Melissa’s Story – Floxed Twice

I was floxed twice.

The first time was in July of 2016 for a suspected UTI. There was no UTI. The bacterial culture came back negative, but no one ever called me to tell me to stop the antibiotics. I finished the entire prescribed dose of Cipro. Something was happening to me but I never attributed it to the Cipro until almost 2 years later when it happened again.

Like many others, I bounced around to doctor’s appointments in search for answers. I had written down a list of my symptoms at that time to bring to my rheumatologist’s appointment:

1st time floxed (August 2016):
– random episodes of dizziness
– eye floaters
– tinitus (I already had it in one ear due to some unilateral hearing loss, but developed it in the other ear)
– depersonalization
– anxiety and feeling of hopelessness
– feeling very down
– random bouts of crying
– tendon pain all over
– joint pain
– feeling that my bones were trying to break out of my skin
– intense fatigue
– weakness, like my legs were heavy and couldn’t sustain my body
– intense arm and leg pain
– calf cramping
– terrible insomnia
– heart racing, beating hard and fast
– hair loss
– dry eye
– liver pain (started months later)
– what I thought was heart pain…likely costochondritis (months later)

To compare, 2nd time floxed (May 2018)
– all above symptoms
– vibrating sensations, primarily in legs, arms and face
– face numb (not positive if it was the quinolones or not)
– nerve pain/tingling/numbness all over body
– muscle twitching

New symptoms kept showing up each week. The symptoms were cyclical. I could go weeks with the horrible pain and fatigue, and then it would taper for weeks at a time to almost nothing. Each time I’d feel better, I thought it was all gone for good, only for it to return again. I never took magnesium because I didn’t know to. I did start to eat cleaner (did the Whole30 diet for a month, ate and still eat gluten and dairy free and overall was conscious of what I put into my body). The only thing I took was Vitamin C, D, and a probiotic. I never took NSAIDs, thankfully, as I now know that could have made my situation worse.

Four months later at the end of October 2016, my husband and I went to the beach in Florida. I remember that I was at a peak of pain, sitting on the airplane, feeling anxious and wanting to cry, every part of my body hurt. At one point a few days into our vacation, after being in the ocean for hours each day, I felt like I was going through a pretty intense detox. I was at the worst of all of the pain and sensations of the entire past few months. I cried to the pharmacist, begging for something that could provide relief. I left empty handed which was not a bad thing. The next day, all pain was gone. Just like that. The anxiety was gone. My body felt strong. And it never returned to that magnitude again. When people say it has to get worse before it gets better, it’s really true. Embrace the bad because it will get you to the good!

What remained (now looking back):
– random joint and tendon pain that would crop up here and there
– dry eye cleared up but took a few extra months
– my left hand still tingles at random
– I continued to play soccer, and my left calf would cramp up so bad within minutes of playing, so badly that eventually I had to stop playing. This only started after Quinolones.

The second time I was floxed was in May of 2018 for a suspected sinus infection that I never did have. I took that first Avelox/Moxifloxacin pill and felt something was wrong as I woke up that night unable to straighten out my knee. I took the second pill the following day. I began to notice my legs were incredibly weak…it was difficult to walk. I went to the ER, and they told me to stop this antibiotic immediately. It was helpful that nearly every doctor and pharmacist that I talked to believed me, or had heard of this as a possible reaction to Quinolones. I’m thankful for that. One pharmacist stated that this antibiotic is becoming a real problem the longer it’s on the market. People think they are fine taking it once, twice, ten times, until suddenly the ‘bomb’ goes off in your body. I’m glad recognition is starting, so that this antibiotic class can be reserved for times where absolutely necessary.

Everyone assumed that since I was off the antibiotic, my symptoms would improve. But that was when everything got so much worse. I had less intense cycles of pain this time around. This time my symptoms were more steady (from worse to less worse, but never gone and mainly bad). That made me wonder if this time my symptoms would become permanent. The only thing that I could say that was better this time compared to my first floxed experience was that I didn’t have the intense flu-like fatigue, maybe because I stopped after two pills this second time around, or maybe because it was Avelox instead of Cipro. I was tired, but not the same intensity. One day it clicked, that this is what happened to me 2 years prior. It was frightening to know that I did this to myself for the second time, and for no good reason. The effects are cummulative and I wondered if maybe I wouldn’t pull through this time.

The insomnia kicked in about 2 weeks in. I hated it. Heart pounding and racing in the middle of the night, unable to sleep…but I knew this time what was happening to me so I would tell myself that I had to ride this out. The anxiety and random crying was so uncharacteristic of me, that I could remember crying and telling my husband that this was not me, that this was the antibiotic, and that it would pass. It did. I never had mental health issues before taking Quinolones, and I haven’t since. If you are suffering from the anxiety, I think it’s one of the worst of all the symptoms…it really will pass. You WILL feel normal again, especially if you didn’t suffer from it before. Just keep reminding yourself, it’s not you, it’s the anbitiobics!

About two months in, I started losing so much hair (for you women who have had babies: just like post-partum hair loss).

Three months in, I started with the nerve pain. This time, like hot lava being poured on my head. My trigeminal nerve on both sides of my face would burn. My spine would burn. My abdomen would burn. My face and scalp would go entirely numb and tight, like I was wearing a mask. This was a frightening new symptom. Crawling and tingling all over my body from head to toe. I kept thinking I had insects crawling on me. My skin felt like it was vibrating all over. I knew that because I was floxed for the second time, I would need more time to heal than the first time. I would give myself daily pep talks, willing myself to be better and stronger. God has taught me many things through this, and patience was one of them! I sure did lean on Him during these months.

What I took this second time around: Vitamin C, B Complex, Magnesium Glycinate, Iodine (tiny amounts and for a short amount of time) to help flush out the excess fluoride, Vitamin E (short amount of time), eating well, going to the beach again (replenishing those lost trace minerals). I also did epsom salt feet/leg soaks every single night for about 30 minutes for months. I had read that it is a great way to replenish magnesium, and I would notice if I missed a day or two.

I never sat around and felt sorry for myself…for long. I think I cried every single day for 5 months, but I made myself stop each time. And I never cry about it anymore. I knew this wasn’t the real me, but what the Quinolones were doing to me as they messed with every part of my body and mind. If you have been floxed, you know that Quinolones affect you at the cellular level. Your mitochondria is destroyed. Everything is poisoned. But God made our bodies to heal…give it time. I knew I was getting better when for two days, just like the first time, everything got so much worse. I couldn’t get up off the floor to put one foot in front of the other. It was pain, fatigue, crying, but strangely I felt like “this is a good thing! I’m almost at the finish line!”. And it was true. Following that was the biggest leap of improvement in the entire process. Just after that we went to the beach and I’ve been so much better since.

