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Update on my hip surgery
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply August 3, 2007 at 13:48
Started July 21, 2007 at 16:23
On July 12, I had to have my hip replacement pulled and a spacer inserted in the bone. It was severely infected and full of puss.

I have been home since Monday, and I'm doing very well. I can walk with a walker,unassisted, and with the exception of actually carrying anything, can pretty much move independently. In fact, today my husband will pack up the wheelchair and we're off to Annapolis for lunch.

I am taking narcotics when I exercise and just before I go to sleep. Still I take fewer every day as I'm getting stronger.

I will see the surgeon on Thursday to have my staples removed. I have never seen so many. The incision line is about 8.5 inches long and it must have 200 staples. I know that's gonna hurt!

I have had no fever or chills. I think that the IV meds and the oral antibiotics have things pretty much under control.

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MRSA Treatment
Posted by Magnum
Last Reply August 3, 2007 at 12:48
Started June 19, 2007 at 02:42
Well, after all I've mentioned in my past and quite long account of my MRSA situation, as of this present day, I have a sense of regaining my breathing and other functions a bit. However, let's not break out the wine bottle just yet. I have also experienced bouts of the aforementioned illnesses sporadically, and I can't readily say I'm fully 'out of the water' just yet (by far).

Nonetheless, I'd like to mention what I believe, as an Associate in Science, and common sense minded individual, what may have helped me achieve recovery (or at least partial/ongoing recovery), as to possibly help my fellow brothers and sisters out there, suffering with this dreadful illness too.

In one all mighty word to sum it up: SUPPLEMENTS.

Which supplements? That is the question I'll try to address.
As mentioned, not being a DR, or that of one knowing your particular medical situation, it is proper to seek such professional advice before experimenting with anything that could possibly produ... read more

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Recent contraction
Posted by Tina-Illinois
Last Reply August 1, 2007 at 01:04
Started August 10, 2006 at 21:26
I was recently diagnosed with CA-MRSA. I have been on an emotional roller coaster since. I am as up and bubbly as I am down and crying. Not sure if this is just the results of dealing with the MRSA or if it is the levoquin I am on.
My family understands and being in the medical field for 20 years, I use extra precautions to keep the infection from spreading. I quit working in the field around a year and a half ago. So that is why the doctor said it is Community aquired. I know I have staph colonies, as I was exposed to it so much working as a CNA. I would like to know what others are doing to deal with the emotional roller coaster.

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Posted by Rebecca
Last Reply July 31, 2007 at 09:17
Started July 30, 2007 at 22:15
Thank You all so much, and I am so sorry to read of your encounters with this horrible infection. I can only thank god that for now my husband is ok, and that his prognosis is good. Right now we are still on the 32 day waiting period. They tell us we have to wait for 32 days after his treatment ended, to see if he is going to break out again or not, and I pray to god that he does not. It was hard nursing him the 1st time, not only on him, but on myself and our 4 children as well.
It's still really odd to us, my husband has never been a "sick" person, never had health problems till this, and whats worse he contacted it from an apparent bug bite, or thats what they told us.
I will keep each and everyone of you in my prayers, for I know how this is. All I can do is pray.
They have told me my husband will not return to work, have any of you had to experince that? And if so why wont they let him go back? They have given us no clear answers to that even tho we have both asked numerous ... read more

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Posted by ed p
Last Reply July 29, 2007 at 14:20
Started June 26, 2007 at 03:03
was recently diag. w/camsra.
went to the docs on mon. 6/20 w/swollen right wrist.
antibiotics didn't help.
got worse by wed. 6/22 and was sent to hosp. er and was admitted.
on thurs. site was lanced and drained.
daily whirlpool treatments were added.
did two or three days of iv vanco and am now on zyvox tabs.
today,6/25 mon., I am home.
is there any chance that i'll beat this thing ?

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I have no idea how I got MRSA
Posted by Nikole
Last Reply July 27, 2007
Started July 27, 2007
I am a happily married, healthy 23 year old female, I went to the hospital for a spider bite and was shocked to learn that I had MRSA. The only thing I had ever heard about MRSA was terrible and I heard it whe I used to be a Corrections Officer at a Prison. I am really scared, I have only heard bad things like dying from MRSA, and getting breakouts of it all the time. The Doctors told me I caught it very quickly, I had it lanced and drained and am currently on Bactrin 2x daily for 10 days. The stigma that is attached to MRSA just is not true. I am not a dirty person, nor is my house, I've never used drugs and I have never been hospitalized prior to this infection. I am scared that I will spread it to others and to myself. I know all about washing my hands and all the other stuff. But, will I always have it? Can you get it from blood? How often will these "boils," come back? Anyone who is going through this please respond. This is making me very worried, it's starting to beco... read more

