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    Re: aircraft mechanic with toxic solvent exposure

    Posted by GW on 11/10/08

    On 4/14/08, Kenneth wrote:
    > In trying to make a long story short, I worked for Union
    > oil research facility in California as an electrician in
    > the early 1980s. I work daily with toluene and
    > trichloroethylene 111 as a cleaning solvent with no type
    > of safety equipment like gloves or respirators
    > whatsoever. I worked with these organic solvents among
    > others for approximately 2 1/2 years and had some slight
    > neurological effects like sleepiness, dizziness and loss
    > of depth perception. The symptoms would come and go and I
    > thought nothing of them. I left the facility and went to
    > work on my own as an electrical contractor and didn't
    > notice any more symptoms until I went to do a job at an
    > Air Force base which also had lots of solvents throughout
    > the plant. The symptoms were tingling and numbness in my
    > ring and pinky fingers of each hand. I thought it could
    > be a pinched nerve and I consulted chiropractic
    > consultation. I was traded approximately a year and a
    > half and then numbness and tingling seem to go away. The
    > next time any symptoms started was while I was working
    > temporarily approximately 3 months at a nuclear power
    > plant during a power outage. Again I went back to the
    > chiropractor and after several months of treatment, he
    > referred me to a neurologist. The neurologist had me
    > undergo an MRI and after seeing the multiple plaques on my
    > brain and spinal cord I was told I had MS and further
    > testing would be needed. I went through numerous tests
    > including lumbar punctures and Evoke potentials and all of
    > the testing came back normal. So based on the MRI only, I
    > have been treated for MS for the past 15 years. Over the
    > past several years I started seeing An Internist who felt
    > he might be able to help my condition. And has tried me
    > and different infusion therapies to help my body repair
    > itself. In December of 2007, a genetic blood lab called
    > Athena diagnostics in Worcester, Massachusetts started
    > accepting insurance and my doctor decided to send my blood
    > to them to see if I have any at the anti-bodies of MS.
    > Again the results were negative and it has proven to the
    > doctor that I do not have MS. So that's when I started
    > thinking about where I was and what I was doing when I
    > first had any kind of symptoms. That's what I remembered
    > working with toluene and trichloroethylene 111. So I
    > decided to research on the Internet both these solvents
    > and discovered that all the symptoms I have that currently
    > has me confined to an electric wheelchair as basically a
    > quadriplegic, has been caused by these organic solvents.
    > What I am looking for now is other people with similar
    > stories and possibly some legal guidance. I would love to
    > hear from anybody who has possibly work in the same oil
    > industry and you might know other people who has gone
    > through the same misdiagnosis. Thank you for your time,
    > Ken
    GW wrote: now have memoray loss, peripheral neurophy, toxic
    encephylophy,double vison ,balance problems, sleep apenia,
    alot of pain in hands arms feet and legs all the time, and
    por spelling!!

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