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MRSA in Bones/Joints
Started by Faith Campbell
Posted: August 24, 2009 at 21:00

I have Stage 3A lung cancer. I have had Chemo, surgery to remove 12 lyme nodes and half my left lung. Since all this my left shoulder has had pain almost constant, and is limited in use (I'm left handed) So I have started to learn to be right handed, which is real hard, I'm 63 years old. They say it is Frozen Shoulder, and have me going to therpy twice a week, have gain some movement, but the pain is unreal. A friend of mine thinks it maybe MRSA and thinks I should get checked for MRSA. Is it possible to have MRSA in the joints and bones without sores? Please help me. Thanks.
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Reply #1 by Nancy R
Posted: August 24, 2009 at 21:33
Faith:

I'm so sorry you are in so much pain. I'm not sure why your friend would think you have MRSA based on what you have written here. If you are also having fever, chills, and extreme fatigue, you may have an infection, not necessarily MRSA. MRSA usually presents with wounds that will not heal after surgery in the case of HA MRSA (hospital acquired) or boils and lesions in the case of CA MRSA (community acquired). Sever pain and swelling also comes with the rest of the symptoms.

The pain in our should could come from many things. I know I have torn rotator cuffs on both shoulders and that is very painful. Mine came as a result of being on crutches while recovering from MRSA.

I would think the answer to your question would begin with blood work to check for infection and urinalysis. Your chemo may very well have left you with all kinds of side effects. Since this is a MRSA board and we really don't specialize in cancer related things, I can't really give you more. However, you could very well ALSO have MRSA. Please consult your oncologist and discuss your pain issues. I hope this has at least given you something to think about.


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Reply #2 by Sandi
Posted: August 24, 2009 at 22:19
Yes, I did not have an open wound. My MRSA was eating up the bone inside my leg. MY wound would heal great. They found the MRSA when they started to take out my ankle replacement and did a culture then. It was inside my leg. SAndi
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Reply #3 by Faith
Posted: August 25, 2009 at 19:27
Thank you Nancy R. and Sandi. I will have my Doctor run the test for it just in case. I believe I don't have MRSA. I believe it is all side affects of the cancer, but maybe I should get tested for it just in case. My friend could be right, I just don't know, some times she over re-acts.
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Reply #4 by Ruth
Posted: August 28, 2009 at 04:25
Dear Sweet Faith,

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your struggle...May God bless you in all possible ways :)

Ruth
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Reply #5 by ladyk
Posted: August 28, 2009 at 16:13
Faith –

Having endured all you have to this point in your life, above all your being a fighter is obvious. You still have your life, and your family, friends, and loved ones still have you. Same is true of those of us who have a leg up in our serious battles with MRSA. It may not be the perfect scenario we had envisioned it would be, since each of us has lost a bit of ourselves to some degree, but personally I’m grateful to live with my limitations having been afforded more time to experience the shared love of my friends, family, and the precious little ones in my life.

To your question
[“Is it possible to have MRSA in the joints and bones without sores?”]
Yes.

Here is a bit of info so that you can compare to your symptoms.
Bone infection can be caused by bacteria or fungi. Infection may also spread to a bone from infected skin, muscles, or tendons next to the bone, as in osteomyelitis that occurs under a chronic skin ulcer (sore). The infection that causes osteomyelitis can also start in another part of the body and spread to the bone through the blood. A current or past injury may have made the affected bone more likely to develop the infection. A bone infection can also start after bone surgery, especially if the surgery is done after an injury or if metal rods or plates are placed in the bone. In children, the long bones are usually affected. In adults, the feet, spine bones (vertebrae), and the hips (pelvis) are most commonly affected. Risk factors are recent trauma, diabetes, hemodialysis, poor blood supply, and IV drug abuse. People who have had their spleen removed are also at higher risk for osteomyelitis.

Symptoms: Bone pain, fever, general discomfort, uneasiness, or ill-feeling (malaise), local swelling, redness, and warmth, nausea. Additional symptoms that may be associated with this disease: Chills, excessive sweating, low back pain, swelling of the ankles, feet, and legs.

