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I'm Am Very Scared And Alone
Posted by Holly
Last Reply November 9, 2007 at 21:25
Started November 3, 2007 at 22:30
Hello to all, my name is Holly. I am 19 years old and I live in Grand Haven, MI and I was recently diagnosed with MRSA. I am very scared about having this because I live with my fiancee, but he has been in Florida working. I am alone and scared. My mom has brought me to the doctor and he took a culture and that is how I found out it was MRSA. All of my boils have pretty much "crusted" over but the one he took the sample from has a hole! I do not know if this was created when he took the sample on Halloween (it is on my shoulder so I could not see how he took the sample). It just itches, the pain is not as bad. He put me on Tetracycline 250 mg three times a day because I am allergic to Septra. I am worried about the hole for the most part, and I do not know how long it should take before I start to see an improvement. Should I be concerned? Should I go to the hospital? I can't stop crying because I fear the worst. Many people say that I could die. I am so scared. Any words of hope wo... read more

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no culture yet
Posted by Lori
Last Reply November 9, 2007 at 08:04
Started October 25, 2007
My son was not diagnosed w/mrsa but the Dr are treating him as if he has mrsa. He was in the E.R first the Dr said yep looks like a mrsa boil give him 10 days of bactrim sent us on our way on the release paper it said it was an abscess. Went to our Dr 5 days later for a follow up boils started to clear up by then.finished the 10 days of bactrim 3 days later he got 5 more boils.Went back to DR 30 days of bactrim . 7 days later the media was was talking about the deadly superbug. Im so worried now he has about 5 days left on these anti biotics. I called the Dr and said I wanted him cultured she said there is no reason to culture him because she is treating him as if he has mrsa.I think he should have been cultured when I took him to the ER any advice. why are they acting like this is no big deal I dont get it Lori

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Thanks LadyK /Tina
Posted by Hope
Last Reply November 7, 2007 at 16:58
Started November 6, 2007 at 22:47
I know I have to tell my KIds at least my 6y/o,but he already knows something is wrong he wants to stay home with me now all the time out of blue.He's scared that I'm going to die and he will never see me again.My other children are only one and two.Thanks for replying I don't feel so alone now.

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Questions????????
Posted by Lori
Last Reply November 7, 2007 at 01:36
Started November 6, 2007 at 23:37
I have some questions I cant seem to get answered When I question the Drs they seem to get offended. If anyone can help me with these it would be highly appreciated.

1.My son is being treated as if he has MRSA (no culture yet)
If they culture him and find out its MRSA will they treat it differently than what they are now (Bactrim, Bactroban)10 days w/1st outbreak 3 weeks w?20nd outbreak?

2.Will they eventually stop the antibiotics if it keeps coming back and let the MRSA take its course?

3.Will this eventually get into his blood stream if it keeps going?

4.Is he contagious if he's on antibiotics?

5.Is he contagious if he is not on antibiotics?

6.Will this ever go away?

7.will I have to worry if he runs a fever or gets sick for the rest of his life?

8.Can they tell if this is MRSA by doing blood work on him?

I think that is all for now.

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I don't get it...
Posted by Alysia
Last Reply November 6, 2007 at 23:22
Started October 29, 2007 at 20:03
I posted a few topics down (Toddler with MRSA)...although I should have written "Preschooler." Anyway, thanks for all of your responses.
There are still a few things that I just don't understand.

First of all, why is it that some people get seriously ill and others seem to recover with no problem?

Are there people out there who get a boil ***once*** (diagnosed CA-MRSA) and never have a problem again?

Is CA-MRSA something that *ONLY* effects the skin? Is there a possibility that it can enter the blood stream and damage organs (or cause phnemonia) or can *only* HA-MRSA do that?

Is CA-MRSA airborne (though sneezing and coughing?)

Thanks!
Alysia

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are these symptoms of mrsa
Posted by Lori
Last Reply November 6, 2007 at 22:59
Started October 31, 2007 at 02:56
has anybody heard of this causing weight loss or pain in the legs? My son has lost 32 pounds since this has started he said he just has no appetite.And his legs have been acheing.

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Long-term MRSA
Posted by Judy
Last Reply November 6, 2007 at 21:10
Started November 6, 2007 at 13:20
My daughter is 30. She has been sick since she had hand surgery (trigger thumbs) at the age of 3. Bladder infections, severe neuropathy, cold painful extrimities, joint pain, blister sores (oozy, painful, burning) on legs, GI problems, headaches, low-grade fever, exhaustion, skin so sensitive that even the sheets hurt her. She has had every diagnonis possible, but no help from the doctors. Could she have contracted MRSA when she had that surgery? Could it have gone on this long?

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Confused
Posted by Hope
Last Reply November 6, 2007 at 19:16
Started November 6, 2007
I guess I'm just not totally understanding all of this.When I had the area on my stomache drained I asked the RN if cellulitis was totally treatable and he said "yes".What's the difference between cellulitis and mrsa?If any.I'm very scared because I'm the mother of three small children,and I'm not ready to leave them anytime soon.How long can you live with this stuff.So sorry if I'm babbling ,but I can't get very straight answers anywhere.It's better to hear for people who been through this themselfs.Thanks for any input.

