Finding Relief Through Reduced Exposure


A Success Story in Managing Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)

This article chronicles my journey managing Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), a condition characterized by adverse reactions to various chemicals. For 25 years, I grappled with a multitude of symptoms, including fatigue, insomnia, nausea, and high blood pressure. These progressively worsened, significantly impacting my daily life.

A turning point came in July 2011 when mold was discovered in my home. Subsequent testing revealed extensive fungal and bacterial contamination, necessitating remediation. Notably, I began experiencing improvements after isolating myself from the affected areas. My fatigue lessened, allowing me to manage daily tasks and engage in light exercise.

However, a setback occurred following exposure to perfume, highlighting the sensitivity to various chemicals. This episode underscored the need for comprehensive exposure reduction. Testing revealed high contamination levels in my workplace, prompting decontamination efforts.

Following the workplace intervention, I experienced a range of positive changes. My energy levels increased, allowing me to engage in activities like Tai Chi. Notably, my high blood pressure, which had previously resisted medication, started to decrease.

Unfortunately, an accidental re-exposure in my bedroom triggered a recurrence of symptoms. This episode emphasized the potential for delayed reactions and the importance of continuous vigilance.

Further exposure reduction measures, including clinic decontamination, yielded significant progress. My overall health improved steadily, with most symptoms either subsiding or significantly reducing in intensity and duration. This included improvements in sleep quality, reduced frequency of vertigo, and increased energy levels. Additionally, I observed improvements in cognitive function, decision-making, and overall sensory perception.

My experience serves as a testament to the potential benefits of reducing exposure to environmental triggers in managing MCS. While complete elimination might not always be feasible, even incremental reductions can significantly improve quality of life. This journey has not only improved my physical health but also empowered me to take charge of my well-being.


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