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I just started taking levaquin for upper respiratory infection. I have taken 2 (175mg) tablets so far after meal. All of a sudden, I started having this excruciating pain in my stomach. It hurts so bad that I cannot go to sleep. I used a stethoscope and heard bowel sounds (hyperactive in all 4 quadrants), but no bowel movement. I have had no luck with having any flatulence either. Will somebody please tell me what can I do to better manage this terrible side effect?
First time on this website but in desperation I was looking for help for my dizziness and eye problems. After reading various comments, it sounds like many people are experiecing the same types of problems. Mine started with dizziness and light headedness. Like many of you, I am worse when I go into a mall or grocery store. Thought maybe it was flourescent lighting or something.
I am experiencing 24/7 constant jumpy, shaky, jerking vision---seems worse when looking at objects in peripheral and above or far away--but it is ALWAYS there. I also have a black floater in my right eye that has been constant every day too. My left top eyelid twitches daily for periods quite long periods of time. I also have imbalance and just an unwell--not myself--feeling. Also having sharp chest pains and had a week-long pain in my upper shoulder blade which the dr thought was pleurasy....
Once it was both my hears I could hardly hear anything and I felt a lot of head/ear pressure and my face was numb. Then my vision started to become pixilated (like a bad digital photo that was enlarged). My husband found me and carried me to the bed because I was too weak and disoriented to walk. After about 10 to 15 minutes of lying on the bed I slowly regained my loss vision and hearing.
But if it gets back to being almost every day, I can't imagine having to continue to deal with that for the rest of my life. As long as the bone is in place, I have no problems. No swallowing problems, no pain, nothing. I just never know when it's going to pop. I do a lot of public speaking and presentations. My greatest fear is that it will happen in front of an audience. The pain is so sudden and intense that I immediatley burst into tears.
I have posted on undiagnosed symptoms also. I have been having blurred vision, dizziness, pressure and fullness in ears and head and behind eyes, muscle weakness, joint pain, crick in neck, and severe fatigue for over a year now. Oh! also heart pounding and times where I can hear it in my head and feel it. Also deep itching sensations in my muscles that of course you can't scratch like pins and needles. Been to ENT nothing wrong with ears, been to primary doctor MRI normal.
I also suffer dizziness, vision problems that come and go, flushing that comes and goes with feeling of almost passing out. And at night, I also feel different sensations, like numbing and tingling in arms. I have to be so very careful not to touch my arms at all when I am lying in bed, or they will have tingling or numbness or pain. I try to take deep breathes when I feel the worst at night and I can feel a clearing effect in my brain when I do.
Has caused me many more complications. Tendon problems in legs, leg pain, blurred vision and now constant congestion and nasal problems. Haven't been on an antibiotic in over 20 years and this is what happens!!!
The other one wasn't working. Now i am on Levaquin. I hope it helps. My vision is still blurry. Especially in bright light.
Back in Ga, I found a rheum, an internist and an ortho that all trace my many problems back to the levaquin. Clearly, you should get all the tests necessary to rule out other problems, but if they all come back normal, any semi smart individual would see cause and effect in your antibiotic use and the resulting symptoms of a classic adverse reaction to an antibiotic.
While in the hospital I was on a constant heart monitor, very frequent blood pressure checks, Blood work, urinalysis, MRI, MRA, Corotid artery imaging, Chest Xray, a few EKG's, a Transesophogial echocardiogram, a lumbar puncture, Neurologist consultation, and a few other things that I can't quite remember at the time. My doctor found no reason for my blurred vision or any of the other problems I was having. All my tests came back negative. They have NOT put me on any type of blood thinners.
This new box warning via FDA is something i've been aware of for some time in patients using ciprofloxaxin, levaquin (levofloxacin), Moxifloxacin (Avelox), ofloxacin (floxin), gatifloxacin (tequin), and i'm glad it'll be highlighted on labeling, showing it's increasing incidence: risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture is further increased in those over age 60, in kidney, heart, and lung transplant recipients, and with use of concomitant steroid therapy.
I had an adverse reaction to levaquin (floroquinolone)antibiotic. I have lost hearing in one ear and have tinnitus 24/7. I mixed the levaquin with nsaids because I didn't know there was a drug interaction listed. No one warned me. My question is what exactly happens when you mix aspirin, advil with a quinolone? I know that it states mixing the two can cause cns stimulation and excitation. What does all that mean and can I get my hearing back and get rid of the horrible sound in my head?
I had taken both cipro and leviquin 2 years ago. Two weeks later I had painful burning on my lower extremities, trouble walking, chronic fatigue. It has been 2 years of going to rheumatolist and neurologist. Bloodwork showed positive ANA, and recently a high rhuematoid factor. I had my 3rd MRI that indicated a venous angioma. At this point of my life I have severe memory loss, weakness, chronic fatigue, numbness, burning, tingling, ringing in the ears, blurred vision, dizziness, and headaches.
Recently I developed chest pains, shortness of breath and palpitations after a 2 month cold where I took a Z pack which did not help and also my doctor felt I had a Urinarry Tract Infection even though my culture was negative. So he gave me Levaquin to treat the UTI and Cold. That workled but I developed The chest pains etc after taking. I have Mitral Valve problems since childhood .
