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Any links with dementia?
Posted by Maureen
Last Reply October 21, 2012 at 05:16
Started September 7, 2005 at 16:18
My father-in-law was admitted to Kings Mill Hospital in Mansfield about two months ago after falling and burning his arm and head on the central heating pipes he landed on. We live in Leeds and my sister-in-law, who is his main carer, was on holiday at the time so my husband went over for a week to stay near to his dad. After he left to return to work we were phoning the hospital twice a day to make sure he was well and were continually told that he was improving until one day, when I asked about a specialist nurse who they told me was changing his dressings and the nurse on the phone started hesitating because I had asked if he needed a specialist nurse because of the burns and she reluctantly told me that he had contracted MRSA. Naturally I was frightened by this but I was also very angry as it had been 3 days before this that this nurse had been mentioned, so he had obviously had the infection for at least that long yet we were not informed. Since then his mental health seems to ... read more

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Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL)
Posted by Rosie
Last Reply October 15, 2012 at 19:38
Started October 15, 2012 at 19:38
Hi all!

I just wanted to discuss my story will everyone because i'm so happy
that people have shared their own.

At the beginning of this year (2012) I was only 19, never been into
hospital for any surgery, the only reason I would be in there was in
case I needed to see the doctors when the GP wasn't open. In the end
on January, I started to to get really tied and weak, and then
suddenly I had a boil under my arm the size of a golf ball. I just
started my new apprenticeship job and it would be difficult to sleep
and move because of the pain. My GP sent me to A&E to have it lanced.
By this time I had two more near my leg but smaller (thank
God!)However this was just the beginning of it all.

My GP thought it was MRSA, however by May, I have been off work 3
times, all for a week because of the pain when they develop. One of
them was so big it cross my hip all the way along to the middle of my
spine, and it was about 5 inches up my back. I couldn't walk, ... read more

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mrsa help
Posted by annette
Last Reply October 13, 2012 at 22:08
Started October 13, 2012 at 22:08
hi i was diagnosed with mrsa after i had an abcess removed and drained 3 months ago. i had to use an antibacterial wash and put cream in my nose. the virus is in my wound and they now say it might go when it heals, or it might not.what will happen if it dose,nt, and that they cant treatment for any infections i might get, why not ,does any one know? im also an insulin dependant diabetic and aged 46.

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MRSA on Cervix
Posted by LD
Last Reply October 7, 2012 at 22:09
Started July 13, 2011
I was just diagnosed today with a MRSA infection on my cervix. I am being treated with Tetracycline for 7 days. It was found quite by accident, and my doctor was at a loss for words, as she had never seen MRSA on the cervix before. I don't even know where to begin with questions - how serious is this? Can I transmit it to my kids? Am I on the right medication? I have no real symptoms, except some abdominal pain which prompted the doctor's visit. Does that mean it was caught early? Has anyone had it on their cervix before????? thanks so much for the help. I am exhausted from worrying.

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what are you after risks of mrsa
Posted by jon
Last Reply October 7, 2012 at 22:08
Started September 29, 2012 at 01:54
i am 29 had my 1st Abscess 3 monthes ago and its almost healed now. it had alote of fulid and was really really red .what are my risk now? it healed fast,they put me on antibiotics fast.they say now iam a carrier.
and they say i am fine now they never tested any more .what doesw thls open me to

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Do I have it?
Posted by Madeline
Last Reply September 20, 2012 at 01:05
Started December 28, 2006
1) I'm not sick, no fever, have had flu like symtoms occasionally. 2) Have had continuous boil outbreaks since September 06. As soon as one heals, another pops up. 3) Boils have been on my buttocks, my underarm (with a noxious odor and constant bleeding) and the last 3 have appeared on my neck. From what I've read, it sure SOUNDS like MRSA but I hate going to the doctor and suggesting to him what I have. I have an unused prescription for Cleocin and thought I'd take that first to see what happens. Can you have MRSA and not be sick? I don't remember any cuts, etc., no surgeries. The first one appeared on my buttocks and got severely infected. Boils seem to be genetic in my family and I've had them throughout the years, but nothing like this. HELP!

