Mold Illness Symptoms Poll

 

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This poll about mold illness symptoms was conducted of the mold illness sufferers (most of them severely affected) in the Mold Avoiders Facebook group in April 2017.

A total of 351 individuals participated, providing the results listed below.

The question read:

Which of these symptoms have you experienced as part of your mold-related illness? Please mark all that you had to at least a moderate or severe extent, not ones that were only mildly problematic. If there are additional symptoms you would like to see added, please write them in the comments.

 

96%  Focus or concentration issues (338 respondents)

91%  Generally feeling terrible (321 respondents)

88%  Memory issues (308 respondents)

87%  Chronic fatigue (307 respondents)

83%  Forgetfulness (292 respondents)

81%  Chemical sensitivities (286 respondents)

80%  Word recollection issues (282 respondents)

79%  Anxiety (276 respondents)

79%  Unrefreshing sleep (276 respondents)

76%  Body aches (267 respondents)

73%  Weakness (255 respondents)

72%  Poor stress tolerance (251 respondents)

68%  Exercise intolerance (237 respondents)

68%  Food intolerances (237 respondents)

67%  Decreased sociability (234 respondents)

66%  Joint pain (231 respondents)

65%  Depression (229 respondents)

63%  Insomnia (221 respondents)

61%  Headaches (215 respondents)

61%  Eyesight problems (213 respondents)

58%  Spaciness (204 respondents)

57%  Mood swings (201 respondents)

57%  Sound sensitivity (200 respondents)

56%  Trouble learning new things (196 respondents)

54%  Excessive urination (191 respondents)

54%  Dizziness (190 respondents)

51%  Brain fog (179 respondents)

50%  Anger episodes (176 respondents)

50%  Organization issues (175 respondents)

49%  Difficulties running or with aerobic exercise (173 respondents)

49%  Hair loss (173 respondents)

48%  Muscle cramps (170 respondents)

48%  Weight gain (170 respondents)

48%  Light sensitivity (169 respondents)

48%  Loss of self-confidence (168 respondents)

46%  Confusion (160 respondents)

43%  Dark circles under eyes (157 respondents)

44%  Poor coordination (154 respondents)

43%  Heart palpitations (152 respondents)

43%  Stuffy nose (152 respondents)

42%  Always feeling cold (148 respondents)

41%  Difficulties remembering numbers (145 respondents)

41%  Air hunger (141 respondents)

41%  Word-finding problems (141 respondents)

40%  Difficulties communicating (140 respondents)

38%  Abdominal pain (134 respondents)

38%  Rarely get colds/flus (134 respondents)

38%  Vertigo (132 respondents)

37%  Problems with math (131 respondents)

37%  Excessive thirst (130 respondents)

37%  Tired and wired feeling (130 respondents)

37%  Muscle weakness (129 respondents)

37%  Balance issues (128 respondents)

37%  Constipation (128 respondents)

37%  Rashes (128 respondents)

36%  Itching or burning (126 respondents)

36%  Very low blood pressure (125 respondents)

35%  Suicidal ideation (124 respondents)

35%  Low sex drive (123 respondents)

35%  Weight gain or overweight (123 respondents)

35%  Sinus infections (122 respondents)

34%  Candida or yeast issues (120 respondents)

34%  Back pain or problems (119 respondents)

34%  Orthostatic intolerance – difficulties sitting or standing (119 respondents)

34%  Food cravings (118 respondents)

34%  Tinnitus (118 respondents)

33%  Red eyes (117 respondents)

33%  Achy flu-like feeling (116 respondents)

33%  Blurry vision (116 respondents)

33%  Low Vitamin D levels (116 respondents)

33%  Stiff neck (116 respondents)

33%  Blood sugar issues (115 respondents)

32%  Dead creativity (114 respondents)

32%  Ice pick pain (113 respondents)

32%  Eye floaters (112 respondents)

32%  Tingling sensations (111 respondents)

31%  Easy bruising (110 respondents)

31%  Fibromyalgia or sore muscles (109 respondents)

30%  Itchy ears (107 respondents)

29%  TMJ (107 respondents)

29%  Disorientation (102 respondents)

29%  Low thyroid function (102 respondents)

29%  Pins and needles feeling (101 respondents)

28%  Dislike of being touched (100 respondents)

28%  Slow wound healing (100 respondents)

28%  Stomach bloating (99 respondents)

28%  Diarrhea (98 respondents)

28%  Dry eyes (98 respondents)

28%  Muscle twitches or facial twitches (97 respondents)

28%  Night sweats (97 respondents)

27%  Chronic low temperature (96 respondents)

27%  Hoarse voice (94 respondents)

27%  Very pale skin (94 respondents)

26%  Hearing heartbeats when lying down (93 respondents)

26%  Push-crash syndrome (93 respondents)

26%  Obsessive-compulsive behaviors (92 respondents)

26%  Ringing ears (92 respondents)

25%  Appetite swings (89 respondents)

25%  Negativity (89 respondents)

25%  Swelling (89 respondents)

25%  Extremity numbness (88 respondents)

25%  Static shocks (86 respondents)

24%  ADD or ADHD (85 respondents)

24%  Shaking or trembling (85 respondents)

24%  Mold allergies (84 respondents)

23%  Slow reaction times (83 respondents)

23%  Weight loss or underweight (83 respondents)

23%  Cough (82 respondents)

23%  EMF sensitivity (82 respondents)

23%  Eye puffiness (82 respondents)

23%  Feeling that friends have become enemies (82 respondents)

23%  Migraine-like headaches (82 respondents)

23%  Morbid thoughts (82 respondents)

23%  Body buzzing (81 respondents)

23%  Heat intolerance (81 respondents)

23%  Inability to draw a deep breath (81 respondents)

