State or Country of residence: Pennsylvania
Quinolone taken: Levaquin and Cipro
Reason for the Quinolone: For an ear infection and diverticulitis
Was a safer antibiotic tried first? : Yes
How long did you take the Quinolone for? : 3 doses, 7 doses
How long ago did you take the Quinolone?: First time March 2004 Second May 24th 2004
How much have you recovered as of now?: 60%
Does your doctor agree the Quinolone is the cause of your problems?: No
Do you have a history of seizures or neurological problems?: No
Please list anything your doctor did that helped in your recovery: Nothing
What has helped you in your recovery?: magnesium
postassium aspartate for aching teeth; physical therapy for dizziness; MSM and
diet to detoxify; electromagnetic and UV light therapy for radiculopathy
(burning pain in pelvic region); adrenal extract for chronic fatigue; a rice bag
(6" x 9" filled with 1 cup rice) heated in the microwave for 40 seconds on high
under my pelvis enables me to sleep on my back for an hour or more
|In 2/2004, Levaquin gave me unstable angina
after three doses. In June, I had two TIAs, which may not have been related,
but I experienced dizziness and blurred vision from then on.
When a different Dr. insisted I take Cipro in December, I was unaware of the relationship.
After seven doses I had terrible burning pain that moved from the left side of my lower back to the center, then up my spine. It stopped between my shoulder blades. Then at 3:00 a.m., I woke feeling as if I'd been kicked by a horse. I found this website (PTL) and stopped the Rx. Gastroenterologist said, "I don't think Cipro would cause back pain." !!! I'm so thankful not to be worse.
The detox diet is a challenge: eating every two hours, alternating carbs and protein, making everything from scratch. The chronic fatigue and mood swings were very upsetting. I am retired, so the only financial impact has been gas for trips for therapy. Insurance should pay for most of the visits. However, I can't sit for more than a short time, even with a thick pillow. Thanks so much for this website. It was a life saver.
Last Updated 2/26/05