Levaquin is worse than my pneumonia and bronchitis

by Katherine
(Bentonville, AR)

In short, I had pneumonia following bronchitis.

Now I have horrible ringing in my ears that wakes me up; horrible tendonitis; rigid abdomen and gas; kidney pain; insomnia; nightmares--and worse of all, the coughing continues.

My work is impacted as I work with small children and have trouble hearing them or picking them up.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Katherine.

Ouch. I'm really sorry to hear all that.

Doctors say the numbers of people poorly affected by Levaquin is small. Which is great, until you're one of them.

The first thing I would do were I you is to getting as much magnesium into me as I could tolerate.

Check out Kerri's Magnesium Dosage page.

Tinnitis and Menier's disease can often be greatly helped by getting your magnesium up.

There's a lot more to say about that, of course, but your tinnitis, insomnia, and nightmares could very well be greatly helped/alleviated by dealing with the (highly probable) magnesium deficiency issue.

Levaquin, which causes Levaquin Tendonitis, can cause a lot of other funky reactions. One of yours might have been a sudden decrease in available magnesium.

Start with that and let me know what happens.

Also, find a chiropractor or someone who gives good hugs and have them adjust your thoracics.

There is a neurological connection between the thoracis and the lungs. I have a tendency towards bronchitis, and when I feel it coming on, I adjust my own thoracic, and it makes a two week thing a 1 day thing, if that.

Do make sure the chiro doesn't do any forced adjustments, they need to be soft and gentle. Your connective tissue is under attack, and you don't want any big sudden tensions on the ligaments of you thoracic vertebrae.

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

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Apr 03, 2013
The Agony of it all starting day 3 of Levaquin for Bronchitis
by: Sherri

I was being treated for Bronchitis in December 2012. The doctor put me on levaquin which I didn't really think anything about it since I had taken it one other time in the past.

On day three I woke up in severe pain in every joint in my body. My hands were so swollen I couldn't make a fist. My shoulders were swollen and tendons in my groin were so tight I was unable to walk. I had numbness and tingling in all extremeties, sharp electrical pains randomly all over my body,constantly breaking out into sweats from head to toe.

My eyes burned and were very sensitive to light, and I had horrible anxiety and restless leg syndrome along with vaginal itching and eventually a yeast infection.

Let me just say that for the past thirteen years I have been battling moderate to severe fibromyalgia. I really didn't think it could get any worse until this happened. I immediately went to the ER which got me no where. They just said my fibromyalgia was worse. I went to my GP the following day and he said the same thing.

Finally after five days I looked up levaquin side effects and immediately realized that I had had a severe reaction to the antibiotic. I went back to my doctor and he told me there was no way that it was the problem because it happens so rare and he had never seen it.

I stopped the levaquin on my own and had to wait 2 months to get into see a rehumatologist at UAMS which my GP referred me to. The rehumatologist did agree the levaquin was the problem but offered no help in any way. This has taken my life away. The longer I go the worse the tendon in my Achilles heels get.

I still can only be up on my feet a very few minutes and between the pain and anxiety I have not slept more than a couple of hours at night since this happened. I am very much still in the middle of this and pray I get some relief soon!


Joshua Comments:

Hi Sherri.

1. Unfortunately, you're doctor was wrong. It absolutely CAN be from Levaquin. And just because he's never seen a case of it doesn't mean anything. He's never seen a lot of things that exist and that are common.

Also, did your doctor test to see if the bronchitis was bacterial?

Apr 03, 2013
Joshua Replies to Sherri - Oh The Agony Of It All
by: The Tendonitis Expert


2. Technically, the fibromyalgia IS worse. Levaquin depeletes the body of nutrition. Fibromyalgia is a (totally reversible) nutritional issue. You body already wasn't functioning optimally due to your nutritional status, and Levaquin made it even harder for your body to function, thus the increase in existing symptoms and appearance of new symptoms.

3. Nutritional insufficiency/deficiency, combined with a kill off of good and bad bacteria, lead to yeast infections.

4. As you've noticed, doctors don't have anything to help you. There's a lot of not nice things I have to say about that, but what really matters now is that you counter the impact that Levaquin had on your body and get to work fixing the problem.

It's very unlikely in your situation that time is going to give you the benefits you want.

Related: Why Was I Given This Levaquin Drug?

Related: Levoquin Generic Levaquin and My COPD

May 29, 2014
Frustrated with Painful shoulder after Levaquin for Bronchitis
by: Sandra W

I was diagnosed with Bronchitis jan 2013. I was prescribed Levaquin, and a few days later seem like every joint begin to hurt, at one point I couldn't even open my mouth without my jaw hurting & every joint on my body was painful.

I called the doctor immediately, he told me to stop taking it.

He also told me that I should be feeling better in a couple of weeks, this was very frustrating. I did begin to feel better in about a few months but the shoulder pain remained. It never got better.

I finally went to my arthritis doctor & told him how long it was hurting and that it started after I took Levaquin. He said it didn't look like arthritis but possibly tendonitis (rotator cuff area) he prescribed Meloxicam, still no relief.

I have two questions when does it stop, and what can help it? I'm still hoping for a cure.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Sandra.

1. When does Levaquin pain stop? Either you get somewhat lucky and your pain just goes away over time, or it doesn't go away and you have to HELP it go away (or it likely won't).

