MRSA et al

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MRSA et al

Post by KD » Sun Apr 27, 2008 2:03 pm

Ever had it or any other bad stuff like cellulituos? How long did it take to get rid of it? Did you have to be hospitalized?

I got an infection in my right hand and it's been a hell of a time getting rid of it. Started with redness and lots of pain so I thought I broke it or something. The whole forearm ended up swelling and a scary red line was going up the rest of my arm towards the bod. Drs almost hospitalized me but antibiotics kicked in. I used my last antibiotic today and the swelling is coming back. pain is too. goddammit i wanna climb - this shit is wicked

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Post by endercore » Sun Apr 27, 2008 2:08 pm

When I was in highschool a friend of mine on the wrestling team got cellulituos in his arm. Made his elbow swell up really huge and he couldn't wrestle for a few week or two. It was pretty nasty. Sorry to hear you came down with something similar. Good luck getting over it.

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Post by der uber » Sun Apr 27, 2008 4:39 pm

It's usually a cosmetic thing on chubby people. I've never heard of it causing additional swelling or redness!

Glad you got on it early, K! Hope you get well soon dude.

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Post by edouble » Sun Apr 27, 2008 6:00 pm

Cellulitis: bacterial infection spreading through tissue planes can be a medical emergency
Cellulite: not a medical emergency...cosmetic

Hope healing goes well!!! Can take a long time to recover

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Post by Saxman » Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:01 pm

Wash your hands next time.
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Post by ReachHigh » Mon Apr 28, 2008 4:49 am

I had MRSA two years ago from a spider bite on my forearm, I was out from climbing for about 3 weeks till the streaking went away.
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Post by trog » Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:52 am

Unfortunately, community acquired MRSA is very common and tough to beat - see a lot of it.
Responds slowly to antibiotics - can take 2-4 weeks and must be the right antibiotic; sometimes you never know if the antibiotic worked if you cannot get a test or culture of any drainage from the infected area to prove what bug and which antibiotic it is sensitive to.
MRSA responds to trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX, Bactrim, Sulfa), doxycycline, but not 100%. Resistant or more serious cases require IV, in hospital, vancomycin. Cubicin is another oral med - very expensive.
Non-MRSA skin infections respond to many drugs, ciprofloxacin, amoxicillin, cephalexin, etc,etc.
If it has a localized pocket of fluid or abscess anywhere this must be drained, lanced, etc. Any open sores or breaks in the skin need antibiotic ointment and a bandage 2-3 times a day.

Sounds like you need at least a couple more weeks of antibiotic; may need to see if anything can be drained and any fluid cultured.

Good luck; climbing doesn't make it worse, if you can stand the hurt.

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Post by KD » Mon Apr 28, 2008 3:47 pm

Drs have me on bactrim for two more weeks. swelling is down a lot so i want to work on it on some plastic out back and get the strength\endurance\pain factors all healed up. Gotta trip out west next month and need to get all stronged up again :)

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Post by krampus » Mon Apr 28, 2008 4:22 pm

good luck man, hope it gets better before the trip
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Post by anticlmber » Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:02 am

took my celluliteis two weeks plus to fully heal. it is a pain but it'll get better.
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Post by Mboss » Thu May 01, 2008 10:31 am

One of my friends have cellulitis for four months, lots and lots of antibiotics.
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Post by Mike Litoris » Fri Dec 19, 2008 10:10 pm

My brother got MRSA about a year ago and was hospitalized for 9 weeks. He almost died. Had 3 or 4 surgeries and antibiotics for months afterwards. Had an I.V. that went through his forearm and to his heart. It was crazy. He lost about 40lbs in a week. Hes just now really beginning to regain his strength. Hope you get it checked out and get well.
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Post by KD » Fri Dec 19, 2008 10:56 pm

I have gotten over it - made my right arm weaker somehow but it's coming back - thanks!

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Post by mcrib » Sat Dec 20, 2008 1:14 am

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