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Mold allergy & new & bizarre symptoms

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  • Posted By: Littleme
  • November 30, 2009
  • 03:29 AM

Hi, I'm hoping someone here can offer some suggestions.
Several years ago I was diagnosed with a severe allergy to mold. I had the allergy tests & the welts appeared on my back when the needle was still about 2 inches from my skin. The doctor told me that a shot of penicillin would likely kill me. I started taking the allergy shots & things improved. My symptoms at the time were : headaches , constant fatigue , fuzzy brain ;dry & burning mouth & throat, muscle weakness. I found out that it was the building that I was working in that had caused the problem. So I left that job & gave up my medical plan. So no more allergy shots.
Then I took a job in the southern US & moved into a new apartment. I knew there was something wrong with the apartment shortly after moving in. I soon became a totally different person. I was cranky all the time , I'd fight with anybody & all I wanted to do was sleep. And I had this constant noise in my head. It was the local radio station host that I listened to , constantly stating his radio station call numbers over & over. I'm sure you are all now deciding that I am insane. I assure you that I am not. I was not , in the least bit , surprised to find out that the apartment I had rented had recieved extensive damage from a hurricane a few years earlier.
Fast forward several years. I was at work at a different job & started to feel really weird. Thought I was having a stroke.. The left side of my face,my left arm & my left leg would get all tingly & go numb. When I went outside everything would get better...if it was a nice sunny day. I found out that my employer had brought in numerous items that had been left out in the rain for years, thus bringing in the mold.
I don't work there anymore but my problems seem to be accompany me & they change constantly.
My most recent problems seem to occur when I take my dog for a walk in the rain or take her to a park after a rain. Things are ok in the park until I get to the wooded areas where the trees stay wet. Then all of a sudden, I get a big lump in my throat ( I have problems swallowing but not breathing ); I get a tightness & pain under my left rib cage & my left leg goes numb. Plus I have problems with bladder control,This all occurs on the left side of my body. It goes away once I leave the park. Bizarre !!
I have been living on Benadryl for months & I know it's doing damage to my system. So I'm looking for other suggestions.

Oh , btw , I did have a seizure a few months back. Original diagnosis was MS but it was later decided that was a wrong diagnosis. But if they were wrong once ??? Can a seizure be caused by an allergic reaction to something ??

Any help ?? Sorry for the looooonnnnnggggg post ! : )

