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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.

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. 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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Posted by Lori
Last Reply October 27, 2007 at 15:46
Started October 25, 2007
just wondering were everybody is from I am from the toledo ohio area, I was wondering if this is happening in certain locations or if its everywhere

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Posted by Lisa
Last Reply October 27, 2007 at 03:03
Started October 25, 2007 at 23:17
Last weekend my mom and dad went camping with their friends (another couple). I, along with my family, visited them at the campsite. During casual conversation we started talking about the news in our area and the number of cases of MRSA that are "popping" up, when to my surprise, my mom's friend starts telling everything she knows about MRSA because she has/had it in her lungs. This lady's voice was hoarse and she had a cough. I pulled my mom to the side later and asked her if that lady was sick or did her voice just always sound hoarse, she said "No, she hasn't been feeling very well this weekend as a matter of fact she was running a temperature last night." Do I have reason for concern here or am I just crazy?

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Just wanted to thank you guys...
Posted by Joe in Sonoma
Last Reply October 26, 2007 at 03:45
Started September 12, 2007 at 06:46
I've been "clear" of MRSA since May. Technically. I had a testicular abcess in January that could have killed me, spent months on vincomyacin. Had outbreaks of cellulitis.

Anyway. I have had a lot of skin rashes this year since then. I stick to using muciporin because I have it left over, and the hibiclens soap of course. But I attribute my immunity to the regimen I learned about here. Which I have stuck with almost religiously all year since learning about it.

Thank you for this forum, and for those of you new to it, it really does help your immunity and general resistance. Garlic, phytonutrients, Vitamin C, probiotics, multivitamins, all of these things are amazing. The only thing I would add is fish oil capsules, I don't know if they help MRSA immunity at all but they contribute to general brain health and contain omega oils. Which if you don't eat fish on a constant basis, is really useful.

Again. My sincere thanks. I went through a LOT of crushing depressio... read more

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Infectious Disease Specialist
Posted by Joanne
Last Reply October 25, 2007 at 23:47
Started October 24, 2007 at 04:03
Went today to the ID spec. She says my daughter is going to be just fine. Just keep giving her the sulfatrim as soon as a boil pops up and apply the bactroban cream, keep it bandage and let it drain on its own. The key is to start the meds as soon as a pimple/boil looks like its retaining fluid and have her soak in a hot tub. She may get the boils for awile, she may not. Its just the bacterial she now carries. She said that there also is no proven evidence that bathing her in phosohex and extream cleaning ie. washing stuff seperate in heavy med soaps, changing bedding everyday, etc. can guarantee the bateria won't return. Or doing the DE-COlONIZING such as swabbing the nose with the bactroban cream and groin area for weeks. Its a 50/50 chance/thing. But recommends that I do it if "It makes me feel better" that I'm actively doing something to prevent more boils. The ID Spec. says she even bathes with the phisohex to be on the safe side. SO PEOPLES......WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF ... read more

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Mom Diagnosed MRSA
Posted by Pheilman
Last Reply October 24, 2007 at 17:22
Started October 17, 2007 at 05:28
Back in April 2007 My Mom was hospitalised with congestive heart failure, also COPD.Mom was placed on a ventilator for a week as she wasn't able to breath well. She was there for 2 weeks and moved into a nursing home for rehab. She wasnt there a week when I was told she was diagnosed with MRSA. They gave her shots of antibiotics for this.She is out of rehab now and my question is this. Is MRSA curable? I am diabetic and caregiving to both my parents. I am worried that I might get this.

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Brother dying Can MOM visit?
Posted by Debby
Last Reply October 22, 2007
Started October 20, 2007 at 17:07
My brother has had many health problems in recent years. He just picked up MRSA too. His heart stopped last night and he is in coma. Can my elderly mom (86) with emphysema, and heart problems safely visit him?

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Posted by Felling helpless
Last Reply October 22, 2007
Started October 18, 2007 at 22:10
Can anyone tell me HOW to convinve a doctor to test me? I have many symptoms, yet my open wounds are closed (the one that looks like a spider bite) and the rest appear to be poison ivy like (a couple of little bumos here and there).

