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Carbon monoxide poisoning
Long term symptoms and effects (part 1)

The underlying reason for long term symptoms and effects from carbon monoxide poisoning is damage at a cellular level. Some cells are more sensitive to oxygen deprivation and toxicity - which are characteristics of CO poisoning.

The brain, heart, nervous system, endocrine (regulatory) system, organs, and cells can all be affected, directly and indirectly. More on the science behind carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide poisoning effects people in different ways and some people are at higher risk of suffering from ongoing long term effects.

It is estimated that 50% of those with serious one-time poisoning will suffer from long term effects. An unknown percentage of people with multiple low level poisonings will suffer from long term effects.

However, carbon monoxide poisoning statistics are not accurate. There are no comprehensive long term studies on the ongoing effects and real life impact of carbon monoxide poisoning. If you are aware of such a study please contact us.

Long term symptoms and effects include a continuation of physical, mental, emotional and behavioral, and social effects with a tendency to [slow] improvement over time. However, a meaningful percentage of survivors that experience long term effects say they feel they have never fully recovered. The percentage is unknown.

Subtle but never-the-less significant impacts on physical, mental, behavioral, relationships, work and career, and home life are common even years after recovery from major symptoms.

While a survivor may look "normal", sound "normal", appear "normal", they may well function at a diminished level in comparison to their pre-poisoning life. This may not be immediately obvious to a survivor or the people around them. However, over time the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning may significantly alter the direction of a survivor's life and the lives of those around them.

Because carbon monoxide poisoning deprives all cells in the brain of oxygen and poisons them, it has the ability to damage, injure, and affect virtually any aspect of brain functioning.

Poisoning can have a significant long term impact even though the survivor and those close to them may never fully understand that CO poisoning was the cause.

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Lasting effects on a Survivor
Alley
In February of 2012 I almost died from Carbon Monoxide poisoning. While I was at school my hands started to turn blue. Immediately after school my mom rushed me to the E.R. We were there for almost 4 hours. They said they didn\\\'t know what was going on, and then sent me home.

When I got back home I passed smooth out. The next day I found out I had carbon monoxide poisoning. EMT\\\'s had to come inside my house, and give me oxygen. At this point I was already unconscious.

Now 2 years later I am still having lasting effects from the poisoning. Including headaches, numbness in my arms, legs, feet, hands, and face, and also occasional dizziness.

Lasting effects on a Survivor
Alley
In February of 2012 I almost died from Carbon Monoxide poisoning. While I was at school my hands started to turn blue. Immediately after school my mom rushed me to the E.R. We were there for almost 4 hours. They said they didn't know what was going on, and then sent me home.

When I got back home I passed smooth out. The next day I found out I had carbon monoxide poisoning. EMT's had to come inside my house, and give me oxygen. At this point I was already unconscious.

Now 2 years later I am still having lasting effects from the poisoning. Including headaches, numbness in my arms, legs, feet, hands, and face, and also occasional dizziness.

Questions about my personal event of CO2 Poisoning
Elaine Coker from Texas
At about the age of 19 or 20 (1953) I was sleeping in a bedroom with a floor furnace on a very cold night. All doors were closed to the room. My father came in at 6 AM and asked me to get up and have breakfast with him. I tried to sit up and immediately fainted and unable to function as told to me. I was removed to another house after seeing the doctor after they decided it was CO2 poison. The floor furnace had a flue that stopped up and the CO2 was coming into the room instead of escaping.
I went back to college and finished the year. I was an excellent Bassoonist, number one in the state of Texas my Junior and Senior High School years. At UT where I was studying music, I couldn\'t do the work that had been so very easy and familiar to me. Dropped out of school. Life was never the same. Bouts of depression and problems that I just dealt with. Memory was always a problem. Even my three children say they cannot remember anything. They do not know about this incident. When someone asks me, I just say \"I\'ve slept since then\". Recently I heard someone talking about CO2 Poisoning and just thought I would search on Internet and look for information. In high school I was considered highly intelligent and still feel that I am above average when I interact with people but it bothers me not to be able to recall information that I know, I should know. I am 81, very active, very healthy except for my brain and that I wonder about.
I would be interested to know what studies have been completed or in process.

US Navy Submarines
Michael Garrett
I spent several years onboard a diesel electric submarine and developed Diabeties and conjestive heart failure. along with several others that served onboard

Am I seeing side effects of 46 years ago?
Cheryl Wilson from Colorado
In October of 1967 I spent 13 hours in a room full of carbon monoxide. My only saving grace is that I fell on the floor where air was coming in under the door. I was rushed to the hospital and gradually recovered.

I do some public speaking and I find I will totally lose my train of thought in the middle of my presentation. Quite the embarrasement I often wonder if my bout with CO all those years ago is finally taking it\'s tole.

memory loss
Steve from vt
I was exposed to carbine monoxide a few times in my life , years later i have short term memory loss please use carbine monoxide detecters in your house and on camping trips if you are using gas heaters.

the truth.
Benita todd from London
my self,my daughter and partner where victem's of carbonmonoxcide.My daughter is know suffering from mentelhealth.my self and partner memory problems.

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