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Update on my case
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply June 25, 2007 at 01:24
Started June 9, 2007 at 21:20
Just wanted to update everyone. I'm feeling much better and will finish my IV Cubicin on Tuesday. If my blood test results are good (meaning my sed rate lower) then my doc wants to put me on Zyvox orals. He hasn't said for how long, and I'm frankly not too keen on the idea. I think I need to be cultured again for MRSA. I don't like using Zyvox because it made me so sick before and its very expensive. I think its something along the lines of $1,020 for 3 weeks orally. I would have to pay that out of pocket, for it exceeds the costs allowance for a single presciption. Frankly, when I had it before, it was covered 100% so long as it was administered through IV. However, I was starting to become intolerant of it.

I feel very well. I'm still using my probiotics, C vitamins, B12, multi-vitamins and Oil of Oregano (to keep the thrush away). I started juicing a few days ago and that seems to be going very well. I feel MUCH better since I've added the supplements.

I don't know if I'll... read more

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i was recently hospitalized for MRSA, imscared
Posted by Becca
Last Reply June 24, 2007 at 17:42
Started June 22, 2007 at 11:31
about a week ago i was discharged from children's in philly (supposedly the best in the country)after a 4 day stay on IV antibiotics to treat me for MRSA. it got okay for a little bit, when i was admitted to the hospital the entire lower half of my face was distended and swollen to at least 4x normal size. at home i continued with heavy antibiotics but today we discovered that MRSA has grown immune to it and new lesions have appeared and spread. im 16 years old and terrified, i would appreciate ANY advice.

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Pre-Surgical Protocol
Posted by nanny
Last Reply June 21, 2007 at 04:22
Started June 19, 2007 at 23:28
Does anyone know what pre-surgical protocol is followed for a MRSA patient? I finally got the okay from my PCP for my shoulder surgery. My ortho said he works with an ID spec who gives me something or will do something prior to surgery to reduce the chance of infection. My last two cultures have come back negative.

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Recurring MRSA Staph
Posted by Becky Jones
Last Reply June 17, 2007 at 05:37
Started June 2, 2007 at 15:54
Our Father had a MRSA infection in his sternum bone six weeks ago after open heart surgery which lead to the removal of the entire bone. He was on Vancomycin for 6 weeks once a day and has been off for 2 weeks. He was recently readmitted for what they assume to be a recurrent staph infection in the Chest cavity tissue. We're looking for advice on alternative antibiotics as it seems the Vancomycin didn't work. How long should we give the Vanco an opportunity to work as the doctors are still giving him Vanco? Any advice is much appreciated!

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update: mrsa free now for 16 months
Posted by nyker
Last Reply June 16, 2007 at 03:57
Started June 12, 2007 at 04:36
I've contributed to this post before. I wanted you to know I've now been free from mrsa for 16 months.

I'm wishing everyone the best in fighting this disease, in whatever way you are trying to fight it.

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mrsa in africa
Posted by folashade ogungbemi
Last Reply June 12, 2007 at 18:23
Started June 12, 2007 at 01:23
united kingdom is a country who has a high standard and level of health and safety still lives are lost due to poor hand hygiene. what can be said of africa a nation which his level of health and saftey in his hospital is nothing to write home about.i am from africa and unfortunately people in africa are not aware of mrsa. i went through the internet and i could not find anything relating to mrsa and africa. so many people in africa do not have access to hospital facilities so they tend to treat their own wounds or injury at home. this sort of home treatment will definetly expose people to mrsa

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need mrsa answers
Posted by kydee
Last Reply June 9, 2007 at 02:19
Started June 1, 2007
My mom has mrsa and has been in the hospital but we were never told by anyone they even suspected mrsa. We only found out today by her hospice nurse. We brought her home from th hospital yesterday and now we are all possibly going to get it. Her lungs are bad with copd and she has skin lesions on her arms.
Does anyone know if it is law they have to tell you about this? They don't know the type of mrsa yet just she tested positive and who know when we will know that.
I'm very upset!!!!

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IV therapy at home
Posted by Brenda
Last Reply June 7, 2007 at 19:01
Started November 25, 2006 at 17:29
I am looking for advice on running an IV therapy of vancomyacin (I think that is how you spell it) treatment for MRSA at home. (6-8 weeks) I was wondering if Medicare or BCBS will pay for IV therapy at home. I heard yes and no. Also, want to know all things good and bad about running such therapy at home.


