Patient Comments: MRSA - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with MRSA.

Comment from: Mommarosie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 14

I had MRSA in 2011. It was treated with doxycycline and Septra. I became allergic to both of them. Then I was treated with Medihoney and zinc impregnated gauze followed by an Unna boot. After the infection cleared, my whole family had to take daily showers with Phisohex for 7 days. I then tested negative after that. Now it has come back in the exact same spot. Both times it presented as actual blisters; it looks like I have a 2nd degree burn. Now I have to have a CT scan to make sure my bone integrity has not been affected. Just wonder, it doesn't look like boils or pimples.

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Comment from: Gingerjoe, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I've had MRSA for 4 years. I contracted the virus while staying with my family who has the virus, although no one was having an outbreak at the time. I think some people are more likely to get the virus than others. My dad and all of my siblings have it. I have found that I get it around the same time of year, in the same area, and there is nothing I can do to stop it. I've had 4 surgeries due to MRSA. I've spread it to my husband and I'm sure that I will get it again and again. It is extremely painful and just makes me feel lousy in general! One of the worst aspects of the virus is the fear most people have of it. It's embarrassing! And there's nothing you can do about it! I'm a clean person; it doesn't matter what I do it just keeps coming back!

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Comment from: HOG, riding girl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I was admitted to the hospital ICU for severe swelling of the face and throat, of unknown origin. Long story short, I had to have surgery, and during surgery I got MRSA. I was discharged with MRSA. About 4 weeks later I noticed 2 scabbed lumps at the incision sites. I scraped the one I could reach. Pus flowed from the lump, and as the day and night went on the pain was so severe I couldn't sleep and sat in my bed rocking back and forward. My Dad took me back to the emergency room at 6:00 am. I was put back in the ICU for 10 days and started on IV vancomycin twice a day. Between the 2 stays in the hospital I was there 25 days. I was discharged on IV for 2 more weeks. All in all, total nightmare.

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Comment from: SeaDog, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: June 22

I have been diagnosed with MRSA and have had 4 surgeries to open, drain and flush the openings. My MRSA colonized in my pubic area and I was told it was only a result of the many hernia surgeries I have had. I am a urostomate (where I got the MRSA in 2003) and have herniated around the ostomy site as well as along my abdominal scar lines. I am diabetic, and have 5 discs in my back that are degenerative. I cannot now have surgery or any injections in my back to relieve the pain. MRSA will be the cause of my death, my doctors all tell me I am in the best health I will ever be. Depression rules my life. I live on antibiotics which have destroyed my bladder and caused the urostomy, overtreatment by antibiotics.

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Comment from: Hodema, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 24

I somehow contracted MRSA about 8 or 9 years ago. I'm not exactly sure how because it could have been from using the bathroom after an extended family member with a leaking boil used it (I didn't know though). I ended up getting a boil on my right butt cheek which grew to about the size of a quarter within three days and was very, very painful. So I ended up going to the emergency room since it was the weekend and they asked me questions pertaining to a possible spider bite. Then they told me it was a boil and lanced it. I followed up with my doctor and he prescribed me Bactrim. Then after a few months and a lot of boils later he told me he found out it was MRSA. At that time he prescribed me Cefzil and cefuroxime one after the other. I can say it helped, but didn't stop me from getting boils. Since then I have moved and have found out I have other diseases so I've kind of put it on the back burner until now. Now my job is on the line because I work in a cheese factory. I always have at least one boil at all times, mostly on my face and jaw because I am already prone to acne and also on my shoulders and back and occasionally on my butt, arms and vagina. I am tired of suffering from this and my other diseases and I wish more people, especially doctors, knew more about it. I really don't know what it has done to the inside of my body all these years of no treatment, but I also have endometriosis so I may never know because my insides don't look very good now anyway.

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