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Spending on infections versus MPs expenses
Posted by Red Rose
Last Reply May 22, 2009 at 18:32
Started May 17, 2009 at 13:16

"Hi all

Thanks to everyone who has already mailed about this. Like other NEC members I recognise and appreciate the hundreds of hours of unpaid time put in by volunteers on the ground, most of whom do not even claim expenses for travel, postage and telephone calls, but give them freely to help in electing Labour representatives. I know that campaigners now also have to deal with outright hostility ... read more

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What chance for patients with this attitude
Posted by Nurse
Last Reply May 20, 2009 at 16:21
Started March 9, 2009 at 23:39
A nurse in the NHS
i have just watched your discussion about hospitals and i was infuriated. people who don't work in hospitals need to butt out, you don't know what its like one bit. i'm a student nurse just about to qualify and its people like you lot that are giving the nhs a bad name. i'm not saying hospitals are perfect but they are a damn site better than everyone bangs on about. as for being dirty, i have yet to go to a hospital that can be even close to dirty, i'm not saying that there aren't any but people are being led to believe that hospitals are pig styes. as for the MRSA bug, that silly woman, don't know your names, who thinks she got it while in hospital due to postnatal complications. first of all they would have done the operation anyway, secondly theatres are the cleanest places and thirdly roughly 50% of people walking around everyday carry MRSA and don't know. its often these people that bring the bug into hospital. and the reason MRSA is so resistant to everyth... read more

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Abcesses a problem after mrsa?
Posted by mdesr
Last Reply May 19, 2009 at 23:30
Started May 19, 2009 at 21:27
I went in for an arthroscopy after I hurt my knee at work. I developed MRSA as a result. I had about 8 surgeries within a 2 months span to try to get rid of the bug. I was on Vancomyacin and one other antibiotic, which I can't remember the name of.

I just recently started to get abcesses. Within a year I've had about 4 recurrences of them. Has anyone else had this problem? If so, is there a way to keep them from coming back, or am I continually going to get them.

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MRSA PVL-House of Lords
Posted by Rosie KV
Last Reply May 16, 2009 at 18:55
Started May 15, 2009 at 16:46
This week Baroness Masham (who knew a 19yr old student who died of PVL MRSA, raised a question in the House of Lords. She was asking for this to become a notifiable disease. You can view the debate here: (approx 11.10 of the broadcast)

There is also a very good article here

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Staph Treatment advice
Posted by jd1974
Last Reply May 15, 2009 at 16:53
Started April 29, 2009 at 11:51
I've had a staph skin infection since around 2001, I get pimples, furuncles and carbuncles.

I've tried getting treatment through various GPs and some specialists, ive been prescribed various oral and topical treatments, none of which have been effective.

The specialists took nasal swabs and both found no pathogen, but yet I still get these boils.

Ive been trying Dermol 600 over the past few weeks with no result, and I also wash with Hibi+ wash every day - which seems to help healing a bit.

My question is this:

If they can't find a pathogen in my nose, then what is the next step in finding out exactly what variant of Staph I have, because I believe that, before I can begin to fight this infection and get it treated - I need to know what exactly what variant i'm dealing with surely!?

I don't believe the approach I've experienced up till now is useful any more, which has basically been people giving me "best guess" treatment, and "try this and come back in 3 months" a... read more

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How to Heal open wounds quick
Posted by Jake
Last Reply May 9, 2009 at 18:25
Started February 21, 2009 at 17:37
Hi I have been having MRSA outbreaks for the past couple months and my doctor keeps saying let them heal by themselves. I just recently was prescibed bactrim and seems to be helping i thought but now I just got another one on the corner of my mouth. I am leaving for cancun for spring break in less than a week and need this GONE ASAP! What can heal it quick? What can i ask my doctor for? I am so upset about this i almost lost it this morning when i woke up and saw it in the mirror. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks

