My Story or A Little Bit About Me
Hi, my name is David. In 2007 I was your normal 46 year old middle age man in excellent health. I exercised daily and ate healthy. I was a avid bicyclist, often biking 10 miles a day or more. I was robust at 6’4″ tall, 240 lbs, and had a resting heart rate of 49 beats per minute and could bench press 300 lbs and, in a brouhaha, could hold my own with the best of them. I developed a case of epididymitis from bicycling. An infection was suspected by my urologist but never confirmed for which he prescribed a large dose of the antibiotic Levaquin (750mgs X 21 days). My doctor told me Levaquin was safe and well tolerated. Like most, I implicitly trusted my doctor and took the medication. It turned out that the Levaquin was not safe and in the long run, I did not tolerate it well. I had a delayed adverse event to the fluoroquinolone (FQ) antibiotic which continues to this present day and it’s ripple effects will cause my demise one day. Looking back, only after the fact did I research these drugs and found out that this class of antibiotics have a very dark side. A dark side side that is actually experienced by thousands of people, some figuring it out, and others clueless to what has befallen them. These reactions are considered statistically insignificant by drug companies and the FDA.
Bottom line: I was healthy before I took the Levaquin.
This site is basically about my experiences in dealing with the aftermath of what is assumed by the public to be a safe drug. This site is here for the enlightenment of others, to provide information so that people can make an informed choices and hopefully not have the same fate befall them, they befell me and many, many others. Another reason for existence this site’s existence is a form of therapy for myself, so that I can write about things that have helped me and things that others say have helped them, and to express true frustration with the medical system and their ignorance to this problem.
Diagnoses Before Levaquin
Diagnoses After Levaquin
- Heart Attack (2 STEMI’s)
- Mitochondrial Dysfunction
- Chronic Fatigue
- Necrotizing Pancreatitis
I Am Not a Doctor
I’m not a medical doctor, and I certainly don’t try to play one on the internet. I am just trying my best to figure out the nuts and bolts of FQAD, since most doctors won’t touch it with a 10 foot pole. I am personally an eclectic individual and although I have had a myriad higher education, by certain standards, I’m not even all that well-educated. Keeping that in mind, please note that nothing published here is to be considered medical fact or medical advice; it’s all just opinion, which is known to be wrong from time to time. I believe that most, well at least some, doctors are smarter than me. But keep in mind I once had a dog who outsmarted me almost every time I tried to feed my cat and by-gosh if he didn’t always get some of the cat food. On the other hand, some doctors are flat out dumber than me or that dog, especially when it comes to FQ toxicity or FQAD. So you never know, and you should probably just judge information found on this site by its own merits, regardless of credentials, and if there’s any real risk involved then employ the help of a doctor.
I Like Data
I do like to collect data, which is used to update the What Helps page, and I also keep track of those who contact me that experience delayed onset and chronic long lasting adverse events to this medication. Many times those experiencing an adverse event to the FQ’s heal up and move on with their lives but many go on to develop chronic problems as well. Many people in the FQ community, whether their adverse event is acute, delayed, or chronic, often experience alienation, discrimination and marginalization from the medical community, and unfortunately sometimes, from family and friends as well.
A bit more about me….
Retired Law Enforcement (local police then state police) 30 years total (early retirement due to Levaquin).
An eclectic mix of post secondary education in Electronics, Psychology, and Computer Science, and a Th.D.
Former Director and Founding Member of the Quinolone Vigilance Foundation (QVF) (Unfortunately, I do not support the QVF, for more information read here. )
Fluoroquinolone Research and Case Study Participant (UCSD & SC School of Medicine)
Fluoroquinolone article consultant for Mercola.com
Fluoroquinolone Amateur Researcher and Commentator
People often ask me, how long did it take you to recover? I did not recover. Today, I am officially functionally disabled due to the Fluoroquinolone. This is not to be depressing or to make one feel sorry for me. It is to elucidate the reality that these pharmaceuticals are very dangerous and their propensity for damage is underestimated and under-appreciated in the world today.
Prior to my protracted course of Levaquin, I was in excellent physical shape, able to do high intensity physical athletics. I had a complete nuclear cardiac scan several months prior as a precaution for increasing my physical exercise and was given a clean cardiac bill of health. Since my exposure to Levaquin, I have had neurological damage (confirmed by nerve punch biopsy), a mitochondrial disease pathology initiated (confirmed by muscle biopsy), two heart attacks (yes, mitochondrial issues can cause these as well), autonomic dysfunction, digestive dysfunction (gastroparesis), necrotizing pancreatitis, vision issues, chronic fatigue, and much more.
I abhor victimization or the making of money off of other’s misfortunes, especially health related issues. Oh yes, I know that it is common place on the Internet today, but I still don’t like it. I have seen FQ toxicity destroy lives, ruin marriages, and make people homeless and destitute. Because of this, I do not personally make any money through this blog. Having said that, I understand the need to fund research and help others, so keeping that in mind, I do collect donations for FQ research and I have added some affiliate links & ads which, if they provide any compensation, I will donate it directly to Fluoroquinolone research. Again, I do not personally monetarily profit from this blog in any way. If on the other hand you are in a comfortable financial state, I do accept donations for FQ research. Please note that anything donated to me is not tax deductible. If that makes you uncomfortable I also have a page with links for donating directly to FQ research whose organizations are tax deductible.
Any credits accumulated through the iHerb or Swanson Vitamin referral program will be used to purchase supplements for individuals in the FQ community that cannot afford to do so.