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Carbon monoxide headache

A tell tale sign of poisoning is a carbon monoxide headache. It is often described as a distinct kind of frontal headache. This is common while a person is breathing carbon monoxide and while elevated carbon monoxide levels are in their system.

However, in the weeks and months (in some cases longer) following poisoning some survivors will experience a different kind of "carbon monoxide headache".

Some will find themselves having constant low level pressure headaches that just wont seem to go away. Others may have a series of headaches that seem to rise and fall without explanation. The percentage of survivors that experience this type of "carbon monoxide headache" is not known.

Each and every day the body makes billions of new cells as older cells die off. This is normal. However, in months following poisoning there may be a larger than normal cellular die off caused by carbon monoxide damage.

A large cellular die off places a heavy strain on the organs in the body responsible for elimination (liver, kidneys, colon). The extra work load comes at a time when the organs themselves may have been weakened by poisoning.

In the months following poisoning this can trigger a "carbon monoxide headache" due to increased toxicity levels in the body/bloodstream.

A survivor may also find they are more sensitive to stimulus including light, noise, chemicals, foods, motion, and possibly even electromagnetic fields and electrostatic influences (such as car sickness).

The body must regulate itself to maintain balance in its many systems. This is called homeostasis. Sensitivities can be a sign that the cells and systems in the body/brain are having difficulty functioning normally.

If the body has difficulty regulating itself and staying in "balance" then all kinds of symptoms can appear including headaches due to:

Headaches can also be related to brain injury.

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Headache outcome question.
Zoe
What will the headaches do to you? Do they do any bad to you, or do you just have to ride it out and just let it do its thing and it will naturally go away? I personally do not think I have the carbon monoxide headache but I just get paranoid. So... My friend started the car in the garage and she forgot to open the garage and she came back inside and we talked for about 5 minutes then we went back to the car and we realized she forgot to open the garage while she turned the car on. We opened the garage ad let it air out for about 30 seconds, then we opens the car doors for about a minute and drove off, is that bad?

i was poisoned while i was in jail my level was 23
stephanie larsen
i was poisened while i was in jail after i got carbon monoixde poising, my level was 23 and im still having bad headaches and other problems and it was several montyhes ago

i was poisoned while i was in jail my level was 23
stephanie larsen
i was poisened while i was in jail after i got carbon monoixde poising, my level was 23 and im still having bad headaches and other problems and it was several montyhes ago

co2 sickness
brian davis from washington
i started getting bad headaches 2 months ago i thought they were migrain went to dr and after multiple migrains med failed had a brain scan nothing, foundout that at work my co2 was leaking possible cause of headaches repair man asked does anyone suffer from head aches and i said me and 3 other employees. I am a different person usaully very possitive and upbeat but i have been very negative and hard to get along with i lost more crew members in the past month than i had in the past 3 years combined.

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