Cipro tendonitis and joint pain.

After developing a fever in Darwin, Australia, I was admitted into hospital for 4 days. Initial assumption was that I may have contracted Ross River Virus or something akin, but two days later the blood cultures came back negative. That caused the doctors to look for another reason for the extreme fever and blood work, I was admitted with a crp count of 266. My initial urine test came back clear, but a second one came back with White blood cells so despite my having no symptoms of a bladder infection they decided to treat it that way. I was released from hospital with a ten day dosage of Ciprofloxin, 500mg twice a day.


I was warned that it may make me vomit and that I was to stay out of the sun and avoid all dairy products. I went to a GP that had been forwarded my notes from hospital a week later for him to check on my final blood/urine cultures. He asked how I was and I commented on joint pain and sore tendons. He immediately took me off the Ciprofloxin and put me on a different drug and told me not to work for three weeks. As it turned out, my final cultures did not show any trace of a UTI and final diagnosis was Pyrexia of unknown origin.

I am a chef on a yacht currently sailing around the world. What hadn't occurred to me was that once back on the boat I would have to deal with stairs, we have three flights of stairs from the galley to the walk-in fridge/freezer. This did my tendons and knees no favours at all.

I have since moved off the boat and have been seeing a physio three times a day for almost two weeks now. The tendons have improved, although are still sore, but what is causing us a lot of confusion is my on/off joint pain. The physio has checked the location of all my joint pain, shoulders, elbows, wrists and knees bc at first he thought it was tendon related bc of the Ciprofloxin. However, the pain I am feeling seems to be in joint related areas only.

Everyone seems to have tons of information on how damaging Cipro is, but we are struggling to find any information on how best to treat it, especially the joints, and how long I should safely remain off the boat so as not to have the tendons flare up again.

In fact the physio raised the " is the damage permanent?" question this morning that has me more than a little worried because as a chef my job has me on my feet from morning to night. Something that I am completely unable to do at this stage.

Any information you could pass on would be most helpful!

Many thanks,
Catriona Munro.

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Can't tell you if it's permanent
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Cat,

While I can't tell you whether or not the damage is permanent or not or tell you when or if you'll be able to be on your feet all day long again, I can tell you that there are things that you can do that are your best shot at overcoming your condition. I highly recommend that you get my book The Levaquin Tendonitis Solution which I developed with people who were suffering from this condition in order to give them their best shot at recovery.

While the book doesn't specifically address joint issues, the recommendations in it are just as valid for joint conditions as they are for any of the other many many crazy and painful symptoms that people experience as a result of these dangerous and horrible antibiotics.

I hope that this helps and that you feel better soon.


Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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Prolother
by: Cat

Hi Kerri,

Thank you so much for that. I did buy a copy of the book and it was most helpful. But the thing that has got me back to work again is a treatment called prolotherapy. Also known as proliferation therapy, it is a series of rather unpleasant injections of dextrose into the affected areas. This causes inflammation, brings blood to the damaged area which in turn promotes healing and regrowth of the damaged tendons and ligaments. It's not a quick fix. It took me 3 months to be able to return to work and I am not completely healed, but I will continue with the injections and feel that they will fix it for good. I hope this information helps anyone else that finds themselves in a similar situation bc the lack of positive feedback out there on Cipro side effects terrified me!

Cat.

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