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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.

From Concise to Confused

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.

Test After Test With No Answers

That was the first episode, lasting for three months starting in November of 2010. In that time she lost twenty-five pounds, 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.

Discovering 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.

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.”

Brain SPECT Imaging Helps Treat Brain Toxicity Caused by Black Mold

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.”

There is hope. Amen Clinics can help you or a loved one when it comes to toxicity and mold problems. Call us today at 888-288-9834 or schedule a visit online here. To get brain health updates, follow us on Facebook.

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COMMENTS

  1. Ben Rogue says:

    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.

  2. Brian Lichtig says:

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

    Mold
    Remediation Baltimore

  3. Truetomylove4 says:

    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.

  4. Michelle P says:

    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.

  5. Jessica says:

    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

  6. Anna says:

    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/

    • Greg says:

      I drove a work truck for more then 2 years, started to get lots of head aces, noucea weakness and burning throat breathing problems, and black mold was found inside the truck but doctors say that can’t find nothing wrong with me what should I do I’m sick and no help from doctors,thanks for any tips.thanks.

      • Elaine Somers says:

        Contact Haven Medical in Chapel Hill, NC.
        Mainstream medicine can’t diagnose. Haven specializes in mold poisoning.

  7. boomzy says:

    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 says:

      I have a list of supplements for help

      • Otowner5 says:

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

        • Jill Smith says:

          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.

      • nell smith says:

        I had ciguatera in 1999 and Dr. Richie Shoemaker was the only doctor in the U.S that help save my life. Just be careful eating fatty fish such grouper. Helps with neuro-toxins. Could you please send me your protocol. Many thanks,
        Nell

    • Bill Wilson says:

      Try staying out of the house for several days to see if your symptoms disappear. Some molds produce short term symptoms that will end once you get away from the crud for 12-24 hours. That black mold is often found growing in and beneath carpeting. If yours is moldy then toss the carpet and pad, wash the slab/floor with Pine-Sol then wet them down with straight laundry bleach and let that dry. The straight 5.25% bleach will kill off any remaining mold and spores plus will leave a salt residue to inhibit future growth of mold and mildew.

    • christine says:

      No bleach no pine-sol.. Bleach make the mold to release mycotoxine more.. so don’t do that

  8. Ernest King says:

    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.

  9. Carnell Harbin says:

    Hello everyone I am 23 year old male, who had over 30 symptoms and cured myself after going to the doctor at least 20× with no specific answer to my illness in one month. If you want to buy my short story for $2.99 using PayPal please email my personal account and I’ll give you an elaborated summary regarding my black toxic mold sickness; including methods, and remedies on what I did to heal myself slowly and effectively. 24incbusiness@gmail.com. Save money from doctor’s bill that are sky high and most importantly your life.

    • Shirley Wright says:

      I find it so sad that a person can have this horrible disease, knowing just how devastating it can be for a person, find out what works to beat this illness, and want to make money to help others. This world sucks!

  10. Jill Smith says:

    Real time labs, urine test for all kinds of toxic molds.
    Mycometrix for home test

  11. Jill Smith says:

    Real time labs, urine test to start

    • Shirley Wright says:

      Have heard that over and over. What about the sick people that don’t have the “hundreds ” of dollars that they charge for testing, nor have a Doctor in their State that has any idea about this illness?

  12. dale says:

    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 says:

      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.

      • Shirley Wright says:

        Mold inside your toilet bowl? I don’t think so, but if you have mold there, more than likely you have it elsewhere

  13. jane dedoe says:

    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!

  14. Courtney Laytham says:

    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.
    Is there anything I can take that will help?

  15. Bill Wilson says:

    I came down with a chronic case of mixed mold mycotoxicosis in December of 2007 and finally started recovering from the crud in January of 2016. Had spells during that time where I began feeling much better for a few weeks or months only get worse again. My doctor told me what I had in January of ’08 and not to waste any money on lab tests since there wasn’t a cure for it except for time as my immune system gradually developed a resistance to the various toxins. He said that could take several months or several years if I keep getting exposed to their spores. These molds grow everywhere in the great outdoors so believe I kept inhaling more since I live in the Deep South surrounded by forests with plenty of rotting vegetation on the ground.
    I spent most of those 8 years looking, acting and feeling like a zombie. Now I look and act normal except for having difficulty with concentration, getting confused easily and bouts with fatigue. Those symptoms seem to come and go, so hope they too, will eventually go away for good or become less annoying.

