Carbon monoxide effects
Reduced stress tolerance
Long term carbon monoxide effects may include a reduced ability to respond and cope with a wide
range of stressors.
It can take time for a survivor to come to the understanding that they are more easily affected by different
stressors. A survivor may have a reduced ability to function as they once did.
The percentage that experience these carbon monoxide effects is not known as statistics are unreliable.
Different kinds of stress
There are different kinds of stress and stress can be viewed in a number of different ways.
Stress can be seen as internal or external. It can be seen as brain stress or body stress. It can be viewed as physical, mental, emotional, or even
spiritual. It can be thought of as financial, relationship, toxic, chemical, or energetic.
Stress can come in the form of a large one-time stressor such as an major accident or death of a loved one. This
is known as acute stress.
Stress can be ongoing such as working in a difficult environment, struggling with a health issue, or living in
an abusive relationship. This is known as chronic stress.
While we have a degree of choice how we respond to certain types of stress, the body and brain automatically
responds to others.
All forms of stress can be seen as a “forces attempting to push us off balance.” It takes energy to "cope, bend,
or manage" stress.
Why long term carbon monoxide effects can reduce tolerance to stress
Carbon monoxide occurs naturally at low levels in our
bodies and is essential to proper cellular functioning.
The human body produces even more of its own carbon monoxide when responding to stress of any kind. Women
produce 3 to 5 times more carbon monoxide during their premenstrual phase.
Carbon monoxide levels above what normally occur in the body (which is carbon monoxide poisoning) places a heavy
burden on cells throughout the body.
Chronic carbon monoxide exposure also impacts mechanisms in the body which regulate its own carbon monoxide
production. The "tricks" the body into feeling [much] more stressed than it would otherwise be.
Carbon monoxide can also cause cellular injury and damage in other areas of the body.
When cells are impacted they have a reduced ability to function properly. When cells are unable to function
properly they are less able to respond to stressors of all kinds.
Long term carbon monoxide effects can cause even more damage
The last thing a survivor needs is more strain on an already weakened system. However, ongoing health challenges
can create stressors on individuals and families that [significantly] increase stress and further destabilize the
Stress of any kind triggers processes that increase normal carbon monoxide production levels within the body.
This causes the body to then be "exposed" to even more carbon monoxide.
Stress also causes the body to produce a substance called cortisol which helps restore balance to a variety of
functions within the body and brain, particularly after the stress is gone.
However, extended periods of stress can cause destructive amounts of cortisol to be produced.
Ongoing stress is damaging to a healthy person. It is especially aggrevating when layered on top of long term
carbon monoxide effects and can [seriously] intensify symptoms.
Ongoing stress can further impact the brain, nervous system, endocrine system, heart and more.
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