Carbon monoxide poisoning treatment
Why health care providers don't know enough
Survivors commonly find that after carbon monoxide poisoning their doctor or health care provider "just didn't
seem to know enough."
Health professionals are aware of the extreme dangers of
unsafe levels of carbon monoxide while in the body and
If an accurate diagnosis is made they are effective at lowering dangerous levels in the body/bloodstream and
stabilizing critical situations. They are very aware that poisoning can cause serious injury resulting in
brain damage and a range of health issues.
However, as a group they lack knowledge and understanding around the subtleties, additional symptoms and short term effects and long term health impact. This commonly translates into
inadequate, ineffective, or non-existent short, mid and long term treatment options.
The most important question to ask your doctor
Survivors commonly express that their doctor "Just didn't seem to know much" or "Couldn't offer any explanation
about my symptoms" or "Wasn't much help at all" or "Just had no clue what I was going through" or "Just made me
worse with medications."
To lower the likelihood of frustration, ask your doctor this question: "How many cases of carbon
monoxide poisoning have you dealt with?"
If the answer is less than a handful, it is unrealistic to expect him or her to be an expert.
There are several reasons for this:
There are comparatively few cases of carbon monoxide poisoning
Over the course of a career a doctor may see hundreds, if not thousands of cases of flu, colds, broken bones,
cuts, food poisonings, arthritis, heart conditions, cancer, and all kinds of common health issues.
However, they may only see a tiny handful of carbon monoxide poisoning cases. Some will never see a single case.
Most will never diagnose a case. This is true for almost all health professionals except emergency room physicians
(who are typically not involved in long term treatment/care).
Most medical professionals are busy and overworked in their area of specialty. This leaves little time to learn
about rare or unusual health conditions.
Most health professionals have little demand or reason to become more than superficially knowledgeable on the
subject of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is under diagnosed, under recognized, and the statistics are wrong
Symptoms of carbon monoxide
poisoning mimic many common health issues. The link to carbon monoxide exposure as the underlying source of
symptoms or health issues is almost always missed by health care professionals.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is very commonly
misdiagnosed which hides the actual number of number of poisonings. Misdiagnosis severly distorts statistics.
As the real number of poisonings are under-diagnosed and under-recognized the subject of carbon monoxide
poisoning does not get the level of attention and awareness it deserves.
There is little to no ongoing research on carbon monoxide poisoning
While there have been a number of studies and research on carbon monoxide poisoning, much of it is [very]
Medicine and pharmaceuticals are big business. Main stream medicine requires formal research, studies, and a
level of proof before it takes a position or makes any kind of medical claim. The fact is, only health conditions
with business potential are funded, researched, studied, and then treatments (mostly pharmaceuticals and surgical
procedures) are developed.
The treatment of common health conditions is big business. The treatment of relatively obscure health conditions
is not big business.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is not even a tiny dot on the medical radar screen. This means virtually no funding or
research with little likelihood of things changing.
There are no large scale comprehensive long term studies on the ongoing effects and real life impact of carbon
monoxide poisoning. If you are aware of such a study please let us know.
The not-so-good news
The medical establishment has long held the position that if a survivor continues to experience after effects
from carbon monoxide related damage then the prospect of full recovery not good.
The position that not much can be done results in a large percentage of survivors (the ones that experience
additional health problems) becoming [incredibly] frustrated with their health care.
Out of desperation survivors commonly switch to alternative treatment and therapies: naturopathy, homeopathy,
accupunture, Chinese medicine, etc.
While we have heard from some survivors that they made progress with their health using alternative approachs,
most survivors find that they bump into a different version of the same problem they encountered with conventional
medicine - they encounter alternate health care practitioners that know little about the subject of carbon monoxide
poisoning, what the real issues are, or how to manage and treat the ongoing effects.
For the survivors that experience additional health problems it can take years of going from doctor to doctor -
and a significant amount of money - at a time when their capacity to work is reduced (in some cases eliminated) -
to realize that there is "no special medication" and "health care providers don't know enough."
The good news
There are a good number of things that can be done to help manage the "after effects" from poisoning and support
the body in its recovery.
These involve knowing what the issue really is, making diet and lifestyle changes, and supporting the body in
its recovery. Unfortunately, few survivors are ever made aware of this.
More information is available on the carbon monoxide videos.
The online recovery support program
is available for survivors and family members that wish to know more.
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