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MRSA and Immune system
Posted by Paul
Last Reply December 8, 2005 at 22:53
Started October 17, 2005 at 20:47
Hi does anyone now how suffering with MRSA effects the immune system, my Father has had the infection for 4 years and has recently gone back into hospital and has picked up Cryptosporidium and a chest infection I am assuming that the chest infection is part of the Cryptosporidium anyone got any knowlegde of this please

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MRSA Pain 10 months after Healing
Posted by Roshanna
Last Reply December 7, 2005 at 22:05
Started December 7, 2005 at 22:05
I had my 2nd Csection in February of 2005. My 2year old at the time had been battling MRSA for a year. I proceeded to catch it from her while healing from the surgery. My whole incision was infected with MRSA. It has been healed for 9 or 10 months, but is still very painfull if i exercise or stay on my feet too long. Its a deep stabbing, and pinching pain that has not gone away. I have tested negative for teh infection durring this time, so I am sure I dont have it anymore. But, is it possibel to have pain in my uterus and incision site forever due to the massive infection I once had. Also, my OB/GYN told me when he did my last C-section that my ueterus was ripping apart at the scar tissue of the incision site of my 1st csection. I remember feeling a similar pain like the one I am having now before birth. Is it possible its separating again?

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Posted by ian
Last Reply December 7, 2005 at 20:19
Started January 10, 2005 at 18:58
My girlfriend has been recently diagnosed with MRSA, and I am really worried that I may have spread the bacteria to my friends and family.

Is there a way I can check to see if I am a host of the bacteria, and also does anyone know who contagious this thing is?

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Posted by CAROLE
Last Reply December 7, 2005 at 12:24
Started December 2, 2005

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Posted by Janet Cross
Last Reply December 7, 2005 at 05:17
Started November 21, 2005 at 16:00
My husband had an ingrowing toenail infection and went for an Angioplasty pre a 5 coronary heart bypass. Whilst waiting for this bypass his toe got increasingly worse and was suspected to have circulation problems in his toes due to the angioplasty and the consultant said he suspected that some debris had come away and blocked the circulation temporarily. The toe just went worse and he was finally admitted into hospital for his bypass which went really well. The took a swab of the toe while he was in and it came back as MRSA. They put him on IV Teicoplanin for a week and as he wasn't eating nor drinking and generally getting weaker let him come home and I nursed him and he is now eating and drinking back to normal and is fine apart from having a real bad bout of constipation which I think is now under control. However, the swab result has come back from the district nurse dressing the toe and it is still showing MRSA They have given him 3 days supply of Tremethoprim 200mgs and ... read more

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update to downing st 28th November 2005
Posted by Bev
Last Reply December 7, 2005 at 02:09
Started November 30, 2005 at 20:33
The petition for presentation to Downing Street finally attracted almost 6000 signatures.

upon leaving for london ~ granada reports interviewed Bev Hurst and mavis law ~ Moya stevenson was interviewed by central Tv

Prior to the presentation of the petition Mavis Law and Tom Snowball had given interviews to Sky News on their personal experience of MRSA.

We met as planned at the Cenotaph and the MRSA Action UK banner, generously donated by Toray Textiles Europe, was prominently displayed on the opposite side of Parliament Street by our members and supporters. Many people had travelled hundreds of miles to give their support and we are sincerely grateful for their attendance. Prior to proceeding to Downing Street we were met by Bev's MP Andy Burnham who wished us luck in our endeavours.

six delegates of MRSA Action UK were met at the gates of Downing Street by Mavis Law’s MP (Stephen O’Brien) to present the petition to Number 10. Members of the media had gathered opposi... read more

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Posted by Looby Lou
Last Reply December 6, 2005 at 09:38
Started January 12, 2005 at 02:35
I am a medical student and working on the wards I was absolutely SHOCKED by the lack of hand washing that occurs. There has been quite a number of occasions where it has been us, the students, reminding the professionals we need to wash our hands. Also I understand not treating the patients like untouchables, but on one occasion we were sent to examine a patient in a room only when we entered, the patient had to tell us he was MRSA positive and barrier methods were in place otherwise we'd have been none the wiser. This is one battle I'm not sure the NHS can win with these types of practices in place and occurring everyday.

