A Plea For Doctors to Believe Us

This is a guest post written by Stephanie. She has faced disbelief, and even abuse, from people in the medical fields. Sadly, I think that her experience will be familiar for many of you. Know that you are not alone in your frustration, fear, or anger. 

Dear Doctors,

Let me start by saying I have more friends than I can keep up with. That I am loved and in a such a healthy relationship more so than most. I am not a hypochondriac.

When I say I am fine it means that I am managing my pain with cannabis. When I have attacks please try to understand that I have been abused by the medical system to the point where it is terrifying for me to go to a western medical doctor. I had a doctor look into my eyes while I was pleading with him to help as I was choking say I do not know what is happening to you maybe we can wrap you in a blanket. The nurses asked him if he was going to do any tests. He said no I don’t know what’s wrong with her. I will write up her paper work offer her some pain medication and release her once she is calm. I am not exaggerating that really happened.

I have been told, “you are tachycardic you need to go to the ER right now.” The nurse who “helped me” rolled her eyes at me and said, “so you have pain.” My arm was curled up by my chest from the pain and she said, “you’re going to need to pull that arm down for the x-ray.” I said, “it hurts when I put my arm down.” Her response, “well do you want an x-ray?” Nothing was found she said, “you’re fine go home.” No other testing was done because the Doctor who sent me was an integrative doctor and I could hear them making jokes about my doctor from outside the room and I was changing.  They never checked my blood pressure I kept saying I was dizzy everything was ignored because the x-ray was “normal”.

I have sat and told doctors about being poisoned and been told, “well, you would know more about that then I would.” This is coming from two movement specialists who you would assume would be familiar with side effect s from medication. The last one proceeded to tell me about all of his degrees he proceeded to tell me about how he trained the doctor who I wanted a second opinion from as she made me cry and told me I was making it up. I said I really don’t care what you think of her and would like you to please look into my illness on floxie hope maybe you can help me. He then proceeded after 15 minutes of telling me mostly about himself probably five minutes of having me move and watching me have attacks. He said I needed friends and my naturopath was stealing money from me. This is after admitting he knew nothing about side effects of the medications I took. I sat in the car and cried for about 15 minutes. I said to myself that day no more abuse. No matter how bad the pain gets, I am done with western medical doctors unless I know they will believe the side effects that are listed on the side of a pill bottle.

I write this as a plea for those who cry in their car as I have, for those who lay in their bed or couch day after day when you feel like your heart is pounding in your chest as I do. When you do all the breathing exercises you are supposed to. where I sit there and say at least I have a roof over my head and food in my tummy so even if I have nerve damage in my heart and this is my lot, it’s better than most.

Please understand we are very ill. More ill than most could ever take. We fight every day to live with a thirst for life that most take for granted. That it’s scary when the only covered forms of help try to tell you that you are cry or lonely.

That there is no way to fight back but stop going to western medicine doctors unless you are told they are “safe” and will listen. That we need to change this system of bowing down to the almighty pill. Pills can cause harm. For those like me who live every day in pain we need the help of the healthy. We need you to hear us and see we are not crazy we are not lonely, we have simply been abused by a system that is bought and paid for by the pharmaceutical companies. The healthy are the ones we need your kindness and support. We need you to question we need you to love us and be kind to us. To hear our stories not with judgement but with love. Please read our stories, please ask your doctors if pills are really the first needed step or the easy way out for them. Ask your doctors if you have a bacterial or viral infection.

Please join us in our fight. Please stand by us because it is a very scary world once you have been abused by the medical system. We need to end this abuse and we need your help to do it.

