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Old 04-03-2007, 08:13 AM   #1
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Mrsa :(

Chad, Age 26, Male

Hello, I found these forums in searching for more information on MRSA. Im really at a loss and in waiting to see a new doctor.

I started getting bumps on my right arm in november of last year, They were generally sore and would break with puss. I had really bad acne as a child/teenager and I took it is thats what they were because after they broke and I cleaned them they would go away but new ones started forming. Around December/Early Jan I came down with a really bad upper respistory infection and was taking some OTC colds meds which prooved no avail. I went to our local Med Stop and was told by the doctor there it I had foliculitis(sp). I was given a Steriod booster shot and a prescription of Levaquin.

I took all the meds and did as that doctor prescribed and I got over my sickness within a few days as well as my bumps went away. Within a few weeks the bumps starting returning so I made an appointment with my normal doctor and he advised me I had MRSA. and was put on more antibiotics.

Well still today the bumps still come and go just not as frequent and when they heal they leave a small red dot mark under the skin as well as this is on both arms and the back of my neck despite what cleaning I try to do its just getting worse.

Along with the bumps/sores Ive also been getting rather dizzy at times and Im starting to get very achy in my upper body. (wrists, shoulders) as well as mild headaches that come and go pretty frequently.

I have an appointment to see an infectious disease specialist on April 19th and I hope they will have some better news as my current doctor just keeps throwing all kinds of antibiotics to it that dont seem to be working. Im still breaking out regardless.

This is what I have taken and currently taking

Doxycycline 100mg
Doxycycline 500mg (Currently Taking)
Levaquin 200mg
Levaquin 750mg (Currently Taking)
Sulfamethoxazole (dont remember the mg)
Septra 500mg


Im hoping the new doctor will be able to help me but Im really getting worried

Sorry for the long post

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Old 04-04-2007, 07:48 PM   #2
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Re: Mrsa :(

With multi drug resistant infections like you have, it might be easiest to briefly be admitted to the hospital to receive a broad-spectrum antibiotic via IV. these tend to be much more effective than the oral medication you are taking now.

 
Old 04-05-2007, 04:05 AM   #3
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Re: Mrsa :(

Chad, I just saw that you are taking levaquin and have taken it before. The dose you are now taking is high. Have you heard or read the side effects of this drug? I personaly got quite ill when I was taking levaquin, first a low dose then when that didn't work they gave me the dose you are now taking and I got terribly sick, all over aching, rashes, and extremley tired and dizzy. This drug can have side effects worse than whatever you are taking it for. I don't know if this is what's happening to you but why not look it up since it seems they just keep trying different antibiotcs it seems they are not sure what they are treating you for and could be making you worse. Also do you get these rashes in the sun?
Also what is mrsa?

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Old 04-05-2007, 06:20 AM   #4
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Re: Mrsa :(

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Chad, I just saw that you are taking levaquin and have taken it before. The dose you are now taking is high. Have you heard or read the side effects of this drug? I personaly got quite ill when I was taking levaquin, first a low dose then when that didn't work they gave me the dose you are now taking and I got terribly sick, all over aching, rashes, and extremley tired and dizzy. This drug can have side effects worse than whatever you are taking it for. I don't know if this is what's happening to you but why not look it up since it seems they just keep trying different antibiotcs it seems they are not sure what they are treating you for and could be making you worse. Also do you get these rashes in the sun?
Also what is mrsa?
Actually yes I get extremly tired and sometimes dizzy spells.. Ive been trying to stay out of the sun as much as possible so no rashes but I have been aching very badly in my shoulders over the past few days.

Ive talked to my Doc about this and he is not willing to put me in the hospital he said it was not serious enough.. And with that comment I requested to see a specialist. My appointment with them is April 19th.

This is the definition of MRSA from the CDC

What is MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)?
Some staph bacteria are resistant to antibiotics. MRSA is a type of staph that is resistant to antibiotics called beta-lactams. Beta-lactam antibiotics include methicillin and other more common antibiotics such as oxacillin, penicillin and amoxicillin. While 25% to 30% of the population is colonized with staph, approximately 1% is colonized with MRSA.

