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"Levaquin Took My Legs Away."

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Boyertown, PAI started taking 500 mg of Levaquin last summer for an upper respiratory infection," said Sara, a nurse. "Within one day, after just one dose, my lower leg hurt. By the time I saw my doctor I could barely walk; right away he knew that Levaquin was to blame."

As it turned out, Levaquin caused more than an aching lower leg. Because the drug caused Sara to become practically immobile, her respiratory problems became worse and it even cost her relationship with her fiancé...

"At first I didn't think much of the pain in my leg because my whole body ached from the fever I had," said Sara, "but once the fever broke I still had severe pain in my feet and lower calves. Ironically I had an appointment set up with my foot surgeon, Dr. Adamo, who did my bunion surgery last year.

"I continued on the Levaquin and finished it Thursday. On Friday I could barely walk. As I stepped down from my apartment, I could see, feel, and hear a pop in the back of my leg and blinding pain, like I never felt before. 'Sara, what have you been doing?' Dr. Adamo asked. As soon as I mentioned Levaquin he said, 'Didn't you read the insert?'

"He told me that I have severe bilateral Achilles tendonitis, Levaquin is to blame, and health experts are trying to get this drug off the market. I couldn't believe it! I was absolutely furious. I'm a nurse and the last dose I took, I got hot and flushed; my heart rate went up and I knew then that I was having an allergic reaction to this drug. But causing this, the inability to walk? A lot of reactions can occur from antibiotics, but I'd never heard of this.

"Dr. Adamo told me to discontinue any kind of physical activity, put my feet up, and wrap them in ice or heat, whatever felt better. He gave me a prescription for painkillers and come back for a follow-up in a few weeks or sooner if I was getting worse.

"I didn't make it back to his office. Instead I wound up in hospital due to my lungs. Dr. Adamo ordered an MRI, which showed a complete tear on my right leg tendon. Then I had an MRI on my other leg and that showed a partial tear of the tendon. It also showed a hole in the heel itself. They gave me prednisone and said my respiratory problem was not life-threatening but I won't be able to walk. I wore a cam-walker, a very rigid boot from tips of my toes to below the knee, to stabilize the foot and decrease some of the pain. My left foot was ace-bandaged.

"They wanted to operate on the torn tendon but were afraid the surgery could also take my life because of my lungs. And I also had a prior blood clot in that leg. So they prepped me for two weeks with blood thinners and antibiotics. Finally I had the surgery.

"Prior to surgery, I was taught how to walk with this 5-lb boot. I'm a small person and it was hard; basically you have to support your own weight on the handles of a walker and hop on the opposite side. But my other foot wasn't that good either. They continued to work with me in occupational therapy and rehab—three hours a day pre and prior surgery. For eight weeks, just getting myself to the bathroom was impossible—all because of Levaquin.

"I got out of hospital last November and had the cast removed. Dr. Adamo put me back in the cam-boot and told me that I could put 80 percent of my weight on it (although that's hard to figure out). I stayed out of hospital for seven weeks but got another respiratory infection because I was basically sofa-bound—back in hospital.

"They said I didn't have problems earlier with my lungs because I was moving around. When anyone lies around a lot, pneumonia often happens. I've had pneumonia three times since this happened due to immobility.

"My health insurance was getting tired of paying for rehab so they sent me to a nursing home—I'm only 51 years old—the worst three weeks I spent in my life. Now I am back at home getting occupational therapy, nurses are coming in every day to help me shower. Someone is with me 24/7. Sometimes I can't even get into the wheelchair because the pain is intolerable. I haven't driven my car since Memorial Day Weekend. I keep my hopes and dreams up that I will be able to drive again, but last week I could barely make it up a few steps.

"And it gets worse. I have a nasty scar and bruising that looks like it will never go away; constant swelling in both feet from these injuries. And this cost me a relationship—I was engaged and my fiancé said it was too much, having porta-potties and everything else in a one-bedroom apartment. I moved in with my brother.

"'You should go after the makers of Levaquin because you don't know the future,' my friends tell me. I'm going to take their advice."

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I've taken Levoquin twice since January. My legs from the knees down feel very bruised, and my knees ache. I walk like an old woman.

