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MRSA from pharyngeal abscess
Posted by Stephanie Young
Last Reply June 20, 2006 at 23:54
Started May 2, 2006 at 15:33
My 3 year old son became sick a week ago with headache, fever, stiff neck. I took him to the Pedetrician who diagnosed him with Tonsilitis, I treated the fever with tylenol/motrin and that worked but the headache and stiff neck would not go away. I took him to the ER that night and they did a CT scan and he has a pharyngeal abcess, which they went in surgically and drained. The culture did test positive for MRSA. He was kept in the hospital for 5 days on heavy antibiotics. We were sent home and he has not been taking his antibiotics orally very well, he just hates them. I am curious as to how we know if his system is clear of MRSA. He is now throwing up and puny, but I think that may be a stomach flu, but I am not sure and the doctors do not seem over concerned. Should I be more concerned over the MRSA?

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MRSA/My husband
Posted by Lisa F
Last Reply June 20, 2006 at 01:24
Started June 14, 2006 at 05:27
My husband of two years, a vietnam vet, 59 year old, once healthy man after many trips to Oteen, a VA Hospital in Asheville, NC and trips to a VA Clinic in Greenville, SC woke me on Thursday two weeks ago paralyzed from his waist down after being diagnosed with "muscle spasms" in his back on Tuesday and pneumonia and pluracy on Wednesday. After a trip to our emergency room and emergency MRI's his neurosurgeon did emergency surgery and scraped his spine of the MRSA infection, put a drain in his back and immediately started a heavy round of antibiotics. They told him and I nothing of this disease just that it was a staph infection that had gathered on his spine and that the vicomiacin would kill it after many weeks. I agree with anyone who says that the doctors who are treating these patients and giving them this disease need to be sued until their eyeballs fall out. Maybe then the cultures will be run prior to someone being paralyzed, the gloves will be worn, the hands will be wa... read more

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mrsa
Posted by sandi
Last Reply June 19, 2006 at 20:25
Started April 15, 2006 at 16:52
I contracted MRSA after ortho surgery at Health South in Birmingham, AL. This hapened to me on Dec. 03. I would like to hear from anyoneelse that contracted MRSA at HealthSouth. Thanks Sandi

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Sister has MRSA help..
Posted by mike
Last Reply June 19, 2006 at 16:09
Started June 19, 2006 at 01:55
My sister has MRSA she was hospitalized for 2-weeks and is in a nursing home now. She is uninsured which probably makes her situation much worse. I will begin he story now. She originally went to the ER with severe lower-back pain. Doctors diagnosed it as a kidney stone and sent her home to pass the stone (MRI supposedly saw the stone) found out later MRI was inconclusive. My sister went 1 month in pain until she landed in the ER again. This time at another hospital and the doctors determined after much testing she has MRSA and it had spread to the blood. The Vancomycin treatment has eliminated MRSA from her blood according to the doctor. She is now in a nursing home. My sister cannot move very much, is in a diaper, and in horrible severe pain constantly. The doctors know there is a abscess in her body and have said they will give it one month to clear up using anti-biotics. If it doesn't clear up in one month they will do a CT scan and operate if they have to. They said the operat... read more

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TIME TO MAKE CHANGES!!!
Posted by Lisa from South Carolina
Last Reply June 18, 2006 at 16:29
Started June 17, 2006
Hi All: I just wanted everyone to know that on Wed.6/14/06 there was a celebration on the State House steps in Cola.SC celebrating the signing of the Bill-1318, this Bill now requires Hospitals to report their HA-INFECTION rates and make it known to the public! I truley beleive that this will help in saveing many lives and prevent disabilities caused by hospital infections!Because once it is known to the public Hospitals will be forced to "CLEAN-UP THEIR ACTS"
This is a HUGE STEP for us in the fight against this horrible Battle-My thoughts are with all of you-Lisa

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c-section & ca-mrsa
Posted by amber
Last Reply June 10, 2006 at 19:54
Started March 27, 2006 at 10:39
Im due for my c-section in a week. Im scared to death. I know i have ca-mrsa, and was wondering if im just a worry wart or what should i do before hand, and wha to watch out for afterwards. Any sugestions greatly appreciated..:) Thanks and God Bless eeryone. My email is: karaoke_rulz@yahoo.com

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Confused and Far Away
Posted by Reenie
Last Reply June 9, 2006 at 21:38
Started June 9, 2006 at 07:25
I am in the miltary currently in Kuwait. I calle dmy husband one day and he told me he though he had gotten bit by a spider. I told him he needed to get to a doctor right away in case it was poisenous due the extreme pain he found himself in. After a few trips to the doctor's office they finally took a swab test when a second "spider bite" appeared. The test came back with positive MRSA results. Of course we have both been really scared but the problem is I am thousands of miles away, my 8 month daughter is in another state away from my husband to keep him from infecting her and he is alone. I am trying to find some straight, serious answers on the severity MRSA proposes. I need to know if I should be home to care for him (if the military let that be an option). Should he be alone to deal with this and would our daughter be safe to live with him? If his lesions do heal and are "controlled" what kind of impact does this have on our normal life and again; can he be a normal,... read more

