Interesting Results

As many of you already know, I’ve had the misfortune of spending a year and a half on the Achillesblog network.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the comradery, it’s just that I didn’t expect to still be thinking and blogging about my Achilles tendon at this point.  Anyway, some time ago I added a poll to my blog that asked the question, “Did you take a fluoroquinolone type antibiotic (Cipro, Levaquin, Floxin, etc.) within a year of your Achilles tendon rupture?”  I believe this was first posted in July of 2008, around the time the US Food & Drug Administration ordered manufactures of fluoroquinolone type antibiotics to include a warning on the packaging regarding the possible side effects these antibiotics have on tendons.

I hadn’t paid too much attention to the poll, but given that there are now over 500 members on Achillesblog, I became curious about the results.  And, I have to say that I was pretty surprised.  One can obviously not draw too many conclusion from a one question survey, but I found it to be interesting nonetheless.

First, out of 105 votes placed through today, 42% responded that they had taken a fluoroquinolone antibiotic in the year leading up to their rupture.  I found this number to be quite a bit higher than I anticipated.  Given that the majority of AT injuries occur during some type of physical activity, I didn’t think antibiotics would play a significant roll.  I guess I figured this number would be in the 10-20% range.  I’m sure people who took an antibiotic prior to the AT rupture are probably more likely to respond to the poll, but the percentage is still surprising.

Second and even more surprising for me is the fact that this gives some indication of the frequency of which antibiotics are prescribed.  Just the idea that 42% of the 105 respondents took an antibiotic in the year leading up to the AT rupture is staggering.  I can’t help but think of what other negative effects antibiotics have on our bodies.  Perhaps they are an evil necessity if we want to rid ourselves of infection, but do we then just set ourselves up for other issues down the road?

If you haven’t already responded to the poll you can feel free to do so at any time.  Perhaps a larger sample size will have an effect on the results.  I’ll let the community know if there are any significant changes to the results.

Here are the current results:

Did you take a fluoroquinolone type antibiotic (Cipro, Levaquin, Floxin, etc.) within a year of your Achilles tendon rupture?
Selection Votes
Yes 42% 44
No 58% 61
105 votes total

One Response to “Interesting Results”

  1. Very interesting reading Tom, I was one of those who had many doses of antibiotics for 18 months before rupture, due to infection in a bone in my mouth, I was told they were very strong antibiotics!

    I have just put in a new post relating to my visit to my surgeon this morning. I am a little disappointed that no positive diagnoses, but hopeful that maybe some other treatment may be available other than a second surgery.


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