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Extreme joint pain after mrsa
Started by Jim
Posted: September 17, 2008 at 13:18
I had back surgery in May 08. Got out of hospital after 12 days and @ 2 weeks later back in the hospital getting my wound opened back up so they could irrigate down to my spine due to confirmed MRSA. Left the hospital after 2 days. @ 1 month later started having severe back and left leg pain again. Well, back in the hospital to get opened up for the 3rd time for the same thing. Left the hospital after 3 days with a pic line in my right arm. Had to do IV antibiotics myself for 6-8 weeks and then an addittional 6 weeks of pill antibiotics. Blood work all checked out fine, doctor took me off all meds and told me to return in 6 weeks for check up. @ 3 weeks later I am having severe joint pain especially in my fingers, toes and left wrist area. I told the doc about this and he said we are all getting old and that I am still in recovery from all this. Well, I never had this pain during the entire time I was on the meds or anything. I am just trying to figure out if the MRSA might have anything to do with this. I am in constant pain and have swollen fingers and am very miserable. If anyone has info on this please post it I need help!! Thank you very much and I hope to hear from someone.
Re: Extreme joint pain after mrsa
Reply #1 by linda mccafferty
Posted: September 17, 2008 at 21:55
Dear Jim , so sorry to hear this, but it's not unusal to hear of this , there is a thread on here it is called " after effects of mrsa on the body " scroll down & have a look Jim & see if you find this debateable as i do . my sister has been quite poorly like many others on here after being infected with mrsa (aftermath) let me know what you think my best wishes .
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Reply #2 by Jim
Posted: September 18, 2008 at 13:32
There are a lot of great responses on here and yes , very debateable. I can't get a str8 answer from the doctor and after reading most of the thread responses I now know why I feel like a Zombie every day. Never enough sleep, very tired all the time, virtually no sex life due to lack of energy and stamina. I beleive I am near the end, at least it feels like it. Anyway thanks for the info and I pray that we all can get the answers we deserve so that we may have a healthy and productive life, Thanks for your support.
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Reply #3 by ruth
Posted: September 18, 2008 at 23:32
Some people need to stay on antibiotics for a year or so. That's what my doctors had me do.
All the joint pain went away slowly over the course of 6 months.

Also did immune building and proper diet. Lots of vitamins and minerals.
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Reply #4 by Nancy R
Posted: September 20, 2008

I think that joint pain, unfortunately, will always be with you. When I asked my surgeon about it, he said it was very common after an HA-MRSA infection. I can't speak for CA-MRSA infections, but its really the same bacteria.

I had osteoarthritis before I got MRSA and was familiar with joint pain. However, this is nothing like the old arthritis. I think its worse. I have pain in all of my lower joints and in my shoulders. My shoulders did a lot of lifting me when I was in braces last year and I think I may have rotor cuff problems. However, I'm sick of surgery and choose to live with it. I no longer take any narcotics. I do take Ibuprofen when the pain is really bad.
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Posted: September 21, 2008 at 04:10
I just searched to see if anyone has experienced the pain....and see I am not alone in this. I have had 3 infections. My Picc Line was in 8 weeks & is now out. I am a 46 year old female & got MRSA last Sept. 07' from a breast biopsy & since then have had in breast twice & abdomen once with a 27" incision going around to my back just to drain fluid. Now my joints ache so bad. I feel as though the old me is gone forever. We need support groups for this.
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Reply #6 by Joan From Cleveland
Posted: September 21, 2008 at 04:17

I forgot to add my name above....

I also had big surgery Apr. 08 In hosp. June & July for nasty staff infections. Home Health July 23-Sept 4 on on Doxycycaline for 3 months
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Reply #7 by Joan
Posted: September 23, 2008 at 21:15
I am going to Rhumetologists on Friday to see about getting anti-inflamatory drugs to calm down the joint pain from post MRSA. I will keep you posted.
Re: Extreme joint pain after mrsa
Reply #8 by linda mccafferty
Posted: September 23, 2008 at 22:49
Im quite interested Joan on what your Rhumetologist will give you & if he accepts the joint pain is infact post mrsa !!!!
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Reply #9 by Nancy R
Posted: September 24, 2008 at 12:14

I would offer a word of caution: be careful about taking too many pain meds. Few doctors want their patients to be in pain. They are much too liberal with their prescriptions for narcotics. Mine prescribed Percocet for me for well over a year. Addiction to painkillers is a real problem here in the States.

