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#1 LoriAnn

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 02:31 AM

Our family went on a camping trip for vacation last week. I noticed on Friday my leg was a little swollen. I thought that it was a mesquito bite and didn't really pay any attention to it again until that night. By Friday night my calf was almost completely swollen, hard and very hot to the touch. I went home on Saturday and went to the weekend clinic. The Dr. took a culture, said that I had an infection and put me on some antibiotics. They called me on Monday and said that I had a staph infection and needed to put me on some high does antibiotics.

They don't know what caused the infection and I have never had a staph infection before. I am wondering if this has anything to do with the sclero. I have an appt. with my new rheumatologist. on 8-13 but I have to see my general practitioner before that to make sure it isn't in my bloodstream.

Has anyone else had a problem with Staph Infections?
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Posted 03 August 2007 - 04:54 AM

Hi LoriAnn,

I'm really sorry you have this terrible infection. Most likely it has nothing to do with Sclero. Staph infections are a strange one. I have a friend right now that her husband got one on his foot, they still have no idea how he got it, but he's been battling with it for months and months and he's already had 3 surgeries because of it. I tell you this not to scare you, but make sure you are keeping on top of it, watch it, keep in constant contact with your doctor if you think it isn't getting better as they can get into the bone (like my friend) and then it's much more serious. They can also progress quickly, he found his one day and within 4 days he was having his first surgery. Keep an eye on it.

Here is a link for you on staph infections

Please keep us posted!
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Posted 03 August 2007 - 12:02 PM

Hi LoriAnn,
As Pam already cautioned you... be very careful. Make sure you are diligent about taking the higher doses of antibiotics the dr prescribes for you. Staph infection happens to be one of the heavy-duty infections and treatment is very aggressive.
Take very good care of the infected area and please... keep us posted about how you're doing?

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 12:06 PM

Hi LoriAnn,
I hope you get better soon. Are you on an immunosuppressant that would make you more prone to contracting something?
Take good care of yourself.
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Posted 03 August 2007 - 01:10 PM

Hi,

When I was 13, I was bitten twice by a brown recluse spider, also known as a violin spider. They can be very poisonous, and in some cases, deadly. This lovely little spider gave me a staph infection--I had to have my bite drained for about a week, and was given several shots of antibiotics around the sites. It left a not so nice scar on my hip and leg. For a few years, I was prone to lengthy wound healing, but as an adult (I'm 37), it hasn't been an issue. I do not have sclero, but my 6 year old has morphea. I don't think they are related in any way, but who knows!!! I agree that you need to be really careful with taking your antibiotics---if your site becomes red, raised, and/or hot and inflamed, you might have been bitten by a similar spider. You might want to ask for some kind of pathology testing also.

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 05:13 PM

Hi LoriAnn,

I just finished up my course of antibiotics for a staph infection on my big toe! I don't go barefoot etc. When I asked the dr. how I could have gotten it, he said all it takes it a tiny break in the skin and the staph bacteria. He drained it, I had to soak it in warm water a couple times a day and take a couple weeks worth of antibiotics. It cleared up just fine.

I would advise everyone to have what might be staph infections cultured. There is alot of concern about the community acquired staph infections that are antibiotic resistant (except to the really heavy duty IV administered guns!)

Good Luck!

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Posted 04 August 2007 - 12:28 PM

Loriann,
I got a staph infection from my hospital stay back in January. It was really disheartening because the weekend before I had been sepsis and was doing quite well. The staph infection sent me back to ICU and added another antibiotics to the other two I was already taking. My staph infection was a skin bacteria picked up in the hospital.

As others have stressed, it's really important to take you full regime of antibiotics. If you're on immunosuppresants, you need those antibiotics to kill the infection. I hope they work for you and that you start to feel better. Please let us know how you are doing.

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Posted 05 August 2007 - 12:28 PM

Hi Loriann,

I decided to have a number of rose bushes removed from my yard since they would always cause the worst infections in my hands, even from the tiniest scratch or pinprick on a finger. It's hard to say if it was staph or not since I used a particular natural remedy recommended in a book by Dr. Andrew Weil (there are some links for him in the medical section), and that did the trick. Either way, it's amazing how many types of bacteria are lurking outside, and I have to be extremely cautious gardening, but it's not sclero related--just a "dirty" world we live in!

Hope you are feeling better!
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Posted 07 August 2007 - 05:49 AM

Thanks everyone for the your concern and the great information. The site of the infection is almost healed, but they tell me I have to go and have the doctor check to make sure that the infection did not get into my blood stream. I have any appointment for tomorrow.

Since I have been diagnosed with Sclero I have had the weirdest medical problems. I hardly ever went to the doctor before and now it seems that I live there. I just wonder if the Sclero has effected my Immune system so much that I am vunerable to diseases that I never would have gotten before.

Thanks again for your concern. It makes me feel so much better to talk to and read about people with the same problems.

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