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Saw doctor/recommended tonic water

PostPosted: August 13th, 2003, 7:45 am
by PamT
I couldn't stand it yesterday, so I saw my regular doctor. Told her about the twitching, when it started, and other symptoms.

She thinks that the Levaquin that I was taking could be the culprit - it has a half life of up to three weeks in your body.
She told me to try tonic water because the quinine is supposed to help with muscle twitches. I bought some - tastes terrible (maybe if it was mixed with some type of booze).
I'm still going to the neurologist to have him confirm this.

Levaquin and it's family of drugs are nasty to your body if you're sensitive to them. Someone I work with knows someone who died after taking just 2 pills.
I'm hoping my body will eventually calm down.
I've read that some people are affected up to a year because of the medicine.

PostPosted: August 13th, 2003, 9:17 am
by Jenn311
Hey Pam....

I tried the tonic water as well a few years ago, but it did very little for me as well. ANd the taste! Yuck!

I suspect you are correct about the Levaquin. My mom was taking another member of the flouroquinolone for just a few days and broke out in hives all over that persisted for days after she stopped taking the drug. Her doctor told her bad side effects are common with those drugs.

Well, I hope the tonic water :mrgreen: helps you out.

Have a great day!

Jen

Tonic water

PostPosted: August 13th, 2003, 9:20 am
by PamT
You're right - it's gross!!

I hope my neurologist agrees - I've been reading alot of articles that sound similar to me.

Does anything work for you to cut down the twitching - besides not thinking about it!

PostPosted: August 13th, 2003, 9:33 am
by Jenn311
The one thing that has helped is trying not to test the muscles that are twitching. Used to, if I would get a bad twitch, say in my hand, I would freak out and test that muscle all the time by tensing it up, testing strengh, becoming fixated on the area that was twitching. THis of course made it much worse, and the hot spot would persist for weeks. Now I don't worry so much, so I might twitch in one muscle for a while, say a few minutes, then it will go away and not come back in that same muscle for a good while. That's the only thing that has helped me...which in essence is not worrying about them (sorry).

Cheers, Jen

PostPosted: August 14th, 2003, 2:08 am
by Pole
Why don't you like tonic water? Have you ever tried it with a slice of lemon?
regards
Marcin

PostPosted: August 14th, 2003, 7:23 am
by PamT
I think the tonic water has a very bitter after taste. Have you ever tried it for the twitching? I would never drink it if the doctor didn't suggest it!!

I do know that when I go home and I'm stressed, a beer helps with all of my symtoms! Seriously, my anxiety levels drop and I don't twitch or tingle or anything... that's why so much of this is related to stress.

PostPosted: August 14th, 2003, 7:30 am
by Pole
I know it's bitter but I like it with slice of lemon. Never tried tonic for twiches but maybe I will. I also noticed that alcohol helps. Not after one beer but after 6-7 of them I don't twich.
regards
M.

PostPosted: August 14th, 2003, 8:30 am
by Mike in Des Moines
Or, after 6-7 beers, you just don't CARE anymore! :D

PostPosted: August 14th, 2003, 8:58 am
by Jenn311
LOL Mike...so true. Beer rules! :wink:

Actually Pam, as for adding something to the tonic water, I think the classic additive is gin. Don't Tom Collinses have tonic water, gin, and sweet and sour in them? those are good!

Jen

PostPosted: August 14th, 2003, 9:04 am
by PamT
Yeah, but I don't really like gin. I think I'll stick with beer!!

PostPosted: August 14th, 2003, 9:09 am
by Pole
How much alcohol does American beer contents? In Polish (and most of European) beer it's about 5-6%.
M.

PostPosted: August 14th, 2003, 9:09 am
by Jenn311
In most places 6%.

Jen

PostPosted: August 14th, 2003, 9:10 am
by PamT
I'm not sure... but I'm guessing it's less than what you're saying.

PostPosted: August 14th, 2003, 9:15 am
by Pole
I've heard that American beer is lighter and has about 3% of alcohol.
M.

PostPosted: August 14th, 2003, 9:17 am
by PamT
Yeah, we have "light" beer and regular beer.

Jen, I was thinking there was less alcohol in our beer. Maybe I was thinking about light beer.

Maybe I should try vodka and tonic? Maybe some orange juice..