A UTI Experience: UTI, Cipro, and Tendons, Oh My!

A UTI Experience: UTI, Cipro, and Tendons, Oh My!

Below is a first-hand experience of one of the writers here at Waffles, regarding a urinary tract infection, the antibiotic Cipro, and possible side effects. This story is one person’s experience and not meant to diagnose or cure anything.

Having spent most of the past week dealing with a urinary tract infection, and countless hours reading forums and blogs, I thought I’d share my UTI story here. Instead of writing this article after my problem has been cured, I decided to begin writing this article as it is occurring, and I will update it until it is completely resolved. So below is my experience with a urinary tract infection (UTI), the antibiotic Cipro, and a few home remedies I’ve tried along the way. I’m presenting this in daily entries to show you the progress of my experience.

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Day 1 – First signs
It was a Sunday, and the day before going out of town, and I started feeling the classic symptoms of a UTI, namely a burning sensation when urinating, and a constant urge to go. It seemed to come on rather quickly. I started drinking lots of water and taking two teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in water, which in the past seemed to help ward off an ensuing infection. Not this time.

In the past I had dealt with an oncoming UTI but somehow I always managed to dodge a bullet and a full-blown UTI never developed. This time, however, I wasn’t so lucky.

Day 2 – Road Trip & Amoxicilin
I woke up, hoping those symptoms on the first day would be gone, but they weren’t. I also had to drive for 4 hours that day, which wasn’t a pleasant thought in terms of being stuck in a car with a UTI. So before leaving town, I stopped by a friend’s house who gave me a full bottle of Amoxicilin, 500mg. I had looked up common prescriptions for a UTI online and that was listed on some sites as a commonly-prescribed medication for this infection, so I thought it was OK to use. Normally I would never take a medication prescribed for someone else, but I was leaving town and figured it would be OK this time. I also began taking Cranberry pills twice a day. As it turns out, I probably should have visited a clinic instead of taking the Amoxicilin because it didn’t work.

On my drive that day, I ended up stopping about every 45 to 60 minutes. It wasn’t fun sitting in a seat belt with those constant UTI sensations of burning and the urge to go.

Day 3 through Day 5
While out of town I called my regular doctor to make an appointment for when I arrived back home. I continued taking the Amoxicilin, though there was virtually no relief from the symptoms during these days. I had a slight burning sensation with an almost constant urge to go, with varying degrees of intensity. There were times it felt as if it were getting better. I recall marveling at going a few hours without going to the bathroom at one point. Basically I tried to do my best to get to the end of the week when I’d see my doctor, hoping we would get to the bottom of all of this.

Day 6 – Doctor appointment
I finally had my day at the doctor’s office, as the first patient of the day. With it being a Friday, I was happy to be seen before the weekend arrived. I described my symptoms to him and he asked a series of questions. He drew blood and took a urine sample. He said he would be checking for various issues with kidneys, liver, prostate, diabetes, and STDs. I asked him if there was a way to know if this was caused by an enlarged prostate and he said he would compare PSA levels to my prior test last year, which would give us an indication. When I told the doctor that I had been taking Amoxicilin, but that it hadn’t really made any difference, he replied, “Amoxicilin isn’t really the best treatment for these types of infection. Perhaps if you were a 4-year old and hadn’t been exposed to as many bacteria in your life, it might work. But typically Amoxicilin is used for different types of infections than this.”

He prescribed Cipro – 500mg, twice a day for 10 days – and told me that if my blood work showed anything notable, he’d call me back.

I went straight to the pharmacy and filled my prescription for Cipro. The pharmacist told me that if I experienced pain in the back of my knees, to stop taking it and contact my doctor, as ruptured tendons were a side effect of the drug. I jokingly retorted, “So if my knees explode, I should worry, right?” I would later learn that her warning should have mentioned other tendons than just the knees. The pharmacist also told me to avoid vitamins or milk products within two hours of taking Cipro, but didn’t explain why.

