Madeline’s Story – Ciprofloxacin and Metronidazole Toxicity

Following is Madeline’s story of her journey through ciprofloxacin and metronidazole toxicity. As you will see, her story is not a complete recovery story. She is approximately 75% recovered. I (Lisa) have asked Madeline to provide updates as her journey continues. Thank you for reading Madeline’s story and spreading the word about these dangerous pharmaceuticals! 

December 7, 2018 I was prescribed 2 antibiotics (ciprofloxacin and metronidazole) for an undiagnosed gastrointestinal issue. I’ve never been the type to seek medical attention, but I was in the midst of exams and getting desperate. It will forever be the biggest regret of my life. 

The first night on the antibiotics was hell, I was up every hour no sleep. The next day I felt as if I had been hit by a truck. Unfortunately for me, the pharmacist “reassured” me that that reaction was normal and to continue the antibiotics. I spent the next 24 hours puking, and once again, not sleeping. By mid morning of the following day (36hrs after taking the first dose of antibiotics), I was unable to think, unable to walk, unable to focus, unable to speak. I felt drugged. 7 hours in emerg later I was advised to stop the antibiotics. So I did. I thought “everything will be fine now”. But I was so wrong. 

For the next 3ish months, my life was a living hell. Severe anxiety and severe depression. I’ve always dealt with both but this was my normal level amplified by 20. Not a day went by that I didn’t fantasize about how to kill myself. Over that period of time, I had written multiple suicide notes, begging my family to understand how much I craved freedom from my personal hell. I was in a constant state of extreme anxiety. I had multiple anxiety attacks everyday. I developed horrible paranoia, to the point where I’d have an anxiety attack anytime I tried a new food, supplement, or beauty product. 

My body at times forgot to breathe on its own. I would be sitting there and clue in that I wasn’t breathing. I lost the ability to yawn. I could have someone right in my face yawning, and it produced 0 reaction from me. I later learned the breathing and yawning issues stemmed from damage to my vagus nerve. 

I dealt with a variety of digestive issues – lack of hunger, unable to feel full, unable to digest food. Through bloodwork, it was determined my body was in “anorexic mode”, due to my inability to digest and absorb nutrients. I’ve been trying to combat borderline anemia, among other nutritional deficiencies. 

My thyroid, liver, kidneys, and adrenal glands began malfunctioning. My sex hormones (estrodiol and progesterone) are basically non-existent. 

I developed memory loss. I used to pride myself on how well I was able to remember things, and now I struggle to remember what I’ve done 5 minutes earlier. With this and the brain fog, I feel like I’m permanently dazed. 

I’ve developed muscle twitches and random bouts of numbness in extremities. Upon research I learned I’m lucky in that area, as many people suffer with tendon ruptures. 

And my worst symptoms: insomnia and brain fog. I’m not talking about not sleeping every couple nights. I’m talking about going to bed at 10pm, and not falling asleep until 5am, and then waking up by 7am. Every single night. Whenever I felt tired enough to fall asleep, my body went into fight/flight mode. My heart felt like it was trying to flutter outside of my chest. My body refused to let me sleep. I was permanently tired but never sleepy. I’ve spent countless nights breaking down, begging for sleep. At 23, I spend at least 1 night/week sleeping in my parents bed with my mom because I’m scared to be alone. 

Brain fog developed at the same time as the insomnia, something my doctor refuses to understand. It’s the scariest symptom for me. I’ve always considered myself a very intelligent, academically driven person. Ever since taking the antibiotics I feel as if I’ve lost brain cells. I no longer have the mental clarity I once had. I’m unable to focus for a long period of time. My brain sometimes “shuts off” and I’m unable to think or speak. Nothing feels real anymore. It’s as if I’m in a dreamland constantly. I’m never sure of what I’ve said or done. For a long time I stopped looking at myself in mirrors. I couldn’t stand to see the eyes staring back at me. I didn’t recognize myself. I didn’t see “me” in my eyes anymore. It felt as if the essence of who I was had been removed from me.

