||[Nov. 20th, 2008|11:30 pm]
Mutiple Chemical Sensitivity
Hello all, I'm new to the community.|
I'm not quite sure if I have MCS. Normally, strong fragrances and chemicals just give me migraines, but more recently my chest feels kind of heavy when I'm exposed to some fragrances.
Just now, I spritzed myself with a bit of perfume I bought today. It's a very light fragrance, but my chest feels a bit tight, and I'm feeling nauseous. When I tried it on in the store, it didn't bother me, but now, the smell is overwhelming/making me sick.
Could this be a chemical sensitivity?
It sounds like it could be. Why is it affecting you more now though? Maybe stress, maybe you're being exposed to something else that is making your body unable to handle fragrances. I'd definitely talk to your doctor because there are meds that can help - especially with the tightness you're feeling. The best way to not have a reaction is to avoid things that make you react, unfortunately. Good luck and keep us updated!
i agree with the poster above. it might be. i have mild chemical sensitivities (knock wood!), in fact i hesitate to even call it MCS, knowing the extreme hell so many other MCSers endure. i live in nyc and am generally fine; i just have to hold my breath when i pass buses and strongly fragranced folks, etc. i also stay away from synthetic fragrances but am usually okay with essential oils (many MCSers are not). i need to use all natural cleaning products and no-VOC paint, otherwise i get dizzy and lightheaded, etc.
so, yes, i think it's possible to have chemical sensitivities that are on the milder end of the spectrum, comparatively speaking.
i'm sorry you're experiencing these symptoms, and agree that the best method of treatment is avoidance.
Your symptoms sound quite similar to mine and I was diagnosed with MCS/EI ~8 years ago subsequent to a work-related injury incident. It is not uncommon to more sensitive on some days as compared to others. Like any injury or illness, there are bad days and better days. Repeated mild exposures can build and reach a breaking point.
As far as treatment, avoidance is key. It is best to make your home as chemical-free as possible. If you can't do this with your entire home, start with one room and make it your "safe" area that you can go to recharge, rest and recover after the exposures throughout the day in uncontrolled environments have built up. This is the first step to being well and in control of your health and well being.
Looks like the above posters have pretty much supported your potential sensitivity question. To respond to my fellow mods wonderings about why at home... you might be experiencing a stronger exposure to the chemical in the smaller space of your house as compared to the store. If that's it, be careful about applying chemicals right before getting in your car. Just wanted to though that thought out there.
Also, WELCOME TO THE COMMUNITY!
Welcome to the community, sorry you're here. :/
I know for me, I tend to be more sensitive to chemical scents when I'm sick, or I'm having my period.
Sometimes avoidance isn't always an option. You *can* make your home as chemical-free as possible, and it DOES help, but unfortunately there's still a world full of perfume and cologne wearers out there.
Working in an office with several of these offenders, I've had to resort to using both a desktop air purifier and a fan to blow the scents out of the cubicle.
I've also had some success with EFT therapy in reducing my sensitivity to this.