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.

28 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.

  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…)

  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.

  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?


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