Welcome to MRSA Resources

What is MRSA?

MRSA is an acronym for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (and is sometimes referred to as MERSA), and it is an antibiotic resistant Superbug bacteria that grows in clusters, multiplies very rapidly and can cause many different kinds of infection, ranging from simple skin infections (boils, furuncles) to septicemia (infection of the bloodstream) and toxic shock syndrome, and is spreading rapidly in the United States and worldwide.

MRSA Superbug
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Who can get MRSA?

Studies approximate that 30-50 % of the population carry colonies of Staphylococcus aureus on their bodies all of the time. Those most susceptible to becoming sick from it are children, the elderly and others with reduced immune system function from diseases such as diabetes and HIV. MRSA used to be a bacteria that was only found in hospital settings HA-MRSA), but in recent years, MRSA has attacked healthy people who have contracted it within their communities (CA-MRSA). MRSA grows very rapidly in warm, moist areas, and is often seen in athletes and gyms.

Keep up with the latest news about the spread of MRSA in the United States (as well as website updates and events) at MRSA Notes!

What do I do if I think I have MRSA?

First, get to a doctor, preferably one that specializes in Infectious Diseases. If you aren’t comfortable with what he or she tells you, get to another one-but do it quickly. MRSA can multiply at an astounding rate, and invade your body quickly. Second, come back here and learn all you can about MRSA, participate in the MRSA community, ask questions in the forum and join our MRSA chat on every Thursday night at 10pm Eastern time. Third, be positive, have a good attitude and take good care of yourself so that your body can do what it needs to do to fight the infection. You CAN fight this infection, but an early diagnosis will be very helpful.

Download our MRSA in Athletics brochure!

How can I prevent MRSA?

Good hygiene is your best defense against MRSA. Wash your hands often, especially after being in contact with other people. Help the efforts to prevent antibiotic resistant bacteria by only using antibiotics when medically necessary, and by completing your whole course of treatment.

Who is MRSA Resources?

We are Christina Jones, from Texas, and Denise Rauff/The Hands of Hope Group, Inc. from New York, and are actively maintaining this web site for victims of MRSA infections – Education, Awareness and Support. This highly infectious bacteria has touched both of our lives deeply and personally (see About Us), and from the experiences we have had, we have been driven to help other people through their tragedies, and with any luck, help prevent future ones through education and emotional support. Our Contact Info is here, please feel free to contact us anytime!

See photos from the Hands of Hope Group documentary,

MRSA: Survival in Adaptation

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Rebecca Watson March 23, 2011 at 3:16 pm

what do i do if my mom went to hospital with kidney falure , which has been a long past issue. She stayed for two weeks getting dialises, At the end of her two week stay she came home for two days but then quickly returned to the hospital with a temprature of a 105 . She was then diagnosed with mersa. The Doctors game plan was to give her the treatment to berid of the infection, but once they realized through a CT and Dopalier my mom had the infection rate on the main arteries to her heart, it was closing of the blood flow to her heart causing poor blood pressure.
Luckly the first 5 days at hospital they were able to maintain to lower temp and get fever somewhat under controll, her blood pressure still was not as stable as it should be but slowly making improvment, plus kidneys were doing good. The Doctors said once blood pressure kept improving the would do the surgery to remove infection.
On the 8th day she started to regresse, And doctors started to doubt doing surgery do to how unstable my mom was.
By the 10th day they put her on the ventalator, not because she was unable to breath on her own any more but to help so she wasent doing all the work. She was then put on the do not ressatate list only it her heart stopped.
Then on the 11th day they kept her in a deep sadation or a medical comma, my mom could still hear me but was sluring words and halusanating.
The last three days she spent not a word but could still hear me, she laid there motion less with her eyes closed as if she were sleeping. I said to her i love you mom
over and over agian and sung our favorite song by lewis armstrong skys of blue to her and she started to cry.
March 10 7:34 am my dad calls and says at 11am they were gonna pull boold pressure medication, which by then she compeltly relied on the meds to live .
11:37 all my family gatherd in shock as we wathed then remove all the different blood pressure meds and infection meds. And i watched as my moms heart rate slowly started dropping also blood pressure coming to a hault. I said to my mom one last time i love you and once agian she satrted to cry, then moments later took her final breath.
I know the doctors did everything the could her last couple days.
But the nurses and the people who gave her dialisis did not clean up proporly
the first two weeks, when i went and seen her in the hosptial in her room was used needals left out on the sink. The also did not keed up with her bed pad being changed.
Im realy upset that the did not take proper percasins with the disposal of needals ,
when they knew she had week amun system and dialisis is risky enough.
they werent even cleaning the dialsis macchine properly.
I tried telling my dad and mom but they said they would do something but they dident because they are to humble to complain.
I even talked staff into taking moms full trash and emptying it, also telling tehm to put needals in the proper box on the wall, i caughtioned all the staff caring for my mom that they have to clean up well and staralize because for all i know that left out needal could be used agian on accident when no visitors are there to remind them.
I feelt and still do feel hopless , i am 17 and i have to the rest of my life knowing
Bay Reginal hospital of bay city michigan gave my whole world my mommy MERSA.
Then to add insult to ingury the nurses and hospice came to persauy my dad
(who just got of the behavirol health center for scary thougts of suicid) to cut my mom medicne supply wich was keeping her alive.
Icant help thinking the reason why those nurses wanted my dad to do that is to cover up the uncleanliness and poor higne witch caused my mom to get MERSA and die…

