Name: Sherri C.
State or Country of residence: New Jersey
Quinolone taken: Avelox
Reason for the Quinolone: Misdiagnosed Sinus Infections
Was a safer antibiotic tried first? : No
How long did you take the Quinolone for? : 14 days
How long ago did you take the Quinolone?: 6 weeks
How much have you recovered as of now?: 80%
How often do you relapse or cycle?: Sporadic
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!
|I went to my doctor on June 23rd complaining of
severe fatigue, muscle aches, headache, sore throat and weakness. I asked
him to do some blood work for Epstein's bar, chronic fatigue, virus', etc.
He told me that this was not necessary and that I was suffering from a
severe sinus infection.
I questioned his diagnosis as I am prone to sinus infections and did not feel that this was correct. But he assured me that it was only sinuses and prescribed 400mg of Avelox daily for 14 days.
I called my doctor and told him that I was really sick and needed help. I explained all of my symptoms to him and asked if the medicine was not right for me. He told me to give it another day or 2 for the med to work, and if I still didn't feel better, to go see him at his office or go to the hospital for blood work.
He lives rather far away, so he advised me to seek out a new doctor and rattled off a list of blood work to have done the next morning, which I did. The new doctor concurred that I had FQ toxicity as a result of Avelox. The blood work showed that I had an internal virus that was attacking my body along with allergies.....I didn't even have a sinus infection to begin with.
My white blood cells were extremely low and my eosinophils were very elevated. Fortunately, the fever was breaking by the next morning when I got into the new doctors office (low grade of only about 100).
Last Updated 8/02/04