About Lisa

Lisa's Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Side Effects Recovery Story

My name is Lisa.  I was born and raised, and currently reside in Denver, Colorado.  I was born in 1979 so as of writing this, I’m in my early 30s.

I have always been an active and healthy person.  I was raised in the mountains where I hiked and camped regularly.  I even hiked the entire 500 mile Colorado Trail in 2010.  (The photo above is from my finish line.)  I grew up skiing but I stopped in my mid-20s.  Post floxing, my physical activities have changed.  Now I like swimming, pilates and walking.  Both pre- and post-floxing, being physically active has always been important to me.

I have a Masters in Public Administration and I currently work at a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) providing financing to developers of affordable housing.

I have a wonderfully supportive family and great friends who believed in me and believed that I would get better even when I didn’t believe it myself.  They have all been great through this ordeal.

My intention is to help anyone who is adversely affected by fluoroquinolones as much as I can.  If you need anything at all from me, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  Thank you and I hope that you are feeling well!

23 thoughts on “About Lisa

  1. oceanboundjude August 1, 2013 at 8:25 pm Reply

    Done. Thank you for helping me. I`m still looking for the glue for that copy and paste thingy. lol All the success in the world…Judith

  2. Mary Patrice Kinnavane August 8, 2013 at 9:20 am Reply

    Hi LIsa, My brain is so fogged up at the moment that I am not sure if you are Lisa Bloomquist or not. are you my friend on Facebook? are you one and the same??? I wrote you a long mail about getting floxed with Levaquin about five weeks ago. I live in the west coast of Ireland about 14 miles from Shannon International Airport in a nice little town called Ennis. I am a widow and am 69 years old. I was floxed in May 2009 and would never have known what happened to me,as I have spent 3 years trying to find out, only for you and Janet Murray of New Jersey. Only for the internet I would never have found out until I found you both. You talk lot about healing Lisa. Am I too old to ever get over this poison Levaquin and what it did to me. All the people in the USA who have been floxed seem to be very young. Is this because the old like me are not too familiar with the “IT” generation. I read everything you write as you are so full of hope and you are also pragmatic. You are an amazing help to people and an inspiration. If you know any oldies like me that were floxed please let me know I beg of you as I am in a dreadful way. I need to find out about how they are coping. Thanks again for all your good work Lisa.
    Regards and best wishes ,
    Mary Patrice Kinnavane.

  3. bisa1979 August 8, 2013 at 10:19 am Reply

    Hi Mary,

    Yes, I’m the same Lisa Bloomquist that is on facebook. 🙂

    Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so glad that I can help you! I honestly do believe that most people do recover with time. Time heals. Sometimes it takes a lot of time, and that’s frustrating, I know.

    As for your age, I don’t think that you’re ever too old to have hope. Or too old to try. Or too old to do healing things for yourself. Or too old to be kind and compassionate toward yourself. ALL of those things will help you to recover and to heal.

    I think that everything that helped me can help you. Meditation, acupuncture, a mix of supplements that seems to help, minimizing your anxiety, gentle movement (pilates and swimming are my favorites), a diet that doesn’t have a lot of junk in it, etc. You can do those things. You can.

    More than anything, believing that YOU WILL GET BETTER is important. And trying. Anything that you can do that makes you feel a little better – do it.

    Thank you for reading my site! I appreciate hearing from you! I hope for healing for you. Hang in there. You can do this.

  4. frankthetank831 February 13, 2014 at 12:53 am Reply

    Hey Lisa it’s Feb 12 and and was floxed Jan 8, from just two pills of cipro, I started the second day with pain in my two knees, then the next week with anxiety attacks, last week started pressure in my two sides of my head, and mild bone popping, should I expect note symptoms along the way, or did you experience everything in a short time span?

    • Lisa Bloomquist February 13, 2014 at 9:46 am Reply

      Hi Frank,

      I wish that I had some answers for you, but I don’t. I don’t know how hard you are going to get hit. I don’t know if you’ve already seen the worst of it and are going to get better quickly, or if you are going to stay as you are now for a while, or if you are going to get worse. I just don’t know. Everyone is different.

      What I do know is that what you are going through is scary – and that there are people who are happy to support you through this scary time. The support people can be accessed through this facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/46690244194/ I also know that most people get better with time. It’s true, though sometimes it’s hard to believe as you’re going through the journey. It is true though. I know that hope is helpful. I know that these “attitude tips” helped me and I hope that they will help you –

      Try not to compare yourself to how you used to be. I used to hike 20 miles in a day. I can’t do that anymore, but I can hike 3 miles today and I couldn’t do that when I first got floxed. Compare yourself to how you were yesterday, not to how you were before you got floxed.