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Posted by sharron ruddy
Last Reply May 9, 2009 at 15:14
Started March 10, 2009 at 18:45
hi there
how is linda hope you are ok and your hubby to well had my op in dec last year wound is still leaking after nearly 3 months and 3weeks ago i had been tested for mrsa again and guess what yes i have it again so 3 weeks on tested again and its still there but doc says i dont need the tablets again as my wound is closing up dont understand it but there you go i had mrsa 3 years ago as well if you see this linda give me a wee email
best wishes

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Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply May 9, 2009
Started May 9, 2009
This is how people in Scotland are dying

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where to get a staph test
Posted by DP
Last Reply May 5, 2009 at 22:52
Started May 5, 2009 at 20:50
Got bad Pityriasis amiantacea and staphylococcus are sometimes known to be the cause. Need to establish this to get the right antibiotic treatment.

So I need to get a staphylococcus test done. My GP refused to do this on the nhs or privately (some rubbish about their guidelines).

Does anybody know anywhere I could get this done?

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mrsa back pain!
Posted by ambermasters
Last Reply May 3, 2009 at 17:29
Started April 30, 2009 at 18:54

Wtf!?! My mrsa is back and nothing seems to help my back pain. I mean every morning I wake up feeling like I slept on a rock for two weeks and I can't move. Anyone else experience this? Please help :-(

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Public Inquiry
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply May 3, 2009
Started April 23, 2009 at 22:44
Well done to the families of the c-diff justice group , this is what campaigning is all about .

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Posted by annette
Last Reply April 30, 2009 at 16:22
Started April 23, 2009 at 16:45
Ive been diagnosed with mrsa about 2 months ago,however i have had the symptoms for 2 years.
During this time i have been on several courses of antibiotics, I just finsished my last course (2 months) 2 weeks ago, my symptoms have started up again, its so frustrating!
So I called my gp, so he is going to put me onto another course of antibiotics, I don't understand, surely this can't be the only cure.
Its bad enough that its almost taken them 2 years to discover i infact have mrsa, so why aren't they tring other methods?
How long am I supposed to suffer?

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Superbug found in salads
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply April 30, 2009 at 13:47
Started April 30, 2009 at 13:47
This has put me right of them .......

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Have I got "MRSA" ??..
Posted by dissyangell
Last Reply April 27, 2009 at 22:01
Started April 27, 2009 at 22:01
I had Surgery a year ago and, sadly for me, I had awful Infections in my Wounds within 4 Hours of coming out of Hospital...I am due to have more Surgery this week (different Hospital !!...) and having had an Abcess Swab taken 3 weeks ago, have JUST BEEN TOLD they "found" Streptococcus Aureus in the Swab Test !! I have MRSA ??...I have been SO ILL FOR A YEAR since the last Surgery and,DESPITE being Physically Disabled and a Veteran "M.E." Sufferer, have NEVER FELT SO ILL !!......Can anyone out there give me an idea if I have been "brewing MRSA" from the last lot of Surgery ??...the Hospital I went to was not very Clean....they just sent me Home the next Day without any Antibiotics etc despite them knowing I was prone to Stitch Infections !!?? it at all possible that my "Infections" in the Past have ALL BEEN MRSA ??.. HELP !!??...TAA !!...Dissy

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What do you do with after affects of MRSA?
Posted by NanaJo
Last Reply April 25, 2009 at 05:19
Started April 22, 2009 at 05:14
Re: after effects of MRSA on the body
Reply #276 by Jo Posted: April 17, 2009 at 04:47

I had a diagnostic knee surgery in October, 28 because I couldn't have a Mri due to the "spinal cord stimulator" 3 weeks after surgery I contracted MRSA and was on medication that I received twice a day, 12 hours apart, each application was 2 hours. The whole MRSA thing was terrible....such pain.

Now I am having the spinal cord stimulator removed on 04/20/09 because my neuro believes I should be able to have MRI's especially now since I can barely walk on the leg with the MRSA.

