Mike’s Story – A Recovery Note

*The following is an individual’s story of surviving fluoroquinolone toxicity. It is not medical advice. Please see the disclaimer at the bottom of the story. Thank you, and please be cautious with all treatments. 

Mike wrote me the following email and gave me permission to publish it as his recovery story. It pleases me to no end to hear from people like Mike who have been helped by the recovery stories on this site! I hope that his recovery, and all the other stories on this site, help each of you to maintain hope for healing, and that you too find recovery!

Dear Lisa,

I just wanted to thank you for all of the work you have put into this website, which has been an invaluable resource to me over the last couple years. I actually wrote to you two and half years ago, when I was first floxed by cipro at the age of 32, and you wrote me a nice email back. It was really difficult that first year: I couldn’t walk, sleep, do anything physical whatsoever; I had bruises and rashes; developed carpel, cubital and tarsal tunnel syndrome almost over night, and I had pretty much given up all hope. It was an incredibly dark time in my life. Whenever I felt as if I might be on the mend, my legs would give out and it was like starting all over again. Whenever I became overly stressed, the symptoms would come back with full force. Doctors had no clue and steered me in all kinds of wrong directions. The second year was better, though my legs were still fragile and a slow walk was as much as I could get out of them.

These last 6 months have been the turnaround. At 34 I am now cycling, able to exercise again, lift weights and even run up stairs. My skin has cleared, the rashes and bruising are gone. I can sleep! I take good care of myself now, more than I ever have in the past, and I am very aware of what I put into my body.

Without your site, Lisa, I don’t know if I would have gotten here. But reading your and other people’s recovery stories — that magical 2-year mark, or even the 5-year one — gave me hope and a way to learn about what was happening to me. I found the diet and supplements that I needed to get better. When the medical professionals are so oblivious to such a severe and seemingly common condition, and completely unwilling to even consider the possibility, it’s so easy to just give up. Your site saved me from utter despair so many times. It helped me fall asleep at night.

Thank you so much for that…



** 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.

61 thoughts on “Mike’s Story – A Recovery Note

  1. Julie Dwyre November 28, 2016 at 9:29 am Reply

    Wonderful news and well stated!

  2. Von Von November 28, 2016 at 9:37 am Reply

    Thanks for sharing your story! So similar to my story and many others. Floxie Hope is necessary! Thanks Lisa! So thankful for your recovery. May God continue to heal us to completion.

  3. Richard Porter November 29, 2016 at 3:49 am Reply

    This site is dangerous in that there needs to be a REAL warning at the top and not just a disclaimer which people disregard. ALL of the supps and treatments need to be properly medically authorised, or AT LEAST tried in tiny doses at first and then built up. ANYTHING recommended needs to have an editor warning on immediately after it is mentioned.
    People have been destroyed by MANY attempts at getting better. Literally destroyed.

    • Alpo Martinez November 30, 2016 at 6:55 am Reply

      Big pharma’s got a sense of humor!
      Rich, as you died on January 3, 1990, would you grant us some relief by staying in your grave.

  4. Angie December 2, 2016 at 5:39 pm Reply

    Hi Mike,

    Congratulations on ur recovery, r u fully recovered? Plz share with me the supplements u took thnx

    • Mike December 4, 2016 at 7:49 pm Reply

      Cheers. Although I have a few residual aches that come and go (nothing that interferes with my life), I’d say I feel at least 95% most of the time.

      I tried a number of supplements throughout my 2+ years of recovery; however, the things that really stuck which I believe played the biggest role were a powdered magnesium citrate supplement, which I continue to take daily, and a diet with more fruit (high vit C: guava, oranges, apples) and green vegetables. I also drank a lot of water, 3 litres a day.

      The first year I ate organic meats only, but gave that up about 1 year in and now eat whatever I like.

      Don’t be disheartened by flare ups. The symptoms of fluoro toxicity will come and go for a while. You may feel great one week and terrible the next. Try to rest, eat healthy and give your body time. When you feel strong, do some light exercise. If you feel okay, you can up the ante. When you feel weak or have pain, rest.

      All the best with your recoveries! Leave a message if you’d like additional info; will be checking periodically.

      • Chris December 5, 2016 at 12:50 pm Reply

        Mike, happy for you in your recovery

        Is the Mag Citrate powder something like “Natural Calm”?

        • Mike December 5, 2016 at 10:00 pm

          Yes, that’s the one.

      • kumarie dayal November 8, 2020 at 6:26 am Reply

        how are you doing? have you fully recovered? i am 11 months in and and still lots of ongoing issues.

        • Mike November 27, 2020 at 12:52 am

          Yes, 4 years later and I no longer have any issues. Things began improving for me after 2 years, and from there it was all uphill. Keep your head up, Kumarie; the human body is resilient.