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Tracy
Posted by mrsa cell death/neuropathy
Last Reply June 7, 2006 at 10:12
Started June 6, 2006 at 01:48
My 18 yo daughter contracted MRSA in August, not known how. She suffered with boils and folliculitis that were undiagnosed until November. Finally she was given Septra to attack the MRSA. But she had what doctors believe was a massive auto immune reaction (serum sickness) to the Septra which left her with peripheral and autonomic neuropathy. She has been severly disabled with these pain syndromes since December but has no obvious symptoms of MRSA. Now her pain managemnent doc is questioning her serum sickness dx. His theory is that the die back of the MRSA bugs is what is causing her neuropathy and/or possibly that she has a MRSA abcess that is causing her to remain inflammed and suffering from neuropathy.

Has anyone on this list had a similar experience?



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MRSA Support Group USA/Can
Posted by Denise
Last Reply June 7, 2006
Started August 18, 2005 at 03:24
On Monday, August 22nd, Tony & Barbara Field will be arriving in the USA to help raise awareness about MRSA in our country. The MRSA Support Group UK has done a great job of making people aware of what is happening with this infection in their own country!
We are starting a support group over here, similar to what is available in the UK. Please take a look at www.handsofhopegroup.com. Look under the Calendar link to see what is happening during Tony & Barbara's visit overseas!

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mrsa & immunity
Posted by Holly
Last Reply June 6, 2006 at 06:10
Started June 5, 2006 at 18:47
I have a few questions for anyone to answer.
1. As an adult female with colonized mrsa, am I building antibodies to this?

2. If in fact I am building up antibodies, then if I should become pregnant later on will the infant have a natural immunity or at least a higher resistance to mrsa?

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MRSA immunity
Posted by Catlin
Last Reply June 6, 2006 at 02:10
Started November 28, 2005 at 19:31
Has anyone built up an immunity to MRSA? I haven't read this anywhere and would really like to know. Thankyou very much. C

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13 Month with MRSA
Posted by Kelly
Last Reply June 4, 2006 at 20:17
Started June 4, 2006 at 06:37
About 2 weeks ago we took our 13 month if for what we thought was a hernia. It turned out she had an infected lymph node in her right groin. She was put on keflex. 4 days later the redness went away, but the swelling was still there. By Tuesday the following week the bulge was 2 inches wide and looked like a large under the skin pimple (redness returned to almost purple). We took her to urgent care where they opened the lymph node to drain it (abscessed lymph node). They had to pack the wound with gauze because it was so large and infected. We have had to go in every two days to have the gauze removed and repacked. It is the most horrible thing to see your child screaming in pain while they do this to her. We hopefully only have to go one more time. (4 times in all). They changed her antibotics. They have diagnosed her with MRSA. Is there anything else I need to worry about. I am afraid that this may come back. Are my other two kids at risk as well? I can not bear to ... read more

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MRSA QUEST
Posted by Adam
Last Reply June 3, 2006 at 20:39
Started June 2, 2006 at 05:50
hello. my father died from an infection. He had two infections in two months. He seen a family doctor and was in the er. Neither one took a culture of the open wound. He died days later from septic shock. Could this have been prevented with a blood test or a culture? Whos to blame?

I got MRSA of the right thumb days after my father passed away. I went to see a doctor. the first thing she did was take a culture. 2 days later i found out and they put me on good antibiotics. I had surgery and they had to remove the tip of my thumb. I am on Vancomycin for a month at home, and hook it up to an IV. At leat im alive. I just have to take my meds----and lost part of my thumb. Is there anything i can do about my fathers situation? Malpractice? Anything?

any doctos out there?
--Help me OUT---
Help me out

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6-year-old with recurring impetigo
Posted by Jan
Last Reply June 3, 2006 at 01:13
Started April 17, 2006 at 19:41
My daughter and son had impetigo last August. One week on antibiotics, and my son's cleared and hasn't returned. My daughter was more resistant, and they had to put her on a stronger dose of the same antibiotic (Keflex) which seemed to resolve it. Then she had another episode of it in February, and we haven't been able to get rid of it. She's been on Keflex twice, and now she's on her second round of Bactrim. It looks like small bug bites that pop up on her back, legs and arms. She has also developed a yeast infection from all of the antibiotics.