 

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16 thoughts on “A Plea For Doctors to Believe Us

  1. L January 13, 2018 at 3:43 pm Reply

    Yes!!!! I don’t want to step foot in s hospital or allopaths’ Office. I have been demeaned , called hysterical, told there is nothing wrong with me. I have been talked down to, bashed for daring to get any non AMA based info. I have endured test after test after useless test. And I have gotten so much radiation in addition to the cipro for tests that show nothing. A friend asked for a ride to the hospital fir a procedure. I said I would do it as long as she didn’t expect me to step foot inside. I am just so disgusted with non integrative allopaths and big pharma and the AMA and the fda and all their online shills like the bogus quack watch that disseminates lies. I wish every md could read thus and truly understand. But I am afraid that until it happens to them personally it will fell on deaf ears

  2. sue January 13, 2018 at 3:52 pm Reply

    i did write the other week but it has not been published that the doctors had found in Australia the link with chronic fatigue
    it is an inbalance of calcium within the body and they are now able to do more tests

  3. Julia January 13, 2018 at 4:26 pm Reply

    Stephanie, you are so, so not alone. Floxie Hope is the right place to have come. I can tell you that three years after taking one single 750 mg. Levofloxacin pill, I think I am starting to recover. This gives me hope, that time heals. My doctor also abandoned me, and there is no worse feeling. Hang on, know that people are with you and rooting for you. Thank you for writing – it takes courage to speak.

  4. Karen January 13, 2018 at 5:57 pm Reply

    My “unofficial” advice: Tell everyone you meet what Fluoroquinolone poisoning has done to you. Be the ambassador against the evil of this drug so that not one more person suffers the way we have suffered.
    Also, after only 4 pills I am finally recovering from being unable to walk, but my knees and ankles still pop, still hurt. I am using a detox tea given to me by a homeopathic doctor. It works. Also, no red meat. None. It works, too. Take Vitamin D3, Magnesium, L-Lysine 500 mg. Have hope. Hunt for a good doctor, even if she/he doesn’t believe Fluoroquinolone did this to you, let them help you. A recent doctor said, “let’s pretend you have rheumatoid arthritis because that’s how it presents…” Okay, let’s pretend…… whatever it takes to get well again… Move forward. Make plans, however small. Feel in control of you again. It is a slow road back, but I do believe with time and the right vitamins, foods, and attitude we can get rid of this terrible Toxicity and harm done to our bodies!
    Doctors may never “come around” to the truth…but WE KNOW and that’s really what is important. We do NOT need validation for our pain and suffering. WE KNOW what caused this…now, we can make the choice to do whatever it takes to take back our lives…
    Have hope. “This too will pass.” Not in a year, or maybe even two or thee. I know someone who had to wait five years to get better, but you will improve with time…You will. I am. We will….

    • L January 13, 2018 at 6:39 pm Reply

      yes, SCREAM it! I tell everyone, and I write emails and letters. I contact politicians, talk show hosts, news papers, magazines, wealthy people, you name it.

      I too had only 4 pills which devastated nearly every organ in my body. BUT as it turns out, I discovered I had been given FQs in the past….I also had popping in my knees, back, shoulders, etc. I later ended up with torn meniscus, but have had great success with prolozone injections, which help your body to heal itself. IT takes months, but so worth it.

    • Eileen OBrien January 13, 2018 at 9:53 pm Reply

      I strongly suggest you remember the floxies who have committed suicide due to such horrific pain and unrelenting suffering…day and night. I m sure you mean well in trying to cheer up those of us who have lost meaning and hope because of the hideous greed of big pharma but I am not ever getting better…only worse…and as for ” getting over my bitterness”…NEVER….

      • L January 13, 2018 at 10:04 pm Reply

        I understand your anger all too well. That I am still here today is remarkable, because I was praying for death every day for most of the first year. It wasn’t just the pain, or just the vision loss or just dozens of other side effects. It was wanting to put an end to the constant struggling to get a breath. It was wanting out from the hideous olfactory nerve damage that so defies description. It is hard for anyone to imagine what it is like to have even the slightest, faintest scent in the world make you choke. It was like living in a Stephen king novel and the twilight zone at the same time. Then to be thrown under the bus by doctor after doctor. To go from someone in incredible shape, to someone who needed help to walk.

