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MRSA prognosis
Started by Russ
Posted: July 23, 2005 at 22:28
Can anyone tell me what my wifes prognosis might be? She is a healthy 44 yo wh no known health issues prior to back surgery and aquiring this superbug Mrsa. she had surgery on her back june 30th 05 and he wound was not healing and her temp got to 103 and she was in tremendous pain, we had to call an ambulance took her back to st anthony's in okc where she had the surgery they took cultures and her wound was starting to open back up and draining lick crazy. They went back in cleaning the wound to the spine took more cultures and put in 2 drains. they started vancomicin and gentamiacin after surgery. here we are waiting for the cultue results from her spine. what now?
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Reply #1 by Carol
Posted: July 26, 2005 at 04:55
Dear Russ,
I'm so sorry about your wife. I can only imagine what a nightmare this is for you and her.

I also have been trying to find out what the prognosis is for my Mom. She had back surgery and was diagnosed with MRSA. In her case, the metal rods they put in her back to stabilize the spine are infected, which makes it harder to treat. She's too old to have the rods removed. We have been fighting the MRSA for the past nine months. The doctor does round after round of vancomycin (8 weeks at a time). In my Mom's case, prognosis is unknown. The doctor says it's possible they could get rid of if, but he mostly says they're just trying to contain or suppress the infection.

From what I understand, if the infection is more superficial (e.g. in the wound) it's easier to treat than if it's deep in the body (e.g., in the bone, blood). I've read research that shows the success rate is fairly good for Zyvox (you might ask the doctor about that one if the vanco. isn't effective).

Again, I'm so sorry. You must be worried sick.

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Reply #2 by Diane
Posted: October 4, 2006 at 17:00
My grandson is 4 years and has MRSA in his blood stream, does anyone know what this can do to his little heart and other organs. He is on a very strong antibotic and the outward sings are gone, but they won't allow him in pre-school. And in Maryland you must tell them you have MRSA. This is almost as bad a having Aids.Thank you for you help.
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Reply #3 by Jo Wiechman
Posted: December 13, 2006 at 20:46
ONce having MRSA can you be sure it is gone after recovery?
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Reply #4 by Don B
Posted: February 11, 2008 at 21:36
My granddaughter, 26 y/o, has MRSA. She called this morning all upset saying it is now in her kidneys and is on HOSPIS. A nurse comes to see her every day. Said they want her back in the hosspital but she does not want to go. Says it all came from a spider bit. Does have a history of drug and excess alcohol use. She was in the hospital for several days when first dx. and demanded to to discharged a few days before they wanted to let her out. She has shared quarters with many differet guys and I believe very sexually active. I hope she is not terminal. What do you think?
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Reply #5 by Henry Temes
Posted: May 28, 2008
My brother Ed has MRSA. He's 87 years old and is taking cumadin. About 3 weeks ago he fell outside 7-11 and he was bleeding profusely. The medics came by and he was sent to the nearest hospital. I don't know if it is systemic. I live in Arizona and they are in California. My sister is with him. We were very concerned as to what his prognosis is. Hopefully it's good. Can my brother recover from this terrible disease? Please advise. Thank you.
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Reply #6 by linda mccafferty
Posted: May 29, 2008 at 20:29
Dear Henry , could you give a bit more information regarding your brother wherabouts does your brother have mrsa ? you have stated your brother takes the medication coumadin (warfarin )i take it to be he has other health problems ? please get back in touch with some more information Henry .
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Reply #7 by Linda
Posted: June 16, 2008 at 01:37
My sister in ND was just diagnosed today with MRSA, after having back surgery 2 months ago. Her wound never healed and she had to have a drain and later a pump nserted. She could then not walk and was readmitted to the hospital. Mpre surgery, infection spread to muscles and tendon in leg. 2 weeks later, the diagnosos. I would like to know why it took so long for this diagnosis and what the pronosis is. Can anyone help?
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Reply #8 by 88 y/o Grandma with MRSA
Posted: June 15, 2009 at 23:06
My otherwise healthy and feisty 88 y/o grandmother went to Green Hospital in La Jolla California for hip replacement surgery, and was sent to Aviara Health Care in Encinitas to recuperate and perform physical therapy. Though it is a private care facility, it was rather dirty, and she did not receive regular baths (less than once a week we discovered!). Despite the attendants claims they were checking her incision daily, during a checkup a week after the initial surgery, the nurse at her surgeons office identified a draining infection (Aviara Health Care nurses recorded her wound as being dry and free of infection only 6 hours earlier that day). She was rushed into emergency surgery to debride the wound, flush the joint and replace the prosthetic. She was placed on Vancomycin, Levaquin, and Flagyl, and discharged after a week to Emeritus Health (aka Rehabcare Brighton Gardens) in Oceanside California. Despite two rounds of Levaquin and a constant drip of Vancomycin, her health continued to deteriorate to the point where we discontinued treatment. We placed her in Hospice care, and she passed away quietly after one day.

