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has any one tried Manuka Honey
Posted by glen
Last Reply February 23, 2007 at 21:13
Started February 23, 2007 at 07:17
Hi there from the UK,
I know this probably sounds crazy but has anyone used manuka honey??? I first heard about this product on BBC radio 4 and then did a little internet research for my partners grandma who had an ulcer that would not heal and they were suggesting an operation - not such a great idea at 85. The consultants had never heard of it as a treatment but the district nurses had used it for burns. A ulcer that had got steadily worse over 2 1/2 years healed in 3 weeks. Manuka honey impregnated dressings are an approved NHS product. I am not sure how available they are in the USA. These honey impregnated dressings are proved to

1). KILL MRSA
2). PREVENT CROSS INFECTION

If you require surgery demand these dressings to be used post operatively

These are no wild claims
Please refer to www.bio.waikato.ac.nz/honey/. Dr Peter Molan, the university and his team have dedicated 19 years to discovering all of the healing properties of this specific honey especially for infe... read more

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Our Daily Bread
Posted by Tom
Last Reply February 22, 2007 at 02:26
Started February 22, 2007 at 02:26
Many of the people on this forum have mentioned that they had to give up bread and all foods made from wheat in order to survive.

There are almost certainly many more of you... that just cannot believe that "Our Daily Bread" could be hurting them.

Please read the following list of diseases from Celiac.com which could be making you weaker and more vulnerable to things like MRSA:


A List of Diseases/Disorders Definitely Associated With Celiac Disease
(from Celiac.com)

Abdominal Distention (children)
Abdominal Pain, Steatorrhea
Anemia - Folate-Deficiency / Iron Deficieny / Pernicious
Arthralgia or Arthropathy
Arthritis - Rheumatoid
Carcinoma of the Oropharynx, Esophagus, and Small Bowel
Collagenous Sprue
Dermatitis Herpetiformis
Diabetes (Type 1) and Celiac Disease
Diarrhea
Down Syndrome
Enteropathy-Associated T-cell Lymphoma
Failure to Thrive (children)
Hypertransaminasemia
IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome
IgA Deficiency
IgA Nephropathy
Ki... read more

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Mrsa has taken my life
Posted by Trevor
Last Reply February 21, 2007 at 08:01
Started October 10, 2006 at 04:42
Hello everyone!! I pray and hope for the best for everyone suffering from this horrible disease. I Have been fighting MRSA for just over a year that I know of. But I believe it has been 6 to 7 years. I never worried because I was getting boils on my butt cheeks and understood boils. I always slouched and slid in my seat which will cause them very easily. I am now 22 and back at the end of september of 2005 I got a cyst on my neck. I managed to get rid of it but 2 weeks later it pretty much came back in the same place but split and was 2 enormous cysts. I had them lanced (which left nasty scars) and was put on antibiotics. All that did was keep it under control but I have had reoccurences every month and a half to 3 months. Multiple trips to the hospital which did no good. Mainly they did what the legally had to but no more because I had no insurance or money to pay. Basically causing my fight to be much tougher and prolonged. i have had multiple cysts on both left and right side o... read more

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please help - need info
Posted by Jessica Johnson
Last Reply February 19, 2007 at 06:43
Started September 29, 2005 at 05:15
I have been living with persistant and reoccuring boils/lesions on my skin for a couple of years now. I have no idea where I contracted them. I have been to two different doctors who just diagnosed them as simple boils caused by staph bacteria but could give me no more info. All of a sudden, I am hearing about MRSA and am becoming quite frightened. My boyfriend is type II diabetic and we sleep in the same bed every night and now he is scared. I also have other strange skin problems, bad stomach problems, and always have something wrong with my sinuses, including tons of sinus infections in the past few years. I was in the hospital in 2003 for 8 days and have continued to visit the hospital every 3 months for appointments and x rays. Could anyone help me to have more information? Could I have MRSA???? Please help!