  16. Kelly Newcome says:

    Can mold be the cause of behavioral problems in a 7 year old – like extreme tantrums, defiance, inability to focus and pay attention in school?

    • Leo says:

      You will only know if you remove your child from the suspected area for a day and don’t feed them sugary foods.

      Mold exposure triggers a food sensitivity in children. Something as minor as regular ketchup as opposed to no sugar ketchup can change their mood.

      A day will give them enough time to reduce the build up of mold in their system.

  17. Ken Kanizar says:

    I too understand this. For 12 weeks I was exposed to a wall that was full of mold from water retention. At first I thought I had a cold. But it went away when I went home on down time for a few days. Then I thought it was floral due to heavy pollen in the area. Finally I collapsed at the emergency room door unable to breath. I was treated for congenital heart failure. Given BP medications, and Lasic to keep the fluid build up down. But I got sick again, this time I’m in a fog. My intellect was not working, I did not know who I was. My doctor found the problem, she saved my life. I went to the University of Florida were my 1-2 hour sinus Operation lasted nearly 8 hours. But they cleared all eight sinus cavities. They tell me it’s going to take a long time to recover. I have great voids of memory, then I will get floods of memories. But I’m afraid that these are wishes and not memories. I just want to be able to sleep through the night. Be able to breath normally.

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  19. This is a great and very informative article. Thank you so much for sharing! I’m a freelance writer in the niche of mental health and someone has asked me if there was any link between mold and depression. I honestly had no idea, so I decided to investigate. This is shocking! I knew mold could cause breathing difficulties and allergies but I never thought it could have such a big impact on the brain. I’m redirecting the person who asked about it to this article. Again, thank you for posting this.

    • You have no idea what mold at the highest toxicity levels can do to a person, their animals andd their boddies. Ive looked everywhere and i havent seen one person, including doctors , who does. The video evidence i have is astounding. Text or e says:

      I not only have the videos of myself and husband but videos of how its distorting and killing my 1 one surviving dog..

  20. Janina Moe says:

    Ive had long term mold exposure for 18 years in my own home. I had np idea why a hardcore competitive athlete since age 15, Im 53 now couldn’t exercise without getting winded. I lost my job as an Immigration interpreter due to memory loss. Does your memory come back after detoxification and do all other symptoms go away?
    Ive had chronic sinus and respiratory infections yet had no idea why?
    My body aches like I had the flu but I dont. Ive removed myself from the home and am now having a very extensive mold test done to determine if all my belongings are contaminated. I have a fitness center in my home and expensive gym equipment, pricey Native American dolls, and oil paintings of my late mother. The dolls and oil painting are irreplaceable. My life is priceless however. Ive started my own detox program for mold. Im on a non dairy,gluten free, sugar free, red meat free diet. Mold feeds on all of that.
    I hope my brain is not permanently damaged and my hand/motor coordination and memory improves as I continue to heal.
    May God help us all who have been exposed to demonic black toxic mold!
    Janina

  21. victoria knox says:

    The best way to kill and prevent future mold growth for years is to wipe, spray or cold fog Concrobium. It’s a new product that you can get at Home Depot and it’s non-toxic. The main ingredient is sodium carbonate. You can rent a cold fogger at Home Depot. There are loads of great reviews on how well this stuff works. http://www.concrobium.com/ I now believe the mold in my home has been a big player in my strange chronic fatigue, depression/anxiety, headache, screwed up endocrine system symptoms. The biggest clue for me was that for years I’ve noticed that I feel better when I’m away from home or outside, but after being home for an hour or so, begin to feel down again. Also, that I feel especially worse on overcast days, and much better on sunny days. I know this is a common human thing, it occurs to me that mold would be more likely to produce spores on days with less sunshine. Anyway, I think that may be what’s happening with me.

  22. Lauren Perez says:

    My mom is 49 and is suffering from SEVERE mold toxicity. Her symptoms have been tested for years with no solid answers. She has gotten to the point where she can no longer care for herself and requires a caretaker (my sister). Any basic cognitive skills a child would have, she lacks. She can no longer bathe herself, brush her teeth, speak or even understand what we are saying. She was tested and found that she has 5 different strands of black mold living inside of her. 5!!! The most the doctor had ever seen was 3. Mold is a terrible, terrible illness and I only hope and pray that one day my children can know my mother the way I do.

    • Amen Clinics says:

      Hello Lauren, if you’re interested in finding out more information about our Integrative Medicine program here please call our Care Coordinators at 888-288-9834. We can book a consult for your mother to determine if there are other types of treatments that may assist her with such a severe case.

