Charleton’s Recovery Story – Cipro Toxicity

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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. 

Charleton’s story of pain can be found here –

Hi folks! I wanted to give you all hope! Three years ago I was floxed by taking 3 pills of Cipro. I was in a very dark place and didn’t think I would ever recover. I was depress, in pain, couldn’t workout, couldn’t sleep, it was pure torture. I would read stories of people that would recover and I wouldn’t think I would. I got good news I am 90% recovered today. I am lifting weights again and I have been taking martial arts. I’m starting to feel like myself again and my life is getting back to normal. For all those who are out there it took about 2 years for me to start feeling better and I have been making great improvements. Don’t give up hope. Feel free to message me if you want some encouragement. I’ve been in the storm and God has brought me out. God bless!


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26 thoughts on “Charleton’s Recovery Story – Cipro Toxicity

  1. […] Charleton followed up his story with this message of hope – […]

  2. SM July 21, 2014 at 9:34 am Reply

    Charleton! Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us. As you know all too well, this is a brutal journey. Like you, it is hard to imagine that I will get out of this and be close to my old self.

    Could you share some of your symptoms with us? I find it helpful knowing what symptoms people had.

    Thank you,

  3. BJ July 21, 2014 at 10:43 am Reply

    I’m sorry for your suffering, but thank you for being so encouraging.
    May God bless you with a complete recovery –

  4. Charles Tooraen July 21, 2014 at 10:58 am Reply

    So good to hear! Two years seems about average for many that do recover. So I have a ways to go! Charleton, what therapy did you do? If any?

  5. SM July 21, 2014 at 11:02 am Reply

    Thanks, guys. I see his whole story now.


  6. Phil July 23, 2014 at 2:59 pm Reply

    Hey Charles ! Great to hear you are doing so much better and thank you for posting your story. Stories like your’s are really the only thing that will keep my hopes up. I was wondering if you experienced any cracking and crunching of your joints or tendons? And if so, if that went away as well?!? To me, its one of my worst symptoms, as every joint cracks and pops whenever I move or stretch. It’s really terryfying me. I also have pain but its this feeling that my entire body is falling apart that makes this all so much worse. So I wonder if you experienced anything like that and if it has gotten better eventually. Anyways, thanks for posting your story ! I hope I will be able to do so sometimes soon as well !

    • Phil July 23, 2014 at 4:15 pm Reply

      Sorry for misspelling your name Charleton, I slipped a few lines and thought it was Charles Tooraen’s story I just read :p

    • Enkel July 19, 2015 at 5:39 am Reply

      Hi Phil,
      I hope you doing well,
      Did your popping/cracking get better?

  7. Ruth Young July 23, 2014 at 3:01 pm Reply

    Charleton, so glad to hear that you are finally getting some healing. Did you take magnesium? You may find it will help, even at this late date. I believe FQ’s make us magnesium deficient and that this deficiency is not revealed through the testing currently in use.

    I took just a few more pills than you did and had a similar reaction, with some minor tendon damage, muscle weakness, floaters– a lot of what you described. I am pretty close to 100% healing at less than six months out, so anyone reading this should know that it doesn’t always take years. It can, but faster healing is sometimes possible.

    I thought I was about done healing, that I was just stuck, because I wasn’t getting worse, but I wasn’t getting better and I could do just about everything that I did before, so I could live with it. But I’m suddenly getting even better. I think you will too. I hiked an entire bluff in Baraboo on Monday and I wasn’t sore at all on Tuesday. Not at all. The first time I tried that I could do it but I hurt really bad for about a week in a way that just wasn’t normal for me. I figured increased pain would just be the price I’d pay for being active for the rest of my life. But I guess not.

    There is such joy in being able to do things you thought you never would again– a thankfulness to God. I feel that I didn’t properly appreciate all I had before Cipro.

    • Carole B November 13, 2015 at 6:01 pm Reply

      Encouraging story that gives hope.

    • Richard Martin September 7, 2019 at 2:12 am Reply

      Hi Ruth, I am a cipro survivor. Is there a way to contact you?

      • Ruth Young September 7, 2019 at 4:12 am Reply

        I am on Facebook so you can find me there and we can communicate through Messenger. My profile pic is currently of me standing on a bridge wearing a T-shirt and baggy pants. My shared photos are all nature pics. You should be able to find the right person with that info. Just friend me or message me or both.

        I communicate with quite a few floxies. Just remember that I am not a doctor. My medical training is limited to physical therapist assistant training and they are not trained to diagnose. I don’t have a heavy science background at all. All I have is some rudimentary knowledge of human biology and my experiences to go on. What worked for me could hurt someone else. There are so many unknowns. I’m glad to chat and offer moral support, but it’s not the same as medical advice.

  8. Mark July 26, 2014 at 2:54 pm Reply

    Is Charleton replying here?

    Would love to get in contact and talk about what he did to get better…


  9. SM July 26, 2014 at 2:57 pm Reply

    I messaged him on FB and he did reply. He didn’t go into recovery strategies, but I didn’t ask him what he did.


    • Mark July 26, 2014 at 3:06 pm Reply

      Thanks Shawn.

      I don’t have fb…


      • Lisa Bloomquist July 26, 2014 at 7:05 pm Reply

        Mark, I sent you both Charleton’s and Zachary’s FB profiles. I don’t have their email addresses. Sorry! I’ll shoot them each a note asking them to email you if you don’t want to join facebook. Will you please let me know if you want to reach out to them through FB or if you want me to send them your email address? Thanks.

        • DC August 27, 2014 at 6:14 pm

          hey Lisa, could you possibly send me charelton’s contact or FB info to my email? ? i really could use his opinion. Thank you

  10. SM July 26, 2014 at 3:15 pm Reply

    I didn’t get the sense that Charleton has done anything in particular. He told me he started feeling better at two years out. Up until then he had lots of pain.


    • Enkel June 13, 2015 at 1:15 am Reply

      Hi SM,

      Did you recovered?

      And what symptoms charleton had that recovered as you messaged him.

      Thank you

  11. Katie Kelly April 28, 2015 at 1:33 pm Reply

    I was out on two round of Levaquin and have been experiencing a lot of pain. I discontinued the second round due to the pain but seem to be getting worse.
    I’m trying to get in to see my GP but have had no luck.
    Is there a way that they can test to see if it is Floxie? Thank you

  12. Richard August 9, 2016 at 12:32 pm Reply

    Great that you recovered.

    Am curious how long it took you to get back to sleeping as my sleeping habits have been badly dented by Cipro (took 5 tablets over 2.5 days)..

    Thanks in anticipation…


  13. Amy September 13, 2017 at 8:31 pm Reply

    Thank you for posting your story Charleton. It gives me hope too. God bless and have a good day.

  14. jaqcee March 29, 2018 at 3:31 am Reply

    God walks us through this journey! Thanks for your story

  15. Dan Jervis March 2, 2019 at 3:27 pm Reply

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

  16. Kristin Jarrell June 17, 2019 at 1:05 pm Reply

    Can you run again?

  17. Richard Martin September 7, 2019 at 2:12 am Reply

    Does charlton have an email address or page where he may be reached?

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