Levaquin caused knee pain, aches, pains, insomnia, lightheadedness

by 64

I got the most relief from the side effects of Levaquin from the ice treatments followed by heat described here. I took Levaquin for 7 days for a persistent sinus infection. From the start I had SERIOUS INSOMNIA, but didn't connect the two right away. I was LIGHTHEADED and just felt awful.

Then I began with PAIN IN MY KNEES AND HIPS.

I attributed the pain to the violent, unusual wind storms in the area caused by the atmosheric pressure going crazy. By about day 5 I ACHED IN NUMEROUS MUSCLES, MOSTLY THE LARGE MUSCLES OF MY THIGHS, UPPER PART OF MY LOWER LEGS, BUMM, AND LOWER BACK.

Being busy, I kept thinking I should read the drug literature that came with the prescription, but I didn't until after I had taken the final 7th dose. Of course then I could see that all of this was apparently from the Levaquin.

By now I was STIFF AND ACHEY AND FELT LIKE AN OLD WOMAN. My JOINTS HURT not inside the joint like the pain my arthritis causes but around the edges of the joint. I also hurt not in the middle of a muscle as when one over exercises, but all AROUND THE EDGES of my buttocks and other large muscles.

I could BARELY CLIMB THE STAIRS or get in a car because of the STIFFNESS. I am very active for my age (64) and I had continued to go to water aerobics and water zumba early in the course of Levaquin, but could not keep up as I usually do. By the end of the course of Levaquin I could barely pick up my feet.

THE PAIN IN THE BACK OF MY RIGHT KNEE WAS BY FAR THE WORST, although both knees hurt more than any other area. I probably aggravated my knees with the water zumba early in the course of medication. The pain was different from my arthritis, being in the area AROUND my knees and mainly behind the knees.

I had contacted my pharmacist and doctor and was told to rest and take anti inflamatory meds which
I did. But I still couldn't function. Finally I found these pages and reading them and using just one of the ice treatment followed by heat (a hot bath) then another ice treatment, and heat - the pain is almost gone, amazing. It has been 4 days since I finished my 7 days on Levaquin. I still am not back to normal but it is better than it was.

I am making bone broth soup and have started magnesium supplements, as recommended here.

Thanks for the great advise.


Joshua Answers:

Hi 64.


Magnesium for Tendonitis applies in the situation in the sense that it's related.

But Levaquin causes massive magnesium depletion. Everything you've described are Signs of Magnesium Deficiency..

Other negative things happen with Levaquin cytotoxicity, of course, but magnesium deficiency is a HUGE factor.

Icing will help you feel better, but it doesn't fix anything.

Rest and Anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen won't fix anything either.

You have to get as much Magnesium into and onto you as you can.


There's other things that would be smart to do, but if you were only going to do one thing, getting your body as much magnesium as it needs should be that one thing.

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Dec 12, 2011
more suggestions for dealing with Levaquin Tendonitis?
by: Anonymous

So what else would you suggest for Jersey Girl age 64? (I guess Jersey Grandma would be more descriptive)


Joshua Comments:

I'd suggest getting a complete plan of attack.

Specifically, The Levaquin Tendonitis Solution ebook.

Tips are ok, what I said about Magnesium for instance.

Or I could tell you to get your Vitamin D level up to between 50-80 ng/ml.
Or I could tell you to go gluten free for at least two months, and eat more protein and good fats.

But Levaquin poisoning is a BIG DEAL. It's NOT simple. It's important you understand why it does what it does, and the various factors involved.

If I just give you a couple tips it's a big disservice to somebody with Levaquin Tendonitis.

The ebook is the way to go.

Don't get me wrong, what I said about Magnesium is a huge component. It -may- be all a person needs if done correctly. Every situation is different.

Having said that, depending on how bad the levaquin reaction is and what it did to a body, it's increasingly unlikely that -just- magnesium is going to 'fix' your body.

Sooo, the ebook is my main suggestion. Because it is the pathway of highest return.

Jan 15, 2012
Torn Meniscus after taking Levaquin
by: Elizabeth

After taking Levaquin for 5 days was so sore I could hardly move. by the 7th day my rt knee hurt. Then knee became swollen and extremely painful.

Turns out I had a complex tear in my meniscus. Had never had knee problems before....of course doctors say it couldn't have been the Levaquin or they just look at you!


