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Carbon monoxide poisoning endocrine damage

Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause damage which impacts cellular functioning throughout the brain and body. It deprives cells of oxygen and has a toxic effect. The brain, nervous, and endocrine systems are especially sensitive to oxygen deprivation and toxic exposure.

The endocrine system is a system of glands throughout the brain and body that regulate mood, growth, sexual function, reproductive processes and metabolic activity.

The endocrine system includes the hypothalamuspituitary gland, thyroid, parathyroids, adrenal glands, pancreas, ovaries (women) and testes (men).

The brain and endocrine system are tightly linked together. Brain functioning relies on endocrine functioning. Endocrine functioning relies on brain functioning. They are connected and depend on one another.

Even a mild brain injury can impact the brain and endocrine system. A large percentage of people with mild brain injury are unaware that they have had a brain injury and that it is impacting them. This is especially true of carbon monoxide survivors.

As carbon monoxide poisoning starves the entire brain of oxygen and also has a toxic impact, it can damage and [subtley] impact a wide range of brain functioning.

If the brain and endocrine system aren't functioning properly then the endocrine system can have problems producing or secreting the appropriate hormone, or the appropriate amount of hormone, or at the appropriate time.

Disruption of the endocrine system can in turn cause problems with energy levels, moods, blood sugar levels, stress tolerance, body temperature, sleep, sexual function, digestion, appetite, weight, and much more.

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For Wanda
rfmiles from Huntsville, AL
An endocrinologist seems suitable. Mention the diarrhea to either your current doctor or the endocrinologist - it's a common side effect of metformin.

Check what thyroid tests she has had; more may be needed further along the thyroid function chain:

TSH
T4
T3
reverse T3

Many doctors think that the first of these tests is always enough - it isn't. The other three can reveal problems further down the thyroid function chain.

A reverse T3 test is likely to be hard to find - it's fairly new.

I suspect that I have been gradually exposed to
carbon monoxide, but don't know yet. Is a frequent
nosebleed one of the symptoms?

2 winter exposure to CO and recovery is horrible
Jan from Pennsylvania
I have all the symptoms of Chronic CO poisoning, memory loss, thinking problems, insomnia, endocrine issues including thyroid and adrenal, depression and anxiety, dizziness, and sometimes feeling I will just plain drop or die. I was in the ER, have been to endrocrinologist and no doctor really knows what to do with me. THis is such an unstudied area. I did find a MD that does more natural treatments and he has helped more than anyone. For my thyroid he tested me for antibodies for Hasimoto's and I did have them. He is treating me with LDN (low does Naltrexone). and it is helping. It is used extensively in England with great success. It is a med that in higher doses, treats drug addiction, but in low doses can help regulate your thyroid. Check it out. Not all doctors will use it but it may help you. I wish I could stabilize my mood and nerves. This same doctor is helping me replace cortisol that helps you cope with stress. I just started and hope it helps. I am a RN and have dealt with stress all my life, now it just plain puts me down and unfunctional. Thank goodness my mother and son understand but most of my family is not supportive. I look OK and sometimes I can function pretty normal looking. If they only knew the struggles physically and mentally! It is great to hear from all of you. Sometimes I feel like a lone ranger! Hang in there.

thyroid disorder/diabetis
wanda from wisc
my sister has severe carbon monoxide poisoning many years ago
in the past 2 years she has developed type 2 Diabetes and hypothyroid condition. from the articles I have been reading this is a side affect from the poisoning.
Would you recommend a specialist and if so what kind? Her primary doctor has her on Metformin and she is always ill from diarrhea, fatigue, and inability to loss weight. She is having problems with the thyroid medication as it does not seem to be helping the thyroid dysfunction.

I just found out I have chronic Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.
Jan
Does this alter thyroid function and the absorbion of thyroid medication? My TSH dropped extremely low.
THe sourse of the CO has been resolved but it is making sense to so many health issues I have had in the past year.

my beliefs
Bridget from PA
I believe the body works extra hard to get this foreign object lets say poison out of our bodies for a period of time depending on levels and how long it in or what gets messed up in our bodies. For myself I always complained about my kidneys when being exposed to poison, but doc never found anything wrong. I learned on my own about the rest of this- that my adrenal glands atop of kidneys were the problem then learned other symptoms connected to pituitary gland thru nervous system. Endocrine system is what it is actually called. I also know my body got rid of alot of red blood cells thru poisoning thanks to heater repairman telling what was hurting me so much behind my ribs to make it actually stick out between rib cage in front. It was all my red blood cells going to my spleen because they were being replaced by carbon stronger at the time. Your body thinks poison is an infection and is always fighting as long as exposed. I also think I have a problem replenishing red blood cells now. Have problems with immune system because it was also weakened due to poisoning. Always still sick or fighting something off like allergies even. I truly believe if i could get my adrenal glands and my blood vessels flowing better continually I would heal faster. I feel like my blood does not even get to some parts of my body like over joints, blood vessels thin out for the reason i believe to be is carrying to many red blood cells at one time cause clot makes vessels thin and thicken continuously. My point is what ever works hardest during poisoning they get weak also.