  5. Angie December 12, 2016 at 6:10 am Reply

    Hi Mike, thanks for ur reply 🙂

    Did u have neuropathy too? Cause am having both tendinitis and neuropathy in my hands, arms and legs.

    • Mike December 13, 2016 at 9:29 am Reply

      Hang in there Angie. It gets better.

      Had big issues with compression neuropathy and numbness in hands, arms and legs. Nerves were constantly getting pinched due to sudden onset of carpel, cubital, tarsal tunnel syndrome. Also developed tendinitis issues; a year in my Achilles tendons went haywire and had me back to a slow crawl, but no ruptures fortunately. Also experienced random numbness; muscle weakness; migratory pain/burning sensation on skin; chest discomfort; aching soles of feet; sharp and dull joint pains in legs and arms.

      • Mike December 13, 2016 at 9:37 am Reply

        Forgot to mention: I started gentle nerve flossing exercises, which I also continue to use today, after being diagnosed with the tunnel syndromes by a doc (who was absolutely perplexed at why I had developed all three of them simultaneously…)

      • Taryn April 18, 2020 at 1:13 pm Reply

        Hi mike!

        Any issues with clicking snapping joints?

    • Gabriella April 10, 2020 at 7:13 pm Reply

      Hi Angie, did your tendinitis on your arm ever get better? I’m having same problem and it’s driving me crazy!

  6. Luz December 21, 2016 at 5:17 pm Reply

    Hi Mike thank you for sharing your story. How are you feeling now?

    • Mike December 26, 2016 at 3:41 am Reply

      Feeling fine now, Luz. Besides a couple minor aches that come and go, generally in the legs, I’m having no issues.

      • Angie December 30, 2016 at 4:47 pm Reply

        Thanks for replying Mike, when did ur cycles stop? I mean the relapses?

        • Mike January 2, 2017 at 9:27 am

          The debilitating relapses stopped probably just under 2 years in. Had some issues after that, but these mostly went away after I became more active and started using my body again (light exercise, cycling). It seems the recovery time frame is different for everyone, but a lot of hard-hit folks report significant improvements after the 2-year mark.

      • Kj April 14, 2019 at 12:01 pm Reply

        Mike are you able to jog now?

        • Mike April 19, 2019 at 1:13 am

          Yes, no problems jogging and everything else now.

  7. Angie February 9, 2017 at 12:19 pm Reply

    Hi mike, did u hv any heel or knee pain? Am having a bad relapse in my legs tendons a year in now 😔

    • Mike February 23, 2017 at 9:16 am Reply

      Sorry to hear that, Angie. Yes, I had a lot of knee pain in both legs and pain in the soles of my feet (ball, instep and towards toes). Sometimes the knee pain was constant, and other times it would come and then disappear within a short time.

      • Mike February 23, 2017 at 9:20 am Reply

        Sorry, arch of foot, not instep..

  8. Stefan March 3, 2017 at 2:39 am Reply

    Hello Mike,
    are there any premontion before the reaction stopped?
    I am month 14 and lay on the couch the most time since moth 3.
    I can only limp and this not far.

    Best wishes!!

    • Mike March 25, 2017 at 9:40 pm Reply

      Hey Stefan.
      I had good and bad days. There would be days or weeks where I felt okay, and then the pains would come back. After the first year I attempted to start some light exercise again, but realised it was still too soon and had to drop everything. After 2 years I was able to gradually get back into it. I’m now in better shape than I was before my floxing; however, I do still experience the odd ache or pain now and again. All trial and error, so you will need to carefully test your own limits. With any kind of physical activity, make sure to allow yourself plenty of rest. With a bit more rest, hopefully you will be able to build up your strength again as I did. Lots of fruits and veg, yeah?

      • Angie April 18, 2017 at 3:16 am Reply

        Hey Mike, hope you’re doing great! Can I know if u had tight calves?. Am having them now and they caused my plantar fasciitis I guess, cause my heels r always painful and tingling. The leg tightness is my only bothering symptom now 😞

  9. Mike May 23, 2017 at 5:39 am Reply

    Yes, I experienced that as well. Sounds like you are making good progress.

    • Angie June 6, 2017 at 7:04 am Reply

      Thanks God, Mike did u have any swelling in ur anchles cuz by the end of the day I have swollen ankles by the side of my legs not from the back. It’s in the part between Achilles and that protruding bone in the ankle from the side. And still calves stiffness and I can’t walk bare footed.

      • Mike August 5, 2017 at 4:58 am Reply

        I had bruising but was fortunate not to have any swelling. The reaction seems to be different for different people. Hope you are doing better now.

  10. andy October 23, 2017 at 8:20 am Reply

    well done mike i hope to follow your success one day

    • Mike December 27, 2017 at 5:35 am Reply

      Hang in there man. There were plenty of times I didn’t think I would get there, but our bodies are resilient machines.

