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Re: after effects of MRSA on the body
Reply #300 by Jim
Posted: August 6, 2009 at 17:11
Hi all, i contracted MRSA 5 years ago, in Hospital. I have been constantly tired since then, and get bouts of extreme fatigue, where i just want to put my head down and sleep. My doctor doesn't think it's anything to do with MRSA, but i think it has.
I am currently out of work, and fear that when i do get a job i will get sacked for falling asleep or not turning up for work as i'm so tired.
Before i had MRSA i was cycling 8 miles to work, working manually all day and cycling home.
I'm positive that MRSA (that lives in the body, i believe) is the reason i am always tired, my doctor thinks it's depression.
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Re: after effects of MRSA on the body
Reply #301 by Nancy
Posted: August 8, 2009 at 04:50
I've had MRSA 3 times in the past year & a half and I have not felt the same. I'm always
tired, have headaches, pain in my joints, and other odd things. I spoke with my GP about
this but he said theres nothing to worry about because the infection is gone.
I'm concerned about this because I had to be hospitalized for a week when I had gotten
MRSA in my left nostril which made my face swollen and I had the worst headache ever.
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Re: after effects of MRSA on the body
Reply #302 by Nancy
Posted: August 8, 2009 at 04:59
I've had MRSA 3 times in the past year & a half and I have not felt the same. I'm always
tired, have headaches, pain in my joints, and other odd things. I spoke with my GP about
this but he said theres nothing to worry about because the infection is gone.
I'm concerned about this because I had to be hospitalized for a week when I had gotten
MRSA in my left nostril which made my face swollen and I had the worst headache ever.
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Re: after effects of MRSA on the body
Reply #303 by Nanajo
Posted: August 10, 2009 at 05:30
I had arthoscopic knee surgery and did wonderful for 3 weeks. Then I got MRSA! I had to have another surgery to wash the knee out, stayed in hospital for about 4 days and then had 6 weeks of antibiotics through a gro shung in my chest. It was horrible. While that was healing I also developed achilles tendonitis which is horrible also. I am now going to a pool 5 days per week for therapy and will continue to do this, however I had one orthopedic surgeon said I should try the "chicken shots" again (I had them before the first knee surgery). They didn't help but he said I should try a different kind so I am going to start that tomorrow. Hopefully the chicken shots will help because right now if I sit for 10 minutes then I can barely walk. The pain is just unbearable. I am sick of all this pain in my knee, leg, etc.

Any comments about when you really know when you need partial or full knee replacement?

Thank you
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Re: after effects of MRSA on the body
Reply #304 by Jen
Posted: August 25, 2009 at 21:34
I had MRSA about four years ago, and still have a side effect of fatigue. Usually, if I can, I
need one day out of the week to sleep and rest. The up side is that I maintain a positive
attitude and continue to strive to do all I did prior to MRSA.
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Re: after effects of MRSA on the body
Reply #305 by Brandon Conaway age. 20
Posted: September 9, 2009 at 21:12
I received MRSA after dancing at a six hour performance in both of my knees... I didn't
realize i had it at first, so i was limping around with MRSA building in both of my
knees completely clueless! I figured i just injured my knees from sliding too much...
Then after a while, I could barely walk, nor put the sheet over my legs without
experiencing excruciating pain. After two weeks, I happen to run into an old friend who
has his own medical practice. He asked me why I was limping, I showed him my knee
and told him i injured it. As soon as i lifted my shorts, his eyes got big and we rushed
to the hospital. I had a red ball resting in my right knee that was rapidly getting
bigger, he did the surgery without putting me under or anything, it was probably the
most painful event I have experienced in a while... I spent a week in the hospital with a
40% chance of survival. Supposedly it spreads pretty fast... plus it too a while to find a
anti-biotic that showed results against MRSA. After leaving the hospital, I experience
the headaches, fatigue, I also have a lot of mood swings now, and a lot of aches and
pains. The best thing to avoid these is to be active and stay as healthy as possible. It
lives in your body forever, they say the have a treatment called "blue-light" that can
get rid of it... check it out.
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Re: after effects of MRSA on the body
Reply #306 by Lusa
Posted: September 14, 2009 at 03:31
I was diagnosed with MRSA in the summer of 2005. I had dyed my hair and not only was I allergic to the hair dye (Which we had tested a strip before with no reaction) I also got MRSA. (Dr thinks I must have gotten it before that, just then is when I got the rash) I remember I was in a lot of pain (the main part of the rash was on my neck and ears) I had to be treated for 2 different rashes, I was on 7 different medications and topical creams, which also made me very sick. Even now I struggle with fatigue, headaches, and joint pain. I have been tested for Lupus and it came back negative (there were other factors leading up to me being tested) and after seeing this forum I do believe that it may be the MRSA that makes me feel like this... I may not be completely crazy after all.

And I had a surgery 1 year ago, the doctors gave me antibiotics before the surgery and wore protective gear to try and prevent me (or them) from getting MRSA. It did work.
