Adverse Drug Reaction
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"You need to set a regimen and look long, look far down the road, not right in front of you."
Levaquin Drug reaction Ankle injury Turmeric pills Inflammation
I took Levaquin, which was a drug to help me with a bacterial infection that I had and ended up having severe adverse effects on my tendons like very, very bad effects. I couldn't walk. I couldn't run, I couldn't bike. It was really bad, for over a year, I'd say. And now I'm recovering and at this point a year plus out. But through that process as well, I remember thinking about okay, well, if my tendons hurt, maybe I should be doing more muscle massaging of my calf and doing a lot of foam rolling or anything that'll be pulling on my tendons and trying to just, analyze the whole system. Well, if my ankles hurt because of this drug I took then there's nothing I can do to reverse the effects of the drug. All I can do is make sure everything else is working perfectly. So really making sure that everything else is limber, that I had good footwear choices, that I was standing on good mats in my workshop to make sure I didn't strain my ankles and eating non inflammatory foods and trying to make sure that I looked at all the other pieces in my life that I could affect change so that I could continue to get better. So I think from that first health experience with the with the H. Pylori bacteria, I learned a lot about how to take control of my own body and be analytical about the way that I treat these things. When I think about the way I manage my own treatment of my whole body in regards to my ankles' health after taking that Levaquin, I think the one thing that helped me the most was using like, I have a... I'm a cyclist, a big cyclist, and I trained for a long time. And when I was training with my coach, he'll always have me record my workouts, report my weight record, how I felt after the workout, record how long it was update on a power file, give as much data as possible and really record these things down. Sometimes I'd write them on paper. Sometimes I write them in Excel spreadsheets so that my coach could review them, but the methodology that I found was very effective through my cycling training. I definitely applied some of that to my self treatment. And I think the most important thing is what, you know, my coach would tell me that cycling, which is a really nice analog for holistic health, is that you trained for three years from now. You're not training for this weekend's race. This weekend's race, you can't do anything about it. It's this weekend. You can't cram for a test like that. It's not the same.
So he said to me that you're trained for three years from now. We have to look at these things and reflect on the training and really plan for far out for who you're gonna be, not who you are right now, because you can't cram for a test when we're talking about a biological thing. If you want to lift a 100 pounds, and you can only lift 10 pounds now, you can't cram for that test. You need to work your way up to it. So, I think it's important to reflect on what we think about holistic health, inflammation in the body, injuries, these things take time to heal, and there's no conventional metrics for how long certain things will take to resolve. I spoke to a doctor who understood my ankle condition very well, and he said, Yeah, you know, you might be 60% healed in nine months and then to get the rest of your healing might take another couple of years with this process. It's important to understand the length of time that these things traditionally take to heal. Sure, miracles can happen, but you need to, keep those expectations in line and then build a system to be accountable for your healing across that time period, cause I don't know if anyone's ever tried to take even, let's say, I was I was thinking turmeric for anti inflammatory because I couldn't take any NSAIDs, anything like Advil or ibuprofen or anything like that. I couldn't take those for my ankles because they would cause a bad response with the medication that I had taken. I was told not to take any NSAIDs and I was taking the turmeric capsules to lower inflammation in my body and even after several months of this I was really happy to be doing something to help my ankles, but I wasn't experiencing miracle healing for the ankles. And I think it's really important just to reflect on how long should this take to results? How much is the turmeric gonna help you? We don't know. We can guess, but we also just need to stay on top of these things if you're gonna do and try and lower imflamation with turmeric I'd say probably you should be on it for six months. I don't know. I don't know how long, but yeah, stay at it. And one thing I noticed is that when I felt kind of lost in my healing process, I would skip pills or I might forget. I'm going on vacation. I forgot to take enough turmeric with me for two weeks or whatever it is. It's really important to, actually stay on top of these things and track them and feel like you are empowered and you are taking steps that you have like agency in your own health. And if you don't stay on top of these things and you don't track them, you don't really take it seriously, you might start skipping these treatments and then you're gonna lose track of your end goal here. But, yeah, this is one of those things where you need to really set a, it's almost like you need to set a course and map out your destination and where you're going and make a promise to yourself that you're going to be compliant within your regimen for whatever you're trying to do, whether its stretching, supplements or natural foods or cutting things in your diet, you need to set a regimen and look long, look far down the road, not right in front of you. Because if you you know, if you wake up two weeks from now and you've been doing some very intense regimen to try and help yourself and it's not doing what you want it to do, you might just give up. But I think setting those expectations of yourself, building a system of accountability using spreadsheets are notebooks or habits, rituals or maybe your partner or Google Calendar. What have you that could be a good thing to do.