Pain From Staph/mrsa Infection

Question

Asked by Rayne

Pain From Staph/mrsa Infection

I contracted staph from a hospital and was diagnosed with a MRSA infection. I took a course of antibiotics for 10 days and was feeling better until I completed the antibiotic course. Then my joints, back, legs, head - you name it - HURT. I have not slept, other than an hour here and there, in a week. Should I request another antibiotic or go to the ER? Also, should I call ahead and say I may have an infectious disease? I need to do something within the next 24 hours because the pain is off the chart.

Answer

Since you do not feel better after finishing antibiotics, you should seek immediate medical attention. Going to the ER would be a good choice because your infection sounds wide spread. Tell them as soon as you get there that you have skin MRSA. This requires "contact" isolation, so try not to touch anything in public until the infection is gone. In the hospital, nurses, docs and visitors will be required to use a gown and gloves when near you.

At home, your friends and family members should wash their hands frequently when they come in contact with you. Clean your house with disinfectant surface cleaners.

Here are some links you might find helpful as you're dealing with this:

What are Superbugs? A HealthCentral Explainer

Staph Infections

MRSA (overview)

Good luck.

Dr. Christina Lasich, MD