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So confused....
Posted by feeling alone
Last Reply July 27, 2007
Started January 20, 2007 at 04:26
This week I tested postive for MRSA. Which I had never heard of before until about a week ago. I had gotten three differnet boils in my left arm pit. They just lanced them open gave me some antibiotics and sent me on my way. My little Cousin who I just visited came up with one under her arm she was tested and came back positive. That is what mae me go to a new Doctor for advice. They tested me and sure enough I have it and I am thinking that I gave it to her. With the three that I had before I was on about three weeks of antibiotics. None past that. The Doctors office told me if I get a cut or a open wound or a cold runny nose anything that I am to call them. I am confused on what this does to my body Do I have it forever. And should I expect more boils to come? I have so many questions and not really anyone around here understands this....
Please help me to understand.

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How long is MSRA contagious on a person?
Posted by Cara
Last Reply July 26, 2007 at 21:32
Started July 25, 2007 at 02:54
I had said, about 3 mos ago, on my face, and turned orbital (in sinus), then a 2 weeks later got another. Now my 2 yr old got a place on her bum. It got a lot worse, we had to take her back to the ER to have her sedated and the place drained. HOW LONG ARE YOU CONSIDERED TO BE CONTAGIOUS? Her wound is completely healed. Please respond ASAP!!!!!!!

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Clindamycin-susceptibel MRSA
Posted by Jessica
Last Reply July 24, 2007 at 14:43
Started July 23, 2007 at 02:13
I am currently being treated for "spider-bite" type symptoms of MRSA with clindamycin. They did do the extended testing to make sure that my strain would not develop a resistance to clindamycin, and they are convinced that it will not. My question is, does that mean that I am now "cured"? Or am I colonized? What about my family members?

Thank you for your advice.

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i have a few questions if anyone can help?
Posted by Becca
Last Reply July 18, 2007 at 07:25
Started June 22, 2007 at 11:35
yeah i just posted and forgot to add some of my questions, like what can i do (besides taking my medicine) myself to control/stop the spread of these sores across my body. im doing something very wrong i think because i keep spreading it to myself!

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Posted by TAS
Last Reply July 13, 2007 at 04:06
Started January 2, 2007 at 21:59
We are having a difficult time with impetigo form of staph in our families... it has spread to many relatives and friends. So far, we have been given vancomyicin (IV), and Bactrim, along with Bactroban ointment for sores and our noses. For some reason though, a few people who we know we had contact with, so would guess they have the same strain we do, are being prescribed Keflex, but they continue to get outbreaks. Does anyone know if Keflex usually works and if not, why we would be prescribed other drugs and not Keflex?

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I'm a scared Mom...
Posted by daygroomer
Last Reply July 12, 2007 at 14:41
Started July 12, 2007
My teenage daughter was diagnosed with MRSA. I had never heard of it, but they told us it would go away. It was so painful for her they had to cut it open and drain it and pack it with gauze. It was horrible to watch my daughter go through this. they told me with the antibiotics it would go away. Now it's back literally overnight. She woke up this morning with painful marble size hard lumps in her groin and armpit and on her butt. We had sanitized everything. It was about two months ago that she had the first outbreak. She has never been in a hospital, doesn't play sports. It is a complete mystery how she contacted this. Now they are saying she'll never get rid of this. How is that possible? What about having Kids? Her boyfriend went to the Dr. today too and discovered he had one also. Is she just destined to be a typhoid Mary? She's 17 years old. Is she going to die from this? She is so scared she wants to wash with bleach!! They told her not to touch her face so she won't get one ... read more

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Sore, slightly numb skin nowhere near wound?
Posted by Sal
Last Reply July 12, 2007 at 01:12
Started July 10, 2007 at 21:54
I have a MRSA wound on my left calf that was surgically cleaned 2 weeks ago and seems to be healing ok, I am packing it with wet/dry bandages twice a day. On my upper right thigh there's a 4-5 inch square inch area of sore, slightly burnt feeling skin with no lesions (feels like your stomach after belly flopping into a pool). I told the doctor a week ago and she had no clue what I meant, it's still there now. Anyone else felt this? Any ideas?

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MRSA Prevention?
Posted by A worried mother
Last Reply July 11, 2007 at 18:53
Started July 10, 2007 at 02:27

I am hoping that some of you would be able to give me some advice. I have been reading more and more articles about how MRSA is quickly developing into an epidemic in this country. As a victim of a minor "garden-variety" staph infection in my nose, I have been doing research on staph and of course have been encountering innumerable stories about people suffering with MRSA.

