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Posted by kaye
Last Reply June 14, 2012 at 14:43
Started June 14, 2012 at 14:43
my husben got mrsa 4 years ago after back surgery. they didn't not find it till a year later when he had to have surgery again because there was no new bone grouth. at that time we were told that he would have to be on meds his whole life. he had a lot of pain at the time but did not have a fever,any boils or the other things that would warn you that it was mrsa. fast foward to now. the new doctor has taken him off the meds because he didn't find anything saying that it was mrsa. (i will be pulling the records again) he is still in a lot of pain with all over joint pain. does anyone know what the test is called that i should be asking them to do? this doctor can talk around my husben and does! i feel that he is getting the run around because he is in the milatary

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CA MRSA experience
Posted by Scott
Last Reply June 8, 2012 at 20:09
Started July 23, 2009 at 23:17
Hello I want to share my experience with CA MRSA with you. My girlfriend and I both caught CA MRSA in March 2009. We both started breaking out with a couple of pimples on our faces and folliculitis on our thighs and calves. We both noticed that we had joint pain especially in our fingers, elbows, knees and wrists. Our skin was also very itchy at times and I had eye itching often. Over the next week or so we started breaking out with more pimples on our back, chest, stomach and legs. We make an appointment with a dermatologist and saw him on April 6th. He said he didnít think the joint pain was related to the skin problem and we should see a rheumatologist for it. He gave us Keflex 4X a day for 10 days. It didnít work for us so we were given Avelox for 10 days and that also didnít work. Meanwhile I started having pain in my chest mainly on the left side but occasionally on the right side. To make a long story short my other doctor figured out the chest pain was from Costochondritis. ... read more

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danger of another picc line
Posted by teresa
Last Reply May 31, 2012
Started May 31, 2012
My husband has been back and forth
between hospitals and nursing homes for six
months. He was stage one parkinsons, but
now, due to MRSA contracted in the nursing
home, he is stage three ave may never walk
again. He has had 2 piccolo lines. The first
caused a blood clot and the secmond, which
was after he was declared no longer septic,
had to be removed because it colonized
MRSA on the tip. Now they want to put in
another and I am afraid it will cause
infection in his heart. I am being told it ks
necessary due to the Ph of Zyvox and an
antifungal --top prevent his getting C -def in
his bowels again. Should I allow the nursing
home doctor to order another picc?

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do i have mrsa
Posted by lindsey
Last Reply May 23, 2012 at 11:56
Started May 23, 2012 at 11:56
hello i was just after some advice as since i had my little boy i started breaking out in these lumps mainly under my arms and groin area but do get the odd one in various other places the docs told me it was a cyst and to lose weight etc.. unhappy with his diagnosis i reserched and reserched and discovered a disease called 'Hidradenitis suppurativa' or HS and i put it to another doc who agreed with me ive never had any tests apart from a blood test for autoimune diseases which came back fine but im so worried it could be mrsa if it is would this of come up in my bloods?? or should i go and demand the doctor does a test any help on this would be verry much apreciated. xx

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mrsa boils, cysts
Posted by CARLOS
Last Reply May 23, 2012 at 11:49
Started November 17, 2004 at 15:06
i have been mrsa positive for about 5 months. what a a pain in the ass. literally. Zyvox tabs dry up my boils but they eventually return, usually in about 2 or 3 weeks. The bacteria is becoming immune to the zyvoz! what will i do next?
I have read some cases on this board similar to mine. what happens next? Do the boils increase, does it go in your blood stream, will the abscesses sprout to larger sizes.
please anyone experiencing this type of mrsa please inform me if possible.

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Traveling with Medication
Posted by DaltonFiske
Last Reply May 22, 2012 at 23:54
Started May 22, 2012 at 23:54
I hope everyone is happy and healthy this Memorial Day. Kick back,
and take it easy... or be like me and go through the stress of flying
somewhere for two days, then flying back!

I found this while making some preparations and wanted to share it:

Safe Travels! Happy Memorial Day!

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MBT shoes
Posted by Rob
Last Reply May 22, 2012 at 07:12
Started July 21, 2007 at 10:03
After eventually getting rid of MRSA from my broken legs I ended up having one of my ankles fused. That took along time to heal and as a result my walking style is someone less smooth as a result. One of my surgeons team suggested trying MBT shoes as they have a curving sole so helping compensate for the lack of movement in the ankle joint. They have worked really well I wear my MBT sandals quite a lot now I'm more use to wearing them.

