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Carbon monoxide poisoning a few months ago: It is still affecting me. What can I do? What could happen?

The after effects of carbon monoxide poisoning can vary widely. They may be severe, subtle, or anywhere in between. There is no way to know for sure what will happen.

The only way for a survivor and their family to minimize the long term impact of carbon monoxide poisoning is to learn in advance about the potential ongoing effects, become more aware, and take the appropriate action.

Learning to recognize and identify the after effects, especially the subtle ones, is extremely important yet this may be [much more] challenging for a survivor experiencing after effects.

The ongoing effects of poisoning can be subtle 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. There are four kinds of carbon monoxide poisoning survivors.

As serious and overwhelming 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 [much] more difficult and a lot harder than they used to be.

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judi benson from pa
I had carbon monoxide poisoning 2/2011. I was very sick with flu like symptoms. Afterwards I have had a great deal of cognitive problems. I recently had a very bad incinident with memory. ; moved to all electric house. They check co2 level which was elevated. Nothing showed me getting any co2. Can my level have never gone completely down?? We are all stumbled as to the raise again. Plus anyone else feel you will never be the same? ?? Mentally I have great lose of memory and skills I never had trouble with

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judi benson from pa
I had carbon monoxide poisoning 2/2011. I was very sick with flu like symptoms. Afterwards I have had a great deal of cognitive problems. I recently had a very bad incinident with memory. ; moved to all electric house. They check co2 level which was elevated. Nothing showed me getting any co2. Can my level have never gone completely down?? We are all stumbled as to the raise again. Plus anyone else feel you will never be the same? ?? Mentally I have great lose of memory and skills I never had trouble with

Nan Borton from PA
Jesse from Redding, CA
I guess everyones different, but as long as your not constantly exposed to it, i think you'll come back. It sucks...

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Nan Borton from PA
I was exposed to Co for an extend period of time. I kept thinking the symptoms were do to medications for RA, Lupus and RSD.

Finally I found out that the reason I couldn't wake up, had servere headache, neck pain, and blurred vision. It was due to CO poisoning. It took several treatments to remove the CO from my blood. But I still get headaches, miss words, and am tired.

Its depressing because this isn't me. Will I ever return to normal?

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