I fear this bacteria, in whatever form, may be in my bloodstream but no one is listening, as I "appear" to be healthy. I suffer about three times a month from something I will call an "episode". It can be reluctant pain or severe enough to the point I think I am dieing. It happens in my lower abdominal area and i also get chills, nausea, hot/cold flashes, dissoriented, etc.

Any suggestions on getting a doctor to listen would be very helpful because as of date all they have ever told me is "its inconclusive" or "its the hype, you are fine".

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MRSA in Remission
Posted by Jay Simpson
Last Reply October 19, 2007 at 16:16
Started September 27, 2007 at 16:38
I have congenital MRSA. my father having suffered with bouts of it his whole life.
I have found a 'remission' cure. When little boils start to pop up, I take 3 grams or capsules of garlic and the boils dry up and go away. If I have a larger infestation due to my failure to take garlic early, I have found aloe vera to be an extremely good balm. Desitin, an anti-rash creme works well if an infestation gets out of hand.
I have gone through Z-pak treatment which is a megadosage of antibiotics. That works for a short while and then my MRSA pops up again. Only the garlic seems to have an effect, not a cure. But it's cheap, readily available at the grocery store and extremely effective, at least for this time.

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hospital-acquired infections
Posted by Lisa Priest
Last Reply October 19, 2007 at 03:19
Started August 3, 2007 at 22:53
I am a journalist with The Globe and Mail who would like to interview Canadian patients who have had or now have a hospital-acquired infection, such as MRSA, c. difficile or VRE.
Please call me at 416-585-5179.

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Posted by Christie
Last Reply October 18, 2007
Started October 17, 2007 at 08:02
I wrote on this board on September 6th about me having MRSA. I knew how serious it could be, but I had no clue it was going to be this hard to get rid of.

It started in June with a spot on my leg. Labor Day weekend, I got a spot on my back. Then a week ago Sunday, I got a spot on my stomach. I had another appointment today and the doctor is now saying it's in my blood and that I will have to remain on antibiotics for an indefinite amount of time.

So far I've been on:
10 days of bactrim (June)
15 days of bactrim (starting Labor Day weekend)
1 bag of vancomycin (Oct. 8th)
7 days of clindamycin--1200 mg a day (Oct. 9th - Oct. 16th)
10 days of clindamycin--900 mg a day (started Oct. 16th)

They lowered the dosage to 900 mg because I've lost 7 1/2 pounds in less than a week. I can't seem to keep anything in me.

Today the doctor said she wants me back when I finish this round so they can immediately start me on another round of Clindamycin. I don’t know if that’s such a go... read more

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Posted by it works too
Last Reply October 16, 2007 at 18:13
Started October 15, 2007 at 17:10
try this also if you allergic to sulpha drugs

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Vancomycin resistant MRSA
Posted by Ellen
Last Reply October 5, 2007 at 22:04
Started September 26, 2007 at 01:19
My father has vancomycin-resistant MRSA and cannot take Zyvox due to side effects. The docs are now wondering what to try next. He has things that look like tiny strawberry seeds in his staph wound (he has a permanently draining wound). The docs will not take the time to figure out what they are, but they keep appearing. In addition, whenever my father is hospitalized, I notice that some of the nurses do not bother to wear gloves while changing the bandages. All they do is put Purell on their hands when they are done. I'm concerned or the welfare of the other patients regarding this.
Does anyone have any thoughts on all this?

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New here - have questions
Posted by Angie R
Last Reply September 22, 2007 at 12:12
Started September 16, 2007 at 13:03
Hi everyone,

My husband probably has MRSA. He had a boil in April that was drained, etc, but the lab tests came back inconclusive for MRSA. It looks like he has another boil forming, which we are watching closely.

He went to the doctor last week because he'd been sick for almost a month. They didn't want to give him antibiotics because of the possible MRSA, which I can understand, but aren't there some things that have to be treated with antibiotics? If he is getting another boil, does that pretty much mean it is MRSA?

He hasn't been in the hospital, so if it is MRSA it's community-acquired, if that makes any difference.

Thanks for your help.


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