I was having a lot of fun with life but that's over, thanks to Levaquin side effects. Now I wonder if intolerance to this drug is hereditary and I tell my kids not to take these kinds of drugs unless absolutely necessary. When it comes to taking a drug like Levaquin (and probably Cipro because that is in the same class of drugs) it would have to be a life or death situation; I found out that is what this 'big gun' antibiotic was originally marketed for. This drug is overused and over-abused. I wasn't ready to retire.
I went into August 2002 the hospital to have a total knee replacement and was sent to rehab center at the hospital a few days after surgery. Unfortunately I got a urinary tract infection and Levaquin was prescribed. Then I went home with more Levqauin and I've never been able to bend that leg again.
I was told that I built up massive amounts of scar tissue, but there is no reason that I wasn't able to bend that leg; the appliance was fine, everything was fine. How could I have developed scar tissue so quickly, within a week? Scar tissue builds up over time. Orthopedic surgeons have no idea. All I know is that my leg was fine before surgery except for the fact that I had bone rubbing against bone. We tried to treat it with therapy and cortisone treatments.
Two months after surgery, the orthopedic surgeon took me back in the hospital to have a manipulation and it just got worse. He couldn't figure out what was wrong and nobody asked about the meds I was taking. But then I saw an article about Levaquin in the news—Bingo!
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I've had to make a lot of changes to my life, including a substantial income reduction; I've worked in construction all my life and sometimes it's hard just to get out of bed in the morning. I can't even pick up my little girl; I have learned to do things to minimize the pain and discomfort such as walking a different way: what else can you do?"