So on Day 6 of my infection, I took two doses of Cipro, at 11am and again at 8pm that night. I experienced no side effects, and for a brief period that day, my infection symptoms felt as though they were starting to ease a little.

Day 7 – New Issues
I took two more doses of Cipro on Day 7, at 8am and 7:30pm, but the relief I felt at the end of Day 6 was gone. Most of the day my UTI felt as it had most of the week – a slight burning, and almost constant urge urinate. I felt as if I were going four times more often than normal, and urinating a quarter as much. Almost as if my bladder were suddenly 25% the side it had been prior to the UTI.

Starting around 7pm, I began urinating much more frequently. I was going so often that I started timing it and found that I was going to the bathroom approximately every 20 minutes. When I went, there was a slight sense of relief in pressure for about 10 minutes. I turned to Google in some hopes of reading other comments about UTI frequency. I was starting to wonder if somehow the Cipro was causing this. I also realized I had some caffeinated tea, which is not a good idea during a UTI, as it can increase frequency of urination.

In the evening of Day 7 I began experiencing a completely new problem – my right Achilles heel was very slightly aching. It wasn’t a constant or severe pain, but more like a swell of mild pain that ranged from every few minutes to every 30 minutes. I recalled the pharmacist’s warning about the back of my knees, but not my ankle area. Granted, I had exercised earlier in the day, so at first I thought maybe it was related to that, but I’ve been doing those same exercises several times a week for years, and had never felt a pain quite like that before. So I grabbed the info sheet that my pharmacist included with Cipro (you can view it here), and there was the warning:

Tendon problems can happen in people of all ages who take CIPRO. Tendons  are tough cords of tissue that connect muscles to bones. Symptoms of tendon  problems may include:
• Pain, swelling, tears and inflammation of tendons including the back of the ankle (Achilles), shoulder, hand, or other tendon sites

It further states: Other reasons that can increase your risk of tendon problems can include: Physical activity or exercise…

And finally: Call your healthcare provider right away at the first sign of tendon pain, swelling or inflammation.

I am still wondering if I should have been warned not to exercise, and if that contributed to soreness in my tendons.

Day 8 
I woke up and immediately felt that mild swell of pain in my Achilles heel that I had the night before. I was now convinced that this was unrelated to exercise, so I hit Google once again in search of people with similar experiences. I found quite a few forums and website devoted to Cipro and tendon damage. Even though my tendon pain wasn’t very significant, I decided to stop taking Cipro and call my doctor on Monday – which meant I’d have to go all day Sunday without any antibiotics for my UTI which was now in its 8th day. I only hoped that the Cipro I had taken the prior two days might keep the infection at bay until Monday.

Oddly enough, it seems that the frequency of urination was much better on Day 8. While it was every 20 minutes at the end of Day 7, it was about every 90 minutes as Day 8 began, and up to a couple hours by the end of the day. This was a vast improvement over Day 7. It made me wonder if the Cipro was starting to work, even though I decided to stop taking it. Or perhaps stopping Cipro has actually helped? How would I even know?

I went to the mall for a few things on Day 8, and while walking around, my Achilles heel started hurting on and off, seemingly at random times. The pain was more significant than it had been before. It wasn’t unbearable, but I felt the need to baby my foot until I could get home. I recalled stories of tendons “popping” that I had read about online, and didn’t want to be the next victim of that fate.

I plan to call the doctor first thing in the morning on Day 9 and ask for an alternative medication. I’ll update here as soon as anything new develops.

Day 9
I called the doctor and explained the situation to the nurse. I was told to stop taking Cipro (which I had already done two days ago) and to rest my foot for a week, meaning no exercise. They called in a prescription for Bactrim instead.

Day 10-20
I took a full course of Bactrim, and during this time my symptoms completely disappeared.