I know what it’s like to feel like your body is dying from the inside out. I didn’t want to appear weak, but I did. I have four young kids, a loving church family, and an amazing family…they saw me at my lowest which is incredibly humbling. My husband gave me so many foot massages, I could cry thinking of how wonderful he was to me during that time. And oh, my family and friends! I had meals, help at home, and more. A small glass of wine before bed from time to time really helped my overactive system (I have read so many people saying that it helped, and it’s weirdly true). You have to keep smiling, keep moving, keep hoping, keep praying. The months and years seem long and the future uncertain, but most people heal eventually. Maybe not exactly as you were before, but pretty close! That sounded upsetting when I’d read that people after one or two years were “85%” or “90%” healed. I wanted to be 100% healed! And I understand the frustration of not being able to do everything you did before. I was very active and there is a lot I still can’t do, but there is a lot I can do. Honestly, I think you will be so relieved when the initial horrible symptoms are gone that you won’t mind being 85% healed as much as you thought you would. You’ll be grateful.

I remember the first time I took a long walk, and realized I didn’t feel like dying after! It felt like such a gift. It almost seems silly now, now that I’ve improved so much. I sometimes ask myself, did I just even go through that? TWICE? The reality is that my body is still healing, and I don’t know if I’m in a better cycle, or if I’m good go to with continuing on the healing…but just having these days gives hope that I’m on the healing track. I can handle life like this. I’m nearly at the 6 month mark! It’s only going to get better from here.

And as some extra advice, once I realized just how frightening the stories on google were for this, stories of permanent damage and the medical articles on Quinolone Toxicity and what it does to the body, I stayed off for good. When I felt low, I would pray…our God hears and cares about our suffering. And then I would read recovery story after recovery story on Floxie Hope to remind myself that I too could heal eventually. I’m so glad this site exists! The recovery stories really gave me hope, but also helped explain what was happening to me. The first time I went through this, I had no idea what was going on with me and that was disheartening in its own way. This time, I did, which made it that much easier. Be patient. Keep busy even in pain and fatigue. Walk as much as you are able, and push yourself a little more each day. Allow people to be around you and even to help you.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you are suffering with Fluoroquinolone/Quinolone toxicity, it will get better!

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108 thoughts on “Melissa’s Story – Floxed Twice

  1. iulian October 22, 2018 at 8:18 am Reply

    hi. what did you do for the derealization ?…:( week 7 now and so acute . along with other simpthoms i have this is one is bringing me down. also.. how long you had that feeling for ? thank you

    • melissam October 22, 2018 at 8:45 am Reply

      I’m so sorry you are feeling that too. You have to ride it out. It started to improve about 5 months in. Really, hang in there and keep reminding yourself that it will pass!

    • Jenny November 8, 2018 at 2:20 pm Reply

      I’ve had depersonalization and derealization super strong now for 8 months straight. It will leave tho don’t worry. I have heard it from so many people I have spoken to . Just haven’t seen it yet . Don’t be afraid it’s a symptom your brain does to protect you from what happened . It’s neither deadly or painful it will just make you feel out of place . I pray it leaves for me too. Mellisa when was it fully gone in your case ?

      • melissam November 15, 2018 at 1:06 pm Reply

        Just saw this post Jenny! I know we’ve spoken since…I believe it will go for you too. Once I hit the 5 month mark I started to feel real feelings that were normal again. It’s hard Jenny! 8 months of it sounds terrible…I’ve heard others hitting that 12 month mark and see improvement in this area. I wish I could tell you for sure, but I am confident it will pass. I don’t see anywhere that the mind stuff is permanent.

  2. Melissa M. October 22, 2018 at 8:45 am Reply

    I’m so sorry you are feeling that too. You have to ride it out. It started to improve about 5 months in. Really, hang in there and keep reminding yourself that it will pass!

  3. Tom October 23, 2018 at 1:55 am Reply

    Hello, thank you for your story! It is great that you are doing much better! Wish you to have full health back. How many FQs did you take total? (pills/mg) What your vision issues? You mentioned floaters… Did they come “overnight” or was progressive worsening to some point? Had you blurry or double vision problems?

    • melissam October 23, 2018 at 4:45 am Reply

      Hello Tom! In July 2016, I took Cipro (500mg), and I took the entire dosage. I can’t remember if it was 7 or 10 days. I took one pill a day. I had no idea that it was the Cipro causing the reaction I had or I would have stopped sooner.

      In May 2018, I took Avelox (400mg), once a day. I only took two pills, one per day. I noticed a reaction after the first pill but I dismissed it and still took the second.

      The floaters came on with my first floxing in 2016 and only affected one eye. I have less floaters now than then, so it must be healing, and good that I didn’t get new ones this second time around. I don’t know if they came on overnight, but I don’t remember them progressively worsening. What was there was there, and one day I just noticed them. I did have a lot of dizzy feelings/blurry vision. Not double vision, but issues with being able to focus my eyes. When that would come on, I remember it would last about 2 weeks, then I’d be good for a bit, then it would come on for about 2 weeks again…I hated that feeling.

  4. Lorna October 23, 2018 at 7:30 am Reply

    Hi Melissa

    Wow what a trooper your story is truly amazing.

    15 days in (early days, haha)- but I really want to kick this thing in the was.

    Mainly suffering with fatigue, brain fog and really sore joints and nerve pain in leg stopping me walking.

    What iodine supplement did you take I wonder? And how much.

    Thank you !

    • melissam October 23, 2018 at 8:00 am Reply

      Thank you Lorna! We are all troopers…I see you are too. What you are experiencing I know very well. All of it should pass, I do believe that!
      I was told to be careful with iodine. I took a tiny drop a day for a couple of months, and then stopped because I was told it is good to take but bad to take too much. I got scared as I had no idea how much “too much” was. The brand is Natural Factors, and says on it “Fresh Kelp Extract – Each drop contains 800mcg of Iodine”. The bottle is a 50ml size. I was taking just a tiny drop, not the entire dropper full or you would overdose, but one single drop of the iodine in water, once a day. If you want a visual, here is what the bottle looks like: (I didn’t buy it from this website…I bought it from my local store).

    • Sandi November 13, 2018 at 10:09 am Reply

      Hi Lorna, I took Cipro on June 4th 2018. I am just 5 months out. My symptoms were CNS related, very high anxiety, crazy bouts of hopelessness & crying. Tendon, muscle & joint pain all over my body. Feelings of burning on my shoulders & elbows. Tight restrictive muscles on my legs. Tremors, fatigue and all over unwell. So many more symptoms I can’t recall or don’t want to remember. Right now I am walking pretty good. The tightness is gone but I feel very fragile. My hips & shoulders hurt everyday. Fatigue is better but still not my former energetic self. I am getting better but it’s hard when you want it to just be over already. I’m so tired of thinking about Cipro everyday. I am out doing my life and that is a godsend. I just recently went on a trip. I was so happy with myself that I was able to walk all through the airport and fly like my old self. I secretly rejoice in all my baby steps & accomplishments. We are around the same time floxed. How are you doing Lorna?

