Mahmoud’s Story – Recovery from Cipro Toxicity

I’m Mahmoud, a civil engineer (site engineer), 31 years old , from Egypt

On March 16, 2019 I had a car accident and broke my wrists on both hands and right forearm… The swelling was severe and the doctor gave me Cipro 500 for swelling and wounds. I took it for 31 days every 12 hours .. Without any side effects .. You can imagine the large period of time .. Side effects appeared only after stopping the drug for a month.

** The side effects and Symptoms that appeared included Vibrations of the entire body .. Pain and burning in the muscles of the whole body .. Tinnitus .. Movement and pain in the intestines .. Headache behind the eye and behind the head and pain behind the ear .. Muscle twitch in different areas of the body .. Muscle twitch in the head and face … Vibration of tendons of the right palm and neck … Pains in tendons and ligaments in the whole body…Teeth pain .. TMJ .. Lower jaw vibration …Weakness in the muscles of the body and Achilles tendons… brain fog and disturbing thoughts… Tears and crackles in tendons and ligaments.

*** I went to neurologists for 3 months and had many, many x-rays and tests without any result .. All doctors told me that the reason is a psychological disorder because I had a major car accident .. Friends and family said psychological .. I could not sleep and movement became difficult .. Imagine you need medications to sleep .. One of the doctors gave me injections of cortisone and anti-inflammatory non-steroid and problems in my body multiplied every night.

**I looked online and imagined the worst – Multiple sclerosis, atrophic lateral sclerosis, myoclonus and autoimmune diseases.

**Finally I found floxie hope and I knew the reason for my pain.

I took co q10 and selenium supplements

** I stopped supplements and ate vegetables and fruits:
_ Carrots, onions, garlic, tomatoes, watercress, salads, guava, apples – Foods containing antioxidants
_ Parsley and broccoli are important for production of glutathione.
_ Guava is the richest fruit with vitamin C »» 100 g Guava gives you 230 mg vitamin C.
_Lemon benefits the brain, nerve relaxation, antioxidant and vitamin C
_ Bone soup is rich in collagen, gelatin, minerals, vitamins and is useful for the intestines
_ Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, magnesium, zinc and omega 3 …Olive Oil for Vitamin E.
_ All of them are natural alternatives because Cipro has caused kidney problems. (Natural substitutes give you CYV vitamins and support glutathione and benefit you with minerals such as selenium, magnesium, zinc and sulfur)..Your body needs a lot because the damage is great.

** Now .. On October 2019 :
Stop headaches, head twitch and little of facial twitch. .. The tremors and pain stopped the nerves and muscles .. The tinnitus comes every two days or three after it was not stopped for a second

**** 60% of symptoms disappeared

**I still have problems with knee ligaments, right elbow, ligaments and tendons of the shoulders including tendons of the shoulders cracking and popping.

What helps you:
1_ Time is the most important thing .. you will improve over time .. Your faith in God and healing (half of healing is your belief that you are strong and will go beyond this)
2_ Support your body with what it needs (I eat all the vegetables and fruits and soup of bones and juices and organic milk .. A little bit of organic meat because creatinine is very high in the kidneys) Eat everything rich in vitamin C and A and any and selenium such as lentils and peanuts .. And eat foods rich in magnesium Zinc to support immunity and give the body antioxidants
3_ Stay away from sugar and hydrogenated oils and reduce caffeine .. Because food oxidation and free radicals is sugar
Now I walk long distances and work although my work is difficult I am an engineer I work in a site and this requires a great physical effort

But tendon and ligament problems in the knee and shoulders .. I still suffer .. I am trying to get rest and eat soup of bones and tomatoes to support collagen and gelatin .. I do not know how much this will need and how much damage will be for the joints .. But I believe it will heal as the rest of the symptoms.

* ** But the problems of tendons and ligaments in the knee and shoulders .. I still suffer .. And try to get rest and eat soup of bones and tomatoes to support collagen and gelatin .. I do not know how much this will need and how much damage will be for the joints .. But I believe it will heal .. such as I recovered from the rest of the symptoms.