      Do something – anything – to work toward healing, every day. Walk a little further than you did yesterday. Meditate. Take an Epsom Salt bath. Get an acupuncture treatment. Do a puzzle. Whatever makes you feel good – do it. Every little step helps.

      Don’t kill yourself. Have hope. You will get better.

      You’re not crazy. You’re sick. Have hope. You will get better.

      You’re not stupid. You’re sick. Have hope. You will get better.

      Try not to identify yourself as sick. The mind is a powerful thing so try to stay positive. It’s hard, I know. But try, because it’s worth it.

      You will have bad days. They will pass. This all will pass. It is not permanent. You are strong – present tense. You were knocked down, but you weren’t killed. You will get better.

      Don’t quit your job. Try to maintain as much normalcy in your life as you can.

      It is not your fault. Even if you knew better, even if you demanded the most powerful drug possible from your doctor, even if you self-medicated, even if you coerced your doctor into giving you the fluoroquinolone antibiotic, even if the infection that you were treating was something that you got because of doing something stupid, or from sex, even if you continued to take it after you started to get sick, even if you floxed your child/parent or other loved one – IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT. You are sick. You are poisoned. You are not to blame for your sickness or for the fact that you are poisoned. Who to blame is a discussion that I don’t want to get into because I want this to be positive, but it is not you. You are not to blame. You are a victim. It is not your fault.

      I know that what happened to you is wrong.

      And I hope that you will be okay.

      Please let me know if you need anything.


      • ChristmasCarla February 16, 2016 at 2:23 pm Reply

        Lisa, is it okay to share your “attitude tips” on my Facebook page?

        • Lisa Bloomquist February 16, 2016 at 3:18 pm

          Absolutely! You are welcome to share anything that I write anywhere. (Though sometimes I look back at the stuff I wrote a few years ago and think, “I wonder what I was thinking.” But I don’t think I’ve said anything too embarrassing. 🙂 )

  5. Christina Landis May 9, 2014 at 2:39 pm Reply

    Hi Lisa,
    I had took 2 500mg Levaquin in 2010. It’s still affecting me greatly.
    I would very much want to tell my story ,my strength and hope of how I deal with my condition .
    English is my second language , can you help me to write my story…..

    • Lisa Bloomquist May 9, 2014 at 5:10 pm Reply

      Hi Christina,

      I am happy to help you! Are you recovered to the point that you think you can write a recovery story? If you would like to share your pain, The Fluoroquinolone Wall of Pain is a good place to share that – https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Fluoroquinolone-Wall-of-Pain/209182505773463 If you are recovered, I can share your story here on floxie hope. Either way, I am happy to help you with writing your story. If you want to email it to me at floxiehope@gmail.com, I can look over it and help you with your English.

      Best regards,

  6. Chris C May 17, 2014 at 8:58 am Reply

    Hi Lisa,
    Thank you so much for this website and support group. You give hope to so many people. I am so thankful to have found this, as I have been trying to understand what’s going on with my body and my mind after taking Levaquin over 3 months ago, and having been an extremely active person who once was so in-tune with my body, I believe that I can get that person back…with help and support, that is. I’m wondering if you have any advice as to where to begin. I’ve felt pretty hopeless after appointments with doctors, but I’m thinking acupuncturist, functional medicine doctor…just not sure. Also, I tried to join the Facebook group you list above, but I see that it is a closed group and don’t think I was able to. Thank you again for what you are doing!

    • Lisa Bloomquist May 17, 2014 at 11:37 am Reply

      Hi Chris,

      Thank you so much for your lovely note! I’m so sorry for what you are going through!

      As for where to start, well, that’s not an easy question. I think that most of us find our way through trial and error. Here are some suggestions:

      1. Ask people who you trust, preferably ones with complex medical issues, if there are any naturopaths, chiropractors, acupunctors, nutritionists or M.D.s that they recommend. Then check those people out. There are doctors, and alternative medical practitioners, listed here – https://floxiehope.com/2013/12/11/doctor-referral-list/
      2. The facebook group is full of people with good suggestions. Here is the link to it – https://www.facebook.com/groups/46690244194/ Even though it’s a closed group (for the privacy of the people in it), you will be let in if you send a request to be let in.
      3. Read the stories on here. There is lots of good advice noted in all of the stories.

      I hope that you are able to find a good path and help along the way!


