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MRSA/knee?
Posted by Trish
Last Reply February 5, 2009 at 02:54
Started February 2, 2009 at 06:57
Hi, I got a MRSA infection 6 months ago through a scrape in my knee. I went to the Dr. who popped a boil near the scrape and gave me oral antibiotics (I have some allergies, so I had to take one that was slightly less effective). Soon after, I got another boil near the scar from the first and I treated it at home. There were no more problems. I started jogging on a treadmill about 2 weeks ago. About a week ago my knee hurt, so I took an ibubrofen and jogged again. Then, I decided to take care of it with rest, wrapping, ice, etc. My knee hurts worse now, even though I'm still not working out. My knee's very stiff, popping, and there's a small, swollen area near where the scrape/staph scars are but no bruising. Could the infection have returned? I read something about a bursa sac that can become infected in the knee. I don't have health insurance and have no money to go to the doctor. However, if this is another MRSA infecton, I will find a way to go. Hopefully it's just from jogging,... read more

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MRSA ear infection
Posted by Nina
Last Reply February 3, 2009 at 20:55
Started December 14, 2008 at 20:23
Hi,I am in complete panic over this. I have had a discomfort in my ears for over a year now and been going to doctors complaining about it.They never took a swab but just brushed me off with "we think its dermatitis!"diagnosis. I went to Croatia last week and visited a doctor there. I thought it might have been a fungal infection and I was sent for a swab. It tested MRSA in both ears.I've left Croatia on friday and received swab results on saturday. Where should I go???Emergency?My doctor (that would probably never believe it?!).How dangerous is this in regards to spreading...I can hear things popping and my ears itch and sting arghhh...help!!!

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what happens now???
Posted by danny
Last Reply February 2, 2009 at 11:11
Started January 29, 2009 at 14:26
Hi my father has got MRSA he's been given a course of antibiotics thats due to finish tomorrow, there has been no information given to any of us about what happens next, should he be re-tested if so how long does he need to wait and if not how do we know if the infection has gone??? the doctors dont seem to want to tell us anything at all it was only because a different doctor asked why he was on tablets we found out what the problem is.

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More..
Posted by Sue
Last Reply January 28, 2009 at 16:11
Started August 26, 2005 at 18:13
I'm in the US too, by the way. Sounds like MRSA in the UK is a little more serious.

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steph-epidermidis
Posted by graham woods
Last Reply January 24, 2009 at 20:27
Started January 24, 2009 at 20:27
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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just heard im mrsa positive...
Posted by smorrisss
Last Reply January 24, 2009 at 18:38
Started January 23, 2009 at 12:10
hello....i dont really know how or why... im a fit 22 year old from uk. i have eczema tho and allergic reaction to certain shampoos etc so have a bit of a rash on my face sometimes. I was due to have an ankle op on weds as i pla football and i have a chipped bone in my ankle atm. Went for my pre op and they just rang saying it come bk posotive?wat does this mean?i have no boils absesses anything liek that? i have been getting severe headaches tho which i went to the docs about last week before they knew about the mrsa. could anyone tell me a little bit about it?will it go away after treatment?x

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Mother diagnosed with MRSA
Posted by Linda Flynn
Last Reply January 23, 2009 at 19:29
Started January 23, 2009 at 13:56
My mother has just been diagnosed with MRSA...and any advice you can give I would be so grateful. She did spend a little time in hospital a couple of months back and she feels this is where she may have contracted it. She has ulcers on her legs which are being treated with a cream, they have told her that although it will take longer, it can be cured. I am a little worried asmy mother in law started with leg ulcers and finally died with her leg having Grangreen and also havng C difficile. Is there anything my mother should be doing as well as just this cream. To me it just does not seem enough. It now seems like it is Deja Vu

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MRSA and lung cancer
Posted by Danielle
Last Reply January 22, 2009 at 22:51
Started January 22, 2009 at 22:51
my step dad has got non small cell lung cancer he has had his third cycle of chemo is due the fourht and we hav now fond out he has MRSA after a cheast infection refused to clear up we have been given no info on what happens next other than his chemo has been delayed for a week the MRSA has been found in his sputem he has got a tracheotomy cos of larynx caner 5 yrs ago so the bug has got to have come from his lungs he is on oxytetrcycline what does this mean for his futer and how will it affect him any info would be appriciated thank you

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We need to end this
Posted by Colin
Last Reply January 22, 2009 at 10:02
Started January 12, 2009 at 22:08
Hi everyone

I have spent the last 2 hours reading posts and reply’s on this forum, I have been crying and feel that this is a much worse problem than the press are telling and the result's (I.E hospital figures) that say the problem is being dealt with seem to become meaningless when you read real stories

I run a small television production company and we are putting together a proposal to use industrial factory cleaning knowledge and some medical specialist.

