Andrew’s Story – Life Devastation from Cipro

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This is my story.  Add it to the other terrible stories on this website to show the world what kind of devastation these antibiotics are capable of.  I never intended to write on the wall of pain because I always thought I would recover, and quite frankly in doing this it brings up more pain.  FYI –  this is a long post.  Don’t read it if you are newly floxed.

I’ll start with describing my life prior to Cipro.  I used to enjoy SO MUCH that life had to offer.  I probably had too many interests and activities.  Some of these were:  snowboarding, rock climbing, hiking the rockies, playing soccer with my daughter, (anything involving being active with my daughter), road biking, lifting weights and playing ice hockey many times a week.  I was in a few adult hockey leagues.  I also enjoyed trying to learn the banjo.  I was really into art.  I used to do pastel drawings but my main passion was sculpting and I had plans of retiring as a sculptor.  I was in pretty good shape.  I was intelligent, sharp, and witty with a good sense of humor.  I was social.  I was confident.  I was generally happy.

I took Cipro in late December 2011 through January of 2012.  I was on 500mg twice daily for prostatitis.  I had never had anything like prostatitis before but I knew I wanted it gone asap.  After being on the medication for well over a week with no issues I started to develop pain in my forearms.  Initially this didn’t bother me and I attributed it to a long round of puck shooting when I went to skate days prior.  This forearm pain got worse to the point I started to wonder if it was the Cipro.

I started to google info on my forearm issue and I ran across horror stories online about how cipro had “ruined” people’s lives.  That word “ruined” kept coming up in these stories and I couldn’t really believe it.  I had been a pharmacist for years and never heard of lives being ruined by fluoroquinolones unless it was torsades related.  I didn’t believe these people on the internet.  Their stories didn’t match up with the FDA approved package insert.  At that time I trusted the FDA.  I took the med a few more days with the idea that if the pain stayed or if it progressed I would quit the Cipro.  The prostatitis still hurt worse than the forearm pain.  What was the worst that could happen?  A torn tendon?  I woke up one day with achilles and right shoulder pain.  Ok that was a definite warning sign.  I immediately stopped taking Cipro.

My forearm tendonitis got worse but thankfully the achilles and shoulder pain went away within a day or so and it made me wonder if I had quit Cipro unnecessarily but I stuck with my decision.  Eventually my forearms hurt so bad it was difficult to open doors, wash my face and brush my teeth.  My forearms hurt like this for at least 6 months (to this day they have never fully recovered) but hey at least nothing like that crazy stuff on the internet happened to me… right?  Life went on and I completely forgot about Cipro.  I continued to be very active playing hockey, going on backpacking trips, hiking etc.  That summer I hurt my right shoulder doing pull ups but chalked it up to the fact that I hadn’t done them in awhile.

Near the end of 2012 I wanted to start working out again since I had quit for most of the year but my nagging right shoulder along with my still  recovering forearm tendonitis prevented me.  I finally started an intense workout program in March of 2013 after my shoulder felt better and that is when I noticed that my shoulders felt loose and crunchy.  I felt grinding and popping in both of them.  This is when the wheels started to fall off.  I had to quit working out not even a week into my program because of the sharp pain in my right shoulder.

It was also  in late 2012 and early 2013 that I started to experience anxiety and brain fog.  I had trouble focusing at work.  I really didn’t think too much of it.  I had shoulder issues and forearm issues but that was it.  Then in the summer of 2013 I developed knee pain.  Then in the winter of 2013 hip pain, along with dry eyes, dry skin, ringing in the ears, TMJ in my jaw and the occasional strange flash of light comet type thing.  I developed floaters.  In 2014 my autonomic dysfunction (that I had prior to all of this) got worse.  I started to feel like I was going to pass out or die when I exercised.  I started to feel more lightheaded and foggy at work.  I started to feel like I was going to pass out especially when I got in a tense situation that involved a lot of stress.  I started to notice a correlation with this brain fog with my coffee drinking (even though by this time I had intense brain fog all of the time).  I soon realized that I couldn’t tolerate coffee anymore.  I developed a fibrillating feeling in my chest that corresponded to feeling like I was going to pass out.  The lightheadedness and fibrillating feeling continued despite me quitting coffee.

In 2015 the pain spread to my hands.  I noticed that I could no longer play my stringed instruments because my hands would get so painful so quickly.  Mainly this was in my thumbs.  I could no longer sculpt because of this and the fact that my eyesight was getting worse.  I started finding it hard to read.  It seemed like parts of my vision were missing.  I went to eye specialist after eye specialist and they could find nothing.  I still have this problem.  For example I have to look at my wife’s right eye if I want to see her whole face.  If I look at her left eye part of the right side of her face is missing.  You would think this would show up on eye tests but it doesn’t.  It reminds me of the strange vision some people get with migraines.

In the summer of 2015 I had a little reprieve from some of my symptoms.  I got on my road bike and through pain I went on a few 20 mile rides.  I thought I was getting better so I went hiking with my wife and went many miles.  After this hiking trip my knees were never the same.  They have since become loose with some strange popping.  The backs of them hurt bad all of the time.  I feel like I can hardly walk a few blocks now without feeling some major pain and a swelling feeling.  In late 2015 I started on testosterone and glutathione injections.  (My testosterone levels were low for the first time in my life)  I developed some pretty severe hamstring tendonosis despite not being that active at that time.  Since last fall/winter of 2015 I have become inactive.  I do nothing physical anymore.  I feel like my body breaks down when I do.  The new addition to my pain, which has far surpassed my torn right shoulder labrum, both my torn hip labrums, my right knee torn meniscus has been my back.  I feel nearly constant back pain from my lumbar to between my shoulder blades.  It seems to be getting worse.  I feel like the glutathione and testosterone might have made me worse but I’m not sure.

I have been to many Dr.s, family drs, orthopedic surgeon, 2 rheumatologists, many eye docs, a neurologist, a regenerative medicine Dr.  I have had MRI’s, some of my brain.  I have had many tests which nearly all come up normal.  Nobody so far has been able to help me.  I failed a cognitive function test with the neurologist.  I have severe brain fog to the point of feeling like I have dementia at times.  I am no longer social as I have problems carrying on a conversation.  My mind blanks out a lot.  I have problems with word finding.  I even feel like I have to fight slurring my speech at times.  I have problems with typing now.  I used to type very fast.  I have problems with reading comprehension and find myself re reading things a lot.  I get confused often.  I feel like my mind plays tricks on me.

I don’t know why all of the information says that fluoroquinolone toxicity can develop as late as 6 months, or even many months.  It seems like it is still developing with me.  Nearly all of my symptoms came OVER A YEAR after I took this evil poison.  This whole thing has been so bizarre.  In a million years I could never have dreamed up a worse nightmare for myself.

People don’t understand what it’s like to be floxed.  People look from the outside and see normal.

