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Cattail
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I found out today that I have been inhaling fiberglass dust through ductwork in my office. I ordered this and a mold test because of eye, nasal, face, jaw issues, and cronic sinusitis and because I am doing mold protocol through my LLMD.

The findings were high levels of fiberglass dust and construction on duct work will begin immediately to correct the leaks.

It looks like this could be something that has been getting me sicker or preventing me from getting better with Lyme and cos. I am not sure though and wonder what type of treatment would be possible for the sinusitis that this could possibly have caused.

Ant ideas? Thanks!

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Edessajarrue
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Cattail,

Wow! Good catch with ordering these tests for your office.

How long have you been working in this office? Was Fiberglass the only thing found or was there mold as well?

Was there recent construction done in the building?

Personally, I would go to your primary and report the fiberglass inhalation, so it's in your medical records. Keep really good notes on when symptoms appeared and doctors you've seen.

This could absolutely slow your healing from Lyme disease and cause new issues that have nothing to do with Lyme. Though it may be hard to differentiate some Lyme symptoms from fiberglass inhalation.

Anything respiratory at this point, may be possibly blamed on the fiberglass. (Unless you're dealing with Babesia, which could complicates things further).

I feel bad that you're going through this. Now you know what you're dealing with and can jump forward in your recovery.

Hugs,

Edessa

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Judie
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I got permanent lung damage from inhaling construction dust at work. A lot of the damage is reversible if you catch it in time.

Also, workers comp should pay for ANY medical expenses related to this, but that's another can of worms to deal with.

I recommend finding an occupational health doctor in your area (these usually take insurance if that's a concern) if you want to pursue this. A good Pulmonologist may be helpful too.

There's a practitioner listed here that does environmental medicine in MN, but I have no idea if the person is good.

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine
http://www.aaemonline.org/index.php
http://www.karenvrchota.com/

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GretaM
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Great job on doing the testing cattail!

So proud of you for being tenacious!

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I did the same thing at my old office last year. Sick building syndrome - mold and chemicals. I left and felt much better.
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Cattail
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Thansks all. I have a great boss that is soooo supportive of me and my illness. He made the phone call for me. They will not test for mold and I am angry, but the Health Dept. where I work did an inspection and said there was none. I am not happy with that answer!
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