gAS LEAK
ILIANA from NY
I felt sick in my house, in my bedroom for years. My two kids are taking medicine for thyroid. Couldnt breath, lack of oxygen.I knew I was dying ,if I went away I would feel well , breath well, sleep well, be full of energy.
I left for six weeks and the second night I was back, again I couldnt breath, I pray and I decided to call coned. I knew there was no gas but the basement locked for six weeks had some smell. The crew came in, massive gas leak, and one below my bed. I am sure this was on for more than 10 years. Thank God is over.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Vonda Reeve from Texas
In 2007 my brother walked into my house, and said i smell propane, i didn't think alot about it, we realized the burner on the stove had went out, and we turned the burner off, everything seemed to be fine, then that night it all started, I got really sick, my stomach was hurting, i was dizzy, my chest was killing me, my body was tingling from my toes to my head, i got sweaty, and clammy feeling, of course by then i was panicking, so i guess i was having a panic attack, something i have never had in my entire life, my husband rushed me to the emergency room, i thought i was having a heart attack, they did an EKG said my heart was fine, they told me it was probably stress, gave me something to rest, and that was it! My life has never been the same since, i have been so sick, at first it was really bad, i started having anxiety attacks 6-7 times a day, i couldn't get out of bed, after 2 yrs. i slowly started getting better. I don't have an anxiety attack but maybe every couple of weeks now, but my back, neck and shoulders hurt extremely bad, i have muscle pain like flu aches, and can't hardly get out of bed in the mornings, i feel very strange sometimes like i'm just not here, my chest still hurts,and i have a very hard time breathing! I have spent over $10,000.00 on Dr's., and test trying to figure out whats wrong with me, sometimes i lose all my strength, i get so weak i can't hardly move, every Dr. i have been to told me that would have nothing to do with carbon monoxide, that it would have been out of my system a long time ago, at times i can hardly function, and it drives me crazy, i was always such a neat freak, if anyone can refer me to a good Dr. i would appreciate it so much, i have been so sick, my digestion has been affected, and i can barely eat over a couple of bites at a time, but it seems like i just keep gaining weight, which i thought might be due to my food not digesting properly! What kind of Dr. do i need to see? Some has told me to see a neurologist! Please someone help me with this, i'm so tired of being sick, and worrying about something serious being wrong with me!! I have had ct scans, x-rays, 4 EKG's and the Dr's say everything is normal!!! Please help if you can!!! Thank you Vonda

LIFE OUT OF CONTROL
Angeline from Alaska
i AM A SURVIVOR OF CARBON MONOXIDE POSIONING. i ALMOST DIED ALONGSIDE MY 21 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER THIS WINTER.
fAULTY GAS APPLIENCES THAT HAVENT BEEN INSPECTED BY A PROFESSIONAL IN OVER 21 YEARS...IN OUR BASEMENT APARTMENT WE RENTED LAST SUMMER.
oVER THE FOLLOWING MONTHS WE GREW ILL, THINKING WE HAD A FLUE, WE JACKED UP THE FURNACE, GOT FLU SHOTS AND CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP AND WENT BACK TO BED. wE ULTIMENTLY ENDED UP IN THE EMERGANCY ROOM, AND THEN DISCOVERED OUR NONSUPPORTING LANDLORDS LIVED OUT OF STATE IN CALIFORNIA.
mY MOOD, TEMPER AND PERSONALITY WENT TO HELL.
mY FAMILY AND FRIENDS BEGAN TO SHUN ME WHEN I NEED THEM THE MOST. I BEGAN AVOIDING EVERYTHING I LOVED, AND THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO JUST DIE.
NOW- IM SAFE, ME AND MY DAUGHTER HAVE MOVED OUT. WE HAVE LEGAL AND MEDICAL HELP NOW. I NEVER KNEW HOW MISUNDERSTOOD THAT CARBON MONOXIDE POSIONING IS TO THE WORLD.

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joanne from uk
i had a faulty gas boiler for a while , could the carbon monoxide fumes have given me pinguecula ?

Ongoing issues
Diana from Canada
I am one year to the date of having chronic CO and then a bad episode. I have cysts everywhere, my period has stopped, my thyroid TSH says it is fine but in a scan it is abnormally low function and I have a cyst on it.

My 4 year old daughter continues to have period of high body temperatures and low body temperatures.

No doctors seem to have any idea. I have spent most of the last year going from doctor to doctor. Now my blood pressure is up to 185 over 115 from always being low.

I wish we could find someone to specialize in this.