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Re: after effects of MRSA on the body
Reply #307 by Mike
Posted: September 14, 2009 at 12:57
Just thought I would add my two cents. I contracted MRSA last year. I'm 30 years old now but at the time I was 29. At the time of infection, I worked as an electrician at McCarran airport in Las Vegas. I can only assume I contracted it there but I cannot be sure. I got it in both my nostrils on the inside. I can only assume this was due to my terrible habbit of nose picking. It was very painful. It felt as if there was a hard rock in each of my nostrils. At times, I felt as if there were no other way to deal with the pain except suicide.
The first doctor I visited just gave me a cursory glance and diagnosed it as a simple infection and prescribed me a normal antibiotic. It worked initially but the MRSA symptons returned a few days later. I then visited a different doctor who basically did the same thing only with a different set of antibiotics. The symptons eased but quickly returned. This sequence repeated with about four different doctors and four different antibiotics. I was at my wits end. I went and visited another doctor who did a culture on my bump for lab testing. Only then was it confirmed as MRSA and then only because my mother in law was a micro-biologist at the diagnostic center. She was able to provide me with a list of antibotics for my particular strain. Since then I have been MRSA free but like others, am constantly fatigued. I thought it was due to depression from being laid off but now I am not so sure.
I am over weight and a smoker. I'm sure some life style changes are warranted, especially considering I have a baby girl on the way due in January of 2010 and would love to one day see some grand children. My question is, there seems to be some debate as to the long standing effects of MRSA. I'm wondering if it remains in my body at low levels and am I at risk for a reoccurance. Last week, I thought it felt like it may have been returning but it quickly went away. If anyone could shed some light on this, it would be a tremendous help. I no longer have health insurance so I fear what would happen if it returned.
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Re: after effects of MRSA on the body
Reply #308 by linda mccafferty
Posted: September 15, 2009 at 18:01
Mike.......are you infected or colonised in nostrils ? the two are very diffrent !!!!! if you follow this link it will take you to the USA site this is the UK site as you know our healthcare are very diffrent http://www.mrsa-forum-usa.com/index.asp?action=start
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Re: after effects of MRSA on the body
Reply #309 by Cindi
Posted: September 18, 2009 at 22:04
I'm a 52 year old nurse and work in a nursing home and got scratched by a pt whom Had MRSA in my upper RT arm.My arm ended up with celllitis and had to be drained. The area is healed and now I'm experiencing alot pain and weakness and pain radiating down my arm into fingers and hand of rt arm. It also gets hot at times. I was on ATB bactrum and Clindamycin x 3. I've had blood tests Sedrate high always also bone scan and CT Scan showed inflammation.Now I'm scheduled for Nerve Test. I feel like nobody is listening especially the DRS. I have been pretty healthy and enjoyed working fulltime but
now I have a great fear that MRSA will reoccur. If anyone reads this and has had MRSA please feel free to E-mail any suggestions or options
and that I'm not cracking up
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Re: after effects of MRSA on the body
Reply #310 by Wanda Sinclair
Posted: September 24, 2009 at 17:52
I had MRSA a year and half ago. I used to have so much enegery and loved life. I am tired all the time now. I have headaches all the time and my body has many aches. It is crazy. I had surgery for a hernia and contracted MRSA. I was given 24hrs to see if I lived or not and was in the hospital for 10days with 2 diffrent drugs pumped through me every half hour. It was horrible. The side effect are horrible. It did damage to the inside of me causing me to have scar tissue (more than normal) resulting in an entrapped nerve. MRSA is different from other staph infections and most victims will tell you that. I have two friends who have had it and they both have called me and asked me if I shared the syptoms they have. We all show the same syptoms. It is hard as I am the mother of two teenagers and a four year old. I struggle most days with being able to work and take care of the kids. I go to bed every night and even though I am exhausted I have had to take Lunesta every since the MRSA. I can not sleep a full night without it where as before I slept fine. MRSA may not have these effects in the books written but if you live it, you know how it changes a person.
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Re: after effects of MRSA on the body
Reply #311 by Molly
Posted: September 25, 2009 at 18:05
I contracted MRSA for the first time after having my Breast Removed because of cancer. I had in the fluid from the drains. When all my chemo had finished i was still very tierd and severe joint problems they thought it was my cancer medication and then that was thrown out of the window they decided to send me to a rhuematologist. No arthritis. I was scanned and found i have osteoperosis in my lower spine. I then had more reconstructive surgery in July of this year. And yes yet again got MRSA in the operation site. Still very tierd joint pains depressed and on antidepressants my GP says it has nothing to do with the MRSA but im not sure. This is 2 years down the line now???Anyone with similar storey???Molly
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Re: after effects of MRSA on the body
Reply #312 by Cheri
Posted: September 25, 2009 at 19:57
having been treated for MRSA a year ago last May, I have since developed extreme joint pain and stiffness in my right shoulder, right elbow, right thumb and left wrist.Right thumb is now making it nearly impossible to hand write. Could it be possible to have developed septic arthritis? Does anyone else have these symptoms? I never had any of this before MRSA.
