*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.
19 years ago I was diagnosed with prostatitis. I can’t remember if the first treatment was Cipro (a popular antibiotic) or something else. But as the years went on the flare-ups continued and I was prescribed Cipro numerous times.
95% of prostatitis is non-bacterial but the doctors always said, “well, we will treat it as if it is.”
About 5 years ago I was experiencing nausea, chest tightness, panic attacks, extreme brain fog, insomnia, an itchy face that was there and gone again in an instant, and tingling/ crawling scalp.(these are all side effects of Cipro but I did not know that then and neither did my doctors). Most of these symptoms came on at different times. I spent months in the doctor’s office. Once a week for months at a time. Never any answers. I was sick with worry. I was sure I must have some form of cancer. How do you feel that bad for that long and no tests ever show anything wrong? (Cipro damages DNA and mitochrondria and the damage it does will not show up in blood tests etc.)
After some time the doctors just told me it was stress and prescribed me Ativan. I’m sure they thought I was either nuts or a hypochondriac or both. I never took one Ativan pill.
Looking back at doctors records, I was given three 30 day doses of 500 mg of Cipro, twice daily, in a 11/2 year period(2010 to 2012). Shortly after this I became ‘floxed’ but I didn’t even know what that was then (google the word ‘floxed’ if you’re unsure of its meaning).
Fast forward to 2016. I was prescribed Cipro or ciprofloxacin in early May/2016 in Houston clinic for a prostatitis flare-up. With-in a day, I was experiencing muscle pain in my legs. At night, peculiar pains stole through my legs, popping in and out in different places. I tried to focus on their origin, but they evaporated just when my attention found them. My eyes started to burn and my ears started ringing. Then brain fog set in, I drove in front of a train while the stop arms were coming down, backed into a power pole after unloading grass clippings, and then backed over a no trespassing sign when I went to work on my 5th wheel. At work that afternoon I locked out my machine center wrong twice in one shift. A fellow employee saved me from getting in with the wrong locks on. He asked me, ”what is wrong, you never mess that up.” I told him I was on powerful antibiotics and was not feeling like myself. That evening the eye floaters set in, and itchy tingly scalp.
Then it clicked. After 6 pills in 2016, it finally clicked. All those years of suffering were caused by Cipro. I have had all these symptoms before. By 2016, most of the symptoms I described earlier were gone or at least much improved. Time had healed most of the symptoms, other than the fatigue and occasional brain fog. Decided to google cipro and started reading. I have been poisoning myself for years! But its like a great weight has been lifted knowing what the cause is. I know now that I can never take Cipro or any flourquinalone type antibiotic ever again.
I started my recovery by doing a lot of reading. I read a lot of the recovery stories on floxie hope website.
I started taking a lot of supplements, too many I think. I was on magnesium citrate (not the best form), magnesium oil, magnesium flakes for the bath, colostrum, Mito-Q, Vit.C, and probably a bunch of others that I am forgetting. Some of these were good and some were not and others needed the support of other minerals to do their job properly.
I am now doing the MAG protocol. There is a facebook group that describes the protocol and how to get started. It’s a bit confusing at first but spend some time and read the files. This is what I’m doing now and I am feeling so much better. I am almost free of all the Cipro induced damage other than tinnitus, and I still suffer from exhaustion but far less than before.
My Mag protocol: I work shifts, days that start at 6 am and afternoons that start at 4 so it changes every two weeks but here it is. First thing I have a yogurt with 1/4 tsp of bee pollen. Then breakfast. Then 2 liver caps, a couple prunes, and some mag water. At work I sip from a water bottle with Andersons Sea MD mineral drops, eat a couple more prunes, and have my first adrenal cocktail. I have lunch at some point. After work I make a shake with wholefood vit C powder, bee pollen, some blueberries, & Thorne Medi-clear. I then have supper and in the evening I take a tsp of CLO, another 1/2 cup of mag water, and 2 more liver caps. I try to have another adrenal cocktail as well. Just before bed a glass of water with 2 tsp of Bobs Mill rice bran. I also have a few Epsom salt baths a week and spray mag oil on sore joints.
To heal from fluoroquinolone poisoning we need to get magnesium into our mitochondria. Magnesium needs cofactors to do its job. Early on I was only taking the MAG, no co-factors. We need to get as many of the vitamin and minerals from natural sources rather than pill bottles which have fillers and things that are hard on your liver.
Vitamin B6 helps get Mg INSIDE the cell
Boron helps keep Mg INSIDE the cell
Bicarbonate helps get Mg INSIDE the Mitochondria (learn how to make and drink Mg water).
I highly recommend that you join the MAG group and start the full MAG protocol. I still take the Mito-Q. Its expensive but I honestly think it helped me. I am feeling so much better but I am still troubled by occasional prostatitis flare-ups. I take pumpkin seed oil, best prostate, pine pollen, and D-mannose to prevent them. If anyone has suggestions on preventing and treating flare-ups please let me know. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the MAG protocol and my battle with Cipro toxicity. Best wishes to you all.
** 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, affect 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.