Joshua Comments:

Yeah....doctors aren't particularly inclined to believe that a pharmaceutical they regularly could possibly injure anyone so severely.

A lot of that symptomology is severe magnesium deficiency caused by the Levaquin.

Get the ebook! Get on the program and start countering the side effects and the downsides asap!

Jun 20, 2014
Levofloxacin and knee pain
by: Anonymous

I was prescribed this drug to treat a UTI. After taking the first pill, my right knee was stiff, swollen and painful.

I had had twinges in that knee on and off for the past 9 months so I really didn't associate my knee problem with the antibiotic until I was at the end of my 7 day Rx.

The drug information mentioned tendinitis and usually in the ankle, shoulder or hand. The first few days when it was so painful, I was taking 800 mg ibuprofen and using a knee brace. I also used ice to help the swelling.

It has been a month and I made an appointment with an orthopedic doctor for next week even though I am lots better. I am wondering if I have done permanent damage to my knee. I hope the doctor will give me good news. I will never take that medication again.


Joshua Comments:

Thanks for sharing Anonymous.

HOpefully your symptoms are primarily from nutritional depletion.

Damage or not, only time will tell (or an MRI).

Feb 14, 2017
Both of my Knees are in PAIN after 7 days of Levofloxacin
by: Anonymous

On my 6th day of taking Levofloxacin 750 mg I started getting pain in both my knees. The 7th day it was unbearable, I can't climb stairs, pick anything up, I can barely get my shoes on. I want to cry when I drive my car because the pain is so severe it hurts to press the peddles.

One site I was reading a lady said she has been in pain for two years since she took the drug. I pray not. It's been three days since I took my last dose. I'm going to try loading up on magnesium, even though I was already taking extra of it before. I can't believe this is happening. This drug needs to be off the market.

May 19, 2018
Ankle Tendonitis
by: Suzanne , Fair Oaks ,Ca

Thank you so much for your tips. I took Levaquin for only 2 days and couldn't bare the stomach cramping, insomnia, no appetite, nausea joint pain at the hips, knees and ankles side affects Now suffering the ankle tendonitis I will be adding Magnesium,bone broth and a gluten free diet in Hope's of some relief. This has been a month of pain :(

Sep 15, 2020
Levaquin Damage
by: Bren

Hi, I am 67. I took LEVAQUIN years ago several times and always with Prednisone, but the kicker was the IV Levaquin and Pred. that I had for 3 days during a hospital stay.
On the 3rd day, my fingers and palms drew in tiil I couldn’t hold a fork to feed myself.
Now 15-20 years later, they still do, along with horrible cramps and spasms in my calves and shins, the backs and fronts of my thighs and my feet. I get them sometimes in my abdomen, arms and ribcage too.

My balance is horrible. I have fallen 3 times in the past 2 months; one sending me to the ER unconcious because of a concussion from hitting my head on stepping stones. Yesterday I just turned around halfway to see my dog and I just fell over catching my fall with both hands on the concrete steps, thank goodness.

My right knee catches and locks and is so painful till it releases and when it does, I can see something on the entire right side of my leg quickly shift over further right. Is that a tendon shifting under the muscle? What, if anything can be done for that?

My left knee has a pain that I can only relate to what I think an ice pick would feel like being jabbed into the side and under the kneecap. Makes me cry instantly. It’s just horrible. My Chiropractor once told me I had damaged a tendon in there.

I have neck pain and I can count the number of days that I DON’T have a migraine on one hand and sole months gave fingers left over.

I hurt so much and feel just awful almost every day. My life is totally controlled by these symptoms.
I have been relating my symptoms to MS. I seem to have every symptom.
I have black spots in my vision. My hearing is bad. I can’t tell which direction sounds are coming from.

I already take 1100mg of Magnesium daily. That’s all my body will tolerate. How much D should I take and what else would you suggest?


Joshua Comments:

Hi Bren.

Ouch, that sounds terrible.

1. My highest recommendation is to get and start working with the Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution program.

You need a complete plan of attack. Your scenario is complicated, or at least, it's a major thing, and 'do this', or 'do that' just isn't going to cut it for you.

2. Having said that, what's your vit d level? And, you need to take as much as you need to get your Vit D level up to between 50-80ng/ml

3. Do not stop the magnesium! Critical.

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