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strange bone and joint pain
Started by Kitten
Posted: February 10, 2007 at 09:58
I have been batteling staph infection since 2001. I have an out break about 2 times a year and it is treated by bactrim and rifampin. After a few doses it goes away. I have an infected spot now on my cheak not any where else. BUT my wrist and elbos hurt very bad. Has anyone had this happen before.

Thanks, Kitten
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Reply #1 by karen
Posted: February 12, 2007 at 03:28
kitten i know exactly what pain you are feeling. i caught mrsa under both my arm pits in june and it took till aug/sept to clear it up. during that time i started feeling alot of pain in all my joints through out my body. my hands have become very numb and get this awful tingling burning feeling in them. like when your foot falls asleep and then that awful tingling hands are so tight right now i can hardly close i have alot of pain in my knees that its hard to walk.i've seen two doctors about this pain and one says i have arthitis and my current doctor says that mrsa could have caused this pain/damage and there's a chance i could still have mrsa in my body.all i know is that all this pain started when i caught mrsa.the pain can get so bad that i cry.i just want it to stop and go away.right now i just have to hang on and wait to see what my doctor wants to do.i know i can beat this and i will be pain free. i have a good doctor that takes the time to listen to me.that is very important.
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Reply #2 by AJ
Posted: July 4, 2007 at 20:35
I contracted MRSA in a sub-phrenic chest abscess following major surgery. I was on a course of poweful anti-biotics for 3 months and came off them three weeks ago. Since then I have had increasing joint pain. The pain is in my groin, knees, ankles, wrists and elbows. My joints are also very stiff and I have noticed a drastic reduction in my mobility. How is this related to MRSA?
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Reply #3 by Maria
Posted: July 5, 2007 at 20:19
My mum was practically immobile after she contracted MRSA, she had rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, which did affect her throughout her life, but after the MRSA she found it extremely difficult to walk any distance.

I don't know if there was a connection only that she had considerably more joint pain after contracting the MRSA.
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Reply #4 by Sheila
Posted: August 1, 2007 at 21:03
Did anyone get any information back on this topic. My Mother is suffering from this. My Father contracted MRSA in the hospital and since then my Mother has had problems but hasn't been diagnosed.

Please let me know.
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Reply #5 by Maria
Posted: August 1, 2007 at 21:25
Dear Sheila
Has your mum been to her GP about the bone and joint pain, it is probably not linked to your father having MRSA, but if you are worried then talk to the GP about it. Visit our website for information about MRSA at, our contact details are available if you would like to talk to someone in confidence.
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Reply #6 by Lynn
Posted: August 5, 2007 at 04:15
My 22 year old neice complained of severe knee pain for several weeks, but Doctors could not locate the source. Last week she went to the Emergency room and was given pain meds and sent home with no answers again. Three days later friends rushed her to the hospital with leg swelling fever and joint pain. She was admitted on Saturday evening, by the next morning she was unable to breathe and was moved to ICU and put on a forced oxygen mask. STILL NO ANSWERS on any cause. An extremely observant Dr. in the ICU noticed an open sore on her face and immediately started Antibiotics and ordered testing for MRSA. The culture takes approx. 2 days to grow for diagnosis. By tuesday evening we were informed that she has MRSA and it is in her bloodstream, she was now unable to breathe on her own and was then put on a respirator. It is now 1 week since she was admitted and she is fighting for her life. The MRSA is no longer in her bloodstream, but the Dr.s tell us it is contained in her knee now (the knee that hurt all along, but did not show any known symptoms). She is STILL on a respirator, and sedated. Now she has developed Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). She has shown signs of recovery, but there are no guarantees that she will recover. We were told when MRSA enters your bloodstream it can be fatal. Keep getting tested, PLEASE get tested!!!!!
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Reply #7 by Paula
Posted: August 21, 2007 at 15:17
I have rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis plus fibromyalgia. I contacted MRSA through surgery in March and was treated with vicodine for four weeks. I now have pain and discomfort in the area where the infection was. How can I prove this pain is from MRSA not the arthritis?
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Reply #8 by Callie
Posted: August 21, 2007 at 20:05
isnt vicodin a painkiller? I dont think its ever used to treat MRSA?
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Reply #9 by linda mccafferty
Posted: August 21, 2007 at 22:36
Dear paula , vicodine is a painkiller , may i ask were you had mrsa was it in a wound , blood, etc etc you may have been givin vicodine for pain if mrsa was in a wound, but that would have been for pain relief . i also know how painful fibromyalgia is as i suffer from it myself , please get back to us with more information paula my best wishes .
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Reply #10 by Nancy R
Posted: August 22, 2007 at 03:37
I have had joint pain every day since February when I had a hip replacement that went to hell. I did have osteo arthritis before, but NOTHING like this. I can't even stand for more than 10 minutes. Even though the MRSA seems to be in check, I'm left with a lot of disabilities.
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Reply #11 by Susan
Posted: October 2, 2007 at 08:07
I have been treated with antibiotics for the last 12 years for recurring boils. 10 years with tetracycline, everyday twice a day. Tonight I went to the ER because of sudden hip pain that has left me unable to walk without severe pain. After showing the Nurse Practioner all the boils she asked if I were being treated for MRSA. Never in 12 years has the doctor prescribing the antibiotics ever mentioned MRSA. Could my sudden onset of hip pain be brought on by MRSA. I mean I went to church last Sunday and could bearly walk out, it was that fast.
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Reply #12 by sue
Posted: October 18, 2007 at 01:02
I was diagnosed with MRSA in July after being sent home after abdominal surgery in June with both a picc line and a feeding tube. They pulled the picc line & was hospitalized for a wk. I was given vancomycin IV and went home on levaquin. The 10th day at home I awoke in excrutiating pain in every joint in my body. It is a little better now but I don't I'll ever return to my previous state. I worry now after reading all these comments that I could possibly still have mrsa or have it again & if the increasing redness around my feeding tube site (3" in diameter)which has an almost scalded look to it might be something I need to have checked?
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Reply #13 by Nancy R
Posted: October 18, 2007 at 09:11

I would definitely have the tube site cultured. I had PICC lines and central lines on and off for 8 months and had recurring problems. You could even have developed an allergy to the plastic or the cleaner. As it turned out, I had become HIGHLY sensitive to Chloroprep. It is in the little sponge applicator that comes already loaded with cleaner and used routinely by nurses to clean the wound site or PICC site when they are doing dressing changes. It is similar to hexachlorophene that was pulled years ago in the States for causing too many health problems. You may want to try using alcohol of Betadine to clean the area and see if it improves.

