Ciprofloxacin has ruined me

by Toni
(Langhorne, PA)

I went to the doctor for a sinus infection and he prescribed Levaquin. It made me very nauseous. I called the doctor and he changed the antibiotic to Cipro. I was able to tolerate it and continued for the full course. Shortly thereafter I noticed a shakiness in my right hand. I attributed this to Essential Tremor because my grandmother and my mother both had it and I'd read that it was genetic.

Some days it was so bad I couldn't write, and I'm right handed. Then I developed a bladder infection. Again, he ordered Cipro. Finished the full course, but now noticed I am unable to raise my right arm. It became difficult to dress, or put on a coat, or reach for an item in a closet. At the time, I worked as a cashier in a supermarket and assumed it was caused by the constant movement of scanning and bagging. I also had pain in my upper arm and shoulder, and sometimes it woke me during the night. Right before Christmas this year, I got whatever was going around and was really sick.


Back to the doctor and, yep, Cipro. The shakiness in my hand is worse than ever. I notice now that I am having trouble raising a fork to my mouth or lifting a pot off of the stove. In addition to all of the above, I've been very depressed. It is embarrassing and I'm afraid my kids will notice. I am not on any medications. I was taking 2,000 IU Vitamin D3 daily, but lowered that to just 3 days weekly. I'm convinced now that it's the Cipro that is causing these problems. I am 73 years old and in perfect health, or at least I was before the Cipro.

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