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How do you know if MRSA has entered your blood
Started by Scrared Silly
Posted: November 9, 2006 at 04:17
Does anyone know how you know if MRSA has entered into your blood stream? I am so concerned about this stuff so much differnt info. going in every direction, I am scared myself and both of my children daughter 23 mths old and son 5 mths old have been effected on and off sense July 2006. Doctors act as if MRSA is nothing to worry about, just no big deal. I guess until it hits them or one of their family members, huh. How does the doctors no get it dealing with so many people who have MRSA. I am really wanting to know if anyone has MRSA in their blood stream and how you know if it's there and if the effects are any different. Someone please reply:( I am so worried for my children. God Bless
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Re: How do you know if MRSA has entered your blood
Reply #1 by Linda
Posted: November 9, 2006 at 15:32
Dear Scared
I had MRSA in the blood stream an in the soft tissues they call cellulitus. I contracted it 1 month after my initial surgery after a small 1/2 incision was made on my left side to find the fill valve(I was undergoing breast reconstruction for a double mastsectomy) I was working in a nursing home and unknowingly compromised myself when I served 3 residents that had active MRSA and the workers were not told. My symptoms, beyond the obvious with redness, swelling, hot to touch at the incision site on my side, was headache, fever of 100-102, nausea, and chronic fatigue. I believe that the only way now to know for sure would be to have them test to see if I'm still colonized. I've been told that I will most likely have it in my system and depending on my immune system whether it will raise it's ugly head again. In other words, if I was to require something like a knee replacement or back surgery in the future, I could be looking at major complications. I never did get my reconstruction completed as the MRSA left my body rejecting the plastic expanders to create the pocket for the implants to go into, and then When I finally got to that point, the MRSA came back and caused the incisions to open up and reject the implants. Once you have MRSA in your blood, I think it depends on you and how hard you fight for a strong, healthy immune system, as to whether you keep getting it back or not. I was MRSA free in march of 06 and then in june of 06 I had to have a biopsy done to remove a lump under the left arm. 3 days later, I was septic and everything started all over again. The good news was that my body responded much faster to the IV vanc than before. I only had 3 1/2 weeks of the IV vanc twice daily instead of 8, 10, or 12 weeks. Now I'm working hard to re-build my immune system and get it back to the healthy state it was before MRSA hit. I hope this helps answer your question. Good luck and god bless. Linda
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Re: How do you know if MRSA has entered your blood
Reply #2 by MRSA In The Blood
Posted: November 12, 2006 at 03:42
Hi,
I have MRSA in my blood...a nursing error at my job.
Not mine.
I have excema on my hand. That was the site the MRSA entered. I am not colonized with mrsa.
It can effect your heart also with age it will destroy and weaken your organs very quickly.
comfort1660@aol.com
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Re: How do you know if MRSA has entered your blood
Reply #3 by Floyd
Posted: November 21, 2006 at 23:34
I had MRSA in the blood stream an in the soft tissues they call cellulitus.I had no open sore. I think I got it by cross contamination.
The Dr. said it would have had to come from a needle injection.
fob310@bellsouth.net
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Re: How do you know if MRSA has entered your blood
Reply #4 by Scared silly
Posted: December 13, 2006 at 06:49
Thanks for your replies, my daughter now 25 mths old has had mrsa yet again and it didnt seem to heal as quick this time, my son now almost 7 mths old hasnt had any more places, thank God!