As a mother of two young children, I am very distressed. I realize that there is no way to eradicate the risk of them encountering MRSA, but are there any steps I can take to reduce their risk of contracting it? Would it be prudent for me to proactively start them on some sort of immune system booster? I would appreciate any advice.

If I am overreacting (as I have been known to do ;) ), please feel free to let me know. But I am hoping that, by getting the word out to people that I know and being able to spread information about how to minimize the risks of contracting MRSA, I can do my s... read more

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Psuedonoma. aeruginosa
Posted by kenny m
Last Reply July 9, 2007 at 16:04
Started June 28, 2007 at 20:30
i have just been told i have this disease.i am wondering if there is anyone that can help me find out about this disease.if so please reply to me at
what i would like to know is: this thing curable. it contagiuos(sp?).
c.just how risky is it?
d.are there any support groups or anything of that nature?

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Sun & MRSA? Pool, etc.?
Posted by Rosemary
Last Reply July 8, 2007 at 19:56
Started April 24, 2007
how does the sun affect MRSA? Does it cause flareups? will i need 2 stay out of pool @ my best friends house if i have a breakout/spot?

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MRSA runs rampant in our hospitals
Posted by Sharon
Last Reply July 7, 2007 at 02:51
Started July 5, 2007 at 20:44
I am writing this the make people aware of the dangers of MRSA when electing to have sugery in a hospital. Most hospitals are not required to report MRSA unless there is an outbreak....meaning numerous cases in a small period...When you sign that form that says infection at the bottom don't fool yourself thinking you may get an infection that can be cured by normal antibiotics. These forms are never fully explained and never once will you hear a hospital or doctor tell you that you may contract a superbug that has a good chance of killing you or there actually there is no cure for. It can return even after it quits growing. Hospitals are for profit organizations that are looking at the bottom line. If a few patients die then so be it. The #1 cause of death in the ICU is staph infection. That is pretty sad. Hospital staff are not policed and usually don't take the time to wash their hands as they should. Majority of them are probably already colonized with MRSA in their nasa... read more

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Time Frame for Cure
Posted by Arrow
Last Reply July 5, 2007 at 16:01
Started July 3, 2007 at 15:31
I know someone who had MRSA boils, both a father and his 3 year old son who caught it from his dad.

They have been infection free for a year now. They used conventional antibiotic treatment.

Do you think they are out of the woods, or are they still at risk? How long do they have to be infection free to be considered truely cured? They have not done the nasal swab test x3, I think they should.

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update on chronic laryngitis/hoarseness proble
Posted by LindaA
Last Reply July 1, 2007 at 04:28
Started May 4, 2007 at 01:56
Hi Guys
After suffering for over 6 months with chronic laryngitis, I finally have a diagnosis to the problem. I saw an Ear Nose and throat specialist who ordered a ct scan of my sinuses, as well as covering my throat and nerves into the upper chest. Then he checked my vocal chords. What he found was a condition called larynpharyngeal reflux. It is basically acid reflux that only affects the back part of the vocal chords causing severe inflammation and swelling causing the laryngitis. This is treatable with prolosec and zantac and will take at least a month for my vocal chords to heal. What was interesting was what he said when I asked him if my battle with blood stream MRSA and all the Vanc I was given could have caused this(30 weeks of IV Vanc twice daily over a 52 week period) He said that personally, he thought it probably played a huge part in it as the Vanc is such a caustic drug and literally ruins your veins, that it would make sense that it can cause things like acid re... read more

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Yogurt drink fights off C. difficile
Posted by Luna
Last Reply July 1, 2007 at 04:13
Started July 1, 2007 at 01:29
Yogurt drink fights off C. difficile

June 29, 2007 at 1:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON A yogurt drink containing "good" bacteria helped patients avoid the diarrhea caused by antibiotics, British researchers reported on Friday.

People who drank Actimel, made by sponsoring French food group Danone, were able to leave the hospital sooner, the researchers said in the British Medical Journal.

None of the patients given Actimel developed diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile, compared with 17 percent of people who drank a similar-looking milkshake, they found.

One in every 250 hospital deaths involves C. difficile as a contributory or main factor, the researchers said. This particular bacteria is often resistant to antibiotic treatment and can make patients seriously ill.

Between 5 per cent and 25 per cent of patients treated with antibiotics develop diarrhea, in part because the drugs kill some of the bacteria normally resident in the intestines.

Many doctors recommend ea... read more

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