Becka’s Recovery Story – Ciproflox Toxicity

*The following is an individual’s story of surviving fluoroquinolone toxicity. It is not medical advice. Please see the disclaimer at the bottom of the story. Thank you, and please be cautious with all treatments. 

I am a 41 year old solo Mum of four with one child still at home. I was in pretty good health and very active prior to the nightmare of a fluoroquinalone drug.

In August of 2014 I was prescribed Ciproflox by a doctor at the place I was studying (for my first ever UTI). This was the first drug prescribed – not a last resort drug. The pills came with no warning labels. The doctor gave no warning. No tests were done on my urine to diagnose the correct pills I required. I believe I took 500mg 2x daily for a week. The pills did not cure the UTI and I had to return later for standard antibiotics.

Within a day or two I was unable to get out of bed. I put this down to the UTI and the antibiotics needing time to work. I felt as though I was unable to fully wake up or function. Little did I know that would be my reality for weeks/months to come. I felt stone cold and could not warm myself at all and had no feeling I wanted to try.

In no time at all I was inundated with side effects. This is them in a nutshell.

  • Inability to get to sleep or stay asleep or achieve a deep sleep.
  • Foliculitus all over my back
  • Rashes
  • Palpitations
  • Psychosis
  • Brain fog
  • Stomach issues – digestion and bowel
  • Zero appetite.
  • Severe bodily pain all over
  • Tendon pain
  • Extreme upper/middle back pain
  • Extreme leg pain
  • Tinnitus – I’ve always had this but it became severe
  • Short and long term memory issues
  • Inability to converse – forgetting words, mixing words, total blank outs, slurred voice.
  • Disturbed thought processes, barely able to function.
  • Very dry skin, EXTREMELY dry eyes and sinuses.
  • Vision and hearing problems
  • Feeling I had an electrical current passing through my body 24 hours a day
  • Anxiety, panic. Pacing around outside in the middle of the night.
  • Feeling emotionless – unable to laugh or cry.
  • Pretty much I had every side effect there is.

Almost bedridden I would drop my son at school and return to bed. Even 3-4 months later I’d crawl into bed by lunch each day, not sleeping but a weird comatose state. I believe maybe your body, mind shut down to heal as well as this being a side effect.

Suicidal thoughts set in and I contemplated every day that if this hell did not cease I wouldn’t want to live. I missed A LOT of course despite that in the 4 years prior I’d barely missed a day. I considered I may have to quit my studies. I had months where I could only get up and do minimal things in a day. I let friendships go, the house go, everything go.

After a long time I was able to start trying to find out what was wrong with me. I stumbled across the floxie sites. There was my answer – along with further anxiety about irreversible damage; I was greatly concerned I had a permanent brain injury.

I set about to do what I could as I could. I had almost no support but I held onto hope.

From August 2014 to January 2015 where my worst months, (4-5 months) then slowly I improved.

Now it is November 2015. I have just completed an intense five year Arts degree. I have won an award at a local gallery to sponsor a further project. I bike ride almost every day. I can think, I can speak, I can read, focus, study. I garden, play with my son.  I cry, I laugh. AND I can SLEEP.

My continuing effects are that I sometimes have trouble falling asleep. For this I will either wait it out falling asleep in about 1.5 hrs or break off a teeny bit of sleeping pill. This happens periodically and in between I sleep very well. Often 8 hours.

When I’m tired I get muddled. My memory is almost normal but I can have glitches and have to write notes more. I also have some episodes of tendon pain – these episodes were bad for a long time but have gradually become fewer and less intense to almost nothing. I feel 98% normal.

This is what I did.

  • Visited a Naturopath – the standard doctors didn’t want to know and were disbelieving.
  • Gave up dairy and most sugar then grains to allow/encourage healing – think gut/brain connection.
  • Drank Golden Milk every single day (you can google this amazing stuff) for brain and body and cheap to! (You MUST add black pepper).
  • Drank water that I can buy in my hometown which is straight from the spring and rebalances minerals. FLUSH by drinking 1.5-2 l a day.
  • Took magnesium, forced myself to swim in the sea a lot (magnesium absorbs well through the skin, if you don’t want to swim I’d advise magnesium cream), Epsom salt baths.
  • Tried to relax and trust – did meditation/body work type CDs. The less you worry the quicker your recovery.
  • Allowed myself that it’d take TIME.
  • Printed out and read recovery stories every day. Pictured myself well.
  • The more I improved the more I could do for myself. (ie dietary – cooking and eating well). Try to find doable whole foods especially green veges.
  • Avoid alcohol, chemicals and unnecessary drugs.
  • AVOID all fluoride – water, toothpaste etc – forever.

