crohn's and MRSA Staph infection

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   Posted 9/19/2007 2:33 AM (GMT -6)   
A little over a week ago, I had my tonsils removed due to chronic infections.  I am a 28 year male, so I was told that my recovery may be a little more rough, especially since I am treating my crohn's with a huge dose of remicade every month.  Well, from the start I was really sick and in a large amount of pain, but I expected this due to what my doctor had told me.  After 3 days, I began to breakout all over my face with large red pimples.  I looked like I was a teenager all over again, but when I would try to pop these painful pimples, there was only a little white pus and a ton of clear drainage and blood that would not stop coming out.  After an hour of being popped, a yellow crust and scab would quickly form, but the fluid would keep draining never allowing the would to fully close.  Every day, more of these now boils started showing up on my face, back, backside( it hurts to sit), and arms.  I also began to have chills and nasty sweats everytime I would fall alseep, even if it was for 10 minutes.  I was sweating so much that not only were my clothes wet, but my sheets, bed, and pillows were dripping wet to the core.(It was discusting)
  Because most of this became severe over the weekend, I waited until monday to call my surgeon.  His nurse that took my message just told him that I had a rash, so he had me come in the next day.  When I got to his office, I was not in there for 1 minute before he told me that I have a staph infection.  He asked me why I didn't tell his nurse about the cold sweats and the chills, and I explained to him that I had told her. He was upset, because he would have had me come in right that moment.  He is almost positive that it is a form of resistant staph call MRSA staph infection, but he took a culture to make sure before he hospilizes me and starts me on I.V. antibiotics.
This has really made me nervous that I am in for a long sickness.  I am on 6-mp and remicade 10 every month, so I have a compromised immune system.  I am sorry that this is long, but I am really curious if anyone of you have ever had a similar situation or MRSA staph infection with your Crohn's disease?  How long did you take to recover from it?  Were you hospitalized and for how long?  My dad spent 3 weeks in the hospital for this same staph infection with his diabetes, so I am hoping that it won't lead to the same outcome.  Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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   Posted 9/19/2007 5:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi just wanted to say hope your well soon I am on Rem but have not had that problem hopefully someone who has will be on shortly. lol gail

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   Posted 9/19/2007 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh my this is terrible sending you blessings.Maybe you should stop the 6-mp and remi so you can fight this better.
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   Posted 9/19/2007 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
My thoughts and prayers are with you, please keep us updated as to what you find out and how you are doing.
Living with Crohns for 1 year. I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful little girls.
One blessing that came with my Crohns: I thank God for each day that I can get out of bed and take care of my girls and my home.

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   Posted 9/19/2007 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   

I assume you had your tonsils out in an outpatient surgical setting. The risk of getting MRSA increases if a person is in the hospital or had a procedure in one. Your description of your infection sounds much like MRSA. Here is a link to a picture of a MRSA skin abscess. Does yours look like thise? Mayo Clinic's MRSA image

I have not had any personal experience with MRSA but my friend's husband recently did. He is a usually healthy male so recovered quickly with a course of high powered antibiotic. Until they decide what you have, please be VERY careful to not contaminate others you live with or have close contact. MRSA is highly contagious and can be spread on towels, etc.

Please let us know how you are doing.

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   Posted 12/30/2007 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I have ulcerative colitis and contracted MRSA from working in a VA clinic. The first boil became huge in a very short time and I was treated in the hospital. It was drained and packed. I was put on a fast acting antibiotic and then also put on IV antibiotics that took several hours to dispense and sent to a surgeon the next day for further evaluation. He wanted to admit me to the hospital but I refused and was then on 9 different antibiotics which make you sick as a dog. however, If this hadn't been so painful to the touch (it too was on my butt cheek) I would probably have died because I would have tried to treat myself. I have had two other boils since the first. My greatest concerns are 1) is this something I will continue to have to deal with the rest of my life ?? If yes, then ... 2) Can I infect someone else if no boils are present through intimate contact?? Have you had other episodes with one or more boils??

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   Posted 12/30/2007 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning All,

about a third of people carry MRSA on their skin or in their nose without knowing it. These people are said to be ‘carriers’ of MRSA.  The bacteria are present on the body but don’t cause any harm.  Doctors also call this being ‘colonised’ with MRSA.  Most people who carry MRSA in this way don’t go on to develop an infection.

You get an MRSA infection when the MRSA bacteria get into your body tissues or bloodstream and multiply. They can get in through a break in the skin, such as a wound or drip site, or by travelling up a tube into the bladder (a catheter).  My sister (who died on Thanksgiving from heart failure) had a PICC line placed in the hospital and she contacted MRSA. 

Because staphylococcus aureus bacteria live on the skin they are easily spread by direct skin contact, often on people’s hands.  MRSA is also spread on bedding, towels, clothing and equipment. This is one reason why strict hygiene measures in hospital are so important.

Anyone with known MRSA should be in isolation while hospitalized to prevent the spread from patient to patient. The single most effective way to prevent the spread of infection is by proper handwashing. Reference: CDC

I am so sorry you became infected and yes you can recover from MRSA but your right due to your compromised immune system it may take longer.

Keep posting and know we are all here.  Prayers for you. 

Take care of you,


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Post Edited (stkitt) : 12/30/2007 1:17:33 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/30/2007 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I have never experienced this, but did want to send good thoughts and prayers your way. Keep us posted on how you are doing.

God Bless,
Gail *Nanners*
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 12/30/2007 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
You get well soon. I will be praying for a speedy recovery.
May this New Year be a great blessing to all who has been sick this last year.

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   Posted 10/15/2011 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
It's been a few years. If you read this, how did things go? Hope you are well and happy.

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   Posted 10/15/2011 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
It gave me a scare when this thread was bumped, Dawg. My heart sank, and I thought, what else can go wrong for Dawg this year?".

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   Posted 10/16/2011 1:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, that's something, at least.

I'm so sorry about the c-diff. That must be miserable.
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   Posted 10/16/2011 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
i just posted about something similar - i woke up today with a fever and chills and flu like symptoms. I take Humira and currently have a staph infection on my ear. Are you okay?
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