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CA MRSA Chicago
Posted by T. Simons
Last Reply December 5, 2005 at 21:59
Started September 22, 2005 at 09:34
CA MRSA is a real THREAT.
read this it is happening in UK also.

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Three Chicago-area children have died of a toxic shock syndrome-like illness caused by a superbug they caught in the community and not in the hospital, where the germ is usually found.

The cases show that this already worrisome staph germ has become even more dangerous by acquiring the ability to cause this shock-like condition.

"There's a new kid on the block," said Dr. John Bartlett of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, referring to the added strength of the superbug known as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.

"The fact that there are thr... read more

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MRSA from home nursing?
Posted by Jane
Last Reply December 5, 2005 at 16:06
Started December 5, 2005 at 13:31
Hello, I've just stumbled upon this site, and hope you can help. My mother has just been told that she has tested positive for MRSA in a swab taken from an ulcer on her foot (she has acute arthritis and lympedema). The GP has told her that she could have caught this anywhere (someone sneezing over her etc anytime, anywhere). However she is visited by the district nursing staff each week and I am very concerned that they possibly have something to do with causing this - although of course no-one will admit to the possibility. My other thought was that my dad was in hospital May/June time and maybe she contracted something while visiting him. Would it take that long to show up?

It was the nurse who told her the news during a visit on Friday. She said I have some very bad news etc etc, then turned her back to talk to my dad about his condition. When mum started to cry with the shock and fear of it (like everyone else, all she knows about MRSA is that people die in hospital from it) ... read more

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Posted by Bev
Last Reply December 5, 2005 at 07:13
Started December 2, 2005 at 13:51
i have a journo who is interested in doing stories from anyone in the greater manchester area if you are willing to speak to them lease contact me on and i can give you the details
best wishes

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Healthcare Association Infections
Posted by Ruth Wollacott
Last Reply December 4, 2005 at 18:30
Started November 15, 2005 at 15:33
Hmm, I suppose Healthcare Association Infection sounds much less serious that HOSPITAL ACQUIRED INFECTION. Another little spin there, maybe.

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Caesarian Birth
Posted by Mrs D
Last Reply December 3, 2005 at 23:04
Started March 23, 2005 at 08:36
In 1991, I had to have my son by emergency caesarian section. I wasn't worried as I trusted the medical staff but I was kept in hospital for over 2 weeks at St. Mary's hospital in Manchester because the wound became infected. After two weeks, I was on the verge of discharging myself as the room where I was wasn't clean. The floor was dusty and the bath was filthy. In the end, they only let me go if I agreed to have a district nurse visit me at home every day for another month to clean and dress the wound. The discharge from the wound was yellow and green and I was so distressed as I had just had my first baby and I was trying to breastfeed him. This did not work as I believe I was so run down with the infection, I could not produce enough milk for my son and I was advised by my midwife to bottle feed instead. Eventually, the wound healed but it put me off having any more children. I was young and naive at the time and I was told it "was just an infection" but I now believe I ... read more

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Posted by Joan
Last Reply December 3, 2005 at 19:23
Started July 16, 2005 at 20:47
I was recently diagnosed as having MRSA.
I have suffered with bronchiectisis most of my life which means I suffer with chest infections.
2years ago I had a double mastectomy due to cancer and since then my chest infections have become more frequent about every 4-6weeks. I am now wondering if I might of had MRSA since then or do they automatically screen for it when they, test sputum samples or do blood tests.
I had taken a sample to my local hospital and then a week later I was sent, by an out of hours doctor because of breathing difficulties, to the A&E. Much to my surprise I was admitted and found myself in a room on my own nobody at this stage had told me I had MSRA it must have been in my records from the result of the sample I had taken down the week before.
I was kept in for 5 days and then sent home with 10 days of antibiotics which finished 10 days ago. I was not told if I needed any further tests and when I asked my GP she said that no follow ups were necessary.
Ove... read more

