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Comment from: rn123, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

Twenty three years ago I was locked in a workshop with 3 cars running. I was hospitalized later with severe carbon monoxide poisoning. As I have got older, headaches have increased, tumors developed on my posterior aspect of my eyes, and I am always feeling short of breath. I am just curious if the event 23 years ago has contributed to this.

Comment from: sunchaser, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 30

I have a vacant apartment I've been working in for the last few weeks. It was very dirty after the tenant moved and we've been scrubbing down and re-painting from floor to ceiling. Yesterday I installed a carbon monoxide detector at approximately 5 PM (after being in the apartment with the gas wall heater running all day). This morning at 7 AM the adjacent tenant texted me that an alarm was sounding in the unit next door. I arrived approximately 15 minutes later and discovered the carbon monoxide detector was ringing. A technician looked at the heater and found it to be emitting carbon monoxide into the apartment and needs to be replaced. And I thought I was just being lazy! I found myself getting very unmotivated to work more than 4 to 5 hours per day. I've also been having an upset stomach every night and headaches (I thought those were due to a certain cupboard door I kept hitting my head on)! Very scary! If you don't have a carbon monoxide detector in your residence go to a hardware store and get one! They have units which plug directly into a wall outlet. Very easy to install!

Comment from: charlene, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

My carbon monoxide poisoning came from a truck. (I'm a truck driver.) The truck had an exhaust leak, and the carbon monoxide came in the cab. I was in the truck for four days. I had to ride with the windows opened; that's what saved me. My company refused to fix the truck and demanded I do my job. When I got back home off the road, I had them send me to the doctor. My levels two days after getting home were still 10.7. My head felt as if my brain was trying to push out. I had a headache that was out of this world. That was a year ago, and I have not driven since. Now I have migraine headaches, which are no fun at all.

Comment from: Bob, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 03

I actually didn't get carbon monoxide poisoning, and I am curious as to why it did not happen. During a suicide attempt in the past, I let the car run in a closed garage. There wasn't much gas left, but it was an impulsive decision, and I didn't think it would take long. There must have been less than 1/4 or less than 1/8 tank left of gas. Memory is a bit foggy. After what seemed like 20 or 30 minutes, I noticed nothing happened. I felt no dizziness or headache or sleepiness. After the car ran out of gas, I waited in garage all night. I was so sure there was carbon monoxide in the air, and if I only stayed in the garage long enough, I'd definitely die. I was in the garage for hours. I think somewhere like from 12 am to almost 12 pm the next day. I think I fell asleep at one point. But nothing happened. No symptoms. It is a 3 car garage. Maybe too large a space. I wonder why nothing happened.

Comment from: Emma, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

We left the propane tank on after grilling. For whatever reason the flame went out so I closed the grill up. About 30 minutes later we went back out to the screened-in porch and smelled the propane. We didn't realize it was propane as about 10 minutes went by. We closed the tank and the air started clearing up. So we stayed out there for another. I woke up at four in the morning and had a huge headache, thought I was going to throw up, didn't, but had reflux and the chills and muscle cramps all over my body. I think it was from the propane.

Comment from: prairiesun, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: January 12

Check your furnaces every year. We just found that the senior apartment my mother lives in has a furnace that was blowing carbon monoxide back into the room. It is a 30 year old furnace and of course, the housing owners won't replace anything until they get a grant to do it. It has probably been like this for at least 2 years or more and guess what? Mom developed a brain damage condition a couple years ago that is progressive and has been getting worse as time goes by, causing loss of speech and memory, confusion, weakness walking, all symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. We went to neurologists and specialists galore and no one had an explanation. Wonder if they ever tested for carbon monoxide poisoning? I was always puzzled that her condition seemed worse in the winter. Get your furnaces replaced with ones that blow the soot and carbon monoxide out instead of letting the soot build up and block the carbon monoxide from getting out the flue. Check every year. Hers was burning yellow which is not right. It is more common than anyone realizes!

Comment from: rangerover33, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I had started with bad headaches, which was very unusual for me as I never suffer with them. Then my eyes were so sore and all red and feeling sick I just thought I had a virus until I went shopping and nearly passed out in the shop which really frightened me. I went home feeling really poorly but didn't know why I slept all that afternoon and the next day just felt lifeless my friend came over at tea time and asked me to go to see a doctor. I really didn't want to go as I was feeling so ill but she talked me into going and as soon as I got into the doctors office my headache started clearing which then made me start thinking have I got a gas leak. So I called the gas people out and he said I had all the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and he switched my boiler off tonight at 9 pm. I have not sought medical advice yet but I am concerned about my eyes as they are very sore.


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