"I was being treated for cellulitis [a bacterial skin infection] and that is why I was given Cipro," Michelle says. "I was having home health come to help me with the cellulitis wound. They saw me walk during my first days on Cipro and I was fine. A few days later, I was unable to walk at all. I couldn't put my foot down. This is how my problems started.
"This happened between December and January, two years ago. I had to change doctors because of insurance, and the doctor gave me over 20 mgs of prednisone [a corticosteroid used to treat inflammation]. My knee didn't feel any different after I was given the prednisone, but an MRI showed cartilage degeneration and osteonecrosis—degeneration of the bone in my knee, caused by the prednisone.
"Right now, I'm confined to a wheelchair. It's my right knee. I can move sideways but can't put pressure on it to walk forward. The pain is excruciating. It's definitely affected my life. Luckily, I can still drive because I have responsibilities with my daughter, in addition to my 8-year-old grandchild who is in and out of hospital. It's very difficult being in a wheelchair.
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"Your life is miserable. You're not the same person when you can't get around—it's very limiting. You've got things to do but it becomes extremely difficult to live from a wheelchair."
Cipro is in a class of drugs called fluoroquinolones. According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA; 04/30/09), studies have shown that young dogs, when given ciprofloxacin (the generic name of Cipro) have developed permanent cartilage erosion in weight-bearing joints. Furthermore, similar drugs in the quinolone class have been shown to result in erosion of cartilage in weight-bearing joints in other animal studies, as well.