What is it like to be severely floxed?  You wake up every day in a nightmare that you can’t get out of.  You wake every day in pain.  You become fragile and weak.  You injure yourself easily.  You feel 100 years old.  Your IQ feels like it is dropping by the day.  Your body creaks, grinds and pops.  You can no longer do any of the things that made life fun and enjoyable.  You no longer exercise.  You try all day long to find Dr.s, information on the internet, anything that will help you.  You spend countless hours on floxie hope, various facebook groups trying to find help.  You look into candida overgrowth.  Fluoride poisoning.  Leaky gut.  Mercury poisoning.  You become obsessed.  You become paranoid.  You think  “what other types of evil chemicals has man concocted and are they in my food, water supply etc”.  You read many studies on fluoroquinolones that don’t help you.  You cut out gluten.  You cut out GMO’s.  You try various diets.  You cut out anything that has antibiotics in it.  You eat only organic.  You can no longer go to a restaurant with your wife on a date.  You buy books.  You read them.  They don’t help.  You take 40 supplements a day to try to reverse this horrific nightmare.  You avoid people because your brain isn’t working.  You lose friendships.  You become isolated.  You find yourself crying at work or at random times.  You want to do fun things with your family but you can’t.  You can only watch tv and movies now.  You used to be the active dad that played soccer with her daughter and all of the other kids but now you watch.  You watch life go by from the sidelines.  You want intimacy with your wife but your body doesn’t always work like it used to and you don’t have the drive you used to.  You stop going to church because being social is too stressful for you.  You become forgetful.  You can’t remember things you did earlier in the day.  You find yourself falling behind on yard maintenance, things around the house, bills etc.  You feel like you are failing your family.  Mowing the yard is a workout and painful.  You can barely make it through the day at work.  You avoid contact with coworkers because you know your aren’t right anymore.  You become silent.  You aren’t funny anymore.  You don’t have a personality anymore.  People start to think you are weird, antisocial, lazy but really you just can’t think and you hurt all of the time.  You want to walk out of work, out of your life but you have bills to pay and a family to provide for.  You are anxious.  You are beyond stressed out.  You pray for healing constantly.   Eventually you start to pray for death, for terminal cancer, anything that has an end in sight.  Anything that will end this nightmare.  Anything that will end the pain.  You start to think about suicide.  You start to fight suicidal thoughts.  You are hanging on by a thread, every single day and most of the people around you have no clue.  You are no longer you.

This type of thing shouldn’t happen from taking an antibiotic 4.5 years ago but it did.  Sadly, it will continue to happen to others.  How many people (especially the elderly) are out there going through the same type thing but have no clue it was an antibiotic they took years prior??  The majority will be women and elderly because that demographics gets fluoroquinolones the most.

It won’t always be like this, the pain and suffering.  If you are fortunate to have good health, that won’t last either.  I have to remember that.  Inevitably our bodies will deteriorate to the point of death and then eternity begins.  I like to think that the real life will begin.

Revelation 21 :

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[a] for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”

I struggle to have hope for this life but what keeps me going is my amazing wife (who I’ve only been married to for two years, she’s been through so much with this), my daughter and most of all my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior and thoughts of the afterlife.  If you don’t know the good news about Jesus Christ contact me through Lisa if you want to learn.  If I didn’t have these in my life I would be 6 feet underground by now for sure.  I would have taken my own life.  I understand why this class of medication has a fairly high suicide rate.  There are worse things in life than death.  I continue to pray for a miracle because I do believe in that sort of thing.  Hopefully, God willing, there will be healing in this lifetime.  I also look forward to the next life where there will be no greed driven corruption that destroys other people’s health, quality of life, relationships, and families for the price of a prescription.  The drug companies and the FDA have known about these quality of life destroying reactions for years and years but didn’t warn us adequately until this year, and still the warning isn’t good enough.

** The story above is truthful, accurate and told to the best of the ability of the writer. It is not intended as medical advice. No person who submits his or her story, nor the people associated with www.fqwallofpain.com, diagnoses or treats any illness. The story above should not be substituted for professionally provided medical advice. Please consult your doctor before trying anything that has been mentioned in this story, or in any other story on this site. Please also note that people have varying responses to the treatments mentioned in each story. What helps one person may not help, and may even hurt, another person. It is important that you understand that supplements, IVs, essential oils, and all other treatments, effect people differently depending on the millions of variables that make each of us unique. Please use appropriate caution and prudence, and get professional medical advice.

James’ Story – Life After Levofloxacin Poisoning

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My name is James and I wanted to share my the experiences that I’ve had over the past two years and eight months, since taking 5 simple doses of levofloxacin 500mg pills.

If I wrote a story of my life prior to January 7, 2014 it would look like this:

I am 34 years old. I have a busy life. I’m married to my wonderful wife of 12 years and have a 9 year old daughter and a 5 year old daughter. Between working full time as a construction engineer, running my girls to girl scouts and dance, playing on a men’s softball team from May through September, being a volunteer firefighter, and being active in my community, I leave little time for myself. However, I have the energy and mental awareness to pull this all off and live a happy life. I don’t eat the very best diet, but I try to balance it out. I ride my bike as often as I can – usually for 18 to 20 miles every other day. I do situps, pushups, jumping jacks, and stretches every day. I have toned muscles, and am fortunate that I have been able to be in decent shape without really having to work out aggressively like others that I know. I like to go out with friends. I enjoy spending time with my family. We go camping and take family “mini” vacations a few times a year. Life is good for me. I have always had asthma, but it’s controlled with daily maintenance inhalers and has never prevented me from exerting myself.

I could go on and on about how great it was because it’s true. I was happy and healthy, and enjoying life.

The only major medical issue that I had in my entire life, aside from asthma, was that I was diagnosed with papillary micro carcinoma of the right lobe in my thyroid. This was found during a routine annual physical, which I always have done just to be sure that I am in good shape. I felt a little dizzy when taking the deep breaths while the doctor was listening to my lungs. As a result, he decided to to an EKG that was normal. He also felt my lymph nodes and there was nothing wrong there either, but he did notice a small lump in the right lobe of my thyroid. I had no history of thyroid cancer in my family, but he wanted to have an ultrasound done to check it out further. This happened in August of 2012. Between that time and December 2012, I had three repeat ultrasounds and two fine needle aspirations (biopsies where they stick a needle into your neck to collect a sample of the growths to be tested for cancer). Results were in, positive for cancer, and I had surgery on December 30, 2012 to remove the right lobe of my thyroid as well as the isthmus (the center connective tissue that joins the left and right lobes). The surgeon didn’t notice and other lumps and tested what was removed to triple check that it was, in fact, cancer.

Good news for me! Cancer was gone and my thyroid levels were not affected enough to warrant supplements. I was healthy again. I weighed about 235 pounds and it was mostly muscle with minimal fat.

Back to my current reality:

I experience confusion or clouded thoughts. I forget things a lot. My joints ache and pop all the time. I have flushed skin and rashes all over. I have IBS with diarrhea. My muscles ache. I am not social. I do not enjoy volunteering in the fire company, and have not been active with them for about a year and a half. I quit softball. I don’t have energy to play with my girls, who are now 12 and 8 years old and need a dad that can be active. My wife and I argue due to the fact that I just don’t have the will, strength, or energy to do just about anything. I’m not doing well at work, and most coworkers and supervisors notice it. I used to supervise a staff of my own and had that taken away from me due to my inattentiveness and disorganization.

I have low self esteem. I know who I used to be, and I am no longer that person. At least physically, and I a somewhat bitter about that.

How did this happen?

On New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2013, I was enjoying watching the New Year’s festivities on TV with my wife and daughters. We even stayed up until the ball dropped to watch the fireworks from our back kitchen window. It was a lot of fun, and we all went to bed feeling a little tired but happy.

The next morning I woke up to complete body aches and what I figured was the flu or maybe bronchitis. I spent the next 5 days laying in bed or on the couch before I started to feel better. I had a little difficulty breathing still and I figured that it was due to my asthma, which never bothered me before. Since it was a little concerning that my breathing felt a little labored, I went to an urgent care center (my doctor’s office was closed and the on call suggested that I go there if this was really bothering me).

At urgent care, after checking everything else out, they thought that my breathing sounded a little raspy when listening to my chest. They did an x-ray and found a small amount of fluid in my right lung. They said that it was pneumonia and that I needed an antibiotic.

