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Posted by Vickie
Last Reply August 10, 2006 at 21:33
Started March 21, 2006 at 15:17
I've just been diagnosed with MRSA. My son and his wife have a newborn baby and they are very worried about having me around her. I haven't seen her for at least 3 weeks. Am I a danger to her? How do others cope with carrying MRSA and being around other people. Does anyone deal with depression? I have been so depressed I just want to cry all the time.

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Posted by Warwick
Last Reply August 8, 2006 at 11:04
Started August 5, 2006 at 13:34
I believe that Active UMF manuka honey from New Zealnd or similar will cure MRSA better than any other treatment. Another advantage with using it is that the dressings will not stick to the wound which also aids in healing. I have heard of some remarkable successes on other infections too. What have you got to lose as you can use it in conjunction with "normal" treatments anyway.! Good worked for me as it has with sinus infections also.

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Posted by trish
Last Reply August 4, 2006 at 18:23
Started August 4, 2006 at 03:16
thank you all for your amazing replies, i am beside my self right now.
I came to this forum not really for myself but rather because I own a group care facility that is for developmentally delayed children. I have a kiddo that came to stay for a week and while he was there he became sick.
I noticed what looked like a bug bite on his legg, i called his doc adn made an appoinment. I then called his caseworker and whenI told her that he was going in she good take him oh and tell the doc he used to have MRSA.
I said MRSA okay( not knowing what it was).
The next dayI took him in and the doc walked over the the kiddo I was taking care of and the then said " yep thats MRSA" I asked what it was MRSA and ten he said " oh its a contagous staph" "don't worry just have him wear jeans he'll be fine."
Although we use universal precautions, i was not prepared for what I read for what I have heard. I am agnry that not only was I not told about this before he come but that his other provider wh... read more

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progress report #2
Posted by mattb
Last Reply August 3, 2006 at 22:55
Started August 3, 2006 at 17:50
I just finished up a 34-day regime on Bactrim and Clindamycin. I went for a follow-up visit to my doctor yesterday, expecting her to stop the anti-biotics at this point since I'm healing up pretty well. The outer layer of my former abscess is closing up more and more but there is still a small opening showing the new pink tissue underneath. Until it closes up completely, I suppose I can't call this episode "resolved".

At any rate, my doctor surprised me by saying she would like me to do 2 more weeks on a half-dose of Clindamycin (2 per day instead of 4 per day). I'm done with the Bactrim. When I asked her why, she told me that "sometimes when you stop the anti-biotics, symptoms can re-appear about 2 weeks later" so she's prescribing 2 more weeks of half-dose Clindamycin "just to be sure". She's also prescribed Phisohex to wash with every other day.

I've been tempted all along (but have refrained) in asking her how much experience she's had dealing with MRSA patients, b... read more

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Contracting VRE MRSA Question
Posted by Suzy
Last Reply August 3, 2006 at 22:49
Started August 2, 2006 at 19:25
I recently was in an elevator with an VRE MRSA patient who was lying on his bed, being transported from one floor to another. Because of the closed quarters of the elevator, whe I had to get out on my floor,my clothes brushed against his urine bag, is there any chance I could contract the bacteria this way?

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longlasting effects?
Posted by Native
Last Reply August 3, 2006 at 14:08
Started July 19, 2006 at 15:20
I keep reading about this going dormant, and coming back? and the immune system forever weak becuz of MRSA? I just got over it and white blood count is back to normal. This can all come back on me later? I do know Im anemic right now becuz of the multiple surgeries in a row. Is there more to come and what should I expect? I had Coagulase Negative Staph abdominally after a surgery. Im not even sure whaT ANTIBIOTIC THEY HAD ME ON IN THE HOPITOL i KNOW THEY SENT ME HOME W/ bACTRIM.

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Posted by Frustrated
Last Reply August 2, 2006 at 21:10
Started August 2, 2006 at 21:10
OKAY! CALL ME NUTS.... an irresponsible error, a faulty part, suggestive harassment, a mistreated pet, coffee too hot, on and on and on... if a used car dealer conducted themselves like the medical community has with MRSA, theyíd be held accountable for substandard work practices assuredly with legalities to follow.
Iím sick and tired of being a sheep in the MRSA flock!

