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MRSA ear infections
Posted by Tamara
Last Reply November 11, 2014 at 11:15
Started April 3, 2014 at 04:45
Last year, I had a MRSA cyst under my arm that was surgically removed and
treated with Bactrim. Five months later, I developed MRSA abscesses on my lip
and in my mouth. I had four oral surgeries to drain them, took vancomycin
through the picc line and eventually developed a staph infection in it before
everything was cleared up. I've been back to work since January and thought
everything was going great.

Well, except for one thing. I kept getting ear infections but honestly, I've been
having recurring ones for about a year now, and I just thought it was part of that.
However last week my PCP decided to culture the nasty smelling drainage to
make sure it wasn't pseudomonas. It wasn't. It was MRSA. She has referred me to
an ENT and also told me to make an appointment with my infectious disease
doctor. I see the ENT Monday and the ID doctor a week later.

I'm not sure what to expect now. My PCP said I may have to have surgery on my
ears. Is that accurate? Wil... read more

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MRSA stretch marks
Posted by madmax397
Last Reply September 10, 2014 at 23:43
Started September 10, 2014 at 23:43
My 13 year old son had a MRSA infection last summer (2013) on his back. It was
eventually treated with the appropriate antibiotics but you can still see the scar. It
hasn't bothered him but recently he has what seem to be stretch marks on his back!?
They are each about an inch long horizontally on his back....about 12 of them in the
general area from the infection.

Could the previous MRSA infection have caused these stretch marks?

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MRSA LEWISHAM HOSPITAL
Posted by Malcolm - kent
Last Reply September 6, 2014 at 09:52
Started February 19, 2008 at 13:35
Does anyone have any stories about MRSA and Lewisham Hospital in South East London and how they have been treated.

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roll call of hidden MRSA victims
Posted by BEV
Last Reply August 26, 2014 at 09:27
Started March 23, 2005 at 12:34
phip had a brilliant idea following my call for a list of hidden mrsa victims in an earlier posting...we need more names and details of all those that have been affected by MRSA mainly to try and show the government that their stats are way off...please i know its hard but there are plenty of people posting on this site with their horror stories..the only way to try and get rid of this bug is to try and present them with the real facts..we are the ones that have the true facts they do not they HIDE them
my mum was amongst the hidden victims..it was surgical site wound and was not mentioned on the death certificate

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MRSA diagnosed before surgery - help
Posted by Brad
Last Reply August 21, 2014 at 09:03
Started August 1, 2008 at 19:10
My father very recently had hip replacement surgery. Before his surgery during normal pre-op bloodwork, he was diagnosed with MRSA (what I assume is the CA version). He was put on antibiotics which were expected to rid his body of the infection prior to surgery. His doctors failed to re-test for the infection before he went into surgery weeks later. They did take a swab however immediately before his surgery began and not until after the surgery did they discover that his body still had the MRSA infection. Now everyone who goes into his room must be covered head to toe so they are not at risk for acquiring the infection. So, can my father experience serious health setbacks because of this clear doctor error? Is there serious danger in this? Will his recovery take longer? Or is this a mild, common thing? I appreciate response from anyone with insights.

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Fight MRSA with a vengence
Posted by Mia
Last Reply August 18, 2014 at 15:24
Started December 6, 2011 at 16:28
I just wanted to share some of the things that has worked for me in fighting mrsa with my family. I feel bad for people who seem to not really know how to treat mrsa and wind up in and out if the hospital.
Rule 1: As soon as you see a red bump, treat it as MRSA. Do not wait hours or days because the infection will only get stronger and cause you more pain and suffering. Here are some of the things I do that I shared with another poster. I copied and pasted it for everyone:
MRSA first came into my life through my daughter 4yrs old. She started getting these bumps that would turn into boils and puss out. At first I didnt know what to do do or what it was. Then when I found out it was MRSA I started attacking it with as vengence. I worked 12 yrs as a nurse aide and knew first hand how bad mrsa can get if not checked fast. The thing is as soon as you get a bump, you have to start attacking it. You cant wait a few hours or days, because that gives the mrsa time to grow stronger. So as... read more

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MRSA KILLING
Posted by erica
Last Reply August 2, 2014 at 18:40
Started February 24, 2008 at 15:04
PLEASE I need information. My step son's mother past away yesterday from MRSA. It killed her in 24 hrs. I need to know if it can be contracted by needle and if it does how long can it take for the it to make itself present. please send ANY answers or hel you can give us to: argentinahartman@yahoo.com

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confused mrsa
Posted by la
Last Reply August 2, 2014 at 18:23
Started August 2, 2014 at 18:23
Can you still get mrsa if you touch anything In the room without wearing gloves.
Motives I forgot to wear them after I touched the trash. Immediately washed my
hands and sanitized them. Can I still get it?

