Gail’s Story – Cipro Toxicity

Gail FQWall

Hi Everyone. I’ve been searching for 9 months trying to figure out what was wrong with me. Now, I know. It’s scary to think I may not recup back to normal.

My symptoms appeared 2 months after I took Cipro for a Urinary Tract Infection. Started with tendon problems in my elbow and burning in my shins that wouldn’t go away.

Then 5 months later I got an extreme case of insomnia and terrible migraine like headaches. The inflammation has spread into my back and shoulders but that didn’t last longer than a few nights. Also, felt so lethargic and had no drive to do anything. I knew something was terribly wrong. I couldn’t concentrate and my memory was messed up. As time went on, my eyesight became blurry and I felt toxic. I also developed allergies to everything I ate but had help from a naturopath to clear them one by one.

Then at 9 months a few more symptoms appeared – my ear clogged up and the high pitch ringing in the ears started. My naturopath still contributed all this to allergies (which I had never had before).

It’s now been over a year and I still can’t think or get motivated to do anything. I feel so bad when I wake up. At least the tendon pain is mostly gone but my mind is still so messed up. I now sleep 10 hours and wake up feeling horrible – like I never got any rest – and I’m so out of it.

What I’d really like to know is… will my brain heal? I think the cipro has destroyed my neurotransmittors. Is there anything that can help? Did anyone get rid of their tinnitus? I’m praying this isn’t permanent but am depressed to read it could be.

Thanks for any guidance you can give me.

7 thoughts on “Gail’s Story – Cipro Toxicity

  1. I tried alpha lipoic acid, benfotiamine and magnesium for tinnitus and that combination seems to work. I have had some times with zero tinnitus and I didn’t have zero tinnitus before Cipro.

    Magnesium threonate is a new kind of Mg supplement designed to target the mitochondria and cross the blood brain barrier. It seems to be helping me, but take less than the recommended dose and take it in the morning, or it can mess with your sleep. This is true for non floxies as well, from what I’ve read about that supplement.

    Sometimes your damaged CNS won’t tolerate magnesium very well. Keep trying to get it through food, topically and supplements if you can. I think the loss of magnesium is the key to the enormous amount of damage FQ antibiotics can do.

    FQ’s (by themselves, not combined with NSAID’s) have a weak affinity for GABA receptors. Yet seven Cipro damaged me to the point that it’s like I took high doses of Benzo’s for years. How is that even possible? Has to be the loss of magnesium.
    It must protect our cells somehow and when it’s chelated (clawed out of our cells) we’re left vulnerable to alL the harm FQ’s can do–CNS damage, mitochondrial damage and degradation of connective tissue. Floxies can’t heal without magnesium. It’s not a guarantee we can heal with it, but I believe we don’t have a chance without it.

    I also take Idebenone. The bottle says it promotes positive brain chemistry. It saved my life. From the first pill I went from being crushed by disabling anxiety to functional. This was not a placebo effect because I was afraid to take it, since one of the side effects of it can be anxiety/insomnia. Idebenone raises serotonin. Maybe some people end up with too much serotonin. Not an issue for floxies. Take Idebenone with food, as it is fat soluble. I take it with a spoonful of coconut oil. I take 50 mg 3x a day.

    L-Theanine also raises serotonin and dopamine and blocks glutamate. Take it without food. I take 200 mg two or three times a day.

    Good luck! Hope this helps!

    • I hope you get as dramatic results as I did with those supplements. Both are antioxidants as well, and floxies need those, big time. Idebenone is probably the best antioxidant in the world. They pack organs for transplant in Idebenone. It works even without the presence of oxygen. Other antioxidants actually become oxidants when there is no oxygen. Idebenone can preserve brain or heart tissue in the case of an ischemic stroke or heart attack.

      I hope you also are getting magnesium in whatever form you can tolerate , as much as you can tolerate.

  2. Hi Gail,
    What helped me a lot was Magnesium.
    I seem to get a little better with time. I was Floxed in 2012.

    Tell your doc about FQAD. So many do not know. There was was coverup in the FDA.
    Google Dr, Margaret Hamburg RICCO

    Hope you feel better soon.

    Jan Shields.

  3. I had taken cipro many times over the past ten years. IN Sept 2014 I had a kidney infection that went septic. I was administered 5 rounds of levaquin. And another 10 days when I finally came to and went home. It has been a nightmare. 17 days ago I started a detox from DoTerra essential oils. Liver, Kidney,Colon, Skin and Lung Detox
    The first ten days I felt like I was run over by a truck. On Day 16…I played tennis for the first time without a brace on my wrist. MY eyesight is far from better but I can see better than two weeks ago without blurriness.
    My stomach inflammation has gone done. IT is the ONLY thing i have tried that has made a difference. It was a $200 but worth a try to clear your system.

  4. Gail:
    I cut out sugar of ALL kind and it helped tremendously. I also but a diffuser for my nightstand and use essential oils
    For sleep and stress. I also take powdered magnesium fizz every morning. It has really helped!

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