IF, my car is misdiagnosed and/or mistreated I have recourse. If my pet is misdiagnosed and/or mistreated I have recourse. If my neighbor makes a faulty step causing even the slightest damage I have recourse and they are held accountable. If an irresponsible worker leaves a hindrance in my way and I succumb and am victimized by it, damn sure someone will be held accountable. If someone falls on my property due to a fault I have not foreseen, damn sure I will be accountable. The minutia of our laws~~~ hmmm... laws are created by standards set in place to protect us from blatantly unjust practices in our s... read more

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Posted by Chase
Last Reply August 2, 2006 at 16:22
Started August 1, 2006 at 07:57
Hello everyone. My name is Chase and I am a 23-year-old recent college graduate. I first learned of MRSA in March 2006 when I had a "boil" in the crease between my leg and my groin. After lancing it twice in the doctors office, a shot and a take home antibiotic (not to mention my leg swelling twice its normal size from cellulitus) I was admitted to the hospital. I did five days of Vanco and numerous oral drugs. When I left I thougth it was over. That was the beginning for me. Since then I have spent time on Rephampin and numerous -cycline family antibiotics.
Three weeks ago I moved five hours away from home in what I thought was good health. After catching what I thought was poison ivy and treated over the counter, and a trip to Urgent Care (which is a joke) my primary care physician back home sent me to an infectious disease specialist in Dallas, TX. He immediatly re-diagnosed me with combination MRSA and Impetigo (another form of staph). I am living in constant fear f... read more

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Posted by sandi
Last Reply July 31, 2006 at 18:02
Started July 28, 2006 at 04:40
The consumers union is hunting people to post their stories on their real people page. If any of you are interested, please leave your email address and I will pass it along. I hope by letting them publish my story it may help get legislation passed to make hospitals responsible for their actions. Sandi

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Posted by soniek
Last Reply July 31, 2006 at 02:11
Started July 29, 2006 at 06:12
just wondering if anyone has heard from linda??ive not seen her post lately and was worried...

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Phisohex and essential oils
Posted by germphobe
Last Reply July 28, 2006 at 23:03
Started July 28, 2006 at 20:35
I am trying to take every precaution not to pass this onto others. Does Phisohex work? Is there any way to get it without an Rx? Does it have any side effects?

I have read that Eucalytus, Tea Tree and Lavender work against it. Are there any other essential oils that work?

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a call for action
Posted by Elaine
Last Reply July 25, 2006 at 15:37
Started July 8, 2006 at 03:08
In my humble opinion, after having read everything having to do with MRSA for the last one year, our government is falling short in addressing this disease threat in almost every way imaginable. What ought we to be asking our elected representatives to do?

1. Track the extent of the epidemic. The CDC has still not made MRSA a reportable infectious disease. This means that if half the children in your child's elementary school have MRSA, you WILL NOT BE NOTIFIED. Hospitals ought to be required, not state by state, but at the federal level, to report their MRSA admissions in addition to every single nosocomial (hospital acquired) infection that occurs on their watch. Individual physicians should be required to report MRSA cases to their local health departments. Most doctors still believe that MRSA is approximately as infectious as run of the mill staph. They will not be convinced otherwise until the rise of the epidemic is characterized fully.

2. Define and characterize ... read more

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Desperate, Terrifed - Please Help
Posted by Anonymous
Last Reply July 25, 2006 at 15:26
Started July 25, 2006 at 06:57
I am having my fourth episode of MRSA in 8 months. It first occured in Novemeber. I had a large boil on my thigh. I went to my regular doctor, he did not culture it, (I probably should have insisted but I didn't know this could be done) said it was staph, said to put a lot of moist heat on it and gave me some antibiotics. It eventually went away but left a large scar.

Then in April I got another one on my lower leg. I was in so much pain I almost went to the emergency room. My regular doctor was out of town so I got antibiotics from another doctor. It did get better but didn't really heal. I went to another doctor who said it was a spider bite and was definitely not staph. He did not culture it and said antibiotics would not help.

Six weeks later, I got five more of these things. I went back to the doctor and said I doubted they were spider bites since I had so many. At this point, I started to do my own research and started to take Olive Leaf extract, Garlic, Vitam... read more

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SICK TO DEATH... what to do, options gone
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply July 25, 2006 at 04:23
Started July 21, 2006 at 19:49
Donít give up, donít give in, chin up, fight, fight, fight... but when you are worn down to absolutely nothing with seemingly no answers in any direction, battling MRSA is a larger than life uphill battle just to keep your nose above water.