I'm looking for people who maybe prepared to tell their stories on camera to help us help the NHS

Thank you in advance and for those of you suffering good luck


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Recently diagnosed- am I taking the right step
Posted by K.
Last Reply January 21, 2009 at 20:53
Started January 21, 2009 at 17:26
Both my boyfriend and I were recently diagnosed with MRSA. His case occured first, and was more severe than mine, resulting in three days of twice daily IV antibiotics (Vancomycin). I had two smaller infections which cleared up on their own, and recently developed a third, more severe one which was drained at the hospital and after a swab was done, I was given a ten day prescription of twice daily Apo-Sulfatrim. We're worried about catching it again, so we've taken the following measures to prevent re-infection:

Washed ALL bedding, clothing, towels etc that may have come in contact with the wound.
Bought antibacterial soap and body wash for the shower
HAND SANITIZER EVERYWHERE!!!
Keep wound covered completely
No shaving for a month (ew, I know, but doc recommended it in order to prevent any skin lesions while we're healing)

Is there anything else you'd recommend? This MRSA thing is brand new to me, and VERY scary. Thanks for all help and suggestions.


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was anyone took the hospital trusts to court?
Posted by steven
Last Reply January 19, 2009 at 23:11
Started January 19, 2009 at 23:10
how have you got

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Petition call for c-diff probe
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply January 17, 2009
Started December 1, 2008 at 23:42
The families of the 18 victims of the deadly c-diff outbreak at the Vale of Leven Hospital handed over a petition to the Scottish Parliament today calling for a public inquiry . the families handed the petition to Mr Frank McAveety, convener of Holyrood's Petition Committee.
Ms Sturgeon has referred the matter to Scotland's top law officer Lord Avocate Elish Angiolini.
Strathclyde Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)have launched a parallel investigations and aim to report to the procurator fiscal by March 2009 .

Well Done to the C-Diff justice group .

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C-Dificile
Posted by Rick Millington
Last Reply January 17, 2009
Started January 16, 2006 at 12:57
I know that Clostridium Dificile is not specifically included under the heading of this forum, but as a superbug, and probably just as lethal as MRSA, I would like to add this Topic.

It concerns my Mum who died on the 11th Jan at the Glenfield Hospital. Below is a response I wrote to another topic on this forum from Anna Boyd. I thought I would open this new topic to gauge the concerns of others on this website.......

My Mother died on Wednesday from complications brought on by C-diff. Initially she was held at Grantham hospital pending a date for a heart bypass and valve repair operation. She was there for 4 weeks, during which an angiogram and other tests were carried out. On the 20th November she was transfered to the Glenfield hospital, so the operation was soon to be.
Unfortunately her notes were apparently lost/misplaced, and instead of requesting copies of the teat results from the Grantham Hospital they scheduled to carry out some or all of the tests again. These test... read more

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MRSA in Babies
Posted by Ami
Last Reply January 16, 2009 at 22:06
Started January 14, 2009 at 11:59
My daughter was born at just 24 weeks and spent 17 weeks fighting for her life.On top of the many complications that come with being so premature,she contracted MRSA.I understand everyones anger at the fact that it is so common and is caught in areas where hand washing etc are so important.We were angry when we found out she had it and working within the NHS i understand the problems it can cause.We were lucky in the respect the baby unit tracked its source but we also know she contracted it probably whilst she was being resusitated.We accept she has it,it is horrible she is put into side rooms if she goes into hospital etc but at least this helps prevent spread.We rather have her here with us than if someone had spent the time to wash their hands that time would of meant she could of lost her life.I feel sometimes these things are unavoidable.The thing that annoys we is in the community such as health visitors etc they do not understand the ways to prevent this spreading,when i wen... read more

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Call for tsar to combat superbug
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply January 15, 2009
Started January 15, 2009
Hospitals need a superbug specialist to fight the spread of the deadly infections it has been claimed .Labour MSPs, helped by infectious expert professor Hugh Pennington have drawn up a detailed plan they say would halve the number of cases .
And a key proposal is the appointment of a "superbug tsar" to take charge of the initiative .
It's implenmentation will make a real diffrence & should , over time bring Scotland in line with the other countries that have controlled their hospital accquired infections far more effectively .