The way the body works, and the way levaquin works, it's not so much about damage needing to heal (though it certainly can be a factor) so much as a 'Levaquin dug a hole and until you fill that hole back up, your body can't recover'.

2. What can you do?
You can read through the Q&A threads on this site and find a lot of helpful information.
You can get The Levaquin Tendonitis Solution ebook and access to the support forum that comes with it.

Obviously I'm biased for the latter, but mostly because it's rather complex, and you might as well fight for your health with a complete plan of attack.

3. Give us an update on where your symptoms are at now.

See Related: Severe Joint Pain After 4 Days Of Levaquin 500 mg For Bronchintis

Jul 02, 2014
Levaquin Toxicity for Bronchitis, didn't know it could cause side effects
by: Susan

I took this drug for severe bronchitis. I did not know it could cause any side effects or I would never have taken it.

A week after taking 10 tablets I started having ankle pain.

Now my calves hurt and spasm. I am really concerned as to how to get rid of the toxicity. I do not want to be crippled.

Sep 12, 2016
Laurie T. Took Levaquin for Bronchitis in 2016...
by: Laurie Beth T.

I was given levaquin for bronchitis...750mg. For 7 days...July 14, 2016 Have not been able to work since.or do anything for very long...today is August 24,2016...every weak area in my body is much much worse!!!

It caused my kidneys to struggle...I now have blurry vision ...extreme low back and hip pain..All muscles hurt and are weak...any arthritis is worse...can barely use my hands. My skin aches...

Get dizzy whenever standing or sitting for more that 1 hour.

I've been sent to an internal medicine specialist... Who says it would be rare to levaquin to be the cause.

I believe it us tho!!! I'm submitting to All her tests..because I can't work and need a diagnosis....while I detox... And follow the sugesstions from this site..

So far all tests are negative...

I'm very thankful for your help...

God bless you mightily!!!!


Joshua Comments:

Hi Laurie.

1. Tests aren't going to show anything that will provide a diagnosis of Levaquin toxicity, for a variety of reasons, including that your doctor has no clue about how Levaquin interacts with the body to cause side effects.

2. It is not rare for Levaquin to cause side effects: Even hospital medicine estimates a 3% side effect rate.

And depending on who you talk to it's anywhere fro 3% to 30%.

Levaquin depletes magnesium, so it affects EVERYBODY that takes it, to some degree, and that can catch up years later.

But our focus in on the (mostly) immediate side effects.

As you have experienced, they can be devastating.

I don't know anything about you or your health history, but if you were fine, got bronchitis and took Levaquin, and then plummeted into this health crisis, that's pretty clearly a result of the Levaquin.

See Related: Severe Joint Pain After 4 Days Of Levaquin 500mg For Bronchitis

See Related: www.fqresearch.org

Nov 04, 2017
Levaquin side effects after prescription for bronchitis
by: Marvin

I took Levaquin 750 mg last April for bronchitis for seven days. Then two days after I was done taking it I couldn't get out of bed.

My right knee was giving me excruciating pain. Then a few months later the same thing happened with the left knee.

I have been to several different arthritis doctors which hasn't helped at all. Number one I told them it was from the medicine I took, but no one would believe me. I have had several x-rays, MRI'S and blood work and everything comes back negative.

To this day I can't straighten either knee or walk without excruciating pain. I have even tried ice packs, heating pad, pain patches, pain creams and knee braces and nothing helps. No one seems to care and point me in the right direction so I can get some relief. I was very active until I took this medicine. I wish there was someone that could give me some information where to turn for this ongoing problem.

I also have a lot of other side effects since taking this medicine: fatigue, dry mouth, joint pain, shortness of breath, tendon pain, water retention, swelling, chest pain, high blood pressure, and the list goes on. I would really like to be pain free and get my life back.

Are there any doctor's that specialize in these problems or any all natural supplements I can take?


Joshua Comments:

Hi Marvin.

I'm sorry that happened to you. It's life changing and no good.

"Number one I told them it was from the medicine I took, but no one would believe me."

That makes me angry. And it happens every day....

"I have had several x-rays, MRI'S and blood work and everything comes back negative."

The good news is, is that the mri doesn't show tendon damage or (hopefully) big spots of inflammation/problem on the the tendons.

The bad news is, there's nothing that will show up on blood work, so doctors have nothing to work with (and no interest in thinking about it for more than a minute to find out what the cause of your symptoms might be).

"I wish there was someone that could give me some information where to turn for this ongoing problem."

It may sound self serving, but The Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution is your best source of 'how to' get better.

Your symptoms are significant, and by default it's very unlikely at this point that your body is going to get better on it's own (by which I mean, without your helping it get better).

There is no pill, nor will there ever be, that can fix this (because of what the mechanism is). There are very specific things you need to do do counter the effects of the Levaquin on your body's ability to function correctly.

No tips or tricks will help you, because this is serious and multifactored.

"Are there any doctor's that specialize in these problems or any all natural supplements I can take? "

There maybe one or two, but in my experience the still don't come at it from the right direction.

Supplements, yes. For instance, many of your symptoms are common magnesium insufficiency/deficiency symptoms, and Levaquin massively depletes magnesium (that's not all it does, of course). And of course, it's not simple as 'just take magnesium'.

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