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  • Hi Littleme-I am very sensitive to mold myself, stemming from candida (systemic yeast overgrowth) resulting from being given too many antibiotics 25 years ago. I've had huge relief from alot of problems by modifying my diet (which I didn't even realize was so lacking in real nutrition). "The Yeast Syndrome", a book by Dr. John Parks Trowbridge, goes into the many ways an overgrowth of yeast can lead to ALOT of problems, including mold sensitivity. You are not crazy. These symptoms are very common in reaction to mold sensitivity. I can't tell if you have tried a "clean" diet. A wholistic health approach to diet and supplements and avoiding mold can be very helpful. You can research alot of information on your own to get yourself on track if seeing a wholistic health care practitioner is too much of an expense right now. This will really help your system tolerate exposure to mold.I hope this helps!!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 18, 2009
    • 10:16 PM
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  • Molds are found almost everywhere, indoors or outdoors and can be toxic, if they infest homes and residential areas. Furniture, carpet, books, even the air we breathe is full of spores. Humid, dark places with little air circulation promote the rapid growth of these fungi. Cladosporium, Penicillium, Asperigillus and Alternaria are generally the most common types of molds found in homes and living areas rarely found and dangerous mold, Stachybotrys, known as black mold, poses severe threats to human health. Severe mold allergies can be a welcome invitation to symptoms like chronic fatigue syndrome, memory impairment, migraines, sick building syndrome, dizziness and nosebleeds, erratic headaches, severity of sinus infections, mood swings and irritation, food allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, dry cough, fever and weakness, eye irritation and nose and throat infections. The greatest danger of mold is the possibility of developing fungal infections in the lungs. This generally only occurs in those with weakened immune systems. Using dehumidifier and performing roper practices of housekeeping help home owners to keep away from the threats of mold dangers. You can also keep your surroundings clean to reduce the possibility of mold infestation. Bathrooms should never be carpeted, as carpet can harbor mold and be difficult to clean. Try to improve air circulation in the attic, basements, closets, bathrooms, dirty clothes, hampers and garbage cans. If closets are damp, keep the light on to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. Wash pillows and blankets often. Clean the lint filter after each load in the dryer. Dry and/or replace water damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. Outside, have fallen leaves, decaying plants and compost heaps removed.
    danneva 6 Replies
    • October 22, 2010
    • 06:24 AM
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  • Hi, I'm hoping someone here can offer some suggestions. Several years ago I was diagnosed with a severe allergy to mold. I had the allergy tests & the welts appeared on my back when the needle was still about 2 inches from my skin. The doctor told me that a shot of penicillin would likely kill me. I started taking the allergy shots & things improved. My symptoms at the time were : headaches , constant fatigue , fuzzy brain ;dry & burning mouth & throat, muscle weakness. I found out that it was the building that I was working in that had caused the problem. So I left that job & gave up my medical plan. So no more allergy shots. Then I took a job in the southern US & moved into a new apartment. I knew there was something wrong with the apartment shortly after moving in. I soon became a totally different person. I was cranky all the time , I'd fight with anybody & all I wanted to do was sleep. And I had this constant noise in my head. It was the local radio station host that I listened to , constantly stating his radio station call numbers over & over. I'm sure you are all now deciding that I am insane. I assure you that I am not. I was not , in the least bit , surprised to find out that the apartment I had rented had recieved extensive damage from a hurricane a few years earlier. Fast forward several years. I was at work at a different job & started to feel really weird. Thought I was having a stroke.. The left side of my face,my left arm & my left leg would get all tingly & go numb. When I went outside everything would get better...if it was a nice sunny day. I found out that my employer had brought in numerous items that had been left out in the rain for years, thus bringing in the mold. I don't work there anymore but my problems seem to be accompany me & they change constantly. My most recent problems seem to occur when I take my dog for a walk in the rain or take her to a park after a rain. Things are ok in the park until I get to the wooded areas where the trees stay wet. Then all of a sudden, I get a big lump in my throat ( I have problems swallowing but not breathing ); I get a tightness & pain under my left rib cage & my left leg goes numb. Plus I have problems with bladder control,This all occurs on the left side of my body. It goes away once I leave the park. Bizarre !! I have been living on Benadryl for months & I know it's doing damage to my system. So I'm looking for other suggestions. Oh , btw , I did have a seizure a few months back. Original diagnosis was MS but it was later decided that was a wrong diagnosis. But if they were wrong once ??? Can a seizure be caused by an allergic reaction to something ?? Any help ?? Sorry for the looooonnnnnggggg post ! : )I also have had almost exclusively neurological symptoms and to date have found no relief other than leaving the coastal zone where I live, which is inundated with mold on every building, retaining wall, sidewalks, everywhere. Last summer at an outdoor concert, where tall grass had been mowed down and started mildewing I had convulsions as well. I have had a chronic sinus infection which is now attributed to the mold exposure. I leave me area and within hours feel 100% fine. I have fasted, done very clean diet, every kind of nutrient, NAET, SAET with no change to my symptoms. Summer time here is foggy and warm so it the worst time for me. Hoping someone has some answers. I have one more year to go in this location, then I can move.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 16, 2011
    • 02:55 PM
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  • I am also doing the whole, painful nerve pain, trigeminal neuralgia, weakness, severe vomit inducing vertigo, nausea,dizziness and anxity.I had a previous exposure in 2006 that did the same thing, i started on Zyrtec at night and AM, then benadryl 50 to 75 mg every 7 hrs and stopped when i moved to a new house, then it flared when a tornado came thru and damaged stuff in 2010 and since then I have moved to Ohio with my mom, when the last one hit. I had a massive mold infection growing in my sinus cavity. Went to a new md who looked at me like I had a thrid head. So I fired him and he didn't like that too well.but back to my new recent account. I started back on Singular, And flonaise and zyrtic and benadryl 50mg.I a, just wonder what was you diagnosed with?It might help me. please..
    Shellymedic911
    • December 9, 2013
    • 07:23 AM
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  • Hey there, i know this was a long time ago that you post thing but did you ever get any more information? This sounds exactly like something that I have - pain all on the left side of my body. And it started when I first started dating my boyfriend and is always bad when I'm at his house. Let me know what you know! Thanks :)
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • October 14, 2014
    • 03:02 AM
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  • you should probably ask your doc if you should keep an epi pen with you all the time for allergic reactions. and I would think you may want to be tested for blood clot disorders.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • October 18, 2014
    • 02:01 PM
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  • See my mold story at www.fms-help.com/mold.htm.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • November 27, 2014
    • 10:06 PM
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