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Police to quiz nurses
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply January 14, 2009 at 17:27
Started January 14, 2009 at 17:27
In the Scotsman today it quotes that police are to quiz nurses on the Vale of Leven outbreak, one line read " it is unusaul to question NHS staff over outbreaks of healthcare - associated infections (HAIs)i read this with anger WHY NOT ! i always believed if a crime was committed suspects were questioned by the police for any evidence regarding charges on the crime & then took to court .

Outbreaks of C-Diff at Maidstone and Turnbridge Wells NHS Trust Kent, And Stoke Mandeville Hospital In Buckinghamshire, were investigated but police conclude there was no realistic prospect of securing convictions ...........so what chances do we have in Scotland .

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boy in a bubble
Posted by workinprogress wi
Last Reply January 14, 2009 at 12:19
Started December 30, 2008 at 11:15
does anyone else that has MRSA feel like this It didnt bother me at first when i found out i had mrsa ive been in and out of hospitals for a decade by then. But as times has gone by i see people going further and further away from me I'm very careful of what i do ect but it doesnt seem to matter my niece wont even let me see my grand nephew now because shes is worried he might get it.
I guess i cant balme her i would want to be near it if i didnt have it but it hurts. I guess i just needed to get this off my chest and didnt know where else to do it
Thanks for having this site
Be kind to one another

Workinprogress

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miss information.
Posted by steven...belfast
Last Reply January 13, 2009 at 22:18
Started January 13, 2009 at 12:42
My father was admitted to a belfast hospital in september with fluid on his lungs.After 8 WEEKS of draining and scans wee were told he had lung cancer.......after release from hospital he was in in patient to see how things were going.after another 4 weeks out of the blue a DOCTOR told us about his MRSA,we were shocked to hear he was been treated for this and no one told us untill 11 weeks....why do the hospitals keep this information from us.........From the very first day they told us he has an infection but they dont know what it is...on new years eve.2.22 am,my daddy died.THEY SAID IT WAS THE LUNG CANCER BUT WE THINK IT WAS THE MRSA THAT HELPED CAUSED HIS UN TIMLEY DEATH................im not happy with my daddy contacting mrsa so ive got a solictor to get all my daddies hospital notes.

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Ca-MRSA
Posted by RosieKV
Last Reply January 11, 2009 at 16:09
Started January 8, 2009 at 16:25
My daughter (20) got CA-MRSA 15months ago - probably from gym or swimming pool. It was on her chin and initially treated as impetigo. The MRSA diagnosis was not given until she left the hospital.

Since then it keeps recurring. She has had abscesses on her stomach, on the back of her neck, under her arms and this week, one on her breast.

The MRSA showed in tests to be treatable with Clindomycin. The Drs also mentioned that it was an ununsual strain, usually found in the army.

Despite swabs of skin/nares being negative, she has decolonized once and they want her to do that again after this 7 day course of Clindomycin.

It is obviously distressing for her to deal with this as she is away at uni. The infections make her tired and the abscesses are disgusting for anyone - especially a young girl.

I have a few questions:
- is there a blood test for MRSA?
- can they test her blood after the antibiotics to see if she is clear?

The doctors seem to think she is carrying th... read more

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Combatting MRSA
Posted by MataMan
Last Reply January 8, 2009 at 16:35
Started December 13, 2007 at 15:13
We all know that MRSA is pesky-and some of us appreciate the misguided recommendations that using alcohol-based hand sanitizers will "kill" MRSA. On immediate contact perhaps, but alcohol-based sanitizers actually dry within seconds of being applied to the skin, and once they dry, its no longer effective. The liklihood of MRSA being on your hands at the same time that you apply it is remote. We'd otherwise recommend a safer alternative to alcohol-based products--one is a product called Soapopular. Its primary ingredient is benzalkonium chloride--and its an antiseptic. No dry irritated skin, no fragrance, no risk of infection--and effective against MRSA...more info at http://www.soapopular.com

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