Sharon’s Recovery Story – Levaquin Toxicity

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*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. 

Sharon’s Story

Following is Sharon’s story, as written by Sharon:

Hello, Friends. I was poisoned by Levaquin in February of 2010. I am happy to report that after 22 months, I have made a full recovery. I was given 10 500mg Levaquin pills for a suspected sinus infection. I was not cultured, just sent home with the Levaquin script and a script for Nasonex. The day immediately following the last Levaquin pill, I was overwhelmed with joint and tendon pain all over my body. I was barely able to walk. I had severe nausea, abdominal pain, pain in the sternum and chest, peripheral neuropathy, muscle weakness, extreme fatigue, vision problems, kidney pain, heart palpitations, and short-term memory problems. I was able to figure out right away (thanks to Google) that Levaquin had caused my symptoms. I was only taking one other medication at the time, which I had been taking for years without any problem.

The first 3 months of my reaction were the worst. I was out of work for two weeks, but had to return or I would have lost the job. At the beginning of month 4, additional issues arose. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and discovered a large, complex cyst on my ovary. I had to start taking Synthroid and 6 months later had to have the ovary and cyst removed. I only saw one doctor for the ADRs initially and he did not believe that Levaquin could cause long-term side effects. I walked out very angry and never looked back. From that point on I decided to focus on healing myself.

I tried a few supplements in the beginning but stopped taking them after about two months. They were not really helping with my symptoms. The one thing that helped me the most in the acute phase was Epsom salt baths. I soaked for 30 minutes every day for 3 months. They helped to ease my joint, tendon, and muscle pain, but most importantly, they helped me to RELAX. I was able to let go of my anger and focus on my recovery.

As the days and months went by, the pain gradually lessened and I was able to walk more normally. I no longer had to coast through my work days clenching my teeth. I was able to play with my son for longer periods of time. Even though I started feeling better, I did experience cycling of symptoms. I had 3 cycles during my recovery: one at 8 months, one at 12 months and the final one at 15 months. The first cycle lasted 6 weeks, the second lasted a month and the third lasted 2 weeks. Around the 14-month mark I started using whey protein powder twice a day and drank the juice of 1 lemon in water twice a day. The whey protein helped with my joint pain and the lemon juice took care of the kidney pain I had experienced for over a year. As of this writing, I no longer need to use the whey protein, but still drink the lemon juice (mostly because I like it) even though the kidney pain is gone.

The thing that helped in my recovery the most was simply the passage of time. I also maintained a positive attitude and never stopped believing that I would heal. There were no magic pills or quick fixes. I didn’t wait around to get better – I just kept living my life, despite the pain. I worked with pain, cleaned my house in pain, did laundry in pain, played with my son in pain, etc. I kept pushing myself to get out of bed every morning, no matter how much it hurt. I really believe this is why I recovered. I refused to be a victim.

The last thing I did in the final phase of my recovery was a candida diet. Eliminating sugar and all simple carbs from my diet allowed me to turn a corner in my recovery. I went from 90 percent recovered to 100 percent after eating that way for a month. As a side note, I was also put into early menopause because of Levaquin and had been experiencing menopausal symptoms from month 3. The candida diet also eliminated all of the symptoms associated with the menopause. I can finally say that today I am completely symptom-free.

This journey has changed me in many ways. I have discovered the power of gratitude. I no longer take things for granted. I am grateful for every second I have on this planet and continue to live each day as if it is the only day. Good or bad, it’s all good to me. I am just happy to be alive. Peace.

** 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, effect 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.

13 thoughts on “Sharon’s Recovery Story – Levaquin Toxicity

  1. Tara September 12, 2013 at 4:41 am Reply

    Thank you for your story.

  2. Shawn February 18, 2014 at 12:11 pm Reply

    Sharon, thanks for sharing. My symptoms seem similar to yours. I’m 8 months out and have improved bit still have tingling and burning in my feet. The overall body pain and stiffness is much proved though not perfect.

    I’m wondering when your neuropathy disappeared. Was that a symptom that held on to the 22 month mark or did it go away earlier?

    Thank you! I so appreciate the recovery stories.

  3. Sarah March 5, 2014 at 6:09 am Reply

    Hi Sharon, so glad you have recovered! What were your vision symptoms like?

  4. Stevie blanco March 18, 2014 at 7:37 pm Reply

    Great story. I’m 8 months out and was feeling better but now seems I hit a cycle. I took the same dose as you but did not finish script. No more joint pain or neuropathy but I get the kidney pain sometimes and a lot of anxiety and tinnitus.
    What was your candida diet??