Day 23
Three days after taking my last dose of Bactrim, my symptoms returned. My doctor asked me to return for another urine sample. He called the next day and told me that both of the tests I took showed no bacteria, and he referred me to a urologist.

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UTI Tips

  • Avoid caffeine. Caffeine can irritate your bladder and increase your frequency. I made the mistake of having coffee and tea in the early days of my UTI, and I believe on some occasions it probably made my frequency much worse. Read more in this article at
  • Drink lots of water. This will help flush out the bacteria from your system. I’m not fond of water, but I’ve been downing it as best as I can to stay hydrated. Of course drinking extra water contributes to the frequent urination, but it is a necessary part of the healing process.
  • Though some people suggest using Apple Cider Vinegar as a cure for a UTI, there is also evidence that it could actually cause more irritability during an infection.
  • Some people take 1 tsp of baking soda in a glass of water to help a UTI, while others warn that this could cause other problems.
  • Cranberry juice can help, but the unsweetened kind is most effective – and the taste is rather harsh.
  • Taking a probiotic every day can help reduce the incidence of UTIs.


This antibiotic has been around for many years, but in 2008 the FDA issued a “black box warning” which is the strongest warning a drug can have – one step away from being pulled completely. The warning is primarily due to the severe tendon problems that have been reported as a result of using this drug. It has been suggested that magnesium may help with tendon damage caused by Cipro. Read accounts of magnesium and Cipro tendon damage here and here. As with any drug, there is a long list of rare side effects, but it appears that the issue with ruptured tendons is much more common than the typical “rare” side effects.

Further Reading

OK I’ve told my story. How about you? Have you dealt with a UTI? What were your symptoms and how was it cured?

  • Janice

    I was given Cipro for an infected scratch on my leg. I took 7 (of the 20) pills and started having side effects. Nausea, insomnia (1 night, woke up, couldn’t get back to sleep), and pain in my right knee. I immediately stopped taking the pills. What did everyone take to help the healing along?

  • Joseph

    Did you happen to take Magnesium oil or Magnesium pills? So far I have been doing the former and my legs feel a bit better a month later. Although, the cramps and soreness has now spiked up to my back, arms and neck.

    • waffles

      Yes, magnesium pills for about 4 months. That’s about how long the soreness lasted.

  • Charles Tooraen

    Waffles. You may also or instead of BPH, you may have a case of Chronic Prostatitis. It’s symptoms are very similar to BPH, and with someone your age, bph seems at bit unusual.

    • waffles

      Agreed on all your points, but the urologist did confirm some enlargement. Looking back, it does seem that there could be multiple issues, and your suggestion does seem plausible. Thanks.

  • waffles

    It was a few weeks, but I could feel it coming back with exercise for a period of about 4 months.

  • James Tiberious

    I am telling everyone in the future that I am allergic to cipro this has been a horrible experience.

  • rv81

    Thanks. Glad to hear you’re feeling better. Would you mind sharing what supplements you’re using? I’m in my early 30s, and after a normal finding in a DRE, no doctor will believe me when I suggest I may be dealing with prostate issues, nor will they send me for testing. But I don’t see the harm in trying a few things on my own just in case.

  • rv81

    Waffles, did your urinary symptoms resolve? How long did it take? Like you, I was treated for a urinary tract infection, but when my symptoms returned, there was no sign of infection. This was in June, so it’s now been almost 5 months since the “infection,” and I still find that the urge to urinate quite bothersome, especially at night. No doctors or specialists I’ve seen have been able to find anything wrong with me.

    • waffles

      It ended up being a nasty episode of BPH, which I didn’t realize I had until then. So, for the most part it is under control via herbs, vitamins, and minerals.

  • job hunter

    I have taken 3 pills so far for a uti, and while the uti is already almost gone, I am experiencing a weird pain in the bottom of my left hand. It just started about half an hour ago, and my first thought in the back of my mind was “tendon.” I had read the paperwork that came with the drug though, so after a couple seconds, it dawned on me what might be happening, and I was like, “TENDON??!!” LOL. So that’s why I’m here today. I am probably going to discontinue use. Too many horror stories. Thanks for sharing. Hopefully, the cranberry-probiotic-vitaminC pills finish the job on the uti.

