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Spider Bite or MRSA
Posted by Linda
Last Reply December 7, 2006 at 16:24
Started September 14, 2006 at 03:36
Many people are being told by their physicians that they have a spider bite, a boil, celluliltis, fascititis, etc... when they actually have community acquired mrsa infections (or worse, it could be vancomicin resistant). Greed by doctors and hospitals (because they have tried to cover up this problem for so long) are the reason this plague is upon us. It seems that natural treatment in the form of garlic, unpasturised honey, etc. may be the only effective treatment. Something needs to be done immediately are this is going to get much worse. God help us all.

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Preliminarily diagnosed today
Posted by Rob S.
Last Reply December 5, 2006 at 19:23
Started October 19, 2006 at 19:42
I am a 24 year old healthy male who exercises on a daily basis and eats healthy. I have not been in a hospital for over 10 years. I was diagnosed with MRSA today. Here’s my story.

On Thursday 10/12/06 I noticed little pimple like bumps on my legs and in my pubic region, not a big deal.

On Saturday 10/14/06 the little pimples graduated to larger pimples with a swollen red ring around them about 1/3 of an inch across.

On Sunday 10/15/06 the large pimples turned into small boils with a red swollen ring about 1 inch across accompanied by pain.

On Monday 10/16/06 the small boils turned into large painful boils, the swollen ring about 1 1/2 inches across. When I pressed on my skin near the infections it felt firm. Including the firm skin and the visible red swollen area they measured about 2 1/2 inches across.

On Tuesday 10/17/06 after working and sweating all day I decided to go to the ER. At this point I had 4 boils that were about the size of a golf ball if you cut... read more

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Infant MRSA-Help!
Posted by Kathy Griffan
Last Reply December 3, 2006
Started December 1, 2006 at 02:06
I found you with Google- this is the best site so far without all the confusing technical jargon- I want to speak to REAL PEOPLE with REAL SOLUTIONS & SUGGESTION! Infant just turned 8 months old-was running high fever even when staggering Tylenol/Ibruprophen every 4 hours-took to Emergency room- knew something was wrong-ER physician finally came in & promptly gave a 'speech' on why he does not believe in antibiotics for a fever & he does not even own a thermometer in his home with 5 kids- I never even had a chance to say anything- I never even mentioned antibiotics-I just knew something was terribly wrong- he said to just let the fever do its thing & stagger meds every 2 hours if the fever made ME uncomfortable-but they baby should handle it. The nurse then came in & said it was just teething. When we were leaving I noticed something like a scratched bump on her neck. I asked if they gave her a shot or something. They said no- I said it looked like a bite? Was there anything in the ... read more

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Supplement Types
Posted by SJ
Last Reply December 2, 2006 at 01:34
Started December 1, 2006 at 22:00
I am on my third round of this nasty mrsa outbreak and am sitting here with my butt boil packed and bandaged (gross). Thankfully I have found this board and am becoming educated. I am starting to take the supplements recommended here and have a general question. I plan to take vitamin c, zinc, garlic, and grape seed extract. Is there a certain type or brand I should shop for? Is there any real difference between the store "generic" brand versus the big name suppliers? I've never been a real supplement person so any shove in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.

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disinfecting a CPAP mask?
Posted by wendy
Last Reply December 1, 2006 at 15:17
Started December 1, 2006 at 03:59
Hi, new here. My husband and I are battling MRSA and were just prescribed nasal antiobiotics. However, I use a CPAP and am concerned that my mask will just reinfect me. Does anyone know anything about disinfecting a CPAP mask? I use an Adam circuit with nasal pillows, for anyone who knows what that is. :-)

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BF thinks MRSA a joke
Posted by kitkat
Last Reply December 1, 2006 at 04:02
Started July 28, 2006 at 07:16
My boyfriend thinks this MRSA thing is a total joke. I have so many boils on my leg and I am terrified and freaking out every minute of the day and night and the antibiotics are not really working and he is like, what are you complaining about, you just have a couple of pimples on your leg, its not a big deal. I am so totally alone, I don't think I am going to make it.

Last night when I tried for like the 100th time to explain the seriousness of the situation, and about how I wanted to take precautions to make sure he doesn't get it, he said if it is that bad, I should move out. I tried to change the sheets so that he would not get infected and I would not get reinfected and he totally freaked out and said that I am being obsessive and he can't take it.

