Aches and pains are part of everyday life. From what I understand, they seem to increase with age. For those of us that have taken a floroquinolone, these aches and pains can arrive abruptly, without warning. I literally woke up after three doses of Cipro in such pain that I could not walk or sit. My muscles, joint and tendons were on fire and it felt as though my knees and hips would explode if they were bent, and that my tendons would pop if I used them. The pain was so excruciating that even the air hurt my toes and feet.
I never consulted a pain management specialist, but often wondered whether or not they would have been able to help me. Unfortunately, my insurance is very limited and does not cover the cost of a pain management specialist; as a matter of fact, I have a very high deductible and my insurance only covers treatment if I am hospitalized. I wish that the drug companies offered some sort of compensation or solution to those of us that have been damaged by their drugs. These drugs have a black box warning and are listed as a “not first drug of choice” however; these drugs are given freely and often. I am certain that pain management specialist have many, many patients that have unexplained pain that do not even realize that the possibility exists that their pain may have resulted from the ingesting of an antibiotic.