I assume that you are having weekly bloods drawn and tested? I was weekly for the entire time I was on IV meds.
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Reply #14 by Kristin
Posted: October 18, 2007 at 22:22
When my son was 8 he complained that his right knee was hurting. I looked at it & didn't see anything so I just kept an eye on it, this was like on Tuesday & by that Sunday the front of his knee was swollen & he was running fever-he could barely walk on that leg. We took him to the ER where they tried to send us home saying he had Fifths disease because the fever made his cheeks rosey. I told them I wanted a second opinion & the Infectious Team from Scott & White in Temple Texas were called to the ER in Waco. They came there & drew one and a half large tubes of yellow fliud from his knee. They ran tests & then that same night put him in an ambulance & drove him to Scott & White Hospital where he was diagnosed as having a staph infection in his right knee. They tried to wash out the knee 3 times before finally having to cut a window into his knee bone & scrape out the gunk. They also had to put a PICC line in him because he was on continous antibiotics for over 12 weeks. He was in the hospital for 6 weeks & at home on home healthcare for another 6 weeks, they had to go back in & make sure it was all gone & then they closed the window with cement. He's now 13 & has problems with that knee hurting. Point is there were no sores, no injuries that we knew of-where did this come from? He could've died, it was awful & I'm still so scared that it may happen all over again. Staph is nothing to mess with.
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Reply #15 by Cindy
Posted: November 6, 2007 at 19:04
I have been seen twice by my Dr. for boils that looked like spider bites on my arms....They were excruciatingly painful and felt hot. The Dr. first thought it was a spider bite but then was convinced after the second hat it might be staph. I had a hysterectomy in December last year and since have felt joint and muscle pain sometimes so bad that I could hardly walk. I am beginning to think it is all related to the staph. I guess it is just now coming out as a boil...The doctor said that if it comes back again after the antibiotics she will consider me a staph carrier and I will have to take antibiotics for 6 months. I just want relief from the joint and muscle pain...
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Reply #16 by barbi
Posted: November 9, 2007 at 15:39
I was on doxycycline and rifampin. As soon as I went off the boils would ome bak.

Followed Dr Garth Niholson treatment and it finally went away. The joint pain is gone too.

doxycyclene and rifampin - 1 year

lacto bacilus - for gut 1 year, in yogurt or pills russians did lots of research on this

chlorhexidine - topical wash for skin lesions

Violeta De Gencianan - makes lesions dry up scab over takes a few weeks

alkalinize body - 1 teaspoon baking soda 3 times a day - get ph test from health food store

alkaline diet - 40% vegs, 40% fruit, 20% meat and carbs, drink lots of green tea and herbal teas. No coffee, sugar, alcohol, chocolate

build immune system - vitamins - a, b, c, d, e. minerals - zinc, magnesium, calcium, potassium, selenium, cesium. Omega fatty acid - fish oil, flax oil

exercise - to get oxygen in body

olive leaf xtract, turrmeric, coq10
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Reply #17 by Paul Emeny
Posted: January 7, 2008 at 12:05
I went in for by-pass surgery and developed Mediastinitis,(an acute infection of thoracic cavity, and whilst on ventolator unconcious was given vancomycin in such high dosages that the were going to put me on dialysis as my kidneys were packing up. I survived but started getting joint pain in hips and knees. I was discharged and within 2 weeks was back in with MRSA of Sternum and had to have it removed. I then went back on Vancomycin, Immipennin Rimfamcin.It cleared up but I have developed joint pain in my hands and cannot grip any thing I have also lost strength to grip even a carrier bag with very little in it.
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Reply #18 by kim
Posted: February 5, 2008 at 21:18
#16, that is awesome, good advice.

i would recommend increasing garlic in your diets, sounds nasty but theres goodies in there for building up your immunity. Also activated manuka honey-as an antibiotic cream and internal medicine.Breakthrough were found here in nz, with burns victims mrsa, using the activated manuka honey wiht the antibacterial properties.
Also if the joint pain is ongoing i would also recomend glucosamine for rebuilding the cartillage between the joints. It worked for my husband and the horse.
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Reply #19 by theresa
Posted: March 20, 2008 at 01:59
i was diagnosed with MRSA a few days ago. i had a pimple on my head that turned into an abcess. I was diagnosed with sacrillic joint dysfuntion a few weeks ago also. i have serious pain in my hip, butt, tailbone, and sometimes it radiates down my leg like ciatica. im in physical therapy 3 days a week. im only 30 and i didnt fall or have an injury. i just woke up one day with pain in my hip then 3 weeks later was diagosed with MRSA. i was given tetrocycline. NO other tests were given AND i have another abcess on my head the size of a golf ball. i went to the DR today and they said to just continue the medicine. i have 3 kids and im scared they are at risk, because before i knew i had MRSA i was picking at my scab on my head and not faithfully washing my hands before handeling my children. the docs say its no big deal PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME!!!!
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