I was prescribed Cipro on 6/12/13 for a kidney infection. I took it for a few days and felt really weird and not right so I quit taking it. A few days later a felt a stab in my kidney and thought I should probably finish taking that Cipro. It was early that morning and I was at work. I ate some crackers to put something on my stomach then took one of the pills. 30 minutes laterÖBAM! I panick attack unlike anything Iíd ever felt hit me like a FREIGHT TRAIN! Iíd never had anything like that happen to me before. I knew that I knew that I knew I was about to die. I called my husband and he took me to the doctor. The run tons of tests. They found a kidney stone. I was given the advice to go home and flush it out with lots of water.
Then the story really begins. 3 days after that doctors visit, both my knees starting hurting. Then I started googling Cipro. Now, almost 3 months out, both my knees, my Achilles heals hurt (no swelling or visible damage). The muscles in both my legs twitch and spasm. All my muscles ache. My toes go numb. I feel burning and crawling sensations in my skin. Panic attacks are a nightly thing.
Iíve been tested for everything under the sun. I do have a slightly elevated RA factor, but that was no surprise as it runs in the family. Iíve been walking around as if the slighted touch or hug is going to break me in two pieces; certain one of my tendons is going to rupture. Iím not alive but Iím not dead. Iím in limbo. Iíd rather be one or the other. I google Cipro poisoning in all my free time instead of playing with my kids or doing things I like to do. I feel like it gets worse every day. Itís been almost 3 months since I took that pill. Iíve lost 15 pounds. I canít really even taste food any more. My doctor has suggested physical therapy. Iím in so much pain when I walk. So afraid a tendon is going to rupture.
Then listen to what I did today Ė
I canít be in limbo any more. Letís do this thing or donít do it. I went home from work on my lunch break. I took my knee braces off and threw them in the trash can. I put on my workout clothes. I started stretching. Slowly at first and then got more aggressive. I stretched as hard as I could. I TRIED to rupture a tendon in one of my knees or heels. THEN Ė I ran a mile. THEN Ė I stretched harder, trying harder to rupture a tendon. Next I did side planks, pushups and sit ups. I showered, got dressed and came back to work.
And Iím OK! Nothing broke or ripped. I DID NOT DIE!!! I am NOT dying! I got a handle on my mind. I know Iíve been bringing these symptoms on. Iíve been tense and afraid for almost 3 solid months. Of course Iím going to start feeling muscle pain and spasms if I canít relax or breath because of fear.
Yes my knees are a little sore and burning. So are my heels. But I know Iím healing and I brought the worst of all these things on myself. Iím NOT poisoned by Cipro. I need to keep on stretching and breathing and living.
And tomorrow, when Iím sore all over from my workout, I PROMISE myself I wonít Google the symptom ďexercise intoleranceĒ.