  • asda

    I felt unreal for quite abit i still have a little bit of achilles tendon pain from april 12, 2013 dose i only took it for 3 days and stopped. ughh im so mad i took it. it drains you of energy cuz its so strong and takes out all the good bacteria too. dont overtrain and exercise for up to six months, be careful also, drink a lot of water, and eat healthy. aloe vera juice is aweosme

  • Jeanne

    Just finished ten day course of Cipro. My elbow aches. Anyone else report elbow problems?

    On another note, I think the Cipro drained so much of my strength. Just wanted to stay in bed all day. Missed more work than I’d have liked. Anyone else out there feel kind of “unreal” while taking the stuff?

  • waffles

    Yes they can. Perhaps you can call the doctor and they may want to prescribe another round, or they may want to see you again. You don’t want to let a UTI get out of control.

  • waffles

    You may want to call or visit the doctor if the medication has run out and you are still experiencing symptoms.

  • waffles

    I don’t know if it helped, but I did take magnesium during my recovery. I figured it couldn’t hurt!

    • KS

      Thanks for this article! How are your tendons now, did everything heal out completely? 🙂

  • MK

    I was prescribed Cipro for a UTI. After pill #3 I woke up 3x in the middle of the night with excrutiating pain & cramping in the back in my lower legs. Just moving my legs caused extreme pain. I woke up with a limp and soreness this morning – called the doctor on call. The doctor said that I’m most likely allergic this this drug and should be careful with exercise for at least 2 weeks. I think I will report my reaction to the FDA since they list their number – perhaps they are still gathering data. I’m not excited about having to be careful for possibly up to 6 months as other people have noted.

    • waffles

      Take it easy until you don’t feel pain, whether it’s 2 weeks or 6 months. Better to wait than to be disabled with a ruptured tendon!

  • waffles

    When that happened to me, I called my doctor. He told me to stay off of it for a week. I ended up babying it for a few months.

  • Mara

    On April 23 I was prescribed Cipro for a UTI. I don’t recall any warnings on the pill box, and I definitely wasn’t told not to exercise. I took the pills for several days, as instructed by my doctor. On May 2, 2013 I played in soccer game in a rec league I had joined. On May 7th I had another soccer game, and this time my Achilles tendon completely ruptured. With only a few minutes to go in the game I heard a loud pop, and fell to the ground. I was convinced that a player from the other team kicked me in the back of my leg, causing my tendon to rupture. I went straight to the hospital and they confirmed the rupture. I mentioned that I had been on Cipro, but the doctor on call dismissed this. So, I dropped the thought.

    I ended up moving back to my parents for the summer to undergo surgery in Philadelphia. My surgeon seems to think that the kick had nothing to do with it. And yet he couldn’t offer a different explanation. In all honesty I failed to mention that I had been on Cipro because the first ER doctor didn’t seem to think there was a direct correlation, nor did I know to mention it. My surgeon, however can’t understand why, at 27 years old, this happened. On May 23, 2013 I underwent surgery to repair my Achilles tendon. I spent my entire summer in a boot and on crutches, and finally started learning how to walk again just a little over a week ago on August 12th. Until today I was convinced that my Achilles ruptured because of a blow to the back of the leg. I came across an article on the Internet that highlighted the direct relationship between Cipro and tendon issues. Of course now, I am convinced that this is exactly why my tendon ruptured. I even read a report that says tendon injuries are likely to happen 13 days after beginning treatment with CIpro, and my injury happened in that exact time frame.