Research
Emma Kaminski from Blackpool
It would be helpful if the person who wrote this website would reference they're statements. Its very hard to make an independent evaluation of whats being said and to go back to the original source. Please tighten up your statements.

The person who was poisoned for a house
Survivor of carbon monoxide poisoning from Seattle
I'm just adding to a comment made previously after I saw the comment about thyroid hormone resistance. I too recently was diagnosed with thyroid hormone resistance and also take very high doses of thyroid. Just like the other post, it only works a few hours so I split it up over the day. While moving I had problems getting Doctors to understand, believe or treat me and began to run out of medicine so I ordered a raw thyroid supplement product from New Zealand (raised naturally) to supplement the last remaining natural dessicated thyroid I have. Your only supposed to take 1 of 2 a day but I took 8 and added the thyroid on top of it. The first few days were sketchy and I was worried it wouldn't work but now I am finding that it is working. The reason I think it is helping is the raw glandulars help repair the damage done to the entire endocrine system. I believe that the carbon monoxide when it damages the endocrine throws everything out of wack. Tests wont' look right. T3-to T4 is off. You don't feel right until the TSH is completely suppressed which got me to thinking that the feedback loop is not working properly so you have to repair the entire endocrine. I take a lot of other supplements as well because nothing was working but I think I am having some success with this current plan. I hope this information will help others.

Be very wary about where you get your raw thyroid or glandulars and be careful and conservative until you know what you can handle. Also keep tabs on your blood pressure and pulse.

Endocrine update
Poisoned in Seattle from Seattle
After exposure to low levels of carbon monoxide and one acute exposure I developed endocrine problems. The Doctor says I have Thyroid Hormone Resistance. I wonder if any studies have been done to determine if the carbon monoxide binds to the receptors in the thyroid gland to cause this?
I now take handfuls of endocrine supporting supplements to function because nothing works as it should and I have never recovered from this poisoning. The thyroid medicine and supplements have kept me alive but only work for a few hours at a time.

Poisoned with chronic carbon monoxide on purpose
Anonymous
My ex-boyfriend helped me buy a house which I paid all the bills, utilities taxes and insurance. He failed to put my name on the deed. After paying for several years I became extremely ill.

My body temperature dropped to 92 degrees. I had flu like symptoms, strange head aches, muscle weakness, fibromyalgia, chemical sensitivity and more.

I later found out that he had purposely vented the gas to come back in the house in small amounts so my family and everyone in the house was exposed to carbon monoxide at low levels.

In addition he exposed me to carbon monoxide at his office by failing to replace a faulty heater. He was in the HVAC business so he knew what he was doing. I didn't find out till he had taken my home, broke in changed the locks, stole my last possessions and furniture then when I was so ill I could not work he took my home and left me with huge piles of debts and now Doctor Bills on top of it as none of the Doctors figured out the root cause of my illness.

It's been 9 years or so now and I finally found the reason and cause of my devastating illness not to mention my Daughter who was also diagnosed with a severe thyroid problem. I lost everything and I lost almost 10 years of my life.

I finally found a Doctor that would treat me and knew what to do. She put me on Armour Thyroid. Today was the first time I ever reached a normal 98.6 degrees. I just now opened all those bills and now I am wondering what if anything I can do to put this criminal behind bars and what I can do to prove my case relating to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Ernie from USA
Mood wise I was real solid before poisoning. Now I definitely feel more up and down than I used to be. All kinds of things get me frustrated that would never have even bothered me before.

CO poisoning 11 years ago
SK
Wow, I'm thankful for this site! My daughter and I were poisoned 11 years ago. It was a miracle we survived. Doctors in the ER shook their heads and said repeatedly, "We don't understand, you should be dead."

After being given the oxygen, we were released, told we'd probably have headaches for weeks or months, and that was it.

Years later, after seeing several doctors because I have symptoms of diabetes, but no diabetes, and I have symptoms of hypothyroidism, but my TSH numbers are normal, and after having early onset menopause but my FSH tests seem normal, a doctor had an MRI done of my brain, to see if there was anything wrong with my pituitary gland. There was nothing wrong with it, but they found problems in the white matter that a neurologist attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning.

I sat with the neurologist and he explained what was wrong in my brain and how it probably happened. He explained that I should expect that many of my headaches and short term memory problems are due to the poisoning. I was satisfied with that information.

However, I come to your site and read about how it can effect the endocrine system, and I begin to wonder, could this be my problem? If so, how do I find out? If it was effecting my endocrine system, would it show up on an MRI of the brain?

Jason from UT
My ex-girlfriend had carbon monoxide poisoning and afters her moods were crazy insane scary. It was like she was PMSing almost all the time. She would blow up and go into crazy rages for things that did not even look like they were problems. She was a lot sweeter before being poisoned. I just couldn't take the moods. It made her into a real bitch.

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