Seeking help from my family doctor was a joke. He recommended I see a therapist, as he assumed it was just severe depression. He would not accept that yes, I was dealing with depression, but it stemmed from something much bigger. He prescribed 2 antidepressants (for mood and sleep – clonazepam, paroxetine) and within 24hours I was describing to my mom how I wanted to hang myself from the tree out front. I stopped them immediately. He then referred me to an internal medicine doctor who was as helpful as my family doctor. I was also referred to a sleep specialist, who was able to determine through a sleep test that yes, my sleep was crap and my breathing stopped at various times throughout the night. All 3 doctors refused to acknowledge that my issues stemmed from the antibiotics, and the only treatment any of them could offer was prescription drugs to manage individual symptoms. Being who I am, who I was, it’s been the most frustrating journey trying to get someone from the health care system to listen. I know I’m intelligent, I know I’m self aware, and I’ve never been the type to seek help from doctors. I have given up trying to convince my doctor that I’m not crazy, that I’m not “just depressed”. It’s insulting they ways I’ve been dismissed by the health care community. 

I met with a couple naturopathic doctors. They took a very different approach to health care. While I can’t say that anything they did helped, they listened. They didn’t dismiss me. They understood that sometimes the answer isn’t found in a standard medical textbook. With their help, I began an extremely strict diet (only specific vegetables, fruits, and meats). They monitored me via bloodwork while I tried a countless supply of different supplements. I’m not sure what helps and what doesn’t or if it’ll just take time. 

I’ve also been seeing an acupuncturist/Chinese medicine guy. It took me a while to accept this form of treatment, as to me it seemed like a lot of mumbo jumbo but I truly believe acupuncture is helping heal me. 

I’ve joined various online communities for people who are going through the same thing I am. It’s where I have received the most support and information as these people know exactly what I’m dealing with. It’s where I learned that my reaction to the antibiotics is called a “toxic adverse reaction”, and that the health care system considers it extremely rare. So “rare”, yet in my home town of 1000 people, I now know of 3 individuals who have gone through this. It’s rare because the pharmaceutical companies don’t want to admit that their drugs can and are doing this to people. There’s not enough proof because there’s not enough research and not enough people are listening. 

I’ve had to quit school, which was one of the hardest things for me to deal with. I had 4 months left of my MRI program, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to finish. It would prevent healing and I knew someone else could get unintentionally hurt by me. I don’t know if I’ll ever want to, or be able to, finish my program. 

The strain this has put on not only me, but my parents, and my boyfriend is indescribable. In half a year, we’ve spent at least $8000 trying to figure out what’s going on. My parents took so many days off work to be with me, because we were all scared of leaving me alone. The patience and support I’ve received from my parents and my boyfriend has saved me time and time again. I can say, without a doubt, if it weren’t for them, I would have ended my fight a long time ago. They keep me fighting and I’m so grateful for them. 

This has changed me in so many ways. I have lost all trust in our health care system. I have completely changed my lifestyle – the foods I eat, the products I use, the way I care for myself. I’ve become more empathetic, because I now understand while you can look “fine” on the outside, you can be living in your own personal hell on the inside. I’ve also become less timid, I’ve learned life is way too short to deal with shit that makes you unhappy. 

I now have Ciprofloxacin and Metronidazole (as well as any others in their drug families) listed as a medication allergy. They are some of the strongest antibiotics created, they state to “only use as last resort” and I was prescribed them as a precaution, as are millions of other people. 

None of my words come close to describing the hell I’ve been living since taking those antibiotics. I don’t think there’s any way to truly describe what it’s like. I’m not posting this for pity, it’s not some sob story. I’m posting this because I’m so angry that not enough people are speaking up and even less are listening. I’m posting this because it angers me to know there are children, elderly, and disabled people out there going through this, and that if I’m not being listened to, they’re sure as hell not. This is a post that I hope prevents even just 1 person from going through this. Next time you, your child, your loved one, needs any kind of prescription medication, not just antibiotics, take the extra 30 minutes and research. Don’t just look at the “info sheet” sometimes provided. Research ratings and reviews, see what real people are saying. The info sheets I got stated “side effects may include nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, headache, tendon issues”. No where did they state the symptoms I’ve experienced, the symptoms thousands of people experience, the fact that people are ending their lives because of what these drugs have done to them. 

7 months out and a lot of my symptoms seem to be fading. The severe depression, anxiety, paranoia have all decreased significantly. I haven’t caught myself not breathing in a long time and most times yawns are contagious to me. Healing my digestive system is taking time and although I sometimes falter, sticking to a strict diet helps a lot. My thyroid seems to be normalizing itself. Healing my adrenals and liver will take time, as will fixing my sex hormones. I still have horrible brain fog, memory loss, and insomnia. I think they’ve improved a bit, but I’m no where near the old me. It still scares me. I’m still scared I’m going to give up my fight someday. I’ve come so far, but I’m so tired. But at 23, there’s still so much I want to experience in life. 

