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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
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 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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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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Mrsa in husband dr/hospital negligent
Posted by Jennifer
Last Reply September 22, 2008 at 13:30
Started September 20, 2008 at 04:57
on Sept 11 2008 I took my husband to the doctor for a place that came up on his butt. It started out as a pimple and swelled up tremendously. The doctor sent us immediatly to a surgeon. While at the the surgeons office the office manager said that we would have to pay the co pay of 60.00. We did not have the money available to us that day but, would have it to them the next day. She went to the surgeon and asked if this would be ok. The office mamnger came back and told us that the surgeon said " If they can pay tomorrow they can pay today." I had to sign a promisory note. While in their he lanced the wound in the office and sent him home with ONLY pain medication. No anitbiotics or cultures blood test done. We went back to the same office the next day and saw a different doctor. This one pack the incision and told me that after a couple of days I can stop packing it. If the redness and swellin subsides. It did not and I continued to pack it until Tuesday the following week,this wo... read more

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MRSA grandchild
Posted by Deb
Last Reply September 20, 2008
Started September 8, 2008 at 18:32
I thought I had a spider bite and went to the doctor and he took a culture. The next day I went to my son's for his birthday and was around 50 people and my 10 month old grandson. Today the docotr has called and I have MRSA. What are the chnaces of my grandson and all of the people at the party getting MRSA. The place that looked like a siper bite has cleared up except for a small red mark. I was started on Bactrim 5 days ago. I am writting this because I have a yearly exam in two days and my doctor said he would discuss all with me then. Thanks

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mrsa, is it curable?
Posted by cj
Last Reply September 19, 2008 at 05:21
Started September 15, 2008 at 05:21
In Oct '07 I got infected with mrsa through an open surgical wound. By the time the infectiion started to respond to the med, I got it in my blood and it also went into my artificial knee. The knee had to be removed and replaced with an antibiotic spacer for 4 months before I could have another knee repalcement. I was hospitalized for 7 months during the active infection, knee surgery and rehab. I recently had 3 negative mrsa nasal swabs. I have been given different repsonses concerning the results. 1st...I no longer have the infection, I am cured. 2nd...I still have it though not active it is colonized somewhere in my body just waiting to "attack," and treat every infection I get as if it is mrsa. I need help understanding as I have basically made myself a shut in because I am so afraid to get it again. Thank you for any answers you can provide.

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MRSA without boils?
Posted by Marci
Last Reply September 18, 2008
Started September 17, 2008 at 22:00
When my daughter was 3 months old she would have muscle spasms and cry constantly. She also hel her head to the left and we could never figure out why. One day she woke up with a huge knot on the side of her neck. About the size of a grape. It grew to the size of a ping pong ball with in 24 hours. She was finally admited to the hospital after several attempts before. They put her on amoxocillan IV and waited for it to go down. It didn't, they said they would have to aspirate and were sending her to an children'ts hospital. There they cultured it and it came back as MRSA. She was in the hospital with a PIC line getting clindomyacin and some other antibiotic for almost two months. She never once got any boils or skin rashes. They said it may have affected her lungs a little. She is now 18 months old and has been fine, except she isn't walking, or even standing on her own yet. Could MRSA have caused some long term effects, or is it still there. I have looked all over the internet to tr... read more

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Leg Pain after MRSA
Posted by Heidi1975
Last Reply September 3, 2008 at 21:08
Started September 3, 2008 at 20:01
I just have a quick question about MRSA. My family has had 2 episodes with MRSA- one in May 07 when my daughter was hospitalized with cellulitis- received IV vanco, and one with me about a month ago. Mine started as folliculitis on my upper thigh and turned into cellulitis. I took Doxycycline for 10 days and the infection seemed to clear up. But, since then, my entire leg that was affected aches sometimes. Not all the time and the pain is mild, but enough to cause me concern. Could I have a bone infection or other complication?

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MRSA and children
Posted by Mandi
Last Reply September 3, 2008
Started September 2, 2008 at 06:01
My 18 month daughter had what we thought was an insect bite on her bottom. She has now been in the hospital for 4 days and hopefully gets out tomorrow. She had surgery and the doctor cleaned it out and has had her on IV antibiotics since. What can I expect now? I really didn't know much about MRSA until I started reading about it here.

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So sick and tired...
Posted by Kelsi
Last Reply September 1, 2008 at 20:19
Started August 28, 2008 at 06:31
I've been dealing with my infection since 2004. When I first started getting the lesions on my face, my doc. thought I had herpes simplex and treated me with valtrex and I applied abreva which you can imagine HURT LIKE HELL...considering it isn't herpes.

Anyways, it took about 2 years of constant pain and suffering before I went to a doc who did a culture and told me this, "You have a non-responsive staff infection." No mention of MRSA or that I would be living with this infection forever (or untill God willing, we find a cure).

I finnaly went to an Infectious Disease doc who told me what I had and what antibiotics we could use to treat it.
Since 2004 i've been on over 20 rounds, if not more of differant antibiotics, and sometimes, most times...I feel as if they make my infection worse.

I religiously wash my hads with antimicrobil handwash...and I use muproxin in my nose, rifampin, and bactrim.

I usually get the sores on my face..near my mouth and nose...and its so emb... read more

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