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best way to replace normal flora in intestines
Posted by rebecca
Last Reply June 7, 2007 at 15:49
Started June 6, 2007
Have been battling mrsa for 6 months and all the antibiotics have killed the normal flora in my intestines. thus, i am impacted and constipated all the time. this is so painful! does anyone have any suggestions to grow it back? ..............i hate laxatives :( thats almost as bad as being constipated.

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Husband with MRSA in recovery
Posted by Kisket
Last Reply June 6, 2007 at 21:29
Started June 6, 2007 at 21:29
Sorry I havn't written back is so long. Honestly, all of this scared me so much i try not to think about it. However, my husband has been off IV's for almost 3 weeks now for the second time. His wound has been healing fine and is completley healed. It just seems this infection is staying inside his body. He has no skin lessions or unuasual sores. I feel like I bug him to death, checking his head for fever, asking if his neck is hurting, but I don't know what I will do if it comes back again. They decided to discontinue his anitbiotice because all of his blood work was normal and looking good. He has an appointment with his back surgeon the 19th. However, there has been nothing heard from the ID doctor about a follow up.

I do have one other question and this may sound weird, but we have been thinking for some time about trying to have another baby, but I am scared that the baby will contract the MRSA somehow. Is it possible to spread MRSA through intercourse? I guess I should be c... read more

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New diag MRSA, allergic reaction to vancomyn
Posted by J. Weeks
Last Reply June 6, 2007 at 13:51
Started June 6, 2007 at 02:03
My 25yr old brother got bit by something(spider?) one week ago today. Right pinky finger became double its size, red and very achey. After 4 days of suffering he went to the local ED. They gave him a shot of keflex, and marked the finger to show if it's getting bigger, or spreading. That night he was up w/a lot of pain(worst night yet!). Next day went back to ED. Finger was larger and more pain. They gave another shot of keflex, cut open finger took blood and tissue(don't have those results yet), and soaked his hand. Went home w/oxy. Today pain is at its worst, went back to ED. The swelling is same. Today they tried Vancomycin. He had an allergic reaction. Switched to benadryl and a IV Anti(I can't remember the name) and sent him home. He needs to go back to ED in the am for new bag of IV Anti's. On the first day he went to the ED he was today he has MRSA. How does MRSA play a role in his healing from the bite, and is there a coralation between the allergic reaction and MRSA? Thank ... read more

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MRSA and Tattoos
Posted by Terry
Last Reply June 4, 2007 at 06:21
Started June 4, 2007 at 06:19
Has anyone else gotten MRSA from receiving a Tattoo. I got a Tattoo in Ft. Lauderdale back in March. I was treated with Bactrum (twice) and it just came back a couple of days ago. I suffer from extremely painful open sores on the tattoo and I've had to have one opened up to drain. It had healed up completely until the other day when it came back full forse. I'm really surprized at how painful it is. i'm back on the bactrum for three weeks this time.

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Can't believe this!!!
Posted by kydee
Last Reply June 4, 2007 at 03:28
Started June 4, 2007 at 02:32
This mrsa stuff is so mind blowing I contacted the drs they finally called me back and said "yes they tested her and they did not disclose becasue they did not know at the time she was discharged from th hospital> I said I should have been told that they suspected it and all people in contact should have been informed period! She said we should have been doing what we should already be doing washing our hands. Give me a me a freaking break!!! The hospital gave me the run around and I planly told them I contacted the cdc about their neglect and also an attorney and i told them my immune system is very weak and I contracted pnuemonia 4 days after her first hospital stay 4weeks ago and if they think I'm going to go away they are wrong the news papers and tv stations are next..... This is so stupid!! Oh by the way the mrsa is in her lungs!!!!!!!

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Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply June 3, 2007 at 22:15
Started May 31, 2007 at 14:42
After pouring over the MRSA boards, it has become evident to me that alternative medicine will likely have to be employed to go the distance with my HA MRSA. I called a doctor in Annapolis, MD to find out what all was entailed. I was pleased to speak with his assistant who filled me in on the details. I was convinced he was the guy to see.

We then discussed approximate costs. No insurance company will pay for it, so its out of pocket. Since I cannot work at this time, its truly a problem. The initial 2 hours consultation will be about $450. I would be expected to come back every 30 days for at least 3 months at $200 a visit. None of this includes supplements, of course.I assume that will be very pricey.