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MRSA and Iraq
Posted by Amy
Last Reply July 30, 2014 at 20:02
Started August 21, 2006
I am a 33 y/o female in Washington state dealing with MRSA.
My fiance (healthy 34 y/o guy) developed mrsa while he was in Iraq. Nothing really popped up again until November of 2005. He was treated w/antibiotics and had the boil drained. In February of 2006 I developed a boil under my arm, had it drained and received antibiotics. Since then both of us have developed a boil at least once a month. Presently he has one in his groin area and I have one inside of my vagina. When the boils come to a head and start draining on their own, we have found that rinsing the area with Betadine helps speed up the healing process. But these things keep coming back!!! We are frustrated beyond belief that this disease does not seem to be going away. This is disgusting, painful and highly annoying. This disease does not care who you are, how healthy or clean you are, it will attack. Does anyone have any experiences dealing with this in Washington state? Or anyone in the military who has seen this in... read more

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Treating after effect nasal MRSA
Posted by James Hampton
Last Reply July 28, 2014 at 02:54
Started July 28, 2014 at 02:54
I have struggled with MRSA since before 2006 and was diagnosed and
treated in 2007.Essentially I stayed in bed or chair for three years
after MASSIVE year long antibiotic treatment. The MRSA is apparently
dormant nod but I have after effects that are becoming increasingly
hard to handle. I have trouble maintaining my balance walking, often
when I walk I become lightheaded and have fallen many times in public
and knock other people down. Sometimes the the lightheaded feeling is
so severe I must either sit or hold onto a walk until the feeling
leaves. No doctor can understand what I'm trying to tell them about my
symptoms, apparently because they have never faced this before with a
patient. I am becoming a huge liability for my wife. She has to do so
much for me when I'm having a bad day. Has anyone who survived MRSA in
the face ever recovered and experienced symptoms similar to mine, and
how was it treated by your doctor?

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should you tell people
Posted by liz
Last Reply July 17, 2014 at 03:20
Started July 17, 2014 at 03:20
I think if you have MRSA you should tell every person you come into
contact with. so they can protect themselves as well. I have been
working as a care assistant to a woman. dealing with her lesions and
she never told me she had it. I have done the infectious diseases
coarse and worked on barrier work. but if you do not know how are we
supposed to protect our families. its air born. sticks to your cloths.
I have a husband with eczema and do not use gloves to apply cream.
because he was tested at hospital and clear. I had no idea the lady i
was working with had it. My gran child fell over in our garden. i
picked her up her knee touched my top. I garden and have gone to work
with scratches on my arm from rose bushes. not knowing they could get
infected by this selfish woman. and she is int elegant. she was just
concerned about getting a care assistant that was reliable and just
kept it to herself for her own gain. I feel so used. and when i asked
her why sh... read more

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MRSA
Posted by NURSE
Last Reply July 16, 2014
Started April 15, 2005 at 03:17
Whilst appreciating the cencern that joe public has, I do feel that the public has to take some responsibility e.g. patients are reluctant to take responsibility in there own hygiene needs when they are able and visitors need to be aware of their hygiene needs when visiting their relatives.
Due to the media and government alot of the blame and focus is on the NHS and not many people are aware that the bug is being brought in from the community.

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MRSA in pregnancy
Posted by Lou
Last Reply July 13, 2014 at 18:23
Started October 31, 2005 at 16:39
I recently spent 3 days in hospital, and was found to have MRSA on admission. I am 30 weeks pregnant, and have been told I will probably be in a room on my own when I give birth. I have not been given any information on the risks to my baby or myself. Is there a risk that either of us could become unwell with MRSA - what are the risks?

Also, my husband is a healthcare worker who works on ICU/HDU, yet the healthcare trust is not interested in swabbing him to see if he is a carrier. Surely it would be sensible to do so, and if necessary de-colonise him.

