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Infection on back of thigh

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 30, 2006
  • 04:04 AM

My daughter, now 16, has had problems with her right leg since April 2005. It started with a small lump above her knee on the outside of her leg. After visiting several drs they stated it was a bruise. A few monthes later it moved to the back of her leg, was very hot, and turned blue. The dr then said it was an infection and gave her antibiotics. It cleared up, but never went away totally. In Sept 2005, her leg swelled a mass of 19 cm by 8 cm..it was extremely painful. After several more dr visits to various specialist, a surgeon agreed to remove it. Tested showed it was an infection. There were no followup antibiotics and we were told it was gone. In February 2006, it was back. Surgery in March, same story. Well in April it starting leaking from the incision site. More antibiotics were prescribed. In August, it formed a head and was lanced by the dr. Culture test showed a staph infection. In Sept we saw an infectious disease dr that said it was MRSA. He gave us the course of treatment with clorox baths, antibiotics, and bactriban in her nose each day. We went for a followup visit in Dec 2006 and he know wants more surgery. Now he claims it is Chronic Osteomyelitis. I told him I am skeptical, since he swore it was MRSA and now he swears it is something else. She has had an xray that showed an abnormality of her bone, but it is the same abnormality that showed up in an MRI done in 2002. We have asked for more tests but none have been offered. Has anyone had anything like this before? Any suggestions on what to do? I will not allow the surgery without more tests, but I am concerned that I will endager her health if I don't. We see the dr again next week.
Any suggestions, information, help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  • I will tell you a personal story.I had my leg (the back of my thigh) swell up when i was 12. Everyone believed it was as a result of me getting hit while playing soccer. I mean there was no single incident that i noticed that lead to my swelling, and on top of that i played soccer everyday and got hit every so often. Anyways my leg kept swelling and swelling for 3 weeks straight. I did not tell anyone about this until i started to limp. I then told my parents about my leg. We used to live in a small town and there was no doctor there. So they took me to a bigger town, and the doctor there told them i should be taken imeddiatly to the capital city (this was in Kosovo) for a surgery. That same night doctors sucked manually all the fluid that had accumulated there with needles and i literally cried my eyes out. I had to stay in the hospital for 2 weeks before i went for my surgey. My surgery involved repairement of my veins,arteries and the connective tissues that was infected in the back of my thigh. I then stayed for another week to recover and i have never had a problem with my leg eversince. I am 21 now.I am not sure if these two problems are related as I was 12 when this happened and i dont remember too much detail of my mishap.But given from how you describe the doctor that is seeing your doughter. I would first look for a different doctor before i would make any decision.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 30, 2006
    • 04:59 AM
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  • I had an infection in the back of my thigh that kept growing and growing to the size of an 8 inch circle. I felt that it was similar to a much smaller infection I had on my chin a year earlier. That infection repeated in the same area a few times and was cultured as staph. I changed doctors on the third time because I was on vacation and a great dermatologist cultured it and it came back as staph and herpes simplex virus together. I was treated with antiviral pills and antibiotic ointment and the infection healed much faster and did not do as much damage. When it showed up on my thigh and it grew larger and larger I went to the best teaching hospital through the emergency room and was admitted to the hospital. I was seen by the department head of contagious diseases and she concluded that it was a spider bite. I let everyone know that I felt it was the same thing I had on my chin. They disagreed, treated me with antibiotic IVs and released me 5 days later. Three months later it reappeared on my thigh which indicated to me that it was the herpes simplex causing it and it was never a spider bite. I saw a local dermatologist who biopsied the site and the herpes was not found. It reappeared again and on that time they were able to find the herpes virus, and I was given the antiviral drug. Since then I have an ongoing prescription for the antiviral and when the first signs appear I am able to take it and it stops it on its tracks and it takes it a much longer time to reappear.I don't know if this is similar to your daughters problem but one symptom was that there was severe itchiness(which also occurs with simple infections) and there was fluid filled tiny bubbles.Hope this helps and good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 30, 2006
