Not sure I will ever knit again! Update, I'm getting better

I have had sinus problems for a very long time.
I went to a E.N.T. Dr. about 3 mo’s ago. He put me on ‘Levaquin’. I took 7 pills and he had me get a refill of 7 more. After I took most of the refill I had very bad side effects.
Both of my upper arms are so messed up. I went back. He put me on steroids for a week. I still can’t use my arms for much of anything repetitive. I hurt most all the time. If I don’t use them much it is a little better.
I am wondering if anyone on here has any sugestions.
I didn’t get anything knitted up for christmas. I have all this yarn. I hope this is not a permanent situation. :waah:

First, let your doctor know about the side effects, you probably need to be on another medication. Even if you didn’t knit and use your arms like that, that sort of pain isn’t something to put up with.

I agree, U need to be sure that ur problems are being taken seriously
not something for “pain” something to find and fix the cause
I am going through something similar, but until next month, I wont have insurance
But this is about your problem, not mine
keep us appraised, and have them explain everything they can

ecb

I have let the Dr. know about my arm and shoulder problem’s. That’s when he put me on the steroids. He told me that the pain would go away in time. I have read up on that ‘Levaquin’ medicine. It can and does cause inflammation, sometimes permanent damage. He did x-rays on my sinuses the first time I was in his office. He also want’s to do surgery on my sinuses. I hurt so bad right now with my arms I’m not letting him do anything else to me. I can’t do much of anything right now. I do a little and then rest.
My daughter just became a nurse. She keeps telling me it should get better in time. With her being new at the job, I’m sure she still has a lot to learn. I won’t mind if it just means I need to take it easy for a few mo’s. I would be so sad if I had to give up knitting completely.
Thanks for your replies.

Hi, Indygirl! :waving:

My heart really goes out to you! It’s amazing what side effects some of these so-called wonder drugs have! I don’t know if the doctors prescribing them really take the time and attention to inform themselves of the effects these drugs can produce and they certainly don’t tell their patients. It’s left to us to figure it out from the tiny print on the sheets that come with the meds.

There’s an ad on TV for a drug for restless leg syndrome (whatever that is) At the end of the ad the narrator says, very quickly, to let your doctor know immediately if you experience uncontrollable sexual, gambling or other urges. Pleeeeeeeeze! Someone could find herself arrested for accosting strange men in casinos and the judge would never believe it was a side effect of prescribed medication for restless legs!!! This is so NUTS!

So whatever medicine the doctors prescribe for you, make them sit there and go over the potential side effects with you so that you understand the risks and can ask questions. You DO have a choice about this.

And please try to keep your spirits up. Although your knitting arts are sidetracked a bit now, that won’t always be the case. We’re all rooting for you, girl!

Let us know how it’s going…

Hugs :hug:

Ruthie

Indygirl-I’m so sorry about what you are going through. :hug: I have some experience with chronic pain that comes and goes and I really recommend you see your regular doctor and try to look at other possibilities. If this keeps up, ask to be referred to a pain specialist. I see one and he’s really helped me. Good luck to you.

I WISH I just had sinus problems…I’m so jealous:(

My doctor prescribed me Levaquin about a year ago when I had pneumonia. I only took it for about a week and was told not to finish it because it gave me terrible pain and stiffness in my knees, legs, and ankles. I’m sure it wasn’t quite as bad as your situation, and it didn’t take quite as long, but the pain did eventually go away.

I know everyone’s situation is different, but I’m praying that this eventually clears up for you and you’re able to resume your life again. :hug: :hug:

My husband had the same results from Levaquin. It took a week or 2 to realize what was causing the pain and over a month in his case for the pain to go away. Please do contact your doctor about the pain–he may think that since you didn’t come back the problem was solved, and there may be more he can do for you.

All meds have certain side effects–most people get great benefits from the meds with minimal problems, but a certain percentage do have difficulties. Sadly, so many bacteria have developed tolerances to the gentler antibiotics that they have become almost useless–so doctors have been forced to move on to the more powerful medicines…that have potentially more dangerous side effects.

Wow, sorry to read about your side effects. You definitely should continue to follow up with your doctor. I hope it improves soon.

:hug:

I’m so sorry for the issues you’re having with your health. Steroids can be just as dangerous as other medications.

I don’t know if you have a health food store near you, but if so, I would recommend that you make a visit to it. I am a firm believer in homeopathic treatments. They can take longer, but they are so much better in the long run.

Hugs to you, my friend.