Immediate Symptoms:

  • Insomnia-tired but never sleepy
  • Brain fog/depersonalization/disassociation
  • Depression/suicidal thoughts
  • Anxiety (anxiety attacks)
  • Paranoia
  • Digestive issues (low acid, pressure/tightness in stomach, inability to digest/absorb nutrients)
  • Muscle twitches/numbness in extremities
  • Black squiggles in eyes/vision changes 
  • Memory loss
  • Mood swings/extreme emotional breakdowns 
  • Lost ability to yawn
  • Stopped breathing at times throughout days/nights 
  • Head pressure 
  • Ear ache/pressure
  • Sinus pressure 
  • Chest pressure 
  • Hair/nails stopped growing 
  • Bruising easily

Chronic Symptoms (7 months later)

  • Insomnia (slightly improved)
  • Depression/anxiety (improved significantly)
  • Memory loss
  • Brain fog/depersonalization/disassociation 
  • Nutritional deficiencies 
  • Hormone imbalances 
  • Digestive issues (improved significantly) 

Supplements/Medications Tried (I have no idea which supplements have helped because I’ve tried so many at the same time, but I also believe time really did help)

  • Zopiclone
  • Clonazepam 
  • Paroxetine 
  • Sandoz rabeprazole (for undiagnosed stomach pressure/tightness/pain-took for a couple days-should not have taken as it reduces stomach acid and I later learned I have low acid)
  • Vitamin b1 (hcl), allithiamine (up to 250mg)
  • Vitamin b12
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D 
  • Acetyl L Carnitine 
  • NAC
  • Magnesium Bis Glycinate and threonate (chronically low in mag)
  • Deep Sleep herbal gel capsules
  • Melatonin
  • Adreno Calm
  • 5 htp
  • Digestive Enzymes (definitely needed/helped)
  • Ultra MFP forte
  • Restore 
  • Probiotics 
  • Iron supplements (spa tone)
  • Collagen powder
  • Diatomaceous earth
  • PQQ
  • Co Q 10
  • Herbal teas

Compared to December 2018, I would say I’m 75% better. If the sleep, brain fog, and memory issues cleared I would put it at 95%, so I’m hoping I get there soon. This is the hardest thing I have, and hopefully ever will, go through. Having a strong support system is huge. No, they don’t understand what’s going on, but they believe me, and they know I’m worth the fight, and that for me has been the most important and beneficial treatment. 

Please don’t ever give up, you’re worth the fight. 

*****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.


48 thoughts on “Madeline’s Story – Ciprofloxacin and Metronidazole Toxicity

  1. Marie July 9, 2019 at 4:13 pm Reply

    I was floxed in November andam still struggling with anxiety, sleep issues, brainfog, air hunger and vibrations in my head.

  2. Patricia July 9, 2019 at 8:20 pm Reply

    Hi Madeline, I was floxed 6 weeks ago, also as a “precaution”. Your story gives me high hopes for my recovery. Thank you for sharing and hope you can achieve 100% healing.

    • Madeline July 11, 2019 at 4:42 am Reply

      I’m glad my words give you some hope. Find that hope and find that support and never let it go, even on the bad days. You’ve got this!

  3. Cipro2017 July 10, 2019 at 11:58 am Reply

    Hallo Madleine,

    I also took Cipro and Metro and my healing took almost 2 years. I also had the same symptoms. b1 was the breakthrough

    • Haley July 10, 2019 at 11:40 pm Reply

      Hey guys I’m 16 months out and I have the depersonalization still bad and brain fog, severe muscle weakness and air hunger . Also my gut isn’t working. Those are the only symptoms left. Can someone help me. Here’s the thing I read those brain stuff clears up for everyone but I don’t know what everyone did to clear they’re brain and I’m desperate . Please help me .

      • Manny May 25, 2020 at 2:52 pm Reply

        Haley How are you feeling now? It’s been about 10 months from this post… my husband was on Cipro and Metro in August-September 2017. His gut it’s still not functioning… he had ALOT of symptoms as described by many people, I thought he was dying! Thank God he is better, anxiety gone, twitching gone, shaking gone, ringing in his ears gone. Insomnia was really bad, but he is getting better. Sleeping about 5-6 hrs a night sometimes more! Hallelujah! Sleep is still interrupted but not as often.
        Now the gut…. he has GAS and cramping ( that’s the main problem) sometimes burning and sensitivity. Any advice? Anyone else out there that can help us? He is on gluten free lactose free low FODMOP diet. Taking enzymes and probiotics…Allimed, Antranil, Berberine, Oregon oil, clove… slippery elm, aloe Vera, marshmallow root, DGL… you name it, he tried it. Nothing really worked. Thank you!

