I was walking across the parking lot of our local Rite Aid to my car when I could have sworn someone kicked me in the back of my heel. My right foot went limp and I fell over. I’d never felt a pain like that in my life. It turned out that my Achilles tendon had ruptured and the tendon had snapped between the heel and where it balled up in my mid calf.
This was the beginning of a nightmare
that has so far lasted eight years. Since that day in 2006, I’ve
ruptured eight other tendons, undergone reconstructive surgeries and a
spinal fusion, and dealt with so many other adverse reactions, including
peripheral neuropathy, memory impairment, muscle wasting, tinnitus, and
Rehabilitation after such damaging
injuries is tough. Endless post-op appointments, casts, braces,
setbacks in healing, and the amount of pain were exhausting and took a
big toll on me emotionally and financially.
When all of this started, I
was 36 years old, I had a career that I loved with immeasurable
passion, and life was great.
So you may ask: What happened that caused me to be disabled and in pain every day?
I took a pill.
It’s called Levaquin, and it is a very
powerful fluoroquinolone antibiotic. Fluoroquinolones are a unique class
of drugs in that they cross the blood-brain barrier and are believed to
alter one’s DNA. What is scarier is that one can have adverse
reactions even after stopping the medication, and those adverse
reactions can be permanent.
Antibiotics are supposed to help us
feel better, not cause disability, or even death, such as what recently
happened to one of our own. Longtime quinolone injury activist Bob
Grozier lost his life on June 11, 2014 as a result of complications
after he took the fluoroquinolone Cipro. He will be sorely missed.
The pharmaceutical industry is allowed
to fast-track medications through the FDA, which lead to flawed clinical
trials, and this puts enormous risk on patients. These medications are
meant for life-threatening infections, yet too often, doctors prescribe
them for lesser infections in which a safer medication could have been
prescribed, or when no infection even exists.
Either way, we encourage patients to do
their homework anytime a doctor gives you a script for any drug, but
especially for a fluoroquinolone like Levaquin, Cipro, Avelox, Floxin,
and others, which can be found on our website www.SaferPills.org.
If you’ve been injured by one of these
devastating drugs, QVF encourages you to contact a quinolone injury
lawyer to discuss the legal issues related to these disabling injuries.
Clarkson Law Firm has been instrumental in providing information,
answering questions, and giving legal options to hundreds of victims of
fluoroquinolone toxicity and related injuries across the United States
and even throughout the world. Consultations are free and can be
scheduled at www.clarksonlawfirm.com or by calling toll-free at (855) 876-1300.
You wouldn’t want to live this way. You are your own advocate, and at Quinolone Vigilance Foundation, so are we.
Quinolone Vigilance Foundation