I’ve heard of many different types of antibiotics before, and even had taken some for infections in the past. It was always septra, amoxicillin, or penicillin. When they told me that they were prescribing Levaquin (I got the generic version – levofloxacin), I had never heard of it. They told me that it was the “big gun” of the antibiotics and that I’d be feeling great in a few days. I was prescribed 7 pills of 500mg to be taken once daily, starting that night.

After three days I was already feeling great. My breathing was normal again and the other symptoms of the flu or whatever it was that I had were gone. I took the fourth pill and later that day I noticed that my head felt like I was in the “fog” so to speak. I took the fifth pill and that feeling intensified later that day and I also started feeling very weak. I decided that I was over the pneumonia and threw the remaining two pills out.

From that point forward, I began to have all of the feelings that I mentioned above: dizziness, confusion, pain all over, popping joints in my hands and feet, brittle fingernails and toenails, weight loss, rashes all over my body, irritability, mood swings, lack of interest in things that I normally enjoyed doing, etc. My wife and I would argue a lot due to this. I felt like I was becoming useless. I felt horrible and knew how it felt to feel good, but I didn’t feel good.

I went to see my primary doctor in mid February after these issues got worse. I weighed 204 pounds – which I hadn’t weighed in almost 20 years. I had diarrhea daily since taking the pills. I was weak and my doctor was suspecting that maybe I had some form of cancer or infection that was causing all of this. He sent me for every blood test known to man, and it all came back normal.

I went to see him about every other month, not feeling any better, but put weight back on and was up near 250 by July 2014. It was mostly fat now, not really any muscle tone. The repeated blood tests kept coming back normal.

Frustrated, I insisted that it was hypothyroidism since all of the symptoms seemed to fit and I did have half of my thyroid removed when I had cancer. Those tests also kept coming back normal.

Over the next two years, I insisted to him that I had never felt this bad until I took the levofloxacin prescription that was was given at the urgent care center. He dismissed it each time that I complained about it. Almost like I was insulting his family member.

It wasn’t until this past July, when I told him that I wanted another doctor to look over my history, that he sent me for a blood test for low testosterone. I was now 37 years old and low testosterone wasn’t even on my radar. How could I have low testosterone??

Surprise, my levels were as low as an 80 year old man. Another surprise, he now told me that he is suspicious that my low testosterone might be caused by damage to my pituitary glad and that the levofloxacin may have caused the damage. He apologized for not looking into this sooner, and also for dismissing my idea that it was an antibiotic that caused this. He is now looking into this with other patients who have taken similar drugs and have mystery diagnoses.

A lot of the symptoms of low testosterone parallel the symptoms of hypothyroidism as well as those that I’ve read that are caused by being poisoned by levofloxacin.

Today is August 31, 2016 and I am due to see my primary again on Friday September 2 to get my prescription for a testosterone supplement. If all goes as I’ve read, I should begin feeling better within a week or two. I’m really hoping that’s the case. I’m tired of being tired all the time. I want to feel like I used to. My family needs be back. My employer needs me to perform.

While I don’t definitively know if levofloxacin caused my testosterone to drop so low and make me feel like I do, I suspect that it did. I had never felt as bad as I do now until I took it and have no other risk factors that could contribute to this.

It’s been a physical and mental struggle for me and my family during the ordeal. I feel like they sometimes resent me, but I know that they love me and want me to get better.

I will keep you updated.

Sorry for the novel!!

-James P.

** The story above is truthful, accurate and told to the best of the ability of the writer. It is not intended as medical advice. No person who submits his or her story, nor the people associated with http://www.fqwallofpain.com, diagnoses or treats any illness. The story above should not be substituted for professionally provided medical advice. Please consult your doctor before trying anything that has been mentioned in this story, or in any other story on this site. Please also note that people have varying responses to the treatments mentioned in each story. What helps one person may not help, and may even hurt, another person. It is important that you understand that supplements, IVs, essential oils, and all other treatments, effect people differently depending on the millions of variables that make each of us unique. Please use appropriate caution and prudence, and get professional medical advice.

Perry’s Story – Liver and Pancreas Damage from Cipro

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Ten years ago today I had a Liver Biopsy done that confirmed that I had a severe toxic reaction to the antibiotic called Cipro. A medication that should have never been given for a small bacterial infection that amoxicillin would have worked just fine for. Not only did this affect my liver but it damaged my pancreas. This is why I’m diabetic and have been for 6.5 years now. Just 3 days later, I was transferred from South Haven hospital and admitted to Borgess hospital with not only the liver issue but severe pancreatitis and between both issues I was given a very slim chance of making through that first night and those first few days. 17 days later I was released. I totally believe in prayer because of this. There was no way I should have walked out of that hospital alive and a couple of doctors flat out told me that. I know I get discouraged about things with my health these days and use that experience to reflect on. I still suffer from issues from that medicine. Diabetes for one but over the past 8 months I’ve had tests done that show signs of damage from chemo. I never had chemo, never needed chemo… cipro has products in it that is used in chemo. This is why I’m against cipro and other fluorquinolones. Unless it’s a life or death bacterial infection stay away from it. The damage it can do isn’t worth the risk for an uti or other small type of infections. I think it should be banned. It is for animals.

Anyhow on a brighter note, I have had my diabetes under control now for 6 straight years 🙂. I go in every 6 months to get my A1C checked. I was 7.6% when i was diagnosed with it. By the first 6 month check up i had it down to 5.9% and been running between 5.4% – 5.8% ever since. I only take one 500mg dose of metformin a day and the rest is diet. I can eat and drink whatever I want. I just carb count and offset with higher protein foods:). No matter how my legs feel or my back and at times can barely walk at least I’m winning the battle on the most dangerous issue I have. I just need to remember this everyday. But I’m still going to have my discouraging days but I need to remember when I feel like things couldn’t get any worse I’m only lying to myself. If I had uncontrolled diabetes it could get worse! Take care everyone.

** The story above is truthful, accurate and told to the best of the ability of the writer.  It is not intended as medical advice.  No person who submits their stories, nor the people associated with this site, diagnoses or treats any illness.  The story above should not be substituted for professionally provided medical advice.  Please consult your doctor before trying anything that has been mentioned in this story, or in any other story on this site.

