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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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Homeopathy
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?

Thanks,
Alex

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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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MRSA article
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply May 30, 2007 at 15:34
Started May 30, 2007 at 13:47
Hospital Study Shows Steep Rise in Antibiotic-Resistant Staph


Published: 05/29/07
TUESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Between 2000 and 2005, Chicago's Cook County Hospital system experienced a nearly sevenfold increase in the incidence of cases of antibiotic-resistant staph infections acquired in the community and not in health care facilities, a new study finds.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections do not respond to standard antibiotic treatment and can be deadly. Typically, these infections develop in patients in hospitals and other health care settings. However, in 1998, a community-associated MRSA emerged worldwide, according to background information in the study.

Risk factors for CA-MRSA include being in prison/jail; playing certain sports; intravenous drug use; overcrowded housing; tattooing; and poor hygiene.

In this study, published in the May 28 issue of the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers from Rush University Medi... read more

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Hope for MRSA cases
Posted by Stacy Ramirez
Last Reply May 29, 2007 at 21:20
Started May 29, 2007 at 17:43
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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My infant has MRSA
Posted by Kerensa
Last Reply May 29, 2007
Started July 23, 2006 at 18:01
My 3 month old son contracted MRSA his second day in the hospital. He has the infection in his mouth on his gum. my concern is, he has been on Bactrim for 12 weeks and it still won't go away. The Doctors don't seem to be that concerned but suggested he be transfered out of the area to have his gum lanced and drained (again). I am very concerned. Does anyon have any advice or has been there too?
Thanks, Kerensa.



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Battle
Posted by Sandi
Last Reply May 28, 2007 at 03:51
Started February 22, 2007 at 15:10
Just wanted to let everyone know I have partly lost my battle with MRSA. I am having to have a below the knee amputation. For the new people, I got MRSA from the hospital and an ankle surgery. I have been fighting to save my leg for four years. MRSA has won, I only hope we have been able to retain it with my ankle. I have had one outbreak on my hip. Pray for me. thanks

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MRSA Bone Pain
Posted by Lisa DeLaurentiis
Last Reply May 25, 2007 at 19:17
Started May 23, 2007 at 01:54
I have had severe bone pain in my legs and ankles for 6 months, lost 37 pounds in three weeks, very tired, irritable, swollen lymph nodes and infections. Just diagnosed with MRSA. They are giving me antibiotics but nothing for the pain. I have to self medicate. Otherwise I cannot walk. Why won't they help the pain?

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pending surgery
Posted by maddymcg
Last Reply May 24, 2007 at 19:33
Started May 21, 2007 at 23:37
Okay......I'm scared. Scheduled for rotator cuff surgery next month and I already have MRSA. The alternative is not using my arm at all. Let's see now. Arthritis, MRSA, injured rotator cuff, overweight, old age. My granddaughter nailed it on the head when she said "Nanny, I think God accidentally made a mistake with you."

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what do you think was a factor or cause of you
Posted by DJ edwards
Last Reply May 11, 2007 at 05:48
Started April 3, 2007 at 01:04
I AM INTERESTED IN LEARNING WHAT PEOPLE THINK WAS THE CAUSE OF THEIR INFECTION. WAS THERE POSSIBLY MORE THAN ONE CONTRIBUTING FACTOR.I RECENTLY HAD A FEW OUTBREAKS AND ON THE MEND. I HAVE BEEN WONDERING THE HOW AND WHY OF IT ALL. THANKS,DJ

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mrsa & Pneumonia
Posted by Rev.Lawrence Howard
Last Reply May 9, 2007 at 16:50
Started May 9, 2007 at 14:43
Im a 46 year old man and i was at a party one day and i started to feel bad so i went home and from the time i left and got home was 10 minutes so i turned on the tv and within 1 hour i was going to the hosiptal a ct scan showed pneumonia and when they checked the nasty stuff i was coughing up they told me i had MRSA.
Now they tell me not to worry my wife and child cant catch it but yet they garbed up and still to this day if i tell a doctor i was in the hoapital with MRSA they will stop and grap up too! Whats the true story?i live in york,co PA and they told me Im the 1st case that they have seen with MRSA in the lung outside of nurseing homes( LUCKY ME) did my health have anything to do with catching this as im disabled with 15 ruptured disc's,dibetic,high B.P. and so on.Im lost and to this day Im still coughing this stuff up anywere from 1-4 times a day.I was hospitalized for 5 days and sent home with pills for 4 more days,but like i said before im not sure whats going on and im... read more

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How Hospitals Can Get Cleaner
Posted by Arrow
Last Reply May 9, 2007 at 13:25
Started May 8, 2007 at 19:39

I tell you, I have worked in some very filthy hospitals, hospitals considered good in our community. Our state does not require any reporting of MRSA to the health department. Yet on any given day 50 percent of my patient load had either MRSA, VRE or resistent pneumonias of various sorts. I have seen more people die from MRSA or its treatment than I care to think of.

There is an answer for decontamination of hospitals yet it is not being done. I am posting this information that I looked into for a hospital under construction in Oregon. I don't know if they have chosed to use these products or not as of yet. My husband is an architect on the project.

I am hoping some of you guys will find ways to put this information into the hands of your local hospital and health departments. It could end up saving your life or someone you care about.

I do think that the use of such equipment as I have noted below should be in every hospital and mandated by law.

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Fighting this for 4 months
Posted by Explodo
Last Reply May 8, 2007 at 14:37
Started May 7, 2007 at 19:11
Initialy went to the Doc with what looked like a ingrown hair on the inside of my left knee...they treated it with Doxy and prescribed a pain med. Went back 4 days later when the spot doubled in size and got somewhat soft. The Urgent care doc lanced the "biol" and took a sample for teting...then changed my meds to Keflex. 5 days later it grew to the size of a half dollar...started weeping...and started swell up the leg. Lymph nodes in my scrotal area swelled to the size of golfballs...Hurt so much I almost passed out when they were examined.

Was eventualy admited to the hospital and treated with Vancomycin...Seemed to bring it somewhat under control. Although, they treated me like I was some kind of freak of nature...everyone who came in had to be gowned and gloved...including the face spash guard. (Rather unnerving)

They sent me home 2 days later...with a prescription of Bactrim (800mg) 3 times a day for a month...then 2 times a day for a month...then 1 time a day for a mont... read more

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