i dont want this to happen to any one else you are my voice.
please help me..

anne boehmke April 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm

My daughter has a 3 week old baby boy who started out with an eye infection. At his 10 day check up the Dr. did took a culture and it turn out be a multi staph infection. He gave her an ointment to put in his eye.

He then developed baby acne on 3/28 and by 4/8 the acne is so severe that his checks are cracked and he now has fluid draining from his nose and ears. At the Dr. appt on 4/8 the Dr. prescribed another ointment for his face, nose & ears but nothing more.

We are all very concerned that more should be done since the staph infection seems to be spreading very rapidly. Can more be done and can this progress to MRSA??

Mitchell April 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I was the primeary care giver to my Mother and Fasther for the last 5 years in and or of hospitals and rehabs surprise I have the ugly monster in my body. Last summer I thought my truck just had spidetrs and I was getting bitten and with no insurance I treated them myself , not wise as this time I had on on my hand and it was very swolen and large so I ended up in the hospital only to find out it was Mrsa the whole time and I was lucky to be alive.
Upon discharge from the hospital I was telling the story to someone at my poker club and 3 days later I was barred from the club by a very rude sheriff deputy who made it seem like I was Hiv positve (wich I am not) and was having unsafe sex. And when people find out they treat you like a lepper. Little do they know 2 out of 5 peole have it.
We as a group must get the right information out there.
I have found a lawyer to take my case he says under the americans with disablty act we have had our civil rights voilated. I am lucky I have a boss who is not ignorant so I still have my job in food service. I think we should be able to get disablty if we are dicriminated for work

Eman El-Badawi May 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I am looking for a physician who specializes in the detection and treatment of MRSA here in NJ. My elderly uncle has been suffering from recurrent Urinary Tract Infections and was told that he carries the MRSA bug. Both his Infectious Disease Doctor and his Primary Care Physician have not been able to control the situation. Please suggest a physician in NJ known to have had success in the treatment of MRSA.

Thanks

Sherilyn May 25, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Hi everyone,

I’m 27 years old and my doctor recently diagnosed me with MRSA. I have been so down and depressed about it… :( My case is weird because it only comes on my right inner thigh in the same exact spot. Antibiotcs seem to get rid of it, but then it comes back a couple of months later sometimes even just a couple of weeks later. I’m currently unemployed with no health insurance, and my ER visit tab is just climbing off the charts. With my unemployment status and this constant infection, I feel so hopeless, and its taking a bigger toll on me emotionally than I would have ever thought. No one seems to understand me, and to be honest I am just afraid for my health because I know that these infections can very well be deadly. On top of that, Seeing an ER doctor sucks because it feels like they rush to treat you, and you are in and out without even being given the facts about whats actually going on in your body. :(

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Tina Weaver May 29, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I am very very concerned for my husband who was just diagnoised with Merca. I would like to know how he got this? How long it last with the Antibiotics that they have given him for a period of 10 days? If my daughter and myself should be tested for Merca as well seeing it is very contaigous? Please help me understand this. I have done so much research online and they are all saying this could progress rapidly. It is on my husbands Right thumb and the swelling is now all the way over to his ring finger and back to his wrist and still progressing. The actual site is a hole, with what appears to be blisters around the hole. The coloring is black and red all the way around that. What else can we do to make sure this does not affect his heart, lungs, brain etc. etc.? I look forward to hearing from someone who can help!!!!

