January 1, 2008 at 23:50
my fiance has had MRSA for the last 3 years, for the last 2 years he has been having skin infections on the tip of his penis (balanitis) - does any one else out there (among the men) find themselves with a similar problem? we suspect the MRSA to be a root cause but no research yet supports comorbidity -
thanks to any for input ~
health to you all ~

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MRSA Survivor
Posted by Teri
Last Reply May 25, 2008 at 23:18
Started May 25, 2008 at 23:18
This past week was 1 year since my first abcess was drained. The ER Dr.said they would do a culture and contact me is the medicine perscribed would not work. I never received that call and believed all was well. Approximately 1 month later I fell at the supermaket, was taken to ER because I couldn't get up. They x-rayed me and said all was well even though I complained of a sore neck. One month later I was on vacation and could not stand the paid in my neck and then another abcess appeared on the back of the leg. Went to the surgeon and complained of my neck and she said nothing and examined the abcess and perscribed antibiotics. I was to return the next day. I did but in a totally delerious state unable to talk or walk correctly. Family feared a stroke surgeon suggested they take me to neurologist for MRI. He asked my husband to remove the "gum" from my mouth as he couldn't understand me. My husband told him that was the concern. Next day my husband took me to the ER, I was totally... read more

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update: 2 years, 3 months mrsa free
Posted by nyker
Last Reply May 21, 2008 at 06:51
Started May 21, 2008 at 06:51
I wanted to give you an update that I've now been 2 years and 3 months without mrsa. I feel great!!

Don't give up hope for those who are struggling right now.
Take care,

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MRSA
Posted by Clark
Last Reply May 18, 2008 at 19:59
Started May 16, 2008 at 19:47
My grandfather has had invasive hospital MRSA for 3 months now. He can no longer take any of the drugs because they no longer work. At this time he still test positive and still has a mild case of penumonia. I have a niece that is 3 months pregnant and my aunt thinks it is ok for her and her 1 1/2 year old to come and visit. My aunt does not think there is any risk to them. We have been told she should not risk the visit now but wait until the baby is a few months old. Can anyone help. Also my aunt has been with grandfather for all this time without any precautions and we wonder if she could also give MRSA to our niece.

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Information Request
Posted by Gina
Last Reply May 15, 2008 at 04:48
Started February 10, 2005 at 17:46
My husband has MRSA which was first evident by spider bite looking sores on his left leg and severe pain. In fact, he could not even bend his leg by the third day of the sores appearing. Our DR, being aggressive, ordered a bone scan and also found his knee bone to be infected. He is now on 6 weeks of Zyvox. External sores on his leg started clearing up within days as did the severe pain. He is on week 3 of med and stills feels a slight ache in knee. I have the following questions/concerns and would appreciate your replies. 1) Has anyone had success with Zyvox for 6 straight weeks? 2) What major negatives have any of you experienced with Zyvox? (Other than cost of over $800, per week and we are self pay) 3) Do all people with MRSA infections become carriers forever and do they always have a higher risk of getting it again or having reoccurances? I've checked a lot of sites and here is the only place I've read of such lenghly battles.

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Concerns for infecting other people
Posted by Vickie
Last Reply May 13, 2008 at 01:33
Started May 12, 2008 at 20:07
I am concerned about an a new employee who has been hospitalized for MRSA. She had cysts that had to be removed and was in Quaratine while at the hospital for over a week. She said she was a carrier of MRSA and is no longer contageous? Is that possible? I am worried and want to know what precations to take to insure other peoples safety at work. She has her wounds under her arm, they are covered, and I am not too sure how to handle this situation...besides diligent hand washing etc. Can I ask her to talk to her docter about specific concerns? Maybe that is overstepping boundries, but I am worried. She dosn't seem to be worried?

Thanks for any advice or response!

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MRSA pain
Posted by Lori
Last Reply May 9, 2008 at 18:10
Started May 8, 2008 at 05:43
I am a nurse in the Detroit, Michigan area. I have been fighting MRSA for over 3 years now. I have severe pain in the area of my MRSA infection, and recurrent sores and drainage from around my scar. How are people dealing with the pain issues?

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