However I now have a new question!
I also have MRSA I think I got in when I had an emergency c-section with my son in May but right this moment I have no "boils/absesses" but i have tiny red pimple looking things with heads they're small and get no bigger. I don't know if this is MRSA I figure yes but haven't read any thing yet of anyone else with these sysmtoms, they don't hurt either it's strange! They're on my legs, stomach, under my breast ect.
This stuff is so scarey and the unknown about it scares me more more for my children than myself HELP!
If anyone knows if these pimples are most likely mrsa or have same thing please feel free to e-mail me I need all the info I can get!!!
mecole28@aol.com
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Re: How do you know if MRSA has entered your blood
Reply #5 by Tessa
Posted: February 2, 2013 at 18:41
Those red bumps are more than likely mersa
.Doctors call it purple scarring
If you are light skinned the bumps could be dark
red or maroon like in color if you are darker skinned
they would be more on the purple side and you do
need antibiotics to cure it and they will go away.
My kids and I have all had MRSA nd ended up
getting the " purple scaring"
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Re: How do you know if MRSA has entered your blood
Reply #6 by Jenn
Posted: February 16, 2013 at 20:41
I had MRSA in my blood in October 2011. I did have what I thought to be a small ingrown hair in my pubic area at that time, but it never became a full-fledged growing boil. It just looked like a small zit. About 5 days after I first noticed it, I came down with a fever. It felt like I had the flu - fever, chills, fatigue. After 5 days, I went to an urgent care clinic. I tested negative for the flu, but they said it was because I was almost over it, and that I no longer had enough virus in my system to trigger the test. Little did I know how wrong they were.

Later that day, I stopped being able to lift my right arm. I thought I had a frozen shoulder. I saw an Orthopedic surgeon the next day, and he gave me a cortizone injection. That helped for about an hour.

On day 8, I went to the ER, as I still had "the flu" and was now vomiting. They discovered my white blood cell count was extremely high, and a CT scan showed there was a pocket of pus in my shoulder. MRSA had entered my bloodstream, and infected my shoulder joint. They admitted me, and I had an MRI the next day. About an hour after the MRI, I was in surgery. It was a Sunday evening, and they had literally opened the surgery center for me - that is how I knew it was really serious - it couldn't wait until the center reopened in the morning.

I spent 10 days in the hospital, and spent 6 more weeks on Vancomicin IV. When I was hospitalized, I had severe back pain, and was told it was because of the beds. I was told it would go away when I was back in my own bed. They were wrong about that, too. After 7 weeks of complaining to my doctors and then deciding to see another orthopedic surgeon on my own, it turned out the MRSA had spread to my spine, and they missed it on the MRI to rule it out during my first hospitalization.

I had to have the infected vertebrae and disc removed and had a spinal fusion in December 2011. I then spent 6 weeks taking Cubicin IV (at a cost of $1100 per dose). Then I spent a year taking Minocycline as a prevention to replication. I did not have any outbreaks during that year.

I now have a skin abscess that was cultured and found to be MRSA. Not sure if I was not decolonized properly, or if I have been recolonized. I will likely go back on an antibiotic that disrupts the replication - probably for the rest of my life.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because I think most of this is due to my not treating it for 8 days. My advice is to get yourself to the ER or your doctor's office as soon as you have a fever or chills, and don't leave until you have an antibiotic known to be effective against MRSA AND have any drainage cultured. If your doc says no to either one, find a new one who will take your concerns seriously.
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Re: How do you know if MRSA has entered your blood
Reply #7 by Bob Anderson
Posted: February 17, 2013 at 01:03
Or
you could read some of the garlic posts and see if you get any ideas. As unlikely as it may seem, crushed raw non-irradiated garlic in water kills MRSA on contact and MRSA cannot become resistant to it they way MRSA has become resistant to most pharmaceutical antibiotics because it kills in a completely different way. It's your life, it's your body, it's your health, it's your decision about your treatment.

I am not a doctor so I cannot give anyone any medical advice, all I can do is discuss the changes that occur in non-irradiated garlic when it is crushed and processed in different ways and let people and their healthcare providors decide what to do, if anything.

I believe people should learn all they can about their disease processes and the ways to treat them so they can make more informed decisions about their health care.

You're in a good place to learn from other patients' experiences. I am sorry to hear that you have been through some unpleasant situations that were preventable.