      • melissam November 14, 2018 at 8:26 am Reply

        Hey Sandi! I know you addressed your message to Lorna, but then you wrote that we were at about the same months out (5-6 months), which is making me think you meant to address your message to me :).
        Either way, it sounds like you have had many of the same symptoms as me, and I’m encouraged for you at the progress (baby steps) you have been making. I celebrate those baby steps too. I totally get that!
        Your energy will return, I’m sure of that. I also know what it’s like to want it to be over with already…I think we all are learning patience. From the sounds of it, you are almost out of the thick of it.

        • Sandi November 26, 2018 at 11:18 am

          Thanks Melissa😊 I keep rereading your story to encourage me. I’m sorry you had to go thru this the 1st time without knowing what it was. That had to be so scary. I so relate to you with the crying jags being one of the worst symptoms. It was so terrible and I’m so glad that has passed. I would just burst into tears everywhere. It was not me😣 I hope you are continuing to heal. My # is 480 213 7761 if you ever feel like talking with someone who understands. I feel so frustrated when people don’t get what you have gone through and still going through. I have to forgive them because there is just no way they can relate to what has happened to you unless they experienced it. When you said “did that really happen to me”? It’s such an unreal nightmare. I turn to God everyday yo help me. Thanks so much for sharing your story😊

        • melissam November 29, 2018 at 8:39 am

          Aw! Thank you Sandi! That means so much. I am continuing to heal. I had a setback recently with an antibiotic in the Cephalosporins family (NOT a quinolone! So frustrating!). I stopped taking it after two days and switched to amoxicillin/clavulin. I had a few weeks of pain and weakness return from that Cephalospirin…now looks like I’m back to being pretty good, maybe at 90% from the quinolones. Hopefully no new issues arise.

          Yes, it’s true that we are the best to understand one another. SUCH a surreal experience. Thank you for sharing your number! I just may give you a shout out some time :).

  5. jane October 23, 2018 at 12:08 pm Reply

    Hi Melissa.
    Just wondering if you still have neuropathy(tinglin, numbness, and nerve pain) and if you did anything for it ?

    • melissam October 23, 2018 at 12:45 pm Reply

      Hello Jane! I don’t have the nerve pain like I did, not even close. At the time that it was acute, I would scratch my head (or any part of my body) and the pain would last almost the entire day. Everything felt so hyper sensitive. My ears felt on fire, etc.
      Now, when I sit down cross-legged, I notice that familiar vibrating feeling in my legs. But that is getting better too. I still get tingly left hand from time to time (kind of carpal tunnel-ish, but only started after Quinolones). The nerve pain came and went in cycles, worsening at times and better other times, but never gone. Now I don’t really feel it or notice it there hardly at all.

      I didn’t do anything for it, unless the magnesium or vitamin B complex helped. It is very possible they did. I hope if you are having this symptom that it passes quickly for you.

      • jane October 23, 2018 at 1:02 pm Reply

        So basically time did away with it? Do you know how long you had it for? The neuropathy is driving me crazy 😦

      • melissam October 23, 2018 at 1:19 pm Reply

        I know, it was the symptom that was making me feel so anxious :(. I still hope and pray it won’t come back. This is my longest stretch without it!
        And yes, time did away with it. It lasted a couple of months. I started to notice my skin being extra sensitive when I touched it on my scalp. Putting a ponytail in would make my head hurt/burn or whatever that was, for a long while if not the whole day. Then I would feel it in all parts of my body. Even my BUTT burned! It was so weird. Are you still at the beginning of your journey? How long have you had this symptom?

        • Tom October 26, 2018 at 2:40 am

          My butt burned too…! I was sitting in the car and in the first moment I thought that the seat heating was turned on full power by mistake… then I realized that there is no seat heating in that car 🙂 (I have 2nd one with it) It lasted about half an hour and never came back… Very weird experience… It was about four months in. (now 8 in)

        • melissam October 26, 2018 at 4:58 am

          So strange these sensations. I’m so glad to hear it didn’t return! What do you have left after 8 months Tom?

  6. Rajiv October 25, 2018 at 2:58 pm Reply

    Hi. How long after the 1st floxing did your symptoms start improving and what percentage recovery were you at at the time of the 2nd floxing? Thanks.

    • melissam October 26, 2018 at 5:01 am Reply

      Hello Rajiv! The first floxing improved drastically at 4 months, from one day to the next. It was really odd that I went from horrible to pretty much nothing within a day. At the time of my second floxing, I would say I was 95% better. Now I’m nearly at 6 months from the second floxing and still I have symptoms (some peripheral neuropathy, and that vibrating skin sensation mainly on my legs that I know is my nerves, random joint and tendon pain that comes and goes, and dry eye that is already improving). It isn’t leaving quite as quickly this time around as the first time, though I’m doing so much better than I was a month ago and I can take off running if I want to ;).

  7. Lila October 26, 2018 at 10:45 am Reply

    Hi Melissa,

    I’m enduring post-floxing symptoms since 5months now. The main unbearable symptom is intense fatigue.

    How many time does your fatigue last and how did you cope with it ?

    Did you take something to lessen it ?

    Thanks by advance for your help.


    • melissam October 26, 2018 at 11:18 am Reply

      Hello Lila. I know that intense fatigue very well. I don’t think anyone can understand just how debilitating that fatigue is…I remember I could barely move. That was a symptom of my first floxing experience in 2016 and went away after I went to the beach in Florida (around three days or so into our vacation). It was gone from one day to the next, like, GONE around 4 or 5 months into being floxed. I had read someone else say how each time she went to the beach, she experienced more healing. Must have to do with detoxing or replenishing trace minerals/magnesium. I didn’t do anything else. Coping with it was very difficult. It is very debilitating and I’m so sorry you are experiencing it. Rest when you need to but also make yourself move as much as possible.

      • Karen Ramey October 31, 2018 at 5:39 pm Reply

        I forgot to hit the “notify me” selection. Please keep me notified. Thanks, Karen

    • Sandi November 26, 2018 at 11:23 am Reply

      Hi Lila, I had that intense fatigue. I wanted to share with you that my integrative Dr. Told me to take a supplement called NT Factor. It’s a mitochondrial support. My energy is pretty good now. Look into it, it might help😊

  8. Karen Ramey October 31, 2018 at 5:38 pm Reply

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story of recovery. I’m inspired!

    • melissam November 2, 2018 at 6:33 am Reply

      I hope it does offer some hope! Thank you for taking the time to tell me that.

      • Jenny November 8, 2018 at 2:11 pm Reply

        Hi can you tell me how Ming the depersonalization lasted please. I am 8 months out and I still have it really bad 😦

        • Jenny November 8, 2018 at 2:14 pm

          Can you shoot me a buzz 310.432.3381 I need some guidance . If you want . I am a mom of two and floxing is ruining my life . Thank you .

