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*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. 

Ben Kemp 01/08/13

Ben’s Story – Levaquin Adverse Reaction

I was an avid hiker and then, in 2009, I had a small cyst removed from my back. I took one levaquin pill and the next morning woke up to the most terrifying physical state of my life. I dealt with many symptoms including muscle twitches, fatigue, dizziness heart issues, muscle/joint problems, gastro-intestinal pain/problems. The doctors couldn’t help so I took care of myself with nutrition as best I could. I ate all natural (antibiotic free) meats, spinach, blueberries, yogurt etc. I can no longer have alcohol sugar, coffee or other stimulants and my diet is fairly restricted. I have bouts of sickness when I eat the wrong foods or encounter strong chemical smells. I damaged my knee on an early hike as I was recovering, but with God’s grace I was able to recover enough to enjoy hiking again. I have achieved some big hiking goals climbing to many mountaintops in the past 3 years. I realize I will never be the same as I was but the hardships I went through gave me perspective on life and set my priorities straight. Your mountains/goals might not be as big as mine, but find something you have a passion for and pursuit it. I hope and pray for all of you who have had negative encounters with these or any other prescription drugs. My only words of advice would be to hold strong to your faith and take care of your body through nutrition/exercise, you are still in control of what you do.

The photo was taken on Mt. Skylight, my 46th Adirondack High Peak in NY state’s Eastern High Peaks Wilderness in Sept. 2012. I feel blessed at the recovery I’ve had and would like to be able to encourage those in their recovery.

Lisa’s note – I reached out to Ben after reading his story on the Facebook Fluoroquinolone Wall of Pain and asked him how he was doing.  He added that he has had some ups and downs in his health status, but that, “I am still in a much better physical state overall compared to the first 6 months of my illness as far as recovery goes. We can’t control our suffering but we can learn from it and grow through it. I’ve learned priorities and thank God for every day. I truly desire that those affected aren’t suffering without any hope. Thank you for your work to bring some level of comfort and direction to those affected. God Bless.”

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