    • J says:

      Hi Lauren. Sorry to here about your mother and her mold problem. I would like to know what type of testing did your mom get to prove she had mold living inside of her? I ask because I have a son, sick from mold found in his dorm room. He has since moved out of that room, but constantly complains now about lack of concentration – especially while trying to do his class work (prior Deans List) and fatigue. We are looking for ANY ASSISTANCE with solving this problem. Please respond ASAP.

  23. Emily Williams says:

    It would be great to know if the woman in this article had to move from her home to get well or if she was able to remediate.

  24. Lisa says:

    Our 10-year old daughter has been exposed to mold. From an MRI we recently discovered she has swelling on one side of her brain which seems to be affecting her memory/cognition, executive functioning and her immune system, she has approximately 25 different food allergies. She also gets dizzy from time to time. Her functional medicine doctor has had her on chlorella and glutathione but the swelling hasn’t come down for the past year and a half and we are wondering what next steps we can take? We are in the process of having our house mold tested to ensure this was a past exposure and not a current one.

    • Amen Clinics says:

      Hello Lisa, Amen Clinics offers an intensive integrative medicine program to address mold exposure and brain toxicity. If you’d like information regarding the specifics with your daughter, you can reach one of our Care Coordinators at 888-288-9834 or by completing this form – https://www.amenclinics.com/schedule-visit/. Thank you for sharing with us, please let us know if there is more we can assist you with.

  25. Bonnie Holmes says:

    I’ve lived in my apartment for over a year but recently lost my job and now home most of the time. The apartment that shares a wall with mine had squatters and landlord finally got thrm out the place was so bad he started hurting the bathroom which butts up to mine and since then I have this raised itchy rash on my eye my eyes are red and itchy watery and burn I’m always stuffed up.always have a rash somewhere and my ears hurt and are itchy. I have autoimmune problems and I’m the only one in my house that has this but also the only one home all day now. My daughter did have headaches a lot and stomach aches but is ok now. I was told that the rash is from mold exposure could this be true? I have. I doubt that next door had mold pipes were leaking for a long time the windows are rotting off the house on that side.

  26. eofacn says:

    Interesting article…. I had a psychotic episode 1 year ago, lasting about a month. It involved disorganized thought patterns and incoherent speech, amongst general confusion, delirium, and delusions. The cause was put down by myself and the doctors as cannabis induced psychosis, and that made a lot of sense. However, another factor was completely ignored which may have been very relevant, depending on the strain of black mould it was, but – immediately before I had this illness (e.g. Day 0), I was cleaning black mould (using vinegar and warm water I think) from the walls and ceiling of our bathroom, as we were moving out and didn’t want to pay for a cleaner. There was quite a lot of this black mould, and I didn’t wear any sort of mask. So my hypothesis is that if this was some toxic black mould, that whilst cleaning it, the spores fell into my nose/mouth, dosing me up with some sort of delirium. This combined with my unhealthy cannabis smoking habit probably triggered/enhanced the confusion and psychosis. We will never know, but my takeaway is to just be weary about cleaning black mould without a face mask (to stop particulates & larger spores), even if there is good ventilation, and especially of the mould is directly overhead and youa re looking up.
    Regards, stay safe.

  27. Shoshanah Epstein says:

    I believe this contributed to my husband’s sudden death. We were living on Saipan, in an extremely moldy environment, our rented house had mold (pretty much all homes do there), our office where we worked had mold, and the courthouse where we practiced law was just shut down for lack of A/C and now maybe mold remediation as well. He was depressed and tried taking neuro-HTP but developed extreme anxiety, headaches, insomnia, memory loss, inability to concentrate. He went to the emergency room and to a local doctor to no avail. His heart was racing and his pupils were bouncing around. Nothing was helping. He went swimming in the ocean and drowned, not sure if accidental or suicide or a combination of the two, but I am worried mold may have been a factor. I wish medical practitioners in humid environments tested for this and were more aware of it. None of the doctors he saw checked for mold symptoms at all.

    • Patricia A. says:

      So sorry about your husband Shoshanah. Hopefully you will be cured of this sickness and have lots of support during this tragic time you’re going through.

