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    Old 01-25-2014, 11:59 PM   #1
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    Can antibiotics cause global muscle pain?

    I have been experiencing bladder-related issues (namely feeling like I need to go much sooner than normal) since early November after my first UTI. My doctors disagree over whether I have interstitial cystitis (aka IC; my cystoscopy showed some bladder irritation, but not other signs consistent with IC; also, the IC diet and heparin instillations haven't helped). I do know that I definitely have pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) and am receiving physical therapy.

    My urologist put me on long-term antibiotics (Nitrofurantoin/Macrobid). About one month ago, I developed dull, persistent pelvic pain that -- after 1.5 weeks -- began to spread throughout virtually every part of my body. One specialist thinks I have fibromyalgia, but my GP doesn't believe I have this. I'm not sure what to think at this stage since I only tested positive in about 3 'tender points' and since I am not fatigued and have not experienced 'fibro fog'/cognitive difficulties. Also, I read that even by the most recent 2010 diagnostic criteria, a patient must suffer from pain for at least three months before a diagnosis of fibromyalgia can be made.

    Is it a possibility that long-term antibiotic use could be causing these muscle pains? I read something online about yeast possibly contributing to muscle pain but don't know if this is true or if there are other reasons antibiotics could cause pain.

    Also, five years ago, I had vaginal/vulvar pain that lasted for about one year after I took antibiotics long-term. If antibiotics can lead to muscle pain, I'd like to discontinue use of the antibiotic (which my GP instructed). However, I'm afraid to stop taking it because my urologist disagrees with my GP and has told me to continue taking the antibiotic in case I have a deep-tissue bladder infection that needs long-term antibiotics to kill. I'm at a loss and was wondering if anyone has heard of Nitrofurantoin causing global muscle aches.

    Any information would be appreciated. Many thanks.

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    Re: Can antibiotics cause global muscle pain?

    Hi, long term use of flouroquinolone type antibiotics can in some cases cause muscle and joint pain. I do not know if the antibiotics you are on are in that class so you may want to check with your doctor. Also you may want to take probiotics while on antibiotics to replace the good bacteria in your body so as not to be susceptable to a yeast infection or digestive issues.....

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