Trevor’s Story – Levofloxacin Poisoning and Recovery

In November of 2016 I was experiencing stomach issues. Typically I never go to the doctors, pretty much unless a bone is sticking out somewhere. For whatever reason I decided to go to the doctor. I was given seven days of 500mg levofloxacin. It may have been the first script of antibiotics I have ever finished. During this time I started experiencing intense anxiety. I already have anxiety, but it was way more than what I’ve ever experienced. I was terrified that I was sick or something with my body was wrong. I ended up going to the hospital twice with stomach pains, and lower back issues. They gave me prednisone and muscle relaxers. After the prednisone, I started to feel a bit crazy so I told my doctor and stopped. A few days after, I went to go to sleep and ALL of my muscles started going crazy twitching and jerking. At the age of 24, with a new business, I lived my next 2-3 months petrified by fears of a neuro degenerative disease or some sort of sickness that for all of my odd symptoms. I guess now would be a good time to list them:

-anxiety & depression
-unexplained adrenaline
-heart palpitations
-body wide muscle twitches
-muscles locking up
-weird tingling feeling in back
-painful areas that came and went
-calf pain upon waking
-nightmares and night sweats
-trouble swallowing
-loss of appetite
-high creatine 25lb loss of muscle

So after these symptoms started to occur I ended up seeing endless specialists with endless tests trying to figure out what was wrong. Everyone thought I was just a complete hypochondriac. It’s hard to deal with people close to you as well as doctors write of your apparent and observable symptoms as “anxiety.” It’s really hard to deal with while going through it even as a person who hates going to the doctors and being sick. I wish I was imagining it. I had people in the Floxie groups such as Toni L, Carolyn Eagle, and Mark G walk me through certain issues and give me moral support. I changed my diet a few times throughout this whole ordeal and tried to eat super clean cutting out pretty much everything but salad…. I’m a foodie and honestly I couldn’t tell a difference other than my bank account. The one thing that did make a difference was pork and farm raised fish thay was not antibiotic free. To this day I still eat antibiotic free about 90% of the time. As far a s supplements, I tried too many to count. I did notice Epsom Salt baths really chilled me out. L theanine made me really dizzy so I had to stop taking it. I ended up taking MG everyday, but eventually quit. Ill probably use topical MG for my muscle aches from work. I spent a lot of money of supplements and magnesium, l threonate, and l theanine worked best for me (l theanine obvious until it made me dizzy.) in the acute stages I also had to take some Ativan when my insomnia and anxiety became too much to handle. I went through only about 15mg within one year and took a half literally ONLY when needed. I’ve seen people withdrawal from that stuff before and definite avoided taking it like the plague. I am so grateful that I was aware of benzos before consuming them, doctors pass them out like candy and they are HIGHLY addictive. Over time I experienced “normal” time frames and than time frames of recurring or new symptoms. This gradually turned into longer normal periods and shortened symptomatic period of time. As of now 16 months later, all I have left from the ordeal is a much greater appreciation of life and some left over muscle twitches.

I’m a landscaping and hardscaping contractor. At the beginning of this reading all of the terrible situations online I was positive I was going to lose everything. I happened to rough through the hard part, and for the last six months or so have really been able to get physical again. Last week me and another worker laid about 3300 lbs in pavers with over 50 linear feet in cuts in one day. That’s about 150 square feet. I gained all of my weight back and my business is starting to really take off. I’m grateful that by the grace of God guiding and holding onto me through this storm that I have my life back with an even greater appreciation. A shoutout to all of those that I connected with poisoned at the same time that are healed, I encourage you all to post to encourage those still dealing. I also encourage those still suffering to READ THESE STORIES, these are only a few of the people that have healed posting these stories. Most of the others have moved on, don’t be disencouraged by all the negativity out there. Unfortunately, I most likely won’t respond to many comments as I am very busy with life. I just really felt obligated to share my experience with those searching. ❤️❤️❤️

This is the walkway we laid in one day.