        • Michiel June 17, 2020 at 11:36 am

          Hey Manny, I have/had a lot of symptoms your husband had. I tried some of the same things for my gut, but they also did not do anything. Recently I started making my own water kefir, and that seems to improve the cramping quite a bit.
          There is also a guy on Youtube called Loren Lockman, who says that water fasting of 21 days or longer heals many gut issues, so will try that too soon.
          Can I ask you how long after the cirri your husband’s anxiety resolved? I am 1.5 years out now and my anxiety has lessened a bit but is still quite bad.

        • Manny June 22, 2020 at 12:42 pm

          Hi Michiel,
          My husband had anxiety for about 10 months, he refused to take any drugs for it as he has very bad reactions to any drugs he’s tried for any other issue. The only thing that helped is prayer.. God is the only healer, everything else you take, natural or not, is to help the symptoms, but God crated our bodies to heal and recover from any disturbance- physical emotional or spiritual, so prayer… trusting Him! We prayer our hearts out, we sang songs of victory even web we felt at our lowest! At night it was the worst, so we had healing and promise verses on youtube ply all night, or soothing instrumental music, it’s amazing how listening to God’s Word and Promises make everything else dissipate! Speak it out loud, say the words, take it in! I pray you would find comfort in His promises and His Word! Blessings! I’m only telling you what worked for us.

    • Madeline July 11, 2019 at 4:46 am Reply

      Cipro2017: I’m curious how long you took the b1, as well as the type (hcl, allithiamine, etc)?
      Did your brain fog clear up eventually ?
      I’m glad to hear you’ve healed!

      • Haley July 11, 2019 at 8:17 am Reply

        Madeline I still have all of those issues still . I’m young too. I’m 16 months out. I’m not sure what to do. I did hear these issues leave for everyone the brain , breathing , weight loss and body weakness. I just done know how to make them leave. Every floxie recovery story stated they left for people. I’ll try to get some info to help us some. I’m five foot and I weight 85 pounds for the longest time. 16 months. I’m now finally at 90. My normal weight is 100.

        • Madeline July 11, 2019 at 10:16 am

          Haley: I’m sorry you’re going through this and haven’t had much luck with anything. Have you tried any supplements, diet changes, etc?

      • Cipro2017 July 11, 2019 at 9:00 am Reply

        Hallo Madleine,
        I am taking Thiamin HCL 200mg 1-0-1 per day and my symptoms after 18 months where still brainfog, dizzines, depression, inner vibrations, anxienty, no concentration…
        after starting thiamine hcl (first week 50mg, second 100mg untill reaching 400mg) , my cns symptoms disappeared within a few days.

        The only persist symtpoms now are the big floaters in my eyes and some flashes and halos.
        They are maybe irreversible…

    • marie wheeler November 29, 2020 at 7:12 am Reply

      have you felt any better? i also took 3 cipro 500mg and bactrum 800/160 for 7 days. 11 months out and still having issues. please let me know how you are doing. Do you think there is hope?

      • Madeline November 29, 2020 at 10:15 am Reply

        Not sure if you’re looking for me to answer or if your post was in regards to someone else’s comment, but if it was for me: I’m almost 2 years out. The first year my life basically was on hold. After 8-9 months I was left with insomnia, brain fog, and memory issues. Digestion is still sometimes an issue. Please don’t give up hope! 8 months post antibiotics and I thought life wasn’t worth living however I’ve since completed a program in the health field and have recently started a new job in that field. There are lots of modifications for me now but I’ve moved away from home, and so far have been doing okay. It’s important to take it one day at a time. Realize not everyday will be a bad day. Cut yourself some slack, take a break (have a bad day) if you need to.

  4. Madeline July 11, 2019 at 10:15 am Reply

    Cipro2017: sorry I may be only take thiamine hcl? You never tried allithiamine/lipothiamine? Also what is 1-0-1?
    I still have floaters, not as bad as they were but still more than I had prior to all of this. Did you suffer from insomnia?

    • Cipro2017 July 11, 2019 at 11:32 am Reply

      Insomnia was one of the first problems, but it has gone after 6 -8 months postflox.
      I am just taking thiamin hcl because here in germany there is no allithiamin or lipothiamin. In high doses it works for me.
      1-0-1 means taking a pill one in the morning and one in the evening.