Exams & Tests: A physical examination shows bone tenderness and possibly swelling and redness. Tests may include: Blood cultures, bone biopsy (which is then cultured), bone scan, bone x-ray, C-reactive protein (CRP), Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), MRI, needle aspiration of the area around affected bones.

con't
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Reply #6 by Daniel
Posted: August 20, 2010 at 16:07
I am recovering from Staph in the upper arm and shoulder. after 4 operations and washes no more staph, have 80% movement on my shoulder but the pain on the upper arm and now going down to bellow the elbow is debilitating. I am on pain management all the time. after Physiotherapy I am incapacitated for 4 days. it is now 3 months after the last operation. what are the long term effects in cases like me? any movement is like my muscles is torn.any time I stop taking pain killers my heart is in my arm.as anyone out there have had similar experience?
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Reply #7 by Dean
Posted: November 21, 2011 at 17:40
Five years ago (with my history of five episodes of gout in my right knee, right wrist and right elbow over a 5 year period) I "self diagnosed" gout in my right ankle because the symptoms were the same: local pain (especially with ankle movement), swelling, warmth and redness.

My doctor gave me a different prescription for gout (without taking a culture or x-ray). The pain continued to elevate plus more symptoms (chills, excessie sweating and diarrhea) prompted me to seek emergency treatment at the nearest hospital. They drained fluid from my ankle by aspiration and anounced that it was MRSA.

Surgery was followed by 6 months of IV antibiotics, two years in a wheel chair and one year on a cane. That was five years ago and I have not had any reoccurances. I have been told that the MRSA is still dormant in my body and can re-activated at some future date by blunt force trauma. Is that correct?
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Reply #8 by ladyk
Posted: November 28, 2011 at 21:10
Dean -

I'm sorry to read about your struggles with MRSA.

In answer to your question... ["I have been told that the MRSA is still dormant in my body and can re-activated at some future date by blunt force trauma. Is that correct?"]

Short answer in my opinion is - Yes.
Although, there continues to be debate on the table as to 'cure' (one becomes 'cured' then 're-infected' upon each delayed outbreak) vs. 'dormancy' (when one becomes compromised to the point bacteria rises from 'dormancy' to capitalize on weakened host and takes opportunity to over populate upon each 're-occurring' outbreak).

There are studied cases which depict 'deep tissue trauma' alone (without any open avenue 'into' host system), has proven sufficient to cause MRSA infection.
Example: http://tahilla.typepad.com/mrsawatch/2006/10/childs_bruise_b.html

Actually, in perspective it's hardly a giant leap to believe 'MRSA infection by trauma' can happen… when we know MRSA bacteria is capable of infecting any/every part of us.

You are a survivor. Having no MRSA related complications for the past five years proves to me you are maintaining your health with whatever proactive measures you are taking.

Best wishes & continued success,
ladyk

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Reply #9 by Fred
Posted: April 8, 2013 at 22:12
I have mrsa in my ankle will it also be in my leg bone

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Reply #10 by diane
Posted: August 27, 2013 at 02:22
I had several surgeries 7 and 9 years ago, developed MRSA and other infections..treated over several months with multiple antibiotic, 0n June 6 I woke up and my right hand was slightly swollen but the ring finger is twice the size, stiff, pale and tender to touch. I did not injure this finger prior to this...presently it reoccurred, never completely healed or went back to normal....very painful and I am afraid that MRSA may have attacked?!?

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Reply #11 by Bob Anderson
Posted: August 27, 2013 at 16:52
Diane -

Welcome to the forum.

Many people here have overcome their problems with MRSA and it's a good place to exchange ideas with others who are here to offer you their their experiences. Curiously, many report success with non-irradiated garlic water.

Good luck to you


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Reply #12 by Lisa
Posted: October 25, 2014 at 04:01
my son had 2 myrsa infections in the past. They are "gone" we hope. he fell on the same area today and without breaking the skin, the area swelled up very quickly. Any chance this could be the Myrsa activated by the trauma of the fall?
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