I slept some nights for only 45 minutes a night – prior to this I was a 9 hour a night sleeper. This was my worst symptom as I felt constantly drunk and dysfunctional (in a bad way). It caused me a great deal of anxiety. Letting go of worrying about it is a skill you will need to develop. Many weeks I averaged 13 hours sleep total in a week and this went on for week after week month after month. I found people with severe insomnia and realised they hadn’t died from it so I likely wouldn’t (although apparently you can). I tried a sedative antihistamine which made me extremely bad tempered. I tried natural products which didn’t do much.

I then tried sleeping pills – Zopiclone – which I used sparingly. Think of using them to survive (ie get just enough sleep even if its not great sleep). Start with maybe 1/3 of one, increase and decrease to what works for you.

What I learnt is that these fluoroquinalone drugs give a massive dumping of fluoride which pushes out/imbalances other minerals especially magnesium and iron.

So if you think about it you’re rebalancing minerals which is a lengthy process, requiring certain ingredients.

My naturopath showed me that magnesium and iron are required two times in the chain to make melatonin and serotonin. Melatonin is required for sleep. I had zero sleep/wake cycle and felt the same 24 hours around the clock. This will disappear when you correct the mineral imbalance and flush out the fluoride. Magnesium is also required for over 4000 mechanisms in the body so it is understandable the wide ranging and odd/awful side effects. I also ended up suddenly and severely anaemic about 4 months after taking the Ciproflox. I corrected this with Carbonyl Iron and diet.

I hope that I have been of some help to those suffering from these pills. My heart goes out to all of you and only those who’ve been through this can have any grasp so please forgive those who do not understand and are unsupportive – we wouldn’t wish it on anyone.

No matter how teeny the steps you can take right now – the body naturally wants to heal – remove every obstacle and one day may you too be typing your story for others or making a stand against these drugs.

You will have your life again. Believe it and work towards it. Focus on wellness. You may not end up with perfection but so many live with less than perfect minds/bodies and life is worth living once you’re through the worst.

I recovered 98% from fluoroquinalone toxicity in 15 months and so can you in your body’s own healing time.

** The story above is truthful, accurate and told to the best of the ability of the writer. It is not intended as medical advice. No person who submits his or her story, nor the people associated with Floxie Hope, diagnoses or treats any illness. The story above should not be substituted for professionally provided medical advice. Please consult your doctor before trying anything that has been mentioned in this story, or in any other story on this site. Please also note that people have varying responses to the treatments mentioned in each story. What helps one person may not help, and may even hurt, another person. It is important that you understand that supplements, IVs, essential oils, and all other treatments, effect people differently depending on the millions of variables that make each of us unique. Please use appropriate caution and prudence, and get professional medical advice.




16 thoughts on “Becka’s Recovery Story – Ciproflox Toxicity

  1. Lucero Rojas December 2, 2015 at 9:07 pm Reply

    Hi Becka!

    Thank you for writing such an amazing and inspiring story. God bless! I am 5 months out from cipro and still having some issues. Trying to keep positive that all this will pass soon and be able to recover my health completely. I am doing some iv therapies, taking supplements, doing acupuncture, reiki, changed my diet completely and drinking 3L a day of water. Changed my deodorant, toothpaste, my shampoo. Trying to keep my body clean in order for help it heal. What else have you done to recover? My issues right now are my fatigue, mild heart palpitations, headaches, mild ear ringing on my left ear (never had this before), mild anxiety, and my gut. It is so nice and uplifting to read stories like yous. A million blessings your way.

  2. dan December 22, 2015 at 5:37 pm Reply

    hi lucero, my name is dan. what were your initial symptoms at the get go? thanks dan.

    • Lucero Rojas December 22, 2015 at 6:33 pm Reply

      Hi Dan!

      How are you? Hope all is good and you find yourself in the way to recovery. My initial symptoms were alot. All of them hit almost at once. It was so hard!!

