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Query MRSA ?
Started by mags
Posted: February 12, 2007 at 13:12
Hi..just found the forum and iam looking for answers really as i dont seem to be getting any from the NHS hopefully somebody on the forum can help me & thank you in advance for any help.
I had an op on the 22nd off dec to remove a lypoma , everything was ok untill the 30th when i was really ill with a fever (intermitantly sweating/freezing) the wound area ( back off shoulder) was red and swollen and the redness was traveling down my arm

I called NHS 24 & they gave me appointment to go to local hospital ( 4am in morning ) when i was finnally seen by a nurse she gave me antibiotics.
I took these for 2 days then the wound started leaking puss & blood i called NHS 24 they said i had to give anti B's time to work and if the puss is yellow rather than green !!! then it was ok (in highnsite iam raging)
On the 4th jan i couldnt stand it any longer & called my GP she sent a nurse out.
The wound was swabbed and apparently the results are the puss is sterile (am i correct in thinking that it would be as i had been taking the anti B's since the 30th ? )
Ever since i have had nurse everyday to pack and dress the wound which is a very large hole & been informed by the nurse it will take months to heel.
Every time i ask them if it was MRSA or simalier they just say the swabs came back clear.
Anybody had a similiar nightmare ? any advice would be gratefully recieved
I just havent felt myself since eg palpatations .

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Reply #1 by mags
Posted: February 17, 2007 at 14:27
Iam not sure if the web site is very active but thought i would bump this up again as iam becoming increasingly concerned about my health and iam looking for information
The palpatations and tiredness are dragging me down and the district nurse has takin bloods to test my hemaglobin ,
just not felt well since this operation and the wound infection
Iam so tired all the time
any input would be appreciated

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Reply #2 by hazel
Posted: February 17, 2007 at 14:43
dear mags, as none of use are doctors we cant realy say for sure what it is , we can however hazzard a guess that you may have mrsa the tierdness and feeling of general lack of energy and the wound not healing can all be attributed to mrsa as you can see from the many postings. i think the best thing you can do is to see tyour gp and ask what exactly is going on , in the mean time try taking a high dose effervecent vitamin c 99p for tesco or asda ,you wont feel the benifit right away but it does work . however if it is mrsa i cant give you a long term cure im am still the same 5 years on i do have more good than bad days now . i do hope this helps you in some way and wish you all the best
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Reply #3 by linda mccafferty
Posted: February 17, 2007 at 14:56
Dear mags, i would put an appointment on with G P and be persistent on asking him whats causing the puss in your wound and what the results were of the swab's . im not a doctor but it sounds to me as if something is going on that you should be told about .if you have a nurse everyday packing this wound something is not right , get to the bottom of it with your GP , i would not be fobbed off any longer mags . my best wishes to you .
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Reply #4 by mags
Posted: February 17, 2007 at 14:56
Thanks hazel
i will see my gp again soon , drinking lots off cranberry and pomegranite juice i will deff get the vit C
Its these heart flutters that are puzzling me thats why the bloods were takin

Thank you
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Reply #5 by mags
Posted: February 17, 2007 at 15:01
Thanks linda
They took swab and it came back clear !!
Thats why iam asking is this possible after being on the strong anti'bs for 3 days before they swabbed it ( were they too late in swabbing )?
Thats what iam wondering now
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Reply #6 by linda mccafferty
Posted: February 17, 2007 at 15:10
Dear mags , im sorry......but i find it hard to believe your wound is clear , my husband was also told this by district nurses and a year down the road we found out he had strep in the wound . if your wound is gaping as you say something is very wrong , are you diabetic mags ? have the nurses tested you for this ? there is a reason why your wound is gaping mags get to the bottom of it, your not the first to be told its clear when its not .
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Reply #7 by mags
Posted: February 17, 2007 at 15:19
Hi linda
Yes the wound is open & is being packed with silver every day and a dressing on top , the scar from op was about two inch long so i now have a wide and deep hole , it was leaking a lot too begin with , with puss & blood but not so bad now apparently it is going to take months for it to close up .In reg to diabetic ! not that i know off but they took bloods on thursday to test hemaglobin.
i just dont trust the NHS any more either