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please answer Q-how long? current/past MRSA?
Posted by girl27
Last Reply February 19, 2007 at 03:32
Started February 18, 2007 at 18:20
Hello all, I check in and read topics on this website a few times a week, still off work so I have to find things to keep busy-I read a lot of books-anyway I am starting to wonder a few things

how many people are on this site?

how many of you went to a doctor for your mrsa(many of you seem to try to treat it yourself)

how long have you had mrsa from the first "outbreak" and how many outbreaks have you had in that time?

how long did it take to cure your first outbreak and how long were you clear before one came back again?

How many of you have an Infection Control Doctor that is working with you?

How many people have only had a mrsa outbreak once and then went on for years without one?

Has anyone else been on Tygacil (I'm starting to think I'm the only one...and it worked, I am "not infectious" anymore, surgery site healed, very very tired still.)

I know that is a lot and my mind can think of many more but I will see if anyone responds to this first. I am try... read more

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new-tygacil iv antibiotic
Posted by girl27
Last Reply February 15, 2007 at 01:17
Started February 8, 2007 at 06:01
I just found this website and am glad to see a place where i can ask some questions and read others experiences. Can anyone relate to my story? any thoughts? I had a "pimple" "spider bite" or something that turned into a solid, hot, hard mass in my abdomen in 3 days. I went to the er, was given pain medicine and a shot of antibiotics in the buttock and send home with instructions to see my family doctor if anything got worse. By the next morning i needed help to move out of bed and was in the worst pain of my life. The mass was larger. I went to my family doctor and within an hour was admitted to a different hospital. I was told i had MRSA. What? i was also told it was cellulitus and it had abcesses. I am a healthy, young woman and they were unable to say how this happened other than "it happens." I spend 10 days in the hospital on pain medication, had surgery at the "pimple site" which did reduce the pain. I was also on 4 IV antibiotics, reduced to 3, 2, then left with 1. Had a pi... read more

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new and overwhelmed
Posted by scared mommy
Last Reply February 14, 2007 at 14:46
Started February 11, 2007 at 14:18
I have been batteling mrsa since november, when I had a large "spider bite" pop up on my chest,and the culture done showed MRSA. Initial treatment with Bactrim did nothing- ended up with 8 orange sized absesses that had to be surgically removed and in hospital for a week. IV vancomyacin followed by zyvox 21 day treatment- two days after that had more absesses and a fever. Another stronger course of zyvox, and three days after that I had more. Now have a PICC line in and give myself vancomyacin twice a day. I have two small children, and now my youngest (3) has been diagnosed with mrsa. I am so terrified- and the doctors all seem to be telling us opposite info- she is on bactrim but I just noticed a walnut sized lump under her ear, not sure if that is a lymph node since farther back than the ones usually found under the chin. Also, after three days of bactrim is that a sign that the treatment isn't working and she should be put on zyvox or something stronger than bactrim? I feel so g... read more

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newbie overwhelmed
Posted by jemmy1
Last Reply February 10, 2007 at 22:15
Started February 2, 2007 at 06:01

Hi all,
`OK, New diagnois and after reading everything, I am overwhelmed. I have several questions. Oops, guess I should give you my info. Had boils in armpit, and fungal skin infection in crotch area during a 3 week respiratory bug. Keflex did do some good, but of course back in one month. Different doctor gave me keflex but did culture and then put me on bactrim with rec to go see dermatologist. It was going to be 2 weeks for that appt so due to pain, itching, and new fungal skin infection by boils, went to urgent care clinic who pulled report and said "hey, you're mrsa"
I have read and read lots, but have a few questions.

Is all of my body contagious, ie skin cells, or just the area that has the boils. Mine never break, they are very deep and just slowly shrink. Info gives impression that my every breath is spreading infection.

Do I need to disinfect constantly with the above situation like the whole house?