      • andy January 2, 2018 at 6:15 am Reply

        thanks Mike I also have bad bruising ,and the same tendon skin and nerve damage you had
        its insane what these drugs do

      • Aaron January 10, 2018 at 9:59 pm Reply

        I also like to scower the floxed sites for recovery stories when I feel like this will last forever, I’ve reached the 5 month mark and while the nerve issues and muscle pain have improved immensely I’m still struggling with the mental affects. These haven’t improved at all I pray to God I too can recover maybe it’s too early to expect as not improvement as like you said it took you at least a year to see a difference. Did you get any mental phychiatric symptoms?


        • Mike January 20, 2018 at 10:01 pm

          Definitely Aaron. I fell into a deep depression, had trouble sleeping, and became anxious about symptoms worsening. When your stress levels go through the roof like that your mind can become extremely foggy. I had headaches for about 6 months as well. I don’t know if they were due to the meds or lack of sleep, but I no longer suffer from them. I think it’s completely normal to struggle mentally when your life is upturned in that kind of way.

          What helped me was finding things in life that I could do while I was sick. I could still play music, I could read and research, write, watch films. You might lose the ability to enjoy everything at first, but it comes back. I began to eat differently and found a routine that I could cope with. If you can find some kind of balance that will give you the ability to rest and relax a little, I think that can do wonders for the mind and body.

          Let me know how it goes. Good luck brother.

  11. h April 21, 2018 at 2:45 pm Reply

    hey mike.
    im happy that you have recovered and im so glad that you are still replying to comments on your story. im actually on month 10 and most of my things have improved. but i seem to be stuck with neuropathy. just wondering how long that lasted for you ,.i think you had it ?
    im just really hoping that i get better and better and that everything goes away.. i think most people do get better around the year or year and half mark… sigh

    • Mike April 22, 2018 at 4:52 am Reply

      Cheers, H. A lot of my nerve problems were severe for a bit over a year. They subsided after that but came back now and again in the second year, but nowhere near as bad. Do not be disheartened if some symptoms persist or go away and then come back; this seems to be very common. 10 months is a huge milestone! Keep up the good work and try to make the most of your time while you wait on your body to fully recover.

      • Dee April 23, 2018 at 2:46 pm Reply

        Mike, congrats on your recovery!! I am about 10/11 months out and improving a lot! I am still dealing with tinnitus, some insomnia and brain fog. Did you have many CNS issues?? Just curious if that was part of your recovery? I did have some neuropathy and aching, sore stiff joints and muscles but that is mostly gone unless I push myself doing a little more physical work. Just wondering if you dealt with CNS and how that progressed in your recovery? I had major insomnia for the first 8-9 months but that is getting better other then waking up earlier then I would like!! Did you have any tinnitus??

        • Mike April 28, 2018 at 8:10 am

          Insomnia and brain fog were a problem for a while, but they eased up as I began to relax a bit and came to accept my situation for the time being. Tinnitus wasn’t an issue for me either, but I did have aural sensitivity, particularly in the morning, to loud sounds, speech or high pitched frequencies. Headaches were a problem for a period of time as well, though not sure if related or not. All of these things fortunately cleared up after a year or two.

        • Dee April 28, 2018 at 9:10 am

          Mike, thank you for getting back to me! I really appreciate that as so many write their stories and then don’t offer help or encouragement by answering questions so I DO appreciate your response to me!! I’m glad to hear your CNS issues cleared up! That gives me hope! I’m a little more worried about my tinnitus getting better as I think for some it gets better and others not so?? Do you feel fully recovered now?? Are you back to feeling like yourself again pre flox?? I sure hope so!! I just want my life back like all floxies do!!

        • Mike April 28, 2018 at 8:45 pm

          When I was dealing with my floxing, people on this site helped me and were able to answer some of my questions, so I’m glad to be able to do the same. Yes, I’ve fully recovered; I’d even go as far to say that I’m a better version of myself than pre flox. The whole thing was hell, but it taught me to listen to my body (which I wasn’t doing), to do my own research when it comes to health and prescriptions, and to appreciate being able to walk a flight of stairs.. And I hope that everybody here can come out of this better in some way. Keep doing what you’re doing; it can take some time but it’s worth the wait.

      • H May 5, 2018 at 6:28 am Reply

        Thanks for replying. I was reading the comments below and so glad that you are recovered all the way and able to live a Normal life. I hope to be on that road too after dealing with too much stress and pain. From my understanding that means all your neuropathy went away. Did you happen to do anything for neuropathy or would you just say time played a big role? I’m praying and hoping that my neuropathy will leave my body soon.
        Thanks again.

