Carbon monoxide poisoning a few months ago: I think I am ok. Could it still be affecting me?
The after effects from carbon monoxide poisoning can range from nothing all the way to symptoms that are very
obvious - or anywhere in between.
Subtle effects are the hardest to identify but can still be very real in their impact. It takes time and
awareness to notice some effects and how they reveal themselves.
The only way for a survivor and their family to minimize the long term impact of poisoning is to learn
in advance about the potential ongoing effects, become more aware, and take the appropriate action.
Becoming informed as to what could happen and what to look for is extremely important. Learning to recognize and
identify the after effects, especially the subtle ones is crucial.
The ongoing effects of poisoning may not be immediately obvious yet still have a significant impact on a persons
life. This can happen without a survivor ever understanding that it was the poisoning that altered the
direction of their life.
Some survivors are impacted by poisoning with a diminished sense of awareness and may have difficulty
recognizing or admitting-to behavioral changes. Some behavioral changes may be clear to others (especially to
people close to the survivor), others may not be. After poisoning symptoms and after effects may reveal themselves in
As serious as it may seem, it is important to know what could happen so the long term impact can be minimized or
better yet, prevented.
The after effects of carbon monoxide poisoning can make concentrating, reading, absorbing, memorizing
information, and completing tasks more difficult.
- Learn more about the potential short term
symptoms, long term effects, and carbon monoxide damage
- Ask family and people close to
you to learn more about carbon monoxide poisoning, especially the potential after effects. If they learn
more about what could happen, they may be able to notice things in your behavior that you don't. Awareness,
understanding, patience, and support from family and friends is valuable as their lives may also be impacted
- Keep a carbon monoxide journal for a few months and
keep note of:
- the date
- your emotions (especially frustration, anger, rage, or depressive emotions)
- your physical health
- your energy levels
- observations or comments made by other people (any confrontations)
- anything else you notice that you think may be related to your carbon monoxide poisoning
- Learn more about carbon monoxide treatment
- Subscribe to carbon monoxide survivor news and get the
- Watch the carbon monoxide videos
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