Ephedra - My worst and most persistent symptoms have been fatigue, breathing problems, brain fog, rib pain, and GI problems. I've had vision issues, but the floaters and sparkles are long gone. The blurry spot in my right eye got better, but then worsened with a big Bartonella relapse. One day, it was a blind spot for a minute or two. It has calmed down with Rifampin and anti-Bart herbals. I still have it. I'm still very breathy when I talk with air hunger on and off.
Cipro taken orally may cause some ocular problems such as blurred vision, change in color perceptions, light sensitivity, decreased visual acuity, diplopia, and eye pain. The manifestations of these symptoms depends on the amount of cipro taken and the duration of treatment. Generally, the ocular side effects are not all that common. There is NO mention of cipro causing floaters. Cipro ophthalmic can cause a burning/stinging sensation when instilling, as well as a bad taste in your mouth.
I was experiencing symptoms such as tingling in the left arm, leg twitches, coking on saliva and problems with peripheral vision april of this year. i went to see a neurologist who examined me and found me romberg and babinski positive, and suspected a demyelinating disease. He then ordered an MRI of t and c spine and brain, which came up clean. He told me that i'm completely fine, and my GP agreed with him and said that she'd like to refer me to a psychologist...:S .
I also was up for my eye exam with regards to contacts, and my vision and eye health was good. My Levaquin was done this past Sunday, and I still take Mucinex. My symptoms are still there during the day at times. My three week follow-up with my Neurosurgeon was today, and I was cleared for PT, driving, and some lifting. The doctor told me that while you receive anesthesia, and while you are intubated, things can back up in your sinuses.
The pain is intense and I went to see my opthamologist and he suggest just a migraine headache but is still referring me to see an neuro-opthamologist. I dont notice to much in visual changes like blurry vision or color blindness. Has any body experienced this type of pain or headache before? My intuition is telling me that it is Optic Neuritis but that is scaring the hell out of me.
Hi! I hope someone can help me. I have had a numb scalp (hair loss also, may not be related, but..figure that if I am not possibly getting blood to my scalp, then hair loss makes sense), tinnitus, numb ears, numb face, lack of ability to taste most foods, photophobia is also an issue. I had cervical disc fusion in 10/2008, and wonder if there is a compressed nerve (Neurosurgeon refuses to follow up)..I had bone spurs also and stenosis.
Hypothyroidism, Hashi's, excruciating pain all over, burning painful feet, joint replacements at an early age, tendon pain that cycles around the body, unexplained cartilage loss, unexplained carpal tunnel, ruptured/torn tendons from normal activity, blurred vision off and on, tremors, problems with 'floaters' in vision path, hypo/hyperglycemic swings, itching/burning/sore skin all over, strange nerve pains that cycle the body, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue,plus many more....
It often comes out of the blue and it persists even with adequate sleep. Balance problems are also common. However, most balance/dizzy problems are in the inner ear which would not be a part of MS. MS causes problems in the balance portion of the brainstem. BTW - when the balance center in the ear or in the brain is not working well, the visual system must compensate with (below) conscious attention to body position.
Sometimes I wonder if I have a tumor because it is so hard to believe that nasal problems could cause such severe pain, anxiety, etc. It feels like my head it totally clogged up or something.
Currently, my feet are buzzing. Mostly the left one. I've also had blurry vision, vagal nerve problems that affected my whole GI system, tingling, twitching, ice-pick like headaches, brain fog, fatigue, and liver problems. I have a scratchy voice and I'm fairly sure Bart is causing that, too, as it gets much worse with certain anti-Bart meds and herbals. Many of the symptoms of Bartonella overlap with the symptoms of Lyme.
Since I posted the question intially, she has cut back on the Neurontin (gabapentin) and is now only taking 600mg/day, but her Zoloft dosage has increased from 25mg to 50 mg because of depression issues, which may be just from being a teenager, along with having gone through so much, and having some lasting vision issues. The vision issues are much, much less than had been forecast by many of her docs at the hospital, who expected that she would be virtually blind in one eye forever.
old Female diagnosed with pneumonia in right lung when stuggled to breathe sitting in chair(Chest XRay, blood tests, physical exam at ER) on 03/05/05, put on Levaquin for 10 day course(caused sleeplessness) and prednisone 50mg. for 5 days and given albuterolinhaler to help breathing(nebulizer treatment in ER). Pulse Ox was 92-95(by blood gas and pulse oximeter). Low BP. Temperature went no higher than 100.5 for about 2 weeks but had almost constant shivering.
Went to the NP at my inturnest office. They tested my urine and treated me for a sinus infection. (10 days 500mg Levaquin). I took the last dose 8 days ago. sinus still not completely unclogged. MS symptoms showed up with the feaver. Feaver has been gone for days, but my spine (lower back, neck +) and head still hurt as if I had a feaver, but I don't. I don't know what to do. Should I treat the sinuses again, or call the neuro? Or wait and see?
I would estimate that I usually feel it in the Corpus Callosum or the Thalamus (deep in my head), as well as this very strange feeling in my forehead of eyebrow heaviness, and sometimes double vision and eye pain as I move my eyes left or right. Also severe dizziness has been suddenly activated just by eye movements. I also experience bouts of positional vertigo that lasts several days at a time and then goes into remission for a spell. Here is the strange part...my ears feel full.
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