I was a very healthy 55-year old who was very active. I played a lot of softball, went to the gym 4-5 days a week, was very active with my three granddaughters and their sports, but in the blink of an eye, that all changed and my world was turned upside down.
To make a long story short, I started experiencing tendon, muscle, and nerve pain, with muscle twitching, around March 2012.
This pain progressed in intensity and to other areas of my body until it affected tendons, muscles, and nerves in about 60% of my body.
I saw Neurologists, Rheumatologists, Hematologists. They checked for ALS, Myositis, and all the other scary muscular and nerve diseases, but no one could give me an accurate diagnosis.
I was losing weight and muscle mass and the CPK levels in my blood tests (measured an enzyme in the blood that is present when the muscle is broken down), were 650 to 1800! Normal on the scale is 50 to 200.
Finally in May 2013, while taking a fluoroquinolone antibiotic named Levaquin, all my symptoms really flared up and I started having pain and twitching in areas that were previously OK. I was diagnosed with possible fluoroquinolone toxicity and that my original symptoms may have been brought on by taking this same fluoroquinolone antibiotic, back in January and February 2012. Unfortunately, doctors did not know how to treat me and some still insisted that the poisonous antibiotics were not the cause.
I was losing muscle and really losing hope. My depression and anxiety were off the chart. Then in September of 2013, I was introduced to a representative of the CC Treatment and he was interested in trying to help me when everyone else, all the high priced specialists, had turned their backs on me.
I was started with a low dose of cream, applied twice a day, beginning the second week of October 2013.
I was applying the cream to most of the areas I was having pain, losing muscle and experiencing twitching, probably 50% of my body.
At first, I noticed no change so the strength of the cream was increased. I became slightly fatigued at times, which is a sign my immune system was kicking in. Then I would notice an occasional rash in the afflicted areas for no apparent reason. The strength of medication was increased again and I had brown flakey patches appear at my inner elbow areas in between my forearm and bicep on both arms.
I showed this to the naturopathic doctor I was seeing and he confirmed that my body was detoxing. These brown patches surfaced on my skin several times after that. I was slowly starting to get better, feeling a little better. I actually started going to the gym again with my son, in January 2014, though on a light, limited basis. Even though I was feeling a little better, I was still having some setbacks. Some flare-ups of pain and muscle wasting.
The strength of the medication was again increased and I started applying it to my body three times daily, in March 2014. By the end of April, I was feeling a little better yet, my weight had picked back up a little and I was seeing muscle, start to grow again in my upper body and my strength was increasing.
The pain in my upper body has decreased by more than 50% and the strength in my upper body has returned at least 25%. My back and my lower body still have significant pain but the pain has continued to decrease by 25% and I know with time these areas will respond to the medication and will start to repair and regrow just as my upper body has.
My CPK levels have come down and are now in the 425 to 450 range. I just wish I would have known about the CC Treatment earlier in this process. Maybe my damage wouldn’t have been as progressed and it would not have taken me so long to respond.
Thank you, John and all your staff for being there to help and your kindness throughout the process.
I will continue to post periodic updates as I continue this journey.