Search the topics for garlic and see what you find.
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Re: How do you know if MRSA has entered your blood
Reply #8 by Jenn
Posted: February 17, 2013 at 02:01
Bob,

I have been reading about it for the better part of the afternoon. It is interesting stuff. My employer was the publisher for one of the studies on ancillin, so Monday I am going to see if they have a copy of the journal on a shelf somewhere. I will be seeing my ID this week, too, and intend to discuss it with him.
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Re: How do you know if MRSA has entered your blood
Reply #9 by ruthy
Posted: February 27, 2013 at 16:44
I realy don't know if mrsa is in my blood but I get
them evry month n I'm verry scared is a verry bad
pain n I'm scard for my life can I died from this is it
contages I have four kids n I'm verry concern of
this infection running thrue my body I hope u can
help me . God bless ...
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Re: How do you know if MRSA has entered your blood
Reply #10 by Sad mommy
Posted: February 28, 2013 at 05:52
Ruthy- have you searched through the posts and read recommendations from other? MRSA is very contagious especially if any of the boils are draining.

clean all often touched surfaces daily -counters, doorknobs, remotes, light switches, toilet seat, etc. Only wear clothes once, wash towels in hot water and bleach when possible. clean shower and shower curtain regularly. When bathing, I bleached the tub every time we took baths. Don't forget to clean the less thought about things such as cell phone, purse, dresser knobs, and the inside of your car-knobs, handles, and such.

TIPS:
~Cut out sugar-no soda, cake, candy, ect
~take a multivitamin, probiotics, turmeric and eat garlic
~take garlic baths ***this was the most helpful for us***
~wash skin BEFORE shaving, apply virgin coconut oil after shower to whole body as a moisturizer
~use essential oils such as tea tree oil, oregano oil, lavender oil on a red spot as soon as it appear which usually takes care of the bump as long as you catch it soon enough. (oregano oil is good to put on draining spot...very helpful)
~also try not to stress out about it!
~eat healthy, get plenty of rest, exercise
~research, research, research! I spent months researching MRSA until I found what worked for my family! This site by far had some of the best advice so just spend some time searching this site.
~taking a few turmeric pill a day until infection was gone also worked MUCH better than any antibiotic that I was prescribed!
~hibiclense and dial soap also help but we do use nonantibacterial soap in between also and we have been doing great :)

This is just some brief info to get you started! With dedication you will see improvement! Good luck!
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Re: How do you know if MRSA has entered your blood
Reply #11 by Carissa
Posted: March 15, 2013 at 15:15
Hi! A week ago, I had a painful boil cultured and it came back MRSA. I've been getting these horrible boils for about a year now! I'm wondering if maybe this has been the reason I've felt ill off and on during the last year. Does MRSA make you feel run-down and generally ill? I'm currently taking a couple different antibiotics and this is my second day taking them. I don't have a fever, but do have occasional chills, nausea and headache. Could this MRSA be to blame for all of this??? I'm worried=(
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Re: How do you know if MRSA has entered your blood
Reply #12 by Garlic Warrior
Posted: March 15, 2013 at 17:35
What antibiotics are you on? I remember when I was on clindamycin, I felt horrible the entire time. I switched to doxycycline and felt like a million bucks, even though neither helped my MRSA.
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Re: How do you know if MRSA has entered your blood
Reply #13 by danielle
Posted: March 18, 2013 at 03:20
mrsa can cause internal symptoms

like flu like symptoms

chills

shakyness

vomoting
sweating

hot flashes

tirednes

pain

joint pain

mood swings

other thing
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Re: How do you know if MRSA has entered your blood
Reply #14 by Rob
Posted: March 6, 2014 at 18:44
I had a zit on my left bum which in on 14th feb n in few days days grew to the size
of golf ball was extremely painfull i tried to burst it but nothing happened, unable
go bear the pain i met a dermatologist in stlukes , at first she gave me antibiotiics
and asked me to use warm compress, the subsequent 2 days when i could see
the tip with puss i went back,.. This time she cut the zit n drained most of the
puss, she also put a drain for left over puss to drain , she also sent swab for
culture. Her initial diagnosis was furunclosis and She put me on clindamycin and
amoxyclav augmentin ..though i saw a drastic reduction in zit plus the pain gone
..i .was called back by doc on 4th march ..only to tell me that culture result .
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