Can Cipro cause bulging discs?

by Anna
(Lafayette CA)

Hi, can Cipro cause bulging discs?

I am 33 year old female and I took cipro for two days and discontinued it due to pain in my right ankle.

Since stopping the medication almost two months ago I have bulged two disc in my neck, developed tendonitis nearly everywhere (pain, strains and one partial tear).

While I know that tendon issues are a side effect of the drug, do you think Cipro is able to affect the strength of spinal discs as well?

I have early spinal degeneration in my neck but only one bulging disc prior to using cipro.

Thank You,



Joshua Answers:

Hi Anna.

First off, your spinal degeneration is due to low levels of vitamin D, not enough magnesium, and years and years of extra compression from your muscles not doing their job well.

In and of itself, bulging discs aren't a primary Side Effect Of Cipro.

Having said that, fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Cipro and Levaquin attack connective tissue. Thus the rips and tears in your tendons.

Here's more what I think the situation is.

You ALREADY had a variety of factors conspiring to bulge your cervical discs. This includes poor posture, nutritional deficiency (mainly Magnesium), TOO TIGHT muscles and connective tissue, (which creates) weak muscles unable to do their job (which causes) discs to bulge.

Then you took Cipro. Just like Levaquin, Cipro massively depletes the body of magnesium.

So you, already short on magnesium and suffering from TOO TIGHT muscles unable to work optimally because of the lack of necessary magnesium (See: Magnesium for Tendonitis) all of a sudden have MUCH MUCH LESS magnesium available in your body.

This does not make a body happy. Suddenly your muscles are sore, painful, achy, stiff, etc.
You're already TOO TIGHT muscles in the neck that are busy compressing the vertebrae of the cervical spine suddenly get much tighter, compress more, and are less able to absorb force, so all that force goes to the discs.

Not a good scenario. You don't just have Tendonitis all over your body (See: What Is Tendonitis), you have Cipro Tendonitis.

Cipro Tendonitis is the common (and misleading) name for the cytotoxicity that comes from fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Cipro and Levaquin.

So, the discs were already in bad shape and the Cipro made things worse.. But the other tendon injury...that I would certainly blame on Cipro.

Massive magnesium deficiency, mitochondrial kill off in connective tissue, possible DNA fun.

The best I can do for you there is to point you to the 'Levaquin Tendonitis Solution' ebook over on the right of the page.

It was SUPER wise of you to stop after two days when your ankle hurt. Just imagine how bad it would be if you did 4 days, or 10. Yikes.

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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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Mar 01, 2015
cipro causes neck and spine issues
by: yjj

I have been suffering from cipro poisoning for over 10 years. Early symptoms are feet and neck. Later knees and hips. Then hands fingers. Recently lost both shoulders. I can't lift my hands up. Anywhere in your body having ligament or tendon gets effected. But every part has different schedule. You pray that you will be lucky in your next life.


Joshua Commentes:


I'm sorry to hear that!

While you're still in this life, what have you been doing for self care to reverse the side effects of cipro?

Feb 10, 2017
by: THEO



Joshua Comments:

Hi Theo.

The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution (formerly The Levaquin Tendonitis Solution) is a program that lays out what is necessary to reverse the negative effects that Fluorouqinolones like Cipro cause in the body.

There is no simple easy answer, no one sentence solution. There is (and never will be) a pill to 'fix' the side effects.

The immediate mechanism of Cipro on the body is complex, the repercussions of that mechanism even more complex.

The solution isn't complex, per se, but there are certain requirements and variables that must be adequately and effectively dealt with.

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