It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Asthma Message Board

Sick building syndrome

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-19-2004, 05:03 PM   #1
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 50
katie87 HB User
Question Sick building syndrome

Has anyone had experience trying to prove sick building syndrome? Thanks

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 10-19-2004, 06:50 PM   #2
Senior Veteran
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Posts: 4,751
quincy HB Userquincy HB Userquincy HB Userquincy HB Userquincy HB Userquincy HB Userquincy HB Userquincy HB Userquincy HB Userquincy HB Userquincy HB User
Re: Sick building syndrome

I tried once in the area where I was working.....the custodian finally told me to see a shrink.

Don't be surprised if you hear that often.

People who are sensitive to environmental/building pollution will one day be heeded.....we're like the canaries they used to use in the mines.

I had a doctor tell me once...we just don't know what to do with patients like you. As defeating as it was to was also confirmation that I wasn't going crazy. There are places I just can't handle, and I limit my times in those environments. I can't change the place.

Best to you,
It's all a matter of perspective!
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Old 10-20-2004, 05:52 PM   #3
Junior Member
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 24
iriscristata HB User
Talking Re: Sick building syndrome

I have heard of this. In fact, my former co-workers a couple of years ago complained of this. The building was very old and only 2 of the windows would open. After extensive testing, it was concluded that there wasn't anything in the building that _should_ make anyone ill. The tests were very expensive, like a few thousand dollars.

A few years later, another building was renovated and my co-workers moved. They seemed to heal almost over night, with the exception of one that actually had surgery to correct the issue that caused her to cough continously. That was the main reason the building was tested - several of co-workers coughed ALL the time.

As for me, I had a few sinus infections and just felt bad all the time. I quit the job and left the building and felt much better. It was while I was working at this building that I had my first asthma attack and it took months for my body to get back to 'normal'. I do contribute most of my sickness to the building, even though, there was nothing that _should_ make me ill. Granted, I can't run down the list of things that was tested becuase I don't remember all of them, but dust and fresh air were on that list. Afterwards, we started opening the 2 windows and we seemed to 'feel' better. Maybe it was the fresh air, maybe it was just needing new air instead of the old, stale air. I wasn't offically diagnosed with asthma at the time, even though we did just about every test available to figure out what was wrong with me and could find nothing. My physican labeled it as 'bronchitis' and we left it at that.

Either way, the scientific diagnosis said that no one shoudl have an issue with the building, but amazingly after leaving the place, I no longer had any issues at all with asthma (see my post about living non-medicated for over 6 years). One co-worker had surgery and was ok, and the other one was 'ok' after she moved to the newly renovated building. I can't say for certain that the new building was a cure or not, since I wasn't there, but I can say that I no longer had any issues with asthma, allergies or even the common cold after I was away from that building.

You can request different tests to be done on your building. But, who you call and how you go about it is another post for someone else that might know. Since I was a state employee, we had our own environmental quality department that was able to assist us.

If this helps to make any connections, the back of this building faced the busiest downtown street in the state with a speed limit of 35. So there were plenty of exhaust fumes near us and the new building was pretty isolated. I have read that exhaust can trigger dfferent things.

I would look on the site for info.

Good luck to you and I hope you can find some more information on this.

Last edited by iriscristata; 10-20-2004 at 05:55 PM.

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Sick sinus, heart block or not heart related jjfreak Sinus Problems 3 09-12-2009 08:50 PM
Toxic Poisioned,Soooo sick! Doctor doesn't know what is wrong with me. PLEASE HELP. startracks Open to All Other Health Topics 7 10-05-2008 07:50 AM
6 month old sick all the time Hope2Heal Infant Care (up to 18 months old) 21 03-05-2007 10:32 PM
I'm sick of being sick!! AlwyzSick Chronic Fatigue 35 12-13-2006 08:18 AM
So sick of these feelings! LS289 Eating Disorder Recovery 6 02-21-2006 07:15 AM
Mysteriously Sick -- Someone Has the Answer UBR Open to All Other Health Topics 4 10-05-2005 06:03 PM
Way Too Young To Be This Sick :( Runner73 Digestive Disorders 13 06-02-2005 08:00 PM
Sick Sinus Syndrome Forums cakmon Sinus Problems 1 12-16-2004 04:15 PM
"Sick " Building r and r mom Environmental Disorders 1 09-08-2003 10:52 AM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:15 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!