MRSA and Rheumtoid Arthritis
Issy

Basildon, UK

#1 Apr 14, 2008
Last October I contrated MRSA at wotk it presented by opening an old appendix scar very slightly,when the scar was swabbed it came back with MRSA,I was treated with anti-biotics and body scrub until swabs were clear,I thought no moe of this until mid December when the joint of my index finger on my left hand srated to be red and painful,since then it has been a progression of joint pain mostly in my hands,feet and one knee,but I get very tired doing things I gave no thought to before,I had blood work done and they all came back fine except for a Positive Rheumatoid factor,is it possible the Staph infection bak in October triggered Rhematiod Arthritis and can it be fixed to give me a better quality of life than I have had for months due to the joint pain and general malaise?I find it strange that I had nothing like this prior to the Staph infection.
I would appreciate any input on this ...
Thank You

Judged:

23

15

1

Reply »
Report Abuse Judge it!
Suzi

Dallas, TX

#2 Jun 29, 2008
In December 2006 I got a staph infection after sticking my thumb with a sewing needle. I was in the hospital for 4 days. In May of 2007 after my yearly physical I was told that I had some inflamation showing from a blood test and needed to come back in for another blood test in 3 months....which I never did because I felt fine. This past month I had another yearly physical and was told after my blood test that I had a slightly elevated rheumatoid factor and should go see a Rheumatoligist. I do have some pain in my hand and wrist that the staph infection had invaded but no other additional pain or symptoms. So this time I WILL make an appointment and have it checked out because I want to stop RA in its tracks if I have it! However, I DO believe that the elevated R factor is from the inflamation that may still be lingering in my body from the staph a year and a half ago. Good luck to you!
Rick

Dearborn Heights, MI

#3 Jul 17, 2008
About 2 years ago i fell back off my semi truck in the steel plant and scraped my elbow. I had to go to the clinic to have it taken care of ,thats were work sent me 1 year later i started having horrible pain in my shoulder than about 2 weeks after that it was my knee and foot and i couldn't even get out of bed all summer.I went to the doctor numerous times had a ton of blood work and they never found anything and now it's in my arm and hand. Can mrsa last that long?
leanne

Navarre, FL

#4 Jan 10, 2009
Issy wrote:
Last October I contrated MRSA at wotk it presented by opening an old appendix scar very slightly,when the scar was swabbed it came back with MRSA,I was treated with anti-biotics and body scrub until swabs were clear,I thought no moe of this until mid December when the joint of my index finger on my left hand srated to be red and painful,since then it has been a progression of joint pain mostly in my hands,feet and one knee,but I get very tired doing things I gave no thought to before,I had blood work done and they all came back fine except for a Positive Rheumatoid factor,is it possible the Staph infection bak in October triggered Rhematiod Arthritis and can it be fixed to give me a better quality of life than I have had for months due to the joint pain and general malaise?I find it strange that I had nothing like this prior to the Staph infection.
I would appreciate any input on this ...
Thank You
My daughter was diagnosed with a staph infection in June, 2008. In October, she began having pain in her right index finger. Then she began having aching in both hands and her feet, especially in the morning. Her bloodwork came back negative this week, but they have diagnosed her with seronegative rheumatoid arthritis. She will see a rheumatologist in March. I wonder if the staph infection is what got this started. She was also in a serious car accident in August, where she fractured her neck. She healed fine from that.
lola

Westminster, CA

#5 Jan 31, 2009
EVERYONE HERE IN THIS POST! HEAL YOUR BODY OF THE INFECTION THAT IS IN CONNECTION W/ THE RA. RUN DONT WALK TO THE BOOKSTORE OR AMAZON AND ORDER THE BOOKS "RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS THE INFECTION CONNECTION" AND "THE NEW ARTHRITIS BREAKTHROUGH BY HENRY SCAMMEL". THIS WILL SOLVE YOUR RA. FIND A DOC THAT PRACTICES THE PROTOCOL AND GET STARTED ON IT ASAP BEFORE DAMAGE SETS IN!!!!!
laurievu

Provo, UT

#6 Apr 27, 2009
Has anyone found any doctors that know enough about this possible connection?
My daughter had MRSA 5 years ago, it returned in what we thought was a spider bite 3 years ago and now she's been diagnosed with Rhuematoid.
I've wondered if there was a connection....I'd LOVE to know more about this theory.
Wally

United States

#7 Apr 28, 2009
I don't think there's any mystery here.