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steph-epidermidis
Posted by graham woods
Last Reply August 26, 2012
Started January 24, 2009 at 20:28
also referred to as nosocomial infection - classified as a strict hospital infection. I know this isnt MRSA but dont know where else to look. Got this from having bone marrow samples taken in UK hospital end December 08 - has anyone else suffered from this following bone marrow extraction. If so how did you get rid of it? How long did it take, etc. etc. Any info gladly appreciated. Thanks for your time.

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sinus
Posted by jg
Last Reply August 26, 2012
Started August 26, 2012
I had Mrsa in my leg. I had 2 surgeries and a months worth of antibiotics. Had mynose cultured after two days off the antibiotic and said negative. Now I have a sinus infection two weeks later? any experience with this?

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CRP level/stiff knee
Posted by Isobel UK
Last Reply August 23, 2012 at 17:22
Started August 23, 2012 at 17:22
Hi I got MRSA in hospital when I had a knee arthroscopy for arthritis treatment. It was just over 2 months ago. I had 6 weeks in hospital then came out on sort of license and when back in when I got kidney disfunction from the antibiotic I was on. Thank God that is all over. I have two questions. My knee looks kind of cricket-ball shaped with swelling and has a very small range of movement. It is almost completely stiff. I'm on crutches and scared I am going to be like this forever. Has anyone had this and got better?
Also does anyone know of your CRP has to go down to zero before the MRSA has gone? Mine is down to 17 last blood test from about 380 when I first got it.

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Almost a year of MRSA
Posted by craig
Last Reply August 21, 2012 at 20:23
Started October 2, 2009
I've never posted here before but have found it extremely useful to hear other peoples stories, of which most are shockingly similar.

Now.. My story.

I went into Sheffield nothern general hospital in November 2008 with an unbearable boil on the back of my thigh. I originally thought it was an insect bite and kept putting it off, but eventually ended up in A&E with an infection the size of a tennis ball; 11cm wide. I ended up on a ward straight away, waiting for surgery. 30 minutes into laying down on my bed in tears, what I can only describe as an angel of a nurse gave me a shot of morphine and within ten minutes the relief was unreal. For the first time in days I was able to sleep, blissfully unaware of the monster growing inside me.

A few days went by, slipping down the pecking order of the operating list, but with no pain at all due to the miracle pain killers, i was content. In fact, the hardest part of this hospital experience now was facing day after day of nil by mou... read more

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help my mom has had mrsa for a year
Posted by konner
Last Reply August 17, 2012 at 19:06
Started May 14, 2011 at 01:26
My mom has had mrsa since last may, and none of
the surgeons can help. One of the surgeons never
wore gloves, and then she got mrsa. Her current
surgeon, dr.mcurdy in norman oklahoma, cant help
either. Does anyone know ANY good surgeons in
oklahoma, that can help?! She had hernia surgery,
and thats where she has it, in her stomach. She still
has another hernia, and needs to get that done. Its
numb and its bulging. Please help, its actually in
the abdominal cavity i dont want to lose my mom
because all the surgeons suck!!

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2 Year old diagnosed
Posted by Kelly
Last Reply August 17, 2012 at 14:47
Started August 17, 2012 at 14:47
Hi,

I have a two year old who had gromits fitted in her ears about a year and a half ago.. in Febraury this year she got an ear infection which she had 4 courses of antibiotics before i changed doctor surgerys and our new doctor tested for MRSA. She had MRSA and psudomonen (not sure how to spell that) in her ear which i was told because the psudomen was left for so long without the right antibiotics its mutated into MRSA. she was thn given antibiotics to clear the MRSA and then another course to clear the psudomonen. this I thought was finally all cleared and baack to normal around May time.

A short while ago my little girl got another ear infection and fearing the worst i went to the drs and demanded every test they would do. It came back negative for MRSA and after two weeks cleared up with two sets of antibiotics.. We then got a phone call a week later asking for her to come in to have a swab of her nose i asked what for but the receptionsit making the call wasnt allowed t... read more

