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Started by allen
Posted: October 30, 2006 at 01:44
Hi, this is hard to admit but i have a ?
how many of you out thier that have MRSA do meth i know its hard to admit but i think thats how i got it. but it only seems to show up on my leg. two at a time, once the two start to go away two more show up. im going crazy. so if i can get some truthful replays i would like to know.

Reply #1 by ladyk
Posted: October 30, 2006 at 19:36
Hi allen,

First, I'm not a methamphetamine user, and will not pass judgement on you because you are. Most know that methamphetamine use causes skin lesions that are difficult to heal or will not heal, and progressively become worse with ongoing drug use. Open lesions are the perfect set up for MRSA to infect you as it is a pathogenic contagion which is passed easily at alarming rates throughout the general public whether individuals are healthy or not.

Unless your active leg lesions are cultured there is no way of knowing whether they are caused by meth use, or are in fact MRSA lesions.

Since you are concerned you might seek out a clinic where they can do a culture of your active leg lesions, which will be sent to a lab to see what grows from it. Only then will you know for sure what your facing.

Reply #2 by Mina
Posted: October 30, 2006 at 20:27
From what I'm reading this infection is common in IV drug users. Piercing the skin opens it and allows the bacteria to get in. And deep for that matter.
Reply #3 by Jenny
Posted: October 31, 2006 at 18:03
I am not judging you eith so don't take what I say as an insult. It is only provided to educate you. Meth use will cause you to have sores all over you and you will pick, pick, pick at them. If you have MRSA, you propbably got it through one of the sores that meth caused. Best thing is to get off that crap because it is NO JOKE. I'm a probation and parole officer and have went to lots of training on the drug. It is deadly to even breath into your lungs and can colapse them instantously upon walking unto a room where it is being cooked. If you are using needles, then you may have gotten MRSA that way too. Best thing to do is to get help. If you are in the southeast and need to be pointed into the right direction, email me at and I'll do what I can to get you into a rehab ASAP. Again, not judging, just trying to help.
Reply #4 by linda mccafferty
Posted: October 31, 2006 at 22:36
Dear jenny , i think that is really nice of you to offer the help and support to this person .
please allen take jenny up on this offer .
Reply #5 by Linda
Posted: November 2, 2006
Allen, take Jenny up on her offer for help. A drug problem is one thing. Combine it with MRSA and it can literally be a death sentence. And I'm sure getting off the meth(withdrawls and such) cant be any worse that MRSA at its best. Believe me, MRSA does not discriminate and It not only turns your life upside down, sometimes it leaves you having to rebuild not only your health but your life too. Be smart, and accept the help offered. I'm assuming since you posted on this forum in the first place, that you were asking for help and are ready to accept it. Good Luck, Linda
Reply #6 by allen
Posted: December 10, 2006 at 18:34
wow i just wanted to truthfull replay about it but if no one can be then never mind. oh and thank jenny that is nice but this is NA. IM ok thanks
Reply #7 by Linda
Posted: December 11, 2006
I'm sorry you think that we didn't answer your question. But obviously none of us that answered you have used meth and can only tell you what we know about, which is our experiences with MRSA. Mina did tell you that the research she came across indicated that MRSA seems to be the infection that is common with any kind of IV drug use. The only other information that I can share with you that might help is that drug use severely compromises your immune system. I'm a natural herbalist certified in homeobotanical remedies and some of my classwork did cover what drugs can do to your immune system. So if you're interested in finding out what suppliments might help you fight the skin lesions, respond and I'll list every suppliment I know about and what dosage you'd need to help. And again we apologize if answering the way we did insulted you. We were just trying to help. No offense OK?
Reply #8 by allen's angel
Posted: December 13, 2006 at 21:12
I've got a truthful reply for you allen. Maybe you should go to a meth site and ask about mrsa, since it seems no one here is a meth user, the only ~truthful~ reply any can give is about their personal experiences with mrsa. I beg to differ with you and your assertion that you are ok. Having meth mrsa will take you down without asking your permission, and you will be admitted because you will continue to get that sick and sicker. Maybe that is the best way for you to rid yourself of said addiction. Forced detox, then the help you need with mrsa. How do you even know you have mrsa? Or you can just go around and infect the multitudes as your vengeance for where you have found yourself in life, example: rejecting help hmmmm. Would it have helped you more if all were not ~truthful~? Lied and said yes all here and everywhere are meth users with mrsa, and exactly what you are experiencing is exactly what is to be expected???