  9. bobby November 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm Reply

    im about 5 months in was floxed by levaquin for a sinus infection that want responding to amoxiclav..anyway my joints still hury and my shoulders knees and tendons ..i have neurapathy and gor some reason all gets hurt when the humidity goes up…does anyone know why..sorry for everyone on here experiencing all these side effects …

    • melissam November 15, 2018 at 12:49 pm Reply

      It all is very upsetting, isn’t it. 5 months later, having shoulder/tendon/joint issues 5 months in is not uncommon. I have heard others talk about the humidity being an issue as well.

    • Sandi November 26, 2018 at 11:28 am Reply

      Hi Bobby, I too am almost at 6 months out from Cipro poisoning. I have all the problems you do. Shoulders, knees, hip pain, sore ankles. I’m much improved from where I started so that’s a good thing:) I can walk but my body feels so fragile. Hope you are feeling better.

  10. Rajiv November 14, 2018 at 5:26 pm Reply

    Hey Melissa. How do you know if your regressing with new symptoms or is it just part of the process ? Im getting new symptoms and its freaking me out.

    • melissam November 15, 2018 at 12:40 pm Reply

      Rajiv, I would say it’s part of the process. Can you tell me, how long since you were floxed and your symptoms? Getting new symptoms is normal especially in the first 6 months but can be longer.

  11. Rajiv November 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm Reply

    Hi melissa. I had levaquin in february and cipro/macrobid in april. My symptoms of fatigue and minor tendon issues and peripheral neuropathy came on 6 weeks after macrobid or cipro. I had dark spots on my feet that went away 4 months in and then dizziness, weakness, tremors started in the 5th month. This is really rat poison that they gave us. I never knew an antibiotic could damage all systems of the body.

  12. Rajiv November 15, 2018 at 10:08 pm Reply

    Hey Melissa. Do you filter your drinking water and shower water at all?

    • melissam November 16, 2018 at 9:06 am Reply

      Hey Rajiv.
      I don’t know much about macrobid but I would assume it is all the cipro (that may be my lack of knowlege talking there). It is poison and I too didn’t know :(. I had the weakness and such start immediately, not at 5 months, but that doesn’t mean others haven’t had that show up a bit later. It affects us all differently.
      I don’t filter drinking water or shower. I have a Brita that I use off and on, and other times tap water. Where I live we don’t have fluoride in our water though, which is good.

      • Karen Ramey December 3, 2018 at 11:40 pm Reply

        Where do you live that doesn’t put fluoride in your water? You’re lucky for that. 🍀

        • melissam December 9, 2018 at 8:11 pm

          In Montreal, Quebec, Canada. No fluoride! SO thankful!

  13. Karen Ramey December 3, 2018 at 11:35 pm Reply

    Oh, Melissa, thank you for your inspirational testimonial. You give me hope. Are you not gluten free, but dairy free, as you said in your statement? I always get advised to eliminate gluten, #1, and dairy, not as important to get out of my diet, although dairy removal is emphasized. The diet thing is hugely confusing. I’m told to have bone broth, but the bones of livestock having drank fluoridated water, are extra packed with fluoride. I’ve been advised, by someone who’s an authority on fluoride poisoning, to have as close to zero as possible, fluoride anywhere near or in my life.

    • melissam December 9, 2018 at 8:16 pm Reply

      I am gluten free (no exception except that I don’t worry if there might be a crumb on the cutting board or if a knife goes from the peanut butter jar on regular bread, back in, and then on my GF bread….). I am also dairy free, but I take small exceptions. I know what you mean about the diet thing being confusing! I try to eat clean. I don’t eat much refined sugar, but I’m not down to “never” and will never be I think.

      You are giving me good info about the fluoride. Iodine is supposed to help remove fluoride from the body, but you have to be careful with iodine. I just kept it at the minimum amount for a few months. No idea what I’m doing is helping or not, but I’m trying all of these tricks but also not going crazy with it. In the end your body is going to do what it’s going to do, but you can help give it the right environment for healing. How far along are you in the whole floxed mess?

      • tammy gyarmathy December 16, 2018 at 8:45 pm Reply

        How are you doing now

        • melissam December 18, 2018 at 8:53 am

          Better all the time as far as floxing goes. I had a set back…took the antibiotic Apo-Cephadroxyl (it is not in the Quinolone family, but in the Cephalosporins family) and began noticing the jello legs, and overall “Floxie” pains returning full force. After two pills my doc switched me out to penicillin-clavulin which I tolerated well. But then I had to heal again from the re-floxing, though it was mild in comparison to the Quinolone floxing. I have a lot of overall tendon pain that comes in and out. I still feel stiff. I have a lot of head and neck pain that I don’t think is related. Joint pain is in and out.
          It is all night and day from where I was! I can live like this. I could not have said the same just 2 months ago.

      • tammy gyarmathy December 18, 2018 at 10:27 am Reply

        Sorry to hear that happened to you!! Overall are you pretty functional? Do the pains interfere with your day to day? Are you able to travel etc?

        • melissam December 19, 2018 at 7:12 am

          It stinks for us all :(.
          I am now very functional, I’m happy to say. I have pains that do not interfere with my day to day (travel would be no issue). I can’t believe how far I’ve come since even just October! Thankful. Are you newly floxed or months out?

  14. tammy gyarmathy December 20, 2018 at 10:04 pm Reply

    I am 7 weeks in… today was a great day I went shopping wore cute boots and did good was out for a couple hours.. wrapped Christmas presents … my hands and arms feel a bit wan but I’d say today was the closest I’ve felt to normal in a while… all my symptoms are pain related.. arms, legs, feet, ankles, hands, wrists, fingers, shoulders , back, neck and hips,, the pain cycles … and I’m guessing neuropathy because I get some tingly , vibration and muscle twitching… I think that’s the biggest thing I’m worried about. I don’t want to lose the use of my arms and legs

    • melissam December 26, 2018 at 7:21 pm Reply

      It is so great that you can get out and do stuff and wrap presents…some normalcy even through the pain is good. You sound a lot like I did. Don’t be surprised if you get worse again. And don’t worry about the tingly/vibrating/twitching. I got that a few months in and I found it scary because it was a scary new symptom, but it did leave. You won’t lose the use of your arms and legs because of it, but I get how it all seems scary. You will be surprised at how much better you will feel in a few months. xoxo

      • tammy gyarmathy December 26, 2018 at 7:59 pm Reply

        I was a part of the fb pages and they terrified me!! So many people not healed years out! I’m not doing too good right now.. Achilles started acting up Saturday been down since ..

        • melissam December 27, 2018 at 8:31 pm

          I am SO scared to join those FB pages! And we know it, probably the majority on there are the ones who haven’t healed and need an outlet. Most people do heal, and you are really early out. For what it’s worth, my achilles was acting up many times in the process (burning, tightening, pain, etc.). It never amounted to a rupture or anything grave.