Sincerely,

Tina Weaver
A Deeply Concerned Wife.

linda June 2, 2011 at 5:41 am

i like to take part in it.

Teresa June 3, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Hi, I have been reading so much on the MRSA Staph infections and there is something you need to know. First of all, all of this craziness with people telling others what to buy… Hibaclens, books on how to rid yourself of MRSA, etc.. We all have staph on our skin and you can get rid of MRSA for good. My name is Teresa. My granddaughter, whom I was caring for at the time, was 2 years old when she got MRSA and I fought it for almost 2 years. In that time many different doctors put her on all different types of antibiotics, I was told to buy certain items too, probiotics, Hibaclens, etc. I threw out all bath toys, sterilized the house, everyday! I must have spent at least $5,000.00 dollars in that 2 years trying to rid her of it. She was close to death and I had to take things into my own hands or lose my 4 year old granddaughter. I went to her pediatrician, again, and insisted that he put her on sulfa antibiotics, he explained how dangerous they were, especially for a 4 year old. I knew that, then I told him I wanted a 30 day supply of them with 1 refill, he replied “no way”! I convinced him that she would probably die without them and explained to him what I wanted to do, which was to keep her on them until every single trace of the infection, with emphasis on the knots under her skin, was gone then that I wanted to keep her on an additional 7 days after that fact. It took about 32 days for the tiniest little bump on her last sore was gone, then I gave her them for the additional 7 days. I am happy to say she is now almost 8 years old and has been MRSA free since then. She has a couple of little scars, which surprised me because many of her sores, the gunky puss area, were bigger than silver dollars. I have been trying to tell everyone that I can to do the same, only three of the people I told have kept in contact with me and let me know that this also worked for them. So PLEASE, please tell or help who you can so we can get some of these people healthy again and maybe stop so many from dying. Teresa

M.L. June 16, 2011 at 6:34 am

I have a relative who is dying from systemic MRSA. His arms, legs and body are covered with hundreds of MRSA lesions. He also has Crohn’s disease. The doctor recently said that the MRSA has gone into the Crohn’s lesions. He is not expected to survive. He is cared for at home and receives In Home Supportive Services from Social Services. Recently they asked to see him at their office. He is of course too weak for that to be done so they agreed to go to his home to see his condition. His wife advised that they not enter the house because of contamination so she helped him outside so that they could see his condition. They are now demanding to be allowed into the house to “inspect” the house. We have repeatedly warned them of the risk they are taking, not only for themselves but for their other “clients” most of whom are by definition in need of Supportive Services themselves and therefore probably have compromised immune systems. His wife was hospitalized recently and found to be a carrier. Although she is only a carrier and has no active disease, during her hospitalization she was kept in isolation. Social Services personnel absolutely refuse to listen and say that “We will take the risk”. They refuse to take any isolation precautions. However, they are not only taking the risk themselves, they are risking the health and safety of their other clients. They informed us that if they are not allowed into the house the Supportive Services will be terminated. We are totally frustrated!

Linda June 17, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I have been fighting a contant battle with MRSA since April of 2009. It all started with an abcess on my upper thigh. My husband took me to the ER and they opened and drained it. They packed it and sent me home. I followed up with my family doctor a few days later and he removed the packing and put more in. Again, I followed up a few days later and he removed it and left it to heal. From April to October of 2009, the wound never completely healed. I went back to him in August and he did a culture and informed me that it was in fact MRSA. I was put on Levaquin for 6 weeks, but it still had not healed. He referred me to a surgeon who operated in October and removed the entire area. I thought at this point that it was gone. How wrong I was. I have continued to have outbreaks of MRSA in different areas of my body. Currently, I have it in my left ear and under my right arm and on my right leg. I have asked my doctor to send me to an infectious disease doctor and he refused. I changed doctors and he has now put me on doxycycline and is referring me to Barnes-Jewish in St. Louis. My problem is that I saw him before the last culture results were received and I can’t seem to make them understand that oral antibiotics are not doing anything except treating the symptoms and not the problem. I am frustrated, not to mention mentally and physically exhausted. I have reached my breaking point and don’t know where else to turn for help. I am concerned because I know that this disease can be deadly if not treated. If there is anyone out there who can help me or lead me in a direction to get to someone who will actually do something, please e-mail me. Thank you.