  7. Josh Gibson October 4, 2014 at 4:52 pm Reply

    Hi Lisa,
    I have been going through quite a ordeal, I had 2 rounds of levaquin for sinus infections early this year, 4 days after the 2nd round of levaquin I went to ER with ringing ears, dizzy and massive head ache, I had sore ankles, cracking joints and weakness the whole time taking levaquin, ER docs said I was fine. ENT doc said I needed sinus surgery. I had the surgery 4 days after I went to the ER. When I got home after the surgery I started to bleed and went into a panic attack that cause more bleeding when paramedics got to me my blood pressure was 185/126. A couple weeks after this I was prescribed avelox and a Predizone for lingering infection, had to stop after 2 days due to side effects. In the last few months I have been very fatigued, pain in shoulders, elbows, hip, lower back, bottom of feet, tingling on top of head, ringing in ears, light headed when standing, mild headaches that come and go, I have been to several doctors trying to find out what is wrong with me and the last doctor I went to diagnosed me with Lyme disease because my symptoms and because western blot test came back with banding for p41. He wants to prescribe long term antibiotics for Lyme, I have read that the p41 band is not a sure indicator that someone has Lyme. I told him I need more concrete evidence for Lyme. I feel that maybe what I am experiencing is toxicity from levaquin, and wish I could find out? Please let me know if there is anyway to be tested. I was a healthy 42 year old male that loved spending time with my family, riding motorcycles, hunting, fishing, and exercising before all this happened now I am afraid to leave my house. Sucks Bad!

    • Lisa Bloomquist October 4, 2014 at 6:46 pm Reply

      Hi Josh,

      Thanks for reaching out and I’m glad that you found this site! What you’re going through certainly sounds like an adverse reaction to levaquin and/or avelox. Unfortunately, there is no test for fluoroquinolone toxicity at this time. For most people, myself included, all of the standard tests come back in the normal ranges. My doctor said that I was healthy when I was most definitely struggling. It made me realize how unreliable the tests that they give are. As for confirmation though, take a look through the levaquin and avelox warning labels (they’re on the links & resources page). Most of your symptoms are probably on those warning labels. Most of mine were. Also, the FDA acknowledges that fluoroquinolones are mito-toxic and that they can lead to multi-symptom illness – http://www.hormonesmatter.com/fluoroquinolone-antibiotics-damage-mitochondria-fda-adds-warning/. Too bad they haven’t bothered to tell the public or even doctors this.

      Take a look through this site for advice on how to heal. There are lots of good stories on here. I hope that they’re helpful! Also, the facebook group linked to on the home page is a good resource.

      Hang in there. It will get better.


      • Amir January 1, 2015 at 6:27 am Reply

        Hi Lisa,

        i am a 47 yrs old male in UK.
        I am so happy i found your site.
        I was prescribed around 12 courses of Cipro between 2010-2014 for recurring UTI’s.
        I am still feeling the effects today.
        Been to ER many times with pains /numbness and digestion and bowel problems.
        Do you know of anywhere in UK where i can get any information/help etc?


  8. seager May 25, 2015 at 10:58 am Reply

    Hi LIsa,
    My most major complaint now is shortness of breath. Like I’m suffocating constantly. I am on an anti candida diet and have been AIP for 6 months. I am juicing and taking magnesium, turmeric and vitamin c. Please tell me that this is all just a part of the illness. Because mostly I’m reading of people with pain. I do have pain, stiffness, neuropathy, twitching muscles but shortness of breath I cannot handle. Will there be improvement soon in your opinion?

  9. radish September 11, 2015 at 1:28 pm Reply

    Hey Lisa, do you have any recommendations for doctors in the Denver/Boulder area?

  10. Jesiel cruz December 20, 2016 at 7:52 pm Reply

    Hello liza my mame is jesiel cruz, i am 40 years old and i live in brazil.i hád been floxed, i took 28 pills of cloridrato de ciprofloxacino two months ago. I am having trouble w my body now….i have some question , please e mail me if You could.

  11. Alecia Pike June 11, 2017 at 12:06 am Reply

    Hi Lisa!
    For the past three years I’ve been dealing with what I believe to be the adverse affects of taking fluoroquinolones for over two decades. I’ve been in denial. Even though I’ve spent countless hours reading mind-bending technical articles and countless personal stories, which completely described my life, I just wanted it to be something different.

    My story is long and arduous. All that matters now though is that I can’t get out of bed and I feel like every ligiment and tendon in my body is failing. I’m in excruciating pain, exhausted and cloudy. I still want to pretend it’s something else but I know what it is and I’m afraid it’s killing me – I’m afraid I’m going to die.

    I’ve been wanting to reach out to you for months – but my denial and fear and pride wouldn’t let me. I can’t live in denial anymore.

    My husband is burnt out from taking care of me, I’m a stranger to my kids and I don’t have the energy or mind to keep pushing, and researching, and advocating for myself. I feel like this eveil is finally taking my grit and sass and tenacity and that’s what scares me the most.

    I want to start a blog for so many reasons – to give me meaning and purpose since I can’t work, to teach through my story, but It’s unbelieveably difficult for me to even write this to you. I’m worried that I can’t go on. It’s my desperation that finally contacted you. I don’t even know what I am looking for from you. I just know that you understand and that is something certainly missing in my world.