Autoimmune diseases often follow serious infections, it's the nature of the disorder.

Emotional stress and/or hormonal changes, like those during puberty or pregnancy, can also trigger latent autoimmunity. Postpartum autoimmune disease in women is very common.
Cden

Byron, GA

#8 May 1, 2009
Four years ago, i had an outpatient hernia surgery...within a week and 1/2 I began feeling severe pain and weakness, as well as loss of appetite. When the incision closed, I developed a high fever and huge sunburn type of spot on my stomach. I was admitted to the hospital as having an abscess and septicemia which did enter the blood stream. I began to turn yellow when the infection was attacking my liver. I almost died, at 33 years old. I had a second surgery, the would was reopened, about 10 inches wide and 5 or 6 inches deep, and I had to live with an open wound from July 4th until Christmas. I questioned the doctors the entire time about the constant pain that was present in my entire body and they said when the infection was gone, the pain would be too...NOT SO!! Four years later, I have not had a pain free day since the onset of that infection and that fever. I hobble around like a 90 year old in the a.m. I get so horribly fatigued, I hurt all over all of the time. I have RA, possible Vasculitis and now maybe even some degeneration in my spine as I'm having horrible pain in my back and I'm starting to drop things a lot. My immune system worked so hard to fight that infection and when it was gone, my immune system turned on me. And what can doctors do about it? Nothing. Why did I survive the sepsis if this is the quality of life that I have left. I feel like my children have been robbed of their mother. If I do try to take them somewhere special that requires physical exertion, then I'm in the bed for 3 to 4 days after and I'm just so beat down and broken that I can't move or function for days. I have nothing to look forward to except a life of pain and the possibility of bone deformations. If I could do it all again, they would not do the second surgery, I would make them let that poison stay inside my bloostream and I would be in a place now where I would never have to feel this kind of pain.
Azalea

Norwood, NJ

#9 Jul 31, 2009
Cden, have you seen a good rheumatologist? A regular M.D. might not be up on all the best treatments. Although your RA was triggered by the infection, I don't see why it wouldn't respond to the treatments available. I believe my RA was triggered by an infection of the breast caused by a cyst. I was in terrible pain for months (from the RA, not the infection) and always felt like I was coming down with the flu because my whole body ached, and then different parts of me would take turns being in excruciating pain. Now I am on naproxen, plaquinel,and methotrexate, and I feel like I'm back among the living--only some stiffness left in my hands and a little pain in the a.m. It took a few months to find the right dosage, and it also takes time (up to a month) for the naproxen and methotrexate to really get into your system. A cortisone shot to my right wrist also helped a lot. Please, see a rheumatologist if you haven't already. There are lots of treatments out there, but you have to find the right one and they do take time. There is light at the end of the tunnel. God bless you.
Analisa

Mcloud, OK

#10 Aug 6, 2009
Ten years ago we built a house. I worked day and night staining and painting. I would go to bed in severe pain in my arms and sholders. Six months later I was diagnosed with RA. I feel like I got so run down physically I developed RA? Does this make any sense?
kristy33

