Household Mold & Lyme disease

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spaztick
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   Posted 7/5/2010 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
There have been a lot of floods in our apartment building. Also, the management does not fix things properly - lack of money. It never occurred to me that mold could exist and contribute to my health problems, until our bathroom wall and ceiling became full of water (large bubbling under paint) a number of times. The last couple of times, water burst through a small hole in the wall. There is also evidence of a rather large ceiling repair.

We asked the management, and they will not fix it. It has since dried, so today I checked it out. Where there is a small hole in the ceiling, I poked it. Basically it looks like black chunks, very small sized but lots of it. It freaked me out!

For the past two years, I have suffered from chronic nasal congestion, and I am now dependent on both steroid nasal spray and decongestant spray - otherwise I can't breathe through my nose at all. Now I wonder about other health problems mold can cause. I read an online article today saying it can cause fevers, weakened immune system, and chronic fatigue.

Does anyone have any experience or knowledge about this topic? And what do you think about mold as being a possible contributor to why I am not responding well to my Lyme treatment (2 1/2 years)?

Any info or insight would be so helpful.
*Oral Abx Combo Tx since Jan/08*
Lyme disease - clinical dx ’08; Babesiosis (Positive IgM/IgG) '08;
GERD '05; Essential Tremor ’02; Fibromyalgia ’00; Osteoarthritis; Depression; IBS; Interstitial Cystitis


GWB
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   Posted 7/5/2010 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
What Patti said is great information. She's right, the landlord/owner of property is required by law in most states to make these repairs. This is a VERY serious health hazard, even more so for a person with Lyme disease.

I believe your chronic nasal congestion is no doubt related to the toxic mold and mildew you are being exposed to. Too bad you have to take nasal steroids for this. Steroids is not a good option for those of us with Lyme disease. I have the same problem but use a nedi-pot with excellent results. Check it out:
www.amazon.com/NeilMed-NasaFlo-Unbreakable-Premixed-Packets/dp/B000ITHH86/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Out of 60 reviews almost all are five star reviews. I used to take steroid inhalers but too dangerous for me to take steroids, plus it didn't work as effectively as the neti-pot. It's all natural and non-toxic and comes with premixed packages. The neti-pot works better thank anything else I've tried.You can get in on Amazon cheaper than anywhere else, but Walgreens and Walmart have it, possibly CVS too.

Your lack of progress with Lyme disease could very well be related to the toxic mold exposure you are breathing in. It's very dangerous and even life threatening livng in an environment like this. Call every agency you can, like Patti suggested, and demand they take care of this immediately. It's your right to do so. If you can't get the management to fix this immediately, I would seriously consider moving elsewhere. I know it's terribly inconvenient to do that, but your health is priority one.

Praying things get better for you soon.

Gary

spaztick
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   Posted 7/8/2010 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Patti & Gary,

Thank you to both of you for the terrific advice. In fact, I am looking for a different place to live, as I think the reason they are no longer fixing anything is because they will be tearing down the building. The problem is that I am not physically strong enough or healthy enough to do the work required to move...So in the meantime, you are both right about demanding that they fix it.

My husband does not seem interested or motivated in either getting the mold fixed, or moving. That's the personal part that I'm having a hard time with right now. He's a good man, but along with his great sense of humor and charm, he's also very lazy. So, my plan is to tell the landlord to fix the bathroom ceiling, and very slowly get this apartment into "ready to move" mode, which will probably take many, many months.

Do you guys know if mold within the wall cavity is harmful as well? I'm referring to the adjacent wall where the water has bubbled under the paint, then receded. Because I poked the ceiling, and black crust escaped - and now there is a hole - the black crust/mold is now open therefore mold spores can circulate into the air.

Thanks for taking the time to help me out. I sure appreciate it!
*Oral Abx Combo Tx since Jan/08*
Lyme disease - clinical dx ’08; Babesiosis (Positive IgM/IgG) '08;
GERD '05; Essential Tremor ’02; Fibromyalgia ’00; Osteoarthritis; Depression; IBS; Interstitial Cystitis


GWB
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   Posted 7/8/2010 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
The mold within the wall cavity is extremely harmful. Now that you have a hole in the ceiling, the spores from the black crust mold is circulating even more throughout your apt. If the health department were to see that they would likely demand an immediate fix and most likely have you moved out of there.

It's so very dangerous for you to be breathing this toxic air, the ramifications can be very serious. You should do a google search on this and show your husband some of the information you found on the dangers of being exposed to black mold. Maybe this would motivate him.

Do you have kids in your apt? Sure hope you don't because they are even more susceptible to this than adults are. If I lived where you live, I wouldn't be living there. It's just too dangerous for you and any family members who might be living there as well.

Hope and pray things work out for you to get out of that environment soon.

Gary

spaztick
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   Posted 7/9/2010 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much, Gary, for the essential information you have provided. We do not have children, but we do have two cats. You're right - the time to act is NOW.

I appreciate your time and advice.

Cara
*Oral Abx Combo Tx since Jan/08*
Lyme disease - clinical dx ’08; Babesiosis (Positive IgM/IgG) '08;
GERD '05; Essential Tremor ’02; Fibromyalgia ’00; Osteoarthritis; Depression; IBS; Interstitial Cystitis


Dowa
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   Posted 7/9/2010 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   

Gee Spaztik: I dont know where to start. I have been suffering from mold-injury since 2004 and it is a very complicated issue to say the least. I would not concern myself right now with the lease,  repairs,etc. but try to find another place to go especially if they are going to remediate. You do not want to be in there, trust me. Also, I would patch the hole that you have made to keep the toxins out and spreading if possible. You mention your husband being lazy, I know this may sound funny, but lack of motivation is  a symptom of living in mold. Here are a couple of web sites that will tell you all you need to know. The second one is a doctor and lab here in Dallas that can test you if you need proof if it comes to litigation. Good luck and please at least go stay with a friend or in a hotel for a week or so and see if some of your symptoms subside. Its a tough journey, I have been there...

www.mold-help.org

www.realtimelab.com

CG: Hope it okay that I put the web sites on here to help her.   Dowa

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