I have compromised immune system due to rheumatoi... read more

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results of all the bloodwork after 30 weeks on
Posted by Linda A
Last Reply February 7, 2007 at 01:24
Started February 2, 2007 at 01:13
Hello All,
Well, I posted a few weeks ago saying that I was having to undergo bloodwork to determine whether all those weeks of IV Vanc let me with metabolic problems. I have been MRSA free since 10-21-06 but I still have chronic fatigue as well as a lot of phantom aches and pains, especially in my hips, low back and legs, along with headaches much more frequently that before. I saw the Dr. yesterday. The good news is that my thyroid was in good shape, even my tsh came back with good numbers as did my Colesterol. My total was only 170 so he said he knew I was eating/dieting healthy and cutting out what needed to be. He said many people try to say that are dieting and eating right, but the cholesterol test always catches them in their lies. Anyway, the bad news is that all the IV Vanc and all the other ABS and junk I was on over those 15 months has damaged my pancreas and I am now diabetic, hense the chronic fatague, getting up 3-4 times during the night, and the overall blah fe... read more

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problems resulting from long term IV Vanc use
Posted by Linda A
Last Reply February 2, 2007 at 16:05
Started January 11, 2007 at 18:57
Hello All,
Well, many of you know my story, but for those of you who don't, in a nutshell, from 5-4-05 until 3-31-06 I had underwent 4 surgeries. 3 picc-lines and around 25 weeks of IV Vanc. Then I went infection free april, may, into mid june. Then I had to go in for a biopsy for a lump under the arm the 21st of june. By june 25th, I was septic with MRSA again at the biopsy site leaving my whole left side swelled, hot, red and very painful. I had another picc=line put in followed by 3 1/2 weeks of IV Vanc. I was released from my ID Doc the 1st of sept. and released from my surgeon mid oct. of 06. So I have been infection free since sept. I went into my primary Doc yesterday to get my annual stuff done. (Thyroid profile, blood level for anemia as I have pernacious anemia, and an ultra-sound to check lymph glands and nodes) I have had a dbl masctectomy but they did not remove the lymph glands, I have an enlarged node under the arm. They measured it and said it would have to be... read more

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mrsa side effects
Posted by Aud
Last Reply February 1, 2007 at 19:26
Started February 1, 2007 at 17:33
I was diagnosed with MRSA shortly having a c-section. After that, I also had several problems with eczema and hives, which I have never had before MRSA. My doctors do not seem to think it is related to MRSA. Has anyone had similar problems?

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AlliBiotic CF
Posted by mattb
Last Reply January 29, 2007 at 23:33
Started January 25, 2007 at 18:25
At Linda's suggestion, I'm re-posting information about a new allicin product I found for folks that are interested in using allicin at a maintenance dose strength for a reasonable price. (During an active infection, I think it's better to use higher-strength allicin products like AlliTru, AlliMax, AlliUltra or AlliMed).

It's called AlliBiotic CF, made by NOW Foods and it's widely available. I bought mine at Whole Foods for full retail at $19.95 for a bottle of 60 but it's also available over the internet from multiple sources (try Google's Froogle feature) for as little as $9.95.

Each capsule contains the following:

Allisure allicin 40 mg
Elderberry 50 mg
Olive leaf extract 50 mg
Oregano oil 40 mg
Arabinogalactan 10 mg
Rosemary oil 5 mg

At Whole Foods, it was shelved with the immune-building products, not the garlic products.

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Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by CJ
Last Reply January 29, 2007 at 20:56
Started January 29, 2007 at 18:26
I have heard great things about GSE and fighting off any bad bacteria.

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children with CA -MRSA
Posted by Chad
Last Reply January 29, 2007 at 18:17
Started January 22, 2007 at 18:27
How many parents on this website have children under the age of four affected with this and if so, how many of them were premature.