United States

#11 Feb 15, 2012
I contracted CA-MRSA in October of this year in the vaginal area...was lanced and swabbed and sure enough, MRSA...was put on bactrim 800mg...OK, infection went down and went away so i thought. Last month 1 found 2 more bumps in the vaginal area one on each side ( different spots where the first one was).saw both my OB again and an infectious disease control doctor. MRSA again...was put on bactrim again ..bumps went down and went away..just 2 weeks ago, I have had throbbing pain in both hands, both wrists, both knees, the bottoms of my feet hurt so bad felt like walking on glass. My hands, wrists, knees were very stiff sore and swollen...could not touch my thumbs to my pinky fingers, no closing fists, no heavy lifting. Etc...so my reg doctor ordered a sed rate and a CRP which both came back elevated. Went to my scheduled appt with the infectious disease control doctor and I told her that the bumps went away but now experiencing these symptoms. She told me stop the bactrim, she put me on 10mg of prednisone and some percocet for the pain. she ordered more bloodwork which I just got done yesterday. I have my appt w her Friday. She ordered a sed rate, cbc w diff, CRP, RF factor, TSH, comp 14 to give her better way to diagnosis this ..I'm sure ill prob have to see a rheumatologist. Don't know what the tests will show....but..could the MRSA have caused this? I'm still stiff, in pain and not much is helping. PLEASE ANYONE? DID THE MRSA CAUSE THESE JOINTS TO BE THIS SWOLLEN AND PAINFUL? if not then why did the sed rate and CRP come back elevated?
NOGoddess

New Orleans, LA

#12 Jun 25, 2012
I am so relieved to read this thread as I've done enough research on RA by now and reflection on my medical history to have really started wondering if MRSA can cause or trigger RA.

I do not have a diagnosis yet, but my physician suspects it and with any luck medicaid will approve me soon and I can get the needed tests. But a diagnosis of RA would make a whole lot of sense out of a number of issues (seemingly increasing by leaps and bounds). There are other compounding factors, but I believe if I do indeed have RA it was initially triggered by a recurring breast abscess MRSA infection (as another poster mentioned above!) that I am pretty sure I contracted when I had an emergency appendectomy in the rather immediate post-hurricane Katrina setting of March 2006. I was fortunate a "real" ER had just reopened, but very little room for post op care so I was sent home to a storm damaged house less than 20 hours after surgery (NOLA in general not being the cleanest of places at that point. And they'd removed my nipple ring.

Six years later I've had, oh, in the neighborhood of 15+ recurrences of the breast abscess. Finally got fed up with antibiotics and did a combo of bentonite clay, turmeric & raw apple cider vinegar "mask" and 2tbl powdered turmeric internally. Infection hasn't recurred in over 6 months.

But in the meantime, one blown out knee, two herniated discs, sciatica, carpal and ulnar tunnel syndromes, frequent colds, bronchitis, pneumonia... And of course arthritis, but arthritis plus. It's getting worse quickly.

So while I will be trying dietary change tests, been taking supplements, doc has me on anti inflamatories, muscle relaxers and pain meds and it still hurts more and more every day.. And while I say no more abscesses, can still squeeze pus out of nipple ( sorry for being gross) so I think I still have MRSA, will be suggesting this connection next visit, tho worried it will land me in the hospital for several days on I've antibiotics.

Any thoughts, suggestions?

“Learn n not be ignorant.”

Since: Jun 11

new jersey

#13 Sep 22, 2012
laurievu wrote:
Has anyone found any doctors that know enough about this possible connection?
My daughter had MRSA 5 years ago, it returned in what we thought was a spider bite 3 years ago and now she's been diagnosed with Rhuematoid.
I've wondered if there was a connection....I'd LOVE to know more about this theory.
I didmt have MRsa BUT I had cellulitis 2xs once in the eye once on my face.
Jim

Toledo, OH

#14 Mar 1, 2014
Two years ago I contracted MRSA due to a fall while hiking that caused a very small and shallow cut on my left knee. Didn't recognize the potential seriousness and delayed medical attention for about four days while traveling from Colorado to Florida. Made it to Amarillo, TX, before nearly dying and then spent one month under infectious disease care in a great facility. My reason for noting this is the rest of the story that questions the possible consequences of neuropathy, pulmonary hypertension and rheumatoid arthritis. Had enough of uncoordinated, hit-and-miss diagnosis and pill popping guessing. So I've traveled to Cleveland Ohio and the Cleveland Clinic hoping to put it all together and salvage whatever good quality of life possible going forth from my 73rd year. Hope they are real answers out there for all of us.
kristy33