Dave Ryan July 1, 2011 at 1:03 am

I have been living on Maui for the last five years and got my first boil witin the first few months I moved here. After several infections (I have easily had over 30 boils) and six cycles of antibiotics, I decided not to take antibiotics anymore. My infections have become less frequent but are still occasionaly showing their ugly face. I am always trying to learn more about this plague and I would like to thank you for what you are doing.

Carissa McConnell July 6, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Contracted MRSA septecemia via delayed diagnosis after attempted breast cancer masectomy surgery in late 2009. Went thru pure hell for next 18 months…aggressive strain…hyperbaric oxygen…4 recurrences, each many times worse….IV vanco, zyvox, doxycycline, etc. It infected an ‘old’ chest wall plate, hence antibiotics could not get past biofilm. Alternative therapy helped (IV high dose vitamin C…radical diet change…specific supplements to boost immune system. But this MRSA was a monster that needed more. FINALLY read about 80+yrs experience with bacteriophage therapy in U.S. partnered clinic in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. After extensive review of my records, films, history, etc., they accepted me as a patient. I was seriously impressed with their knowledge and treatment thoroughness. It appears to have worked for me in eradicating the MRSA from the infection source, though they made it clear that from now on, I would need to live a proactive healthy lifestyle to keep my immune system operating well. For anyone interested I can be contacted at crissmcconnell@yahoo.com or the website in Tbilisi is http://www.phagetherapycenter.com. The treatment costs are estimated up front to the patient and quite reasonable. They have many patients from the US and only accept those they believe can be helped by bacteriophage therapy. For me, it was a medical miracle of sort.
Criss McConnell, Tampa, FL

DENNIS A. HENLEY July 11, 2011 at 4:37 pm

after having MRSA in 2009 and on life support for 8 days and emergency surgery to take out my infected (replacement 04) hip, I was treated with the drug CEFAZOLIN for almost 2 months by the infection control doctors and nurses at ST. ANTHONY MED CTR. in ST. LOUIS and the infection was reduced and I eventually recovered. I do not know how or when I got the staph, but I do know it clobbered me and quickly. I was clinging to life after only 1 week of feeling ill. It spread throughout me and without that life flight to St. Louis and that medical team, I wouldn’t be here sending this note to you. I am careful what I do and how I take care of myself making sure I take care of cuts or wounds. Thanks for the website info. Its scary to think about.
Dennis Henley , EL DORADO HILLS, CALIFORNIA

Monica Broceus August 2, 2011 at 8:25 am

My brother is 37 years old and has MRSA in his blood and bone. He was been on multiple antibiotics for it and has seen infectious disease doctors. He is currently in the hospital and is receiving antibiotics through an IV. I pray these antibiotics put his MRSA in remission. I’m interested in learning more about MRSA and if it is curable once it is in the bone.

trisha August 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Hi my name is trisha blossey i had MRSA before on my arm , it got treated and hasent came back in an form until a couple days ago i had surgurey and i had a follow with the doctor they tested my blood and found i had MRSA in it im worried cause i live around three young boys and im worried what should i do ?

Christina Seymour August 19, 2011 at 7:37 am

Please subscribe me to your online information resources. I want to keep informed on MRSA. Thank you.