  12. Shane May 1, 2018 at 2:35 pm Reply

    Hi Mike, I am glad to hear that you have recovered. I can imagine it being a scary time. I am 6 months out, while my issues are not debilitating, and some seem to improve, a few seem to be worsening ( gut and joint issues) The joint popping is widespread. Starting to be painful as well. Did your joints pop and grind? Also how was your gut. I do appreciate any insight you can give, and I look forward to healing and being able to help others through this as well.

  13. Mike May 3, 2018 at 9:13 pm Reply

    I was fortunate not to have any gut problems, but my joints were a nightmare. Plenty of pain, especially in the legs, and what felt like grinding, popping. Stiffness of joins, weakness and pain were immense for a long time, and then they would come and go depending on my activity. Eventually though this too cleared up, as I hope it will do for you.

  14. Dan Jervis March 2, 2019 at 12:13 pm Reply

    Dear Mike, Please consider sharing your story to CBS 60 Minutes. 60m@cbs.news.com

  15. Riley August 12, 2019 at 8:22 am Reply

    Hi Mike,

    I was wondering if you have any relapses because of medication since being floxed?

    • Mike August 13, 2019 at 5:31 am Reply

      Hey Riley, no relapses or problems since.

      • Mike August 14, 2019 at 4:29 am Reply

        No relapses since my recovery, I should have said. Did not experience any further complications due to medication

        • Riley August 28, 2019 at 9:38 am

          did you ever take antidepressants or another medication since being floxed?

        • Mike September 5, 2019 at 11:11 pm

          No, I didn’t take any other medication.

        • Aaron September 6, 2019 at 12:35 am

          Hi Mike, I wrote you you 1.5 years ago and unfortunately I’m still struggling. The physical symptoms have improved greatly but as before I’m still suffering with the brain stuff, depression being by far the worst. What was the timeframe when you felt the biggest let up in this regard? I took that poison with neurofen which I’m sure why it’s so severe. My biggest fear is this is forever and I’m really starting to loose hope I can escape this nightmare.

        • Mike September 6, 2019 at 7:54 am

          Sorry to hear that, Aaron. In my case the depression was directly tied to my inability to do things. After 2 years I began to do very light exercise and as I became more physically able, my mental state also improved. Being floxed can be a dark and traumatic experience, and I think it is only natural to feel depressed when it happens to you. Some people may benefit from therapy or counselling if depression is making the road to recovery that much more difficult.

          That your physical symptoms have improved greatly, however, is definitely something to be hopeful about. When I began to do light exercise after 2 years, I still had some pain and several setbacks, which I think had a lot to do with my being so weak. When you’re completely out of commission like that for years, it is a very gradual process gaining your strength back, and it shouldn’t be rushed.

        • Azz September 6, 2019 at 10:11 pm

          Thanks, but this depression isn’t due to my physical symptoms. I used to be a professional athlete and there were a few times I was so injured I could bearing crawl to the fridge and told my career was over yet I was never this depressed, anyway thanks for your support.

        • Mike September 10, 2019 at 3:42 am

          Rooting for you man.

  16. Justin January 10, 2020 at 12:58 am Reply

    Hey Mike, not sure if you still check this but was curious if you had muscle stiffness or muscle wasting? I’m 14 months off of 2 pills of levaquin and have muscle wasting on the left side of my body randomly and stiffness that gets worse whenever i’m stressed so i’m sure it’s nervous system related. Awesome you got through it, been extremely depressed about the situation being only 28 and chronically ill.

    • Mike October 25, 2020 at 12:15 am Reply

      Yes, I had both muscle stiffness and degradation. Hope that your condition has improved since January, Justin.

    • kumarie dayal November 8, 2020 at 6:50 am Reply

      hey justin are you feeling any better? Im at 11 months and im having the same symptoms as you, please let me know.

  17. S January 21, 2020 at 4:38 pm Reply

    Hi Mike, thanks for your story. I lean on it for inspiration during the tough times.

    Wonderig you had to deal with any shortness of breath or pounding/racing heart beats? Thanks

    • Mike October 25, 2020 at 12:16 am Reply

      I did have some strange sensations and tightness in the chest during the initial period after being floxed. Hope you have also made improvements since January, S.

      • S October 31, 2020 at 4:11 am Reply

        Thanks, Mike for writing back. I’ve come such a long way. It’s been 13 months. I am 31 now and not even close to the athlete I was but able to walk a long way and work full-time again. Grateful for those things. Hope this second year brings even more improvements and that I can start to push myself a little. Tough getting back on the horse after so much downtime. Please know your story has really helped me keep up hope.

        • Mike November 27, 2020 at 12:48 am

          Keep at it, S. I had ups and downs within the first two years, but gradually it just lifted and left me alone. You’ll get there too.

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