life is a choice, make yours wisely, when you need just ask
Reply #9 by Sheryl
Posted: December 30, 2006 at 05:24
Ok, so I know you're tired of hearing it, so I won't tell you to kick the habit. You are obviously old enough to make your own choices... good or bad. But I will tell you that MRSA can def come from using meth. I personally know 3 people that comtracted MRSA while using. They didn't use needles, were very clean people and didn't "pick" at themselves. As you probably know, sores can open on their own, without "picking". Meth lowers your immune system and with the recent rise in MRSA, you just have a better chance of picking it up. The good thing is that you can get rid of it while still on meth. The bad news is that you might just pick it up again later.

Ok, I can't help myself. Please try your very hardest to kick the habit. It really is bad news. The 3 people I know that used it, no longer do and are finally happy with your life. And please don't tell me you are happy, because if you were, you wouldn't need a drug to alter your state of mind.
Reply #10 by bobbie
Posted: January 21, 2007 at 17:44
hi allen, im a former user, and my father is a present user. although i never contracted mrsa, i have been nursing his boils/sores for almost 2 years.. my nephew whos 5, and has no contact with my fsther, was also diagnosed with mrsa last year and was hospitalized for 32 days. so, that lets us see it is not just from being a user. the "geek bumps" meth leaves on your skin does give you more of a chance to get mrsa, simply because your skin is open and pretty much inviting bacteria in. there are periods sometimes lasting weeks when dad has no sign of mrsa other than the scars that old boils left. he is a shooter, however does not get boils/sores in the areas where he injects. i think simply because the injection site/hole is very small and needs almost no time to close up.he is more likely to get them on his butt, arms, or legs. he has been to clinics, and had the sores lanced, drained, and has taken MANY anti-biotics. the draining of your body, and energies caused by meth does leave your whole system less likely able to fight off ANY bacteria, including mrsa. but meth usage does not CAUSE the infection. as i said, "geek sores" are an open invitation. and, running yourself down leaves your body less able to defend itself against the bacteria. hope this helps...

Be Safe...
Reply #11 by mom
Posted: September 3, 2012 at 17:08
My daughter is 26 soon to be 27. She kicked the meth habit about seven years ago and was doing great; job, saving money, got her credit in good standings, etc.... Then about a year ago we noticed changes. At first couldn't even let ourselves think that she might have gone back to meth. Sores were on her face and arms which was diagnosed as MRSA. She told us the MRSA break out is caused by stress. We know she is addicted to pain pills and have talked until we can't say anymore about what that is doing to her and her body. When she has a "stress" MRSA break out is only when she is gone and we don't see her for a few days. I don't think I'm stupid, but apparently she thinks we are. I know she doesn't want to disappoint her dad and me, and possibly thinks thats if she sticks to that story we will feel sorry for her rather than dissappointed. She has lost her job, all of her savings, and her credit is shot again. She doesn't have any good close friends which I think lead to using drugs again. She is a giving person and loves people; however, is very strong in her opinions, which I think is why its hard for her to keep "good" relationships with people that have found a better path in life, which leaves only the people that will take advantage of her giving nature. She has lost all hope for herself. A doctor told her MRSA is a death sentance and that is all she focused on. I'm sure she didn't hear the part "if you don't quit using MRSA is a death sentence". She also doesn't use meth all the time, therefore, doesn't feel she has a problem. Again, I'm only assuming meth because thats what she used several years ago and has the same symptoms today. I also feel she won't get help because she will not be able to have her pain medication. CAN ANYONE PLEASE HELP ME HELP HER?? I know I can't make her get help but if you have any advise that I can give her to make her see the light I would so appreciate it.
Reply #12 by ladyk
Posted: September 5, 2012 at 18:36
mom -

Speaking frankly in my opinion…
Abused substances typically block unwanted feelings in a person’s life, but also effectively numbs a person to the point where they cannot confront life in general, not just the undesirable parts.
*Getting to the root of the problem and accepting it for what it is, is essential for successful recovery.

Being 27 your daughter is an adult, free to make her own life decisions, positive and negative. So until she decides to face the life experiences which cause such disappointment she propels herself into self inflicted destructive behaviors, and until she reaches out for help not to use (or is legally forced), she is stuck facing further anguish with the lifestyle she’s chosen thus far. Addiction is a very powerful influence emotionally and physically. At the end of the day her confidence must be strong enough to defeat lures from old 'friends’ with destructive lifestyles. She needs a new (positive) obsession.