 
Old 04-06-2007, 10:49 AM   #5
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Re: Mrsa :(

Chad-
You will continue to get outbreaks from the MRSA until you get rid of it. To do this, you need to use an antibiotic ointment (prescription) in your nostrils daily (this is where the MRSA is colonized at), and use chlorohexadine soap over your whole body daily for 1 month. You can take all the oral antibiotics in the world, but until you do the above you'll just keep getting sick.
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Old 04-06-2007, 05:24 PM   #6
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Re: Mrsa :(

steroids and quinolone drugs such as levaquin are not supposed to be taken together. side effects are very common when this happens. i was giving steroids with avelox also a quinolone antibiotic and i ended up tearing several tendons, widespread muscle pain, etc and left as a cripple. the side effects from these poisons are devastating and can be life altering. these drugs should be reserved for life and death.there has to be safer options.

 
Old 04-16-2007, 07:14 AM   #7
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Re: Mrsa :(

Thanks for all the info everyone..

I have an appoitnment with a specialist this thursday And Im hoping that he will do more then the previous doctor has. I will take this information along with me to ask questions.

I just had a pretty bad cold over the past week and weekend Im still trying to get over it but Its getting better.

I have also broken out on a spot or two on my face.

Hopefully this can get resolved soon Im tired of being sick all the time

 
Old 04-23-2007, 05:45 AM   #8
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Re: Mrsa :(

Went to the specialist last week..

He put me on something called Mupriocin? Its like a gel you put in your nose to lower the staph count.! Been on it for a few days day I hope it works!

 
Old 04-25-2007, 03:49 PM   #9
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I would like to say to you guys that it is not as easy as what you are saying. My son is 18 years old and has suffered MRSA. Was in the hospital for 4 days. he almost died.
With having MRSA, they keep you OUT of the hospital. That is where you get staff and everything else. Yes, with MRSA, you do need antibiotics. BUT, with levaquin, you HAVE to stay out of the sun. It will make you sick. I know, my son was on that too.
As far as the IV goes, they can put that in and send you home ASAP. No more staying in the hospital, unless it is really serious.
My son has lost his mastoid bone and pieces of his skull and cranuim due to "staff" infection. He has had 18 surgeries. He is now allergice to three of the BIG antibiotics. I can only assume that is from all the IV antibiotics that they have given him.
They are now testing him to see if his immune system has been compromised. They are also saying that he might be a carrier for "staff"
If that is so, he is only infecting himself. But if they can't stop the "staff" it could be deadly.
He is taking a pill now of the heavy antibiotic. It is only $1000.00 a script of 28 pills. He is alos using a surgical soap, plus the cream around the tip of the nose. All that does is kills the bacteria in his body. That doesn't stop the infection, but it helps the wound heal
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I would like to say to you guys that it is not as easy as what you are saying. My son is 18 years old and has suffered MRSA. Was in the hospital for 4 days. he almost died.
With having MRSA, they keep you OUT of the hospital. That is where you get staff and everything else. Yes, with MRSA, you do need antibiotics. BUT, with levaquin, you HAVE to stay out of the sun. It will make you sick. I know, my son was on that too.
As far as the IV goes, they can put that in and send you home ASAP. No more staying in the hospital, unless it is really serious.
My son has lost his mastoid bone and pieces of his skull and cranuim due to "staff" infection. He has had 18 surgeries. He is now allergice to three of the BIG antibiotics. I can only assume that is from all the IV antibiotics that they have given him.
They are now testing him to see if his immune system has been compromised. They are also saying that he might be a carrier for "staff"
If that is so, he is only infecting himself. But if they can't stop the "staff" it could be deadly.
He is taking a pill now of the heavy antibiotic. It is only $1000.00 a script of 28 pills. He is alos using a surgical soap, plus the cream around the tip of the nose. All that does is kills the bacteria in his body. That doesn't stop the infection, but it helps the wound heal

I hope he gets better soon Moma, I def now some of the syptoms hes going through.

