Carbon monoxide effects
Reduced stress tolerance
Long term carbon monoxide effects may include a reduced ability to respond and cope with a wide
range of stressors.
Carbon monoxide is produced continuously in all mammals and essential for cellular functioning.
It can take time for a survivor to come to the understanding that they are more easily affected by different
stressors. A survivor may have a reduced ability to function as they once did.
The percentage that experience these carbon monoxide effects is not known as statistics are unreliable.
Different kinds of stress
There are many different kinds of stress and stress can be viewed in many ways.
Stress can be seen as internal or external. It can be seen as brain stress or body stress. It can be viewed as physical, mental, emotional, or even
spiritual. It can be thought of as financial, relationship, toxic, chemical, or energetic.
Stress can come in the form of a large one-time stressor such as an major accident or death of a loved one. This
is known as acute stress.
Stress can be ongoing such as working in a difficult environment, struggling with a health issue, or living in
an abusive relationship. This is known as chronic stress.
While we have a degree of choice how we respond to certain types of stress, the body and brain automatically
responds to others.
All forms of stress can be seen as a “forces attempting to push us off balance.” It takes energy to "cope, bend,
or manage" stress.
Why long term carbon monoxide effects can reduce tolerance to stress
Humans produce more carbon monoxide in response to stress of any kind - including sensory, physical, infectious,
and mental stress. This carbon monoxide can be easily measured in exhaled breath. Women produce 3 to 5 times more
carbon monoxide during their premenstrual phase.
Carbon monoxide poisoning places a heavy burden on cells throughout the body. It can cause [subtle] cellular
injury and damage. When cells are impacted they may have a reduced ability to function properly.
When cells are unable to function properly they are less able to respond to stressors of all kinds. Seemly
unrelated symptoms and effects may then arise.
Long term carbon monoxide effects can cause even more damage
The last thing a survivor needs is more strain on an already weakened system. However, ongoing health challenges
can create stressors on individuals and families that [significantly] increase stress and further destabilize the
Stress of any kind triggers processes that increase normal carbon monoxide production levels within the body.
This causes the body to then be "exposed" to even more carbon monoxide.
Stress also causes the body to produce a substance called cortisol which helps restore balance to a variety of
functions within the body and brain, particularly after the stress is gone.
However, extended periods of stress can cause destructive amounts of cortisol to be produced.
Ongoing stress is damaging to a healthy person. It is especially aggrevating when layered on top of long term
carbon monoxide effects and can [seriously] intensify symptoms.
Ongoing stress can further impact the brain, nervous system, endocrine system, heart and more.
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