Cara Zehnder August 28, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I have a 15 year old son who has had 3 major surgeries for 3 seperate areas of MRSA abcess (osteomyelitis). any suggestions welcome. They never cultured him for colonization or found source?

enro perez August 30, 2011 at 10:00 am

I am from W.P. high school in mobile alabama and down here we have a thing called senior project. all seniors have to find a topic and do a whole semester project. this year is my year to do this project and iam doing my project on (mrsa) if there any way yall can help me to further research this topic please contact me at enro_montana@yahoo.com thaank you :)

JOS. DINSMORE MURPHY, ESQ September 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I HAVE A CLIENT WHO HAS SUFFERED GREATLY FROM A MRSA INFECTION
ACQUIRED DURING SURGERY. I AM LOOKING FOR A MARYLAND/DC PLAINTIFFS ATTORNEY WHO SUCCESSFULLY HAS TAKEN MRSA CASES TO JURY VERDICT. ANY SUGGESTIONS/ THANKS. JOE MURPHY

carolyn LARIVIERE September 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm

PLEASE help me! My husband died because of MERSA on Nov. 22 2009. He was healthy enough to recieve a kidney transplant, and came through the operation. But the kidney didn’t start working right away. On Oct. 30th,09 a needle was put in his leg as a port and the kidney Dr. did not authorise it, and we both saw the needle right after that and there was a little BLACK spot in middle and red spot around it. This caused MERSA to kill the tissue on his leg. they stopped the antisuppressant medicine and gave him antibiotics to kill the MERSA, but it continued and they took all the dead tissue off his leg. THEN they ended up taking off his left leg above the knee.NOW A NEW KIDNEY AND NO LEFT LEG. The next week the MERSA went into his small intestine and they removed part of his intestine and gave him a colostomy. HE DIED THE NEXT MORNING,THAT WAS three MAJOR OPERATIONS IN 53 DAYS. I am trying to find a lawyer to take my case and am running out of time. PLEASE give me any help you can. MY phone # is 717-481-7775.

Jamie October 7, 2011 at 7:04 am

hi my 18 month old baby girl has had repeated pussie lumps on her leg around the same area inner thigh both legs she is in hospital now since yesterday and doctors have no idea of what it is.i’m hoping you my have some ideas that i can mention to the doctor. Thank you very much if you reply.james .k

Lori Duche' October 23, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Just want to get some help in finding some help so I can deal with this…I am going on 2 years struggling with this crap.

Susan Rasnick October 31, 2011 at 9:37 am

I got MRSA after an achiles tendon repair. I now have it in the bones of both legs and the back of the foot has been eaten by the staff but I have some muscle left in the foot. The back of the foot is black. I cant get an orthopedic. The first time the bone was cleaned out that doctor, Caycedo, has moved across the country and the second time was by Dr Thompson at Vanderbuilt who says it is fine and wont do anything. I now have endocarditis and need the aortic valve replaced. The cardiologist said in August it needed to be done quickly. I have not had it done yet and it is Oct 31!!! I need help. I live in Abingdon VA which is 20 minutes to TN or NC. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Susan

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James Rylander December 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I’d like to find out more information about “how” to file for disability (MRSA). My medical records show that it started while on active duty Ft.Ord,CA 1985!

ryan kirkman January 3, 2012 at 2:57 pm

im a 23 healthy and clean and i keep getting these infections. Me and a couple of my friends now have been getting these bumpes or boils that start out looking like zitts but over a couple of days they turn into something much worse. ive had about 5 now and they seem to show up right after the other one heals. they get a red outer ring with what looks to be a black mark under my skin. then they eventually turn white and full of pus Ive been to the doctors and have been told over and over its a bite. what could i have got this from? could it be mrsa? how do i really know?

Monica January 7, 2012 at 3:44 pm

My 15 year old son has had 3 MRSA outbreaks within a six month period. First infection was a boil on his right testicle, and was treated with antibiotics. It went away, however, a month later he got one on his left upper thigh, we had to take him to the ER for that one, he had to have it drained and was given antibiotics as well along with a nose ointment. They took a culture of it and it came back positive. After it cleared up, we assumed it would never return again. Now almost a month later he has developed another boil on his left inner thigh. Once again doctors have put him on antibiotics and is again doing the nose ointment. Now that I’ve educated myself a bit more on MRSA, I am extremely scared for my other two sons as well as my husband. As far as I know we do not have it.

I’ve read so many sad and scary stories to the point where I am a nervous wreck. I feel that my son will never have a normal life. Will MRSA always be a part of his life or does it eventually go away? I’m so scared for him.