We were so optimistic to see the long awaited Infectious Disease Specialist yesterday morning. The first ID Specialist since all this MRSA stuff began. ( In twelve weeks since acquiring MRSA I have seen 8 doctors, twelve appointments between them all, 8 antibiotics total. Two outbreaks.) I have mentioned in a previous post I happen to see this particular ID doctor on a local televised public program where he, a local health department doctor, and an infectious control RN were having a question and answer public forum specifically about MRSA at a Gould Medical Group establishment. We had been so relieved I was finally going to be seen by a doctor who held answers.

His cough could be heard throughout the office, as though he had a deep, ... read more

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Research proven help to fight MRSA
Posted by Lori
Last Reply July 24, 2006 at 03:56
Started July 22, 2006 at 16:28
I am not one to do the posting thing, but I have a family member with MRSA and have been doing alot of research and found your site. If this can help anyone that would be a great thing, so I decided to POST! Visit the web site and look up mangosteen and mrsa. If you are interested you can go to for more information and I pray that you find some help.

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Got a lawyer
Posted by Stephanie
Last Reply July 23, 2006 at 07:27
Started April 18, 2006 at 03:17
We called the doctor that did my husbands surgery and infected him with MRSA. He took resposibility and asked my husband to come to his office first thing tomorrow. We talked to an attorney earlier in the day and he said we have a case. I wonder how this all works. I wonder what the doctor has to say tomorrow.

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Posted by Tim Jacobs
Last Reply July 22, 2006 at 22:59
Started November 18, 2005 at 20:38
My son went in for a colonoscopy and indiascopy and ended up with MRSA three days later.After five bad infections which were lanced and cleaned by surgery they finally sent him to an infectious desease center in OKC, OK.They told him that it settled in his blood.He has had two more infections since both lanced and cleaned surgically.He is 28 years old, has never been in the hospital untill these procedures and has rarely ever been sick.The local DR. say he carries MRSA on his skin but;why has'nt it affected him before?He has taken different antibiotics each time.Now my daughter in law and two grandaughters get boils and my daughter in law just recently went to the ER and she has MRSA.This has been going on for over a year and he has since filed for bankruptcy because of all the work he has lost.Can MRSA settle in your blood? If so will he have problems with this from now on?Someone help please! My e-mail is

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no treatment works
Posted by tatum
Last Reply July 22, 2006 at 18:00
Started October 25, 2005 at 08:27
No treatment works
Started by Tatum Posted: October 25, 2005 at 05:01
My girlfriend has had MRSA for about two years now and nothing seems to work. She has jumped from place to place trying to get cured. No matter what we do she doesnt get any better, actually she seems to of gotten worse. I do not understand how i have not caught it. I am just desperate for help at this point. If anyone knows of anything that could cure or help treat her an any way possible please reply. We live in columbus, ohio. It seems to me like the doctors dont know what they are talking about. So if anyone from are area knows of any treatment facility around us plese help, thank you for your time.

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I won't be sending the dentist my 'papers'
Posted by Wendy
Last Reply July 21, 2006 at 15:29
Started July 18, 2006 at 04:47
I am doing 'okay' but I don't know for sure that I am MRSA free now. And, even if I am, well -- it sounds like it's something that's fairly easy to find anywhere these days.

I've done my best to communicate with busy, harried doctors, nurses and secretaries.

I've needed dental work for a while, had an appointment set up, was supposed to be tomorrow. But, this morning, I called the dentist and told them that I'd just fininshed taking antibiotics (Bactrim, etc.) for MRSA, was doing well, but wanted to mention it, main reason for informing them is that I'm afraid that the dentist would determine, after seeing my teeth, that I need oral surgery -- and I don't wish to risk that right now, so I would say 'no,' and then I'd have to explain that I'd had (or have) MRSA.

Anyway, the response I got, and it's my own fault, I know -- was to be told that before I could be seen at their office I needed to have my primary doctor send or fax a letter to them saying that I was 'o... read more

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How many varients of MRSA?
Posted by Dr.Chris Malyszewicz
Last Reply July 19, 2006 at 21:31
Started May 11, 2005 at 22:52
Combact kills over 122 different strains or varients of MRSA.

I have tested E15 & E16 strains (hospital ones) with positive results, also community strains as well.

The department of health in the UK do not know exactly how many variants there are, that is why they have asked for my input.
The mecA gene is reposible for the variation and resistance to anti-biotics.

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