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MRSA on my spine
Started by Bill Specht
Posted: August 7, 2010 at 16:34
In March I was diagnosed with MRSA at T-12 of my spine. It was located in the lymph nodes. I am allergic to vancomycin so I was put on an IV combo of zyvox and Daptomycin. Two needle aspirations were unsuccessful. Surgery was done to "clean out" the infection. Initially all was well, however, the MRSA returned. This time it is anterior and right of L-1. Apparently either the needle attempts or the surgery damaged nerves that inervate my abdominal muscle and I now have bulging, untoned muscles increasing my waist size by no less than 3 inches. I have constant pain in my back. The most recent MRI showed 3 pockets of infection. The ID doctor discontinued the Zyvox and now I receive 100ml of daptomycin daily. If you have any information that might help please email me at williamfspecht@yahoo.com
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Re: MRSA on my spine
Reply #1 by Bob Anderson
Posted: August 7, 2010 at 17:01
I am sorry about your difficulty but you're in the right place to discuss it.

I am not a doctor and caqnnot give any medical advice, all I can do is discuss the properties od garlic when used ihn different ways and let people and their health care advisors decide for themselves what, if anything, to do.

If you are not allergic to garlic, sounds to me like you need to read everything in this forum about using crushed raw garlic in bathtub soaks as you might be able to benefit from it.

Crushed raw natural non-irradiated garlic kills all bacteria, including MRSA on contact and what's more no bacteria, including MRSA can become immune to garlic.

Long soaks in garlic water allow the garlic to penetrate through the skin like a giant transdermal patch and combat MRSA directly as well as killing staph on the skin.

I invite you to look around the forum at the garlic topics and also the other topics as there is good accurate information about the garlic alternative throughout the forum since the first of this year.

I wish you well.

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Re: MRSA on my spine
Reply #2 by Janet G
Posted: September 4, 2010 at 03:38
I am currently having another bout of mrsa on my leg, but just before it started, my back started to really hurt, I have a very sore spot right beside my spine and am fearful that it is a pocket of infection.I was wondering how yours started and what you did.
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Reply #3 by Bob Anderson
Posted: September 4, 2010 at 14:17
If you are not allergic to garlic, a long soak in a warm garlic bath can be very helpful in stopping new outbreaks of MRSA.

Look around this forum and learn about crushed raw non-irradiated garlic - the life you save may be your own.

An educated patient makes better decisions.
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Re: MRSA on my spine
Reply #4 by Nancy R
Posted: September 8, 2010 at 22:02
Bill:

I suspect that though they "cleaned out" the infection, they probably left the hardware in place. I had to have a my artificial hip removed to finally clear up my recurring HA MRSA. I had surgery to clean it out and that failed. I was also dripped Zyvox for 10 weeks. It destroyed my immune system.

Finally, the prosthetic was removed and I was on Daptomycin (Cubicin)via PICC line and oral Bactrim. I can't remember how long, but it was at least a month. I was re-tested 10 weeks later and was clean. I had my hip replacement surgery on the 12 week and am happy to say, have had no further problems.

I think you MUST remove the hardware.MRSA colonizes on the metal and cannot be "cleaned". JMHO
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Re: MRSA on my spine
Reply #5 by MYSTI
Posted: November 26, 2012
MY MOTHER RECENTLY WENT IN FOR BACK SURGERY #2 AND GOT WORSE WITHIN DAYS OF BEING RELEASED WE THEN FOUND OUT SHE HAD MRSA IN HER BACK ONLY HER NARES WERE SWABBED AND CAME BACK NEGATIVE AND HER BLOOD WAS DRAWN FROM BOTH ARMS INTO HUGE CONTAINERS THAT ALSO CAME BACK NEGATIVE. SHE WAS PUT ON A PICLINE IV DRIP 2 TIMES A DAY OF VANCOMYCIN AFTER ABOUT 3 WEEKS SHE DEVELOPED THE RED MAN SYNDROME AND WAS SWITCHED TO CUBICIN BECAUSE THE DR SAID IT WAS AN ALLERGIC REACTION. NOW SHES BEEN ON THE CUBICIN FOR 2 WEEKS AND HAS SEVERE MUSCLE CRAMPS AND SPASMS AS WELL AS BLISTERING UNDER THE SKIN AND HER ANKLES AND THE BALLS OF HER FEET ARE SWELLING RAPIDLY. SHE IS HAVING MAJOR DIFFICULTIES WALKING WITHOUT SEVERE PAIN SO I CALLED THE HOTLINE AND WAS TOLD THAT SINCE SHE IS ALLERGIC TO VANCOMYCIN THAT SHE CANT POSSIBLY BE ALLERGIC TO THE CUBICIN AND THAT IT COULD BE HER VICODIN WHICH SHE HAS BEEN ON FOR YEARS WITH NO REACTION. SO I ASKED IF IT COULD BE FLUID RETENTION DUE TO KIDNEY DAMAGE FROM THE MEDS AND THEY SAID HER SWELLING WAS FROM ALL THE THANKGIVING FOOD AND THE SALT. I SAID THAT WAS A GOOD THEORY BUT SINCE SHE HAS MRSA WE THOUGHT A FAMILY GATHERING WOULD BE QUESTIONABLE AT BEST SO WE DID NOT CELEBRATE THIS YEAR. AND DUE TO NAUSEA AND ALL THAT SHE HAS BEEN ON A VERY BLAND DIET. SO WE ARE GETTING A BIG RUN AROUND FROM A PLACE THAT JUST STARTED SEEING HER THIS HOME HEALTH CAREPLACE ACTUALLY BILLED HER INSURANCE FOR 1985 NOT 2012. ANY HELP COMMENTS OR ADVICE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED

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Reply #6 by steve
Posted: October 6, 2015 at 14:27
I had a very severe infection of mrsa on my spine that shorted me out and became numb from the chest down 3 months of hospitals trying to figure out the pain in my back I've been in the hospital now 2 months and I'm currently in rehab to learn to walk again they did back surgery to clean out infection and repaired my spine with 2 metal rods attached t my spine and so far 6 weeks of iv antibiotics and they said 3 months of oral because of the metal so I don't know sound right?
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Reply #7 by Bob Anderson
Posted: October 6, 2015 at 23:33
Steve -

My heart goes out to you and I wish there was something I could do to help you feel better. Good luck to you and I hope things work out well for you and antibiotic resistance doesn't rear its ugly head. If it does, your choices will be somewhat limited but you will have choices.






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Re: MRSA on my spine
Reply #8 by ladyk
Posted: October 9, 2015 at 17:35
Steve -

Yes, I believe the treatment you’ve explained does sound right. Six weeks IV antibiotics was meant to limit bacteria overload/kill pathogen. Followed by three months of oral antibiotics due to the fact the MRSA bacteria is known to be attracted to metal, and should that become the case the only option thereafter is to remove the metal implants and start all over again.

There are measures you can take to protect yourself even further. Since you’ve been on antibiotics combating a severe MRSA infection, which cleanses the body of ALL bacteria both “good” and “bad” you are at risk for other pathogens (example: C-diff) capitalizing on this system imbalance. It is important for you to become knowledgeable about your affliction and learn all you can about prebiotics and probiotics which assist the body by replacing necessary (“good”) bacteria.

It is imperative to build your immune system to optimal so it is capable of doing it’s biological job of riding pathogens from the body. Address any prior immune compromising health issues (example: diabetes) to ensure you maintain a strong, healthy system in the fight for “balance” where MRSA cannot regain an upper hand so to speak.

Has your surgical incision healed closed completely?

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