Evalyn January 17, 2012 at 12:44 am

I had brain surgery and shunt was placed nd then the tube that went from my head to my stomache dislodged. it filled my abdomen full of fluid. I went to the erick and was admitted back into the hospital then taken back into surgery woke up with a huge and I mean huge hole in my stomache with a Wound vac attached saying I had stash and this mrsa Wth is really going on???? I’m clean and very careful how could something like this happen?I now have a pic line and do antibiotics everyday

Anna Ibrahim January 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm

11 years ago my mother died she was on Kidney dialysis and had other health problems, back then MRSA wasnt talk about much and when I ask what did my mother have I was giving the answer on a Peice of paper and told to go look it up. It was MRSA and died 3 months later. I had alot of problems back then about it because I had small kids and the doctors didnt want my kids around my mother after finding out what MRSA is I knew why, when my mother was dying she said to me you will die the same way. Can you help me undertsand this better?

Karen K Bortner January 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Having lived with MRSA for approx 4 years now having started from a iv sight that had to be lanced and left open to drain going in for packing and repacking 2x a day for 2 months. That was my first time of even really understanding what MRSA is and what it does. Now like I said 4 years later I have lost 1 finger to it,I have it in my blood,my bone, and my unrine besides the sores that open on my skin,I get MRSA pneomina,uti’s, I am sure you see the picture. I am on microdantin,bactrim ds,& vanco as a daily regiment which scares the living @#$%% out of me. Because where do we go from here to treat this as it adapts to what I am doing. My son is really pushing me to try the herbal remedies. I was just wanting some feedback of anyone that has maybe tried that form of treatment. I just know that I need to do something different I am just not sure what. Thanks for letting me vent.

R.Thomas February 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm

My 10 year old son has MRSA and is on medication orally and topical but has a fever ( 100.3 ) for going on 3 days ( the fever was only noticed 3 days ago but he was diagnosed and started on treatment 7 days ago) I spoke to the doctor whom seems to think its a viral infection but he doesnt have any new symptoms. It it normal to have a fever 7 days after starting on antibotics?

R.Thomas February 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Please help.. About 7 years ago my mother had an “infection” that was resistant to antibiotics which then infected her liver and so on. She passed away and her cause of death was “sepsis”. While she was in the hospital, I had given birth to my first son. I wasn’t aware of what she had since back then MRSA wasn’t a word I had ever heard of. One day I took my son to see my mother in the hospital. I walked into the room, set my infant son down next to her in the bed and proceeded to take my coat off when a nurse walked in and said ” wait, your supposed to be masked, gloved and gowned in here” and pointed to a sign that was impossible to see. When I asked why she said she didn’t know and would get back to me. She never did. A few months later my son started having unexplained fevers which then led to staph infections over the years. About a week ago, my son had what looked to me like a wart on his finger. I closed it off as I would normally do with the intention on taking him to the PCP to have it frozen. A few days later he developed a blister and his finger was red, hot and swollen. The Urgent care doctor tested it and seemed very concerned. I knew it was MRSA although she didnt come right out and say it. She gave him liquid/oral bactrum and said to follow up with his PCP. At his PCP appointment he had a fever of 100.3. The PCP added topical Bactrum and all “sores” are clearing up but, after 7 daysbut he still has a fever of 99.0-100.0 degrees. I called the doctor and she said it seems like a “virus” and not related to the MRSA which he has no symptoms of a Virus even after 3 days of the fever. Is this fever normal? Does anyone else still have a low grade fever after being treated for 7 days? I can help but to think back to all of the misdiagnosing with my mother and I don’t want to miss something that can be fatal with my son.

vicki hockman March 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Hi to you. I need help. I was just found positive MRSA as Ive had nasal surgery for sinus and septum Feb 4. Next day I was in ER and they took a swab and today found out I have MRSA. Ive had mega headaches that started after a hospital day op procedure in Nov. I will find out tonight if the culture from my nose surgery was positive as well. Ive just stated Bactrim for 14 days. Ive never quite recovered from the nasal surgery. I felt sick after and just can’t get back to my old self. I might have had this MRSA for quite a while. Feeling quite like a leper. No open sores/pus etc just the nasal issue. What is the incubation period? Is this infection the reason for those headaches and slow recovery from the sinus surgery? Don’t know anything about this bacteria. Is there a forum as well? Much appreciate any help you can offer.
Best,
Vicki

