I have a staph infection in my nose at the moment.
In February 2007, I had quite intensive Functional Endoscopis Sinus Surgery involving a Tonsillectomy, Adenoidectomy, Turbinectomy and a Septoplasty. Basically, for most of my life (I'm 21 now), I couldn't breathe at all through my nose, had constant colds which I couldn't shake and chronic tonsillitis. My throat hurt a lot afterwards, my nose bleed for a week, I had constant nausea and my tongue was sore from the depressors. I also knew that after surgery I would be very tired, run down and have a runny and snotty nose for about 2 months as well as being at risk of picking up viruses. I dealt with it because a) I needed the surgery and b) I wanted the surgery.
What I didn't think I'd have to deal with is still feeling tired, snotty and feverish two months after surgery. So I went to go see my local G.P, who told me that I just had a virus and that it was normal, even 2 months after surgery. She prescribed me a broad spectrum antibiotic, Keflex and sent me on my merry way. A few weeks later, the symptoms hadn't subsided and in addition, I was coughing a lot and had a wicked sore throat. I saw another G.P who told me that I just had chest infection and nothing else. He prescribed me with a broad spectum penicillin, called Amoxicillin. The couging and sore throat went away, but I still felt tired and had a runny nose. So I went back up to see my normal G.P, who again said she didn't think there was anything wrong with me and that I probably just had a cold, due to the fact that it was Autumn. To be on the safe side, I asked her for a new referral to my surgeon, which she didn't think was necessary, but gave me anyway. Another two weeks later I saw another G.P, just to get some scripts and I mentioed the chronic cold to her. She thought it might be allergy related, so I got myself allergy tested and guess what? Not allergic to anything. At that point, FINALLY a g.p thought it was necessary for me to see my surgeon again.
Cut to last Wednesday, when I saw my surgeon. He took one look up my nose, instructed me to take a nasal swab and send it into pathology. His opinion was that I had Haemophilus, Staph or MRSA, none of which respond to broad spectrum drugs. I got the results back yesterday and I tested positive for staph. Great! So now I'm on a course of narrow spectrum penicillin and corticosteroids, which is going to do wonders to my all ready not so good stomach...
So yeah, I have had it now for about 4 months and it has only just been treated and diagnosed- none of my g.p's thought that was at all odd. In fact, one my referral, my g.p wrote "I suspect that cocacola_sorrow is just having a bad run".
Hmm. Not. Happy. Jan.