  5. Charles Tooraen April 19, 2014 at 7:52 am Reply

    insomnia is my main issue as of now. glad to hear you are well!! Can you tolerate all your old foods, drinks, etc?

  6. Online Pharmacy May 8, 2014 at 9:17 am Reply

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  7. Jean Hooper February 21, 2015 at 7:24 am Reply

    All of the above happened to me following taking a few days course of three antibiotics all containing penicillin for a haphazard guesswork for a possible chest infection.
    No bloods were take or chest x ray .

    I have only just found out that the cause of my signs and symptoms is due to antibiotics.
    This is very scary.

    Especially when there wasn’t even a differential diagnosis.

    Deep despair has been with me for over one year as I felt as though I was dying.
    No one can ever know what this nightmare is about until one experiences it for oneself.

    My hope has been restored by this forum and I look forward to healing

    The stiffness spasms muscular bone and joint pain plus burning is worse I n the morning.
    However I force myself to get up and start moving around.
    I only hope and pray that this hell will be alleviated soon.

    I

  8. Mark April 22, 2015 at 5:43 am Reply

    People we need to work together on this one. Very important!

    Cipro was just mentioned on Joe Rogan’s podcast:

    (@ 28:35 after she talked about anthrax)

    This podcast is listened to by millions of people on itunes, ustream, his website joerogan.net and youtube. We NEED to ask him to cover it in one of his next podcasts and even better to invite Lisa!!! 🙂 He is very open about every subject of interest and very direct and honest without having to answer to any sponsor or media group.

    PLEASE send him requests to invite Lisa and cover this subject.
    His twitter: https://twitter.com/joerogan
    His homepage: http://www.joerogan.net
    His youtube channel:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzQUP1qoWDoEbmsQxvdjxgQ
    His facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/JOEROGAN

    Send him as many requests as possible. I already contacted him via all this plattforms but we nee more. Only if there are enough requests will he look into it, as there are many requests send his way. So please let’s all send him at least 1 message.
    It’s a chance to reach a lot of people.

    Mark

  9. Marg August 10, 2015 at 10:31 pm Reply

    So sad that drug companies can make billions of dollars from our misery. Levoquin has taken my muscles and tendons and given me more pain than I have ever had! I hope they are given their own drugs one day! They deserve it!

  10. joanneg February 4, 2016 at 10:54 am Reply

    Hi, I’m trying to post all over this site to let EVERYONE suffering from this horrific, debilitating affliction know that I think I found my CURE!!!

    Go to homepage (located at top of page) and read my posts starting on Feb. 2nd and the ones following.

    It’s too much to write again

  11. Cindy March 25, 2016 at 11:28 am Reply

    Dear Joanne
    I cannot locate your postings. However I appreciate the fact that it is too much to write again. Hope you are recovered from this harrowing ordeal.

    Best wishes

    Cindy.

    • Ryan L April 9, 2016 at 12:41 pm Reply

      For those searching for Joanneg’s treatment, she posted on Feb 2nd on the home page commentary that she discovered the product Colostrum which has helped her leaky gut symptoms that in turn have improved other issues she was dealing with. She says, “my stomach isn’t wrenching, and even my joints are sooo much better. Not only that, my mind feels bright and happy. It took that ugly depression and doom and gloom away. And I know it’s the Colostrum because I stopped everything else.” From another post she states that she’s “been using Immune-Tree Colostrum 6” as her preferred colostrum product.

      Others have had some improvement with this product as well, but the results seem to vary. Colostrum doesn’t appear to be a magic bullet, but another tool in fighting this toxicity. The consensus among many floxies is that fixing a leaky gut will allow one’s body to repair itself much more efficiently, and theoretically, colostrum is a product that can be beneficial in fixing leaky gut. Even if you don’t feel you have digestive problems, treating the gut with good food seems to help many floxies. I’m still new to all of this myself, and I’m not one who posts much, so I’d recommend that other new folks to this site post general questions on the home page commentary, as there are many wonderful people with much more experience in all of this than I. A lot of them check the home page daily, and they are always trying to help each other get through this.

  12. Erin September 3, 2016 at 8:16 pm Reply

    Do you think your ovarian cyst came about because of the levaquin? I was recently diagnosed with a cyst after taking cipro and I don’t have a history of them. Could that be due to hormonal issues that the antibiotic caused?

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