Patient Comments: Staph Infection - Experience

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Comment from: Lady Anne, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

My grandmother used to make a tea from the leaves of jewel weed, which is often found growing near poison ivy. She kept this tea in the fridge and would dab it on my rash with a cotton ball. If the rash was severe, after she'd swabbed me down, she would take a whole leaf and place it on the damp skin, then wrap the whole shebang with loose gauze or a piece of old bedsheet. I still use this method on myself (I swear I can get poison ivy by looking at the plant too hard), and well as my kids, grandkids, and now great-grandchildren.

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Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 08

I started with severe back pain and ended up in hospital. I was soon diagnosed with staph virus. I had kidney failure and septicemia. I also had an abscess on my spine. After 3 days in critical care I was moved onto a ward. I spent 5 weeks in hospital and after intravenous antibiotics and other drugs I was well enough to return home. I still get tired spells but I'm back at work on reduced hours and getting stronger as the weeks go by.

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Comment from: coolboot, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: November 17

I am an 84 year old male in relatively good health but suspected of prostate cancer. I tried bitter apricot seeds as preventive treatment. I chewed 4 seeds after dinner around 10 pm and retired at midnight. At 3 am I was startled awake with headache, abdominal pain, and acute nausea. Taste of bitter almonds was present in my mouth for a week after. I upchucked twice in an hour what appeared to be remains of the apricot seeds. My body was rejecting the seeds. I was unable to go back to sleep and spent the day in pain with headache, nausea and no appetite. I was unable to sleep next night, got dressed at 5 am and took cab to the emergency room where they ran a CT scan. They found a mass in my lower stomach, and I was told and they wanted to biopsy for cancer. I told them I had food poisoning, not cancer; cyanide in apricot seeds. They focused on cancer. For 3 days and nights I writhed in hospital bed with pain, nausea, headache, unable to sleep or eat. Sipping a little water was best I could do. They put me on a drip saline solution and pain reliever. By the time four days had elapsed, the pain had mostly subsided, and I could tell I was getting back to normal; that night they released me with no diagnosis but instructions to check in with primary care for outpatient follow up. I think I will never eat bitter apricot seeds again!

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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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