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what to do next?
Posted by Allison Wilson
Last Reply December 2, 2005 at 17:35
Started November 24, 2005 at 09:48
Hi, my 68 year old uncle is in a physciatric hospital being asessed to go into a nursing home as he has alziemers and senile dementia. he was healthy when he went in 6 weeks ago but I,ve just found out this morning that the "poorly eye" he's had for two weeks is MRSA and he has also got it in his ear. Social services have said they will not find him a place in a home now until he his clear but the hospital are just treating him with drops (of what I don't know) and he's still allowed to mix as normal with the other patients. Is this right and what can I do about all this if anything? Can someone be answerable for what has happened? Please can someone give me some advice? thanks

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mrsa in 6 month old infant
Posted by christina pena
Last Reply December 1, 2005 at 23:21
Started November 12, 2005 at 05:09
Has anyone heard of someone so young cotracting mrsa in their toe?My daughter is being treated for it but it seems to be taking forever to see healing results.what time frame should i give this new medacation bactrim to work?

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Visiting times
Posted by Gill Gleeson
Last Reply December 1, 2005 at 19:33
Started December 14, 2004 at 22:12
I have just come across a second hospital that is considering severely restricting visiting times, particularly for children in case they move about the ward, as a part of their measures to try to control hospital infections. This is going to make a stay in those hospitals miserable - do you think it is really going to do any good, given that MRSA is something that seems to come from within the hospitals, not from outside?

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Posted by Maria
Last Reply December 1, 2005 at 19:08
Started November 14, 2005 at 11:03
My dad has mrsa after damaging his arm in an accident in August. He was recovering well, but in the last month he is suffering from pins and needles all over his body and he can hardly walk. Each time i see him he seems worse and has fallen over twice. He has been for one scan, but nothing much is being done to help him. Can anyone tell me if this is a symptom of mrsa?

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Advise please!
Posted by Lisa
Last Reply December 1, 2005 at 17:38
Started November 29, 2005 at 09:28
We have just been told that my Grandmother has the mrsa bug in her nose. She was admitted to hospital in early October with a chest infection, unfortunately she then fell and broke her hip and was transfered to another hospital.

Apparently she was diagnosed on the 15th Nov but we only found out by accident that she was infected with the bug.

The hospital say she must have contracted it at home and wont accept any responsiblity, can anyone tell me if this is possible? How long could she have been infected with the bug without the hospital knowing?


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mother mrsa
Posted by tammy
Last Reply December 1, 2005 at 14:58
Started November 29, 2005 at 21:07
my mother has mrsa, she was diagnosed with this in may and has had it in her bloodstream for about 4 months, the antibiotics are not helping and she stays weak all the time. can you tell me what to expect with this illness.

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Downing Street
Posted by Phip
Last Reply November 30, 2005 at 17:36
Started November 27, 2005 at 14:38
After months of very hard work, the petition which Bev Hurst organised will tomorrow reach it's destintation - Number 10 Downing Street. Amazingly Bev has managed to accrue nearly 6000 names - we should all be so very proud of Bev, and grateful to her for undertaking this project. Thank you also to everybody who collected names and passed them on to Bev for inclusion.

Tomorrow is a very important day for us at MRSA Action UK - below is a press release giving you information on what is happening. If anybody is in London tomorrow and wishes to join us either at Downing Street or at Westminster Abbey please feel free to come along - the more the merrier! And for those who have been affected by MRSA but are unable to make London, please be assured that when we lay our wreath at Westminster Abbey, the prayers that are said will be for each and every person who has been affected by MRSA.


MRSA Action UK
PRESS RELEASE... read more

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