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Severe vertebrae and joint instability-Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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  • Posted By: Sherryse
  • July 23, 2007
  • 03:53 PM

I am a 50 yr. old female who suffers with chronic joint instability and with vertebraes, ribs, hips, ankle, and foot bones slipping out of alignment numerous times a day. I have severe foot pain and burning due to the lumbar vertebraes being out of alignment and pressing on nerves to that area. My deep muscle pain is debilitating, but is gradually lessening. I have constant cramping and muscle tremors when I relax to try to sleep. My muscles appear to be very lax and unable to hold my bones in place.

I had low dose carbon monoxide exposure from a faulty furnace for over 13 months (actual usage) and have been suffering with these symptoms for over 4 years. Before the carbon monoxide, I had an episode where I passed out and was unconcious about 2 1/2 hrs. I believe I suffered a stroke, but that has never been confirmed.

I have not gotten any relief with mainstream medicine, neurologists, orthopedics, internists, and have sought alternative and chiropractic measures with only a small amount of relief. It is a temporary fix, as adjustments do not hold for more than a day at best.

I am unable to work if I needed to and have not had a "normal" life for many years. I cannot believe I will have to continue to live like this with no answers for years to come.

Most doctors do not seem to understand the muscle disorder relating to carbon monoxide exposure. I have been tested for MS, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, B12 deficiency with no clear findings. I did have an EEG brain scan that shows the brain is processing information slowly. An MRI did not confirm MS although I am told my symptoms are like MS. The area of the brain usually associated with damage from carbon monoxide was inconclusive on the MRI.

Has anyone ever heard of a condition, possibly after a trauma of some type, that causes the bones to slip out of joint like I am experiencing? I can just move the wrong way and they "clunk" out of place. It is so painful. I can find nothing on the internet relating carbon monoxide to these joint subluxations. Thanks for listening.

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