How to you people do this? My BC/BS Carefirst insurance covers most of my medical expenses thus far, but they don't support hollistic medicine. I used to make parrot toys out of my home to sell to defray my own costs of maintaining my flock of birds, but cannot so long as I'm ... read more

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A really good day
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply June 3, 2007 at 19:29
Started June 2, 2007 at 22:37
I'm not sure why I'm feeling so well today, but I am. I have energy for a change! I ran a bunch of errands, cleaned the parrot cages, pruned some bushes out by the pool and may have gotten a sunburn. Yay! It's divine! To actually sit on the pool steps with my tootsies in the water was delightful.

I think when you've been so sick for months, you can really appreciate those golden days when you feel good. I think my B12 and vitamin C may be helping me and the probiotics have definitely improved the flora in my gut. I haven't been the least bit nauseous today.

So for whatever reason, I am grateful for my really good day. I hope you have MANY, MANY good days, too.

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How many of us who have MRSA are overweight?
Posted by Carolyn
Last Reply June 2, 2007 at 18:52
Started January 20, 2007 at 19:41
I am. I see some studies on the net which indicate that being overweight is a risk factor for MRSA. Now that I am a vegetarian and eat almost no sweets and no bread whatsoever, probably the excess weight will slowly come off. Anybody else here with MRSA and extra pounds?

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MRSA / Pets
Posted by Alex
Last Reply June 2, 2007 at 16:46
Started April 1, 2006 at 15:18
Was recently diagnosed with skin MRSA and am being treated. Want to make sure we take all necessary precautions to prevent spread within the house to my spouse and children. Following advice of Dr.'s and web to prevent (wash hands, clean all surfaces, wash clothes separately, entire family use bactroban in nose, etc.)

Question, what considerations are there for our family dog? Two concerns:

1. If MRSA is on the dog, and it probably is, how do help get it off?

2. Can dog's contract like humans?


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Hope for healing
Posted by Stacy
Last Reply June 1, 2007 at 17:01
Started June 1, 2007 at 13:26
My son is just done with his MRSA problems that began in 12/04. He started running a fever at 5 yrs old that would not come down with tylenol & motrin and complained of shoulder pain. We had him seen at the pediatrician and was sent to children's hospital. they did cat scans, and many tests and finally figured out it was mrsa. the infection had invaded his bloodstream. They knew he would get worse before he got better. I watched my 43lb. son go to 69lbs filled with fluid from sepsis. he was on a ventilator and paralysed and sedated for 6 weeks and we were hospitalized for 10 weeks. he got out of the hospital the first time on his sixth birthday. while hospitalized he was on 15 iv medications at one time. he collapsed a lung and had 2 chest tubes. his organs were shutting down and he could not hold a blood pressure. we stayed by his side and lived at the hospital for 10 weeks. he had osteomyelitis (bone infection in the shoulder and the ankle. He was on 3 antibiotics that did not wor... read more

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MRSA question
Posted by Lee
Last Reply May 31, 2007 at 03:09
Started May 26, 2007 at 17:52
I'm a teacher with a student who has MRSA from drug abuse (injecting heroin). I had to take him to the hospital and stayed with him most of the day there, also visited him the next day. On first day, no precautions were taken b/c they didnt know yet that it was MRSA. They initially thought it was cellulitis. When I visited the following morning, I was instructed to wear a paper gown and gloves for my protection. What about the previous day(s) that he was in my classroom, in my vehicle, and when I took him to the emergency room? I keep reading that it is only skin contact that makes it contagious, but could anything be contracted from (not sure the proper word -- residue?) left behind in my room, vehicle, etc?

Very concerned, for the child as well as my own health at present. Thanks in advance for any answers you may have.

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MRSA alternate treatments
Posted by Shelley
Last Reply May 31, 2007
Started February 14, 2007 at 22:04
I just found this forum today and have been reading it all day. Thanks to everyone for sharing your experiences and what has helped. The herbal remedies, antibiotic info, and alkaline diet info have been very enlightening. My mom had a toe surgery in August 2006 where they took a donor bone from her hip and grafted it into her big toe on the right foot. They used internal hardware but had to remove that when her toe developed an open wound where the bone was showing. They then put an external fixator in the toe bone to hold the graft in place. That was in October 2006. The open wound would not heal. Mom was eventually diagnosed with staff infection in the bone, "osteomyolitis", and all hardware was removed. She has just recently shared the MRSA diagnosis with me. She sees an ID specialist along with her foot doctor. Has had 1 6-week round of IV antibiotics throuh a PICC line, used a wound vac for several weeks, and has just started a second round of IV antibiotics last we... read more

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