What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy is a type of permanent nerve damage.
While every patient is different — and may therefore experience a different combination of symptoms — the main symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include:
- Tingling sensation that begins in the toes and spreads upwards
- Muscle weakness or loss of muscle coordination
- Acute/shooting pains or otherwise severe pain
- Abnormal or sudden changes in sensation to temperature, texture or body position and/or balance or the extreme sensitivity to touch
Unfortunately, the nerve damage that may occur after taking a fluoroquinolone antibiotic is often permanent.
In addition, due to the variety of symptoms, it is sometimes hard for people to get a definitive diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy as the symptoms may be confused with other illnesses.
Contact a Fluoroquinolone lawyer to learn more about how you can fight back with a lawsuit.
Giving Back & Taking a Stand
It is important to note that some of the most important advocacy work for better FDA regulations and consumer education has stemmed from patients who were injured by taking Cipro, Avelox or Levaquin for routine infections – only to later suffer permanent neurological damage. In fact, It was these very patients who took the stand to report their suffering to the FDA, to ask questions, dig deeper and ultimately work with law firms like Robins Cloud to begin this groundbreaking pharmaceutical litigation.
We’re encouraged that the community of hardworking patient advocates is growing stronger each and every day. That’s why we’ve connected with the Quinolone Vigilance Foundation and will begin sharing blog posts from its Executive Director and patient advocate, Rachel Brummert, soon.