  28. brittany m says:

    i am expierencing nausea vomiting anxiety sezures alot more since we moved into this house insomnia has gotten 4 times worse i have isolated i scream and yell about things i would never have in my life and i am or was the kind of person who helped a stranger in need i was in church for yrs i stopped going 5 yrs ago when i moved here me n my family…sinues are horrible im wheezing again and then there are times im so weak i can not get out of bed for days i have been telling my mother for months there is somthin wrong with my brain i threw everyone out of my life thats not me either i a feel confused all the time memory loss hmmm i would be talkin to someone 5 words into it i would forget what i was talking about and the point of my story…i have other syptoms like i feel sick right now….does anyone scream off thier porch at the world or i really dont know how to exactally word that…so can anyone help me does this sound like a classic case of some sort of toxic poison or black mold??? thank u for reading one more thing my pain has sucked worse but i choose no pain pills i went and got a stimulator i love it…but there are days the pain in muscles and the burning is so horrible i feel well ending it with a anything….but no i wouldnt do that just makes me feel better by venting and saying that…..again thanks for reading hope i get someone to read this……

    • Amen Clinics says:

      Hello Brittany, thank you for reaching out and sharing with us. We’d like to have a Care Coordinator reach out to you. Mold/Toxic Exposure could be a reason, but a consultation with one of our Integrative Medicine specialists will help to get you on the right path to answers. If you’d like to reach us, please call 888-288-9834.

  29. You have no idea what mold at the highest toxicity levels can do to a person, their animals andd their boddies. Ive looked everywhere and i havent seen one person, including doctors , who does. The video evidence i have is astounding. Text or e says:

    I have had the most extreme case of mold poisoning i guarantee been seen. Me, my hisband and our 11 yr old dog have been out of that rental for 4 months now. But ya dont completely get away from it. It went on from the beginning of our moving to a new state, VA, and i suddenly started getting sick, over and over again. Flu, pnemonia, shingles and chest pains that i went to hospital for twice. I stayed in bed cause couldnt move half the time . either too sick, tired and hurting. Anyway , theres so much that people dont know about these spores. I havent seen anything like whats going on with me , nowherw. That includes my husband whos still sick also. I have so much that i want to contribute to this cause,, not only because me and my husband are so sick but because i have all the evidence to show what the mold and mold spores are really capable of doing. Ive got to get us some help but only with drs and people who believe and know that toxic spores are dangerous. Im going to continue looking online for a dr, or whoever, who will at tge very least, humour me. Thanks

  30. Patricia A. says:

    I’m so glad to have found this article. I thought I was losing it. I’m so tired all the time. I’ve always been the first one up and the last one to bed. I am extremely depressed for no reason instead of the upbeat person I am (was). Headaches, insomnia, confusion, forgetfulness and very snappy because of my discomfort. I discovered mold where I work at (the boss doesn’t care), on the carpet. So perhaps I’m not going crazy after all…I’m having a serious mold reaction(s).