      The terry wahls protocoll helped me to get more energy but it doesnt helped me to fight cns symptoms.

      • Haley July 11, 2019 at 2:04 pm Reply

        Cipro I have changed my diet he’s. I eat gluten free super clean fruits and veggies and I make healthy veggie smoothies wild berries etc hmmm nothing is changing with my brain. I know that my stomach is destroyed I can’t absorb anything . What should I try . I’m happy to hear your brain stuff all left it gives me hope. Do the brain symptoms ever return or once they left they are gone for good?! And do you feel like yourself now?! I’m super disconnected still and I am worried . No memory etc fog Also I have muffled hearing and dry mouth doc anyone experience this and did it leave ?

        • Cipro2017 July 11, 2019 at 2:31 pm

          I think the only thing that helps is time.
          vitamins, nutrition and lifestyle support healing. But the body needs time to heal.
          I am symptom free but I notice that my body is still healing.
          the mitochondriopathy is still there and still needs some time to cure.

          b1 is important after metronidazole intoxication.
          so personally it helped me enormously

        • Madeline July 11, 2019 at 3:10 pm

          Haley: have you tried digestive enzymes that contain betaine hcl? I’ve found they help immensely for my gut

      • Haley July 12, 2019 at 12:24 am Reply

        Cipro and Madeline you both are so helpful thank you …. I will try the digestive enzymes. I’m worried my depersonalization won’t leave.. had it 16 months straight now. Annoying. Also the breathing issues are bad for me as well. Hmmmm Madeline are you putting on more weight?! I just made it to 89. I think we all heal. I haven’t spoke to a single person who said they had brain issues forever. But I heard it takes 18 to 29 months .

        • Madeline July 12, 2019 at 5:12 am

          Haley: I’m not sure where abouts you’re from but the NOW brand super enzymes are what I use and I’m been slowily lowering my dose (initially taking 2 at each meal and now I’m down to 2 just at dinner ). I feel the exact same way about the depersonalization…mine is still holding steady and nothing seems to be helping. I initially lost a lot of weight quickly but now I’m maintaining without any issues.

      • Jill November 20, 2020 at 7:01 am Reply

        How are you doing now Cipro2017? Are you saying you had issues for 18 months and once you started Thiamin it went away?

    • Haley July 12, 2019 at 10:38 am Reply

      Ok well here is what scares me . So people say heal your gut and the brain stuff leaves right , only you are saying your gut is healed and you still have the brain stuff . So now I’m wondering what will rid of the brain stuff.

      • Madeline July 12, 2019 at 10:45 am Reply

        I’m not saying my gut is 100% healed. I’m still on my strict diet- no gluten, corn, rice, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, etc. I’m saying my gut is way better than what it was. I’m at a loss too about the brain fog, I’ve heard it’s the last symptom to leave but I also think my insomnia is a big factor in it. I really don’t know though

        • Haley July 12, 2019 at 11:04 am

          It’s not insomnia I sleep daily very well . Here’s what I heard I heard the depersonalization leaves for everyone . And I spoke to a lot and I mean A LOT of people . Have you heard anything encouraging about the fog ?! I still get the mood swings too those are annoying. I hope those leave . Did they leave you fully ?!

        • Madeline July 12, 2019 at 11:56 am

          Did you ever deal with insomnia? If so, how did you fix it??
          And nothing you’ve heard of has worked for your brain fog/depersonalization?? I’ve heard promising things yes but at the same time, I’ve tried so many things that other people say works and I’m still dealing with it. My mood swings have definitely calmed down and I’m able to (usually) catch myself before I lose it, however I’d say like maybe 2x/week I still either lash out or completely break down out of no where. They’re waaaay better than what they were though. Honestly mood swings don’t bother me anymore because everyone apart of my support team knows I get them, and I’m usually able to be like “hey this isn’t me so bare with me”, and I’m sure some strangers think I’m either nuts or a complete b*tch but I really don’t care to waste my energy worrying about that