Her doctor said it was impetigo, but I know there is MRSA impetigo, and I was wondering if that type could be cured? I've also developed it, and I have an appointment with an ID doctor this week. No one has taken any cultures on my daughter yet. She has an appointment with a Dermatologist next week.

I can't send her to school when she is broken out, which means I miss work. I'm also afraid of her being around the other childen... read more

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How long on Vanco
Posted by Wanda
Last Reply May 30, 2006 at 02:10
Started May 30, 2006 at 01:24
My son is on his third bout of Hospital Borne MRSA. He has a rod in his leg. In March 05, he had several surgeries on his leg including a muscle flap and 6 weeks of vanco. His leg healed in Oct.
In Sept 05, his stomach (skin graft site used to close his leg) had MRSA. They took the stiches out and left his stomach open to heal on its own and 6 weeks of Vanco. No hospital stay. His stomach is still not healed. It is getting better.
In Jan his leg opened up again. In April the doctors finally agreed with me that he had MRSA again. They did two debrisments and put him on 6 weeks of Vanco and two weeks of Riflan. How do I know if he has been on the Vanco long enough? What is the best way to treat the wounds? On his stomach I am using Programa and Adeptic. On his leg, I am doing the whirlpool. We were going to the hospital every day for the whirlpool, but I found one ebay and am doing it at home. His blood counts are dropping and the doctors want to do more surgeries... read more

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mrsa
Posted by Tina
Last Reply May 26, 2006 at 12:40
Started May 23, 2006 at 21:06
Does anyone no what you can give babies to raise there immune system.I have 3 children who have it and yes we have been medicated to death. I also have it.I just dont know whats safe for children under 2 and under 1.My twins. Thanks Tina

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appalled by doctor
Posted by catlin
Last Reply May 26, 2006 at 06:52
Started January 12, 2006 at 16:24
I saw a doctor who asked to see my MRSA lesion. He ran his finger over it, ungloved, then went about his business without washing his hands. I told him vehemently not to touch it and he said he saw MRSA in the hospital all the time and that it did not bother him. I find this behaviour reprehensible. I was totally shocked.

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My Baby
Posted by Tina
Last Reply May 25, 2006 at 07:48
Started May 24, 2006 at 15:57
Over the last few days my 11 month old had gotten a pimple on her butt,we have been fighting this for 11 months now me and my 3 children, anyway last night she got a fever of 104 and i couldnt get it down,early this morning I took her to thre Dr, her boil had gotten so big it covered her front private parts and is huge all the way around to her butt,and this stuff comes on fast. As I sit here my Husband and mother are on there way to another town to meet a ped. surgen and disease specialist. I am sitting here with my 2 yr old and her twin brother. Waiting to see if my baby is gonna make it.Everyone that believes in GOD,and doesnt please,please pray for her, I dont want to lose my baby to this dirty rotten disease. Thanks Tina

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just told yesterday
Posted by sonie
Last Reply May 25, 2006
Started March 25, 2006 at 02:52
hello all...im very new to this as i was just told yesterday,by my home health nurse,not my doctor that my culture was positive MRSA...in january of this year i had a total abdominal hysterectomy requiring a bikini cut incision...after leaving the hospital,within several days i developed a large knot,just above my incision line,but under the skin..it grew and grew and as it grew,my health went downhill..i ended up in the er,and was told it was a seroma which would drain and heal on its own..never happend..instead the drainage that came out was completley green and just horrid...monday of last week,i finally gave in and went back to the er..the admitted me immediatley,and did cultures on the infectin and my blood,still i knew nothing of mrsa...i was put on 2 iv antibitoics,which still did not stop this GUSHING of infection coming from my incision...on thursday of last week,they took me into surgery,debreded it,and lanced many abcessed inside my abdomin,and cut out a bunch of dead tis... read more

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MRSA
Posted by Maria
Last Reply May 22, 2006 at 12:18
Started May 18, 2006 at 08:21
I came down with MRSA on my lower leg a year ago when I went to Queen's Hospital in Hawaii for a sprained ankle. To make matters worse, my PCP gave me Erythromycin (which does not work on MRSA) without doing a culture. Because no culture was done for a week, I was on a useless antibiotic that did not work for the infection. Meanwhile, the abscess grew and became more painful that I could hardly walk without extreme pain. When I voiced my concern about the antibiotic not working, my PCP said to "wait and see" what happens. To make a long story short, the abscess finally bursted and I was finally referred to a surgeon who cleaned the abscess and cultured it and found it was MRSA.

Since this incident, I have had another MRSA infection on the opposite leg and had to be put on Vancomycin which I found out I was extremely allergic to.

I feel not enough is being done by health care professionals (namely hospitals) to control the spread of this serious infection. When I visite... read more

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