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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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Developing A Deadly Defense
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply May 8, 2008 at 19:00
Started March 18, 2008 at 15:10
A 40-year-old Detroit area woman had endured painfully infected foot sores for more than a year. Doctors gave her numerous antibiotics, but nothing worked. Finally, last April, they amputated one of her toes -- and made a frightening discovery.

Her sores were infected with a virulent new strain of the bacterium staphylococcus aureus, or staph aureus. By stealing genetic material from another bug, the new strain became totally resistant to vancomycin, the longtime drug of last defense against it. Health officials would not identify the metro Detroit woman or what hospital treated her.

The infection was the first of its kind in the world and a landmark defeat for doctors and public health officials in the fight against growing antibiotic resistance. It also was evidence that the Detroit area has become an incubator for resistant strains.

"From a scientific point of view, it's probably one of the most remarkable and significant events in my lifetime," said Dr. Steve Lerne... read more

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mrsa in lung
Posted by susan
Last Reply May 5, 2008 at 21:22
Started May 5, 2008 at 16:28
it's been determined that my mom has this mrsa virus in her lung. if the antibiotic she is taking doesn't work, she needs to be given an antibiotic introvenously.
i feel unclear as to the contagion factor. can anyone be definitive about this?
also, any specialists one can recommend? and, i hope, some positive outcomes. I've only read some pretty harsh realities when it comes to mrsa.
thank you.

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molloscum contagiosm
Posted by lynn
Last Reply April 29, 2008 at 17:23
Started April 28, 2008 at 03:45
Does anyone know of any natural remedies for molloscum?

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1st visit to ID doc
Posted by mattb
Last Reply April 28, 2008 at 05:30
Started August 23, 2006
Well, this ID doc didn't seem to think my situation was terribly serious. He examined my 2nd outbreak (yes, with gloves), a small boil that looks considerably better today than it did when it broke out 1 1/2 weeks ago. He noted that it is not draining, and therefore is not actively infected and that I should finish my current 10-day prescription of Bactrim (2 days left on that) and then...no more antibiotics.

He prescribed Bactroban antibiotic ointment to apply to my nostrils 2x per day for 5 days and then recommended I pick up a bottle of Hibiclense to be used especially in the "areas where bacteria likes to gather": behind the ears, armpits, groin and perineum. I mentioned I was already washing with PhisoHex twice a day but he thought Hibiclense was actually a better product. (Hmmm...PhisoHex requires a prescription and it cost me $65 for a 16 oz bottle. Hibiclense is over-the-counter and costs $10 for an 8 oz. bottle.) He recommended using Hibiclense twice a day.

... read more

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umanni complexacinobactor ba
Posted by bob
Last Reply April 28, 2008 at 05:11
Started April 25, 2008 at 14:35
warning acinobactor is here from iraq forget terrorists the dirt from iraq is worse msnbc wounds of war brings it forfront google english super bugs cdc has active campain to confuse deaths due to this it manifests itself into manyp neumonia menangitus stds mrsa va hospitals wound cares icus nursing homes schools contact your governent officials before you cath this now the cure is not to be had with people daily bringing this plaque home from iraq

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staph infection / mrsa
Posted by genosmom
Last Reply April 27, 2008 at 19:22
Started April 26, 2008 at 19:46
have had boils on my legs and inner thighs for about 5 yrs now, they go away for a little while and just come back, they have been dismissed as "just things some people get" and "i am lucky that they are not worse" by 3 or 4 doctors. i finally had asked a gyn to culture one of them and it came back as a staph infection-dr. is out of town so nurse called me with the results. She read off the results as a rare staph infection and referred me to a surgen. Thats it.do i have these things removed without taking antibotics ? im very confused and worried i have childern and a husband - do they have it also ? are all staph infections mrsa or was the culture grown for just a basic staph infection? is there a diffrence?


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mrsa usa kills jail inmate
Posted by bob
Last Reply April 25, 2008 at 14:17
Started April 23, 2008 at 14:29
her hands and feet turned blue in st, pete fl. jail overun with staph call jon 727 445 4157 st. pete time3s

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I have MRSA in the blood and incision site...
Posted by Barbara
Last Reply April 24, 2008 at 17:04
Started April 24, 2008 at 03:36
I had a 'pimple' on the top of my thigh, and popped it. Within 10 days, it grew to the size of a quarter and turned BLACK. I ran a 102 degree fever, and went to my Hospital ER, where I was admitted. I was injected with Lidocane to numb around it, and they cut it open and drained off as much "ick" as they could, but I had to be admitted, and the next morning it was surgically lanced, and I was left with a 5" x 2" x 1-1/2" deep incision, which is packed twice a day with iodine/betadine gauze and bandaged. I was diagnosed with MRSA in my blood and in the incision. I was on Vancomycin (spelling?) the entire time I was hospitalized (12 days) and now that I've been discharged, I had a pick line inserted into my right arm and I must go for 2 hour 'Infusion therapy' sessions at the hospital as an outpatient for 12 days. My final day (hopefully!) is May 1st. What can I expect the quality of my life to be like after I am taken off the Vancomycin and the MRSA is in 'remission'??? Please re... read more

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Experimenting with MMS on afteraffects of long
Posted by LindaA
Last Reply April 17, 2008 at 14:41
Started April 16, 2008 at 15:26
Hello to all,
I'm experimenting with the Miracle Mineral Supplement(MMS) for all the after affects I've been left with after battling MRSA for 16 months. I've been supposedly cleared of MRSA since Oct 2006, but since it was "IN the BLOOD" no one can say for sure.
Right now I have Pharyngeal Reflux(effects the vocal chords) to which I've seen an Ear Nose and throat specialist, and a gastrologist. The latter showed that I have edematous folds in my stomach. They have tried 40mg doses of Nexium, Prolosec, and 150mg doses Zantac with only slight improvement. And now, since the CT and endoscopic exam showed nothing wrong or out of the ordinary, they have no answers as to what to do to treat the swollen inflamed folds. I also have food retention that was there 48 hrs after eating when they did the scope exam. When I asked them what was causing the folds, they said they didn't know, and when I asked about treatment, again, they didn't know.

