Name: Susan L.
State or Country of residence: SC, USA
Quinolone taken: Levaquin
Reason for the Quinolone: Severe Sinus Infection
Was a safer antibiotic tried first? : No
How long did you take the Quinolone for? : 6 pills
How long ago did you take the Quinolone?: December 29, 2004
How much have you recovered as of now?: 90%
How often do you relapse or cycle?: Once or twice a week
Does your doctor agree the Quinolone is the cause of your problems?: Yes
Do you have a history of seizures or neurological problems?: No
Please list anything your doctor did that helped in your recovery: Advised me to take 2 Aleve once a day. I did not take it, however
What has helped you in your recovery?: Rest and patience
Susan L.'s Story
|I took Levaquin for a sinus infection at the
end of December 2004. After the 4th pill I noticed severe muscle and joint
pain that I had never experienced before. I took 2 more pills then called
the doctor because I could not lift my legs or walk or move without pain. I
couldn't pick up a coffee cup! My doctor was out of town but an associate
told me to stop the Levaquin and to start Amoxicillin. The pain and
stiffness did not ease up so I called my doctor a week later and was told to
take 2 Aleve per day and to see him if not better in a week.
I refused to take the Aleve because of questions on its side effects, so I stayed in bed for over a week. Even after the rest period I would cry if I had to go buy groceries because of the pain in my muscles and joints. It has been more than a month since stopping the Levaquin and I am 90% better but still have aches and pains I never had before.
Last Updated 2/01/05