Meth ingredients: pseudoephedrine and a number of toxic ingredients like lye and drain cleaner!

Meth impacts immune system function by suppressing our killer T cells, which are white blood cells that fight off germs/viruses/bacteria.

Meth cuts off a healthy flow of blood to the skin, so open sores take longer to heal and become infected more easily.

Toxins from the drug escape through pores, and restricted blood flow can result in severe outbreaks.

Considering the ease in which MRSA is cross contaminated, Meth lesions leave an open door for pathogens to severely infect host. Both Meth addiction and MRSA ‘can be’ a death sentence if not addressed appropriately. The fact is if she does not address these issues, eventually she will not be afforded her own decisions in the matter - they’ll be made for her. *To you mom… all the love and concern in the world will not cure addiction. The will to become clean and sober has to come from within her. The family can do their part by being a solid support system and not enabling the addict.

An intervention is necessary since she has reached age or majority (legally responsible for self). In some states (for example California) if an individual poses a threat to themselves a 72 hour involuntary psychiatric evaluation admission is possible. After 72 hours, voluntary admission is offered but, if refused yet deemed necessary by the physician, another involuntary hold for up to 14 days may be applied and may be followed with an additional 30 days. Again, there is little the government can do to force an individual into treatment unless they are dangerous, engaged in certain illegal behavior, or determined to be 'gravely disabled' by certified personnel. A formal trial may be necessary in order to preserve her Constitutional rights. Because of this, a 5150 is very difficult to obtain and requires a showing of probable cause, which includes danger to self, danger to others, and some indication of a mental disorder or grave disability.

Reply #13 by mnfella
Posted: September 15, 2012 at 22:20
how long does it take for the sores to heal after a person has stopped
using meth? i am wondering if this is a way to tell if my friend is
still using??
Reply #14 by concerned step mom
Posted: September 21, 2012 at 19:58
can a child get meth mites from being exposed to someone smoking it in the home? If so could the child get mrsa? How does one get it diagnosed? The mother is saying they are flea bites but the animals supposidly got treated a month ago yet the child still has the sores all over her body. social services have been notified but they havent been much help yet. suggestion please and thank you.
Reply #15 by cajun
Posted: June 24, 2013 at 10:08
Does anyone know how to treat the skin after quitting meth?
I take allery pills and I use retin-a. I still have the creepy sensations
Reply #16 by Jennifer
Posted: July 10, 2013 at 04:05
I am recently detoxing from meth and i have mrsa. I am not positive about how I contracted mrsa, but I do know that meth use makes it worse to deal with, at least it seemed that way for me. I wish you the best of luck and hopefully you may decide to get off meth. This is my second run at sobriety from this drug. It can be done and can only bring good.

Reply #17 by Jane doe
Posted: September 28, 2015 at 14:20
I personally struggled with an addiction to meth
it only took a month into heavy use before I
started noticing these sores all over my body. My
boyfriend had kept saying it was from meth
"picking" I can tell you for sure I never picked
and I had open sores on my back legs but face
head. I was covered. It was extremely painful
The best I could describe it is open
sores/ulcers that would not heal or scab they
stayed fresh no matter if I covered them or put
neosporin on them. It finally got bad enough that
I went to an ER and they had put me on a slew of
iv medications and they said I was very close to
being septic. The Dr said meth is such a nasty
drug your body tries to push it out through your
pores causing these sores. If you have sores or
just think it's mersa. It can kill you if you
leave it untreated. Thankfully I stopped using
and have been sober over a year. It is possible
if I can do it anyone can. You will stop when and
if you ever become ready. In the mean time.
Please take care of yourself. Health issues are
very dangerous in the midst of a already lethal
meth addiction
Reply #18 by Bob Anderson
Posted: September 28, 2015 at 22:25
Jane Doe -

Congratulations on getting off meth!

Garlic water baths may help the sores from becoming infected.

Good luck to you.

Reply #19 by tim
Posted: January 9, 2016 at 20:20
I was released from the hospital a week ago. MRSA
in my right lung ..Almost died...I will never
ever use meth ever again..I never experienced
anything as painful as this...
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