As an update Im still on The Muprocin, The doctor put me on something called Climdamycn and I had a bad reaction to it and ended up in the emergency room wed night, It really upset things and made my chest really sore.

All treatments are stopped now except for Metaclopramide and Ranitine to help calm things down until the soreness goes away.

I was very sick vommiting the foam from the pill along with horrid chest pressure and pain.

I spoke /w the specialist and once this is done he will being to treat me again with other antibiotics.

As of right now the condition has worsened. It has spread to my scalp and neck and I am now bald in order to treat it. It is pretty widespreed over my head.

 
Old 04-27-2007, 05:40 PM   #11
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I hope it gets better soon to. He is at a very young age and has been dealing with this for years. His mental capability is what I am watching. Hoping that he don't get depressed.
He had an allergic reaction yesterday to the Zyvox. He is on another antibitoic now. He also has to carry around with him, Benadryl, and a eppipen. If something happens away from me. he can do it himself and then have someone call me ASAP.
We are still doing testing on his blood. His liver is high right now. She is testing it one more time, if it is still high, then we have to find out why.
One advantage that you have is, you can see it. His infection is inside of his head, near his brain. That is the scarry part.
I hope all goes well for you and things get better for you as well.
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I hope he gets better soon Moma, I def now some of the syptoms hes going through.

As an update Im still on The Muprocin, The doctor put me on something called Climdamycn and I had a bad reaction to it and ended up in the emergency room wed night, It really upset things and made my chest really sore.

All treatments are stopped now except for Metaclopramide and Ranitine to help calm things down until the soreness goes away.

I was very sick vommiting the foam from the pill along with horrid chest pressure and pain.

I spoke /w the specialist and once this is done he will being to treat me again with other antibiotics.

As of right now the condition has worsened. It has spread to my scalp and neck and I am now bald in order to treat it. It is pretty widespreed over my head.
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Old 05-01-2007, 05:38 AM   #12
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Re: Mrsa :(

Update:

Things are starting to get a little better, Im using the Muprocin still directly on the spots and it seems to be clearing up finally, Hopefully it will continue to heal and stay away.

 
Old 05-01-2007, 01:54 PM   #13
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Well, I am so glad for you that things are looking up for you. We just went to 2 Dr.'s today. His ear Dr. and his ID Dr. The ear Dr. said everything looks good. His ID Dr. is trying another antibiotic. He broke out again twice yesterday. They have him on predisone as well as a new antibiotic. They are trying to calm down his immune system. This has been a very long and hard road.
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Old 08-30-2007, 09:50 PM   #14
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Re: Mrsa :(

MRSA -- Methecycllin resistant staphlacoccus aureus. Antibiotic resistant infection. Two basic types: CA-community acquired; HA-Hosptial acquired.

The CA is becomming more and more widespread and typcially shows up in people who are otherwise quite healthy.

If not treated promptly, can turn very dangerous, even deadly. Check the CDC for more info.

 
Old 09-11-2007, 04:53 AM   #15
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Hi, I am new to the board but not new to MRSA. I worked in the health care field for 23 years and stayed MRSA free. Nasal swabs came back negetive. In July 2003 I went into the the ER unknown to me with a near to be ruptured appendix. It was on a Sunday morning at 7:30am. I was to follow a very durty case before me. Well to make a long story short, I aquired first staph then into MRSA on the second day after my surgery. I was on Vancomycin and Zosyn for 10 days and Zyvox for 14 days at home. Of course I am now immuno-compromised and last Dec I was in CCU on the vent for 10 out of 16 days with double pneumonia and yeap, MRSA came alive. I almost died. Now I have full blown paranoia and seeing a shrink due to now having agoraphobia of getting germs. MRSA is not a nice place to be in. I am stuggling with many mental problems secondary to the MRSA. All steming from my event on the respirator last Dec.

 
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