    Thank you for doing what you do. You are truly a pioneer who is changing the world!

    With love and gratitude,

    • Lisa June 11, 2017 at 6:32 am Reply

      Hi Alecia,

      Thank you so much for your note! I’m so sorry for everything that you’re going through though! It truly is criminal what these drugs do to people. They have taken so much from you and your loved ones, and I am so sorry for all the losses. 😦

      I encourage you to start a blog. This site has been cathartic and healing for me. Being able to tell my story, to help others through this difficult and horrible time, and change the perception of fluoroquinolone safety, has been really helpful and even healing. Also, it seems that people are more open to believing things that they read than things that they hear. I have gotten a lot of acknowledgement of the pain and illness that fluoroquinolones bring from writing about it on this site. If you start a site please let me know and I will link to it on the Links & Resources page of floxiehope.com.

      I know that facing the fact that you have been poisoned (by an antibiotic no less) is difficult. Any emotions that you feel are warranted and appropriate. Know that there is a community of people who are willing and (hopefully) able to support you.

      Huge hugs,

  12. Amanda Awayda August 3, 2017 at 2:06 am Reply

    Hi my name is Amanda. I am floxie victim who is experiencing neuropsychiatric and physical issues, I have hope but am still struggling to believe that I will return to my full of life happy 20 year old self, your words have given me hope and acknowledgement of what I am experiencing, thank you so much!

  13. Jackie Rainbird October 21, 2017 at 1:17 am Reply

    I have left a comment after your interesting read. Thank you for sharing such indepth information. It may help my boy!?

    I am looking to fly my son to Mayo Clinic for help regarding his serious conditions. Unfortunately no Consultant/Doctor in the UK will sign him fit to fly, presently he is too unstable.

    We are also in contact with Panama Stem Cell Clinic Institution for stem cell treatment/mesenchymel cell which is imminent .

    My son aged 31, is bedbound 15 months with agonising and torturous conditions. Reading your information on floxy – it has given me a new direction in finding some help…but I don’t know where to start, other than to give everything we have on file from all the Consultants at all hospitals in the UK who have reviewed him (10 in all) and are “at a loss” as what is happening to him, to the Mayo Clinic USA with your findings on floxy. Perhaps this is the beginning of something that, can be proven, and possibly help Brookin and .. go viral.

    I’m aware of mitochondrial damage / fibromyalgia / peripheral neuropathy etc but never imagined a link with antibiotics/floxy that has kicked off these and other diah debilitating conditions, pertaining to suicidal thoughts and intollerable PAIN.

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and understanding. You are an inspiration to us all.
    May you stay healthy and keep well lovely lady.

    Jackie Rainbird
    Facebook UK

  14. reesa guarino November 12, 2017 at 8:44 pm Reply

    Jackie, I am so sorry to hear about your son. I can’t imagine what it is like for you and him. There is a woman named Sujata who posted her story in the Recover Stories section and maybe you can take away from her Recovery some ideas on healing your son. It appears that she is also consulting with folks through her website. I believe I healed so quickly because within a week of being floxed I found this site and was able to start acupuncture and many of the supplements that were recommended by those who have healed themselves. Best, Reesa

  15. Charlene Ans December 2, 2017 at 9:30 am Reply

    Was I floxed? In 2012 I was given Cipro twice in two months for a UTI. About a month later I noticed my feet and hands felt like they were asleep. Went to doctor, tested positive for Peripheral Neuropathy with borderline diabetes as cause. No mention of Cipro. Shortly afterwards I began experiencing unexplained shortness of breath lasting for 2-6 mo.then going away. Have had 4 bouts of this unexplained breathing problem in past 5 years and after all tests were normal I was told it was “stress.” Since 2012 the PN has been 100% asymptomatic and breathlessness comes and goes. I have been otherwise healthy and have not taken any antibiotics since the Cipro in 2012, until recently in August 2017 with three back to back prescriptions of antibiotics. My nightmare began in August 2017 with a misdiagnoses of BV and Flagyl for 10 days, after no relief finally diagnosed correctly with Urethritis and put on Doxycyclene for 7 days which helped alot but not 100% so then 7 more days on Bactrim. After all of this I still had urethral pain and also began very suddenly having horrific Peripheral Neuropathy pain like I had never experienced before. After being bedridden for 4 months I was recently told I have very high Zoster Varicella Virus. I have no rash. I am currently on 3 mo of Valacyclovir and after 10 days have seen a “little” relief of both PN and Urethra pain. I have also been suffering with severe anxiety and constant crying, not sure if attributed to “floxing” or emotions resulting of health situation. I am 66 year old female finally retired and looking forward to senior years and traveling but now my life has stopped cold with pain no doctor has answer for (have seen 8 of them). Please tell me there is help to end this pain and get my life back!

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