Chicago, IL

#15 Mar 2, 2014
NOGoddess wrote:
I am so relieved to read this thread as I've done enough research on RA by now and reflection on my medical history to have really started wondering if MRSA can cause or trigger RA.
I do not have a diagnosis yet, but my physician suspects it and with any luck medicaid will approve me soon and I can get the needed tests. But a diagnosis of RA would make a whole lot of sense out of a number of issues (seemingly increasing by leaps and bounds). There are other compounding factors, but I believe if I do indeed have RA it was initially triggered by a recurring breast abscess MRSA infection (as another poster mentioned above!) that I am pretty sure I contracted when I had an emergency appendectomy in the rather immediate post-hurricane Katrina setting of March 2006. I was fortunate a "real" ER had just reopened, but very little room for post op care so I was sent home to a storm damaged house less than 20 hours after surgery (NOLA in general not being the cleanest of places at that point. And they'd removed my nipple ring.
Six years later I've had, oh, in the neighborhood of 15+ recurrences of the breast abscess. Finally got fed up with antibiotics and did a combo of bentonite clay, turmeric & raw apple cider vinegar "mask" and 2tbl powdered turmeric internally. Infection hasn't recurred in over 6 months.
But in the meantime, one blown out knee, two herniated discs, sciatica, carpal and ulnar tunnel syndromes, frequent colds, bronchitis, pneumonia... And of course arthritis, but arthritis plus. It's getting worse quickly.
So while I will be trying dietary change tests, been taking supplements, doc has me on anti inflamatories, muscle relaxers and pain meds and it still hurts more and more every day.. And while I say no more abscesses, can still squeeze pus out of nipple ( sorry for being gross) so I think I still have MRSA, will be suggesting this connection next visit, tho worried it will land me in the hospital for several days on I've antibiotics.
Any thoughts, suggestions?
hello.. I read ur comment and I'd like to chat sometime about our experiences. I've had 21 caseso far. Had one in my armpit on Christmas...and now 2 on one side of the vaginal area and 1 on the other side..plus one in my armpit. I am just sick of this ya know. 21 cases.... I get it every other month. My infectious disease doctor had put me on ZYVOX..CUZ im became allergic to every bacterial medicine.. the only one left is VANCO... i feel for u and if ud like to chat...lemme know.

Kristy33
Louise

Richmond, VA

#17 Sep 19, 2014
I had a bad case of MERSA for 2 years.After I had it treated it treated I got RA about 2 months afterward.There seems to be a connection and I would really like to know.
Andy

Tacoma, WA

#20 Friday
Issy wrote:
Last October I contrated MRSA at wotk it presented by opening an old appendix scar very slightly,when the scar was swabbed it came back with MRSA,I was treated with anti-biotics and body scrub until swabs were clear,I thought no moe of this until mid December when the joint of my index finger on my left hand srated to be red and painful,since then it has been a progression of joint pain mostly in my hands,feet and one knee,but I get very tired doing things I gave no thought to before,I had blood work done and they all came back fine except for a Positive Rheumatoid factor,is it possible the Staph infection bak in October triggered Rhematiod Arthritis and can it be fixed to give me a better quality of life than I have had for months due to the joint pain and general malaise?I find it strange that I had nothing like this prior to the Staph infection.
I would appreciate any input on this ...
Thank You
You need to do an intestinal cleanse for parasites

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Anyone has Humira for sale (Apr '13) Dec 1 bigdolphin 261
RA factor test results (Dec '06) Oct '16 Dizzy T 186
I erased all symptoms of severe RA by changing ... (Oct '15) Sep '16 expat 5
rheumatoid arthritis (Dec '05) Sep '16 expat 62
Question about anti ccp test results (Feb '10) Sep '16 robert 117
News Repeal or retain? Election opens final act for ... Aug '16 Hostis Publicus 12
RA Casting NYC Aug '16 RA Casting NYC 1
More from around the web