Robert's Story

A year ago I took Levaquin for several days before noticing slight Achilles tendon pain.

I stopped it immediately, but the pain got worse, with generalized aching, and hypersensitivity to the point of being disabling. 

Over the last year the symptoms have persisted, with some decrease noted in the first few months.

They are continuing with occasional exacerbations to the present, and I am in mild to moderate continual pain nearly all the time.  Mornings are the worst, and I hobble to the bathroom.  I have also noticed the new onset of arthritis and back pain.

I feel this may be an autoimmune phenomenon triggered by the fluoroquinolone medication, as the symptoms are similar to those reported by some patients with autoimmune diseases.

Last Updated 9/10/04