Aaron’s Story – Cipro Toxicity

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I am finally ready to tell my story. On May 15th 2015 i was prescribed Cipro for a prostate infection. After the very first pill i had the worst insomnia i had ever experienced in my life. I used to think when you took medication the side effects were only temporary. How ignorant I was. I now also now know cipro is not a medicine, it is a toxic weapon of mass destruction that would probably be banned by the Geneva convention. The most sinister part of this poison is that for me the worst side effects came after the last dose. I began coming in to work late because i could not sleep well. One day i was eating my breakfast and 2 or 3 bites in i was literally sick and had no desire to finish it. My appetite was literally now non existant. I also had no thirst. Severe anxiety washed over me in waves. I got on the internet and started researching cipro side effects. What i read scared the hell out of me. This illness is degenerative and you will get worse for months or years before you get better IF you even get better at all. Thankfully I also found floxiehope and bought the fluoroquinolone toxity solution. I also read the Flox report cover to cover. I started suffering from severe chemical depression. The best way to describe chemical depression is “nothing you do brings you pleasure and you have no peace.” My heart began to race and palpatate. I literally thought i was dying. My wife was floxed at exactly the same time i was and was in a mental institution for attempting suicide. This is the first and hopefully only time my wife has ever attempted suicide. So other than help from my mother who is a saint and was very helpful. I was going through all of this alone. My son is nine years old, I hated for him to see me like this and I am sure it made for a bad summer for him. My legs hurt constantly. My joints were stiff and popped loudly. My mouth was constantly dry and i have braces. It is a very bad combination. I had not used wax on my braces since i first had them on but after cipro i had to wax them daily for months. My eyes were severely dry. My urine was and still is foamy because my kidneys are not recycling blood proteins like they should be. My skin was so dry it was peeling off in flakes like dandruff. I suffered sever tinnitus (constant loud ringing in my ears). My muscles twitched. I felt electrical shocks in my left shoulder blade. tingling in my lower back and finger tips. It always seemed worse when i was trying to fall asleep. I got a floater in each eye. I was seeing flashes of light and having blurry vision. I went to my eye doctor and he gave me that test where you look at a grid. The lines did not appear straight but were curved. This indicates optical nerve damage. I was refered to a specialist but never went since i figured it was just cipro damage and I did not think they could do a damn thing for me to fix it. I had brain fog so bad I literally wrote down every supplement i took and at what time and wrote down everything i ate and at what time. I had no appetite or thirst and a horrible memory so i had to force myself to eat every so often to survive. My muscles wasted away and i lost 30 lbs. in less than 2 months. After i urinated i had bladder leakage. I had sharp pains in my kidneys ( most likely cipro ripping holes in my nephrons on its way out. I could not stand up for any length of time without my constant leg and foot pain becoming more sever the longer i stood. I could not walk very long at all. I experienced what i have heard others call “wired but tired”. Wide awake yet exhausted mentally and physically. My hearing was hypersensitive and noises hurt my ears. My sense of smell was intensified. Women’s perfume would about choke me. I had a worsening of my existing acid reflux. Along with many other GI issues. I had tendonitis in my hands forearms and legs. I found Progressive Medical Center in Dunwoody Georgia and saw Dr. Malone who is awesome and knows about FQ toxicity. I recieved a Blood panel that revealed that my kidneys were working decent enough but my thyroid and adrenal glands were hit hard. My T3 was almost non existant. I received four Ozone UVB therapies. I would have had more but I did not really have the money and i also had to miss a day of work for each treatment. I am a department head for a small city and am glad i have that position. If my job was labor intensive i would not have been able to do it while going through my hyper-acute phase. I took a ton of different supplements the 2 that i felt an immediate improvement on were ASEA water and C60-OO. I took epsom salt baths very often. I read the recovery stories on floxiehope every day. I looked forward to my six month out point so i could evaluate myself and hoped i would not be severe. I have a water cooler and use Highland Mountain water. ( spring water) so i am not poisoning myself with flouridated water. I also use Tom’s toothpaste and Jason powersmile mouthwash all flouride free. I spent more time on the couch with my feet propped up than i ever have in my entire life. It seemed to reduce the constant pain in my legs. I watched a lot of Netflix. Six months came and I was thrilled at the results of my evaluation. With the exception of the floaters and foamy urine and im not sure about my adrenals or thyroid have not had another blood test yet, all of my other symptoms have improved or are completely gone. I was somewhere between mild and intermediate. It has been seven months now and the remaining symptoms are tolerable and i am hopeful that they will eventually be completely gone except for my floaters. floaters are permanent. I still suffer from foamy urine, a less reliable memory, minor tinnitus, minor and occasional foot pain. very minor and occasional neuropathy. more soreness than usual after excercise. No thirst. My appetite has returned but hunger feels different now. I just want to say thank you to everyone on this forum. Special thanks to Lisa Bloomquist and i would like to eventually tell my story on floxiehope. Special thanks to Bill Milligan. I related to your story thank you for sharing it.

** The story above is truthful, accurate and told to the best of the ability of the writer.  It is not intended as medical advice.  No person who submits their stories, nor the people associated with this site, diagnoses or treats any illness.  The story above should not be substituted for professionally provided medical advice.  Please consult your doctor before trying anything that has been mentioned in this story, or in any other story on this site.

David’s Story – 15 Years of Being Floxed

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I have also experienced devastating effects from taking Ciproxin. I was prescribed this drug for a suspected prostatitis in November 2000 .

I had a full health check before taking this drug and was in good health, in full time employment and taking regular exercise on a daily basis. I was 30 years old.

I was told I would need to take this drug long term 6 weeks at 2 x 500mg and 13 weeks at 1 x 500mg. The consultant also told me to take ibuprofen but I was unable to tolerate this painkiller as well as cipro.

Ciproxin did not help with my water works problem but it has left me with a number of other complaints. I have listed a few below

  • Peripheral Neuropathy – Moderately severe
  • Ulcerative colitis – with marked inflammation
  • Erosive Duodenitis with ulceration
  • Hiatus hernia
  • Thyroid problems
  • Joint pain
  • Ruptured Tendons
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Jauendice
  • Oedema
  • Panic Attacks
  • Eye/vision disturbances
  • Headaches
  • Fluctuating blood-sugar levels

I lost quite a lot of weight. My co ordination and concentration was very poor I stumbled on a daily basis and was only able to leave the house in a wheelchair.
My life was devastated and had become so restricted due to the side effects.

I had to stop work as I became so ill and wheelchair bound I was unable to look after my self at this point my partner was having to take care of me.

Although my symptoms started whilst taking ciproxin The Sheffield National Health Service turn a blind eye to this and told me cipro was a safe antibiotic.

The last 15 years have been very difficult my relationship broke down because of the severe impact these side effects was having on my quality of life I was unable to go on holidays or out for a meal.

I have tried to stay strong and with determination I managed to get out of the wheelchair and on to crutches and in 2010 I was able to walk short distances independently.

My diet is to eat plain bland food like boiled potatoes, carrots, cauliflower and poached cod. I take a liquid multivitamin as this is easy for me to digest.

My recovery started when I was referred to see a rheumatologists. I was tested for autoimmune diseases as my condition indicated that I could be suffering from one of these. All test came back clear but showed a number of vitamin deficiencies I was commenced on b12 injections and started to take a liquid multivitamin. Nerve conduction studies showed a Moderately severe nerve damage and a bone scan showed osteoporosis further blood test ruled out pernicious anaemia and there was no metabolic bone disorders causing the osteoporosis.

 