      1. Anxiety @10
      2. Insomnia @10
      3. Fatigue/malise/drained@10
      4. Brain fog@10
      5. Panic attacks @10
      6. Eye pain/bluriness@10
      7. Head pressure/headaches@10
      8. Neck pain@10
      9. Suicidal thoughts@7
      10. Dry mouth@10
      11.dry eyes@7
      12. Acid reflux@7
      13. Body aches/pains@7
      14. Knee pain@5
      15. Depression/sadness @10
      16. Heart palpitations/tachicardia@9
      17. Shortness of breath@9
      18. Chest pains/tightness@9
      19. Low blood pressure@7
      20. Dizziness@7
      21. Depersonalization@7
      22. Hair loss/thinning@5
      23. Diarreah@8
      24. Difficulty making sentences/talking@7
      25. Loss of appetite@10
      26. Weight loss, lost 30lb in 2 months
      27. Back pain/lower back pain@8
      28. Confusion@7
      29. Emotional@10
      30. Light sensitivity@8

      How are you doing Dan? How far are you in? What are your symptoms? Are they getting better?



      • Aron Lycele August 30, 2016 at 12:13 pm Reply

        How are you today Lucero and how is your blood sugar issue? I hope you’re fine. You made good progress in such short time!

        • Luz February 6, 2017 at 5:46 pm

          Aron am so sorry. I barely saw tour message. I am 19 months out at this point. My blood sugar issues resolve. Now they are back to normal. I think my change in diet helped alot balance my blood sugar issues. I only have 2 remaining issues at this point that seem bothersome most of the time. My headaches/hradpressure and my earrining. My ringing is mild but it doesn’t bother me much anymore. I can barely hear it at this point. Hope you are well! And are enjoying health. Many blessings Luz.

      • Paula October 24, 2016 at 5:56 am Reply

        Lucero did the chest pain and chest tightness go away??? Someone please help me….. i cant breathe…. i have been checked and everything seems ok. No heart issues, lungs are clear…. yet there is tightness in the chest…and i cant breathe…mm

  3. dan December 23, 2015 at 11:03 am Reply

    hi lucero, glad to hear from you. i am about 34 days in. i was on levaquin for 8 days. my muscle spasms and prickling have gotten worse. i have had alot of the stuff you describe hitting me but to a lesser extant. did your symptoms get worse before they got better? my problems seam to be neuro related now tingling in hands feet and calfs and some stabbing pain. hope to hear from you. you can also call me at 732-614-0085. i talk to a few people via phone it helps. thanks dan.

    • Cindy October 24, 2016 at 5:21 pm Reply

      dan where are you located/

      • Ashley December 5, 2017 at 6:18 pm Reply

        Dan this is Ashley, we haven’t talked in awhile just wondering how your doing?…

  4. Aidan Walsh August 16, 2016 at 6:54 am Reply

    Wish you continued Health Becka I hope you sue the Pharma Company Royaly for damages…

  5. Selene May 4, 2018 at 6:17 pm Reply

    Hi Becka you probably don’t post on here anymore but that blank feeling in your head and the memory loss symptom , how many months did that take to clear up for you ? I feel like a robot at the moment .

  6. Naina October 14, 2018 at 7:44 am Reply

    Thanks for your uplifting story..

  7. Florence December 20, 2018 at 11:30 am Reply

    Hi there, Did you ever experience burning sensations?

  8. Dan Jervis March 2, 2019 at 2:16 pm Reply

    Dearest Becka, I am Dan Jervis, the last one on the long list. Would you please consider sharing your story to CBS 60 Minutes?

  9. Carola Wingert January 3, 2021 at 11:29 am Reply

    Bless you honey
    Your story is inspiring
    I fell ill in 2013 sinus and bronchitis
    To hospital in ambulance I had a high fever.
    The hospital gave me large doses of Cipro
    That I never recovered from
    I tried diets and supplements since 2013
    I developed dry eye dry mouth flash rashes
    Contact rashes allergies to some metals , chemicals
    Food and drink.
    My allergies change monthly
    I can’t pin point what makes me sick and tired
    It has been a losing battle.
    I tried to rebuild my immune system by taking out sugar grain night shades and commercial diary and meats and eggs. I did Dr Grundrys diet and supplements The Gaps Diet and nothing helped.
    I also developed heart burn that is the newest ailment. I lost a lot of weight.
    I’m glad you found answers and a program that is helping you heal.

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