Did you know that some 45 million people in the U.S. report sensitivities to different chemicals? And that 3 million have been diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. Although I am thankful to have learned what I now know about chemicals and toxins, I personally know that living with MCS can definitely be challenging.
Defining Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
MCS America gives a great definition of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. They define it as:
“a diagnostic label for people who suffer multi-system illnesses as a result of contact with, or proximity to, a variety of airborne agents and other substances. (Environmental Protection Agency). Sometimes referred to as a neuroendocrineimmune disorder, MCS causes dysfunction in many body systems as a result of exposure to low levels of environmental chemicals. The effect is similar to that of a large dose of poison on a healthy person.”
The symptoms that come from MCS vary as they can affect the nervous, immune, endocrine, cardiovascular, reproductive, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and gastrointestinal systems.
As you can see from the various symptoms, it can be frustrating trying to figure out that the ultimate problem is MCS. Before I had even heard of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, I was given many different medical tests – from EKG’s, CAT scans, MRI’s, Stress Tests, etc. All of the tests came back negative. Medical doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. In the meantime, I was getting worse and worse. Looking back, I now know that the tests they performed actually made me worse when you consider the EMFs, radiation and chemicals used in the dye contrasts. It’s no wonder my heart would race out of control when undergoing a test as heart palpitations is a symptom of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.
The Internet Assisted in Diagnosis
I turned to the Internet to see if I could find an explanation for my symptoms. Although there wasn’t a ton of information, I came across Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. That’s why I’m thankful the month of May is MCS Awareness Month and that more organizations are trying to bring awareness to this horrible disease. Hopefully, with the awareness, people can make changes and remove the chemicals and toxins that they’re living with before they start to experience the symptoms that myself and those with MCS have. Also, I hope that with awareness companies will stop adding harmful chemicals to many of the products that we use on a daily basis.