So I decided to setup a forum for MBT shoes for anyone thinking of trying them and those who want to recommend them etc. They are usually bought for exercise reasons as they work the muscles more and take pressure of the joints. Personally I feel nearly everybody would benefit from having a pair. See my forum at:

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I still have MRSA-yet GP won't treat it. Why?
Posted by Maggie
Last Reply May 22, 2012
Started August 7, 2004 at 10:21
I was advised in April, 2004 that I was infected with MRSA. I had just had my gallbladder removed after being ill for almost 2 years with GB disease. I live in Cumbria, and had had a TERRIBLE time with the local hospital in Cumbria. Hence my GP finally listened to my continual PLEAS to be transferred to a hospital "out of the area" for surgery.

I had last been in the local hospital in late December, 2003, following a flare-up of terrible pain. Upon discharge, I had a high temperature, and felt very feverish & was prescribed strong antibiotics. When home, though the bouts of feverishness became worse, and I began to suffer terrible headaches and generally felt very "fluey". I thought it was just the effects of the gallbladder disease.

I had the operation in Manchester in early April, 2004. A week later, still feeling very poorly, I was diagnosed with MRSA. One of my lungs had partially collapsed. My family and I were shocked - but impressed - at the speed at which the ... read more

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Contact isolation
Posted by Marianne
Last Reply May 10, 2012 at 16:30
Started May 10, 2012 at 16:30
Good morning. Im a dialysis nurse in a hospital setting. Our unit can accomodate
4 patients only. Can we dialize patient with contact isolation like
mrsa,esbl,vre,pseudomonas and etc. in the unit. Do u have any guidelines for

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anearobic infections
Posted by denise2
Last Reply May 10, 2012 at 08:44
Started May 10, 2012 at 08:44
I did some research and staph/mrsa sounds like something called an anearobic infection. You guys should read about it. The one thing I learned is that it can't survive in oxygen. Another thing is that it is caused by multiple bacteria. Lastly, the cultures that are done by doctors can't detect all of the bacteria. This infection has the exact same symptoms as staph/mrsa. You should research it. I think it is helpful and will help u understand how to heal.

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Drug Resistant Bacteria Research
Posted by DalonFiske
Last Reply May 8, 2012 at 20:44
Started May 8, 2012 at 20:40
Hi all,

I'm new to the MRSA forum boards, but I'm looking to get information
regarding drug resistant bacteria. My research is still in the
gathering phase, and as such I'm looking for everything from personal
stories to recent articles and blog posts. Here are a few examples I
came across today:


Give the articles a read if you have a moment, they're quite
interesting and indicative of the content I''m in search of. Any
feedback, or links to articles would be greatly appreciated. Many
thanks for your time and input.

All the best,

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MRSA carrier
Posted by phonehag
Last Reply May 6, 2012 at 14:17
Started May 6, 2012 at 14:17
I had an infection in my breast and the biopsy came back positive for MRSA. I had emergency surger to drain the infection and the "dead flesh" was removed. My doctors have said I'm a carrier. I asked exactly what that meant but I'm not sure I completely understand. Does this mean that it's in my body and I may have outbreaks? That is the impression that I got from the doctors. If it's important, prior to this infection, my last hospitalization was 11 years ago. Thank you!

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mssa after birth
Posted by nina
Last Reply May 3, 2012 at 10:25
Started November 16, 2011 at 19:10
Hello, I was given MSSA through a cannula during birth. I wasn't
aware of how dangerous the situation was until I threatened to
discharge myself and was told I absolutely couldn't go as they
suspected endocarditis. I actually had to google the antibiotic I
was hooked up to, to figure out what I had as no one would tell
me. The care I received on a busy labour ward for 14 days could
be described as nothing short of neglect and I thought u would
die there before being able to take myy baby outside. I
breastfed, and have later learnt I shouldn't. I have no faith in
the NHS for this not to happen again, and now am expectig my
second baby. Has anyone else had or felt a similar way? How did
u learn to trust medical professionals again? Right bow I think id
bite anyone approaching me with a cannula again z