** 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.

12 thoughts on “Trevor’s Story – Levofloxacin Poisoning and Recovery

  1. Gerard April 19, 2018 at 8:39 am Reply

    Its amazing thank you for sharing

  2. Mayaa April 19, 2018 at 9:31 am Reply

    Hi it’s really good to hear a positive outcome.
    I am fighting hard to get my life back. I’m 5 months since taking Cipro and three months detox diet change and supplements.
    For the first time since Nov 2017 I went for a walk with a friend just a mile stroll for coffee and back. Although my ankles are now aching it was a great feeling.
    Thanks for your positive post it gives me hope I can return to good health. Best wishes

  3. Dee April 19, 2018 at 10:39 am Reply

    Great recovery story!!!! Congrats and it gives us so much hope being in the middle of this recovery!! I know you don’t want to answer a lot of questions so I will only ask two and then not bother you again. When and how did you finally discover you had been floxed??? Did your tinnitus go away too?? Again…..very happy to hear of your healing!!!

    • Trevor May 3, 2018 at 7:21 pm Reply


      I realized I was floxed after taking this medicine with steroids. All my muscles started twitching violently I was terrified I had ALS or MS I also had to go to the hospital for pain and panic attacks because I had no idea what was happening. I’m young so I knew it had to be something I put into my body and didn’t find it to be a coincidence that a few days before I was prescribed multiple medications.

      • Dee May 3, 2018 at 8:00 pm Reply

        Trevor. I’m sure initially getting floxed was very scary for you!!! Did your tinnitus go away??? Thanks for getting back to me!! Appreciate!!

        • Dee May 18, 2018 at 10:49 am

          Trevor. I’m going to try one more time just in case you check your story again! Did your tinnitus go away for you??? It is one of my last symptoms I’m dealing with although I have the low pulsating/ throbbing kind of noise. Thanks!

      • Victoria May 12, 2019 at 6:25 am Reply

        Trevor, floxing is imitating a lot of symptoms of other diagnosis, do not worry. But Floxie Syndrom is scary enough

  4. William Rootz May 20, 2018 at 3:57 pm Reply

    Hi Trevor
    My name is Bill and I thought I had the best of this poisioning, but now I have trouble swallowing? What did you do to get around this? Did it go away with time, take something, etc. ? I can only swallow water and such liquids, nothing solid no matter how much I chew it up. It just stays in back of my mouth, cough a lot and it is awlful feeling. I dont want to be fed with tubes so at end of my rope. Both legs did get better over last 6 months but now this! I am old guy and dont know much about blogs and such so dont know if this even go out.
    Thanks for any info you have.

  5. Lisa June 6, 2018 at 1:28 pm Reply

    Thank you also for sharing- you give me hope. I took levoquin in January 2018 and this past week I am finally putting this all together. I knew the levoquin did something then the diflucan for the thrush and a bunch of steroids for this feeling that is better but I still get alot of my throat getting tight- so miserable and the anxiety is terrible too– and the insomnia etc.- thank you again, Lisa

    • marie wheeler November 29, 2020 at 12:36 pm Reply

      hi lisa have you gotten any better. i feel the same as you i took 3 cipro 500mg and bactrum 800/160 ,2020 for seven days and just put it all together in september of 2020 that its these medications thats causing me problems. I hope its not too late. Let me know how you are doing

  6. Dylan January 30, 2019 at 6:24 pm Reply

    Hey Trevor,

    I was recently given two rounds of cipro (1st round over the summer, 14 day at the end of July), had a stomach infection (due to cipro) and was given a second round of cipro and flagyl taken together. The second round i developed many of the same symptoms you did. Im glad to see you still active, has anything gotten better since then? Im lost on this whole thing and could use some guidance on this.

    Thank you,

  7. Dan Jervis March 2, 2019 at 10:46 am Reply

    Dear Trevor, Please consider sending your story to 60 Minutes.
    Our stories need to be heard, Dan

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