Anything different to do with Cipro induced tendonitis than other forms?

by Brent Couzens

I have had tendonitis on multiple locations due to cipro.

I have been in PT, and that has worked to some degree, but is taking much longer than normal according to my therapist.

She uses massage and once the pain was much less, stretching and strengthening plus I followed up with ice massages and just plain icing.

However it seems to crop up over and over again in some locations... in particular my plantar fascia and my wrists and knees.

I suspect the chemicals are still in my joints, despite several months and when I start to exercise more, I release them and get new issues... but that is just a hypothesis.

If you know of anything different to be doing with drug induced tendonitis, I would appreciate hearing about it.

Brent Couzens


Joshua Answers:

Hi Brent. Sorry for the troubles.

1. The PT probably shouldn't be surprised that this is taking longer than usual. If it is Cipro Tendonitis, you're either going to take a good long time to heal, or you're not going to. Everything I've seen points to those two categories.

Some people just hurt a little bit for a little while, but as far as I can tell, it's a 6-12 month recovery, or no recovery and just more of the same.

2. Researchers/scientists say that
the active fluorquinolone is out of the tissue/system/body in about three days.

It's possible some 'inactive' agent that hasn't been identified yet is still in the tendon tissue aggravating/damaging you.

Worst case scenario is the findings that point to the cytotoxic effects of Cipro and Levaquin damage the DNA in the tendons, such that when new cells grow as the tendon 'heals', they grow bad, leaving you with pain and damaged tendon.

Nobody has a cure for this at this point. Which does not mean that there is a cure, it's just that it hasn't been found yet.

The best I can offer is to make your body as healthy as possible, and I mean to go overboard with this.

There's a test and conversation about it on this page that I believe is worthwhile.

Conversation and various suggestions nutritional and otherwise on this page --> Levaquin Tendonitis Treatment

And this page --> Levaquin

Cipro and Levaquin damage is the same. The difference being more people get damage from Levaquin than Cipro, percentage wise.

There is nothing different to do for Cipro Tendonitis than there is for damage from Levaquin Tendonitis or any other fluoroquinolone cytotoxicity.

That was kind of a general answer. Read through those pages, and feel free to ask any other or more specific questions.

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert

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