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I went to a hospital twice. They tested only for strep and prescribed penicillin. I was sick for 4-5 weeks, but eventually felt better only to have a reoccurrence 3 months later. I went to an ENT, had CAT scans, and was treated with antibiotics. I kept getting the same thing 3-4 times a year and would be sick for at least 3 weeks.
After 1 year the ENT performed surgery and said that the infection must have been really bad since it had eaten a hole through my cheekbone and into my right eye! Surgery didn’t help and I kept getting sick 3-4 times a year only to be prescribed various antibiotics. No nasal cultures were ever taken.
Finally, in 3-05 I became so sick while on holiday that I ended up in the hospital and was told that it was only “allergies”. I returned home only to go 3 more times to emergency before the 3rd one finally took both a nasal culture and a urine culture only to find that I had MRSA that has cultivated in my nose in the upper sinuses.
I had been prescribed antibiotics on 57 occasions over the 10-year period and had become resistant to all but a couple. I now am seeing a good allergist/naturopath and have a doctor who is in the process of figuring out what to do. My immune system is at 37 percent as these reoccurring infections have taken a toll on it. I have been taking immune boosters, magnesium, zinc and colostrum for 4 months and will shortly have it retested. I was put on vancomycin via a nebulizer, but ended up in the hospital with a lung irritation and what was thought to be a Herxheimer Reaction.
All I can say is that people should ask to be tested for resistance/sensitivity to antibiotics if they have taken multi courses over a long period. I would also suggest that anyone with a sinus infection have both nares cultured one or two times during the infection, just because it just might be MRSA.
~ S. Osterback
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