Post by ~misfit~ Post by bra
[Excerpted from my post in another thread, to start this cheerful one.]
I inhaled plenty of trichlorethane while I was a carpet / furniture
Carbon tetrachloride from a degreaser and from cleaning tiles.
And D.N.O.C weed killer throughout the fifties and sixties, along
with copious DDT sprayed over the kitchen table, and creosote
permanently in my palms. My father used to come home pale yellow
from the stain of DNOC (4,6-dinitro-o-cresol)sprayed from his
Anything you guys sometimes cross your fingers about, from years ago?
I worked as a cabinetmaker for a few years for an outfit who
specialised in acrylic-coated kitchen fittings. The acrylic was ~4mm
sheet that would be fixed to the MDF cabinets with Ados contact
adhesive that we sprayed onto both surfaces. There was a huge
extractor fan that never worked in the time I was there. After about
a year I started getting headaches unlike any I'd ever had before -
the doctor said they were migraines. I finally stopped working there
after going into a fugue state at work where I couldn't even walk
due to being unable to judge depth...
It wasn't just the adhesive solvent - often the acrylic was cut or
'finished' using heat which liberated all sorts of chemicals into
the air. Ever since then I've become extremely sensitive to
'chemicals', getting nasty headaches that can last days and days.
Chemicals like (but not limited to) horticultural sprays and
solvents and if someone's burning rubbish that has even a small
amount of plastic in within a mile of me I get a thumping headache.
Oh and the sensitivity extends to pharmaceutical compunds so that I
get every known side effect of any drug I'm prescribed (as well as
some unknown ones). I've recently had to give up on a medication
that reduced my back pain by maybe 25% (which is huge and allows me
to do *so* much more) because the thumping headaches (amongst other
side-effects) got so bad I couldn't do the things that the lessened
back pain otherwise allowed. :-/ --
"Humans will have advanced a long, long way when religious belief
has a cozy little classification in the DSM*."
David Melville (in r.a.s.f1)
(*Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)
Oh my goodness that sounds truly awful. As someone who gets the odd
like the seriousness of yours. Best wishes.