That's potentially good news for Steve, who ruptured his Achilles tendon after taking Levaquin. When Steve tried to get involved in a Levaquin class-action lawsuit, an attorney said his statute of limitations had run out. But Steve later suffered ruptured tendons in both shoulders??"he may still be able to file a Levaquin lawsuit.
In October 2006, Steve was hospitalized for a bowel resection and acquired a staph infection. He was prescribed Levaquin??"seven 500 mg tablets??"but his infection didn't clear up so his doctor prescribed another round. "The infection eventually cleared and I got back to my normal life," says 75-year-old Steve, who used to enjoy a very active life.
"Less than a year later, I was jogging with my dog and I heard a snap, then a pain in my ankle," says Steve. "I've never had any tendon injuries, despite playing tennis all my life so I figured it was just a temporary injury. But my ankle didn't heal and I couldn't run anymore so I saw an orthopedic doctor. An x-ray showed a little tear in my tendon. He prescribed physical therapy for a few weeks, but it didn't help so I had a cortisone shot in my ankle, which did help. But I had to give up running and I can't even walk at a fast pace.
"So I started playing a lot of golf, but I began to have problems with both my elbows??"like tennis elbow or golf elbow. I never had a problem when I played tennis, so why now, and why both elbows? The pain wasn't continuous but bothersome.
"Last summer I had to stop playing golf because my arms and shoulders were hurting so much. I was at Home Depot trying to get some lumber off a rack above me but I didn't have the strength to lift my arm. I had big tendon tears in both shoulders.
"I ended up having an MRI on my left shoulder and in December 2010 I had surgery for the rotator cuff on my left shoulder. I had an MRI on my right shoulder and now I am scheduled to have the same surgery on my right shoulder in a few months. And I am still having problems with my left shoulder??"not as bad as before but definitely not back to normal. I have no upper arm strength anymore.
"As for my ankle, I have to be conscious of it all the time; I can feel something is not right every time I move. I know I am reaching my golden years and this is a real drag because I'm in good health otherwise??"this Levaquin damage is annoying as hell.
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Not only was Steve given a "double dose" of Levaquin, the antibiotic shouldn't be prescribed to anyone over the age of 60. Two years after he took Levaquin, the FDA issued an alert that stated: "Fluoroquinolones, including Levaquin, are associated with an increased risk of tendonitis and tendon rupture in all ages. This risk is further increased in older patients usually over 60 years of age…."