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mrsa scars
Posted by georgie
Last Reply April 23, 2012 at 07:15
Started January 14, 2012 at 17:19
I am currently having my second outbreak of mrsa. I contracted it first in the usa where the doctors scared the life out of me as the anitbiotics didn't at first work, and it was all very unexpected, I thought I had simple insect bites.
I thought it had healed but that's another story.
In the meantime I've been using bio oil on the scars, which only seems to have made them darker! I'm a pale olive skin, and the scars are now dark purple, almost black. I hate to sound superficial but as a young woman having scars on your body can be a truly depressing thing, let alone having to deal with another outbreak (I was completely unaware til I got my 2nd and read a lot of forums that this is common to re occur)
I will try manuka honey and vitamin e oil on the scars now, if anyone has had any successful experiences please do share, and I will keep updating about how mine go..
My sympathy goes to everyone who has had this and has to continue to suffer it x

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MRSA and styes?
Posted by Alex
Last Reply April 20, 2012 at 21:13
Started April 20, 2012 at 21:05
I have had 3 different MRSA infections within the past 2 years. 1 of the 3 almost went to my heart. I know I will carry this super bug for the rest of my life and I can deal with that. Recently though I've developed a pretty big stye on the inside of my eyelid. I'm concerned that it may develop into another MRSA infection or that it already has. Could anyone tell me the likeliness of it becoming MRSA or it already being MRSA?

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MSSA from IV
Posted by medical malpractice victim
Last Reply April 19, 2012 at 23:44
Started April 5, 2012 at 02:49
Got MSSA from IV nurse put in without wearing gloves or adequately cleaning my IV site. Baseline EKG/ECHO fine. No other source of infection by CT/MRI. Got worse, developed heart murmur, another ECHO showed infection had traveled to heart. Had to have open heart surgery, mitral valve replacement, need lifelong blood thinning meds, can no longer have children (I was 35 and wanted many children). Retained attorney, reviewed my medical record with a hospital fabricated microbiology report that was dated the day I was admitted for viral meningitis (no endocarditis symptoms). Dr. had said my infection was due to the IV--then changed his story when I needed surgery and said that I must have come in with the infection. No attorney would go after hospital for fabricating a report, so we went after the infectious disease specialist who looked at those reports daily and did not start IV antibiotics until the 6th day. He either needed to bite the hand that feeds him and say it was the hospital... read more

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sex and mrsa
Posted by john
Last Reply April 19, 2012 at 03:28
Started April 19, 2012 at 03:28
can you get mrsa from intercourse if my wife has mrsa in her blood ?

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Does anyone have MRSA with shortness of breath
Posted by Tracy
Last Reply April 15, 2012 at 13:42
Started February 1, 2008 at 02:09
I am 28 years old and had a surgery in November 07 and the incision became infected with MRSA. The sore cleared up quickly within a few weeks of taking Zyvox. I have been feeling short of breath since December 07. I have never had asthma in my life. Now I wake up out of my sleep because I cant breathe and feel short of breath throughout the day. I have an inhaler Albuterol. It helps some, but I feel like Im suffocating a short time later. I had a chest xray done in December to check for pneumonia, and it was negative. I went to the emergency room the other night for shortness of breath. I had another chest xray done and it was negative again. I know MRSA has caused this and I dont know what I could possibly have if it isnt pneumonia. Does anyone have any similar experiences because I feel like my life will never be the same and I really need help. Thank you.

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scared and confused
Posted by rick
Last Reply April 8, 2012 at 01:16
Started July 9, 2007 at 19:19
about a year ago i had an infection in my right knee. it started out just a little red and sore,over the next couple of days it blew up to yhe size of a melon. i went to the hospital and got treated with antibiotics. a few months later i noticed what seemed to be a small whitehead pimple or ingrown hair on my right forearm. it grew very rapidly and sent agonizing pain all the way down to my fingers. i went to the hospital and was treted with antibiotics through iv and by mouth. afew months later i noticed the same type of "pimple" on the back of my right shoulder the same thing happened but this time the pain was much more severe and it was oozing pus worse than the last time again i was treated with both iv and mouth antibiotics. now a couple of months later i got one on my left buttcheek witch grew and hurt pretty bad but went away quickly with no treatment however igot a new one on my left hip. this one was the worst by far. i had to be cut open and stuffed with gauze.when the ga... read more

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MRSA in Toe should I dispose of trainers
Posted by Trina
Last Reply April 5, 2012 at 03:18
Started March 25, 2012 at 12:04
Hi, my son has contracted MRSA in his toe after having treatment for an ingrowing toenail, the surgeon has said we should now discard his trainers that he was wearing prior to diagnosis, does anyone know if this is true as we have not been told to dispose of any socks he has worn. If I was to wash the trainers in the washing machine a couple of times would this be sufficient?

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