Ryan’s Story – Cipro and Flagyl Toxicity, and Recovery


*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.

It’s been 6 months since I was floxed. Initially, I thought I was healing very quickly but I was wrong. Hence, the 6 month update.

My story is similar to most of you. In June 2016, I entered the ER for food poisoning and the treating physician decided to prescribed 500mg of Cipro and 500mg of Flagyl. Within 3 days of taking the meds, I lost the ability to walk unassisted, I lost 40 pounds in 2 months, my body burned all over, my vision was effected in my right eye, heart palpitations, night horrors, brain fog, digestive issues and much more.

I had to leave my profession to focus on my health and as a former athlete, not being in tune with my body was new territory for me.

My wife immediately took me to the conventional doctors who could offer no solutions, only tests. I actually initially went back to the same ER, only for the on duty ER doctor to show his disinterest in my reaction to this medicine. At that point, my wife and I knew we were on our own.

Luckily I had a few skills that helped me from my profession. Prior to being floxed, I worked in the finance industry, first as a claims examiner, then as a financial analyst. Both positions require and investigative, researcher mindset. I was blessed to find your website (floxiehope.com) right away.

I began taking Epsom salt baths and increasing my magnesium intake heavily. This temporarily relieved some of the burning sensations I experienced, which helped me get a few hours of sleep a night. I began taking many vitamins, including B12, Omega-3 fish oil, vitamin d, COQ10, Turmeric, Glutathione, etc.

My wife eventually found a great functional doctor that could treat me. It was here that things really turned around for me. He put me on an all organic diet and explained how to get the nutrition from my food versus supplementation. I also started IV Ozone Therapy, IV Alpha-Lipioc Acid Therapy, EWOT Therapy and Electro-Magnetic Pulse Therapy. Initially I thought the doctor was scamming me, but after a week, I was able to walk unassisted.

By the end of his treatment plan many of the scariest issues had went away. My stomach issues latest the longest. It took the majority of the last 6 months to heal my gut.

At my lowest point, I wasn’t sure if I would live or die, or ever return back to normal. I had lost the ability to hold my 2 year old daughter, which really sent me into a state of depression.

As crazy as it sounds, there were some positives to come out of this. Prior to being floxed, I was the corporate guy focused on climbing the corporate ladder. I spend much more time with my wife and daughter now. I gained a much better understanding of how to take care of my body through nutrition. I have also learned to love life and not care much about others opinions of me. I rediscovered my long lost passion for photography and I have focused more on other goals in my life besides climbing the corporate ladder.

Between not having a job for 6 months, paying for my treatments and paying to see several specialists, including neurologists, gastrointestinal MD’s, eye specialists, in and out of ER’s, we took a huge financial hit and I wondered if I would be able to even get back in the finance field. I’m extremely blessed to be able to say, that I was able to get back on the basketball court this past weekend, all of my issues seem to have been resolved and I currently have 2 job offers on the table. I also have been able to return to graduate school part time. The best part is I am able to toss my daughter in the air once again.

To keep my mind focused throughout the process, I set small goals to keep me improving. At first, it was just to walk unassisted, then up the stairs, then to alleviate the aching pain in my Achilles.

I interviewed for positions throughout my treatment even though I still had really bad brain fog and had trouble concentrating at times.

I also set a goal to be able to hold and play with my daughter by her birthday, which I was able to. The last goal I had for 2016 was to be able to play basketball again without an issue. I was able to do this as well,(besides feeling like my lungs were going to collapse from being so out of shape, lol). My physical goals in 2017 are to regain 10-15 pounds of the 40 pounds I lost, begin running in 5k’s again and return to the golf course. I plan to run a 5k in a couple months. I will let you guys know how it goes.

** 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.

21 thoughts on “Ryan’s Story – Cipro and Flagyl Toxicity, and Recovery

  1. Claude January 18, 2017 at 11:00 am Reply

    Very happy for you sincerely could you precise your healing plan it seem very performant

    • Ryan May 13, 2017 at 1:06 pm Reply

      I will write my recovery plan treatmehtbin my update. I had a small relapse.

  2. L January 18, 2017 at 3:27 pm Reply

    That’s wonderful Ryan

  3. Madge hirsch January 19, 2017 at 4:42 am Reply

    Hope your recovery continues. Ifound your account very interesting as it is the first time I think PEMF therapy has been mentioned on this site. I have recently purchased a PEMF mat . Do you have any specific insight about how this part of your therapy helped your recovery? What frequency was used for example. I just don’t have access to the iv treatments that you mention.