Does anyone out there have extreme pain walking after having MRSA in your knee? Mine feels like I have a constant charley horse in the calf and ankle of my leg. I limp so bad that my back pain is even worse than before. I thought when the MRSA left the pain would go away but I am in more pain now than I was two months ago.

Any suggestions or cases like mine?

Thank you

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Remembering Tom
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply April 24, 2009 at 20:45
Started April 22, 2009 at 23:36
Tom Snowball........ 1st anniversary of his death 23rd of April 2008.

Remembering you is easy Tom , nella mia preghiera .

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MRSA volunteers wanted
Posted by John
Last Reply April 22, 2009 at 18:19
Started April 22, 2009 at 18:19
Im hoping this is okay to post this here, if not I sincerely apologise.

I am a 25 year old university student studying here in Australia, and as part of an upcoming module we have been given the task of covering MRSA indepth, its causes, symptoms, cures etc etc.

Many of the other students are referencing a lot of material from medical sources such as books, but Ive decided, that rather than take this on from a medical perspective, that I would like to get "real" stories from sufferers, their experiences, their pain, their frustrations. Their overall experience with this disease and how it has affected their lives.

In particular, Im looking for those who have successfully overcome this illness and have been able to go about their lives again. What you did, how you were treated etc.

For those that would like to help me, this will basically consist of answering a few questions, which I can send over via email, and compile your story in an interview format. The questions w... read more

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Posted by Wendy-USA
Last Reply April 20, 2009 at 15:07
Started April 10, 2009
My 12 year old daughter has had MRSA three times. Right no is her 3rd time. I still have no idea where she got it from, School? It started on her chest. She had 4 little round boil looking things on her chest. I took her to the doctor and he dx'd her with MRSA. Didn't know what it was then, did some rechearch on the web and scared the sh*t out of myself. He gave her antibiotics and Bactraban. This seemed to work for a little while. Then a few months later she had these same marks all over her legs & arms! Back to the Bactraban and Anibiotics. It's been a year now and I just noticed a new one on her leg! Going to call the doctor tomorrow. They never get really big, they just look like bad pimples. She also has a pimple on her chin (that she keeps picking) and I'm afraid that's going to tutn into MRSA to. How many times can you get this once you have had it? DOes this mean that she will always get it. What an we do to prevent her from getting it again.

Last year wh... read more

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mrsa in a total knee replacement
Posted by connie
Last Reply April 19, 2009 at 23:34
Started April 18, 2009 at 05:16
my grandmother had a total knee replacement last year. Everything was healing and the dr said she was fine. 3 months after the surgery she had swollen of the knee which dr aspirated the site and pus came out and dr took sample, sample came back with staph infection. Dr did another surgery to clean and put new screws in knee. 6 weeks went by and infection came back. Dr did another surgery and to remove everything in the knee and put a spacer in knee now they say she has mrsa. she has has numuerios pic lines for antibotics. I not understanding why is this still going on with infection in the knee.
How did infection get in the knee when the wound site was healed and no redness around it. Thank you in advance.

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TV programme on C diff needs your help!
Posted by Alice
Last Reply April 16, 2009 at 14:36
Started November 3, 2006 at 17:02
We are making a programme on clostridium difficile for Tonight With Trevor McDonald. It is a very personal film for the director, Angie, as her father died from C diff. You may have seen her story on the BBC in a programme called What Killed My Dad, which was about hospital acquired infections not being mentioned on death certificates.

Since making that film we have seen the number of cases of C diff rise and really want our film to raise awareness about this terrible infection which could be wiped out if hospitals took the necessary measures.

We are very keen to talk to people who have a relative battling C diff now. We are already featuring people who have lost loved ones to C diff but we also believe it is important to show it affecting someone right now - to show how real it is.

I understand that if you are in this situation the last thing you would think about doing is contacting a tv company but perhaps something positive can come from your relative's suffering i... read more

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