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I’m brand new here though I’ve been lurking and trying to read up on everything. I had expected my first post to be on the Candida Stories thread, but I saw this and couldn’t resist. How did I get here? On July 1st I had a surgery to implant a stent into my left ureter because a 5mm kidney stone was stuck in there. Multiple doctors also misdiagnosed me as having a UTI (I’m a male). I was prescribed Cipro 500mg, twice a day for 5 days. This is a ‘black label’ medication (meaning it’s one step away from being removed from the market), but the label was not put on my bottle. Having not been in a hospital since 1985, I was also naive about antibiotics and figured they were all as safe as penicillin. After 9 pills I googled Cipro and found a million horror stories. Within days I could not walk and have been housebound since with a plethora of problems, including bodywide tendonitis, Massive muscle loss, neuropathy, and…you guessed it…a serious case of Candida overgrowth. I have no doubt (in hindsight) that I had Candida issues before Cipro, but now it’s officially an overgrowth.

Sometimes the problem isn’t the antibiotic, it’s that doctors are clueless about them and give a ‘last line of defense’ drug like Cipro and Levaquin out as a ‘first line’ defense. Cipro and Levaquin (fluoroquinolones) are chemotheraputicals created for Anthrax exposure, cancer, and life or death infection cases. Not UTI or bladder infections. One facebook page for Cipro sufferers has over 1,000 members, many of whom will never recover fully if at all. I believe I will and from day one of learning about this have made moves to do so. Now I have to try and figure all this Candida stuff out.

Oh, and the kicker is, that stone is STILL stuck in my left ureter. I’m up to over $8,000 in debt to doctors who have turned me from a healthy person into a (temporarily) disabled person overnight…and they didn’t even resolve my issue.

You want to talk about infection worries? Try peeing blood all day, knowing you have an open internal injury, with a depleted immune system, and then learning you have fungal growth flowing through your body. Oh, and now it’s clearly going to require surgery to remove the stone since it won’t come out on it’s own. But I’m not going to take an antibiotic as a preventative…only if an actual infection occurs. But that in itself is terrifying. It’s all terrifying.