*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.
Hello, folks. I’m posting to let you know that there is indeed hope and healing–even after the worst floxing.
I was floxed in July 2013 after taking 2 Cipro pills.
I could barely walk. In fact, I couldn’t walk without a cane or crutches for close to 3 months. There were a few times when I needed a wheelchair to get around the mall, for example.
Side effects were awful, immediate, and ever-changing:
• Neuropathy in hands and feet
• Partial paralysis of my left toes
• Joint popping and crackling
• Severe fatigue
• Excruciating pain in both Achilles
• Plantar fasciitis
• Dental pain/jaw pain
• TMJ symptoms
• Loss of muscle tone. It felt like my stomach, intestines, and liver were going to fall out if I leaned forward.
• Joint deterioration. It felt like my thumbs were going to fall off.
• Arthritis in both hands
• Severely dry eyes
• Waves of anxiety and despair
After I was floxed, I joined this very Facebook group (but mostly just lurked). Someone in this group—and forgive me, I don’t recall who—posted a link to Dr. Terry Wahls’ TED talk about how she treated her MS with intense nutritional therapy.
I figured that if Dr. Wahls was able to reverse her MS symptoms, I might be able to do the same thing.
Long story short: it worked. It took time, but it worked. I followed her diet and supplemented with CoQ10, magnesium, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and fish oil. I’d been on a strict gluten-free diet for over 10 years—my husband has celiac disease—so adopting her diet was actually quite easy for me. (Going gluten-free might be the biggest challenge for some folks, but it’s essential, I think.)
As of this writing, I’ll say that I’m between 95 and 100 percent better. The only lingering issues are occasional neuropathy in my hands upon waking—it gets better in about 15 minutes—and occasional joint popping.
But! I’m able to run again, able to lift weights again, able to do pretty much everything I did before being floxed. I’m here to say that you can get better. It’ll take some work, but you will get better.
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