        • Haley July 12, 2019 at 12:43 pm

          I didn’t sleep the entire I kid you not first year . And I looked like shit . But then I noticed I started to get really fatigued at night and I sleep . Although once a week I wake up feeling really sick. Yes I have tried everything for my brain nothing works IV stuff too. but here’s I’d what I learned. So I have spoke to 25 people . Some treated the brain and some do not . And keep in mind all 25 didn’t know each other . ALL 25 told me they’re brain didn’t start to heal until 18 months . 18-28 months. Only 1 out of the 25 said she was sick with the brain shit for 5 years but even she fully healed . She told me heal the gut in fact a lot of those 25 told me the gut is your second brain . Heal it up 100 percent and you’ll start to recover from the brain stuff . As for insomnia those are your adrenal glands make sure your taking a lot of vitamin C. So with my depersonalization I can text my mom and five minutes later I won’t even remember I text her . Also 16 months passed and I don’t remember any of it it’s like the days are blurring . I feel you on the mood swings so I get mine a week before my period but I guess that’s normal for non floxies too . How is your depersonalization like. And have you asked around about fog?! I’m at 16 months and my brain is still pretty crappy . Fog memory depersonalization mental clarity . My depression fully left . My anxiety is still there but it’s less way less . My mood swings are here before my period . It’s just the brain clarity crap that’s bugging me. Do you have severe severe body weakness ? I have that bad .

        • Madeline July 14, 2019 at 10:54 am

          Do you think your sleep just took time to heal? You said your gut isn’t healed right so maybe that’s the last step you need to start to heal the brain issues?
          I am theEXACT same way with the depersonalization/fog. Nothing ever feels real to me. I’m constantly asking if I just said or did something cause I have no idea if I did or not. It feels like there’s something blocking me from feeling like my true self, like at times I catch glimpses but it never lasts.
          I don’t really have body weakness, there are days I feel more tired than others but that’s about it

        • Patricia July 22, 2019 at 10:54 am

          Madeline, perhaps you could look into NeuroMag (Magnesium L-Threonate), it is the only form of Magnesium that crosses the blood-brain barrier. I’ve read some people use it to help with the brain fog. I haven’t had this problem during my Floxing but I use it every day to try and prevent CNS issues. Don’t know it it’s working but hasn’t caused any problems with my gut (and I’ve been having some).

        • Patricia July 22, 2019 at 11:00 am

          Oh, I re-read your story and it seems you are already using it. I hope those last symptoms leave you promptly 🙏🏻!

  5. Gina July 13, 2019 at 8:43 pm Reply

    I’m so sorry that you’re going through this. I am about 3 months in and have a lot of your same symptoms. It’s so difficult. How did you know you had thyroid issues?

    • Madeline July 14, 2019 at 10:56 am Reply

      I’m sorry you’re going through this too. Have any of your symptoms decreased yet?
      I got a large panel of blood work done, and my tsh, t4/t3s all got tested. It was hard to know if my thyroid was causing it’s own set of symptoms or if if was a side effect of the antibiotics

      • Haley July 14, 2019 at 7:04 pm Reply

        Madeline sorry forgot to answer your question on the sleep thing . So the sleep thing was weird . I definitely think it was time . Don’t get me wrong I still sleep a bit funny two – three times a week . Who else falls asleep only to wake up 15 minutes later and go what the heck just happened ?! It almost feels like we blacked out as opposed to peacefully falling asleep . So annoying .

        • Madeline July 15, 2019 at 1:54 pm

          Haley: Kay ya my sleep is like that right now. I wake up like 5-7 times at night, if I’m lucky enough to actually fall asleep. And half the time when I get up in the morning it feels like I more just had a quick nap, so it feels like my days are just 1 long-@ss friggen day

  6. Gina July 14, 2019 at 4:51 pm Reply

    Some have a little, they seem to come and go. I’ll think they’re gone only to come back a couple days later. My heart pounding and arms trembling after I eat has almost completely went away. It was bad at first. I had no appetite and it was hard to force myself to eat because of it. I went to the Dr. at the beginning of this before I knew what was happening and he ran those Thyroid tests but said they came back fine. After I discovered Floxiehope, I started to understand what was going on with me. It was one of my scariest symptoms and I’ve read all the stories and haven’t heard of that with anyone, which makes it more scary. I looked up my symptoms and it seems to be from hyperthyroidism, but doesn’t show up on tests. That’s why I asked you. Is this part of the side effects and if so, what are you taking, or does it have to work itself out like everything else?

    • Haley July 14, 2019 at 6:24 pm Reply

      Girls all of that stuff will leave . Gina I have that to after eating . Madeline my brain issues never ever leave and I am 16 months out . Here’s the thing . I spoke to a lot of people and the brain stuff leaves . It just takes 24-30 months . Hmmm I also have muffled hearing. Anyone on here have the muffled hearing and did it leave . My depersonalization feels the same . Do you also have it so you don’t know who you are in the mirror ? I can’t recognize music all the days are also blurring . And I can’t cry it’s lole I don’t have an emotional response to anything really.

