Patient Comments: Staph Infection - Experience

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Comment from: J Walker, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

My wife got a staph infection after a hip replacement in 2004, she has had her 3rd replacement. She has had gentamicin beads placed inside her leg for a while, and numerous different antibiotics, without success. She is presently on Bactrim, to no avail. She has a small boil like abscess on her upper leg, about half way down the femur, which has to be cleaned and clean dressings put on twice a day. I am told that she can have a girdle-stone done which would make her immobile and she could die if it is done, another orthopedic surgeon advises against it due to the risks. They say that the staph forms a gel like layer on the metal in the hip, hence the girdle-stone procedure suggestion.

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Comment from: KK, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I have had a recurring nasal staph infection for almost 20 years. Each year it got progressively worse, spreading through my nose inside/out and across my face. It infuriates me as there is nothing I can do but endure the pain and agony. News flash: there is a vaccine for animals for staph, Staphage Lysate. FDA won't allow it for human use.

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Comment from: Jack, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 14

I got a staph infection near my right shin from a cut across my shin. I cleaned it, wrapped it up and kept working. Seven days later it was very swollen and hurt a lot. I went to the hospital, they cleaned it out and found a cavity over 20 mm up and it"s been two weeks tomorrow. It is getting better but still very sore, burning up and down my shin. I feel very light headed and weak. My hands twitch when I"m tired. I'm very tired all the time. I got cellulitis and golden staph in the cavity, they have killed both they say.

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Comment from: jody, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

One day I was walking and all a sudden I felt a sting on my forehead. Well, it started to swell really badly. I thought a spider bit me. It was huge and very painful. I couldn"t stand the pain any longer so I started squeezing it. As I didn"t know what it was, I must have touched my cheek with my hands, so I had another one. I went to hospital they shot me with medicine and the nurses squeezed it. I was in too much pain, I still felt it. They wrote a prescription out for me for some antibiotics and some tramadol. After I started taking them I was feeling a little better but it still hurt so I kept it covered with Band-Aids. The Band-Aids kept it moist. The green infection was sticking on the Band-Aid so I got tweezers and pulled it out. It was long and slimy, it looked like a green worm. As soon as I pulled it out I had 2 big deep holes in my head. Wow, but what a relief.

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Comment from: kenpoblack, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 29

In November 2012, I had fluid drained from my knee and got a cortisone shot and staph hit 2 days later. I could not walk. I did the clean out surgery and 6 weeks antibiotics. The germs are gone but my foot and thigh, foot mostly, still have a lot of pain. I take Aleve but it is not much help.

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Comment from: eyewrite, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I fell in a parking lot near a drainage screen. Just scraped my knee. The next morning there were a bunch of white circles, with red around the edges. I went to the doctor who said it was staph infection. He hospitalized me and operated on the leg, removing area about an inch deep and four inches long. I didn't want skin graft but had I known it was going to take a solid year of bandage changing to heal up, I would have had the skin graft!

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Comment from: Sarah, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

Five years ago I had ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction and the incision got infected. I took antibiotics and was fine for a year. Just over a year later I bumped my leg and a boil of sorts had formed. I went to the emergency room and got the boil lanced and tested and it turned out to be staph. Since then I have seen at least a dozen doctors, have had two surgeries to have the infection scraped out and cleared out. I've been on at least ten rounds of antibiotics, no luck. It has now been four years since the infection has shown up and hasn't been treatable. I'm now experiencing acute sensitive pain in my lower leg when the skin is lightly touched.

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