Neuropathy after taking antibiotics and other prescription medications

Posted by Valerie @lacy2, Feb 28, 2021

Quote from Internet: Nitrofurantoin-associated peripheral neuropathy is rare & has been reported in both cystitis tx and prophylaxis settings.
Majority of cases are reported in patients receiving therapy for longer than 5 days (recommended duration for cystitis txIDSA)

It's rare, as most other drugs, but "someone" got it!!

I got peripheral neuropathy 2016 and still have it of course from taking a Quinolone drug , Norflox , in Canada for a simple urine infection … the sample of which was not even sent to a Lab for analysis, just the Dr's urine dip strip!
But since then have been often given other antibiotics etc. for UIT bladder infections as have no other choice??.

Just wondering how many of us, or population, have neuropathy which has been causes by prescription medications for something unrelated to neuropathy?? Like me, it can be permanent and also, like me, they still give me drugs that can do more damage to our bodies. Again, what choice do we have?

I have had several UIT's since 2016 and now am awaiting diagnosis of "internal tremors" which on top of all the man other things I have, is making me quite ill… but what choice did I have than to take meds with an infection?

Also my tinnitus: why is it worse…. reading back on some meds I took, yes, can cause it. I am appreciative of the benefits of medications but they sure can do some bad things to our bodies, especially with doctors who can't be bothered or have time to read our medical history, or pharmacist who says.. oh that list of side effects is just for the manufacturer's insurance. you will be OK. Well, I'm not OK.

(I was on Zoloft for over 15 years.. no one told me it could cause narrow angle Glaucoma….it could, and it did, and I have it. Do I sound bitter, well yes, as they dish these pills out like candy and do NOT keep checking with patient to find out how meds are affecting them…. and I understand, they are too busy and I realized TOO LATE that now "I" have to do the checking. Sad.

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In reply to @lacy2 I am sorry to hear about your situation which is quite similar to mine. I was working for United Nations and was based in Zimbabwe, Harare in 2017. I had UTI, for which a UN doctor prescribed me Cipro in June 2017 and within days the soles of my feet started behaving differently as if they were not my feet. I started experiencing burning sensation with increase in severity each day. After waiting and struggling for a month I visited Malaysia in an attempt to access comparatively good medical facility where a neurologist on the basis of MRI report told me that the pain and burning sensation in my feet was the result of a pinched nerve caused by spinal stenosis at my lumbar region triggered by degenerative disc disease. He prescribed tylenol and recommended exercises and physical therapy. He also told me that surgery could be the last resort with no guarantee to fix the problem. Thereafter I did a lot of research at my own including the possibility of stem cell therapy to avoid surgical intervention which took me to a clinic in Colorado which reviewed my reports and suggested Platelets lysat injections but to no avail. Thereafter I consulted Mayo Clinic who ordered a fresh MRI, a lot of blood work and other tests and concluded that I had small fiber neuropathy with no definite cause. This was in June 2018. Since then I have been using some supplements but am still not sure how effective they are. Although my burning sensation has subsided somewhat I now have a lot of numbness which is increasing every day. My own conclusion is that while I do have mild lumbar stenosis,
Cipro is the culprit for my debilitating condition and retirement from the UN. Since June 2018 I have not used any prescribed medication including painkillers of any kind. I don't trust the medical community. It is as simple as that.
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I would bet on Cipro being the cause, i will never forget that morning walking across carpet and feeling every single fibre on my bare feet and then making breakfast and hands tingling… Quinolone drug side effects are all over the Internet and have been for years yet they still prescribed them…i just dont understand it.. and one thing led to another and even tricky to type some days and now a whole bunch more problems and I wonder if Norflox did this tomy arms and legs, what did it do to my insides? I just gave away book I read called Bitter Pills.. its all in there, author's wife after ONE pill, and then talking about the FDA and big pharma. Sad.


…as recent as 2 weeks ago I was offered CIPRO for a UTI… after my problems with Quinolone drugs…. and my family wonders why I keep mounds of paperwork about side effects… some people are fortunate and never get them, some of us seem to get a lot, my list of safely consumable meds is getting shorter and shorter…. not my fault! IF matter of life or death, OK, no choice, but soooo many other options were out there! (payback to dr. prescribing the bad ones no one wants any more?)

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