Sunday, September 7, 2014

Explaining Fluoroquinolone Toxicity

Explaining Fluoroquinolone Toxicity

It is difficult to describe what Fluoroquinolone Toxicity feels like to someone who doesn’t know or who doesn’t suffer from this.

Imagine going for a long run. Your ankles and legs are burning and your muscles are screaming. Except that you didn’t go running. That is what tendinitis feels like. Now imagine someone kicking you. That’s what a rupture feels like.

Think of the last time you got stung by a bee. Now amplify that by a thousand. Add the sensation of walking on tacks or legos. Then imagine being struck by lightning. That’s what peripheral neuropathy feels like.

Reflect on the last time you had a sleepless night, staring at the clock, and you’re tired to exhaustion. Now imagine that every night. That’s what insomnia feels like.

Picture sitting outside on a summer night with cicadas singing in the distance. Except that chirping is constant and deafeningly amplified. That’s what tinnitus is like.

Have you ever been to the desert or dry climate? Your eyes are dry; so dry that it is painful. Imagine running sandpaper on your eyeballs. No matter how many times you make yourself blink or you try to get relief with eye drops, nothing helps. Now imagine that all day, every day. That’s what dry eyes and lack of tear production feel like.

What about having food poisoning? You feel dehydrated, you can’t keep food down, you’re crampy, and nauseous. That’s what chronic and persistent gastric problems feel like.

Picture a person coming to you saying that they have a pet unicorn who speaks 10 languages, farts water balloons, got abducted by plaid colored aliens dressed in Wonder Woman costumes, and that they work as a CIA operative trained to kill  weeds. Imagine the look you’d give that person. That is what it feels like to not be believed by the medical community despite documented evidence that fluoroquinolone antibiotics cause every one of the symptoms listed above- and more. Only Fluoroquinolone Toxicity is very real, and patients are often dismissed as crazy. Heart disease is real. Diabetes is real. Cancer is real. Asthma is real. Depression is real.

So is Fluoroquinolone Toxicity.

How can you help someone who suffers with this?

The single most important thing you can do is believe them.

Second to that, educate yourself.

Nobody chooses to feel like this or to be in pain. Suffering with this robs people of careers, family, sanity, and hope. Nobody deserves that.

You are welcome to contact us at Quinolone Vigilance Foundation and we will be happy to answer your questions and educate you on this if you’d like to learn more.

Rachel Brummert
President/Executive Director
Quinolone Vigilance Foundation

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