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Sounds to me like it’s time to get a second opinion. I also have sinus issues, but I deal with it as it comes… Get a second opinion and see what’s what after that.

I agree with Auburnchick about homeopathic remedies. I used to have chronic sinus infections until I started taking Fenu-Tyme. I used to get an infection every couple of months but I haven’t had 1 since I started taking it several years ago.

Another thing you might try is aneti potor some kind of system to wash out your sinuses with saline. It sounds really gross, and it took me awhile to build up the strength to do it, but when I had a bad sinus infection that just would not go away, it really helped.

My son saw a specialist for his sinus problems and has also used this, with alot of success

Oh, I am so sorry to hear you are having these problems, that’s got to be painful physically and mentally. My sister got repetitive problems in her forearms from working at a factory, and nothings seemed to be able to be done. She used to love crochet and plastic canvas. She just absolutely couldn’t do it anymore - but now she has totally gotten into scrap booking and making these small trading cards and all sorts of greeting cards - it has given her an outlet for her creativity where she can use stamps and ribbons and all sorts of other decorative things on her cards but it doesn’t give her the forearm pain. It is some sort of tendonitis type thing but in the forearm instead of the elbow. I think it is called ‘radial tunnel’ (as opposed to carpal tunnel). Anyway, very painful she says. Sometimes constantly even if she is not using her arms. :frowning:

I know EXACTLY where you’re coming from. Last month I had an ear infection and went to the doctor. I’m allergic to penicillin, so she gave me Levaquin. I read the pharmacist’s insert to get an idea of what kind of side effects it could have (I always do that - I tend to be really sensitive to medications. For example, I’ve got plantar fasciitis in both feet and in the early stages the podiatrist put me on an anti-inflammatory. After the first day, I had horrible heartburn. He took me off that and prescribed Celebrex, which was supposed to be less likely to cause that side effect…um, wrong. I use aspirin for pain - sometimes Tylenol, but that doesn’t seem to do as well as plain old aspirin) and thought there wasn’t anything that looked too bad in comparison to the ear infection. After 3 days I took myself off of it (4 days before I was supposed to see her again). The first thing I noticed was my left elbow being very tender. I thought it was because after hubby put the eardrops in my right ear, I’d just fallen asleep on that arm and slept wrong so I didnt give it a lot of thought. 2 days after that, my forearms were so sore I couldn’t lift anything. That’s when I got the sheet out again, and sure enough, one of the “rare” side effects is tendinitis or a possible rupture of a tendon. I stopped the medication right then. When I went back to see her, I told her what had happened, and she said I was only the second person in 8 years that had complained of that.

My forearms are fine now, but the elbow still bothers me, and I’ve noticed my knees are giving me more problems than they used to if I sit for any prolonged periods (like to knit). I’m still thinking time will work that out, too.

Hang in there, it will get better. It just takes time to get the stuff worked out of your system. The best advice I can give is to just rest the muscles involved as much as possible, and if it really doesn’t start to get better, get in touch with the doc and see if there’s someone else you can see about the tendinitis. You definitely don’t want to be messing around with permanently injuring them!!

Take care!!!

Hi all, Just an update. I went to the health food store last week. I got some ‘Glucosamine & Chondroitin’ It worked for Tennis elbow a few years back. I am also trying some ‘Floradix Magnesium’ supplement for the nerves around my neck and head. Also I have a friend in from Florida, she does ‘acupressure’. She has worked on me about 4 times this week. Just today I could feel the heat and pain moving out of my shoulders some. It is a lot better. I’m still sore but not nearly as bad as I was. I won’t be knitting anytime soon. I don’t want to get another flare-up. I will wait until it is completely gone before I knit. I do feel I’m on the mend though.
I will never take ‘Levaquin’ again. I will also ask about side effects before ever taking a drug again.
WOW! What an experience…
I decided to try homeopathic treatment. I have been in so much pain & the Dr’s said they did not know anything else to do for it. And FYI the acupressure feels great, even if you don’t have a serious health problem to solve.
Happy Knitting & Happy New Year.

Just a note…contact your doctor and have them put an entry in your file that you can’t take Levaquin, in case there would ever be a time you’d need someone to know and weren’t able to tell them. I know, I know, people are going to say files never get read, but I figure it can’t hurt to have it recorded and on file. I know my doc pulls out my file everytime I go to see her, so she’s obviously meticulous enough that she does go through the meds/reactions, etc. If you’ve already done that, sorry for my thinking it might have slipped your mind.:aww: