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Can MRSA infect bones/joints?
Started by Carole
Posted: December 24, 2006 at 12:26
I am a 54 year old female and have had MRSA for the last 4 months, thought to a caused by a bite from a Brown Recluse spider. 3 to 4 days after I finish an antibiotic, I start showing signs of MRSA again. I have had boils, sinus, throat/tonsil problems and now seem to be affected in my bones and joints. Recently, all joints of my arms, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles are very painful. It almost feels as though my entire arm and leg BONES hurt as well. (I have had MILD Osteoarthritis for about 15 years in my knees and ankles but nothing like this!) Does anyone know if MRSA can affect bones and/or joints? My doc is sending me to an infectious disease doctor but I have not had the appointment yet. Thanks for any information you can share with me! God Bless you all! Carole
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Reply #1 by Carolyn
Posted: December 29, 2006 at 23:49
I am 64. These are NOT spider bites. They are MRSA lesions and boils. I know the pain you are describing. Please start to learn about how to alkalinize your body. MRSA is acid in nature, so it LOVES your body if your body is acidic. Stop the white bread and cut way back on sugar. Stop the caffeine. Eat lots of fresh raw fruit and vegies. Another way to quickly alkalinize your body is with turmeric which is a spice in the spices section of large grocery stores. Put 1/2 teaspoon in a glass of juice (the kind with NO ADDED SUGAR) and sip. After about 3 or 4 hours you should notice the sores are drying up. Get on the net and learn the list of acidic foods to stay away from. I have sea salt also. It is in the aisle of the store where the regular salt is. You can minimize future attacks this way. When I get boils now, they are teeny tiny. And I attack them immediately. You can also swab them with a solution of water and several drops of tincture of iodine, the little bottles cost about one dollar...I hope and pray this helps you. I am in South Florida where the MRSA infections are very common now...unfortunately. Be strong. Jump on the net and start learning how to get your body into an unfriendly environment for MRSA.
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Reply #2 by Carole
Posted: December 30, 2006
Carolyn, Thanks so much for the helpful information, I really appreciate it! I'm sorry you have had to endure all these problems with MRSA too. I realize that the lesions and boils are not spider bites. I was bitten by the brown recluse in Aug. The spider bite itself was much different than the lesions and boils I have now. The doc said the spider probably injected the MRSA when it bit me. Anyway, I have been reading up on everything/anything I can find on the internet and elsewhere. I will most definitely follow your advice to alkalinize my body. I already do many of the things you suggest. I live in Spring Hill, Florida but I don't know anyone else with MRSA. Thanks for your reply and thanks again for the advice! Wishing you well...Carole
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Reply #3 by Chris
Posted: December 30, 2006 at 16:43
Carole, the joint thing is definitely MRSA symptoms. The MRSA probably wasn't in the spider but came in through the bite. It needs a wound to get in. Stop thinking spider and think MRSA now. Get treatment. Good luck. The joint aches last quite a while and may get worse with treatment, so don't worry.
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Reply #4 by Carole
Posted: January 2, 2007 at 03:57
Thanks for the info Chris! I am definitely concentrating on MRSA and not the spider bite any more. I am researching herbal remedies in addition to all the antibiotics. Herbals that reference MRSA are: Bag Balm, Rose Hips, Tea Tree Oil and Pau d' Arco. If you know anyone who has tried any of these herbs, please let me know of the results. THANKS!
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Reply #5 by jb
Posted: January 10, 2007 at 19:41
I was recently diagnosed with MRSA..finished my meds a week ago and I have so much joint pain I can hardly walk...My dr says my white count is normal. I am glad to hear someone say it is normal. and just to know this will eventually go away.
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Reply #6 by Carole
Posted: January 11, 2007 at 02:22
Sorry to hear that you have MRSA in your joints too. :-(
After battling MRSA for 5 months now, I am finally going to an infectious disease doc tomorrow. In the mean time, I started taking herbal remendies one week ago. Believe it or not, so far, they DO SEEM TO BE WORKING!! I am feeling a bit less worn out and I haven't had any new lesions in a few days. I had 11 lesions a week ago and now only about 5 are still tender to the touch. The others seem to be healing nicely. I haven't had any bone/joint aches for the last few days either. I have been taking 1,600 mg of Bactrim a day as well as the herbs but I really can't give credit to the Bactrim since I have been on Bactrim & Levaquin over and over and they haven't done a thing for me so far.

The herbs I am taking are: Oil of Oregano (to kill virus/bacteria), Tumeric (antiseptic & aids in digestion), Escential Greens (to aid in digestion + promote overall health & well being), Pau D'Arco (healing properties) and Astragalus Extract (builds immune system). I've talked to several experts and also did research on the internet to come up with this combination. I have only been taking the herbs for 1 week so I cannot be POSITIVE that they are working just yet. All I know is I see some improvement and up until now, even after 5 months of different antibiotics, that has not been the case. You may consider checking into different herbs too. Just be sure to get some good advice and don't just take my word for it or use the same combination I do without checking with a professional doctor or herboligist first.

Good luck and please let me know how you are doing! Carole
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Reply #7 by Linda A
Posted: January 12, 2007 at 20:47
He there, I'm a certified herbalist and I would also suggest that you also start taking odorless garlic with a high ALLICIN content(at least 6000mcg per tab) and take it 3-4 times a day, and an herbal called Curcumin. This works similar to tumeric but taken in combination with it the results are much better and quicker. You did good research. All the things you're on should work well for you. Good Luck Linda
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Reply #8 by Carole
Posted: January 13, 2007 at 04:29
Thanks so much for the information! I almost bought the garlic when I bought the other herbs but was told to alternate the Oil of Oregano and garlic at two week intervals. What do you think? I will definitely get some Curcumin and start on it right away.