Part 2
 Same i said before : I had a  cipro toxicity (May 2019) .. I stayed 3 months with the doctors and did not know the cause of my symptoms .. I knew the reason in( August 2019 ) via this site .. so i started my recovery story on August 2019
 __ now ( july 2020 … After 11 months of my recovery journey)
 _  i have 85 _ 90% recovery
  _ All symptoms of nerve have stopped (burning feeling _ numbness _ nerve pain)_i have no muscles pain _   i have no brain fog  _ I recovered from psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression _ most joints and tendons   healed) _  No tinnitus
 _ My remaining symptoms:
 _ Muscles twitches and vibration ( But its intensity is much less than the previous about 30% of the previous)
 _  shoulder tendons pain … with high  physical exertion only ) no pain in Resting condition)
 _ some times heart flurtting but it is Very few times
 The most important thing now is that I practice my normal life well despite these remaining symptoms because they are very weak
 What helped me was that I mentioned it in the first part of my story, but sometimes I was adding some things such as:
 _ wet cupping (But at the hands of a specialist)
 _ fasting
 _ Sauerkraut and Yogurt (Support with good bacteria)
 _ no sugar (sometimes i take little ) _ no fried food
 _ Eat red and violet vegetableIn order to help others with hopeand fruits because they contain antioxidants (cherries, tomatoes, apples, purple plum,)
 _ co Q10 i stopped it and back to it again for 7 months
 _ the most important thing (It is the passage of time with doing the previous things and believing in recovery) and i can drink coffee again
( i think it’s a great progress in 11 months only)
 _ i want to thank Lisa and all the people whose stories have given me inspiration and benefit


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22 thoughts on “Mahmoud’s Story – Recovery from Cipro Toxicity

  1. Michael October 28, 2019 at 1:42 pm Reply

    Hi Mahmoud,
    I’m sorry to hear this happened to you. I also have a similar story, taking Ciprofloxacin for 4 weeks in June/July 2019 for prostatitis. I suffered:

    – peripheral neuropathy (burning in hands and feet)
    – autonomic nervous system disruption (palpitations, orthostatic symptoms)
    – joint pain (epicondylitis, Achilles’ tendon pain, back pain)
    – ‘brain fog’
    – photopsia/flashers
    – GI disturbance (loose stools, bloating)

    Symptoms peaked about 2 weeks after stopping the course with all over body pain and tingling sensation.

    I thought I was finished….

    14-15 weeks later I am back at the gym. Last week I did 5 days. Treadmill, weights, elliptical, yoga.

    We can recover. We just need to hang in there and have faith in God.

    Supplements I took include:
    – alpha lipoic acid
    – glutathione
    – NAC
    – Magnesium
    – mito Q10
    – Vitamin D
    – Vitamin C
    – Omega 3 oils (Vegan source)

    Diet is full vegan. No dairy. I avoid sugar and gluten also but not zero. Lots of fresh fruit and veg including broccoli etc

    Currently I only have some mild joint aches and a bit of burning dysaesthesia in the feet and lower legs (calves/ankles).

    Most doctors I saw were not helpful. Some tried to suggest I was ‘stressed’ or ‘anxious’. But I travelled to Australia (I live in New Zealand) and saw a Neurologist who confirmed the diagnosis of toxic Ciprofloxacin-induced small fibre neuropathy (SFN) in the feet using a special neurophysiological test called sympathetic sudomotor response. This showed a positive sudomotor (sweat response) in the hands but not the feet that confirmed the diagnosis.

    Hope you (and everybody reading this) gets well soon.

    • Bruce October 31, 2019 at 11:59 am Reply

      Hi Michael, I have most of the same symptoms as you, and I only took one pill. For possible prostate problems.
      How much glutathione did you take? Liposomal?

      • Michael October 31, 2019 at 6:17 pm Reply

        I just started taking some glutathione about a week or two ago. I take this one:

        I’m thinking of going for iv glutathione. The other thing I found very helpful was B12. I take it daily and I also had an IM injection which helped a lot after I had it done.

        I also had some acupuncture done today. I think you need to give most of the symptoms 18 months. I’m currently at the 4 month mark. I’m hoping will be improved a bit more by Christmas, but I’m still troubled by the peripheral neuropathy.

        • Bruce November 6, 2019 at 1:59 pm

          Thanks Michael, I’m the same as you with 4 months out. I have seen a little bit of improvement, but I think it will be a year to be 90% back.
          Acupuncture can help. Mag lotion seems to help with the neuropathy.
          My main issue now is the eye muscle pain. I used a heated eye mask that helps a little.
          What a nightmare this is. All from on dosage.

        • Michael November 6, 2019 at 6:20 pm

          Yeah it is a nightmare. But we have to stay positive and have faith we will heal in time.

          The expectation is most of us will be significantly better if not completely better by the 2 year mark. Some will not of course.

          I’ll try that magnesium oil. I’ve been prescribed norpress (nortriptyline) and will also try gabapentin next week.

          With me it’s all neuropathy right now.

          Funny thing is with the acupuncture 2 days later I had this big flair up. Not sure if related or just a coincidence.


        • Bruce November 8, 2019 at 8:35 am

          Mag Lotion by Ancient Minerals seems to work best for me. I put on achillies tendons and arms and legs.