Rhonda’s Story

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My story kind of starts with the clear fluid coming out of my right ear. After doing some research and three years of being treated with various antibiotics, which included suctioning the fluid out, I asked the ENT if it could be CSF, Cerebral Spinal Fluid. To which he had the audacity to say, but you’ve never had a head trauma. Well… It seems a spontaneous CSF leak is also a diagnosis. Iv’e since found out that other “Floxed” people have had a similar leak out the ear, which the odds are pretty rare for this particular leak. A Myelogram of sorts found the leak, but doctors in my city tried to cure the leak with yet another drug Diamox (Acetazolamide) that I was severely allergic to. The hole was about the size of a nickel! Feel it, if it feels like satin, it probably is CSF. Put some on a handkerchief, it halos, it’s CSF. That easy! They told me the hole was due to the Tympani bone being too thin and over the years with ear infections and such it probably just eroded away and my brain fell through the hole. They removed that small nickel-quarter size piece of brain matter and biopsied it (just dead brain matter). An Otolaryngologist at U of – Ann Arbor, MI, along with a Neurosurgeon were able to repair it by Craniotomy in 2001. It took them over seven hours to do so. I also received major doses of antibiotics, so strong that it blew all my veins in my arms. I looks like a freak show. At a follow-up visit, when I mentioned the repetitive ear infections being the cause, the Dr. denied making that statement. I’m now thinking that the original plugged ear feeling I had was after a few courses of antibiotics for ear/sinus infections and maybe due to “brain-swelling” as other Floxies have found out. I’ll never know the truth. I have been given so many antibiotics throughout the years, including Levaquin for double pneumonia and again for the onset of pneumonia in just the last 10 years, as well. I am female and only 52 yrs old. I was diagnosed with Diabetes and High Blood pressure in the same visit at around 45. I’ve had to make my primary physician check my blood to see why I didn’t feel well all the damn time to ultimately find out I had. CLL/SLL Cancer, though I’ve been in remission for two years now as of April (this is a Cancer that 70 year old Eastern-Euro men usually get!), none of which applies to me. I now have Myocitis (leaking muscles), they want me to have a muscle biopsy to grade it, so then they can prescribe me more steroids. No thank you, I have had Prednisone and hate-hate it. Then there’s the Fasciculations under the skin of my calves just resting, as well as cramping leg spasms during the day and night. Spasms even come into dreams and I’ve actually dreamed I’d been shot twice recently and awoke to a severe spasms. So apparently I liken it to being shot at the onset of these cramps, also the spasms twist my feet to abnormal angles. I have two newer hips, after having bone grafts at age 12 on both and Osteo-Arthritis having set in. Then there’s the possible Neuropathy in my left big and second toes and lighter in on right side. This transpired after spinal disc surgery on lower five discs to relieve severe Sciatica L1-S1. I did all the PT faithfully, to only re-herniate at least one disc only 12 weeks later. I didn’t do anything to re-herniate it, but the pain management Dr. says there’s also a lot of scar tissue in the Sacral region now. Just got Tranforaminal Injections again for another bout of severe pain from Sciatica last week, and one two weeks prior. They work, but it comes back about every two years for me. Gout came after injuring my toe this summer, on the dog lead as she ran out the door. Dr. says I have to take the Allipurinol all the time now to keep my Uric Acid down. What?? Now, beginning Glaucoma (just found this out last month), after experiencing blurring with kaleidoscope like visions blockages. I just got injected with iron today on account of my Hemoglobin being low and I had to have them check it on account of my new habit of wanting to chew ice all the time. Never have before. Sure enough Hemoglobin was low. I go for the other half next week. I feel like I’m 80 and that’s every damn day! I want to slap my doctor when he even mentions my weight, which has ballooned due to the ailments to stabilize @288 lbs, though I’ve taken off 30+ lbs and kept them off, he wants more. So he put me on a drug called Jardiance that’s supposed to work to remove sugars in my body and aid in weight loss. My body rebelled and gained almost 10 lbs, I was always hungry on it. Took myself back off and I’ve lost five of them again in three weeks since. Their damn drugs are a joke. I’m just happy to get out of bed in the A.M. and move throughout the day.

Levaquin, Avelox and Steroids – How They Changed My Life

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My story began in 2001, with the incident that would set in motion a series of events.

In 2001, my brothers contacted me to help move my mother from a roach infested home she was living in at the time. We went down, cleaned everything and moved my mother into assisted living facility. Little did I know that single act to make life better for my mother, would lead to 14 years of hell for me. Shortly after that incident, I started to lose my voice on a regular basis, pretty tough when you are a corporate recruiter. I was diagnosed with a severe sinus infection. I later learned through testing, I’m allergic to cockroach poop and every mold known to mankind.

I was referred to an ENT because the sinus infections would not stop. She put me on Levaquin, prior to finally deciding on surgery in March 2001. That’s when things started to go downhill, at first; I would experience tendeniopathy, severe pain in my shoulders and elbows. Went to an orthopedic surgeon, ran tests, an x-ray found a bone spur in my right shoulder. Most likely from an injury I sustained while in the army. They called is bursitis. The ENT finally gave up on the antibiotics and did surgery on my sinus. She repaired a blocked nasal passage which was making the situation worse.

I did horribly with that surgery. Following the surgery, she put me on Levaquin with prednisone 6 times in 2002. That resulted in the first of seven tendon tears with the first being my left elbow. In the following years, I would be prescribed Levaquin and Avelox by the ENT, and the doctors at a former Family Practice in Belton, MO. I went through a lot of changes to address the sinus problems and get them under control. Had the vents in my house cleaned. Searched out every place mold could grow. But it did no good. I still had sinus issues.

I have always trusted my doctors and I trusted the pharmaceutical companies, I never questioned any of the actions they took or the pills I was taking. After all, it couldn’t happen to me. For me, a side effect was the hives or other minor reaction. I never in my imagination thought an antibiotic was responsible for my tendon tears, IBS, now Ulcerative Colitis and so much more than to mention here. 2011 would be the last year I was given Avelox and Levaquin by my ENT and the latter by a family doctor.

It was “blind faith” that became my downfall. I’m not certain when I was first floxed. I suspect it was in the late 90’s while on active duty. I suspect it was these drugs that caused me to tear the meniscus in my right knee in 1999. In 2001 I retired from the military because I could no longer run and had constant problems with my shoulders, back, and other tendons. I just couldn’t keep up with the demands of the military at the age of 39.

In 2003, I was prescribed Levaquin by my PCP and again, I reacted with severe lower back and sciatica pain that required many visits to a therapist to bring under control. There were times when I could barely walk. And these symptoms weren’t the only ones. I suffered insomnia, anxiety attacks and developed IBS.

In 2004 I was prescribed Levaquin for an infection and this time it would result in the first tear to my right rotator cuff. I suffered this tear doing simple lifting at home. I learned that fall; I would have to have surgery to repair the tear. It took 8 months for me to get use of my arm back.

I would be given Avelox in 2005 and suffer damage to the ulnar nerve in my left hand that required surgery. The surgery did not correct the problem. Even as I type this, there is pain in my left hand; I often wake up with it numb. On one occasion, I woke one morning and could not move my hand, I panicked, manually began to move my hand and it started working again. That only happened once, but it scared me. I went through several tests with a neurologist to see if there was another problem after the hand surgery. She could not find anything wrong with the nerves from my spine to my hand – nothing. Little did I know it was the drugs that were causing shooting pains and numbness in my hands and feet. Like all the other doctors before her, she never looked at my prescription history to see if something I had taken was causing the problem.

In 2006 through the end of 2008 would prove to be good years in which many of the problems except the IBS disappeared. In December 2008, I was prescribed Levaquin again and this would result in a tears to my left rotator cuff several months later. It also resulted in a second tear to my right rotator cuff.

In 2011, 30 days prior to my 2nd right rotator cuff surgery, I developed another sinus infection. I was prescribed Levaquin and two weeks after the surgery, I was prescribed Avelox with Prednisone (simultaneously) by the same ENT that had performed sinus surgery almost 10 years earlier. In the fall of 2011, I tore my right rotator cuff for a third time, picking up a bag of groceries. The surgeon informed me after that surgery, that it could not withstand anymore repairs – if it tears again, it will most likely result in joint replacement.

In the fall of 2011 I received a letter from attorneys representing Humana. They were suing Johnson and Johnson for the money they had to spend on my surgeries. The letter also told me if I were to sue, I would owe Humana. The fear of being sued by Humana, whom, obviously knew the drugs were causing tears, kept me from holding the doctors and J&J accountable. In the legal field, this is known as the “chilling effect.” Like many, I just didn’t have the money to find justice. So I let it go to work on awareness.

But the damage didn’t end in 2011. About the time I received that letter, I was at work, pivoted on my right foot to talk with a coworker, and felt a sharp pain in my hip. I would later learn this was one of two tears to my right hip labrum.

