Training while on antibiotics.

Regardless of label warnings and side effects to , I still forget the effects they have on my body. At least until I’m bobbing in the middle of the pool grasping both hamstrings trying not to drown myself.


I know that anytime I am on an extended round of a certain antibiotic it makes my body weak and vulnerable to injury. Every muscle starts to ache and out of pure stupidity I try and ignore it. I learned a few years ago that my body could not handle Levaquin based antibiotics so I stay clear of those. However, antibiotics are just one part of a patients life.

It all starts after one week on full dose. I start feeling bad and complaining I ache. My wife kindly reminds me to “go with what my body is telling me,” take it easy and that I am on antibiotics. As any good triathlete would do- I agreed, apologized and went for a bike ride. My body continued to hurt. So, I consented to taking a “few” days off. I made it one day. You can see where this is going.

Compulsion, addiction or just stupidity? I have had difficulty accepting my limitations. My hamstrings are now throbbing from their cramped up temper tantrum and I have no choice but to lay low until I get my system flushed out.

What can you learn from my insanity? Take stock of not just how your body feels, but what you are putting into it. Educate yourself about all the possible side effects of medications. When talking to your doctor remind them to discuss the “In Rare Cases” side effects. Trust me if you have , you will probably get the rare side effects. Don’t let the bad times keep you from knowing when your body is ready to start moving forward again.

Note to self:

Plan on taking a week off of exercise next I have to take a 14 day round of antibiotics.

About The Author

David Brumley

David Brumley is an immunodeficient triathlete diagnosed with CVID, Common Variable Immune Deficiency, in 2008. Through the sport of triathlon he will inspire, equip and encourage you to find your better in life. Professionally he works independently in the field of marketing and design. David is married and has one beautiful daughter along with a dog, cat and two guinea pigs.


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