    • Madeline July 15, 2019 at 1:51 pm Reply

      Gina: if I can recommend anything it’s to not go to a traditional doctor unless they understand/acknowledge what these antibiotics can and are doing, otherwise it’s just frustration and energy on your part (even more than normal). Also I began demanding printouts of my bloodwork because a bunch of my levels were way out of the range of “normal” but my doctor said they were probably “lab error”, and denied I could actually have an issue. I never experienced heart pounding with arms trembling per se. For me it was constant heart fluttering and the odd weird sensation in my extremities, but not always after eating. I recommend joining the “adrenal fatigue and thyroid care” Facebook group if you haven’t already. I’ve gotten a lot of help from different fb groups
      Sorry I can’t help with your scary symptom, as for a lot of mine I think it was time

  7. Pam July 15, 2019 at 11:19 am Reply

    Oct 2016 Cipro and Flagyl messed up my son’s life. He currently 40 yrs old. He isn’t the same from head to toe.

    • Madeline July 15, 2019 at 1:52 pm Reply

      I’m sorry to hear that these drugs changed him so much. I hope he’s found some peace and still enjoys little things in life. It’s where I get my hope, from the little things I enjoy now

    • July 16, 2019 at 12:24 am Reply

      What does he still have ? I’m so sorry . If he’s on any meds have him get off ASAP . Ativan made me worse .

      • Lizzie August 21, 2019 at 4:03 pm Reply

        Hi Haley and Madalaine if you’re there, I have bad issues with breathing like I feel like I’m running out of breath when talking or laughing, is this air hunger? It’s hard to know really. I’m 2 months out and my symptoms cycle all over, but the breathing is a baaaaaad issue. Xoxo

        • Madeline August 22, 2019 at 5:51 am

          Lizzie: I’m not really sure what that is..I had similar issues in the first couple months but I believe mine were associated with the anxiety I was experiencing. I’m sorry I can’t offer much more :/

    • Tracy July 16, 2019 at 9:58 am Reply

      Hey Pam he can still heal . What symptoms are bugging him. I’m so sorry this happened to any of us really . How many did he take ? I believe he can still improve.

  8. Gina July 15, 2019 at 7:10 pm Reply

    Thanks Madeline! I’ll join that group. I appreciate your time and help. I went to the Dr. after I started having symptoms and he said it was anxiety, although I’ve never been treated for that. I knew something was terribly wrong. He gave me Lexapro and after 2 pills, I was way worse and threw them away. I’ve never been sick in my life so I was lost and scared. I was so thankful to find Floxiehope. I don’t no what would have happened if I hadn’t. My symptoms are all decreasing and I even slept last night!

    • Madeline July 16, 2019 at 2:29 pm Reply

      Gina: yeah doctors are so quick to say “well you have this so take this pill”, they fail to question why you’re dealing with the symptom. I no longer look to my doctor as a first line of help. I’m happy to hear you’re sleeping, even if it isn’t every night, it proves your body is on the right track..even if it’s slow going!

  9. Roxanne July 23, 2019 at 2:26 pm Reply

    Your youth may work in your favor for healing. I’m a 67 yr was 66 at the time of my floxing, It’s been 16 months now and I’m still dealing with side effects from Cipro. I’m not as bad as I was the first 6/ 7 months, but still not back to how I was before the Cipro. I too have a fear of doctors now. Being dismissed as a ” mental” case really did it for me! You’d think they could look at your health history and see you were a healthy person before taking the drug?? Out of the blue you just develope all there issues?? Very very frustrating. Do believe time is a big part of the healing process. You have to listen to your body and do what it’s telling you. Hope you have continued improvement.

