I just found out Wednesday that I have MRSA. They found it while culturing my urine since I've suffered a UTI for almost 4 weeks now. I've been on macrobid and levaquin(still on it) and now I'm taking bactroban for the MRSA. I gave brith to my second child June 3, 2004 after being induced because of a UTI and kidney infection, now they think I had the MRSA then(more then likely since I've been in and out of the hospital with kidney problems the last two years) which would mean my daughter, this innocent three week old little baby is now colonizing the bacteria. I feel horrible, but it's not my fault either, I didn't ask to be infected, none of us did.
On to the bad new I got today...
I've been having horrible back pain, so yesterday I had a CT scan on my kidneys. I have stones in both kidneys that are blocking the ureters, the biggest being 6mm. I have to see a urologist ASAP and am so scared that it will require surgery, this with only complicate the whole MRSA thing.
Does anyone know id MRSA can cause kidney problems?
Hey there emily.....sorry you have to go through what you're going through--it must be so tough.
In response to your question, yes MRSA can cause kidney troubles as can any other bacterial/parasitic infection of the genitourinary tract. Kidneys can often be involved in a complicated bladder infection because the infection ascends up the ureters and then gets to the kidney--which is why you can get back pain with a serious bladder infection. Additionally, if you are already prone to making stones, bacteria in the urinary tract can be the precipitating factor (pun intended) in causing stones to form.
Has your child had any ill-effects from your MRSA infection? And by the way, MRSA colonization is not necessarily a bad thing unless the bacteria gets in to a cut and causes an infection. It's also a bad thing if you're in the hospital as it can pass to other patients whose immune systems are already weakened.
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hi. my name is ashley im 18 and i just found out that i have mrsa. I had test done about 3 months ago but they never told me the results. So i have been having boils all over my body i have been to the hospital several time because i couldn't walk because they hurt so bad and they never metioned anything to me about MRSA.. They said that theya re some kind of bites. So i have been on antibiotics since July and they wouldn't go away.. then some 1 mentioned to me about mrsa and i looked up info on it and i thought i might have it. so i called the hospital and got my results and they told me that i do have MRSA but that is it... i am very upset my new dr told me all the antibiotics that i was on befor my body is amuned to them... and now im on this really strong antibiotic to get they boils under control and now it seems like my health is just getting worse... Can you tell me anything i can do about this? i really need some information from some 1 who has it to see what they have done and what they have gone through with it.. I am really scared because it seems to me that it is just getting worse and worse and i want sum in put so please can you help me..... some 1
MRSA, you probably already know stands for methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The bug itself is actually not any more infective than a normal strain of Staph aureus, but the difference is that it is resistant to the semi-synthetic penicillins that are normally used to fight staph: naficillin, cloxacillin, dicloxacillin and methicillin (methicillin isn't used anymore because of its toxicity). So, I have a feeling that since you've been shown to be MRSA, you're on vancomycin. Is that correct? Have you been referred to an infectious disease specialist?
Let me inform you of my sons situation. Here is his historywith MRSA:
CHIEF COMPLAINT: Status post right canal down Tympanomastoidectomy September 18, 2003, complaining of right otorrhea.. Status post right tympanomastoidectomy with ossicular chain reconstruction using an implant between the malleus handle and stapes footplate March 4, 2004. Cultures taken on July 27, 200, revealed methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. He was started on intravenous Vancomycin and developed a severe allergic reaction. He had received steroids, chlorpheniramine and epinephrine in the emergency room.Was in the hospital for 4 days. Allergic reaction has settled down. Status post right canal down tympanomastoidectomy with removal of the middle ear prosthesis. Intraoperative findings revealed chronic mastoiditis with questionable osteomyelitis. Intraoperative cultures revealed methicillin-resistar Staphylococcus aureus. October 7, 2004. Cultures done on October 27, 2004 revealed no evidence of staph aureus.
SYMPTOM HISTORY: Fifteen-year,-old gentleman who continues to have right purulent otorrhea with mild otalgia.
PHYSICAL EXAMINATION: Examination of the right mastoid cavity revealed extensive purulence. Culture: were taken. Extensive granulation tissue was noted in the posterior mastoid cavity. Silver nitrate cauterization with excision was performed. Examination of the left ear canal, eardrum, nasal cavity, ora cavity, oropharynx and neck was unremarkable. There is no evidence of nystagmus, facial hypesthesia or facial weakness.
ASSESSMENT/PLAN: I recommended a CAT scan of the temporal bone. I also suggested consultation with infectious diseases. Re-evaluation suggested after imaging.
Electronically Signed by: MD on Tuesday,
After this visit, My son has gotten MRSA again. The last surgery that they did, they had totake part of his skull onthe backside of the brain. It was fully infected with MRSA. Now he is looking at, having MRSA again, that it might get into the brian.If this occurs, they will have to take that part of the brain out. My son is at the point right now, where is has had enough. My Infectious Disease Dr. called me and said that there might not be any antibiotic that he can take to sure this, because it is not working. There is a chance if they can't something, He could die from this.
So, please get everything checked out.
They are doing a CAT scan on THursday. This will show if the bone is infected again. What parts of the bone he has left. So, they have to be missing something. Because it keeps coming back.
My prayers are with each and everyone of you that are fighting this Super Bug.