In May 2015, I had to have hip replacement surgery. This too can be directly connected to Levaquin and Avelox. In 2011, via Ulcerative Colitis. In June 2012, I suffered a severe colitis flare up that resulted in me being put in the hospital and the prescribed a lot of prednisone. I suffered a lot of pain in my right hip. In 2014, I gave up on my current surgeons and sought out a hip specialist, little did I know that there were changes taking place inside my hip. I didn’t know that steroids would do the damage I suffered.

By then I was smart enough to look at the side effects of drugs, and found prednisone and other steroids can cause a condition called Avascular Necrosis. Three surgeons denied a problem despite a statement in the hip MRI regarding an “abnormal signal” coming from inside my femur. It took a little over two years for the head of my femur to collapse, which could only be repaired with hip replacement. All because of Levaquin and Avelox and the steroids they prescribed with them. Today, after my change to organics, I now have the colitis in check. Haven’t had any severe incidents since 2013.

Like many floxies, I live with daily pain – something hurts. I have made many changes to include changing to an organic diet rich in plant based foods. I do my best to stay away from processed foods and meats with antibiotics. I took control from the doctors on prescriptions, and I question everything. This change has made all the difference. I have not taken a plethora of supplements, my food has it all.

I have a very difficult time trusting doctors. I do my best to work with my doctors and communicate with them. I inform them that I am the poster child for why antibiotics should not be overprescribed. One doctor, wanted to prescribe Cipro, I asked him what his estate is worth? He changed the prescription.

Many of the doctors denied the drugs did the damage. Not a single one of them looked at my prescription history, and none of them acknowledge the dangers of FQ’s. I will never trust the pharmaceutical companies ever again; it’s painfully obvious they put profits before people. I ask everyone that reads this story to please, Please, research those prescriptions before you fill them. You could be filling a prescription that has the potential to kill you. Please. Spread the word.

The FDA no longer protects us. Congress couldn’t care less. To all of them we are a meaningless statistic. Change needs to take place. You don’t have to wait for congress; you can make those changes and get better on your own. Find what works best for you. There is no magic pill for what happened to us. Only time, patience, and eating healthy have made a difference. I’ll never be back to 100%, but at least I have hope that eventually it could get better.

Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Video

Chris Jones made this WONDERFUL video –

He posted it with the following instructions:

Over the last year there have been many news stories about fluoroquinolones. I made a video to highlight these stories. I am asking you all to please help me do a few things.

1. Watch it many times to get the view count up.

2. Like the video.

3. Leave a comment on it in YouTube. ( the news stories comments helped a lot, but once the story is gone it is a lot harder for new people to see them). These comments will help people who get floxed years from now.

4. Share as many time as possible.

After the comments and views are high. I will be emailing it to major news stations, talk shows, politicians, the FDA, and I recommend you send it to the doctor who rx you this poison.

Thank you everyone who had the courage to do a news story. I know how hard it was. And thank you to everyone behind the scenes who put them together.

Sierra’s Story – Cipro Poisoning

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This is my story of fluoroquinolone toxicity:

In July 2014, I was prescribed a ten day course Cipro for a urinary tract infection. I didn’t think much of it since I had taken this class of drugs in the past with no reaction. This time was different than before as I experienced a serious adverse reaction. I took Cipro for 7.5 days, and then discontinued taking the medication since my symptoms were becoming progressively worse.

The pain in my legs was so bad, I could barely walk. It was a pain that is hard to describe, but it felt like I was very stiff, and the pain was spreading. The stiffness in my legs turned to numbness, and my legs would tingle when touched. I felt like my legs were dying. I also had headaches, nausea, dizziness, sensitivity to light and pain in both Achilles. The doctors dismissed my issues and I was released and sent home with my parents. For the next 48 days I wasn’t sure if I was going to live. Within the first 24 hrs of leaving the hospital the numbness and tingling I felt begin to spread up to my legs to my hips, and then to my back and eventually spreading over my entire body. I experienced excruciating body-wide tendonitis and nerve pain – in my toes, feet, ankles, shooting up calves, lower back, ears, wrists, elbows, and hands. Everything felt like it was ripping and pulling. My entire body was swollen and stiff; my toes were so swollen that they curved downwards and would not return to a resting position. I was in severe pain, more pain than I could imagine was possible. Just to sit up in bed was difficult and agonizing. I was so weak I couldn’t lift a normal cup without feeling a strain on my wrist. On top of the pain I was dizzy, nauseated, light headed, feverish, and could feel every beat of my racing heart. I had burning sensations that felt as if a baseball on fire had landed on my legs, random twitching, extreme sensitivity to light (my family had to black out my windows), new floaters in my eyes, my ears were constantly ringing, my body would crack whenever I moved, and other symptoms. I lay in bed and cried as my body was unbearable to live in. I wasn’t even sure that I could make it. The only minimal relief I would get was when my family would lightly rub my body where I was hurting or just hold the area. My whole body was wrapped in ace bandages.

During these initial few months, my family and I did everything possible to detox my body. I went on an all organic diet and only ate food that decreased inflammation. I would also do contrast bathing, which was recommended by a podiatrist, to increase the blood flow in my tendons and ligaments.

In September 2014, two months after my ordeal began; the pain finally began to decrease. However, I would still experience random pains daily, including constant Achilles stiffness, and intractable exhaustion that made life difficult. The pain decreased enough that I thought I was going to be ok. I could live with the pain I was in.

For a few weeks I was actually able to see my friends, go to the store, and get a job. I was in the middle of a career transition when I got sick, and I had just received my Real Estate License. After starting my new job I had a relapse and went backwards. The pain increased and the fatigue became debilitating.

What I experienced is not normal fatigue. My fatigue feels like the energy is sucked right out of my body. I didn’t even know what fatigue was until this happened. I couldn’t even take a shower and blow-dry my hair without taking a nap in between. The daily low grade fevers, nausea, dizziness, exhaustion, weakness, and pains have left me totally disabled. I have not had a normal life for the past year. My mother has to be my full-time care taker. I am unable to cook for myself, go grocery shopping, drive to the doctors, do laundry, clean the house, or any normal activities. I used to love going to dinner with my friends, shopping, walking and hiking outdoors, working out, boating with my family; but Cipro has left me housebound. Without a full-time care-taker I would not be able to survive since I am unable to do the necessities to survive on my own.

My life consists of going to doctors, and trying to find something that will make me feel better. The Mayo Clinic diagnosed me with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (recently renamed to Systematic Exertion Intolerance Disease), Fibromyalgia and Central Sensitization Syndrome. The Mayo Clinic had nothing that could assist me, and they suggested that I look into alternative medical treatments. I have tried all alternative medicine to get better including: acupuncture, infrared saunas, hyperbaric oxygen chambers, energy healing, neural therapy, electromagnetic beds, essential oils, a plethora of vitamins, and IV therapy including IV vitamins, IV ozone, IV H2O2. I have spent thousands of dollars with the hope of recovering from Cipro toxicity, but have not seen much relief at this point. The only items that I have noticed help my symptoms are IV therapies. All I can do is warn everyone I know about the dangers of Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics. Please do not take these drugs unless it is a last resort. Inform yourself, read the side effects, and ask for safer medications.

