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Postby garym on May 6th, 2004, 10:20 am

This is a post on one of the other sites I visit regularly. Kevin, who posted this story, is one of the people I have been emailing for a better part of a year. He has told me that his calves still twitch 24/7, but that most of his other problems have stopped. His story is only one of many that could be my own, without the improvement, yet.......Anyway, here it is.

Gary


2 1/2 years ago, I had a horrific reaction to Levaquin.. I was on it
for a prostate problem (minor) and took Levaquin for a month straight
with no side effects...

One day I woke up feelign tired and restless and then my left arm and
face went numb.. I also noticed a small rash on my arm.. Next thing I
knew, I had an all out Panic attack of huge proportions.. I have
never in my life had one before and man was it bad.. My fiancee thank
god got on the internet right away and found this website..I flushed
that poison called Levaquin that night. Soon after I had all kinds of
problems which I will call phase 1.

extreme anxiety, jittery feelings, burning sensations shoot up my
arms, down my legs and back,extreme sensativity to light, ringing in
the ears,blurred vision,rash on arm,high liver count.

My doctor said it was due to stress and pushed me out of his office
with a prescription of Paxil. What an ass. This was not a mental
problem, but a toxic reaction to Levaquin. It fried my nervous
system,ears, eyes, everything... This doctor said he hands it out
like water and it cannot possibly be the drug. . Thank god I did not
take his poor advice.

So for the next 3 months I am dealing with these problems.. Anxiety
is reduced to Jittery feelings, burning sensations less, then BAM!! I
get hit with horrific muscle and joint pain.. To the point my 32 year
old ex healthy self could barely walk. Every muscle and joint in my
body was hurting. I could not walk up stairs or my calf and legs
muscles would burn.. Typing made my hands hurt like massive
arthritis. Severe muscle twitching in my face and calves also.

Then everything over time turned into cycles. Cycles of anxiety from
an overstimulated nervous system. Cycles of muscle and joint
pain..The cycles became less and less after the first year and a
half. I would start having a week or 2 at a time without symptoms...

Well 2 1/2 half years later I am MUCH better. First 16 months was
tough. I am now in the gym lifting heavy weights again doing serious
weight training.. I never though 2 years ago I could walk up a flight
of stairs, let alone bench heavy weights.

Lingering problems are permanent blurry vision in my left eye. Not
bad because my right can compensate. Constant ringing in the ears,
something I have learned to live with. I cannot have any caffeine or
my nervous system will go crazy..No chicken at all. Cut it completely
out of my diet.

Just wanted to let the new people here know that things can get
better over time and you can get past this nightmare..

Kevin
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interesting

Postby barbo36 on May 6th, 2004, 11:04 am

why no chicken? Or is that a saying? I really need to find out what antibiotics I was put on. I know one was called tequin
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Postby Jenn311 on May 6th, 2004, 11:21 am

Barb,

I believe they are in the same class of antibiotics. Ask your doctor if it is a flouroquinolone....but the quin at the end indicates that it is I think.

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it figures

Postby barbo36 on May 6th, 2004, 11:25 am

Wow! So does that mean there is a possibility of this getting better or is there permanant damage?
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Postby garym on May 6th, 2004, 12:03 pm

Barb,

Tequin is in the same class, and is linked to the same type of problems. The reason Kevin avoids chicken is that most poultry receives these antibiotics, and many people experience relapses from eating it. I personally consumed a lot of chicken prior to my problems and for several months after they began. Now i stick to organic chicken, but dang I miss KFC :oops: ! As for the possibility of getting better, most people that have adr's from these antibiotics get better. It just takes time.

Take care,
Gary
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wierd stuff man!

Postby barbo36 on May 6th, 2004, 12:33 pm

I cant believe this! wow! That the antibiotic I took could have caused all this is freaky! Anyways can you get organic chicken at the regular grocery stores or do you have to get them at a specialty place? Kinda strange I have just taken to buying organic eggs just because I was thinking about mabey chemicles being related and things. I would go totally organic but its soooo expensive and I have 5 kids here to feed
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Postby garym on May 6th, 2004, 1:09 pm

Barb,

I buy organic range chicken at the regular grocery store.

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