        • tammy gyarmathy December 27, 2018 at 9:06 pm

          Yeah i wish I would have avoided those groups like the plague it destroyed my morale for sure!! How long did it take your tendons to feel better

        • melissam December 29, 2018 at 12:02 pm

          Just keep reminding yourself despite what you read that you will likely heal. I know I have to keep reminding myself of that.
          After the first floxing experience in 2016, I was pretty well healed (99%) within 6 months and did nothing/took no supplements. I did have issues with my calves being tight.
          I am doing SO great right now after the second floxing, but I’m really frustrated that after 7 months I’m still having some tendon pain and leg/arm pain weakness and pain that comes and goes. Nothing that stops me from doing anything anymore (not like in the beginning where I couldn’t do anything). It was right around when I wrote my recovery story on this page that I did my turnaround. I can bike, walk, etc. I don’t know about running for more than short distances (as in, around the corner) because I’m scared to do damage. Hope this helps!

        • tammy gyarmathy December 29, 2018 at 12:11 pm

          At two months did you still get extreme weakness etc? I was doing good then I feel like I’ve just be so down for a week now…

        • melissam January 3, 2019 at 1:43 pm

          Oh yes! I really, really did. Even at 4 and 5 months…until everything (weakness, pain, fatigue) got so horrible and then left. So in fact, don’t despair that you are “still” feeling all of that at 2 months.

      • ChrissyMM March 26, 2019 at 12:48 pm Reply

        How’s everyone feeling with the neuropathy now? I still get stinging pains in my hands and arms and my feet burn on occasion at night. Tingles in my back too. Tammy I think we’re close in our time frame. I remember seeing you on the Facebook page. I left because I couldn’t take the sad/scary stories. It made me feel like I could never heal!

        • tammy gyarmathy March 26, 2019 at 12:50 pm

          Hey hun I’m dealing mostly with tendon issues!! How are your tendons?

        • ChrissyMM March 26, 2019 at 1:36 pm

          Hey Tammy,

          My tendon and joint pains have improved. They do occasionally flare but not as often as in the beginning. usually its my ankle and shoulder if i over do it. They will flare up for a few days and then subside. its not holding me back though. i can still function through the discomfort. my struggles are the neuropathy but mostly the anxiety. How are you feeling?

        • tammy gyarmathy March 26, 2019 at 1:38 pm

          My tendons are pretty bad still… makes me sad I figured by month 5 they would be doing better … that’s really all I am dealing with.

  15. Sandi January 3, 2019 at 5:58 pm Reply

    Hi Melissa:)
    Happy New Year! I am having terrible shoulder pain that I think is my rotator cuff. I did lots of decorating over the holidays which was so therapeutic for me. I picked up my 3 grandkids they are 4, 2 & 1. Now my arms are hurting a lot. I’m just wondering if you had any pain in your shoulders and did it resolve? I’m just having a little spiral and could use a friend to help me remain positive. Thank you Melissa:)

    • melissam January 3, 2019 at 8:21 pm Reply

      Thanks for writing Sandi! I think it’s so much better to ask then to wonder.
      I 100% had a similar (if not the same) shoulder issue as you described. I couldn’t lift my arm up over my head, the pain was so bad. I could push into my shoulder and find the pain. It is something that would resolve within a couple of days each time. And it would occur less and less as time went on following my first floxing (2016).
      Now that I had my second floxing in May 2018, this issue cropped up again. In fact it was just this week that I’ve been dealing with it again. Yesterday my right arm was useless (shoulder pain) and today I already feel it improving and not really an issue. The pain is nearly gone again, I’m happy to report! Yours will too!

      • tammy gyarmathy January 3, 2019 at 8:27 pm Reply

        Melissa did you get any weird rashes?? My legs and arms are super itchy with little tiny bumps. Not sure what I can do as I know most creams for rashes are steroid based?

        • Sandi January 4, 2019 at 8:24 pm

          Hi Tammy, I was floxed last June. I had weird sporadic red raised spots on my body. This happened in the first 3 months. I also had strange bruises. I’ve read many Floxie stories where others said they had this too.

        • tammy gyarmathy January 4, 2019 at 8:27 pm

          What did you do for yours? I’m planning using aveeno.. the doctor wanted to give me a steroid cream I declined .

        • Sandi January 4, 2019 at 11:47 pm

          I didn’t do anything. I took Epsom salt baths every night. They went away after some time.

        • tammy gyarmathy January 4, 2019 at 11:49 pm

          I’ve been afraid to do an Epsom bath because I’m scared it will make em worse.

        • Sandi January 5, 2019 at 11:08 am

          Tammy:) maybe try it once and see how you do. I didn’t have an all out rash. It was more like random red spots here and there. It wasn’t really itchy either. How long ago were you floxed? What are your remaining symptoms? Hope your feeling better.

        • tammy gyarmathy January 5, 2019 at 11:13 am

          I’m only two months out… but my main symptoms are arm wrist and hand pain, ankles hurt on and off and some hip pain. Sleep is rough some days and dry eyes. Stomach is a bit messed up and that’s about it. I hope you’re doing better!

        • melissam January 6, 2019 at 8:38 pm

          I didn’t get any rashes at all, but glad Sandi was able to help with that. I feel like I’ve had so many symptoms that I’m glad a rash wasn’t added to the list! Sheesh.

      • Sandi January 4, 2019 at 10:33 am Reply

        Thanks for getting back to me so quickly:) it really helps knowing that you had this and it goes away. Not to mean that I’m happy you felt this way of course. My shoulder pain has been pretty consistent since I was floxed last June. Just variant

        degrees of pain. Up until now it has been functional with some restrictive movements but right now it feels pretty debilitating😔 I must have pushed it past it’s comfort zone over the holidays. I broke my right ring finger in Nov so I’m still dealing with that. My finger is crooked and non functioning and lately I feel it’s a Symbol of me…Broken:( I need to get beyond this mind set because I have been doing so well mentally and making huge gains physically. Did you feel like this? How are you feeling today Melissa? FYI..Here’s a quick bio of me,I’m 53 and have 2 adult boys aged 27 & 29. I’m married for 30 years. I have 3 beautiful grandchildren. You can find me on FB as Sandi Barbera. I thinks it’s nice to make a personal connection:)

        • melissam January 6, 2019 at 8:45 pm

          I’ll add you on FB Sandi!
          So your shoulder pain has been more constant…mine intermittent, but still I think it’s a good sign that the pain goes down for you. The “down” will become your baseline again maybe? I know what it’s like to feel broken. And to have to fight with your mind and body. If you were doing well mentally and physically, you will get back to that point again!
          I loved reading your short bio. I’m 39 years old. I was first floxed at 36, and second floxing was at 38. I have 4 young kids. Married 18 years to my most amazing husband, my high school sweetheart.

