Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Stupid Internet Ruins Everything Fun

I'll take 3 of these, please
This post could also be titled: “how google’ing a prescription I am currently on might have saved the rest of my running year”.

Last week, I complained mentioned how I had a fever and was on an antibiotic. I had a 102 fever and was running like I had a load in my pants and toddlers strapped to my shoes – toddlers who wanted candy**. But, I kept running. After all, it kept me relatively on plan and it gave me something to bitch about. Win/win!

Unfortunately, my symptoms came back this week, I went back to the doctor, and got put on a second antibiotic that would kill even the nasties that Lidsey Lohan has crawling inside of her. Cipro. You might remember this little gem as the magic bullet that cures Anthrax should you happen to slip and fall into a envelope full of powder.  Not THAT kind of powder…. And not THAT kind of magic bullet (which yes does sound like a something that you would buy at a passion party – Perv***). My doc thinks that will zap what is bothering me as well as hopefully give me some sort of super powers.

When I got back to work, I did what everyone does when they are on a new medicine. I watched like 7 episodes of Dr Quinn Medicine Woman I googled the shit out of it. Unfortunately or fortunately I found this little gem on WebMd:

Federal regulators are ordering new warnings on Cipro and similar antibiotics because of increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture. The new warnings apply to fluoroquinolones, a class of antibiotics that includes the popular drug Cipro. The FDA has told companies that the drugs must now carry "black box" warnings alerting doctors and patients that the drugs can increase risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture in some patients.
Fluoroquinolones have carried similar warnings for years, but officials say they continue to receive reports of safety problems. A "black box" warning is the FDA's sternest warning.

Now, let’s be honest. I’m not one to listen to advice**** but that stuff is pretty damn hard to ball up in my head and store away in my happy thoughts place. (The place I put any movie with Tony Danza) So, I’m probably going to take it easy for at least a week – and the ease back into it after that. Unfortunately, that means that my Oklahoma City race is probably going to be a fun run and I’m going to be set back more than I would care to admit in my goals to break 3:10.  To prove how bummed out I am, I give you a very unflattering picture of me:


But, putting a positive spin on it, I am VERY glad that I found this tidbit of information. I probably would have been fine if I would have ran (and I’ll probably still jog slowly now and again over the next week), but if I was to rupture something…..that would have been very bad.

Has anyone else found something on the internet that their doctor “forgot” to mention?

** Usually toddlers who want candy scream, bite, and otherwise slow you down, right?
*** Of course, I’m the one who thought of it first. Hmmm
**** I always wear dirty underwear specifically in case I get into an accident

32 comments:

Laura said...

I don't think I've ever Googled my medicine before once it's been prescribed. I'm a champion with consulting Dr. Google before my real doctor, but once my real doctor has spoken, I don't really check back.

The more I think about Cipro, the more it sounds familiar. I wonder if I was on it last year for MY flu? If so, I'll reassure you by noting that my tendons are still intact.

Finally, will note that you shouldn't give up on OKC yet - the time off may actually be beneficial! Last year, I ran my first marathon in two months and PRed at it - I think the time off did me a lot of good.

Jill said...

I've been on Cipro a few times and it just leaves me really shakey and unable to run (especially in the sun, that stuff has wicked effects from Mr. Sunshine) even if I wanted to.

I spend HOURS googling my heel and yesterday I bombarded my PT with about 30 different possible treadments he never mentioned to me. Poor guy :).

Kayla said...

Doctors tend to forget many things about drugs. Definitely take black box warnings like this. seriously, because it means its a somewhat common side effect. I'm glad you looked it up. Another tidbit, whenever you get a med make sure to talk to the pharmacist and ask questions about possible side effects, etc! Man, I sound like I'm in pharmacy school or something:) Hope you feel better soon!

Walt said...

I'm an ER doc as well as a runner. I don't even know your symptoms but I will honestly tell you there is not a reason at all for you to be on cipro. It basically covers gram neg infections only these days, so unless you have diverticulitis or prostatitis or a UTI it's worthless to you. If your taking it for cough/cold/sinus type symptoms your just exposing yourself to potential side effects for a viral infections. The overprescribing of antibiotics is a big pet peeve of mine.

danny said...

Am I the only one who doesn't go to the doctor?

Anne said...

That sounds like a mighty serious antibiotic!
...and yup I check out my meds on Google and freak myself out pretty much everytime.

Kate said...

Booo...get feeling better soon!

I was all sad that I couldn't think of anything, but then I had a lightbulb moment. I was having some terrible stomach pains and after some quite invasive ultrasounds my lady dr. (who happens to be a man, though that fact has nothing to do with my story) determined that I have one very active ovary that's putting out multiple eggs at a time. It wasn't until the next year when I was back and we were talking birth control vs. having any more kids that I asked if the whole multiple egg thing meant my chances of twins/triplets/etc would be higher. He paused for a moment and then said, "Well, yes, yes it would."

And there, my friends, ended any thought I had of having any more kids. Because I'd have considered ONE more, but when the chances of more than one went up, that was it for me. The three I have make me crazy enough.

Nobel4Lit said...

Yeah, I Google everything imaginable and get paranoid. I don't know if I'd take a drug that I found bad stuff about. Maybe if it was what was predominantly found.

Blaine said...

