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    Re: Organic solvents exposure at work

    Posted by D..L. on 11/16/09

    On 11/10/08, GW wrote:
    > 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
    >> Here is the person your looking for. I can relate to
    everything your saying & much more. I accidentally
    ingested "TOLUENE". This is my first pc & its a piece of...,so
    parden my typing & brain injury. We need to compare some notes.
    Do you have an attoney? I found out we have 30 years{statute of
    limitations) since last exposure,to file a lawsuit, which is
    against Osha & the company exactly. I'm so sorry for you. I
    should be dead & at times I wish I was. The pains I get are
    unexplainable. I worked with toluene& chemicals that are not
    even around anymore off/on over 30 years. I would like to talk
    to you. We can help each other. I feel like an expert on
    tolune,but it will/can mess with you for 30-40 years, you can't
    fix it. They make bombs with it. I have a lot to tell, but I'm
    new to this, so let me know if I can email you or how to
    contact you, if you would. My brain does not co-operate, well!

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