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mrsa not required to be reported???
Posted by Patricia
Last Reply November 5, 2007 at 18:33
Started November 5, 2007 at 16:31
I dropped my 4 year old off at day care this morning and there was a note that said there was a confirmed case of MRSA in the building. I called the health department and they told me day cares were not required to report incidents of MRSA. The woman I spoke to told me, basically not to worry that it was extremely difficult to contract and wash your hands, symptoms, etc. She also told me that after 24 hours of antibiotics the child with MRSA is no longer contagious.
If these incidents are not reported, how do we know how many cases are out there affecting small children.
Is my son safe at school?

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mrsa
Posted by lisa crofts
Last Reply November 4, 2007 at 21:43
Started February 4, 2006 at 23:53
MRSA seems to be everywhere. We have had outbreaks all over southern California. Pomona Valley Hospital 909-865-9500 in California is the only hospital who will listen. One doctor in particular .... Dr. Kusunis (UNSURE SPELLING ) 2005 medical staff president. He wrote an entire article on subject. Bactrim for 10 days. Believe it or not. simple antibiotic and it works.

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new baby with mrsa help!
Posted by Kevin
Last Reply November 4, 2007 at 02:19
Started November 3, 2007 at 02:50
we just brought are new baby home. we noticed a rash when we left the hospital.we have two other children and chalked it up to a rash.i brought him to the doctors for the first visit only 4days after being discharged.the doctor took a culture and i went to a childrens hospital for bloodwork only to find out our new baby only 2 weeks old now has contracted mrsa.the doctor tells us not to be worried this has been around for a long time.but we get called in to thier office every 3 days and we just got a phone call that the antibiotic they gave us is not working and the prescribed an ointment for us to put in our noses.also they are opening the office this sat morning just for us to check our baby. what are they not telling us and how can wenot be worried? the boil apeared the night before the first vist and he was born on oct 15 2007 what are the long term effects and is he in pain? the peditrician notified I.F.D and the hospital.the hospital denies that our baby contracted mrsa from t... read more

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How long does it take?
Posted by Cheryl
Last Reply November 3, 2007 at 23:22
Started November 3, 2007 at 13:38
My husband, who is handicapped and has chronic osteomyelitis, was diagnosed with MRSA one week after being discharged from the hospital. His infectious disease physician immediately put him on a MRSA antibiotic pill and ointment. The MD doesn't seem too worried. I am terrified.
I don't know what to expect. Some of the information on-line is even scarier. I cry a lot when I'm not around him. How long does it normally take to see signs of improvement from MRSA? What hope is there? (And yes, I use gloves when I change his dressings, wash my hands with antibacterial soap frequently, and use the cholorox wipes and lysol spray to help prevent spread of the infection.)

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How long have you had MRSA boils?
Posted by Rebecca K
Last Reply November 2, 2007 at 22:52
Started January 14, 2007 at 18:00
I have reoccuring sores on my face from MRSA. It started in July of 2006 and reoccurs once every 1-2 months. I was a healthy 26 year old and have sole custody of 4 children. I am worried that I will not live very long and wanted to know if anyone out there has had experience with it reoccurring this often and for longer than a year. I have only taken bactrim once so far. I am concerned that my symptoms will get more serious sooner rather than later.

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The Superbug Invaders - Our plight, Our plague
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply November 2, 2007 at 04:15
Started January 24, 2007 at 02:26
Our world. A soldier's story and more on superbugs... long but quite informative.

A homemade bomb exploded under a Humvee in Anbar province, Iraq, on August 21, 2004. The blast flipped the vehicle into the air, killing two US marines and wounding another - a soft-spoken 20-year-old named Jonathan Gadsden who was near the end of his second tour of duty. In previous wars, he would have died within hours. His skull and ribs were fractured, his neck was broken, his back was badly burned, and his stomach had been perforated by shrapnel and debris.

Gadsden got out of the war zone alive because of the Department of Defense's network of frontline trauma care and rapid air transport known as the evacuation chain. Minutes after the attack, a helicopter touched down in the desert. Combat medics stanched the marine's bleeding, inflated his collapsed lung, and eased his pain. He was airlifted to the 31st Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad, located in an old health care facility called t... read more

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Treatment for MRSA
Posted by MH
Last Reply October 31, 2007 at 20:46
Started October 24, 2007 at 18:11
To all who have/ has problems with MRSA/Superbug. I just found out about MRSA/ Superbug a few days ago. I personally haven't seen it but I have seen stories on the news and peoples story. I think it is scary/sad that this is hard to cure. I heard a few people ( a lady from Pennsylvania and a few nurses from the east coast) praise this natural anti-biotic called Bio-Defender by Balanceuticals b/c it literally cured/healed them from it after everything else didn't work. So I am just nearly suggesting to look into it, google it and do your research and ask questions. I heard it is also good for other infections and conditions. www.healthkingenterprise.com

Good luck to all and spread the word.