Any information gratefully received!

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Cure?
Posted by Elizabeth
Last Reply July 13, 2014 at 18:20
Started August 18, 2008 at 13:03
Is there anyone who has been completely cured after suffering fronm MRSA. Seven years after initially being infected I'm still having quite severe problems with open wounds that have to be packed daily.

Can anyone give me hope?

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MRSA and the law.
Posted by David
Last Reply July 13, 2014 at 18:19
Started June 26, 2014 at 15:12
I was just wondering if anyone has used or knows of any legal teams which specialise with dealing with this terrible infection though medical negligences within the NHS as a employee.

I apologise in advance if this forum isn't for this issue and please feel free to remove it if its against any of the rules of the forum.

Just I'm hitting a lot of brick walls with certain lawyers and the union wont help. if anyone has any information or a proven track records with cases it would be a massive help to me and my family.

I mainly fear that with MRSA being quite a specialist infection that my options may be quite limited legally. I dont really want to go into details with my case as it will be very clear to some who I am and its also a current on going event but I have now lost my professional ability to practice within the NHS though no fault of my own. I have almost lost everything I have worked towards and now need to look towards a legal route.

Thanks for your time with thi... read more

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MRSA and Cancer sufferer
Posted by Marjorie Clare
Last Reply July 13, 2014 at 18:14
Started June 15, 2005 at 09:01
My mother-in-law was diagnosed with a breast bone tumour last October and has been progressively getting more and more ill over the last few months. In April she was admitted to hospital and her lung was aspirated and a drain attached to drain fluid that was building up. She became extremely ill during this process and we were told that she had had an infection for which they were administering antibiotics intravenously. She recovered and they sent her home from hospital considerably weakened and having lost weight.

Three weeks later she went to see her consultant and was immediatley admitted back into hospital. They carried out a further aspiration in order to drain off more fluid, which was required to be sent to a bigger hospital in the nearest city.

She was then transferred to the bigger city hospital and a CT scan carried out on Friday 3 June. On Monday 6 June the family was gathered together by the consultant and told that there was nothing more he could do to hel... read more

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MRSA survivor
Posted by Constance Oconnor
Last Reply June 12, 2014 at 04:03
Started June 12, 2014 at 04:03
Had MRSA last year. Kidneys completely shut down, heart and lungs were failing. I have had a real hard time and recovery like I was has not returned. I get real tired; stress affects me terribly, even my eyesight has been compromised. What can I do to restore myself and heal?

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HELP!! Dr's are not helping, dont know what to
Posted by Pookie
Last Reply May 28, 2014 at 23:33
Started April 10, 2014 at 19:58
My husband had neck surgery a year ago...and within days his surgery
site was red , bumpy . Then over the next 2 weeks the lesions started
to spread to the back of his neck, shoulders and sides of head.
Finally 3 weeks after surgery I took him to the emergency room( same
hospital where he had his surgery.) they told him it was a skin rash
and go see a dermatologist and completly dismissed him, and did not
want to deal with his questions or concerns. while he was there, they
cut 2 thick sutra's sticking out of his surgery site, he was concerned
about that because, first off they were exposed to air, and second,
were they attached to something that needed to come out.
He went to a dermatologist that monday. ( sunday we went to ER) they
took a culture and said he had a staph infection ( NOT MRSA) the meds
worked to help close the lesions, but as soon as he ran out, withiin 3
days the lesions came back. He has almost died, going from Dr to Dr,
all of them ha... read more

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pHenomenal product to stop mrsa
Posted by GINA
Last Reply May 28, 2014 at 23:21
Started October 16, 2010 at 14:58
Sorry- I am not used to this site

Does anyone know if pHenomenal stops mrsa from returnng?
Does honey?

Thanks
Gina

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MRSA infected insect bite
Posted by Delia
Last Reply May 19, 2014 at 12:09
Started July 28, 2005 at 03:28
I came into the hospital with an abcessed bug bite which turned out to be MRSA. The treaatment I am undergoing is daily IV's of vancomycin for 6 weeks...then a rest for one week followed by a follow-up bone scan.

At the time of diagnosis, the infection had spread to the bone-- Osteomylitus.

Does this treatment sound familiar to anyone?

Please respond.

Thanks, D

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