Cocktail of Cipro and Levaquin story.

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4 months ago, my spouse Joe and I returned from a great vacation in Florida.  Three days later, he was diagnosed with severe cellulitis in his legs from bacteria he picked up swimming in the Gulf of Mexico.  He was first given an antibiotic that he was sensitive to because of its similarity to penicillin and switched to a sulfa based drug.  Five days later he was in the hospital with a raging infection with Cipro running into a PICC line.  A few days later they added Levaquin to the cocktail.  When he came out of the hospital he was taking oral Levaquin and vancomycin IV.  All the while he was complaining loud and long about the pain he was suffering in his feet, ankles, legs, hands and shoulder.  The response to the hands and shoulders  was “lets treat your left leg first….” since that was where the cellulitis was.  Fast forward to now… he is in pain, hasn’t returned to work and has become depressed from the knowledge that he is most likely crippled for the rest of his life because he went on vacation.  On Friday, after seeing a neurolgist and being diagnosed as having DIABETIC peripherial neuropathy (the Docs were all very careful to use the term “diabetic”) even though he has never had symptoms of PN up until now, he spoke with a co-worker.  He told her that he thought he might have fluroquinolone poisoning.  She said I know you do.  Why?  Because her spouse had the same thing.  This weekend has been the best since our return from FL because he has the name of the neurologist that diagnosed this lady’s husband…. maybe next week will bring some hope.  The pain won’t be gone, but at least now he has a name for the disorder and knows that he isn’t nuts. I promise to ring this bell loud and long.  Something must be done so that no one else will have to go through this.

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