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Reply #8 by Maria
Posted: February 17, 2007 at 16:08
Dear Mags
As Linda says you do need to be persistent if you are not satisfied with what your are being told. You have the right to receive any detail given on your medical record, it may be an idea to ask for the results of the lab tests, insist on seeing the results and discussing them with the GP. If you are still not happy then ask for copies, you may be charged for these, if you want any help with deciphering what they say let me know and I'll give you my contact details, alternatively you can also contact me through MRSA Action UK at
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Reply #9 by mags
Posted: February 17, 2007 at 16:48
Thanks maria
District nurse just said swab came back clear !! which i find strange
So if it says clear does that mean its not MRSA ?
Will be asking more Q this monday
I feel that they dont like you asking any Q
Also if swab came back clear can it still be in my system ?
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Reply #10 by Maria
Posted: February 17, 2007 at 19:04
Dear Mags
It may not be MRSA, it could be another form of infection but for peace of mind it would be best for you to discuss it further, the district nurse or GP would be able to tell you more about what the infection is as the lab tests will say what antibiotics it is sensitive to, that way you will know for sure.
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Reply #11 by mags
Posted: February 17, 2007 at 19:16
Doc has only said it was a secondery infection
i had been on the anti'b's for 3 days before they took the swabs and they said the puss was sterile hence swab results clear
thank you for your replys

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Reply #12 by tom
Posted: February 17, 2007 at 20:44
With reference to your wound Mags, has any body mentioned trying Magnesium Sulphate dressings. It worked on my open wound and I swear by it(it might seem old fashioned today to use it,but it might/will work to draw out any infection which might be present). Have a word with D/Nurse or your GP.
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Reply #13 by mags
Posted: February 18, 2007 at 07:35
Thanks tom
i will try to pluck up the courage to mention the magnesium sulph to her
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Reply #14 by tom
Posted: February 18, 2007 at 20:04
Hope you have luck with Mag Sulph. As I said it works wonders.. If he/she/it poo poos the idea,insist you have a try and see what effect it has.You can only try.
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Reply #15 by Sivia
Posted: February 18, 2007 at 21:32
Hi Mags
I have been listing my fight with the nhs on this forum.
I too had an open wound for approx 8 months and it just would not heal. In the end a combination of 2 antibiotics helped and the wound starting healing .
Sometimes the antibiotics,the silver dressing and betadine can give the wrong mrsa results.
When my wound was open they had to stop using silver dressings and betadine for 48 hours to get a true result
They may be getting wrong negative results
Hope you feel better soon
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Reply #16 by jennyr
Posted: February 19, 2007 at 10:51
If you are already on antibiotics is is very common not to be able to idenfify the organism causing the infection. That does not mean that there is not an infection - it simply means they have not identified it. This makes it much harder to treat as they have to treat "blind" by guessing what the most likely organism is and seeing whether the infection is responding. If there is continuing pus then it would suggest that the infection is not responding to the particular antibiotic and they should be trying something else. Try to insist on advice from an infectious disease expert/microbiologist to get to the bottom of it. I am not a doctor, but I had to educate myself when my daughter was left with crippling complications following an improperly treated infection. A consultation with an infectious disease specialist/microbiologist in the first week would almost definitely have prevented all of her problems as she would have been promptly and properly treated in the first place. Good luck.
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Reply #17 by mags
Posted: February 20, 2007 at 12:26
Thank you every body
The wound is'nt really pussing now its just a big hole which i think will take forever to close
does the infection stay in your body even if wound is clean ?
i just havent felt right since this happened , strange little things
At the begining really big hunger pangs ( only way to describe the feeling ) heart flutterings for which i have had bloods done for thyroid , glucose , hemaglobin they all come back clear.
iam so tired all the time i could sleep on a bed off nails no energy at all.
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Reply #18 by glen
Posted: February 23, 2007 at 06:33
Hi there,
I know this probably sounds crazy but have you used manuka honey??? I first heard about this product on radio 4 and then did a little internet research for my partners grandma who had an ulcer that would not heal and they were suggesting an operation - not such a great idea at 85. The consultants had never heard of it as a treatment but the district nurses had used it for burns. A ulcer that had got steadily worse over 2 1/2 years healed in 3 weeks. Manuka honey impregnated dressings are an approved NHS product and available but you have to ask for them. It is proven to KILL MRSA please refer to Dr Peter Molan, the university and his team have dedicated 19 years to discovering all of the healing properties of this specific honey especially for infected and difficult to heal wounds and burns.The research papers on the site aren't heavy going and I hope you give it a try. If the hospital/healthcare team won't give you the dressings you can do it for yourself. You can buy the dressings online from "comvita", but are expensive. You can do a great diy job yourself from honey available from the shops and standard dressings. Manuka honey is widley available on the internet and I have found it in Sainsbury's, Holland and Barrett and allegedly in M & S. If you buy the honey it has a grading of +5, +8, +10, a bit like grading sunscreen. The university recommends you use 16+ and more(it does go all the way up to 30+)The stronger the Manuka strength the faster the healing process and the quicker it kills off all bacteria. The university website also explains how to apply the honey and how often.
You can also eat the stuff which will also help your general immunity and may help with your energy levels

My best wishes and thoughts are with you. I hope this helps


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Reply #19 by mags
Posted: February 23, 2007 at 08:58
Thanks glen i have heard off this too

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