Gail’s Story – Avelox side-effects

Gail FQwall

I went to the doctor with an exacerbation in February and was prescribed 60mg of prednisone a day, and Avelox 400mg for 10 days – I started having major issues within a couple days of starting the Avelox and even called the Pulmo’s office begging to be seen 3 times because I KNEW this was not my normal reaction to prednisone. She didn’t have an opening, after calling my PCP’s office begging my PCP’s office to give me an appointment, they told me to go to the hospital. I have been hospitalized twice since then – and they have run every test that could be run – still have the breathing issues, and have been miserable with multiple symptoms ever since with no explanation.

In the months that have followed, I have been treated by 9 different doctors the only one who knew I had been given the Avelox, let alone the combination, was the original pulmo. I had no idea Avelox had these effects so I had never mentioned it to any of them as we all thought we were only dealing with COPD issues and the complications of COPD.

My own symptoms – several of these can be attributed to COPD and prednisone – many cannot – Short of breath, tightness in the chest, swelling of the face, and eyes, numbness in legs and face, tingling, pain, and weakness of the neck, arms, hands, legs, hip joint pain, chest pain; fainting; fever, chills, irregular heartbeat, confusion, depression, severe muscle weakness; sore throat; pounding in the chest; red cheeks; severe persistent dizziness; extreme constant fatigue, lethargic and general all over feeling of weakness; at times blurred vision; yellowing of the whites of my eyes. At times a feeling like my brain and body aren’t connected, like I am in a daze. Severe lower back pain when standing, swelling of legs and feet.

I haven’t been able to return to work…I fear my career is over, who wants a broken cop?

I continue on the quest for a doctor who can help me.


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