Well, I don't know about the rest of you, bu... read more

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Another surgery: Update
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply April 15, 2008 at 16:31
Started April 7, 2008 at 16:31
Just when I thought things were going along pretty well, where I was finally back up on my feet and gaining strength daily after pneumonia a few months ago... here comes an unpredictable surgery.

Since recovering from the above... the one “deep seated” MRSA lesion (which has lingered since beginning of infection status two years ago) finally raised to the surface where I treated it, and it is all but gone. This isn’t the most pressing issue as of late.

My husband and I took a trip down to southern California for a very short visit with our children. Our daughter is 8 hours away, our son is 3 hours from her. We did this turn around trip in three days, that was the only difference from other similar trips. During the driving trip we stopped to take a break our usual three times down and back. Everything was fine until we got home. By noon on our first day back home I was experiencing severe rectal pain. A few hours later the lesion had grown to such a size it threatened... read more

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MRSE, VRE, AND HOW I AM DOING
Posted by PAT
Last Reply April 10, 2008 at 19:20
Started April 7, 2008 at 06:26
MY FIRST ENTCOUNTER WITH VRE WAS IN THE HOSPITAL AFTER AN ILIOSTOMY TO CORRECT A DOCTOR'S ERROR WHEH HE PERFERATED MY BOWEL. I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT VRE WAS BUT I WAS TREATED BY ID SPECIALISTS TO SAVE MY LIFE. I LAY DYING FOR 60 DAYS IN THE HOSPITAL. NOT LONG AFTER THAT I CUT MY FOOT NEAR MY TOES AND IT WAS DIAG. AS MRSA, OSTEOMLITIS FOLLOWED, AND MY 2ND TOE HAD TO BE AMPUTATED AS A WAS TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE MRSA.MONTHS WENT ON BEFORE I WAS SO CALLED CURED OF THE MRSA, AND NOW I'M TOLD AFTER 9 SEPERATE BOUTS WITH MRSA OVER THE LAST 2 YEARS, THAT I'LL ALWAYS HAVE IT DORMENT IN MY BODY.

AT THIS VERY MOMENT I AM TRYING TO GET WELL FROM ANOTHER CASE OF VRE - HOSPITALIZED FOR 3 WEEKS TO GET THE RIGHT DRUGS THAT WILL KILL THE INFECTION FROM IT.



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After effects from long-term IV Vanc use
Posted by LindaA
Last Reply April 10, 2008 at 12:54
Started April 3, 2008 at 02:14
24 yrs ago I had a partial gastrectomy due to ulcer disease. This decision was made after aggressive treatment for 6 months was tried, and during this time the 1 ulcer spread to over 13 in the lower third of my stomach. Back then this was a rather risky surgery but they knew of no other way to treat my condition.

Now, 17 months after a 16 month long battle with MRSA in the blood, I have been suffering from chronic pharyngeal reflux, causing hoarseness and laryngitis. This has been aggressively treated for the past 7 months with 40mg prilosec daily, and 300mg zantac daily, with only about a 50% improvement.

Last week I went thru an endoscopic exam and a colonoscopy to try to get some answers as to what is causing the reflux.
The endoscopic exam showed prominent edematous folds in the stomach as well as gastric retention(food in the stomach from over 36 hrs earlier) The folds were swollen and inflamed so a biopsy was taken.

The Dr called today and the results of the biopsy ... read more

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MRSA causing Arthistis pain worse
Posted by Cheryl
Last Reply April 7, 2008 at 08:54
Started April 4, 2008 at 09:35
About 8 years ago I was diagnosed with Rheumatiod Arthistis in the both of my thumb joints. The pain was very much tolerable. But now since I was dignosed with HA_MRSA November 2007 the pain has become untolerable. I've also begun having pain in the thigh muscles. Almost like I just ran a marathon or something of that nature. Has anyone else experienced increased pain or new pains?

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My Two Year Anniversary of Being MRSA Free
Posted by nyker
Last Reply April 6, 2008 at 16:12
Started February 14, 2008 at 07:07
Often, I have posted on this website regarding my MRSA struggles. (See posts under NYKER). Feb. 14th is my two year anniversary of being MRSA infection free.

I never thought I'd reach this anniversary. For those of you in the depths of depression and free, I understand how you feel. Please don't give up hope. I am so happy to have made it to this point, it seems like a miracle. Actually, it takes much hard work, research, vigilence and self care. I hope everyone that reads this and is currently suffering from this terrible disease finds a ray of hope in knowing that one can be relieved of this disease for significant periods of time. Take care

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Cases of MRSA in USA
Posted by Nyra Mahmood
Last Reply April 5, 2008 at 21:22
Started March 31, 2005 at 02:51
I am a journalist from the UK, now working in the US. I have extensively covered MRSA for the British press and am now looking to find cases in America.I am looking for case studies/people who have lost loved ones and those who are themselves suffering from MRSA. Please reply, if you want your story told.

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