Hope H. March 11, 2012 at 12:48 am

I had three abscesses removed from my left breast & was in the hospital for a month with mrsa & blood poisoning, a few weeks after being released from the hospital my left kidney started failing, could it of been complications from the mrsa i wonder? Now 5 months after my breast and kidney surgeries, out of the blue i have started having horrible chest pains & numbness in my left shoulder,arm, & hand. I told my surgeon about all of this and he simply said (it could take up to a year to fully heal) one wound was six inches across and an inch in depth. I was also on a wound vac.I live in tn. and i am in desperate need of a qualified doctor. I believe mrsa has really done damage to my heart, lungs & kidneys. I am in constant pain, rapidly losing weight 145lbs.-80lbs, & have spells where i shake like i have cold chills,but my heats on 80 degress.I am only 22 years old i don’t understand why all this is happening to me at such a young age and apparently neither do the doctors.They ask me why i am so sick,is it not supposed to be the other way around,I need answers & advice now because over the last year it has only gotten worse i mean i had 6 separate surgeries in a 3 month period.The worst part is i have been sick & gone in & out hospitals the whole 1st year of my sons life,this stubborn infection is reducing my quality of life. I need help.

Kenneth J. Daniels March 19, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I am recently cancer free 10/27/11 from invasive malignant melanoma stage IV. I took alternative treat ment called CELLECT. I still take it. In November a red inflammation showed up on a PET scan, oncoligist said not cancer. Dermatoligist said possible fungal infection prescribed two creams Econazale and Hydrocortisone, inflammation got worse and I went to a wound center and it was excised and material removed revealed I had a staph infection and MRSA. It cleared up. I take a standard probiotic Flo-Jen 3 every day. A visit with my doctor today I was told I should take Ohhiras probiotic for two months and then revert to standard probiotic which will enable me to be free of MRSA. Does that sound right? I get rashes underarms that clear up when I apply Hydrocortisone cream. Then they return. I’m considering seeing an infectious disease specialist. What do you think of that plan? I’m 76 yrs old. Please respond at your earliest convenience Ken

lashawnda rodgers April 6, 2012 at 6:50 am

I caught it after had my son at wakemed cary hospital in cary nc. i have never ever been sick or had anything until i delivered my son there. i am so upset and everytime i have a boil, it affects me. my self esteem drops, and i feel sad. I dont understand why God allowed this to happen to me. And am believing him for healing. well, my 19wk has a bump so i took him to the pediatrician they did a culture and told me was MRSA. i cried because i dont want him to go through all the pain and agony I have been. she did drain the little bump and have me putting the ointment up there and washing him down in hibaclens. and said to bring him back in 1 month. but with him being a newbie i dont know if his immune system can fight it 0ff. but I BELIEVE GOD! Even though God didn’t answer my prayer and let his culture come back positive for MRSA. I still trust him. I am going to ask my pediatrician abot Zyvox for him and for myself. I have been tryin to find a lawyer that will take the case for 2 yrs, but cant find anyone that will seriously take it. i keep being told that with MRSA its hard to prove that it actually came from there. especially since everyday i’m out in public i come in contact with people and/or things that have been MRSA touched…But I know a healer and I don’t have to carry this for the rest of my life and I won’t. feel free email me at lashawnda.rodgers@yahoo.com please pray for me and my household for God’s healing

Patrick Ranne April 15, 2012 at 9:26 pm

my second child who is only 22 days old was just diagnosed with this. He developed blisters about 1 day postpartum , the doctors and nurses said it was “baby rash” and let him go home. Two weeks later he was running high fevers and barely able to breath. I am certain he contracted this from the hospital. The thing that infuriates me most is that they let him go with out investigating the blisters, and now that I have seen images there is no way they couldn’t have known.

Patrick Ranne April 15, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I do not know much on this except what I have read, I would like to learn more on this and hope that my son will be alright.

Jonathan Pennington April 24, 2012 at 9:43 pm

All I know is that these things hurt!!! my doctor gave me tremodol for pain. i can’t take it. i had some left over hydrocodone 7.5/500. but she won’t give them to me. what else could i take? i still have to work!!!

