Patient Comments: Staph Infection - Experience

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Comment from: Mark L, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 09

I was turning 50 in July of 2013 but in March 2013 I was in hospital a week before I was diagnosed with MRSA. Apparently I had suffered 10 weeks with it before I nearly was unable to walk, and the family doctor was not able to work out what was wrong. Roughly 13 to 15cm long taking up 50 percent of my spinal column was the abscess and a 13 to 15cm diameter round internal mass outside of my spine between L3 to L4. I have an external 13 cm scar on my back, lost 3 weeks of memory whilst surviving the fever after the operation. I entered the hospital 84 kg and went down to 42 kg in the 2nd or 3rd week. I have shrunken discs where pressure is being put onto the nerves as I walk. I can only stand for 5 minutes at a time and walk a maximum of 400 meters before I collapse onto the ground in severe pain. I live on Tramadol 200 mg 2 a day and Codeine 30 mg 2 a day. If I need to go to a mall I'm limited to using a wheelchair. I had the operation near an old injury from the past but I picked up MRSA I suspect from sitting on a dirty toilet seat 8 or 10 years earlier when I had carbuncles on my buttocks. I exist now trying to find ways not to suffer pain so to all that healthy, feel fortunate.

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Comment from: pinkyellowblue, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

I had a staph infection when I was 16 years old. It developed as an abscess on my foot that looked like a giant blister. My entire foot and leg were very red. The pain was excruciating and I couldn"t put any weight on it. I believe that I contracted the infection from walking at an indoor pool barefoot at a YMCA. My mom took me to the hospital and they drained it and put me on IV and antibiotics. I just thought that I had a very bad blister, so please be careful. Luckily my mother realized something was wrong.

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Comment from: Guy-in-central-PA, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 29

I am just around 35 years old. I had some tinea pedis kind of thing appear in my left foot in summer 2013. After treatment with Lamisil it went away but in November it came back and after I scratched it and ended up breaking the skin sometime, I ended up getting a skin infection that shows symptoms more like staph aureus (redness, pus, itching, pain, lot of blistering, skin sloughing off). I had one course of Cephalexin (10 days), then had Doxycycline for 8 days. It seemed to have to improved it but the infection came back after 4 weeks again after a break of 2-3 weeks. Now I am on a second course of cephalexin. It has improved but not fully gone. One thing I have aggressively changed in my diet is to reduce sugars and carbs as bacteria feed off of these. Eat more fresh, green and leafy vegetables. Fruits are also sugar so keep it balanced. Good hygiene helps. I also occasionally apply turmeric powder (as a paste with water) topically (it stings) and then wash it off in lukewarm saltwater. It gives relief to me. I also drink 2 tsps. turmeric powder and some crushed pepper in 200 ml water or coconut water - usually first thing in the morning. I am hoping to successfully eradicate or achieve a balance in my body where I control the bacteria and not let it control me. All tips given here are just a recollection of what I do and not advice to anyone.

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Comment from: dtunnell, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 28

I had several regular staph infections over a 5 year period after having sinus surgery. One of those included hospitalization. In late 2004, I had a fall and within a few days I could hardly stand up. I went to the hospital and they could not find anything on an x-ray. A week later, I was still not better and my stomach was extremely distended and I returned to the emergency room. They did a culture and found MRSA. After more testing, they found a 4 x 6 mass located in my chest cavity that was eating away at my backbone that was still hard like a boil. They put me on extensive IV therapy for 12 weeks. I believe that I have ongoing health issues due to this incident.

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Comment from: chris, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

I had a small boil on the right side of my neck 10 years ago. In three days this boil grew to a golf ball size and what was worse, the infection spread to the right side of my face twisting my eye and the right side of my face I looked deformed. I went to the doctor who gave me a shot of antibiotic and Keflex, an antibiotic. After 5 days of going to the doctor my face started to heal and the swelling went down till my face was not twisted. I had to go to an eye doctor because my eye was infected and he told me I might lose eye sight in one eye. I had to go to a surgeon to cut out a big nasty pus filled boil. I did stay on antibiotics for a few months.

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