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What has helped me
Posted by Eddie R.
Last Reply October 30, 2007 at 07:03
Started October 30, 2007 at 06:37
Here is a regimen that has helped me greatly. MRSA is an ongoing battle so I won't say it is my "cure"-
i have had mrsa for a year now and have been thru a series of iv treatments, ointments, oral antibiotics and every natural "cure" and old wives tale i came across. I work as a mate on a boat in the gulf of mexico and have finally found the right combination of non-prescription items that make my hitches out on the hot, humid boat bearable. Thru much research and trial and error i came up with a 4-step program that works for me. I work 14 days on and 7 days off. mainly my job consists of engine room work and crane operator-both steaming hot tasks. i truly believe that if i was in another line of work then i would be completely outbreak free.(if i could find a shore job that paid the same i would be there in a heartbeat)

1-Hibiclens:Wash the area with this at least twice a day. Be sure to follow directions as you can cause damage to your eyes and eardrums. www.hibiclens.com You... read more

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My boil and MRSA
Posted by Adriane
Last Reply October 30, 2007 at 06:57
Started October 17, 2006 at 03:40
I know that isn't an attractive "title" but it is the jist of it. I am a healthy 31 yr old female in Kansas. For the past 7 years I have had re-occuring boils or abssesses on my upper in thigh (border line groin area). These have always been painful. A friend of mine that is an RN told me how to safely drain it when it happens (if you to want know this trick just ask, I will be happy to share, it works great). When I do this the fever goes away and my energy comes back, so I did this for a long time.
Since I am also without health insurance and a college student, I go to the University Health Center when I am feeling awful. Today they diagnosed me with MRSA. I am VERY concerned. From everything I have been reading I should be.
The only treatment I have been given is Cipro for ten days. From what I have read, it may not work. They told me if it came back again, that I would have to use the Bactroban nasal thing and the Cipro. I don't see why they just didn't go ahead w... read more

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Toddler has CA-MRSA...PLEASE HELP!!!!
Posted by Alysia
Last Reply October 29, 2007 at 16:54
Started October 28, 2007 at 23:20
I spent 5 days in the hospital after delivering our fourth baby via c-section last week. During my stay, I called home often to talk with our other children (ages 5, 4, and 2). One evening my 4 year old said "Mommy, my bottom hurts." I thought it might be some sort of a rash since she is very embarrased to ask anyone besides myself and daddy for help afiter using the bathroom. I told my mother-in-law what she said and asked her to look at it. She said "OH, I did notice that she wasn't wanting to play outside yesterday and that she has been acting quiet." We came home the next day and she ran to the door limping. I looked at her little bottom and it looked like she had a spider bite. It was red and swollen. My husband immediately took her to the after hours Ped. and they swabbed the area and instructed us to put her in the shower a couple of times a day to incourage the boil to drain. It started draining within 24 hours. The results came back positive for CA_MRSA. She wa... read more

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MRSA and Rheumatoid
Posted by Terry Manning
Last Reply October 29, 2007 at 16:08
Started October 26, 2007 at 16:59
I am a 48 yr.old W/F. I've had Rheumatoid Arthritis for 16 years, I'm on Enbrel and Methotrexate. In August of this year, I developed a very large abscess on my right buttock. It was MRSA positive. The Surgeon did an I&D. Then I developed a Fistula and had to have surgery AGAIN! Since that time, I have had on-going pimples and boils on my bottom and groin area. I finally ahd one that didn't pop and I went to the Doctor and had it cultured. The Doctor did the culture on Monday; it's now Friday and the results are still not back. I've got two very painful boils on my bottom (so painful I couldn't sleep last night). I called my doctor to tell him anf he said the culture is not back yet and called me in some Zyrtec. I'm at my wit's end and I hurt...what would you do next???? THANK YOU!!!! Terry

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Garlic Beneficial For Your Health
Posted by Luna
Last Reply October 28, 2007 at 17:25
Started October 17, 2007 at 06:31
US Researchers Find Garlic Beneficial For Your Health
by John Wolper 15:29, October 16th 2007

A US study conducted by a team of biologists from the University of Alabama in Birmingham shows that garlic causes red blood cells to release hydrogen sulfide in the body that relaxes blood vessels.
The blood vessels dilatation reduces blood pressure and allows blood to carry more oxygen to brain and other important parts of the body.

It is known that hypertension high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease.

The beneficial properties of garlic are known for centuries, but this research may lead to a standardized garlic diet that may have healing results for cardiovascular diseases and even cancer.

Biology professor David Kraus from the University of Alabama, who led the research said that there is already another research going on that shows "that sulfide can protect from cardiovascular damage during a heart attack, it can alleviate various sorts of infla... read more

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