    In the past year I have been on Cipro at least twice, with the April 23rd date being the most recent. I wanted to share my story, because I am learning how important it is to learn about medications and the possible side effects before you take them. Never in a million years would I, at 27 years old, have thought this would happen to me. I am a full time teacher, and active. I like to work out and play sports and am in good shape. If only I had been warned to stay off my feet and not partake in any extra-curricular activities while on this medication. My entire summer has been spent in a boot and on crutches. I was non weight-bearing for 8 weeks, plus the 2 before the surgery, and I am finally learning to walk again but am not allowed to play sports until May 2014, which is hard to wrap my mind around.

    The recovery for a ruptured Achilles tendon is long and arduous. I wish it on no one. It seems that Achilles’ strains and ruptures are most common side effects from Cipro. I only wish that my doctor would have told me the possible side effects, and stressed just how important it is not to engage in physical activity during the course of the antibiotics.

    • waffles

      Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m so sorry to hear of your ruptured tendon. Hopefully you have a full recovery!

  • billy

    Sorry for my late response. I actually took the Cipro in April 11-13. My symptoms have reappeared. I hope! it’ll go away. I havent been doing anything strenous at all.

  • Jennie

    I am sitting with my left leg elevated after achilles surgery yesterday, and wanted to post on as many related sites as possible about my experience because I never in a million years would have made a connection to Cipro.(I just figured it was the magic of being 41 vs 21!) I tore my achilles 3 days ago playing tennis, completely out of the blue. I am very health, physically active I had no previous tendon pain or issues, but I have had two UTI’s in the past 6 months and been on two courses of Cipro. The first one, I was on vacation and was prescribed 7 days of Macrobid. When that was all over (and I was home from vacation) I was still having symptoms, so was put on 3 days of Cipro. Problem solved. About a month later, I had another UTI flare up, and the Nurse Practitioner prescribed a 7 day cycle of Cipro. I still had UTI symptoms on day 8, but when I was tested, there was no bacteria, and by day 9, I felt back to normal. I will definitely ask to not have Cipro for future UTI’s and I feel like there should be a stronger warning on the medication bottle like there is about drinking milk, since this seems to be a very common problem. Like Cindy, above, I’m just wondering how long the affects of Cipro stay in your system and affect your tendons.

    • waffles

      I recall reading that tendon problems can arise 6 months after taking it.

  • mel

    I have had chronic uti for over two years and was finally prescribed an medication to take after intercourse and it stopped my uti for about a year. I was just recently prescribed an antibiotic for a bacterial infection and several days after i took the antibiotic i got the typical uti symptoms. So i went to the doctors and was prescribed bactrim for three days and that did not help. I went back in an was prescirbed cirpo and yesterday was the first day i took it and i felt immediate relief but today my symptoms came back. The worst part for me is that terrible discomfort, kind of like a burning feeling that just doesnt go away. I take AZO for the pain( you can get it at targegt, grocery stores ect) and it helps with frequent urintation. I am waiting to get my lab results back to see what antibiotic I need but its hard to do everyday activities. I feel very tired and overall just not my usual self.

  • Melodica

    Your story sounds a lot like mine. I got what felt like a UTI, went to the doctor, got Cipro (2x/day for 5 days). I felt a lot of tightness in my tendons and had awful heartburn. It also didn’t knock out the infection, which is unusual. I’ve had a lot of UTIs in my life and never has one persisted after finishing treatment. I called my doctor and they sent ANOTHER prescription for the same thing. I took one and had pain in my heel as well as the back of my knee. I stopped taking it and made an appointment with a urologist. He gave me a 5 day prescription for Bactrim. I really hope this works, because it’s been nearly three weeks now. I can’t take much more.

  • Carol flowers

    I think I’m getting a UTI. I also have Bronchitis and just finish 10days of Biaxin. I love Cipro, it always cures my UTI. And I still am coughing a lot and have Asthma as well. I have Cipro at home and I’m going to start that tonight. I have never had those problems with my knees. I feel for all of you, but I do think Cipro is a good drug (for some). Good Luck to all of you and what does the pharmasist say about Cipro? I am in my 60’s and all my life I’ve had UTI’s. I think it’s mostly a women thing per my Gyn Dr.

