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Carbon monoxide poisoning brain damage

Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause brain damage. It deprives the brain and all cells in the body of oxygen. It also has more complex and toxic effects. All of which can traumatize and damage cells, affecting their [ongoing] ability to function properly.

People respond differently to the same level of carbon monoxide exposure. Because of this, [ongoing] after effects of carbon monoxide poisoning can range from nothing to severe in people with the same level of exposure.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is dangerous because it deprives all cells in the brain of oxygen and poisons them. It has the ability to damage and affect virtually any aspect of brain functioning.

The brain is an astonishingly complex mix of cells, blood vessels, neurochemistry, neural networks, electromagnetic signals, and more. It is soft and has the consistency of pudding or tofu.

The brain is extremely delicate and can be damaged and affected much more easily than most people realize. It does not take much to cause damage that leads to all kinds of subtle (and not-so- subtle) physical, mental, emotional and behavioral, and social problems.

The health and functioning of a persons brain shapes their life - all day long, every day of their entire life.

A persons external world is reflection of their internal world, that is, their brain and its ability to function in a healthy way. The way a persons external world is organized and functions is a reflection of the way their brain is organized and functions.

When a brain is damaged, even subtlety, "the wiring" in the affected areas of the brain can change. When the wiring changes, thoughts, behavior, emotions, moods, responses, personality, coordination and a lot more can change - sometimes subtlety, sometimes significantly.

"Changes to the wiring" caused by carbon monoxide poisoning can alter the way the brain is organized and functions, making it more disorganized and more chaotic in its ability to function properly.

Even with mild brain damage it is common for [varying degrees of] disorganization and chaos to begin to surface in a survivors life. This can be a reflection of brain disorganization caused by carbon monoxide injury, however minor the trauma may seem.

A survivors life may seem to start falling apart without the survivor, their family, or their health care provider making the connection back to carbon monoxide poisoning as the turning point in their life.

While a survivor may think they are fine, their brain may well have been damaged. People with mild brain damage are usually not aware that they are living with a brain injury and that it is affecting them.

People with not-so-mild brain damage are usually aware that they are living with a brain injury and that it is affecting them however, they may not be aware of the true extent.

Ironically, the absolute worst time to be learning about the effects of a brain injury is when a person has one yet that is the very time survivors are required to learn about it. Their carbon monoxide recovery depends on it.

Also see:
The science behind carbon monoxide poisoning
The effects of carbon monoxide poisoning
Different ways symptoms can reveal themselves after poisoning

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Suicide attempt
David from Fla.
in 1999 I attempted a suicide with carbon monoxide.
Sat in my car for a little over 4 hours, when my son broke
down the garage door and pulled me out and into a hospital. Woke up in that chamber. My question is: It is now 2014 and for the last 8 years at night only I hear what seems to be a radio with talking not music. Can the
carbon monoxide have caused this, my doctor thinks so.



a partial answer to Lisa's question
Leo from Pleasant Valley, New York
my CMP was many years before yours, and I also suffer from many of the same symptoms. Multitasking is difficult and I get distracted easily. Additionally I don't do well under pressure. However, those abilities are all associated with my inability to form new memories- i.e. transferring memories from short term to long term- and I think in a nutshell this is where the problem lies with all of us who have suffered the one time severe CMP. I communicate quite coherently and impress other people- however my inability to recall the scope of previous conversations puts me into a league of my own- in which I lose nearly every game! If you would like to share some of your trials and tribulations my email address is leomuller22@hvc.rr.com and just make a mention of carbon monoxide in the subject.

can I still be effected 13 years later
Lisa Rider from North Plains, Oregon
I had CMP 13 years ago, lost consciousness, had a grand mall seizure, went through multiple tests to determine what happened. finally found it trully was Carbon monoxide poisoning with 40% in my blood. went through a hyperberic chamber. I still suffer from headaches, lack of organization, cannot multi task. get distracted easilly. It has affected my work lately. It seems if Iam pressured I seem to have more issues is this possible, common?

what happened to me
roland from quebec
about 4 years ago i was in a coma for 8 days due to accidental poisoning.The doctor told me that when he registered my count of carbon monoxide i had the highest ever recorded in quebec. i was sure I was alright but then i ran down my buisness got addicted to crack then heroin wich i never did before.almost ended up on the streets. I seem to have lost my emotions.If it wasn\'t for my charm and decent looks?? I manage to find women to take care of me.What am I doing I had a huge house cottage family and lost it all.I use to laugh and am now much more interverted.my ambition is gone Im totally disorganized.I don\'t seem to need people around me anymore.I ruin one relationship after another.I now have no pride no ambition I was highly inteligent finished top in class averaged 96.4 in refrigeration.Now people beg me to repair stuff and I don\'t answer the phone.Then even get aprehensive when the phone rings like I feel Im in trouble I hide from my customers?????

Vertigo
Christine from Ohio
Yes you could have vertigo or syncope. I have both from the poisoning and that was 11 years ago. Symptoms come and go daily. Then they come back with a vengence. Join our carbon monoxide survivors facebook page.

carbon monoxide poisioning
eddie from north carolina
i had carbon monoxide poisoning about 5 months ago i told the people at work about it and they more less refused to send me to have a brain scan,now i have been told i have (vertigo) could this be from the carbon monoxide poisioning?

carbon monoxide poisioning
eddie from north carolina
i had carbon monoxide poisoning about 5 months ago i told the people at work about it and they more less refused to send me to have a brain scan,now i have been told i have (vertigo) could this be from the carbon monoxide poisioning?

carbon monoxide poisioning
eddie from north carolina
i had carbon monoxide poisoning about 5 months ago i told the people at work about it and they more less refused to send me to have a brain scan,now i have been told i have (vertigo) could this be from the carbon monoxide poisioning?

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