I went to the infectious disease specialist yesterday. I was NOT impressed at all! He wants me to stay OFF of ALL antibiotics and use antibacterial soap every day for two weeks + Bactroban. He wants me to wait until I have another boil or very infected lesion before he orders any antibiotics at all. He also wants to do all new tests instead of going by the tests that my regular physician has already done (which showed positive for MRSA). There were other reasons why I did not care for him as well. I have decided to concentrate on healing my body with herbs and vitamins and if they do not work in time, then, I will seek out another specialist. So far, after little more than a week, I am feeling better overall and don't have any new lesions. The old lesions are healing but some are still tender. My bones have not been aching this week either. I am praying that the natural remedies are working!!

Thanks again for your care and concern. You advice is very much appreciated!! Carole
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Reply #9 by karen
Posted: January 28, 2007 at 05:05
I too have pain in all my joints along with both my hands feeling tight and they have this horrible tingleing feeling. I've been to my doctor about this and he says this is arthritis. I caught mrsa under both my arm pits in June and it took till the end of August to clear it up.I never had any joint or hand pain before i got mrsa. I'm seriously going to another doctor. I can't take this pain any longer. There's days I have so much pain that I can't hold my grandson. Is there anything that can stop all my joint and hand pain?
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Reply #10 by Carole
Posted: January 28, 2007 at 15:22
Karen, please read reply #6 & #7 (above). The herbs are making a huge difference after only 3 weeks! My bones and joints NO LONGER HURT, however, my MRSA is not yet gone. It starts to clear but returns when I am stressed. Hopefully, it will go away completely with continued use of the herbs... at least I HOPE so!! Good luck to you and hang in there, your definitely NOT ALONE!! God Bless! Carole
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Reply #11 by KAREN
Posted: January 28, 2007 at 17:42
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Reply #12 by nyker
Posted: January 28, 2007 at 22:02
please also read my posts "my infectious disease specialist says..." hope my info helps!
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Reply #13 by Bill
Posted: January 29, 2007 at 01:50
I'm so glad to find this group discussion. After fighting this for nine months it is good to know there are other people who have had luck fighting this illness. No doctor that I have seen has told me it is MRSA, just a bacterial infection. I have taken many different antibiotics, some help for a while and then it comes back again. I didn't know til just now what the joint pain was from, almost feels like I am getting the flu each day worse at night. I am 56 and have never had such health issues. I know many people suffer with worse illnesses so I hate to complain. I just wish I could get this over with.
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Reply #14 by Carole
Posted: January 30, 2007 at 03:41
Ask your doctor to culture the fluids (pus) from a lesion, boil or wound site. That is the only way to know for sure if it is MRSA or some other type of antibiotic resistant bacteria. I am EXTREMELY HAPPY to report that I have NO new lesions or boils and the existing lesions are healing slowly. My bones still ache occasionally, but nothing compared to what I was experiencing. That's not to say that MRSA is gone, but at least for now I am doing great! I must contribute this to all the herbs I am taking, since 5 months of different (some times multiple) antibiotics did not work! I considered changing my diet but decided to wait until I see if the herbs work first, so I would know for sure what made the difference. At this point, I'm convinced that the herbs are doing the job...well! By the way, I added Odorless Garlic to my regime, per Linda's suggestion. I agree that having this forum is wonderful! I never would have known that so many people are experiencing the same problems with MRSA as I am. Good luck and I hope you find whatever works for you!
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Reply #15 by Travis
Posted: January 31, 2007 at 10:20
I'm 36 and I also had alot of joint and bone pain but didn't know what it was from. I was diagnosed AGAIN with MRSA back last October. I had 3 surguries, 3 blood transfusions, several different IV antibiotics, hyperbaric pressure treatments, and 19 days in the hospital. That's just part of what I went through. I almost lost my leg because the infection was attacking the bone. They removed the infected tissue and scraped the bone clean. I finally made it back home with 50 staples and 40 stitches and a good section of my leg removed. Now I'm left almost crippled, no job, no health insurance, and $50,000 in bills. Its going to take a long time to recover from this. At least I'm still here to share my expierence everyone and I hope you have better luck than I did.
Reply #16 by Dawn
Posted: June 5, 2007 at 03:29
Newly diagnosed as community MRSA - once get it can I ever get rid of it?
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Reply #17 by Nancy R
Posted: June 5, 2007 at 04:40

I'm so sorry. I know exactly what you're going through. My ID says that it can be cured and that he has many patients who have not had recurrence beyond the first infection. However, for the record, I had recurrence within 25 days of going off of Zyvox. So, I guess there are some lucky folks, but you won't find many on the MRSA boards. Of course, I guess once you're cured, you really don't NEED a MRSA board.
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Reply #18 by Laura S
Posted: June 11, 2007 at 17:27
YES!!!!! MSRA can infect a bone and it can be life-threatening when it does. My daughter has had repeated staph infections of her skin for the past 2 1/2 years. She was recently diagnosed with osteomyelitis - infection of the bone - in her foot. She is having surgery this week to clean out the infection and will then be on several months of IV antibiotics. So...if you are concerned about your bones and staph infections please go to an infectious disease specialist, an orthopedic surgeon, and have x-rays and MRI done of the painful site. Don't wait!
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Reply #19 by missy
Posted: June 12, 2007 at 19:49
im sorry to hear about your daughter. Did she orignally have surgery on her foot.
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