Toxic Mold Syndrome: “It was like I lost my personality”

Kimberlyn, a 46-year-old married mother living in Arizona is not your average patient. She is highly detailed, analytical, logical, and carries with her a master’s degree in pattern analysis. When Kimberlyn got sick, she applied as much as she could from her work life to try to uncover what was adversely affecting her. Even so, coming to the right diagnoses took a lot of work and required outside help.

Out of nowhere, and for no apparent reason, Kimberlyn suddenly went from a highly-effective, busy, working mother, to a disorganized, uninvolved, confused individual who couldn’t focus long enough to put together cohesive, coherent thoughts. She was no longer able to make decisions for herself and struggled to even get dressed in the morning. Insomnia, anxiety, and a loss of appetite accompanied the confusion. “It was like I lost my personality,” says Kimberlyn.

That was the first episode, lasting for three months starting in November of 2010. In that time she lost twenty-five founds, was forced to abandon her practice, and withdrew from activities outside the home. Her doctor, family, and friends told her that they thought she had depression or even bipolar disorder. She resisted, even in her confused and debilitated state, and insisted on further testing, believing that something was terribly wrong.

After a series of blood tests, her general practitioner diagnosed Kimberlyn with heavy metal poisoning and recommended she undergo chelation therapy. After undergoing this treatment, she did feel better. However, within five months the illness returned.

During her second cycle of illness, Kimberlyn sought out another doctor who performed a series of tests and suggested that maybe Kimberlyn was suffering from mold illness, also known as toxic mold syndrome. This was the first time mold had been suggested as a possible cause for Kimberlyn’s symptoms, and was unexpected due to the arid climate of Arizona. Yet after having her home tested, three different types of toxic mold were found, including Stachybotrys, also known as black mold.

Primarily, mold illness is associated with allergic reactions that mimic seasonal allergies. Respiratory symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, watery eyes, and skin irritation are the predominant symptoms. Mold is also known to cause asthma and life-threatening primary and secondary infections in immune-compromised patients that have been exposed.

Toxic mold exposure has also been linked to more serious, long-term effects like memory loss, insomnia, anxiety, depression, confusion, trouble concentrating, and confusion. In a 2003 study by the Environmental Health Center-Dallas, 100 participants were examined in an effort to uncover how toxic mold exposure can affect the brain and lead to cognitive and emotional impairments. After the mold exposure, nervous system challenges were observed in all 100 patients tested. Brain SPECT scans also identified abnormalities in a significant portion of the patients studied.2

After Kimberlyn was diagnosed with mold illness by her doctor in Arizona, she took steps to remove mold from her home and began treatment protocols to help reduce her symptoms, but she still felt it wasn’t enough. She continued to research mold illness and finally found the blog of a patient who was treated at Amen Clinics. “ It was the first time I had read anyone’s experience that matched my own,” said Kimberlyn. “I read and read and read and made an appointment that day.”

Kimberlyn had booked a Full Evaluation, which took two days to complete. She filled out multiple questionnaires and history forms, talked to specialized counselors, and finally had a set of SPECT images taken of her brain. “Just to really see exactly what was happening to my brain in the SPECT scans and that I do have a toxic injury due to mold was amazing,” said Kimberlyn. “They did such a good job with all of the evaluations, and they were so thorough. By the end of the second day, Dr. Darmal had a whole binder of material that discussed the results of the testing I had done while I was there.”

Dr. Darmal and the staff at the Amen Clinics Orange County discovered that in addition, Kimberlyn also had ADHD and a previous traumatic brain injury that was increasing the effects of the mold injury. “When my brain swelled from the mold exposure, I was getting almost no blood flow to my prefrontal cortex,” explained Kimberlyn.

Co-occurring conditions that can increase the effects of an injury or illness on the brain are common, yet can be easily overlooked. For Kimberlyn, she was shocked to hear that the brain injury she had suffered in high school was impacting her life today and even more surprised that she had ADHD. “The medication for ADHD has made a huge difference in my productivity and ability to focus. That was like the bonus prize that I wasn’t even expecting,” said Kimberlyn.

Kimberlyn is already seeing positive results from implementing the treatment protocol prescribed for her by Dr. Darmal. In addition to the medication prescribed for ADHD, Kimberlyn has also completely changed her diet and started a supplement regimen. She will be undergoing hyperbaric oxygen treatments this summer as well. She looks forward to restarting her professional practice and enjoying continuing progress.

“To see the scans and to know that you are not bipolar, you are not depressed…to see what I knew in my own gut backed up on the scans…it’s so validating and powerful,” said Kimberlyn. “The idea that there is a way to address what’s happening and that you can get better, it’s just so wonderful.”

To read more success stories and find out how Amen Clinics can help you or a loved one, visit us online at http://www.amenclinics.com or make an appointment today!

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REFERENCES

1- Edmondson DA, Nordness ME, Zacharisen MC, Kurup VP, Fink JN. Allergy and “toxic mold syndrome”. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2005 Feb;94(2):234-9.

2 – Rea WJ, Didriksen N, Simon TR, Pan Y, Fenyves EJ, Griffiths B. Effects of toxic exposure to molds and mycotoxins in building-related illnesses. Arch Environ Health. 2003 Jul;58(7):399-405.