Robin’s Story – Cipro Poisoning

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Hi there – 3 years ago I was put on Cipro for a UTI. I was also put on Levaquin & Bactrim for months. I had a hysterectomy & they had me on IV Cipro for a week. I was an active working mom of two, one with special needs. Now I am beat up from 3 years of tests, procedures, doctor appts, acupuncture, chiropractic. craniosacral therapy, nerve blocks, injections, meds. PT. surgeries & daily relentless chronic pain. Diagnosed with pudendal neuralgia, interstitial cystitis, sacroiliitis, vestibulitis & more. I reversed the severe fibromyalgia by following the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. My diabetes also went away. Now I am told I must go on a low oxalate diet. I am taking magnesium, CoQ10 & nascent iodine, and probiotics. I am always overwhelmed but I fight on for my family. They need me. Thanks for listening

J’s Story – Dear Mr. M.D…..

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Mr. MD,
I am addressing this letter to make you aware of the physical and mental nightmare I have been enduring on a daily basis since you prescribed me Levaquin (levofloxacin) for a simple urinary tract infection. The adverse drug reactions that I am suffering are sometimes so painful that crying has become natural. The joint pains throughout my body, constant headaches, and peripheral neuropathy (pins and needles, burning, electrical shocks) on my legs and arms, are sometimes unbearable.

What I find disturbing is the fact that on the follow up medical visit, you pretended to be surprised that I was experiencing these horrific side effects, and actually started to make excuses by alleging that I was suffering from rheumatic arthritis, and immediately tried to pawn me off to all kinds of other doctors. You also recommended for me to take NSAIDs, which later I found out is a big NO NO when someone has being exposed to fluoroquinolones.

On the second medical follow up appointment, when I confronted you with FDA documentation on Levaquin side effects, all you could do was scratch your head and continuously respond “I don’t know” to the questions I was asking in reference to my current physical disaster.

Another disturbing fact is that your office called me after the second follow up visit to tell me that I needed to go back, because you had forgotten to examine my joints. On the following week at your office, the entire medical examination consisted of you staring at my ankles for approximately 20 seconds and saying okay. Your office was also quick to file another insurance claim for that visit. Total time spend receiving medical attention from you and your office to include body weighing, blood pressure, and your consultation for all four office visits did not surpassed twenty minutes (excluding the time spend in the lobby waiting area).

I am embarrassed and upset at myself, for being so stupid in believing that all doctors are always looking out for the better health of their patients. After I had been poisoned by this antibiotic, it only took me about two minutes, to research on the internet all the horrific fluoroquinolones side effects that are affecting thousands of people on a daily basis. I am positive that you as a medical doctor may have better and more accurate access to the side effects statistics and devastating side effects of these antibiotics. If you would had advised me of the Levaquin possible side effects on February 23, 2015, I know for a fact I would have told you “NOOO, NEGATIVE” and asked you to prescribed me a penicillin based antibiotic.

Doctor, please take time to advice patients of the possible horrific side effects of these antibiotics, if you are still prescribing them.

As for me, my daily existence since the day after the last poison pill, has been a daily physical struggle, to which waking up in the mornings, is not a blessing anymore.

Doctor, I have no ill feelings towards you. I was just one of thousands of unlucky ones who have been poisoned by these demonic antibiotics. Ironically, I thank GOD that you did not prescribe me 750mg, instead of the 500mg, and or 10 pills instead of 5 pills.

I am okay in my heart; I hope you are okay too. I have faith in GOD, that one day; this whole nightmare will start to gradually ease off.

I realize now, it is greed and egoism what are controlling the fate of this world. The FDA, pharmaceutical companies and even some doctors, sole motivation is greed, and egoism with zero consideration towards human lives. Fluoroquinolones are devastating lives on a daily basis, but no one seems to care as long as the money keeps rolling in and they are not the ones getting poisoned by these antibiotics.

Lynda’s Story – Ciprofloxacin Poisoning

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On Friday, March 13, 2015, I went to a walk-in clinic as I was experiencing muscular soreness in my lower back, buttocks, and thighs. I was accustomed to dancing at an advanced level in Zumba classes as well as in other dance classes for about 25 years (two hours per day). The physician assistant had me take a urine test; he then came racing in the room saying more than once, “This is the worst infection I have ever seen!” He gave me a prescription for ciprofloxacin, 500mg x twice daily for five days. Understand, I didn’t present with a single symptom of a bladder infection, I wasn’t ill, I am 72 and weigh 100 pounds. Furthermore, he called me Monday to tell me that the culture had come back negative and that I never had an infection in the first place. I foolishly didn’t read about the drug before taking it and begin to experience symptoms almost immediately – so much so that I stopped the cipro after taking 5 of the 10 pills. The only other antibiotic I ever had a reaction to was clindamycin taken 22 years earlier; it took 5 months to get rid of clostridia difficil – vancomycin and cholestyramine were repeatedly administered. These are my symptoms from the cipro: ear ringing, eyes burning, muscle pain and weakness, muscle twitches, burning calf muscles, forearm pain, upper back pain, thumb, wrist, ankle and Achilles tendonitis, popping and cracking joints, widespread body pain, anxiety attacks, insomnia and extreme fatigue. I haven’t exercised at all since taking the cipro for fear of rupturing a tendon. I have seen many specialists, but to no avail. Needless to say, this is the worst experience of my life; I am terrified of what is to come. Each day, I truly feel like I have been poisoned – because in actuality, I have. There have been just a few better days during the past six and a half weeks that I have been suffering. As horrific as this has been (I have even had to pay drivers to take me to my medical appointments), I sense that my body is desperately trying to overcome these adverse events. If it turns out that I make a slow but steady recovery without any significant relapses, it may be that it was not ingesting fluoroquinolones in the meat supply for 29 years that was the main factor in my recovery. On the other hand, if the converse is true, it would mean that not being exposed to fluoroquinolones in meat, made no difference at all in my recovery. At the time of being prescribed cipro, I was 100% healthy and feeling wonderful; I can barely get through the day now and unlike my former self, am completely inactive, virtually housebound. Nonetheless, I remain hopeful and have been very kind, understanding, and forgiving of the physician assistant who prescribed cipro to me.

Bea’s Story – Cipro is Poisoning our Elderly Population

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I was born in 1908 and will be 107 in May if Cipro lets me live that long….I have lost my typing “touch” so have to be brief.  I appear much younger than my age…..using a computer for over 30 years and an iPad for 3 ……just balanced my check book to the penny….so I am not the average old lady.

I have lost my typing “touch” so I will have to brief:

I was given Levaquin twice & Cipro twice within a period of 4 years…….the last prescription was Cipro in Feb. 2014 and it was such a shock, it changed my personality……….I canceled my Dallas newspaper subscription and started watching TV…………..I have no idea what I did or wrote, but I have  lost some  of my best e-mail friends.

My side effects are:

balance–constant fear of falling

loss of energy/strength/memory/sleep.

itching spells

pain., shoulders & hands

also,  pain that stabs & moves around

change in personality

left foot “goes to sleep” sometimes it is the whole left side of my body.

legs, and sometimes my body, jerks.

As I look back it all seems like a dream…..sort of cloudy …..as though I was just going through the motions of living but not really feeling it…..my body was so busy making all these horrible changes that it was all I was feeling………my mind felt different and I lost some of my memory……….I play Sudoku puzzles every day and memory has improved a bit, and I am stronger.

I am so angry to have all these precious last days taken away  from me ……when I would rather spend the time with my nine great grandchildren, 6 of whom live close by.

I write poems about aging and decided to add this one:

 

“Bugs” are winning the battle!

learning to resist the

antibiotics we all must use.

Scientists, franticly

trying to develop stronger ones.

Time may come when

antibiotics will kill the older people.

