Tammie’s Story of Cipro Poisoning

This is my Cipro story.

Prior to being floxed I was active all of my life. In my mid to late 30’s I worked on a Scuba Dive Boat. I was a water aerobics instructor, and a swim coach too. I played tennis regularly during my lunch breaks. In my mid 40’s, at the time I was floxed I was an avid Mountain Biker and hiker. I also walked or rode my bike to the gym 4-5 times every week. I walked everywhere because I lived in Baltimore where you can walk to get everything you need. In July 2011 at 45 years old, I was fit, active and never had any major physical ailments. I was in perfect health.

On July 13, 2011 I was prescribed 250mg of Ciprofloxacin to treat a “possible” UTI. (BTW: My UTI test came up negative). I took three 250mg doses between July 13th and 14th. After only 3 doses, I quickly developed pain in my feet and a tightness in my lower legs and heels. Since I had been to the gym doing calf-raises that day, I thought my muscles were tight due to exercise. Consequently I took a 4th dose not realizing it was the Cipro causing the pain in my feet and legs. After looking up the side effects I never took another pill. I was horrified!! Suddently my feet were in constant, severe pain! I also felt extremely tired everyday. My anxiety level heightened. I just didn’t feel well anymore. I didn’t feel like myself. My left foot was initially the worst. It was in severe pain even when I was sitting with it elevated. I would get shocks of pain out of the blue. All of my joints were affected. My elbows were extremely bad. I am still unable to do things I once took for granted. I was going to the gym and riding my mountain bike regularly before taking Ciprofloxacin. I walked EVERYWHERE.

When I was poisoned by Cipro, I could barely walk without being in constant pain. My heels and ankles would painfully pop and click every time I used the stairs. I couldn’t stand for more than 5 minutes without experiencing extreme pain. Think about it! I couldn’t stand to wash dishes, cook, or to even brush my teeth!! I could not stand in the shower with my back to the water because the slight slope of the tub floor would pull at the backs of my heels and cause me great pain. I couldn’t stand in the shower long enough to shave my legs. I went from walking everywhere to not being able to walk around inside my house without being in extreme pain! I used to walk to the grocery store and crarry my groceries home. I walked the 2+ miles one way to my gym 4-5 days a week too! Cipro took this away from me.

I was not informed of these serious side effects prior to taking this medication. Of course I got the little paper they always give you. I quickly looked it over and read that most of the adverse reactions occur in people over 60. I was only 45 years old when I took it. I was fit and in perfect health. I had never had an allergic reaction to any drug prior to taking Cipro. I assumed Ciprofloxacin was just like any other antibiotic I have taken prior. I assumed it was SAFE to take. I trusted the FDA, my doctor and pharmacist.

Cipro is not a safe drug. I want to know why doctors are still prescribing this POISON to someone like me who is HEALTHY?! Cipro and other drugs like it should be last resort drugs for someone who is dying! They should not be given to healthy people like me. Cipro changed my life forever. I have been in pain every single day after being poisoned by it.

I am doing better today than I was in 2011. But everyday is a another day to fight against the pain in my feet and joints. My skin has suffered too. I have severe psoriasis on my arms and legs. I never had it like this prior to taking this drug. I believe this is also a result of the Cipro poisoning.

I sent emails to Siantz and Kirk lawyers in 2011 when this first happened. They declined to help because I was not officially diagnosed wtih peripheral neuropathy. I also sent a formal complaint to the FDA and to Bayer. I never heard back from them at all. I stopped trying to pursue this because I was under the impression that I would actually HEAL!! I never expected I would still be fighting this over 8 years later. The realization that the poisoning I got from Cipro is going to be a permanent thing is a tough pill to swallow. Trust me… no pun intended. I have been fooling myself all this time. I thought this would go away. Just like any other illness. 😦 I thought my body would eventually heal itself. Sadly, this just won’t quit. Every time I feel like I am getting better, I get another painful setback.

I keep letting it go because in my mind I will not allow mysellf to accept that Cipro has caused permanent damge to my body. I decided I can endure whatever pain I have, etc. I can live with it. It will go away, etc. I dismissed it over and over again. I even tried to talk myself out of it thinking I am overweight, getting older, etc. But the fact that I cannot stand without being in pain. And the fact that my elbows get so sore that I cannot set them on my arm chair is not due to being overweight. It is not due to old age. It is not normal by any means. For over 6 years I could not even pull my bed covers up without causing extreme pain in my elbows. I can do it now. However, my elbows and wrists are always in pain. Not as severe as they once were. Yet still the pain is always with me. And my feet?! Well hell… they are the worst of the worst! That pain is severe and is unending. We cannot avoid using our feet everyday. The pain I have endured and continue to endure in my feet is indescribable.

For the longest time, I rarely talked about this because I would think to myself.. “why bother?” Who the hell wants to hear it? Not me. And I don’t want to be one of those people who bores others or drives them away with complaints about all that ails her. I refuse to be that person. I warn friends and family about the dangers of Fluoroquinolones through my facebook page. From time to time I post a warning in hopes it will help someone to avoid the pain I have endured. I tell people about it person to person too. Some doctors are even FINALLY coming around to understand how bad Cipro damage is. In the beginning every single doctor dismissed me. They would not believe Cipro did the damage it did to me.

Most people would never know, nor even conceive of how much pain I am in everyday. I guess we all deal with pain everyday in one way or another. Sadly, my physical pain is not due to natural aging. Cipro stopped me in my tracks at 45. And now at 54 I am still dealing with it.

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3 thoughts on “Tammie’s Story of Cipro Poisoning

  1. I so understand Tammie. I also just believed I would get okay someday and have my life back but unfortunately I can see now it just isn’t going to happen, especially at my age.
    We want so much to write a recovery story but for some of us it just is not going to happen. The worst part of it is to lose hope. I can remember the stories of I was recovered in 2 years then 3 years and so on. Then the years just pass. Then hope passes with it.
    It should have never happened and robbed us of our friends, family and life as we knew it. But it did and there is no do overs.
    I have just wanted to give up so many times but somehow I go on and just live one day at a time. I do grieve for what I have lost and will lose but what other choice do we have but to go forward with what we have left in some way. Even though the pain can be unbearable.
    And for anyone who thinks this is rare and can’t happen to them just count your blessings it hasn’t.
    Because it is the worst hell you could imagine with no real answer of what to do or you can do to return life to normal.
    And you may take Cipro or another FQ and say it didn’t bother me. Well the round that stole my life was not the first time I took the drug, but it was certainly the last. The last for a lot of things! 😢

  2. I, too was poisoned by cipro, I now have multiple myeloma ( bone marrow cancer) and am being tested for amyloidosis. I could have written this story about my experience, but like the author said, ” who really cares”. Doctors won’t believe you anyway.
    Becky Dalton

  3. Tammie

    Have a look at this page I wrote last year –

    https://floxiehope.com/rosss-story-of-fluoroquinolone-toxicity/

    To eliminate the pain, apply a few drops of DoTerra’s Digestzen Essential Oil Blend to your skin a couple of times a day and rub in, for a week. This worked well for me.

    My experience is that the pain is caused by a bacterial infection of the nervous system. Probably bacteria from the Gut. Digestzen cleared the pain in 3-4 days as it has for others.

    Ross Allan, Napier, New Zealand

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