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  • Ben Rogue

    Was this post written by someone with toxic mold exposure? “Toxic mold exposure has also been linked to more serious, long-term effects like memory loss, insomnia, anxiety, depression, confusion, trouble concentrating, and confusion.” Maybe they just work at the department of redundancy bureau.

  • Brian Lichtig

    Toxic Mold Syndrome is definitely a horrible thing! Thanks for the information!

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  • Truetomylove4

    My wife just went off and started yelling, screaming, and hitting things and breaking things out of the blue. She became extremely jealous and the only thing i can attribute this to is that she has cleaned moisture created black mold on my bedroom and kitchen ceiling from the cooking moisture drifting through the house and collecting on the ceilings forming it. I think she has breathed this and it is the root cause of her personality disorder. Mold is terrible to the brain.

  • Michelle P

    Every women that I know with these symptoms has implants. Saline implants can have mold, and Slicone leaks creating another type of toxicity in the body, with symptoms similar to mold. It is actually very common, and it is no accident that these womens’ voices aren’t being heard. The Pharmacetical Industry is powerful and has a profitable business and inconvenient truth’s are covered up. The government complicit deception amounts to crimes against humanity. Breast Implant Illness is very real.

  • Jessica

    Omg I have been dealing with this illness for over a year now and I have saline implants. Someone suggested this to me last week, my chiropractor muscle tested and confirmed that it is highly. likely that my implants have mold… But also – MUCH to her surprise- that silicone implants would be fine. I have heard that it’s only saline that is a problem… Have you heard otherwise? Thanks,,, jess

  • OMG the same illness is with my friend and i always told my friends to be aware of this dangerous disease. There are several black mold symptoms which can make you ill. http://www.floodaz.com/toxic-black-mold-symptoms/

  • boomzy

    I’m trapped in a house with black mold. O Leo doing things to fix it, but having chronic illness makes you poor. I don’t even have health insurance now. I just got hired for a good job. I hope I can do it long enough to move and get insurance and see a neurologist and stuff.

    • Jill Smith

      I have a list of supplements for help

      • Otowner5

        Maybe you could post that list here, because I’m in the same boat as boomzy, only I’m currently unemployed.

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          bought most of these off amazon. RNA results, colloidal silver nasal spray and the throat spray, RNA glutathione spray, solgar garlic pearls, allergena homeopathic mold mix, now clinical probiotic immune, bio-botanical G.I. detox or activated charcoal, next I am adding enzymes or neprinol afd read about the last one in a book on bio-films. Also, can add NAC, ALA, and lactoferrin. I did a bottle of molybedunum(SP?) as well. Can use fir sauna or oxygen treatments as well. Hope this helps.

  • Ernest King

    I had a lot of the same symptoms and lost my imagination, or inner vision. But mine went away 3 months ago ( after a yr & half) without treatment. I’m moving as soon as possible, now that I found out what made me sick.

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  • dale

    Plz need some help here. I was exposed to black mold last year for about 3-6 months…maybe longer. My eyes started itching all the time and i was fatigued. Im a roofer and always had high energy. I started getting dizzy spells. I went to e.r after 3rd day of dizzy spells. The doctor hooked up a iv did some tests and said i had vertigo. I didnt believe it. I ended up finding black mold all over my toilet inside the bowl and tank. After i removed EVERYTHING from the bathroom and cleaned the heck out of it, i started to get better right away. From me peeing standing up right above the toilet i believe the mold rose up and i inhaled it and it got into my eyes. Being the only guy in the house, i was effected, the girls werent because they sit down to pee is what i concluded. Although my one daughter used to get whooping cough. She hasnt had it since i removed the mold from bathroom. I think maybe the mold may have been the cause of that too. Maybe, idk. Its been over a year and im still not 100 percent. My mind isnt like it used to be. Its hard to describe but i just dont feel like its sharp like it was before the exposure. I have since then moved from that house. Im asking if anyone feels like this after they had blackmold exposure and what they did to fix it. Im praying someone can provide me with similar symptoms they had and something they did to get back to 100 percent.

    • Thahany

      I have been through black mold and recovered. You need to have your house cleaned professionally ( mold cleaning specialists) or move to a different house. Then to detox, drink a whole lemon squeezed into cold water everyday – you may need to do this for months. Since this drink is acidic, you need to supplement with calcium daily to make sure your teeth don’t become weak/damaged. Unless you see a doctor specialized in treating mold , this is your best bet. Please don’t take my advice lightly, It’s the only thing that helped.

  • jane dedoe

    I am trying to get out of my apartment. I found black mold in my closet from plumbing problem and it was too late. Already had rash, mental fog, had got bronchitis and the worst was pins and needles and aches throughout torso. I am so scared. Went to ER they said my blood was perfect n discharged, but i still feel sick. I sleep in living room now so pins and needles r gone. But headached and torso aches arent. I hate black mold!

  • Courtney Laytham

    I’ve been feeling less like myself these days. My fiance and I have been living in a house that we’re renting. The roof needs fixed to the point we’ve got mold and its affecting my health. More frequent headaches, memory loss, strange changes in behaviour, and I seem to be more depressed than usual. Even the way I think sometimes scares me.
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