Erin’s Story – Recovery from Cipro Toxicity

I wanted to give hope with a positive story – I am 98% better!!I was completely healthy – took Cipro for 5 days this past July for a UTI (I rarely get them), and afterwards became extremely ill – one month later developed neuromuscular symptoms of twitching, fasciculations in arms & legs, tendinopathies in shoulders & achilles, severe brain fog, lethargy, trouble concentrating, resting tremors in my arms, 10 lb weight loss, muscle wasting. It was scary as prior to this, I was training for the New York Marathon. I had to cut back running for fear of tearing a tendon. My doc checked labs including thyroid – everything normal – she felt the Cipro just needed time to clear out of my system.

I followed the fluoroquinolone toxicity solution & diet. Cut out gluten, caffeine & sugar. I took many of the recommended supplements. It was a rough summer, but by September I started feeling better little by little & was able to cut out some of the supplements (except for Magnesium which helped my tremors & jitteriness the most). The great news is I ran the New York Marathon on Nov 4!! I feel pretty much back to normal. I am only taking Multivitamin, Vitamin D, B12, fish oil, probiotic and chelated Magnesium 3 times a day with magnesium oil. I had been very depressed even reading the “Hope” stories as they were all pretty bleak. I figured maybe people started to feel better & then moved on & never checked back in to update. I wanted to give people a positive outcome. I am so grateful for how I feel today!! I still am careful with caffeine, sugar & gluten. I think I look leaner & have adapted to my diet. I just notice occasional tremors & muscle twitches if I forget to take my magnesium for a day or two.

This was my 6th marathon – and although I didn’t train completely, it was not my slowest! Time can heal. Thank you!!


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12 thoughts on “Erin’s Story – Recovery from Cipro Toxicity

  1. Dee November 18, 2018 at 3:57 pm Reply

    Wow!! How lucky you are to have recovered in 3-4 months AND be able to run a marathon! That is truly lucky and awesome for you! Congrats on that feat! So many of us are still fighting a year or more out. One day at a time and patience for most of us……congrats on your very speedy recovery!

    • Erin December 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm Reply

      Thank you. I do believe I am lucky considering how I was. I definitely cannot drink alcohol or caffeine as it sets me back & I have learned to stick to the diet to stay feeling well. I am grateful for the guidance of all who have been through this. I hope time heals you soon!

      • Janet December 13, 2018 at 3:22 pm Reply

        Erin I have severe brain fog , concentration issues and depersonalization looking in the mirror and not recognizing myself . Feeling disconnected . Did those fully resolve for you and whatdid you take up treat it.

      • Taylor March 19, 2019 at 1:19 pm Reply

        Erin did you have severe dying body weakness? I have it sooooo bad . It’s the worst feeling in the world . Mine very bad I have to crawl to the bathroom .

      • Monica April 4, 2019 at 4:07 pm Reply

        Erin did you have severe body weakness or feeling like you had no control of your stomach muscles?

  2. Erin O'Brien December 20, 2018 at 2:23 pm Reply

    Janet -I know exactly what you mean – The brain fog was most disturbing for me- I felt like a zombie. The strange thing is – I am not sure what made that go away. I slowly cut out the N-Acetyl cysteine and the Coenzyme Q – and oddly enough, after stopping those 2 (after 2 months), my brain fog improved. I don’t know if one of those 2 may have been affecting me adversely after awhile or not. Or maybe it was just time.

    • Janet January 10, 2019 at 2:24 pm Reply

      Erin hey do you mind giving me a call 310-432-3382 I’m a bit embarrassed listing all my symptoms on here . Thank you I’m in California I don’t know where you are at . I would love that 🙏🏻

      • Janet January 10, 2019 at 2:25 pm Reply

        Sorry 310-432-3381 I’m so brain fogged can’t even remember my own phone number . Such bs

  3. Dan Jervis March 2, 2019 at 10:18 am Reply

    Dear Erin, Please consider sending your story to CBS 60 Minutes.
    Our stories need to be heard, Dan

  4. Fred S August 25, 2019 at 6:02 pm Reply

    Erin – did you feel the Toxicity Solution book was helpful? Thanks

  5. Roxanne October 29, 2019 at 4:25 pm Reply


  6. Sean March 11, 2020 at 12:59 pm Reply

    Hi Erin,

    I am also a marathon runner; had an adverse reaction to cipro in Sept. 2019. I am still recovering and making good strides but have a long way to go and not back to running yet. Any chance I could get in touch with you somehow? I am hoping to do another marathon again in the future and I think hearing from someone who has recovered from this AND managed to do that would mean a lot to me.

    Either way, congrats on your recovery!

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