  • billy

    I find my pain constantly cycling. If I overexert myself even a little I will be hurting for a couple days. Sometimes its not even pain its just general tightness. Did u experience the same? I’m glad you’ve completely healed! Many people have been hard hit by these devil drugs. You have zero pain now?

    • waffles

      That is correct – I have no symptoms remaining since that ordeal last August. I can workout fully: walk, run, squats, jumping jacks, etc. After a few months I was getting worried, but it did go away. The worst thing to do is to “push through” the pain. I’ve heard of people’s tendons snapping completely. My doctor told me to “baby it” for as long as I needed.

      How long has it been since you took it?

  • waffles

    Early 40’s and very physically active. You could be right that age may play a role in recovery.

  • billy

    Did you not work out at all. If I do a lot of bending and picking up.sod, my ankles feel achy as well as my knee. It’s been a but over a month. Swelling went down though. 2 days after cipro, I started having swelling at the bike of my feet.

    • waffles

      I slowly added exercise into my routine, and if my tendons ever started feeling the slightest bit sore or stretched, I’d stop. As I’ve stated before, after about 4 months I felt no symptoms and was able to engage in full physical activity. It’s crazy that only taking a couple of doses could have such a long effect. I felt lucky to have not damaged anything permanently.

      I also took magnesium as someone suggested. I don’t know if it helped, but I was desperate to fix it, so I gave it a shot.

  • ana

    Hey guys I just like to share alfalfa supplements 10 at each meal, so 30 in a week have been helping and so has magnesium

  • waffles

    I avoided jumping rope, running, or anything that would extend my achilles heel. So basically I stuck with upper body workouts. It’s hard to be patient…

  • ana

    I still run, is that ok

    • waffles

      You may want to check with a doctor. I was told not to exercise fully until there were no symptoms at all. In my case, that was about 4 months.

  • Cindy

    I was prescribed 500 mg of Cipro for a week from an Urgent Care for a UTI. It cured my UTI quickly and I didn’t finish the entire dosage. I didn’t notice any immediate side effects but I was a collegiate athlete and was very active still at age 30. Several months went by and I felt strangely “tight” (which I did a lot of running to try to combat – I thought it was stress related) and noticed a “creakiness” in my Achilles tendons. 11 months after taking the antibiotic, I had a full Achilles rupture playing basketball. After a very painful surgery and seven months of physical therapy, I still cannot run. Worst of all, my other ankle continues to have the same “creaky” feeling. I am told Cipro is no longer in my system, but it’s effects seem to be lasting. I’ve never had any tendon issues before and am terrified of tearing my other Achilles (or something else). If you have a UTI, take any other antibiotic available, especially if you are athletic and enjoy playing sports. I have been stuck on the sidelines for what feels like forever and am scared I will never be able to play again.

    • Vivian Li

      Yes, the Cipro will usually be “out of your system” within a couple of days after stopping the dosage. However, that does not meant that damage is not already done, and that it cannot get worse. Cipro and other fluoroquinolone drugs destroys mitochondria and interferes with the DNA of tendon cells. The result is that, not only will the patient experience tendon cell death leading to tendon pain, stiffness, and injury — but from then on, the very replication process of the tendon cells is compromised due to the disrupted DNA of the cells. Thus, the ultimate result is that the patient (i.e. Cipro victim) ends up with tendon/joint problems for the rest of their life. This is why victims of Cipro/Levaquin/Avelox/etc rarely heal back to “normal”.

  • waffles

    After all that, I didn’t have a UTI either… 🙁

    Baby that foot until you don’t have any symptoms. My doctor said to baby it for a week. I had to baby it for four months, but eventually it returned to normal.