I strongly suspect that his stupid roommate is the carrier, so its not even my fault. This guy has had 10 spider bites in the last year and no one has ever cultured them. I just don't think it is possible to get that m... read more

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Does it last forever?
Posted by Tavia
Last Reply November 30, 2006 at 05:15
Started November 10, 2005 at 03:26
Hello, a very dear friend of mine was recently hospitalized for "a septic knee" that was infected with MRSA. He works in a knitting mill and had hit his knee on a part of a machine that contained the knitting needles and although he doesn't remember actually puncturing the skin and was unable to find any puncture wounds, two days later his knee and nearly all of his lower leg were red, warm, swollen and very tender to touch. He had surgery to drain the wound and then was placed on IV antibiotics for a few days while remaining in the hospital, after which he was discharged and given the "all clear." Almost a month later he woke up after no apparent injury at all and his other knee looked the same as the first when it became infected and he was practically unable to walk. He was brought to the hospital for emergency surgery to again open the knee and drain out the infection, he was sent home a second time on oral antibiotics and has had problems since. Being a nurse myself, I do what ... read more

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MRSA Staph epidermidis in bones? help! Quest
Posted by Faith
Last Reply November 29, 2006 at 01:55
Started November 28, 2006
I have been reading this message board for a few months now and I have soo many questions.
My fiance was diagnosed with MRSA in September 20006. He injured himself at work on a grinder and had a small cut on his hand. He did not get it stitched or looked at and a week and a half later had a horrible infection. He has had three surgeries, two debridment surgeries and one to close his hand. Since October 26th when his hand was closed it has continued to drain. His doc was aspirating the draining and blood with a needle three times a week. Last week his doctor put a small drain tube into it, the nxt day (Thanksgiving :() he was in severe pain nd had severe swelling yet again. They admitted him to the hospital and he is still there now. His doctor said that some of the culteres that came back today are showing Staphylococcus epidermidis and co-eg negative?
In the past the MRI's havn't shown anything but he is still in severe pain and doesn't seem to be getting bet... read more

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my fiance and I need some hope
Posted by silicia
Last Reply November 28, 2006 at 14:14
Started November 27, 2006 at 18:07
First off, thank God for all of you sharing your knowledge (of course I think we all could have gone our whole lives without ever knowing this much). I came across this message board a couple of days ago doing research on behalf of my fiance. He's been battling this demon for 11 months and taken over 500 antibiotics and his DR seems oblivious that he could be suffering as much as he has. The MRSA attacked his face, around his mouth, and it seems to come in these waves, more like a tsunami because each wave is bigger and takes more of him with it. Unfortunately for us, each time we've been to see his DR, it's going through a "dry spell". There weren't even tests run until a month ago because we begged for them. Obviously the meds aren't working, and he's now aquired RA in his feet and can barely walk. We need a ray of hope, I read in here that tea tree oil is helpful. Does anyone have a sure fire natural solution?

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Finally Got It
Posted by R Bryant
Last Reply November 27, 2006 at 16:54
Started November 22, 2006 at 02:39
I was treated for a boil today on my groin that is most likely MRSA. A few days ago I noticed a small red pimple, by yesterday it had grown to the size of a dime with a pus filled center. Fortunately I work in a hospital OR and was able to have a surgeon I&D the boil and put me on Bactrim. I'm actually not surprised I contracted MRSA. Our OR treats alot of Hospital acquired MRSA as well as community acquired. In fact, I'm quite sure if you swabbed every nose among the OR staff they would come back positive for MRSA colonization. I think the public needs more awareness of this superbug which is no longer limited to sick, long term hospitalized patients. People would be alarmed at the amount of normal, healthy young adults that come into our OR for I&D's and debridement.

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Posted by Kate
Last Reply November 21, 2006 at 18:39
Started November 12, 2006 at 07:29
Has anyone had problems with their hair falling out after treatment? After my 8th MRSA session cleared up I noticed it. I spoke to my doctor thinking I had some other medical problem or too much stress and she immediately told me I had to go speak to the dermatologist and maybe the I.D. doc again. It is coming out in clumps.

I'm getting tired of seeing doctors.

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MRSA in bones
Posted by Elizabeth Hoffman
Last Reply November 19, 2006 at 09:10
Started November 18, 2006 at 01:55
I contracted MRSA from A dental implant. It is now in my mandible (lower jaw Bone), I also continue to have skin lesions, on my face and breast. No doctor seems to want to help. I've finished IV vanco, still have skin lesions. I've been to Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic and Pittsburgh. Please help if you know of a doctor who treats this disease seriously.

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Last Reply November 16, 2006 at 18:44
Started November 2, 2006 at 02:36
Why is there such resistance within the medical community of the USA to accept accountability for there errors?
My attorney is failing me because of the costs of proving my case.
On top of that there is no accountability to errors made by doctor's, nurses, administrator's.
I went to the ER,with what as I have read so many times a spider bite that hurt like hell.
I was told it was a boil.
Why at that very moment did the doctor not know that I needed a culture?
Ended up with more spider bites, boils, all infected with MRSA. Septic and almost dead I was finally admitted to the hopital for 13 days, attached to an IV pump.
Scared....Where are the greedy attroneys of the world? W... read more