That must be why my legs hurt and I can't run...it's the Cipro.

Oh wait...I'm not taking anything...

damn.

Her Name Is Rio said...

Go ahead and rag on us docs. Thanks.

The Green Girl said...

I have a running friend who was prone to tendon injuries and she did get injured while on a round of Cipro. It's terrifying, isn't it?

Jamoosh said...

If you or a loved have taken Cipro you may be eligible for compensation. Call the law offices of Justin Case at 1-800-BAD-DRUG...

Dash said...

Dude, I got put on that last summer, I ran a couple of miles and my tendons were killing me, and with a warning like that, you don't mess with it! My dr. knew I was a runner too and he didn't mention it either, thank goodness for Google. Let's face it, if you haven't googled to find out what's wrong with you, when you're with your doctor, he's not typing what you tell him into your file, he's typing it into google so he can figure out what's wrong with you.

ANYWAY, I switched to pool running only while I was on it, but honestly, that stuff knocks your energy out so bad, I could barely even do that. I was sooooo happy to get off it. I hope you feel better and get off it soon!

C2Iowa said...

I have been on that little med before. It has another side effect "may grown limbs back"..... Other than that - stay away from the sun with that stuff! I ended up with an infection caused by that crap.

You should take Cabo instead. Mas Tequila

Tim Wilson said...

I don't typically google my meds because I always get put on the same meds every time I go to the doctor - the z-pak. Of course there is only two reasons I go to the doctor - tonsils (chronic since I was a baby - parents wouldn't let the doc take them out) and running injuries.... which they won't give me meds for.

I have, however googled problems my kids have had and many times I have been convinced they had cancer and were going to die in mere days. I would like to say I have learned my lesson, but I am sure the internet will tell me they are dying again soon. :(

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

i try not to listen to any side effects when listed. I'd rather not know about potential runny stool, but just find out as some great surprise after taking it for weeks

Al's CL Reviews said...

The only time I googled my meds was when I took my migraine meds and started sweating profusely and couldn't get cool. Thought I was starting menopause at 30 yo. No, interaction with another med I was on.

GeorgiaSnail said...

I've never googled my meds....but just for fun I googled "Adam's Meds" and this is what I got...

https://picasaweb.google.com/adam.ricklefs/Coconut#5474922442495331922

Pam said...

My cousin-in-law's idiot wife got knocked up because she didn't know antibiotics counteracted with birth control pills. At least she SAYS she didn't know... it happened before they got married, and I've always felt like she did it on purpose to trap him into marriage. BUT THAT'S ANOTHER STORY FOR ANOTHER DAY...

Lisa said...

i discovered the same warming when cipro was prescribed to me earier in the year. luckily the doc called and told me to switch meds (after doing labs, they decided i needed to be on something else)

Christina said...

What about calling the dr and asking for a different drug?

misszippy said...

Yikes. My doc is very cool--he knows I am a runner and therefore always prescribes me things that don't run that risk. Hope you're feeling better soon.

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

That's why you talk to your PHARMACIST about your prescription.
Frankly your doctor doesn't know you very well if he prescribed a quinolone - he should have been aware of your running lifestyle and attempted to use another antibiotic first (I realize this was already choice #2 and I don't know your diagnosis, so perhaps this was truly a last resort?).
With the workload most doctor's have, and the incomplete histories most patients give, I catch many potential errors daily. Always talk to the pharmacist before you leave and this kind of concern will come up and can be addressed.
Also you can tip your pharmacist. Just a thought.

kilax said...

I hope you feel better soon! I stay away from the internet when it comes to meds... ;)

Fair Weather Runner said...

good luck with that, hope you feel better soon. my ENT put me on a diuretic. during marathon training. ummmm... right. i took it for two days and suffered with the the ear issues instead. for weeks. so that was fun.

funderson said...

YES! Perhaps you SHOULD take it easy so you don't need Anthrax-killing type drugs for pete's sake.

(Like I'm one to point fingers here...)

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Damn, thank you Adam and the interwebs, now I know I must put cipro in my Anthrax survival kit. Adam, based on your cipro research do you think I should put some in my Zombie Apocalypse Survival kit as well?

Madison said...

I like that lipstick color that the girl biting the pill is wearing.

Also, perhaps your doctor didn't know that you are a running freak of nature, maybe that is why he did not mention about that side affect. I think I can safely say that there are lots of people who do not exercise at all. My doctor's eye nearly popped out of his head during a recent visit when he asked me how many days a week I exercised and I said "6". I guess that is not normal to him.

Kathy said...

Cipro is also our first choice for typhoid (unfortunately a bit too common for us) but for absoultely everythign from funny tummy to amoebas to parasites we do raw garlic and it works with no side effects (well other than vampire repelling).

I'd drop the Cipro unless you have a demonstrated bacterial infection which is sensitive to Cipro. Really. It's a NASTY drug.

Glenn Jones said...

I always google any drug I'm taking. Not to look for a reason to not take it, but hopefully to find the hallucinogenic side effects....

Chris K said...

Darn it. I was looking forward to OKC and your 3:10. Have you been taking picture taking lessons from Jamoosh?

Shawn said...

Cipro...get a popsicle for your butt if you don't take it on a full stomach...hang in there...it will get better as long as you keep away from Lindsay