          I wrote the floxiehope recovery story, and then soon after I took an anbibiotic (Apo-Cephadroxyl in the Cephalosporins family) which had me relapsing but still not quite as bad as I was. It was discouraging. Right now, I keep having leg and arm weakness/pain, and alternating joint pain. But my mind and my emotions are 100% great. I’m so glad! Those were both hard to deal with in the thick of it. I can’t wait for the leg/arm weakness and pain to go, once and for all. It didn’t take this long to go after my first floxing. Still, I remind myself that I’m light years from where I was only a couple of months ago.

        • tammy gyarmathy January 6, 2019 at 9:29 pm

          We are the same age I’m 37. Add me to Fb too! 😊

        • melissam January 6, 2019 at 8:47 pm

          Also Sandi, I just tried to add you on FB but I think your “add friend” button is hidden ;). I wrote you a private message.

        • melissam January 7, 2019 at 9:59 am

          Tammy, I tried to add you but you also have your “add friend” button hidden. I sent you a pm on FB.

        • tammy gyarmathy January 7, 2019 at 10:07 am

          That’s weird I Don’t have a message from you? Maybe wrong account? What’s your last name? I’ll try to add you

        • melissam January 7, 2019 at 10:37 am

          I think you have to check your messages “Message Requests” option since we aren’t friends, and you will find me that way. There is only one “tammy gyarmathy” that I can see! Shoot. If you still can’t find me by going to your “Message Requests” in the Messenger area, let me know.

        • tammy gyarmathy January 7, 2019 at 10:56 am

          So weird I don’t have anything in the requests either

        • Sandi January 7, 2019 at 10:50 am

          Hi Melissa & Tammy,
          I didn’t see a PM from you either Melissa:( Tammy, I would love to be FB friends with you too😊 if you have an IG account you can find me as
          I think we can support each other and lift our spirits. Look forward to seeing you on FB & IG

        • tammy gyarmathy January 7, 2019 at 10:59 am

          I just added you on Ig 😊

        • Sandi January 7, 2019 at 10:58 am

          Hi Melissa:)
          Yes my shoulder pain has been pretty consistent throughout my floxing. Within days of taking Cipro I had intense burning pain in both shoulders. Of course I am worried that I have tears or of possible rupture but what can you do? I did feel these sharp pains upon movement with my ankle, on the top of my foot and also both hips. The foot pain is gone for now and my hip pain has calmed down a lot. So, I tell myself my shoulders will be good someday soon. Haha! I have terrible neck pain now🤗 I know, what a mess right! I’m sorry you had to take another antibiotic. You really inspire me, you’ve had such a rough time but I can tell you have such a good mind set. I know we will all feel better soon. Have a great day…

        • melissam January 7, 2019 at 7:46 pm

          Tammy and Sandi: you’ll both have to add me I think: Melissa Roussakis Mellette. Look for me 🙂

    • Madge Hirsch February 9, 2019 at 6:06 pm Reply

      I have rotator cuff tendonitis in my right shoulder at the moment. It comes and goes. I had it in my left shoulder several years ago. It lasted 9 months. For sure your decorating could have caused it if you were putting your arm above your head a lot. You need to look after it or it could linger on indefinitely

      • Sandi February 28, 2019 at 8:07 am Reply

        Hi Madge:)
        Sorry, I missed this comment somehow. Thanks for the helpful advise. As of now, my shoulder continues to get worse. No improvement:( How far out are you? I hope you are doing good.

  16. Riley January 11, 2019 at 10:41 am Reply

    Hey Melissa!

    I am always in Canada and took cirpo two pills and now have muscle weakness and muscle pain and tingling/numbness changing throughout my body?

    when did yours start to go away?

    • melissam January 18, 2019 at 7:31 am Reply

      Hello Riley/fellow Canadian :). You described exactly what I had. I have it now too but to such a lesser degree. I’m still cycling but right now there is such improvement.
      How long has it been since you’ve been floxed? I am 8 months in (second floxing). I would say the 6 month mark was the big leap of improvement. Then I went down again for a couple of weeks in December, and back in a better place since. I know it’s all very scary. Keep hanging on until it passes!

      • Riley January 23, 2019 at 8:15 am Reply

        I am almost at the three week mark since my last dose. I took two 500 mg pills and notice after the second pill the weakness in my legs. The neuropathy didn’t start until a couple days after stopping

        • melissam January 25, 2019 at 11:12 am

          That sounds like me. Well, my second floxing at least. I took 2 pills and started to notice that weakness right after the second pill…so you are at the very start. I know we can’t know exactly when things may get better, but I think you will have to hang on for the next 5-6 months :(.

  17. Ernesto January 12, 2019 at 8:30 pm Reply

    Hi Melissa. Your story is truly inspiring. Your numbing tingling nerve pain you experienced. How long did it last before it passed? Currently experiencing that cycle.

    • melissam January 18, 2019 at 7:35 am Reply

      Thank you so much for saying so, Ernesto. I had that numbness and tingling with burning very badly hit me at the 2 month mark through probably the 6 month mark. I still have it but in the background. If I stay still, I still feel my arms and legs “vibrating” slightly (kind of nerve tingling). When I bend over, my spine begins to tingle and all parts of my body can easily go numb. I read from someone else that nerve issues like this post-floxing can take long to go away but it will be less and less (which is what is happening to me) until it finally leaves.

      So to summarize, I still have it, but not to where it is bothering me like it did. It is no longer pain. It is now just annoying tingles everywhere.

  18. SueL February 16, 2019 at 9:20 am Reply

    Hi Melissa. I was so inspired to read your story. I am three weeks in after taking 8 doses of 500mg tabs of Cipro prescribed for a skin infection and experiencing and have experienced many symptoms similar to you, including brain fog, numbness, joint pain, anxiety, bouts of crying, intense fatigue, weakness, like my legs are heavy and can’t sustain my body, arm and leg pain, back pain. The worst symptom by far is the fatigue. I have two small children and a full time job. I have only been working part time from home for the last couple of weeks but will have to return full time by first of March. I feel as if I need to stop and take a break after even doing the simplest of household chores or just walking to the kitchen. I have started some magnesium, CoQ10, and multivitamins. It waxes and wanes. I can leave the house for brief periods and sometimes feel better when I do, but then cannot function later in the day. And I am having sleep disturbances which makes energy levels worse as I am not getting enough sleep. I am trying to get an appointment with a Naturopathic Doctor next week. Of course I didn’t realize what was happening at first but just knew something was wrong. The doctor has tested me for just about everything and all results are negative. Most specialists wont see me because on their lab results there is nothing wrong. This is the most frustrating part. I know you said that after the first time it took about 4 months before your symptoms started to subside, did that include the fatigue? that one is most bothersome for me right now as I feel like I cannot function. I don’t know what to do so that I am not so fatigued when I stand up and walk any short distance. I had to travel last week for work and walking the length of the airport about did me in I was so exhausted after that I didn’t think I would make it home. I am so glad to have found this site and some positive stories it gives me hope.