Melanie April 27, 2012 at 8:47 am

Hello
My 6 year old daughter had strep at the beginning of winter. She continually complained about stomach pain and a sore throat throughout winter . The doctor told us that she was most likely constipated and needed to eat more fiber. Her throat looked “ok” when we were there so he said the dry air was probably causing her throat to hurt. The third time I took her to the doctor, around mid-winter, I asked him to swab her throat for strep and he told me that she didn’t have symptoms/signs of strep so therefore he would not do it. He said she had a cold etc and was probably still constipated. He also seemed to think she may be complaining about stomach pain for attention because I just had a new baby. After we started to journal her stomach pain etc, she seemed to be feeling a little better. I thought that maybe the doc was right, maybe it was for attention. Although she was feeling better she would periodically complain about headaches, not being hungry and she still seemed very tired. Just recently she was complaining about headaches, sore throat, and being tired. Last week her breathe was very bad so at her yearly dental check-up, which was conveniently scheduled that week, I asked him what he thought the cause was. The dentist told us that her 6 year molars were coming in and she may have bad breathe because of adenoids or allergies. Nothing I could do except use a good mouthwash. That Friday she was not eating, sleeping all the time, crying a lot and ran a fever of 103. The pediatrician told us they could not see her because it was Friday and they didn’t have any openings, so we took her to Medical Express. Med Express told us that the strep test was neg, but since she had white patches on her tonsils they would culture it. The culture came back with MRSA in the culture. I called her ped and they didn’t seem worried. My husband and I took her in to the doctor yesterday and he acted like MRSA was not a big deal. They gave her different medication, bactrum, and told us to keep her home from school for 24-48 hours. I asked for a nasal swab and they refused to do it. They said there was no need. I am concerned and do not know enough about this disease. Please help and should I go to the ENT doc. I also had my 10 month old checked. They said he had a bad cold, was wheezing and to bring him back if he isn’t better by Monday. He had RSV this winter and because he was a preemie is suseptible to many things. Med Express said my daughter will carry this forever ~ is this true
Thanks for your help
Melanie

Meredith May 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Has anyone ever experienced a node underneath their skin after MRSA? I had MRSA three times in 2011 an took antibiotics for all 3 incidents. One infection was in my left breast and left a scar on the outside and a knot or node underneath. My OB/GYN doctor said it would go away 6 months ago but is sending me for a mammogram/ultrasound tomorrow because it has not shrunk in size. Does anyone know the relationship with breast cancer?

David Floyd June 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I had mrsa 3 years ago after a minor knee procedure. I was in the Hospital for 2 weeks, had 6 debridement surgeries. I then had the pick-line and had to endure 6 weeks of Cipro/Vanc 2 times a day. I was then on erythro. for a whole year. Nothing since then. A month ago I had foot surgery, no issues or problems. While gimping around in a cast I have rubbed the bottom of my foot raw. Over the last 2 day’s my foot has swelled up to the point my cast feels like it’s going to burst. Am I over reacting? I have no fever but having gone through that hell has made me paranoid. I’m freaking out, I don’t want to make an ER trip (my surgeon is 2 hours away). It would help to have people who have gone through this tell me to either put your leg up and calm down or get to the Hospital. Am I at greater risk to get it a second time?

lisa October 9, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Just wanted to inform u that their is away to get rid of mrsa it an ointment th at u put in ur nose. The doctors nevef seem to offer it to help people but contact a health office in ur area should help as i once had mrsa and after mywholefamily was treated with that ointment? I have been tested negitive 3 times since then good luck hope this helps someone

agron October 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Hello im a 31 year old man and I have mrsa into my arm its in blood and bone! Im currently getting treat it for it I have been on iv treatment for 5 weeks, and the doctors have told me will go away! Please sad people dont just come and write your sad Comments in here and try to scare people off, it is serious infection but it treatble. So please stay positive and try to comofort people like me, do not be so deppressing.

Kisha October 31, 2012 at 12:49 pm

My boyfriend has been struggling with large bumps spreading very bad with large amounts of pus and gooy blood for 2 and half years , he’s been to serval doctors although he don’t have insurance so they don’t give him the treatment he needs they give him antibiotics and tell him that will work and that its MRSA , I’m getting so worried I think it’s in his blood stream and it very painful I need answers or doctors he can go to