        My life was on hold for a couple years. I have regained much of it but still have vision issues, fluid around my heart, numb toes and a few other things. I spent over $30,000 on IVs and supplements, but I thought at least I was back to an almost-normal life. Now I am having other issues and I don’t know if they are or aren’t related to the Cipro. Like you I don’t know if I will ever get over my bitterness. Such devastation and suffering for greed.

      • Madge hirsch January 14, 2018 at 4:49 am Reply

        How long have you been suffering now? I too wonder if I will ever get better. I believe I was floxed before – the first time nearly 30 years ago though as I cannot access my medical records from then I cannot be 100% sure. But I certainly had similar symptoms. I did get better – not completely – but it took many years. This time I can take steps to not be refloxed and take supplements etc but at 30 months out and a marked worsening of my tendonitis plus the appearance of some neuropathy ( which I never had before) I sometimes despair. You are right about the bitterness. I feel more anger and it is hard to let go of that even though the negative emotion might make things worse..

  5. shelley corwin January 13, 2018 at 6:51 pm Reply

    YES! don’t tolerate more abuse, everyone. be vocal, be adamant, put in complaints about these abusive dangerous drs. on yelp and wherever possible. magnesium seems to be the key. homeopathic treatment initially was horrible for myself and made things worse a few months in. Lots of hot packs, cold packs, movements even if my limbs had to be moved by someone else, the old polio treatment, helped. lots of supplements, “Brain on” was a big help. buying a cushiony electric reclining chair that pushed me out was my biggest savior for comfort, the bed hurt and i couldn’t get out of it, sleep, or out from the blankets. i still keep a heating pad with me all night and in the chair. its 3 years later and i’m left with several things-peripheral neuropathy in one foot that i find the chnese foot massages and nail salon massages help immensely. pain in one forearm, myriad other problems but am mobile, functional, less stamina. keep going, Get a good front man or woman who will speak up since you won’t have the energy. It seemed to disperse i the same order it came on after a year, some 6m month ,but the onslaught until total was actually 2 years. It will pass!

  6. Sarah January 13, 2018 at 7:08 pm Reply

    Stephanie, When you say “attacks”, what kind of attacks are you having? i haven’t heard many people talk about attacks, but you can have the panic attack symptoms, along with heat and sweating if your central nervous system is ruined. How long have you been having the attacks? if they are central nervous system attacks, they will come on usually at precise intervals. No doctor is going to figure this out, as no one was warned about the central nervous system damage.

  7. Elizabeth January 13, 2018 at 11:12 pm Reply

    Stephanie, you have just wrote my exact experience with the mainstream medical community since being poisoned 7 months ago (on Cipro). Every point that you made or every paragraph was me. I have worked in the medical field for over 20 years and I believed these doctors had most of the answers – until I got sick and then I realized they don’t know anything. If you have something that is anything out of the ordinary, or a condition that they might actually have to think outside of the box to diagnose – then forget it…you are on your own. I have also been told by my physician that “I don’t know what’s wrong with you, but I don’t believe it is the Cipro like you think” – another doctor told me to “check back in with the rheumatologist (who by the way, had told me what was happening to me was NOT an autoimmune reaction) – yet this doctor that wanted me to go back to the rheumatologist refused to refer me back to him. I told him that my knees were hurting severely, and he then asked me if I could “do a couple squats” – Seriously?? The appointment ended with him asking me if I “wanted to pursue counseling” – He was worthless and the whole appointment was a waste of time and I decided that I was done with doctors – as they obviously couldn’t help me anyway. I continued to do my own research and Floxie Hope has been a huge source of information, and hope.

    • Denise Bailey January 14, 2018 at 11:10 am Reply

      Elizabeth, your story is my story also! Here is the best part of mine: I am on my second Rheumatologist after the first one let me go because she did every test known to her and couldn’t find an answer?! Here is the common thread with three doctors who treated me, and I quote “LETS GIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY A TRY” I have three orders unused in my FILE 13. I haven’t seen this too much in the reviews here on Floxie Hope but I have been dealing with high C-Reactive Protein levels ( Inflammatory) And Uric acid too. I have a years worth of pain (tendinitis) fatigue, brain fog, mouth issues (IF YOU HAVE BEEN FLOXED FROM CIPRO, DONT USE FLOURIDE TOOTHPASTE) and three inches high of proof and paperwork. And I also have Hope☹️😕😌

      • L January 14, 2018 at 11:59 am Reply

        High c-reactive is common because these toxins can cause so much body wide inflammation.