    • Nina November 24, 2019 at 9:21 am Reply

      Hi can you please tell me how you did of your brain fog ?

  2. Garrett October 28, 2019 at 1:59 pm Reply

    Hi Michael, I recently took just one dose of 500mg Levaquin on Friday Oct. 11th so I’m 17th days out right now. I’ve been experiencing a bunch of symptoms and since your timeline is similar to mine I was wondering if we could possible chat offline? I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

  3. Anona October 31, 2019 at 10:32 am Reply

    Hi, my symptoms are actually mostly of the level yours are now (but they have been concerning for me since I’ve never had anything like them before); I took the FQ for 3 days a month ago. I’ve also just been told to get my nutrition solely from natural sources due to the liver clearance issue that developed as a result of the toxins. I wonder also if we could chat offline. And thanks for posting this. It’s very encouraging.

    • Michael October 31, 2019 at 6:50 pm Reply

      My symptoms have been a bit cyclical. So I had a couple of good days at the one month mark only for things to recur.

      But each cycle for me was a bit better than the last. Today I would say was a flare up, but nowhere near as bad as how I was a few months ago. So with each cycle things get better. Also, I stopped taking nortriptyline a couple of days ago (I was taking 10-20mg at night for pain), so that may also be why. But that’s a good sign I would say overall (not needing to take it any more).

      Magnesium definitely helped. Alpha-lipoic acid definitely helped. B12 definitely helped.

      Diet wise, I’m basically vegan, and personally I don’t think you can beat a raw, whole-food, vegan diet as long as you make sure you get B12 from somewhere (supplements basically). But I think things to consider avoiding are: gluten, dairy, sugar, processed stuff, meat that has antibiotics (I don’t know how you would know if your meat doesn’t because pretty much all animals are fed antibiotics now).

      And exercise. I’m back to normal with exercise now more or less which really makes me feel a lot better, so 3-4 times a week at the gym, doing mainly cardio now but also some resistance training and stretches.

      • abhikumar9 May 9, 2020 at 12:58 pm Reply

        Hi Michael
        Just wanted to check in with you . I started having the same reaction to cipro 5 days into the course and stopped taking 3 days back . Would really appreciate your help to counteract the toxicity as early as possible
        Please reach out to me at

        Forever in your debt . Peace to you

      • Kim June 6, 2020 at 5:48 pm Reply

        Hi Michael – I’d love to connect via email to see how you’re feeling, as I’m over two years out and my main symptom as of right now is still the neuropathy that I just can’t shake. Please let me know if you’re available to chat!

  4. Harry November 6, 2019 at 3:35 pm Reply

    Hi Mahmoud … Do u have pain in front of shoulder between collar bone and shoulder joint … im having pain in that tendon. ? but i do have full range of motion and no weakness.

    • Mahmoud November 8, 2019 at 6:05 pm Reply

      Harry i have pain in front of shoulder and in upper , also shoulder cracking and popping.. i think it’s tendons rupture

      • Noha November 24, 2019 at 9:14 am Reply

        Mahmoud I am Egyptian too . Momkin takalimnee alla WhatsApp please. Ana ismee noha . Dee el nimera bitatee. Ana koman floxed . 310-936-8526 shokran .

        • Mahmoud December 2, 2019 at 1:53 pm

          Noha antie el number dah masre
          3lshan msh mgm3 m3aya

        • Mahmoud December 2, 2019 at 2:14 pm

          El country num. Eh ?

        • Mahmoud December 3, 2019 at 1:59 am

          Hi .. noha
          WhatsApp NUM bta3e

    • Mahmoud November 8, 2019 at 6:09 pm Reply

      Hi Harry .. yes i have.. also I have shoulder cracking and popping in upper .. i think it’s tendons rupture

      • ilker November 10, 2019 at 9:43 am Reply

        hi mahmoud. first of all I’m sorry I hope you get your previous health .Can you update periodically? your timeline and your symptoms are exactly the same as mine. I’m following

  5. Mohamed Hassan September 29, 2020 at 12:36 am Reply

    Hello Mahmoud, I am facing the same problem it looks like that i get floxed last April, I recovered some of the symptoms however still ear ringing, one of my eyes get some senstivity , still ferritin is 387 , pain in some joints knees , i figured out that i had the Helicobacter is positive , still need too much help

  6. Ahmed October 9, 2020 at 8:32 am Reply

    Hi mahmoud

    I am glad to hear that you have recovered. I am suffering from cipro toxicity for one month now. My main concern is lasting numbness under my toes and the ball of the feed. Have you suffered from numbness?? I feel numbness is the only thing that might not go away.


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