    • melissam February 18, 2019 at 6:42 pm Reply

      Oh Sue. It is all so difficult, I know. I found my symptoms match yours pretty much exact. And I’m so glad I could be of hope and help to you! My symptoms went from absolutely horrible, to suddenly gone the very next day. I had read somewhere about the crying, that when your body is detoxing, it’s actually a normal reaction. I wonder if that is why we feel like crying even when it’s so uncharacteristic of us? It is so bizarre. I have 4 young kids…I feel for you.

      I didn’t even take anything after the first floxing and I healed.

      First floxing: May 2016. Healed very end of October 2016, including the extreme fatigue.
      I literally had so much energy after that, if that gives you an idea. I wish i knew what had happened to me so that I didn’t take a quinolone again and have it happen once more :(. How terrible that no doc connected the dots.

      Here’s a question for you. Are your symptoms drastically there, full-on for weeks at a time, and then suddenly gone for weeks at a time? That was my first floxing. Very dramatic differences. Second floxing has been more constant pain, better and worse days, but much less dramatic. I realized that the dramatic on and off means that it likely will just shut “off” one day soon. Just my personal conclusion related to my experiences.

      I gave up on doctors after I realized they were not helpful for my situation. And that fatigue is so debilitating but will improve. It is like a flu, it is so bad. I don’t know that anything will help but time. I know that isn’t fun to hear, but in a way it is good to know that time does heal. Let me know if you have any other questions. xoxo

  19. waysailoveland February 20, 2019 at 7:48 am Reply

    I am only three weeks out- starting week four, so i cannot tell you if they are here and then gone weeks at a time yet, some new symptoms keep popping up and others have seemed to have subsided for now at least. It is almost like my body is cycling through them. The brain fog is no where near what it was when I had initial onset, and some of the joint pain has moved. Where it affected my elbows and shoulders badly before I do not feel it anymore and was able to hold my three year old today and pick him up, which was something I could’t do a couple of weeks ago. Also the also the fatigue come on in strange waves some times it is just an all day feeling of tired and other days I feel ok and am moving around and then it hits me like a ton of bricks. As I have read other people describe it is like someone pulled the plug. I have been taking magnesium, CoQ10 (just ordered some MitoQ at recommendations here), multivitamins, selenium, probiotics, tart cherry juice in the evening, NAC, and B12 Methyl. I believe something is helping although I cannot tell you what exactly. Maybe it is my belief that something is helping. 🙂 I think the magnesium which I started first and have been taking the longest and CoQ10 are helping some symptoms aren’t as severe but still present. I have less anxiety and insomnia although still present and less total body “humming” as I have been calling it, when I lay down my body seems calmer and not as wired-up. It’s a tough feeling to describe. I also think movement helps if i keep active i feel better, but just have to deal with the fatigue and I listen to my body instead of trying to push through i take a break as needed which is often lately, but some days not as bad. I found an incredible Functional medicine doctor who has dealt with this before but have to wait for an appointment for a couple weeks. I am hoping he can help me regulate the supplements and provide insight on any additional treatments for detoxes and such. I have read incredible things on this site but it is all a bit much for me to try and navigate on my own without some guidance. I don’t want to harm myself any more by taking or doing something that may counter act. I think what I am doing is helpful and a good start. I also found two doctors at a university hospital who I have been told deal in all sorts of antibiotic toxicities including Cipro and have a call into their office. They are Infectious Disease specialists but the department head said I should try them as they have experience with this. we shall see. Thanks for the reply. this is really a great site and great community and I hope to one day share my recovery story if it will help anyone else.
    SueL (my user name changed after I created an account sorry for confusion I cant figure out how to revert it)

    • melissam February 21, 2019 at 7:42 pm Reply

      You are doing all you can do Sue. And this is such a test of patience, isn’t it. We’re all figuring it out as we go. xoxo

  20. Dan Jervis March 2, 2019 at 10:23 am Reply

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

    • melissam March 13, 2019 at 6:03 pm Reply

      Thanks Dan! I agree that our stories need to be heard. I relapsed three times since I wrote the above (I’ll update my post soon), on a Cephalosporins antibiotic, Amoxicillin, and one tiny Advil. So this is something we’ll have to deal with, even if we are better (which I can do nearly everything as usual), many of us are ‘stuck’ with very little options for our future antibiotic needs. Quinolones change us, even those of us that get better….

  21. Shannon March 8, 2019 at 10:47 pm Reply

    I took levaquin , two rounds of it and later realized all my symptoms were from this dreaded medication. I regret not researching it before I ever took it. All this for a supposed sinus infection. Maybe I never had it. But I have nerve pain and soreness and its been almost six months since my last dose. My doctor did not think it was the med when I complained. Its a wonder I have not gone insane. I worry but have been able to keep good spirits most of the time but I do have crying spells to add I already suffer depression and anxiety for years. I’ve tried so hard to hold on to hope or something. Giving up is not an option for me.

    • melissam March 13, 2019 at 6:06 pm Reply

      You are so strong. Stronger than you even think you are. I don’t know you but I believe that…if you’ve been suffering from depression and anxiety, you are. The crying spells are typical of Quinolones too. It is a dreaded medication, and the good news is now you know and will never take it again. I too didn’t have a sinus infection. I know we all wish we could go back in time, but we can heal. Are you far in?

  22. ChrissyMM March 18, 2019 at 10:30 am Reply

    Hi Melissa,

    what did you feel like when you relapsed? I’m moving in to my 5th month and thought i was doing so much better. however, i think i may have relapsed but unsure what from! no new meds, no new foods. i started getting a whole bunch of my symptoms back (tendonitis, joint pain, muscle burning/twitching, tremors and burning feet syndrome..which still isn’t fully under control!) lasting for 3-5 days each symptom and then switching! now i’m back to this massive anxiety and crying spell stage which is the toughest of my symptoms of all. In the beginning this one lasted about a month! i am so hoping it doesn’t take that long again. without it i’m able to function well! I enjoyed reading your story. it gives me the confidence to keep pushing forward! I hope that your relapses having set you back far and that you are improving once again 🙂

    • melissam March 26, 2019 at 5:02 am Reply

      Hello Chrissy! I am so sorry for the delay in responding. Thank you so much for writing/commenting.
      A relapse for me sounds like what you mentioned. Pain, pain, pain. Loads of crying and “feeling of impending doom”. Like something was NO right. I think it intensified as the quinolones were leaving my body following my first floxing. It is really difficult. They lasted about 5 weeks for me. 5 weeks on, 5 weeks off, almost like clockwork.

      This second floxing is not as sharp cycles. But I read the sharp and intense cycles are a good thing actually.

