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Do You Have Fibromyalgia or is it Really Cipro Toxicity?



Research now shows that Fibromyalgia is often a side effect of Cipro Toxcity and the two are being confused in the Dr.'s office.  Too often patients with Fibro are being mis-diagnosed and therefore are not getting proper treatment for this very debilitating disease.  It is imperative to know the difference between these two conditions. 

What is Fibro?

Fibro, also known as Fibromyalgia, is a disorder that causes muscle pain and fatigue. It is a complex chronic kind pain that migrate over the body gradually.

Though, the literal translation of this term is pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. But according to medical experts, it is often presented with many other symptoms that vary from person to person.

For example:

  • Sleep Disturbance
  • Cognitive Difficulties
  • Anxiety
  • Migraines
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Over Active Bladder
  • Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease  (GERD)

TheOregon Health and Sciences University and the National Fibromyalgia and ChronicPain Association published a report. It asserted that it is actually the 'stress', related with Fibro, that worsens the related problems and symptoms. It makes it tough for a physician to diagnose FM, as they are focused more on the symptoms than the actual FM disorder.

As science advanced and more was learned about this disorder, it became evident that there are some factors that work together to trigger Fibromyalgia.

·        Infections: Not all infections are as straightforward as you think. Some cause Fibro disorder too. Researchers believe the mechanism behind Fibromyalgia is inflammation and autoimmune changes caused by the infection. People think that the infection is long gone. But it leaves permanent changes in the body that cause Fibromyalgia.


·        Trauma: People who experience physical or emotional trauma also develop the symptoms of this disorder. An article in the peer-reviewed journal promotes a new way of thinking about Fibromyalgia. It shows that childhood accidents, abuse, and emotionally upsetting environment, associated with trauma, lead to long term changes in the central nervous system. These changes also become root cause of this disorder.


·        Genetics: Yes, it can be inherited; it can run in your genes. However, it doesn't pass directly from parents to children. Instead, it appears in clusters within families. In addition, the frequency in the first degree relatives can be around 6.4% too. Some medical experts claim, in some cases, it is indeed the stress or long term depression which we inherit, not Fibromyalgia. Their chronic kind deceive us that it is inherited.

Approximately 10 million Americans (2-4%) deal with FM because of these reasons. Particularly, women face this disorder a lot more than man with a ratio of about 8 to 2. 

What is Cipro Toxcity?

Cipro, also known as Ciprofloxacin, is actually an antibiotic that is used to treat bacterial infections. It belongs to a class of drugs called Quinolone antibiotics.

In 2004, FDA approved ciprofloxacin for many drug manufacturers, as it works by preventing bacteria from reproducing. Physicians also often prescribe this drug to treat many infections caused by bacteria. For example:

  • Skin Infection
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Bone and Joint Infection
  • Pneumonia
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
  • Sinusitis
  • Diarrhea
  • Gonorrhea

But in 2016 the FDA sent out new precautions for Cipro Drugs and warned doctors and pharmacist of the severe complications that may occur and distribution should only be done on a "must have" scenario.

Long term use of Cipro can cause:

  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Dizziness
  • Seizures
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Tendons Swelling

Besides, there are many stories on the internet that show how the use of Cipro can cause cipro toxicity. Within a few weeks or even days and you feel like you have aged 20 years or more. Your body and mind fall apart; you aren't able to think properly.

There is a sudden decline in health, as a side effect, that keep you tired whole day.  Besides this there are electric shocks, tendons deterioation and the person may become totally disabled and end up in a wheelchair for life.

That's why, it is always better to discuss the situation in detail before you opt for Ciprofloxacin.  Cipro is only to be taken in case of life or death.

So, Do You Have Fibro or Cipro Toxicity?

The simplest thing you can do is to carefully assess your medication. If you've been prescribed Cipro, and if the side effects are associating with it as well, there is a strong chance you are dealing with 'Cipro Toxicity'.


We agree, the symptoms of both Fibro and Cipro are same, but the symptoms of Cipro are worst in many cases. You feel like your life has been ended.

On the other hand, Fibromyalgia is a different game. According to experts, apart from its causes, it can be formed through simple mineral deficiency. Since, there are obvious mineral deficiencies in the modern American diet, which we don't comprehend.  

Can Cipro Induce Fibro?

Well, it is still a controversial debate.

It is better to say that Cipro can induce "Fibromyalgia Pain". Most of its adverse effects are exactly like Fibromyalgia. For example, tendon rupture, joint pain, muscle weakness/soreness, and muscle spasms.

Because of muscle pain, one feels like he is dealing with Fibro. But, in reality, he encounters the toxicity of Cipro.

Apart from this, there are some other symptoms of Cipro that look exactly like Fibro. For instance, numbness, brain fog, dry mouth, chronic mental and physical pain, and etc.  

Concluding Thoughts

On the whole, if you have been relied on ciprofloxacin recently, there is a 90% chance you are dealing with cipro toxicity. But, if there is prolonged hypersensitivity in pain with other symptoms, and without any kind of cipro medicine, it is Fibromyalgia.

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) studies of the brain also confirm this. They revealed that the Fibromyalgia sufferers are exponentially more sensitive to pain than their healthy counterparts.

So, never let your doctor get away with prescriptions easily!

Ask questions, comprehend the root of the problem, and get the second opinion as well.

Also Read:  Nigella Sativa, CBD and More:  Solutions for Fibromyalgia




  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3981197/
  2. https://floxiehope.com/2013/07/10/warning-signs-of-fluoroquinolone-toxicity/

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