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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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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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MRSA/post nasal drip-caused pneumonia
Posted by mona
Last Reply January 16, 2007 at 03:27
Started January 13, 2007 at 01:15
I have a MRSA infection and started Vanco one week ago, but the post nasal drip continued, and three days ago I felt it in my lungs and now its worse. I think I have pneumonia, and I think I might have another bacteria besides MRSA that Vancomycin doesnt kill. Vanco doesnt kill gram negative bacteria such as pseudomonas. I dont know if my ENT will do another culture so soon, but I KNOW that its another bacteria on top of the MRSA because, otherwise, I wouldnt have gotten the pneumonia while on the vanco,if MRSA was what was in the post nasal mucus. ALso I have been telling the docs that I have a sickly sweet odor in my nostril, and I know that pseudomonas is known for that exact odor, but it didnt grow out in the culture. Is there anyone with similar thing happen?

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Posted by Ftc
Last Reply January 15, 2007 at 23:22
Started July 9, 2006 at 02:00
I am reading this forum and it's interesting to see that a few people that post on here seem to be from a particular area of the US. It would be interesting to see if this infection is worse in certain parts of the country.

Please list your location, if you like. Thank you.

Central Valley California here.

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mrsa...need answers
Posted by holly
Last Reply January 14, 2007 at 17:46
Started December 12, 2006 at 18:29
is this transmitted sexually? niece just got diagnosed with this and found out her boyfriend had it over the summer....will they pass it back and forth thru unprotected sex?...and how worried should i be about everyoneelse living in the house...that luv to share everything????

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dad has MRSA and I'm his caregiver
Posted by Tina
Last Reply January 14, 2007 at 03:02
Started May 1, 2006 at 16:29
I am scared to death, I take care of my dad 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. I get away from him one hour a month. (Literally) I have been taking care of him for 4 years. He has been through throat cancer, radiation and chemotherapy, he has had his thoracic duct accidentally cut, an allergic reaction for 11 hours without a nurse checking on him, a huge hole in his neck, his carotid artery ruptured, and now he has been in the hospital twice in one month plus three times in the ER. This last hospital stay we were told he had MSRA and he also has an air passage the size of a straw, he has had a feeding tube and a trach. I've been taking care of all this for 4 years. Suctioning the mucus out of his lungs, baths, meds., ordering supplies, ordering prescription refills, taking care of his bills, his house. And I'm scared to death that I have this MRSA and I can't go to a hospital. He won't let me leave him alone. I was told he was not going to make it through this because of his ... read more

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What is usual length of Vanco IV treatment?
Posted by Abby
Last Reply January 13, 2007 at 16:15
Started January 12, 2007 at 18:28
I had a boil removed which cultured positive for MRSA. My doctor said 5-7 days of IV therapy but the IV nurse says that is too short. I believe if I go off the Vanco and have the PICC removed too soon, MRSA will reoccur. Any advice on questions I should ask my doctor?
Thank you. Abby

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merry christmas
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply January 11, 2007 at 12:39
Started December 24, 2006 at 20:34
i would like to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year

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