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Hello Brief background
Female aged 71, have Asthma,Allergic Rhinitis,high blood pressure,hypothyroidism,IBS, Diverticulosis osteo arthritis, glaucoma and have suffered from Anxiety for a number of years.
About 4 weeks ago I was given a course of penicillin after many visits to gp for a cold which was lasted over 5 weeks as it turned out. I had a very red throat and most awful choking cough and lost my voice completely not good as I sing in a choir and it is back but not quite 100%. After I finished the penicillin I had an upset digestive system like all antibiotics but also developed was I thought was an UTI (have had them before after colds). I saw a doctor not my usual one but had seen him in the past. He thought thrush and prescribed for that ( I did not think it was however) I returned a week later when I got blood in urine and a sample was taken and sent to lab. He said in the meantime I will prescribe antibiotics. So far so good. I collected the prescription and went home. I was alarmed when I saw he had prescribed ciprofloxacin 500 2 a day for 7 days. I would have been none the wiser except my husband had a really bad reaction to these some years ago. Was burning hot itched and said he felt like he would explode fortunately the gp stopped the cipro and gave him antihistamine and he was soon better. I took one tablet and whether or not it was just anxiety I started to feel a bit spaced out. I went back in the afternoon to ask the gp for advice he said it was just anxiety and not a reaction. He said it was quite safe and he himself had taken it and in all his years as a gp had only one person have a reaction. I felt somewhat reassured but not completely happy. I completed the course and did not really have any side effects except for some digestive discomfort which I would expect but no Diarrhoea. After finishing the last tablet I returned to gp and he confirmed the sample was positive for an infection. This was one week ago. I have had some trouble in the last week with digestive system to be expected as I have existing digestive problems but is settling down now. I thought my neck arthritis was flaring up as during the time I was ill I was doing a lot of laying around and no neck exercises which I usually do. The pain was exactly the same. Now I am feeling stressed waking really early (have had this before). Rhinitis is flaring up but that could be to do with a change of medication. I have odd itching sensations which last seconds and can be anywhere on the body. My scalp is itchy and I have like tension headache and sinus facial pain, although the neck arthritis causes headaches and head pain. Once again I have had all these in the past either as anxiety or separate problem. I am so concerned that this might be the start of long term effects of this drug as I have read so many terrible experiences from patients who have taken cipro. I have an appointment in 2 weeks with my usual gp and I am going to tell her that I never want to take them again. What do you all think, could this be that start of problems related to this drug or just my normal symptoms. I thankfully don't take nsaids and I am a steroid responder so will not take these unless there is no alternative. I understand these can make symptoms worse. I was hoping to go back to my choir tomorrow and hope it will take my mind of things. Thanks for reading this. I truly hope that everyone affected by this terrible drug will recover fully or at least enough to lead a good life.
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