  10. BamBam August 19, 2019 at 10:05 pm Reply

    Hi I am Bam,from Philippines,30 yrs old.I was floxed last July 19,2019; due to prescribed me Cipro but after 5 pills I stopped because I found out the side effects of it; as i took it i felt my nose very dry, and my back was like little painful,tingling sensation,feels cratching of my skin . actually after 3 pills i felt little weird of my walking seems like i cant really lift my legs when i take steps then i just ignored it.after 5 pills i went to lab test for my uti to make sure if my uti is gone because i stopped the cipro. the result is normal no more uti,,on the next day after labtest it was my children nutrition month celebration, in the morning after taking a bath of my 5 yr old daughter i felt lost of strength or energy but I managed to go upstairs for changing the dress of my child but aftr that i lie down on bed again for 5 minutes because i felt lost of energy and then i tried to get dressed to attend the celebration but as get on the car my walk is really like 80 yrs inside the car, i lie down on the seat because felt like I can’t sit for long..then i decided to go home only my husband accompanied my children..Then after that day another symptoms showed up ,chilling, difficult to speak shaking mouth when i talk.,very emotional, my joints cracking,my spinal cord so weak feeling cant stand for long hours, brain fog, can sleep 1 hour,,then the following 3 days can’t sleep,my body felt electrocuted go up and down , my foots are cold feeling my foot inside the refrigerator,my legs like twisting, abnormal movement of my body,legs arms, my eyes are dry,my lower abdomen was contracting, muscle weakness ,we went to hospital to ask medication for sleeping but they refused because i need to go back to my doctor who prescribed my medication,they dont believe that this is ciprofloxacin side effects, they said i need to consult to psychiatrist , though I really have anxiety before but this time is worst, my sister bring me to her house where other of my siblings lived there.first day they gave me 1 antihistamine in the night my sister gave me a pill for anti depressant as i walk up early in the morning my brain fog get worst and my vision change i cannot see clearly in near sight .my mother and father from our province come to my sister’s house brought herbal, they took care of me until i was able to sleep
    for 1 night ,but the symptoms never go away , i can’t sit for 10minutes, so i started taking iron supplement, b complex, since the magnesium supplement is rarely available in the shop here in the Philippines, my husband ordered online magnesium glycinate but it took a week.since I don’t have magnesium supplement, my sister and mom made carrot with banana smoothie 3 times a day,, but at night is still hard to sleep due to muscle twist and electrocuted feeling of body, i always pray and pray thats my strength, to never give up. worried for i know magnesium will help to stop this muscle twist and numbness, my siblings and parents they dont believe im suffering from Cipro,its really hard for me deppressing but thankful they are very supportive tho they dont believe until now,then as I opened my Facebook account there is food supplement pop on my Facebook timeline the name Sante Barley, i read the nutrients ,has nutrients that other consumed for their flox and i saw many testimony that healed various illnesses, stroke, imbalance hormones,thyroid, body lesion, diabetics, and healed cancer patients,thus, maybe God wants me to take this supplement , i remembered the cousin of my husband was selling this supplement, I contacted her and yes shes still selling , i ordered on the next day she delivered it in the night, then my husband brought it to me as i drink it ,its really a big miracle I sleep for 6 hours, in day time i can sleep also,, the feeling of electrocuted is gone, twisting is gone, less brain frog, the following day little improvement on walking and sitting i can sit for an hour,, I stopped drinking smoothie because i got weight loss, in Sante Barley, i cant eat a lot, i can sleep anytime, im still on my way of healing ,i started walking little by little now..i can wash the dishes now, sex hormones improve.

    i have still the other symptoms like:
    I can’t lift things heavy,
    little cracking joints
    if i excercised much it made drained energy,and muscle ache and head pressure,,
    can’t walk long distance but atleast i can walk, less dizziness, i can laugh now and can assist my children to thier assignments, and dressing them up for schools.
    atleast after a month of flox there are improvements..

    i know little by little i will be completely healed..

    Dont give up,keep fighting..

    Sante Barley distributed her in Philippines and other countries,made from New Zealand
    If you want to try you can buy it online.

    I want to share this maybe this can help to you, its a powder of barley mix to warm water only in one glass, i drink before breakfast , after lunch and after supper..

    I don’t take the.magnesium glycinate we ordered, only the Santey Barley, i eat , vegetables, and bananas, fish,sometimes i eat pork i know our meat here is not antibiotic free, but i still eat but i feel ok..

    God bless us all.

  11. Roxanne June 14, 2020 at 8:10 am Reply

    My heart goes out to you and I hope you’ll have continued improvement. I was floxed 3 yrs ago by Cipro. Was given it for a mild uti. It’s been an up hill battle ever since. I’m a it older then you (65 ) at the time I took the Cipro, so that may be why my recovery is taking longer. Good days, bad days. You learn slowly what can trigger a relaspe. I come to the conclusion that everyday I can get up & out of bed is a good day. My chiropractor has been a big help in my healing & getting massages. My doctor just said, we will make sure you’re never given that again. Like your Dr will not admit my problems are from the Cipro. He talked me into having a flu vaccine in February and that was a big mistake. Really threw me into a relaspes. I take part of the blame, should have stood my ground and said no. Yes, I’ve lost a lot of faith in doctors. Stay healthy & be good to yourself.

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