Name: Robert C. Frey, M.D.
State or Country of residence: Maryland, USA
Quinolone taken: Levaquin
Reason for the Quinolone: prostatitis/urethritis
Was a safer antibiotic tried first? : No
How long did you take the Quinolone for? : Several days
How long ago did you take the Quinolone?: 1 year
How much have you recovered as of now?: 40%
How often do you relapse or cycle?: Most of the time
Does your doctor agree the Quinolone is the cause of your problems?: Yes
Do you have a history of seizures or neurological problems?: No
What has helped you in your recovery?: Occasional
light exercise and stretching seems to help the aching and joint pain a
little. Ibuprofen helps alleviate the symptoms enough to sleep usually.
Mornings are the worst.
|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