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    Post: Organic solvents exposure at work

    Posted by Kenneth on 4/14/08

    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,

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