    • Ryan May 13, 2017 at 1:05 pm Reply

      I do not remember the frequency I used as all of those were set by the doctors that treated me. The iv treatments really helped me and a very clean, organic diet. I recently had a relapse that saw a return of some of the tendon and joint issues. This were much milder than the first time so I’m hopeful I can recover from these symptoms sooner than before.

    • Harj June 5, 2020 at 1:38 pm Reply

      Hi, I know this is an old thread. Just wondering if the PEMF helped you? I have had 2 sessions and the second really seemed fo flare my leg muscles up again, I was told to persist with the sessions but I’m frightened it will do more harm.

  4. Tara May 16, 2017 at 12:12 pm Reply

    Did your vision issues resolve? My whole body was hit hard, but I still have a lot of lingering CNS issues and vision issues 7 months out.

  5. Amy Raphael May 18, 2017 at 12:47 pm Reply

    Hi Ryan,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story. My boyfriend is experiencing Cipro toxicity after taking it about two months ago. He is very positive and doing much better, although he is still experiencing some symptoms. Would you be willing to speak with him about you recovery journey? He would really love to directly speak to someone who has also been through the same experience.
    Many thanks and warm wishes,

  6. Tara August 23, 2017 at 12:58 pm Reply

    How is your vision? My right eye is affected too. I had to get prism glasses because my eyes stopped working together and became misaligned. I’m 10 months out.

  7. Angele January 5, 2018 at 7:37 am Reply

    My whole family has flagyl neurotoxicity…really need to see a functional medicine doctor but so expensive..im not sure how to get this stuff out of my system…

  8. Cherise January 10, 2018 at 7:47 am Reply

    Hi. What was the biggest help in healing your gut?

    • Ryan April 3, 2018 at 7:43 pm Reply

      Bone broth, bubba’s sauerkraut and a good probiotic

      • tammy gyarmathy December 28, 2018 at 1:13 am Reply

        How are you now

  9. Cherise van niekerk January 10, 2018 at 7:47 am Reply

    Hi. What was the biggest help in healing your gut?

  10. Alexandra January 17, 2018 at 9:29 am Reply

    I took lavaquin for same reason n have alot of stomitch issues idk what to do I’m just goen to wait until I see a Natrual path doc as well :/ it cause me h palori any ideas on wat supplement to try I have alotn don’t kn wat

    • L January 17, 2018 at 9:36 am Reply

      Start immediately on a good probiotic (get the refrigerated kind) that has multiple strains and units in the billions. Avoid gluten, gmos, and any meats that are not organic (could have antibiotics in them.) Other good things to add are fermented foods. If you are having digestive issues, you can use digestive enzymes. HCL betaine is good to take with protein meals but can be tricky in dosage. The ND can help you with that. Drink lots of fluoride-free water. NO NSAIDS or steroids. Add magnesium supplements.

  11. Timothy S Clyatt July 12, 2018 at 7:01 pm Reply

    I would like to know the name of that doctor who helped Ryan if possible im in a very bad way also from flagyl

  12. Dan Jervis March 2, 2019 at 12:00 pm Reply

    Dear Ryan, Please consider haring your story on CBS 60 Minutes. 60m@cbs.news.com

  13. Ger April 30, 2019 at 12:05 pm Reply

    Hi Ryan, I’m interested in ozone therapy too. I’m seeing a functional medicine doc right now and hoping he can get me back on track.

    I had a bad reaction to clarithromycin back in 2015 and haven’t been the same ever since. It’s been an absolute nightmare for me I must say.

    I was speaking to Lisa, the girl who runs this great site, about getting my story hosted here too along with the many others that are currently on here. Except my story isn’t just about antibiotic damage, so she recommended one of her doctor friends website to me to get my story out there. I got it published recently for anyone interested in reading my journey so far.


    I’m hoping to try some ozone therapy soon to see if it helps, because I’ve tried almost everything over the last few years to get back on track and nothing has worked so far.

  14. Aidan October 16, 2019 at 3:16 am Reply

    Have you been tested for Eagles Syndrome also did your Doctors run the the blood test for GAD-65 Antibodies & what were the numbers? Do you have (EDS) Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

    & have you been tested for the Alpha Gal Meat Allergy component blood test & skin testing for beef pork lamb & dairy including skin test for metal allergies like systemic Nickel allergy

    syndrome etc? What Magnesium supplements did you take Brand Names aside from Epsom Salt ones? thanks Ryan…

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