Norah’s Story – Cipro Poisoning

Norah FQwall

I have had a blood condition that leaves me susceptible to many bacterial infections, and have had since I was 19. I have had many, many runs of antibiotics for many many reasons. I have no medical records to look at, but I believe I may have been poisoned as many as 5 separate times before this year. Here is the story of my poisoning.
In spring 2011, I separated from a long and soul killing 8 year marriage, took a job in Alberta and moved to Edmonton from BC. I was determined to go into my 45th year healthy and happy, and started a fitness routine and healthy eating plan of salmon, chicken, brown rice, veggies and fruit. No processed sugar, no gluten (been off that for years).


In October of 2011, I was jogging to work as usual. It is about 5 k, and I noticed a hip pain. Within 3 days, I was unable to walk on my hip, and had to cease jogging. I continued to walk, but the pain intensified and within a week or two, I was unable to walk to work as well. I simply stopped the exercise believing it was an exercise related injury, and as I sat all day at work, things settled down. In January of 21012, I went to the gym (gained weight sitting around doing nothing), and the pain was instantaneously back.


In January 2012, I started a new job. I was on my feet all day, and my hip progressively got so bad, that the knee and ankle became involved. I was also exhausted, suffering from multiple mouth sores, skin infections and I couldn’t eat due to nausea. I went to a walk in clinic (new to province, no doctor), I saw a doctor who ran blood work as a matter of course. My white cells were low (normal for me), and I had an enzyme in my pancreas that was acting up.
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