I would expect your Rhumetologist to ultimately prescribe Ibuprofen or perhaps Celebrex. I was on Celebrex for about a year before I ever had any orthopedic surgery. It was only effective for 6 months. After that, it stopped working, gradually over the last 6 months. You may find that exercise and finding more efficient ways of doing normal tasks will give you the relief you need. There are specialists who come into your home and recommend tools and simpler ways of doing household chores.
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Reply #10 by linda mccafferty
Posted: September 24, 2008 at 14:14
Here in Scotland Celebrex and Vioxx is not precribed by GPs .
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Reply #11 by Jim
Posted: October 7, 2008 at 13:49
Well, the pain in most of my joints except my wrist and my fingers has calmed down a bit.In the mornings when I wake up I can't bend my fingers or make a fist at all due to the pain and the swelling. Its just too painful. I have to constantly make my way to making a fist by bending my fingers ever so slightly for @ an hour or so. My doctor (pain treatment doc) has me on methadone 5mg, 1 pill 4x daily. No I hardly ever take that many but it is usually in the mornings on the weekends but in the late afternoon s during the week because I cant take it and then go to work. That would be very dangerous. I take only when I need. Also I have to do a pill count when I go back to the doctor every month and I alwasys come up way ahead so I dont think the pain pills are a problem for me. I have been scheduled to see a neurosurgical physician in late october to see why I am continunig t have the pain in my back and left leg and I explain the joint painproblem to her also. I will keep everyone posted on my path to either recovery or possible doom. Thanks for listening and will respond after my appointment. Thanks to everyone that has replied to date. have a great day, Jim.
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Reply #12 by Joan
Posted: October 8, 2008 at 21:21
I did go to my Rhumetologist and he was taken back by my recent history of MRSA & felt that I needed a number of blood tests to determine what was going on in my body. He did agree that MRSA plays havoc on your body and admitted having several patients that came after they had MRSA and that they also had severe "after effects". He ordered a number of tests and after I get the results I will know more & can share if it had any bearing on helping me or in diagnosing me. Stay tuned.
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Reply #13 by Edwin
Posted: September 11, 2016 at 18:41
What did you find out.
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Reply #14 by carinjuleenswedish@
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 21:06
about 11 years ago my name is Karen I went to
Kaiser Emergency in extreme pain asking for help
they did blood test my white cells are high they
said there was nothing wrong with me and gave me
painkillers I woke up again in more pain went
back to the hospital tell them I'm dying they
said there's nothing wrong with me sent me home
with more painkillers I woke up again went to the
hospital it had spread to my arms shoulders
doctor grabbed my shoulder I started crying they
sent me home more painkillers this went on for a
while and different incidents Until I Collapse
and had to call an ambulance behold I have I
think they expected me to die they knocked me out
because I was screaming in pain horrific pain I
was in the hospital 6 months because of them back
surgery lost disc in my back shoulder surgery leg
surgery I am in horrific pain 11 years later
that's the starting of my story
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Reply #15 by carinjuleenswedish@
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 21:16
I have pain in all my joints to I had surgery on
both my shoulders and my back and I lost a disc
in my back I was off work a year in the hospital
6 months IV of antibiotics liquid in my arm for
one year what happened afterwards I'm in severe
pain and have had injuries at work
Re: Extreme joint pain after mrsa
Reply #16 by carinjuleenswedish@
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 21:18
I have problems with my hands in the morning too
I cannot make a fist my hands are very sore I
worked Hands-On for 35 years and MRSA but when I
wake up It Takes Me 2 hours to get moving if I
don't take something for pain I can't move I'm in
severe pain especially when it's cold
Re: Extreme joint pain after mrsa
Reply #17 by carinjuleenswedish@
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 21:28
I had an injury running a laser it did not run
good so I had to lean over it and put my sciatic
pulled a back and my shoulders and hands were bad
so I was at work seiling ok my boss asked me to
work Saturday I said okay I woke up to get ready
to go to work and I could not get out of bed how
quick I got the MRSAI have not had MRSA sense 11
years ago but when the mercy hit me it went
straight for my weak spots back shoulders and all
my joints
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Reply #18 by carinjuleenswedish@
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 21:40
help on this one I went back to work a year later
75 pounds I'm 5-8 and a half my regular weight is
145about six months later the building next to me
plant 6 a man named Brian got the same kind of
MRSA in his joints and lost disc in his neck they
forced him to retire as he didn't get well before
I got the MRSA there was a guy in shipping who
disappeared and never came back one year and a
half later this Brian gets the same MRSA that I
had and lost a disk and his neck Bay management
forced him to retire he did not get better is
there a chance we all have the same thing and it
lived for a year-and-a-half
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Reply #19 by pain after mrsa gets worse every year
Posted: October 30, 2016 at 07:28
I wish someone would answer me. ? I am in severe
pain everywhere, after almost dieing, and working
40 years. It seems like pain gets worse , i don't
think doctors believe me. That is what happened
when doctors in emergency room would not help me.
I am in pain I take all morning just ttrying to
get moving does anyone else feel like this.
Sometimes I can't walk. And if I take 30 mil. Of
oxy codene I can move or 60 mil, I seem to have
high tolerance to pills, but without meds I can't
hardly move
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