Hello. I am new to this board. It appears that my maladies may be connected to those that are being mentioned here on this board. And I certainly need to have someone else to share this with. December 7th, 2005 I got the West Coast flu. I worked in Doris Day's little hotel In Carmel, Ca. as a bellman, concierge and I loved my job. Was there for 4 years. It was both a physical and social job. People all over the West Coast were getting this flu. I probably picked it up from one of the guests. I went into the typical weak, 102 fever, bone ache syndrome. Went to a family care place and they said it was the flu. Stay home, rest, lots of water. Did this and a little bronchitis had started by the thrid day. Again, this was the course most people were reporting. That third night I got up to go the bathroom and standing there I fainted and fell on my face and knocked myself out with lots of bleeding from my nose. Wife called an ambulance and they took me to our local ER. Kept me three hours. Visually checked bleeding nose ( was swallowing and coughing up blood with every cough from the bronchitis. )I was in bad shape. Felt like I had been in a car accident while in the middle of the flu. But after 3 hours they said I could go home. GO HOME? I sure didn't feel well enough to go home...but they said the hospital was full of more serious patients. So they gave me two "levaquin" tablets and wheeled me out. 3 to 4 minutes into the ride home I fainted next to my wife in the car. She frantically raced me back to this ER. They said it was a "vagal" response. They put a general IV on me and put me in a "recovery" room until the next afternoon when they sent me home again. I was given another dose of Leviquin around noon I believe. Again in tablet form. That night I felt horrible but assumed it was all the trauma. The next morning my body "exploded" with entire body symptoms that are almost indescribable. I was so weak and sore in my intestinal tract...I felt like I was going to die. I felt like I was going into shock. My daughter called another ambulance that first morning home and I raced back to ER. They gave me lorazapam? And did their basic tests but could find nothing. Their reports aleways said " anxiety, with stomach pain" I'm telling you I went there because I felt like I was going to die. Like I was being poisoned. I didn't just go their because I was anxious and felt pain only in my stomach. But you can't believe how many doctors will look at my records and immediately write me off as a mental case. To this day this is one of the worst parst of what has happened to me. And my history does not suggest this and I have never been a drinker or smoker. I couldn't have donw that very social job of mine for four years if I was close to being that bad. I went back to that ER 4, 5 and maybe 6 more times! I was having attacks of pain and weakness that were so frightening and powerful I would just end up shaking and almost crying. Each time I went back to this ER they would do the same thing and send me home. Finally they just called in the psych ward people. Out of embarrassment I would just fight through these attacks and I started taking Valium to get through these. Also, never once did these ER doctors ever say that maybe I was having a reaction to this Levaquin. It was the only medicine I was taking when all of this started. I don't even like taking medicine. I hadn't taken any medicine for years prior to this Levaquin. And I just didn't mention it ewither just trusting the doctors to ask the right questions. But after 6 months of torture with the same problems and tons of others like incredible insomnia, wincing pains all over, stomach looks like it may be beginning crohns disease, digestive problems, pain in arms even hands, legs, buttocks, feet, ankles...a soreness that at night is usually worst and first thing in the morning. You just toss and turn to try and get through it. Incredible weakness. I walk like a 90 year old man. Thats how weak my legs are. And tiredness, continuous tiredness. I was open minded and went to a psychiatrist for the first time in my 54 years and I am taking Lexipro 20 mgs a day becuase all the doctors recommended this but this doesn't touch my physical problems, never has. One thing the Lexipro does though is take away your sex drive. Like I mean, this is gone. But I tried to break off of this a few weeeks ago and maybe now I am dependant on it because within two weeks of stopping the Lexipro all I wanted to do was cry I was so depressed. And my doctors have finished with me. I live in a relatively small town area and since all the tests have come back negative..everything from MRI's to CT scans to neurologist electrical stimualtion tests to heart tests ( bradycardia though, often in 40s resting ) they say they can't find anything. And when I mentioned that all of this started within one day of taking Levaquin they get upset and dismiss this as a cause and won't give it one seconds thought. Gues that's everything...but only you guys and gals here know how depressed and discouraged and actually frightened I am at this point. I have lost my job. Been cut off of any more disability. Financially in the hole for thousands in medical deductibles. Kids in college and they probably have to drop out now. What a nightmare. Other symptoms, weird and incredible sensitivity to cold. Can't get warm and shake. Tremors, and shuttering. Bladder just floods out during worst attacks. Scalp and forearms itch with little pimples forming on scalp that hurt. This comes and goes. Horrible smelling gas ( sorry to mention this but feel I should mention all of symptoms )Unsteady gait, eye sight definitely worse than before illness. Appetite just there but was completely gone for three months. Lost 20 lbs. Went from 208 to 185. Back up to 200 now by forcing myself to eat. Still shake. This is really bad when preceded by stomach growling , rumbling and discomfort and then body weakness and soreness. Irritable, overly sensitive to loud noises and being around people outside of my home. Can you believe I was a popular fellow employee and concierge who loved interacting with and helping his guests before all this? LMK, especially if anybody has any remedies for the body pains and weaknesses. Seem to be in the muscles.