  • Alyssa

    This drug is literally hell. I was prescribed cipro 2x a day for 5 days. I only took one dose anda or symptoms about 3 hours later and quit taking it. I now have huge amount of pain in my knee cap and the back of my leg feeling like a constant Charlie horse in the back. I can barely walk at all on my left leg..who knew one pill could do so much damage. :/ now I’m just icing it hoping it helps. But hurts like hell to ice it. I hope this isn’t permanent. Since this pill didn’t help for my uti I am now on amplicillan 4x a day for a week. Hopefully this works and doesn’t give horrible side effects!

    • waffles

      My doctor told me to baby my ailing foot for a week. I ended up babying it for 4 months, but eventually it went away. I was starting to get worried that I had done permanent damage!

  • Nicole

    I have taken cipro 500mg before for a uti and it has always helped within a few days, never had any tendon pain. However, this time I have a uti went to the Dr. they prescribed Cipro again I was sure this was going to work since symptoms are just horrible and it has helped in the past I’m 3 days in and still no change in symptoms. Has anybody else dealt with Cipro not working?

  • Alex

    After just 5 pills of cipro, I started having tendon pains and calf tightness. I am not even able to walk properly. Did u experience calf tightness and how long did it take for your side effects to go away. Any current updates on the cipro sid effects?

    • waffles

      There wasn’t any tightness in the calf muscles. My doctor told me to stay off my feet for a week. My achilles heel seemed to get sore easier for about 4 months. I was starting to think that some permanent damage had occurred, but now 7 or so months later it seems completely healed. You really should baby those muscles until you feel no more effects. Good luck, and keep us updated!

  • John

    The only antidote to cipro side effects is mega vitamin c 3 000 to5000mg daily. The same goes for levaquin

  • joanne risdall

    Headache and woozy feeling from the Cipro have kept me in bed all day. I am waiting for the urine culture to tell me if it is a uti or kidney infection. Does Bactrim work as well as Cipro?

  • Jj

    HI! I have a UTI as well and my doctor gave me cipro for 7 days. After 7 days I still feel burning sensation around my abdomen but not too much as before and my pee is normal now. it’s just sometimes my abdomen is burning, it’ll be gone if i drink cranberry juice or cranberry vitamin.

    Does somebody’s having an issue like mine? Is this normal after taking cipro? Thanks!

  • Ken

    I am going through this right now. 4 days of Cipro caused burning tendons as well as some insomnia. Did your burning tendons subside after a few weeks off your feet?

    • waffles

      Yes and no. There was an initial phase where my tendons really hurt, to the point that I could barely walk. Thankfully that did subside. I still have mild sensations of pain in my right Achilles tendon when I exercise or if my foot is stretched a certain way. This only happened after Cipro, and it has persisted for nearly 4 months now. I’m starting to wonder if this is permanent. It’s not debilitating, but it is a nuisance.

      • Ken

        Thanks. It will probably get better over time. However I would still go light. Tendon rupture can happen 6 months to 1 year after stopping these drugs. I am getting tendon pains from my AT, Hammys and Carpal Area on wrists. Also some stiffness in my neck. It all started a few days ago. I am hoping that like you I can heal and move on. It sucks because I am a healthy 36 yo male. Come to find out my doctor wasn’t surprised when I called about the tendon pains. He switched me to something that won’t damage me permanently and told me if I need a pain prescription to go see my GP. What a class act. BTW I am not advocating the ban of this drug. It is a powerful drug that can protect against anthrax exposure. However for burning urination there are dozens of drugs on the market without these potentially debilitating side effects. Plus with antibiotic resistance on everyone’s mind I think we should save this one!

        • waffles

          Hey Ken! Yes, I’m hoping it isn’t permanent. What bothers me is that my problem never ended up being a UTI, but actually BPH – which means I never even needed Cipro to begin with! My doctor also seemed aware of the risks of Cipro, which makes me wonder why that was his first choice. Oh well… Thanks for your input and good luck to you!


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