Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Question and Answer Update!

Question: I hate to bother you. I see you some how made it out of this crap storm and still manage to dance. I am currently trying to get my pain under control in my legs. Burning, stabbing, muscle pain and weakness. It sounds like it good be fibromyalgia or some muscle disease. Did you ever take any strong pain medicine or have any treatment? Sounds like your really upbeat and motivational. 

Answer:  The pain in my feet, legs and hips was beyond any pain that I have ever 
experienced. In the beginning especially. After one month had gone by, I decided to attempt to dance again. Dancing is my passion and my
profession. I took precautions with braces on my knees, ankles and then taped my feet and toes to help protect from 
any tears. It hurt like hell but made my heart feel good.The next day I was pretty much down for the count, but the following
day I was back to my "regular" hobbling. I feel as though my moving and exercising  helped in my recovery. I found that 
being immobile made me really stiff and it more painful to move.
I know a lot of people on this board poo-pooed the supplements I took and the foods I ate, but that is when I started seeing an improvement!
It has been 14 months and I am much, much better with the exception that I now have leukemia.
I swear, life is never easy! It is very easy to become depressed when you are in constant pain. I highly doubt that you have Fibromyalgia. My pain traveled thorough out my 
The ONLY help I received is from my chiropractor. He was instrumental in giving me back my legs!
I did take mass doses of Ibuprofen. I took three tablets every six hours, It did give me much relief, especially when I was dancing.
Hope this helps and feel free to contact me anytime.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Cipro verses Leukemia

This has been a pretty good week; the bronchitis seems to have finally found its’ was out of my body. The coughing is minimal and the low grade temp is gone. I finally have enough energy to start dancing again. This is a good thing as we have three brand new routines to learn and five additional dances to work on for our next dance competition at the Portland Dance Festival, in July. God willing, I will be well enough to keep practicing and to compete.

As we were practicing the other day, I had a surprising realization; it is much easier to dance with leukemia than it was when I was poisoned with Cipro. Cipro is an antibiotic in the floroquinolone family. It is a very powerful drug that was originally used to treat anthrax. They currently prescribe Cipro, Avelox and Levaquin at an astonishing rate, despite black box warnings and severe side effects. At the very top of the black box warning it states that Cipro is “Not a first drug of choice.” With the rampant illnesses floating around out there, I thought that now would be a good time to throw this information out there. I am not a doctor; only a victim.

It seems as though doctors and pharmacists alike do not “believe” the damage that is actually occurring to patients. They can be life changing and permanent.  They often state that the side effects are very rare. Truth be told, “Reported” side effects are very rare. Few people taking the drugs correlate a ruptured tendon or extreme all over muscle pain to their antibiotic. Many people are diagnosed with Fibromyalgia when in fact there pain was caused by their antibiotic; they just don’t realize it.

For me, it was a yearlong battle that was nearly crippling for several months with continued excruciating pain throughout a years’ time. Oddly enough, after going through chemotherapy, the muscle pain in my feet improved drastically. That improvement is what makes dancing easier with leukemia than dancing after being severely debilitated by an antibiotic that I should not have been prescribed unless absolutely necessary. That is the crime in the floroquinoline prescriptions; they should only be prescribed as a last resort, not as an easy fix. The risks just are not worth it. I could not have prevented my leukemia, but the Cipro poisoning could have been prevented. I am still angry about the stolen year of my life caused by that drug. Read more about Cipro poisoning here: Beware of the Antibiotic Cipro