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I took Levaquin about one month ago for a chronic sinus infection. On day 6, my legs were very weak and achey. The next morning I woke with severe right calf pain. The Urgent Care thought possible Levaquin or blood clot. Was sent to ER and ruled out blood clot. Swelling and tingleing in both feet. The next day the left leg was involved. Within 5 days, and 10 doses (no one told me to stop taking med!) I had fallen at work twice that first week. Extreme calf, foot, ankle, thigh pain. Next week...two elbows and one hand/wrist. Neuropathy pain in toes began. Burning sensation in eyes, base of head. Saw my doctor twice and she refuses to say it is the Levaquin. She said i am having a Fibromyalgia flare up. My orthopedic dr said to see a vascular dr. He won't even see me. I guess the worst thing for me is not having any doctor tell me what I already know...this is definately a side affect of Levoquin. It is different than anything else I've had.

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I've been using Levaquin sparingly for a few years. I've had issues with severe shoulder pain (dating from '07) and now, since November of last year, my entire left thigh muscle PLUS severe pain in my left hip is leaving me with a limp. Some days are better, but it's always there. The last I used a full dosage was back in October---then my leg problem started in November! I'm curious if anyone ELSE has had 'joint' pain, not just muscle pain......

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I took Levaquin about a month ago for a sinus infection. My legs have been hurting and swollen every since. I have good days and bad days, but mostly bad days. I'm going out for a tendon repair that happened before all this started next week. Hopefully being down and not walking for 5 to 6 weeks will help the pain. My knees just want to scrumble under me some days. To hear my knees snaps while I'm waiting and almost falling to the ground is scary. I'm going to be calling a lawyer to see what I can do about this.

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I took levofloxacin for a lung infection. I only took it for 5 days. I was in so much pain from the knees down that I couldn't hardly walk. No one had warned me about this medication and I'm not in the habit of running home and looking up the side-affects of everything I take.
It's been a year and a half now and I'm still in severe pain. I had to have knee surgery last month because of this stupid antibiotic and now I'm probably going to have to have surgery on my achilles tendon for a partial tear in it. I'm 53 and I work in the preschool room at the school. No more sitting on the floor or kneeling for me.
The severe pain is very depressing. I can't work in my garden anymore or do anything I used to. I've gained a lot of weight because I can't go for walks. I'm in therapy for my knee, but the therapist spends a lot of time trying to get my calves to quit hurting. Nothing is working. I sure hope they get this medicine off the market.

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I took it for 5 days, felt like I was having a heart attack... I called 911, to find out at ER,it was killing my liver.
This was 51/2 years ago. Since then I have had tendon surgeries in ankle and I can barely walk due to extreme knee pain. Waiting for a MRI.
This drug has ruined my life. I live in my recliner or bed. Barely no one gets it. I feel like I have been poisoned.

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I am 52 yrs old - I took Levaquin for ten days due to infection in my lungs. after that I have been suffering with pain in my legs day and night. I can not bend down my knees I have to have help to get up if I am seating down I ache to get on my feet. is there anything we can do to get better.

My mom is 73 yrs old and is in better shape then I am. Now.

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This article is disgusting, and boyfriend aside, this developed after the relationship started. I must say, patients and health care professionals share an education duty. I do not see anywhere in the article that this person "lost her legs", nor does Levequin cause holes in bones. I must say, as a nurse, I would be nervous about her practice, based on her display here. I would think that the defense will do the same. RN of 42 years

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I agree with Dave, better find out now than later. Love knows no boundaries when it is true!

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Her fiance proposed full well knowing that he would take vows "For better or worse" "in sickness and in health" Good thing she didnt marry him b/c he OBVIOUSLY wasnt serious about his commitment to her!! Hope she recovers quickly and finds someone who will stick by her in good and bad times!

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oh my goodness, i was on levaquin for 21 days for a sinus infection,and my legs and feet hurt extremely bad.I never thought it could have anything to do with this.

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took 7 doses in december 2010 .and still sore with an achy body. no tendon damage. good luck.

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I totally agree with Dave. The only good thing that happened, was that she found out her fiancee was a loser and not worthy of her anyways. Better to find out now before you marry him. Seriously, he dumped her because she was sick........loser !!!

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these damn doctor hide behind the know these [expletive] we trust to know better than they just hand out poison like candy.....these doctors need to get their [expletive] handed to them


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