    • 07:18 PM
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  • My daughter, now 16, has had problems with her right leg since April 2005. It started with a small lump above her knee on the outside of her leg. After visiting several drs they stated it was a bruise. A few monthes later it moved to the back of her leg, was very hot, and turned blue. The dr then said it was an infection and gave her antibiotics. It cleared up, but never went away totally. In Sept 2005, her leg swelled a mass of 19 cm by 8 cm..it was extremely painful. After several more dr visits to various specialist, a surgeon agreed to remove it. Tested showed it was an infection. There were no followup antibiotics and we were told it was gone. In February 2006, it was back. Surgery in March, same story. Well in April it starting leaking from the incision site. More antibiotics were prescribed. In August, it formed a head and was lanced by the dr. Culture test showed a staph infection. In Sept we saw an infectious disease dr that said it was MRSA. He gave us the course of treatment with clorox baths, antibiotics, and bactriban in her nose each day. We went for a followup visit in Dec 2006 and he know wants more surgery. Now he claims it is Chronic Osteomyelitis. I told him I am skeptical, since he swore it was MRSA and now he swears it is something else. She has had an xray that showed an abnormality of her bone, but it is the same abnormality that showed up in an MRI done in 2002. We have asked for more tests but none have been offered. Has anyone had anything like this before? Any suggestions on what to do? I will not allow the surgery without more tests, but I am concerned that I will endager her health if I don't. We see the dr again next week.Any suggestions, information, help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!I had similar experience with my father. He was diagnosed with MRSA infection that first originated in his spinal cord, or L7. It first appeared as two small lumps. after a time the whole area becane very painful. In a month after he discover abnormality, he was not bale to walk. the symptoms were accompanied by high fever9 wich is the main sign of infection). surgery was necessary, because of the abnormal amount of pus which was accumulatiing in his right leg. surgical cleaning procedure was very important to eliminate the bcteria from the affectes area. the thig with Staph bacteria is that invades puncuture wounds. i thing that if treated properly it is possible to prevent infection from spreading further especially in youg children. X rays will show the abnormality of the bone, but also there are other symptoms as well. spath is treated with many antiobiotics, among wich vancomycin is proven to work , as a last resort considrinf MRSA becoming resistant to more and mora antiobiotics. you have to run the tests, like bacteria culture tests.you have to see if there is a pus accumulating anywhere. go from there. immune system boosters mihgt help, like mytake muchoorms, or natural antiobiotic -collodial silver. also, consider oxygen chamber, wich is really effective. chronic osteomyelitis is very easy to diagnose, and it is severa symptos that can lead to conclusion. MRI, and blood culture tests. treatment is surgery, antiobiotics, etc. so don't be afraid , because if not treated on time, it can be very harmful.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 1, 2007
    • 11:55 PM
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  • My daughter, now 16, has had problems with her right leg since April 2005. It started with a small lump above her knee on the outside of her leg. After visiting several drs they stated it was a bruise. A few monthes later it moved to the back of her leg, was very hot, and turned blue. The dr then said it was an infection and gave her antibiotics. It cleared up, but never went away totally. In Sept 2005, her leg swelled a mass of 19 cm by 8 cm..it was extremely painful. After several more dr visits to various specialist, a surgeon agreed to remove it. Tested showed it was an infection. There were no followup antibiotics and we were told it was gone. In February 2006, it was back. Surgery in March, same story. Well in April it starting leaking from the incision site. More antibiotics were prescribed. In August, it formed a head and was lanced by the dr. Culture test showed a staph infection. In Sept we saw an infectious disease dr that said it was MRSA. He gave us the course of treatment with clorox baths, antibiotics, and bactriban in her nose each day. We went for a followup visit in Dec 2006 and he know wants more surgery. Now he claims it is Chronic Osteomyelitis. I told him I am skeptical, since he swore it was MRSA and now he swears it is something else. She has had an xray that showed an abnormality of her bone, but it is the same abnormality that showed up in an MRI done in 2002. We have asked for more tests but none have been offered. Has anyone had anything like this before? Any suggestions on what to do? I will not allow the surgery without more tests, but I am concerned that I will endager her health if I don't. We see the dr again next week.Any suggestions, information, help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!if you want to contact me, mu e mail is tamara978@aol.com