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Re: after effects of MRSA on the body
Reply #313 by Michelle
Posted: September 26, 2009 at 22:18
My daughter had emergency surgery for MRSA...shortly after, was suffering from things of which she had not ever had before....hallucinations, memory loss, fatigue, muscle loss....she was tested and diagnosed with Epilepsy...the infection was severe...and the MRSA is the only thing we can think of that could have triggered this...the surgeon said she was 24hrs. from death...I think the infection effected her brain function...the anti seizure meds haven't seemed to helped and she is getting worse and worse in length and frequency of the episodes. She has a friend in school who almost died as well of MRSA and now struggles with tumors in the face, the MRSA had been on her eye.....I really believe the MRSA does lasting damage that the Dr.'s are not willing to warn us about.
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Re: after effects of MRSA on the body
Reply #314 by Tammy Monk
Posted: October 14, 2009 at 18:26
What are the effects on the joints after having MRSA in joint areas? I am having a terrible time with this as well as it is constantly recurring within 2months after taking the medication. Any help or solutions in this
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Re: after effects of MRSA on the body
Reply #315 by Helen
Posted: October 21, 2009 at 14:26
Have just found this site and am so relieved to find I am not alone in my post-MRSA experience. I had a hysterectomy/bladder repair done 6 years ago and contracted MRSA from a cathether site. It was a very scary experience. I was given topical washes but no antiboitics and I despired of getting the wound to heal. I eventually did it myself by cutting open a piece of aloe vera leaf and applying the pure gel over the wound.
Since then, I have been plagued with all the symptoms others have detailed in many of the above comments- fatigue, unexplained pains, inability to fight off infection (something which my gp will not agree with!)
Recently I have had an operation and developed a severe reaction to antibiotics given, something which had never happened before.I have had bad sweats which I cannot get rid of, even though my doctor has increased HRT.
The worst bit is people, including the doctor , think that it is all in your head and you should just "get on with it and stop moaning again".
I have eventually been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I thought the feeling of being in a permanent daze was to do with it, but after reading some of the comments, I am not so sure! I too was a multi-tasker, like one correspondent, holding down a job, working after hours and had a busy social life. Now I do notnhave the energy to socialise, and fall asleep so often that it is embarassing. I can't walk without pain, I have no energy and am on a heavy regime of medication to control the pain.
Thanks to all out there who have already shared on this site- you have encouraged me. Hopefully today will be one of the "better" days for you and me both.
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Re: after effects of MRSA on the body
Reply #316 by Lily C.
Posted: October 23, 2009 at 19:17
I'm 18 years old and got a MRSA infection in the soft tissue of my shoulder about 3 years ago. I was in Boston and there were 20 other kids who also got an infection. Tragically, only five of us survived. Like almost everyone else here, I seem to be frequently fatigued and suffer from aches where the staph was (my shoulder). I'm no longer able to lean on that shoulder that was infected. I also seem to hate the taste of butter and salt and those tastes never bothered me before. Does anyone have taste issues now? And since I'm 18 I want to know if I'm going to have to deal with rhumetism or whatever in my shoulder form now on.
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Re: after effects of MRSA on the body
Reply #317 by simon
Posted: October 25, 2009 at 16:13
I got mrsa in hospital about 11 years ago, ive had 10 operations on my right shoulder.I was in hospital for about 3 months and did the tour of the 3 hospitals in my area, and had various antibiotics pumped into me 24 hours a day, only having a break to be showered,I had a manual job which i can no longer do, I played rugby,scuba dived,went to the gym 6 days a week.I do nothing now as i have no energy and im taking anti-inflam tablets and sleeping tablets. I am in constant pain, and the pain clinic have nearly run out of ideas. I havent had a proper nights sleep for years!! My GP says im addicted to my sleeping tablets(ive only been on them for 11 years so i guess i am!!!!).I did the Dirty Weekend Programme, which was a big help because back then there wasnt the press coverage there is now. The constant pain is unberible sometimes and when my body says sleep i have to sleep,which is not the lifestyle i want.
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Re: after effects of MRSA on the body
Reply #318 by vicky
Posted: October 30, 2009 at 21:27
I do believe there are lingering side effects from this. I have been clear of an active infection for almost a month, but I am still having itching all over, mostly armpits and some spots on my back.
Also I keep having these deep shooting pains down my arms about in the location where the boils were initally.
They, the doctors, can say there are not lingering side effects, or they are related to the meds not the infection, but I don't buy it. My husband and I both think this stuff is still in our systems.
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Re: after effects of MRSA on the body
Reply #319 by Anne
Posted: November 2, 2009 at 18:46
I just recently recovered from MRSA, I was on here looking for after effects. I get headaches daily, my lower back, rearend and legs and kneees hurt daily. Some days worse that others and I get extremely tired. The day I went to the ER for it, the pain in my legs and knees was almost unbarrable. I did not have these problems until after I recovered from it. Also, am I now a carrier of MRSA?
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