07 Nov Are You Sick from Mold Exposure—But Don’t Know It?
Being sick sucks but not knowing the cause of your illness can be even worse, especially when your doctor is stumped.
How can you follow doctor’s orders and get well when your doctor has no idea what is wrong with you and can only treat your symptoms?
The Alien Illness
Mysterious symptoms that come and go, baffling both patient and doctor, is a common occurrence when an illness is mold derived. It’s like the illness has a mind of its own—which in a sense, is true since mold is a living entity. To make matters worse, not only is this foreign invader taking over your body, but it has brought with it a powerful enforcer—mycotoxins—to make sure you comply.
Lay down…feel rotten…eat…throw up…lay down again…suffer flu-like symptoms…run to the loo…scratch the hives…go lay down again…suffer respiratory distress…feel rotten…repeat the drill what seems to be a trillion times a day. Battling a reoccurring illness is exhausting, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
As frustrations mount from lack of recovery, mold sufferers often change doctors, seeking new treatment providers they hope are wiser, smarter, and more treatment savvy. Unfortunately, more often than not, subsequent treatment teams simply end up offering different prescriptions to treat the same symptoms rather than identifying and treating the underlying cause of the illness.
It’s not that doctors don’t wrack their brains trying to correctly diagnose their patients. It’s just that there is only so much that can be done in 13-16 minutes, the most common amount of face-to-face time doctors spend with patients, according to the Medscape Physician Compensation Report 2016.
Doctors run tests to help them properly diagnose but test results have to be correctly interpreted—again, all in mere-minutes. Medical misdiagnoses ensue, resulting in improper treatment and continued ill patients.
Three reasons mold- and mycotoxin-related illnesses get medically misdiagnosed:
- Lack of Physician Knowledge: The unfortunate fact is that there are still doctors who do not understand that mold can make a person sick—evenly deathly ill.
- A Chameleon Illness: Symptoms of mold and mycotoxin illnesses can differ person to person and can change—week to week, day to day or even hour to hour.
- The Trojan Horse of Illnesses: The symptoms of mold and mycotoxin illness mimic the symptoms of more well-known illnesses, which are more readily diagnosed.
Help Your Doctor Help You
To be fair to physicians as a whole, identifying an illness with revolving symptoms that vary from person to person with no definitive lab tests to identify a specific cause that could be remedied with a few scribbles on a prescription pad is not easy. It takes more time than 13-16 minutes!
When it comes to illness from mold and mycotoxin exposures, we cannot remain at the mercy of our doctors to correctly medically diagnose us. Doctors are only human. They have only so much time in one day. We must help them help us by bringing their attention to the possibility of a mold-related illness causing ill-health symptoms.
Reporting cause-and-effect data to your treating physician may provide sufficient clues to warrant ordering certain diagnostic testing that may help your doctor zero in on what is causing your symptoms. For example, feeling unwell after eating wheat may be a tell-tale sign of a wheat allergy but it could also be indicative of a mold and mycotoxin illness as wheat and wheat products are often contaminated with mold and mycotoxins.
Sad but true, arriving at a correct diagnosis for a mold-related illness often entails ruling out other plausible conditions that could be causing the same symptoms.
The Litany of Symptoms
What further complicates the diagnoses process when it comes to mold- and mycotoxin-related illnesses is that every part of the body can seemingly be affected—for example, the respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and nervous systems as well as individual organs. Remember that one of the body’s organs is skin, which often shows visible signs of a mold-related illness in the form of mottling, itching, and hives.
For a more complete list of symptoms of mold and mycotoxin illnesses, click here. The list of possible symptoms is long, but don’t despair. Recovery is possible with a correct diagnosis. Once an accurate diagnosed has been made, an effective treatment plan can be determined, which is what happened for our family and led to our writing the book MOLD: The War Within.