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 2, 2007
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  • Is your daughter otherwise in good health? Does she have any other bothersome symptoms? I agree that you should get a second, third opinion, and ask for copies of the tests you have had. You have a right to all of this info and it could prove helpful to future consultations. As a good home remedy to try, you can try a taro plaster. This is very effective for all kinds of boils, abscesses, and the like. To find instructions on how to do this check out this website http://www.goodhealthinfo.net/mdr/home_remedies.htm Hope this helps. I would try to do this plaster up to 3x per day for at least 2 weeks and see what happens. Doctor of Oriental Medicine
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • January 2, 2007
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  • Thank you for the advice. Yes, she is in great health otherwise, no fevers, no tiredness, no nauseau, etc... Things tha usually go with an infection. We will get a few opinions - at least 2 - prior to any surgery decisions and will try the plaster. Thank you!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 3, 2007
    • 02:44 AM
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  • My daughter, now 16, has had problems with her right leg since April 2005. It started with a small lump above her knee on the outside of her leg. After visiting several drs they stated it was a bruise. A few monthes later it moved to the back of her leg, was very hot, and turned blue. The dr then said it was an infection and gave her antibiotics. It cleared up, but never went away totally. In Sept 2005, her leg swelled a mass of 19 cm by 8 cm..it was extremely painful. After several more dr visits to various specialist, a surgeon agreed to remove it. Tested showed it was an infection. There were no followup antibiotics and we were told it was gone. In February 2006, it was back. Surgery in March, same story. Well in April it starting leaking from the incision site. More antibiotics were prescribed. In August, it formed a head and was lanced by the dr. Culture test showed a staph infection. In Sept we saw an infectious disease dr that said it was MRSA. He gave us the course of treatment with clorox baths, antibiotics, and bactriban in her nose each day. We went for a followup visit in Dec 2006 and he know wants more surgery. Now he claims it is Chronic Osteomyelitis. I told him I am skeptical, since he swore it was MRSA and now he swears it is something else. She has had an xray that showed an abnormality of her bone, but it is the same abnormality that showed up in an MRI done in 2002. We have asked for more tests but none have been offered. Has anyone had anything like this before? Any suggestions on what to do? I will not allow the surgery without more tests, but I am concerned that I will endager her health if I don't. We see the dr again next week.Any suggestions, information, help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!Hello, I read your story about your daughter, my husband is diabetic, and lately, he has had a few of these popping up, (on the outer side of the thigh). A few weeks ago, the doctor had to lance it. Then he diagnosed it as a staph infection/mrsa. I get kind of worried, as he is diabetic, and suscepitle to infections. As a matter of fact, he has another one now that he will need to see the doctor for, (probably to do the same thing). Oh yes, and they did treat him w/antibiotic. I hope to learn more about this and see if there is anything else going on. Good luck to your daughter!!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 4, 2007
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  • Hello, I read your story about your daughter, my husband is diabetic, and lately, he has had a few of these popping up, (on the outer side of the thigh). A few weeks ago, the doctor had to lance it. Then he diagnosed it as a staph infection/mrsa. I get kind of worried, as he is diabetic, and suscepitle to infections. As a matter of fact, he has another one now that he will need to see the doctor for, (probably to do the same thing). Oh yes, and they did treat him w/antibiotic. I hope to learn more about this and see if there is anything else going on. Good luck to your daughter!!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 6, 2007
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