To the original poster, my brother was recently diagnosed with MRSA and put on 8 weeks of oral Biaxin. He is suppose to have a nasal swab in a few weeks to test whether there is still any signs of Staph in his system. From what I have read (and heard from my brother), MRSA is quite treatable if treated in it's initial stages. If not, it will go into the bones and eventually into the bloodstream causing a systemic sepsis (infection). So it is quite important that you have it treated as soon as any symptoms appear. Otherwise it could be fatal. Also, from my understanding, MRSA can remain dormant and re-emerge months or years later. Stress seems to play a role in that occuring.
NeedInfoTN ~ My brother started out with boils under his arms that got larger and involved his lymph nodes as well. The doctor drained them and cut out the surrounding tissue and packed them until they healed. I think that he also had some joint pain while on the antibiotics but it might be a good idea if you mention this to your doctor. It also might be wise if the doctor did a culture to check for MRSA....the infection usually occurs after being in a hospital for surgery or sometimes in gyms or physical activity that involves contact with sweat and other people's skin. Don't be afraid to go back to the doctor to be checked out....MRSA is definitely not something to be taken lightly.
Good luck to both of you ~ Goody