While I know MRSA was certainly responsible for her death, if it had been identified sooner by more competent and attentive nursing home staff, she might have had a chance at recovery. It seems that good quality medical care is difficult to find, even in private care facilities. A word of warning…
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Reply #9 by Nancy R
Posted: June 16, 2009 at 02:52
Don D:

The fact that your granddaughter is in hospice care suggests that she has very little time left to live. Before you can even be given hospice care, a doctor must affirm that you have less than 3 months of expected life expectancy. Also, if she has agreed to hospice care, they cannot resuscitate should she require that. In effect, she has chosen to die on her own terms.
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Reply #10 by sherry s
Posted: January 24, 2010 at 04:57
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Reply #11 by sharol
Posted: January 24, 2010 at 14:37
several years ago i had the boils on the skin and i was told i had mrsa. recently my doctor took a unrinalysis and sent it off to be cultured. has not come back yet. seems it has been an extremely long time that they are taking to get the results back. have burning it feels like in the urinary tract and when i go to the bathroom there. also, the doctor said there was blood in the urine? hoping that is not due to the mrsa. can mrsa spread into your blood stream if you have only had it on your skin so far? hope i can get an answer to this because i posted a comment last night and it seems to have dissappeared. can you get rid of mrsa once and for all and if so how?
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Reply #12 by linda mccafferty
Posted: January 24, 2010 at 15:07
Dear Sherry s & Sharol , here is the link for the USA/Canada Site , as this is the UK site . as we have diffrent healthcare systems the best people to help you's will be on the USA/Canada site......... with the right information here is the link ......... .

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Reply #13 by Bill
Posted: January 9, 2011 at 04:41
my brother is 72 years old he had back surgery in april of 2010, after he went home he had back pain and went to the ER they put him in the hospital and said he had MRSA, they did another surgery to clean out the wound and gave him antibotics, this happened 4 more times, then in august they put him on antibotics everday until dec 31st. Blood test showed that he was clean. Jan 6th 2011 he is back in the hospital with the infection in his back muscles and blood stream. He is a diabetic with an insulin pump. What do you think are his chances.
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Reply #14 by linda mccafferty
Posted: January 9, 2011 at 20:54
Bill . here is the link to the USA/Canada forum , you will recieve better healthcare information than on here as this is the UK forum .........
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Reply #15 by Rog
Posted: January 29, 2011 at 18:57
My sister had back surgery for a slipped disk, the hard ware came lose and had to be taken out. And thin we found out that she had a infection at the time they put her in hospital with antibotics. for a few months she showed good sings. Just a few days ago they found out that she has a abbses on the front of her spin and was to consend to go through the front so went through the back agine and forund that she has MRSA now they say that she amy hat a year to live that is if the antibotics don't work but we are still at it fighting but she is diabetic and obeace so it is a up hill battle if andy that are reading this and have the same problems or know some one that does thin I sagest that you make sure that you know as much as you can befor hand

And Please pray for my sister as I well pray for your loved ones as well
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Reply #16 by linda mccafferty
Posted: January 31, 2011
Rog , so sorry to hear this about your sister , here is the link to the USA/Canada forum as this is the UK forum ........

Thank you for the prayer's , Prayers will be said for your sister Rog .
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Reply #17 by Kim Kennedy
Posted: February 23, 2011
My 70 yr old mother is scheduled for knee replacement surgery tomorrow
morning. During her pre-op screening, she tested positive for MRSA. This
was a few days ago. She was told to scrub with antibacterial soap and
given a nose spray to do twice a day until her surgery. Right now she is
feverish, aching all over, and has a bad headache. Her doctor knows all
this and says the surgery is still on for tomorrow. Does this sound
right? I'm really concerned. Seems to me they would isolate her, treat
the infection, then do the surgery. What do you think?
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Reply #18 by Monica
Posted: August 12, 2011
I was recently hospitalized for MRSA. Will this go away or will it linger in my body only to flare up and kill me someday? I'm 41 and not ready to die. It sounds so grim from all the comments I've read.
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Reply #19 by Moon
Posted: September 4, 2011 at 01:06
I've had MRSA twice and found out that the doctor who did my back sugery left sutures in my back. So I had a leaking wound for years and after seeing several doctors one found the sutures and removed them. I got sick again with pain and high feaver and once more taken to the emergency room where they found two more sutures that were causing the problem. Both times I had to be treated for MRSA. I was told I almost died. A friend told me that every thing that's used in an operating room is counted to make sure nothing is left in a patient. I guess someone lost count. It takes a body sometimes several years for it to react to sutures left in and of course by then the statue of limitations they have in place is up so you can not sue. I have contacted several attorneys and I am told they can't help because they have the Doctor on retainer and it would be a conflict of interest. And several others say the statue of limitations is up. I can't egin to tell you the years of suffering and hospital bills this has caused me and my family. I still have pain and have not felt well since. Before this operation I was an active healthy person. It's saddens me that nothing can be done and no one cares. One last thing "Beware" of a leaking wound it could be because their are sutures left in.
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