  31. River says:

    Okay, my story starts back in 2014. I was 20 years old. Living with my parents, working a full time good paying career type job. I got a promotion. About three weeks after my promotion and doing great at my job, I was in the work truck in the parking lot of a customer. I couldn’t catch my breath out of nowhere. I freaked out (in my head). I didn’t want the guy I was working with to see that I was bugging out. Basically because I didn’t want to be fired or thought of as a “soft-ass”. That being said, I got home that day still feeling like my breathing was labored. I didn’t tell my mom or dad. I played baseball all through high school and worked out everyday after work, but I didn’t go to the gym that day. I couldn’t fathom working out while I’m already out of breath for no reason. So I dealt with this breathing thing without telling any one for three days and those three days felt like 6 months. So I went to a doctor and the 1st thing without listening to my heart or my breathing or any thing they told me it was anxiety….now I realize anxiety is a common thing but, doctors now a days are too quick to say it’s anxiety (well maybe where I’m from here in West Tennessee). So I kind of believed it ya know with the promotion and the stress of trying to be the absolute best employee I could be. Well my body decided it does not like any kind of anxiety medicine you put in it (or technically my head). Bad reactions to every different anti anxiety Med you can think of. So I go back to a doctor that actually listened to my chest and done an x ray come to find out I had bronchitis…..got relief out of that but….I had buddies that had bronchitis and they always coughed like crazy….I had not coughed the first time… so in my mind I’m like I still don’t think they did enough digging. Well I took the steroids and the inhaler and I felt better for about a month. Not 100% better kinda like a 65-70% better but still struggled to breathe at different times throughout every day. Tons of other symptoms started arising through out this too…..TONS OF FLOATERS AND FLASHERS in my eyes 24/7 and even when I close my eyes it’s all still there…super high pitched ringing in my ears that is there 24/7 no matter what…and of course the notorious pounding heart that you can try like hell to ignore but does no good. The kicker here is, before all of these symptoms showed up, the dishwasher in my parents house had just completely exploded and the pipes under the sink exploded with it (in the summer time so not due to freezing) out of nowhere. Water completely consumed the carpet all up and down the hallway. And my dad (God Bless him) being my dad just went out to the garage, after all the plumbing was fixed, and got every box fan out there and just dried the carpet that way (which took like two weeks for it to fully dry). Back to the story, I got so fed up with my symptoms that I decided I was going to start smoking pot again just to not think about it, which the pot did relax me a lot, never did clear up any of my symptoms but, it did put me to sleep and it kept me involved in something to do every day after work with “buddies” of mine. Shortly after I started smoking pot and drinking like crazy I decided me and a couple of buddies were gonna get a house to rent. We did, and turns out the longer I was away from my parents house, the SLOWLY but surely better I started to feel. Again though none of my symptoms were gone. Still there, but not affecting me as much. By my 22nd birthday I was sure maybe by the time I turn 25 I would be completely back to normal. (Sad way for a 22 year old to have to think about their physical and psychological conditions). Fast forward to me turning 24 this last November, I break up with my girlfriend, get me a new place to rent on my own got a great job making over $1,300 a week…living the dream with no college degree all caught up in political bull crap that everyone is a part of now a days. Drinking, smoking, sleeping with women whenever I wanted….living the dream right? Well, let’s bump to Feb. 28th of this year……I felt it all come back just when I woke up that morning….and I mean all of it. Except this time it brought a friend with it that I have never experienced…DEPRESSION….. talk about a clean sweep. I can’t breathe, the floaters and flashers in my eyes I thought we’re going away little by little are all back in a wave in my eyes, I feel my face going numb, then there goes that thumping heart again every beat of it causing my eyes to have a slight twitch. So, back to a doctor I go and what do I get from the first one…… let’s try some anti anxiety meds…… like come on America why is it that anxiety is the first thing you want to put a label on people that have REAL physical symptoms causing them real anguish and ruining their quality of life??? But, anyways, I tried it. Still, no good. Anxiety meds are not meant for me and I mean period. I will never in my life take another pill meant to deal with any kind of psychological issue. (Tennessee needs to legalize pot for medical use) I start to notice that I absolutely hate being at my house and that is where I start getting depressed and dealing with my physical symptoms the hardest. At this point I know my family probably thinks I am nuts. And I feel like a burden. I lost my Job because I couldn’t even force myself to get out of the bed to shower and get ready because of how tired that made me. So finally…..absolute last resort I had a guy I’m related to come to my house and check for mold. I read an article on black mold being a silent killer so I figured why not? Everyone probably already thinks I am a lunatic so let’s just add to the list. Well, the guy pointed out to me my rental house is CONSUMED with Black mold. Its inside of every wall of the house, it’s in the attic which there is a few rips and cuts in the duct work to my central heat and air so it’s continuously recycling itself in my house. And as bad eat up as my house is with black mold, my landlord said he had no idea…(yet his wife and daughter have had breathing problems for the last 15-20 years) and they lived in that house for 14 years….. I feel as if that was what I was exposed to at my parents four years ago that triggered me and that in the four years I’ve been gone away from it that’s maybe why slowly (like a sloth climbing a tree slow) I felt like I was getting better, but after 4 months in this house to wake up one day and feel like complete hell again…I knew deep inside it had to be something. But, here in West Tennessee the doctor list isn’t too promising for me to know that they are going to know how to help me deal with this……So if anyone reads this and has any answers on what I might need to do to take the next step in getting better (I’m already out of the mold infested home) any pointers would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to email me at Rivdog88@gmail.com

    • Amen Clinics says:

      Hello River, thank you for reaching out to us and sharing. We are going to pass this on to our Care Coordinators and have someone reach out to you with more detail. If you’d like to reach us, please call 888-288-9834. Thank you.