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MRSA & Breastfeeding
Posted by Denise
Last Reply August 13, 2012 at 08:13
Started July 28, 2007 at 16:01
I recently gave birth to premature twins and wanted to breastfeed. The babies (in NICU) were too young to suckle, so I pumped breastmilk as best I could. When the babies were 10 days old, they became very sick. The hospital cultured MRSA in their blood and also in my breast milk. The babies were treated with IV antibiotics and soon recovered. The NICU doctors said I was "colonized" rather than "infected" and seemed to indicate that I would be able to breastfeed once the babies were strong enough to leave NICU. I went to my primary care doctor who prescribed a 2+ week course of an antibiotic (Doxycycline) because he thought even if I was just colonized, I needed to be treated (this with the expectation that I would be able to breastfeed afterward), and I spent about 3 weeks "pumping and dumping" (with ever decreasing milk supply) on the assumption that I would be breastfeeding once I finished the antibiotic. However, at the end of that time, I learned that even with the antibiot... read more

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Photos of MRSA
Posted by Jordan
Last Reply August 12, 2012 at 22:51
Started August 12, 2012 at 22:51
I read recently that there are photos on here (the home page) of how MRSA presents in different sufferers. But I can't find them.

Where are the photos?

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Mom, MRSA, and tunneling
Posted by Angela
Last Reply August 11, 2012 at 06:48
Started February 24, 2011 at 21:28
My mom had MRSA 5 years ago (hysterectomy), she received this from an OB/GYN who was in a hurry to get to the airport and didn't allow the hospital staff to properly clean the room - but what can you do. She was in remission for 5 years and then she had to have her gall bladder out in Sept. I guess it was just waiting for its chance to come back because she has been fighting the infection since then. She's also had Morganella and some other bacteria in addition to. They seem to like taking turns. Anyway I've been taking care of her and everything seemed like it was doing ok - she'd had 3 IND after her initial surgery. The last IND was with a really great surgeon - who cleaned up her MRSA 5 years ago after that obgyn's mistake. We went back and the tunnels he opened up and cleaned up healed no problem. She had about another 4 weeks to go and she would have a protective covering over everything, but there was this one tunnel that wasn't healing. The surgeon didn't do an IND during th... read more

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MRSA in throat/stool?
Posted by BK
Last Reply August 3, 2012 at 23:25
Started August 3, 2012 at 23:25
After several false tries at diagnosing my husbands extreme sore throat by a PA, an NP and an MD, we finally got a doctor to culture his throat. The result showed MRSA....heavy growth. He was prescribed Bactrim. Now, after all the wrong medications and 1 dose of Bactrim, he has diarrhea. Will he have MRSA in his stool also? Do we need to get a stool culture? We read the lab report and it didn't mention colonization or infection. It was a 48 hour culture. Was this test definitive enough?


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Staph/MRSA
Posted by Ray
Last Reply July 30, 2012 at 23:19
Started July 23, 2012 at 06:59
I was diagnosed in March when an abscess grew in my groin area and I had to have it drained. In May, a boil developed in the area of my buttocks and I was prescribed clindamycin Phosphate. I have occasional outbreaks on my buttocks and elbows. My nose itches, and my face has a tingling feeling to it. If I shave with a razor, I have redness beneath my skin. I don't think many doctors have knowledge about this bacteria. I am actively looking into naturopathic medicine including Manuka honey and Tea tree oil. I am worried, but I am glad I have found this support forum to share experiences and exchange information. My question is does the bacteria attack those with weak immune systems, and if so, could the bacteria be fought by strengthening the immune system. In other words, is this an equal opportunity bacteria that can attack anyone?

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Is sever e itching a common sign of MRSA?
Posted by wprroed
Last Reply July 27, 2012 at 19:45
Started July 27, 2012 at 19:45
I had itching in my nose and eyes before the first otherwise noticeable symptoms of MRSA. It became serious; later I was itching beyond endurance everywhere.

The very first dr I consulted for this told me there is nothing that causes itching in the nose. Ironic/moronic is it not as MRSA lives in the nose? Shouldn't that have been a maojor clue to a medical expert?

Did others of you have problems with itching?

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Which kind of probiotics is best?
Posted by worried
Last Reply July 25, 2012
Started July 25, 2012
What probiotic is best?

How many billions flora, types, brands, etc.

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Is MRSA contagious?
Posted by Terrified and hopeless
Last Reply July 24, 2012 at 20:25
Started July 14, 2012 at 23:47
I cannot find a definitive answer to this question. Sure can't get one from the medical
"experts."

Doctors have told me yes, no, and not to worry about it.

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