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MRSA Trouble
Posted by Randy
Last Reply January 26, 2007
Started January 22, 2007 at 20:16
I developed what I thought was an ingrown hair on the back of my left hand on Dec. 26, 2006. The next day it was a larger red spot and my hand started swelling. I called the Dr. and on 12-28, was put on Bactrim antibiotic and ointment. On 12-29, the swelling got worse. On 12-30 it was even worse so a 2nd Dr. put me on K-Flex in addition to the Bactrim, then cut into and drained the swollen area (it had developed a pus filled pocket). On 12-30 the knuckles on my hand had dissapeared due to the swelling and I developed another spot on my right wrist bone. I went to the emergency room where they admitted me and started me on Vancomycin (sp?). I was given pain medication and antibiotic twice a day from 12-30 until 1-3-07 when I was released to go home and recoup. On 1-2, the Dr. squeezed the pus filled area and a very large amount of pus came out. Boy did that hurt. I'm on Doxicyclene for 30 days hoping to further aid the healing. The swelling has gone down significantly, but the rednes... read more

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MRSA contracted during orthopedic surgery
Posted by mouse
Last Reply January 25, 2007 at 22:11
Started January 21, 2007 at 01:26
I was infected during fixation for a broken kneecap. 10 days post-op I was admitted to emergency with major swelling and drainage from the surgical site. MRSA was cultured along with a fever and a white cell count of 19,000. So far, I've spent 3 weeks hospitalized (with 4 cleanout surgeries under full anesthetic) and 5 weeks(and counting) at a rehab facility. Treatment is Vancomicin in a PICC line every 24 hours. The patella isn't healing, major joint damage, and there are 3 open areas along the incision line that are being dressed daily.

Any other surgical cases out there?

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Need Help with MRSA blood tests
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply January 25, 2007 at 03:34
Started January 2, 2007 at 17:06
Any who have had blood tests which reveled MRSA could you please check to see and let me know what the specific test was called which showed MRSA in your blood.

Has anyone had serious, ongoing, MRSA outbreaks when no MRSA was found on their blood tests?


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Our influence on government and research
Posted by Rebecca K
Last Reply January 22, 2007 at 22:25
Started January 15, 2007 at 16:42
Why are we not teaming up and going to the government, news, research labs, and making a stink about this?!?! It seems that cancer, flu vaccinations, AIDS, the bird flu virus, and the killer bee, and the mosquito scare (in california) are all headline news for several days/weeks at one time or another, and MRSA has been reviewed very few times. We are at much higher risk of receiving MRSA than any of those! Why are we doing this to ourselves? It seems that everyone has a story, that we are all trying to figure it out on our own, when I can't understand why, after 40 yrs of this disease, that researchers haven't come up w/ a better remedy for it or at least the general public is aware of it! Does anyone know who we can go to in the government and fill their office up w/ letters of horror stories, so that we can be informed and have more money spent on research?

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CA-MRSA
Posted by CJ
Last Reply January 20, 2007 at 20:28
Started January 18, 2007 at 23:41
My son just had his second surgery/lancing in 6 months of an abcess that could not killed with the bactrim. He is not even 2. This abcess would not drain on its own so once again they had to cut into and drain it. He is almost done with his packing and it is healing nicely. The bactrim now has a chance to fight off the bacteria.The concern that my kid is extremly healthyand bben to the dr like twice for ear infections. He does have eczema and my wife and I are wondering if that has something to do with why he is getting these boils so easily. We are going to see an immunolgy specialist in the next few weeks and get some blood work done next week.Is Anyone experiencing this with their child ? Has anything worked ? Any suggestions ? My boy is in pain when he get sthese and it is taking its toll.

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MRSA in Sinus
Posted by Mary
Last Reply January 19, 2007
Started January 17, 2007 at 02:29
I was just diagnosed with MRSA in my sinus in December 2006. I did not have surgery so I was told that I have Community Acquired MRSA. The day I was diagnosed I was sent to the hospital for insertion of a PIC line and started Vancomycin treatments the next day to continue daily for six weeks. I was told by my doctor that he hopes this works because it could get into my brain. I had been to my regular doctor twice last year for physicals and to the eye doctor. I was was having blurred vision and thought I might be getting diabetic. I was also having sever fatigue and every joint in my body hurt. I did not have rumatoid arthritis and I did not have diabetes and my eyes were good. I still have the blurred vision. I was also told that the MRSA was colonized and I would always have it. I am four weeks into my treatment and have been having stomach pain and headaches. I am afraid to tell my doctor because I want to get better. I should also mention that I had my colon removed in... read more

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