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I’m new to the forum but was brought here after researching into the longer lasting effects of Trimethoprim. I have taken it three times in my life; each time causing side effects of increasing severity. These were in the form of sciatica, leg numbness (pins and needles) and aseptic meningitis.
The first time I took it was for a kidney infection approx. 10 years ago. I was constantly sick and had lower back pain, which I put down to the kidney infection rather than the Trimethoprim.
The second time was for a suspected kidney infection/UTI. I became very ill immediately after taking Trimethoprim (sciatica, leg cramp and aseptic meningitis) but didn’t realise it was the medication. I wasn’t able to walk properly for 2 weeks after I finished the meds due to severe cramping with the legs and discomfort around the coccyx. I saw my GP about the symptoms and was told that it was nothing to do with the medication.
The third time was for a UTI. Within an hour of the first tablet, I was experiencing aseptic meningitis but much more severe than before. The next morning, after taking medical advice, I took a second tablet. Within the hour I could feel the numbness and cramp work down both legs. Two hours later, I was unable to walk and in excruciating pain with my sciatic nerve. It took weeks for my legs to regain strength and well over a year on, I’m still experiencing symptoms.
What I seem to be finding through researching Trimethoprim online is the commonality of side-effects experienced and the lack of medical professionals a) acknowledging that Trimethoprim is causing severe, immediate side-effects as described, and b) acknowledging that Trimethoprim is causing long term side-effects. The last reaction was so severe that I feel over a year on, I’m still not back to my normal self and I’m becoming increasingly concerned with the sudden onset of joint pain and stiffness.
Has anybody experienced joint stiffness and/or pain after a reaction to Trimethoprim?
What other long-term effects are people experiencing and for how long after?
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