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Source of Chronic arsenic exposure?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 2, 2007
  • 04:47 AM

I was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathies in January 2004. I had a 24 hour urine heavy metal test in Jan of 2007. I was found to have an arsenic level of 161.7. I had my well water tested, to see if this was where the exposure came from. The report said I have no arsenic (or bacteria) in my well water. I am now trying to find the source of my arsenic.

In my research, I recall something about bile reduction and arsenic. I don't remember where I saw it on line. :rolleyes: I wanted to know if a slow bile duct will cause arsenic exposures to rise, and if my medications could be the cause of me retaining the normal organic arsenic, turning it into the inorganic arsenic?

I am taking Azathioprine (Imuran) for Crohn's Disease, since Nov 2003. Since I used this medication for a month and half before my neuropathy symptoms started, I was wondering if this would be the case with this medicine.

I have a case worker with our state health department, but getting calls back from her is hard. I try to do as much research as possible, since she is new at her job and doesn't yet know all there is to know about arsenic. :(

I would appreciate any help in this matter.

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