  32. Lisa w says:

    I have been having problems touching things afraid eating food my basement has mold I thought it was my anxiety cause I have severe panic generalized anxiety disorder it’s just been getting worse I feel like something’s wrong the food even if my family touches it I’m wondering if it’s the mold if mold mold can make you think these things does anyone have any answers

  33. Kris says:

    Hi to all the folks on this Mold thread. Let me say this–I believe that I am a canary in the mine. When I enter a home or building that has substantial mold my body automatically starts to react. The onslaught of symptoms are very quick and the un-wellness my body produces is extreme and last for days and weeks, even being in a place for less than 15 minutes. I am a very healthy person other wise, in fact so –I eat clean, do not drink or smoke, or take any medications what so ever. I know that mold is a part of life. I am an outside enthusiast -love to hike, bike in the woods. Love all water sports. Love to garden so I am outside with the many enviroment molds that are present in day to day life. However, when it comes to homes or building with mold issues I can assure you this, it is a different situation and it gets bad quickly. The last two episodes I encountered in mold infested homes, I literally thought I was dying it was so bad. The symptoms are many –brain fog, forgetfulness, fuzzy weird feeling in my head. Sharp shooting pains through out body. Extreme fatigue, lethargy, heavyness in limbs, and a body weakness. Difficulty breathing , Shortness of breath. Rashes that form where my liver and kidneys are. Upset stomach and very mushy gooey poo (sorry–yuck). I feel like I am not myself become very tearful and emotionally sensitive– Can barely function at all after being in a home or building with mold. This has happened about 5 times in the past four years and it is debilitating. I honestly do not know how someone can live in or around this stuff for too long. The short time span exposures I have had were so very hard on my body, and I was able to leave them quickly but still was ill/unwell for weeks after these short episodes…I can not imagine living in this day after day .I think it would just take me out. My heart goes out to any one living in a mold enviroment that they can not get out of. The cost is emmence!!!! Personally the only thing to do is gut these places and start over–I know the cost. Why does everything need to cost so much. Health is everything!!!! Maybe doctors could right RX’s for contractors and new building supplies for folks that are affected with this terrible mold poisoning–new walls, new carpet, new life restored with unmoldy health issues –I know, only in a perfect world!!!! It is the thought that counts–Right!!! I am so sorry to hear of any of your suffering from mold–I get it. It is hard on the body–for those that are super sensitive to it. I do ask myself this question–How is it I can be out side with mold all around and not be affected-but yet, go in a home or building that has mold in severe form and just decline health wise pretty much immediate. If someone tells you it is in your head–it is not! Mold reaction is real!!! The very best to anyone who has or is affected by Mold.

  34. MARTINA WARREN says:

    STORIES ARE WHAT I AM EXPERIENCING SINCE LARGE CORPORATION, SENT IN AN INSULATION COMPANY WHICH PUT JOHNS MANVILLE
    R-19 6-1/2 INCH THICK X 11 INCH WIDE X 89’INCH LONG UPSIDE DOWN AND UNDERNEATH MY OWENS CORNING 2 INCH POLYSTYRENE
    MOLD RESISTANT BOARD, MAKING THE SPACE BETWEEN MY NEW ARMSTRONG C-297 TILES AND ALL OF THE INSULATION, BUILDING UP
    HIGH HUMIDITY AND HAVING THE CEILING TILES ABSORB HIGH HUMIDITY AND MY ENTIRE 1,250 SQUARE FT BASEMENT IS RUINED ALONG
    WITH ALL PERSONAL ITEMS AND ALSO MY OAK FLOORS ON THE FIRST FLOOR IN DINING ROOM AND LIVING ROOM WITH NO INSURANCE
    HELP. PLEASE LET ME KNOW DUE TO MY 32 YEAR OLD HOME WITH FINISHED BASEMENT NEVER WAS RUINED BY STUPIDITY AND SINCE I AM
    70, I DO NOT HAVE ALL THE RESOURCES, SINCE I TESTED HIGHLY POSITIVE FOR MOLD IGE PANEL, AND I NEED ATTORNEYS AND HELP PAYING
    FOR THE REMOVAL OF ALL DAMAGE. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF ANYONE HAS ATTORNEYS AND DOCTORS WHO TREAT. I AM IN SE PA IN BUCKS
    COUNTY, PA. MY PHONE IS 267-392-5053. THANK YOU. JUST SINCERE HELP NEEDED.

  35. MARTINA WARREN says:

    my email is down at this time, please call me if possible, I need advice on how to handle this both from damages in home and my health.
    Thanks to all.

  36. Jason Otto says:

    Why is all this up in the air? Why is there so much confusion over testing and treatment? I’m tired of this. I am homeless and have to eat out of the garbage. I’m too sick to work. I’m surprised I’m still alive.

    What are the tests needed to verify if you are poisoned with mold, and what is the treatment? I have no time for this any longer.

    Does anyone have any idea on how to treat this? How do I kill the mold? What am I supposed to do?
    Jason.otto1@gmail.com

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