My name is Elizabeth (Betsy) Hamill. I was an active healthy mother of 3 who exercised regularly. Then I took 4 pills of Ciprofloxacin in Feb. of 2007 for sinusitis. I had a severe reaction. I had pressure in my head, couldn’t walk without holding onto something, was disoriented, and was extremely tired but couldn’t sleep. I thought that once I stopped taking the medication that made me sick I’d be fine as long as I didn’t take it again. I was wrong.
I felt better after I stopped taking Cipro but then I began having chills so bad I couldn’t get warm. I went skiing and had much less endurance. I developed sore knees and quit jogging. I was losing pilates holds I’d done for years. As time went on the weakness got worse and new symptoms developed. I had strange burnt orange colored urine which I later learned is a sign of rhabdomyolisis and would explain why I was losing muscular strength. I developed right foot drop, right leg weakness, and my eyes became highly sensitive to sunlight. The next winter I could barely ski 3 hours before my legs would shake so badly I had to stop. My skin aged seemingly overnight and I developed IBS and other digestive track issues. I had trouble holding a glass or utensils, had muscle twitches, difficulty sleeping, vertigo, extreme pain/temperature sensitivity, tinnitus, blurred/smokey vision, memory loss, overwhelming fatigue, difficulty speaking, random shooting pains, cramping/muscle spasms, and sensations of chills or vibrations running up and down my legs. It was all I could do to get through a day at work. The cold caused me to stiffen up severely and I developed tremors that would come and go and I had no idea why. Continue reading