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possibility of mrsa recurrence?
Posted by jack
Last Reply November 15, 2006 at 15:05
Started November 25, 2005 at 03:52
My wife got bit by a spider on her thigh in 2003. She went to ER and they drained the venom, sent her home with an anti-venom. A couple of days later, she had a 3 more sores that popped up that resembled the original bite. She went to doctor and they gave her antibiotic. It became worse over next week, so we took her to another doctor and he suggested an outpatient surgery to drain the fluid out.
When they operated, they found a more serious infection then they anticipated and admitted her into the hospital for a week. She was given different antibiotics and drained
and packed her incision with gauze. About the 3rd day, The nurse came in and discontinued her antibiotic iv. She inserted a new iv and they gave her Vancomycin. I asked why were they changing the medicine, she said it wasn't killing the infection. I became concerned and went home that night and looked up vancomycin. I read many articles about people being treated for MRSA with vancomycin. The next morning I confro... read more

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Why all of the antibiotics?
Posted by Elizabeth
Last Reply November 14, 2006 at 14:22
Started November 13, 2006 at 22:51
I have had 4 mrsa breakouts in the last year, 3 of those have been in the last 6 months. They say that there is no cure for mrsa. That they can only treat the symptoms, so why all of the antibiotics? Can it be cured if not why do they keep antibiotics that do not cure it? Can all of these antibiotics be healthy for me?

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Painful lump on head after MRSA
Posted by L.W.
Last Reply November 12, 2006 at 20:18
Started September 7, 2006 at 18:08
Hello all.
I'm recovering from CA MRSA with a wound on my leg. I've been on a Bactrim/Avelox combo for a week and had one round of Rosephin (sp?) thru an IV.

I'm feeling much better, but I've noticed that last night and today I have 2 painful lumps on the back of my head behind my ears. It's giving me a headache and the right side of my head is much worse than the left. I'm wondering if anyone has any insight to this? It's almost hard to keep my head up since it's painful. I can't see it as being an infection since I'm already on antibiotics.

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.

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MRSA in Bones
Posted by Nancy
Last Reply November 12, 2006 at 08:47
Started February 25, 2006 at 01:12
I was diagnosed with MRSA in September 2005. It was caused by foot surgery in September 2005. I had 4 D & I surgeries on the foot. The doctors were not able to get the MRSA under control.

A new test showed that the MRSA had now gone into the bone causing osteomyelitis. The surgeon went into the heel bone and drilled out the center of the bone anddrained all the MRSA infection.

I was sent home with a open hole in the foot. I treated the site myself for 6 weeks. During this time I was also treated with IV Daptomycin for 6 weeks.

Late in January, I began getting swelling and pain in the area. The surgeon was following me to make sure that it did not get critical. I called the surgeon on the 23rd of February because the site of the wound was draining liquid.

He is sure the MRSA has returned. He said on the phone, "We both know the infection is back. I'm sure that we have dead parts of the heel bone again." I have to agree with him. I take neurontin and naprosin e... read more

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Posted by ladyk
Last Reply November 11, 2006 at 23:56
Started November 10, 2006 at 17:46
Dearest Rob

Thank-you. These two little words hardly seem capable of expressing the depth of thanks and gratitude your gift truly is. In setting up these forums you have provided a beacon of light and support for others in this battle on the front where we sadly all carry scars from the same enemy. MRSA

You are a hero to me.

I only know a bit of your story, and will say from out of the darkness you shine. Without a doubt having a place to come and learn, ask questions, vent, and support others with MRSA has saved me during one of the hardest falls of my life.

Sometimes people like yourself can to be over looked. I wanted to personally Thank -you and let you know we are tremendously grateful for all you do providing this place to come when we need it most. You are helping us all to tell our story to the world, and perhaps one day because of this, others may not have to suffer as we have.

Thank you so much Rob

Be well

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Mrsa scar
Posted by Chrissye
Last Reply November 10, 2006 at 23:28
Started November 6, 2006 at 18:13
I have a Mrsa scar on my left leg now I have the right and left side of the scar with little bumps over it . Can those little bumps lead to the infection all over again. I am scared to have it again especially right before the holidays. If you know anything you can email me at

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2 yr old daughter w/MRSA
Posted by Lindsey Mann
Last Reply November 7, 2006 at 15:34
Started November 4, 2006
My daughter had a series of bumps on the right side of her bum that I assumed was diaper rash since she was potty training and in and out of diapers. One of the bumps just below her diaper turned into a boil so I took her to in. They said she had a staph infection and put her on bactrim. She went back to her doc on mon and they tried but could not get a culture. It drained some that night but by wed was worse on thurs she went into the hospital for iv antibiotics on sun the got a culture and by mon we new it was mrsa. They did surgery on her leg to remove the infevtion so now she has open wounds that have to be packed. When they figured out what strain of MRSA it was my ped. called infectious disease at primary childrens hospital in los angelas and they put her on the correct oral antibiotic. She is doing much better but I am terrified that this will happen again. I want to do anything I can to prevent this. It was such a terrible experience for our family and I don't think ju... read more

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