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almost medfree
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   Posted 1/11/2018 5:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome twenty some years ago. I work to be my own best detective in watching what works for me, and what makes me feel worse. I've found healthy foods at all times works best for me. But what I have also discovered is how much living near an asphalt plant greatly affects me. Three years ago my husband and I moved to a home a few blocks from an asphalt plant. I not only experienced aggravated sinus issues and headaches, but I also became much weaker. My husband had to install a bar for me next to the toilet. My thinking ability also became more compromised. The only options I was able to perform using our television remotes was changing the channel and using the volume control. We decided to purchase an air monitor appliance to place on our balcony. It was then the situation became more real. Most days the air quality was very poor. So on those days, our windows remained closed. But this was far from enough. We checked the air quality inside our home, and even with the air conditioner running, our indoor air quality was poor. We invested in an air purifier. But no one should have to be cooped up because of poor air quality.

about a year ago we moved to a home located six miles from the asphalt plant--thinking and hoping that this would help my situation. It did, somewhat. I was able, almost immediately, to use the remotes almost as well as my husband and there was no need for him to install a bar for me in the bathroom. But, I recently discovered the asphalt plant still affects me when the wind is coming out of the northeast. My throat and eyes burn, I become weaker, my concentration becomes poor, and there are so many more aggravated symptoms such as my chronic pain. Back in November, we took a trip up north and looked forward to returning to the warmer weather. When we arrived home, we threw open the patio door and as the days went on, I found myself becoming sicker and sicker cough and all. I had to go see my doctor. She diagnosed me with the flu that was going around. After taking my antibiotic for a week, and finding that my symptoms were not improving, I decided to plug in our air monitor for the first time at our new home. The number was 4000! This number showed more than very poor air quality. All through that day my throat burned and I felt awful and weak. Thirty minutes after taking that first number, my sore throat went away almost as if my magic. I checked the number again. It was 154! I am looking into keeping a log of my symptoms, keeping an eye on my monitor, and checking the wind direction so I can warn my friends and neighbors about the possibility of why they too might be experiencing flu and cold symptoms that are slow to improve or not going away. Thanks for reading my story--I guess what I really wanted to say is:

MIGHT ASPHALT PLANTS OR OTHER POLLUTERS LIKE COAL OR GAS PLANTS OR EVEN BEING AROUND CHEMICALS BE THE CAUSE OF OUR HEALTH CONDITIONS? IF YOU ARE ABLE, CHECK TO SEE IF VISITING A HEALTHIER location IMPROVES YOUR SYMPTOMS. AND, FINALLY, KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR DIET AND WATCH IF EATING SOMETHING NOT CONSIDERED HEALTHY AFFECTS YOU.

Thanks for taking the time to read my story.

Post Edited (almost medfree) : 1/11/2018 3:38:38 AM (GMT-7)


Notime4lyme
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   Posted 1/13/2018 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
That's very interesting. I have Lyme and air pollution definitely affects my symptoms. On days when there are bad air quality alerts or the air is very still I feel much worse.

I think my sensitivity symptoms started after moving into a newly-built house. I've heard a lot about old, moldy house being bad for people (and I'm sure they are), but I think new house full of outgassing paint and sheet rock are just as bad.

I think plants that produce chemicals should be more closely monitored. Now there is a power plant being built near my house. It's awful when you have no say about what goes into the air you breathe.

almost medfree
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   Posted 1/14/2018 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Notime,

Thanks for your reply. So sorry to hear about your air pollution issues. But it's nice to know that someone else understands. And sorry to hear about the power plant. Wow.

I contacted the EPA and they attribute the high numbers on my meter to the pollen. Yes, it could also be from fireplaces outside of the community where I live. I'm going to wait until the summer when the pollen season in Florida is pretty much over and the fireplaces won't be used, and if the numbers still become high I'm going to copy down the information and look into how to go about checking to see whether our local asphalt plant is meeting regulations. I might go as far as contacting our local newspaper just to warn people that they might want to close their doors and windows if they feel poorly.

Good luck to you, Notime, and thanks again for your reply.
Fibromyalgia, CFS, MCS, scoliosis, herniated disks, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, sjorgens, sleep apnea, asthma, allergies, headaches, and reflux. On a regiment of different supplements including sleep supplements. I eat nutritiously and perform prescribed stretches twice daily.

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