Bea White          2014 Poems ©

Heidi’s Story – Levofloxacin Harm

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Heidi wrote the following letter to several United States Senators, urging them to hold a congressional hearing about the harm done by fluoroquinolones.

Dear Senator,

I am writing, along with many others, to ask you to conduct a Congressional Hearing immediately into why adequate warnings have not been placed on fluoroquinolone antibiotic labels, including Levaquin, Cipro, Avelox and others, to also include ‘cartilage damage’ and ‘mitochondrial toxicity’.  This is in addition to the two already existing black box warnings for ‘tendon rupture’ and ‘peripheral neuropathy-nerve damage’.  I also urge you to demand that the FDA notify ALL DOCTORS to cease the widespread prescribing of Fluoroquinolone antibiotics on an outpatient basis; and to further restrict dispensing of these strong antibiotics to urgent life threatening cases where all else has failed and within a hospital setting. Perhaps some pre-certification process could be implemented for prescribing these drugs on an outpatient basis ONLY to those few who rely on them for serious medical conditions, have experienced no side effects, and with their fully informed consent.  The desire to retain the strongest antibiotics to fight increasing super-bugs is understandable even when problems are reported, but perhaps the solution is in very strict and limited distribution of these drugs.  Instead, these mega antibiotics are often set up as the go-to formulary antibiotics in many hospitals, some elder care facilities, and used as a cure-all in some physician’s offices for minor to moderate problems.

Our medical system should also establish a means to better educate doctors regarding updated potential side effects and interactions of drugs.  Doctors also need an efficient process for reporting patient’s drug side effects to the FDA and incentives or controls may be needed to implement this.   Improved monitoring by the FDA and quicker reaction when issues arise is also needed.  Greater effort may require better government funding for the FDA so they can effectively do their jobs without relying so heavily on funding from drug companies, a potential conflict of interest.  Furthermore, FDA testing of suspected problems with drugs should be conducted by independent laboratories and not by the drug companies that manufacture the product and have billions at stake.

I am a 60-year old female and had the misfortune of being prescribed Levofloxacin (generic Levaquin) for bronchitis on April 24, 2013, by a physicians assistant.  This was while my primary care doctor was away on National Guard duty.  After 1-3 days, I was so impaired that I could barely move.  Initially I thought I had a very terrible flu as my entire body was extremely achey with most joints making popping noises.  Both hips became worse as the week progressed, with very severe joint pain and both hips locking up while changing positions or direction.  Getting up from a sitting position was painful and I had to use hiking poles to walk or negotiate stairs.  I could hardly bend over and dressing and showering became difficult.

I had trouble lifting my left leg forward and it gave way several times.  I began to think I was getting polio or some strange disease until on day seven I read the drug flyer and single black box warning about ‘severe joint pain and to stop taking immediately, worse if age 60 or older or worse if on prednisone’.  I was almost 59 at the time and had been taking prednisone daily for 14 years.  Who would think that an antibiotic could do this level of damage so quickly?  I phoned CVS about my predicament and they told me Levaquin (and generic) had some reported problems and to file an FDA Medwatch form which I did almost immediately.  When I told the physician’s assistant about my reaction to Levaquin he gave me a weird look and said “there’s no way to know”!

During the remainder of 2013 the bilateral hip pain and locking up problems persisted with varying minor improvement toward year end.  I had MRIs suspecting labral tears in the hips, was treated by a pain management doctor, received cortisone shots, went to physical therapy for months, and consulted an orthopedic surgeon.  I also saw my primary care doctor upon his return and he agreed that my bilateral hip problems were very likely from the Levofloxicin since he had known me for years and knew that I was fairly active and problem-pain free before this.  He mentioned another physicians assistant in his practice that had also suffered with serious side effects from Levofloxicin.  During this timeframe my physical problems were obvious and conversations with several other people who had also taken Levaquin/Levofloxicin revealed that 7 out of 11 were badly impacted from it as well.  Two of these people have required surgeries in the knee or hip.  The problems of some resolved several months later but the problems of others still persist.

In most cases, when they suspected the direct connection with Levaquin/Levofloxicin, they were dismissed by their doctors.  In addition, none of these doctors informed their patients about the FDA Medwatch form and to my knowledge no one else has filled out the form.  The result is ‘no record of serious problems’.

During 2014 my hip problems worsened.  I tried more physical therapy, got high quality MRIs confirming acetabulum labral tears in both hip joints as well as arthritis, and consulted three more orthopedic surgeons.  Acetabulum-labral tears will not heal without surgery and arthritis can be accelerated as a result of labrum tears.  The conclusion by the surgeons is that my problems will not resolve and that I will need both hips replaced.

I easily found clinical-peer reviews on-line, authored by the Mayo Clinic, NIH and other doctors, citing the likely causal relationship of Fluoroquinolones to musculoskeletal damage of cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and healing of bone.  One NIH peer review of Fluoroquinolones referenced trial results including ‘destruction of cartilage in load bearing joints of juvenile animals in the study’, with a conclusion to not give Fluoroquinolones to children.  I found reports by the FDA and others acknowledging that these drugs can also cause ‘mitochondrial toxicity’, another serious problem.  Drugs should not be considered innocent ‘forever’ until proven guilty over and over.  A recent NBC newscast cites FDA statistics of 1,200 deaths and 100,000 people ‘reporting’ serious side effects from these potentially toxic drugs.  ‘Actual’ numbers are estimated to be ten times the ‘reported’ numbers (via FDA Medwatch form).  The widespread dosing and impacts of these drugs on many thousands of people in the USA and abroad, while vast numbers of serious problems are reported and suspected, is disturbing on a scale that is inconceivable.

I am more fortunate than so many others who have lost their jobs, homes, or more from these potentially debilitating drugs and believe this miscarriage of medicine has gone on far too long.   We deserve to hear from the FDA about adverse events related to Levaquin, Cipro, and Avelox and all their generics through a Congressional Hearing, as do doctors and patients.  Physicians, researchers, and victims like me are ready to testify.  Thank you for your concern regarding this critical issue which affects thousands of people in your state and throughout this country.  This could be you, your elderly parent, or your child. As a society, we must DO NO HARM!

Lori’s Story – Levaquin Effects

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I was prescribed Levaquin 2/19/2013 — 500 mgs once per day for 10 days. In the beginning of March 2013 I noticed a lump on my clavicle and developed pain through my shoulder down through my scapula.  My PCP referred me to an orthopedic doctor who took X-rays and found nothing out of the ordinary. He then gave me a steroid injection at the site of the lump and told me to take ibuprofen. Within a month the pain spread to my other shoulder. And within a year I basically had pain in every joint of my body. Especially my wrist, knees, and ankles. I even have pain in my knuckles. Sometimes the pain and ache is so severe it keeps me awake at night. I had all sorts of blood tests done. I was tested for Lymes disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Both came back negative. I showed no signs of inflammatory disease in my blood work. I was then referred to a Rheumatologist who I’ve seen several times. He basically just said I have chronic joint pain. I asked him about the Levaquin connection and he just blew it off. He just told me to take Naproxen and Tylenol. I went from being an active 49 year old to a 51 year old who feels like a cripple. I had a very active lifestyle of walking/hiking, attending exercise class, swimming and kayaking to not being able to hardly do anything without being in pain. If I walk or I am on my feet too much my ankles swell and I lie awake in bed with pain. If I clean my house I’m in pain afterwards. I sleep with a splint on my wrist because of the pain and I can’t even lift a baby with my right wrist due to the pain. At times I go to walk and can barely move my legs they are so tight and my knees feel like they’re going to give out on me. Thanks for listening to my story and I hope this information helps you to make a change.