        I also (surprise surprise) went to two rheumatologists…one of whom was a complete idiot. At the time I saw him I was gasping for breath, barely ambulatory and was convinced I was near death. His response? “did you contact the manufacturer?” Seriously??? They list all these possible permanent side effects, but they’re gonna have some special treatment just for me. The other rheumatologist, a young woman, was one of the ONLY ones who was at least not dismissive, although she attributed only the tendon issue to the Cipro, none of the other ghastly things I was going through. A dozen doctors, one just as useless as the next. (until I found an ND.)

        And as for all the recommendations for physical therapy…makes me want to scream! They could do so much more damage. Luckily the first person I saw for tendon issues was integrative and advised AGAINST any therapy for a while.

        I have removed all fluoride from my life. I buy non fluoridated toothpaste, buy RO water and put the minerals back in, and even buy wine from countries that don’t fluoridate their water since the grapes contain such a high percentage.

  8. Andy January 14, 2018 at 12:32 am Reply

    It’s terrible that this happens but every doctor that has treated me have admitted it’s Cipro but are lost on how to help
    Unfortunately there are many bad intergrativd doctors as well as western doctors,believe me I have met a few
    The card I have had from the qe hospital Birmingham had been excellent,every test I have asked for has been given without question .They also said to me we don’t want to do you anymore harm and steered me away from steroids and anti inflammatory drugs
    I am so sorry floxies have to endure this,quins are pure evil

  9. CHARLETT HOBART January 15, 2018 at 6:41 pm Reply

    I was poisoned by CIPRO 4 years ago and went into anaphylactic shock. I have advanced Emphysema and am quite elderly. I can hardly walk anymore due to peripheral neuropathy
    caused by Cipro. I could no longer use my breathing medicines for my COPD as I developed Toxic Reactions to medications ( and some foods )and was put on oxygen. To make a
    long story short I went to the internet for one year and a half to look into every avenue of information concerning all the new symptoms I was experiencing which are too numerous to
    mention here. I was able to deduce after absorbing and processing and comparing what was the cause. Two very astute doctors – neurologists – confirmed my suspicions. Both said that
    Cipro is the culprit. My G.P / cardiologist also believed me. My gastroenterologist also listened and believed me. My Therapist also believed me. Most doctors gave me credence and respect. My approach was rational and I came with evidences. I presented myself using medical terminologies doctors could relate to, giving results of tests to them. I presented with
    a handbook charting the cytochrome P450 pathway – the metabolization of drugs and adverse reactions. I never presented in somatic helplessness nor confusions. I have been placed innumerable times into the hands of doctors in Emergency rooms who prescribed treatments for me that would have likely killed me or put me into a state of medical psychosis
    and liver and kidney failure. To those instances I knew, gut wise, I needed To say “no” and leave the building. I have met doctors who patronized me, told me to take a Tylenol.and that it is “just old age” I’ve seen, heard it all. But I armed myself with knowledge. I changed my food habits. I am taking homeopathic supplements that alleviate to a degree what I am physically and mentally still suffering from. I had to take my power into my own hands. If a tree falls in the forest and there in no one there to hear – does it make a sound ? The answer
    I give is this “if a tree (me) falls in a forest ( doctors) and there is no one there to hear (believe) does it make a sound ? Yes, it makes a sound – I HEAR IT. That is the assuredness and certainty one alone needs.

    • L January 15, 2018 at 6:49 pm Reply

      So sorry Charlotte. Sadly most drugs used for respiratory problems contain fluoride and steroids. Both bad for those of us who have been floxed. If you want to seek out an ND or integrative doctor that does IVs, H2O2 can be very helpful for breathing. (Unfortunately it is not covered by insurance.)

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