      How are you doing now? Any change?

      • ChrissyMM March 26, 2019 at 5:28 am Reply

        Hi Melissa,

        Thanks for the response! I’m Feeling a little bit better as of yesterday. So far this flare has lasted about 3 weeks. The pains and aches are much less. The neuropathy sucks but no worse than a month ago, The crying is less. But The anxiety and impending doom feeling still remains. I am seeing breaks where my normal personality peaks through but then the “sad” feeling will hit me out of no where! In my opinion it’s still the scariest side effect of them all, especially while raising a child! My son is young and so influenced by how I’m feeling. As much as I try to hide it, I’m not always able to. he has seen me cry more times than I’m willing to admit!

        This flare really hit every single side effect I had during the beginning stage. I wish i knew what set it off! And who knew you could flare so early on! I think a lot of my anxiety also comes from the strange unknown sensations.. like tingling in my face, gums, tongue and upper body tremors! They really bug me out! Newest symptom added to my list is tinnitus. I think I might have had this before but seems so pronounced now. I’m just way to in tune to my body now! It’s alittle annoying lol and definetely feeds the anxiety.

        Waiting for a welcomed break from all of this! I do my hardest to stay positive and tell myself that this is going to pass. It’s Not always easy to do but I won’t give up! How are you feeling now? Any lessening of your side effects? How about emotionally?

        • marie wheeler December 11, 2020 at 4:08 pm

          hi chrissy
          How are you feeling these days? Hope you are feeling better. I too have the upper body tremors and its the worst. Is you tremors gone?

        • Christina December 13, 2020 at 7:49 pm

          Hi Marie,

          It’s been about two years since my initial reaction and I can say that physically I do feel better. I do still get occasional tremors but they are not as long lasting and spaced out when they occur. I feel like I get them when I sleep mostly but they are not as bothersome or scary as they once were. The nerve burning has stopped for the most part too. I get Some occasional tendon flares but I’m able to do the majority of what I could do before. I still have anxiety which unfortunately has been one side effect that takes long to go. I’m pretty much waiting for my brain to catch up to my physical healing! It is Manageable most the time but still hits me hard every few months. I do think a lot of that is ptsd related to our kind of reaction. I work with a therapist for this! Overall I’d say I’m doing ok 🙂 I did not do anything special to help me heal. I take a handful of supplements but most are to help with the anxiety or support my immune system during these crazy times! hang in there. The ride can be long and feel never ending but you’re going to be ok. It will get better. Xo

        • marie wheeler January 4, 2021 at 6:55 pm

          hi chrissy
          thanks for the respond. I am glad to hear that some of your symptoms are lessening. How far are you out? I have really bad hip pain, shoulder pain and dizziness, blurry vision and headaches. I took 3 500mg cipro and 7 days of bactrum 800/160 and i feel as if im toast. im one year out. I also have lots of anxiety and you are right because we don’t know what tomorrow holds it makes us anxious. With all this cycling some days you don’t have the symptoms only to return again its bound to give anxiety. what do you use for the anxiety? I am scared to take anything because i have reactions to everything it seems like. Do you have insomnia as well? If you ever need to talk my number is 404-940-5747. Im in georgia.

  23. Mike June 2, 2019 at 2:36 pm Reply

    It really will pass. You HAVE to push yourself physically and mentally. But do it to your limit. Set victories for yourself. Know your comforts and discomforts. Test your inflammation. Test your physical well-being.

    The key is believing. It’s not a matter of if, but when.

    • melissam September 6, 2019 at 8:05 am Reply

      You are so correct!

  24. Julia trudie July 9, 2019 at 8:42 am Reply

    Hey Melissa! I took levofloxcian 3 250 pills and I’m so glad you’re recovering I have the burning abdomen etc that you had, I was wondering how these symptoms have resolved for you? Thank you so much for sharing your story and I too am a person of Faith I’m holding on to God for dear life!

    • melissam September 6, 2019 at 8:11 am Reply

      Hello Julia! I’m so late in responding, my apologies. By now I hope your burning abdomen has ceased.
      For me it was about a month of it.

      Note: I had a few setbacks and plan on writing an update to my above post.
      The setbacks for my nerve pain and weak legs/peripheral neuropathy happened 4 times when I took:
      1. amoxicillin (most floxies tolerate it just fine)
      2. apo-cephadroxyl (a Cephalosporin antibiotic that most floxies tolerate just fine)
      3. Vitamin B complex (I have learned that B6 even in tiny doses can be detrimental to floxies)
      4. advil (only one advil set me off into 3 months of increased nerve pain)

      After #3 and #4 above, I felt like someone was running liquid nitrogen through my veins. I was scared I wouldn’t recover again.

      I find my legs still cramp and I’m still dealing with the weakness that comes and goes since those 4 setbacks which is frustrating considering how well I was last october. BUT, I’m doing better, and I know that it is only going to improve. The big burning scalp and abdomen, etc. have all resolved.

      Keep holding on to that faith Julia! One day at a time. I spent so many months feeling like crying every moment of every day which is not like me. I feel like myself again now, with normal emotions, normal feelings, and no daily crying. It’s a relief but it felt long to get here and I still am getting there for some of these lingering physical issues. xoxo

  25. Peggy Uren September 7, 2019 at 1:33 pm Reply

    I didn’t know what had happened to me until I took Cipro the second time, 20 months after first toxicity.
    I called my psychiatrist in a panic and said it’s happening again. Her question was what medication have you taken?
    Not as severe this time. Was hospitalized 10 days for mental illness first time. Already on hormone treatment, Thyroid has severe up and down levels. Anxiety, depression, tremors, dizzy, low energy, etc. It’s 10 months from second floxing. Recovery seems slower this time. Thank you for sharing your recovery

    • melissam October 12, 2019 at 6:43 pm Reply

      yes Peggy, you wrote a lot of what I can relate to. The second floxing seemed in some ways not as severe, BUT taking SO LONG for some things compared to the first.
      I have to write an update to my original post now that I’m 17 months out from my second floxing. I hit some bumps in the road with bad flares from other antibiotics, advil, and B complex vitamin (B6 can be toxic to floxies I have since learnt). But overall doing well. Not 100% but well. Thanks for taking the time to comment on my post Petty!

      • Harj April 18, 2020 at 1:49 pm Reply

        Hi Mellisa,

        Just wondering how you were doing now and how long it took you to heal from your last relapse?
        I’m 12 months out of my 2nd floxing too and just last week have had a huge relapse after accidentally touching deep heat (it contains a NSAID) Before that I had got back to almost 85% and was working, going for walks, cooking, travelling etc.
        After my latest flare I’ve gone back to my original floxing symptoms, severe leg pain and weakness, insomnia, constant crying and that awful feeling of impending doom. It’s unbelievable how we can go from being almost back to normal to being unable to walk properly again and I have no idea how long these symptoms will last now.

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