23%  Excessive sweating (80 respondents)

23%  Neuropathy (80 respondents)

22%  Missing moons on nails (79 respondents)

22%  Irregular heartbeat (78 respondents)

22%  Emotional flattening (76 respondents)

21%  Asthma (75 respondents)

21%  Itchy throat (74 respondents)

21%  Tachycardia (73 respondents)

21%  Swollen glands (71 respondents)

20%  Apathy (70 respondents)

20%  Dry cracking lips (69 respondents)

20%  Joints pop or crack (69 respondents)

19%  Pruritis – dry, flaky skin (68 respondents)

19%  Bloody noses (67 respondents)

19%  Crying too easily (67 respondents)

19%  Discomfort from tight-necked shirts (66 respondents)

19%  Increased tardiness (65 respondents)

19%  Very heavy periods (65 respondents)

18%  Decreased hair growth (64 respondents)

18%  Inability to speak loudly (63 respondents)

18%  Pressure in ears (63 respondents)

18%  Jaw pain (62 respondents)

17%  Abnormal fingernails (59 respondents)

17%  Hives (59 respondents)

17%  Puffy eyes (59 respondents)

17%  Excessive gas (58 respondents)

17%  Fungal skin infections (58 respondents)

17%  Vitamin B12 deficiency (58 respondents)

16%  Acid reflux (56 respondents)

16%  Involuntary muscle spasms (56 respondents)

16%  Rib pain (56 respondents)

16%  Spider veins (56 respondents)

15%  Bone pain (52 respondents)

15%  Prickly feelings (51 respondents)

14%  Skin on hands is like tissue paper (50 respondents)

14%  Red skin (48 respondents)

13%  Bleeding gums (47 respondents)

13%  Ears make a “shhh” sound (46 respondents)

13%  Slurred speech (46 respondents)

13%  Vomiting (46 respondents)

13%  Frequent colds or flus (45 respondents)

13%  Irregular menstrual cycle  (45 respondents)

13%  Lack of sweating (44 respondents)

13%  Pain with vagina when having intercourse (44 respondents)

13%  Symptoms of heart attack (44 respondents)

12%  Foul or sulphuric smelling sweat (43 respondents)

12%  Ear infections (42 respondents)

12%  Hand tremors (42 respondents)

12%  EBV reactivation (41 respondents)

12%  Fibrocystic breasts (41 respondents)

11%  Edema (40 respondents)

11%  Tremors (40 respondents)

11%  Dry cracked cuticles (38 respondents)

11%  Kidney pain (38 respondents)

11%  Raynaud’s (38 respondents)

11%  Sneezing (38 respondents)

11%  Tingling hands, feet and legs (38 respondents)

10%  Just feel sick inside (36 respondents)

10%  Hair hurts (35 respondents)

10%  Seizures (35 respondents)

10%  Choking feeling (34 respondents)

10%  Feel very stiff (34 respondents)

9%  Elevated liver enzymes (33 respondents)

9%  Feelings of dread of doom (33 respondents)

9%  Lack of inhibition or breaking social mores (33 respondents)

9%  Nausea (33 respondents)

9%  Petechiae (33 respondents)

9%  Yellowing skin (33 respondents)

9%  Incontinence (32 respondents)

9%  Loss of sense of smell (32 respondents)

8%  Auditory hallucinations (29 respondents)

8%  Loss of body hair (29 respondents)

8%  Hearing loss (28 respondents)

8%  Fatty liver (27 respondents)

7%  Interstitial cystitis (26 respondents)

7%  Vocal cord dysfunction (26 respondents)

7%  Warts (26 respondents)

7%  Blood clotting issues (25 respondents)

7%  Paranoia (25 respondents)

7%  Hand tremors (24 respondents)

7%  Sores in nose (24 respondents)

7%  Feel like electric current running through body (23 respondents)

7%  High blood pressure (23 respondents)

7%  Nail biting (23 respondents)

6%  Feel like every cell in body is dying (22 respondents)

6%  Auras (21 respondents)

6%  Feet feel like alligator skin (20 respondents)

6%  Hemorrhoids (20 respondents)

6%  Wobbly head (20 respondents)

5%  Jittery eyes (19 respondents)

5%  Convulsions (18 respondents)

5%  Fibroids (18 respondents)

5%  Nasal drip (18 respondents)

5%  Dilated pupils (17 respondents)

5%  Missing or non-legible fingerprints (17 respondents)

5%  Sjogren’s syndrome (16 respondents)

4%  Abdominal adhesions (15 respondents)

4%  Burning vagina (15 respondents)

4%  Bloody diarrhea (14 respondents)

4%  Flattening nails (14 respondents)

4%  Hives (14 respondents)

4%  Chronic elevated fever (13 respondents)

4%  Feeling possessed by evil (13 respondents)

4%  Large amounts of gas (13 respondents)

4%  Miscarriage (13 respondents)

3%  Anaphylaxis (12 respondents)

3%  Bleeding sores (12 respondents)

3%  Reactive airway syndrome (12 respondents)

3%  Shingles (12 respondents)

3%  White spots on fingernails (12 respondents)

3%  CMV reactivation (11 respondents)

3%  Inability to tell time (11 respondents)

3%  Swollen spleen (11 respondents)

3%  HHV6 activation (10 respondents)

3%  Infertility (10 respondents)

3%  Goiter (9 respondents)

3%  Lungs feel frozen (9 respondents)

3%  Narcissism (9 respondents)

3%  Painful feet soles (9 respondents)

2%  Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (8 respondents)

2%  Bell’s palsy (8 respondents)

2%  BPPV (6 respondents)

2%  Intestinal blockage (6 respondents)

2%  Tourette’s syndrome (6 respondents)

1%  Leaking breasts (5 respondents)

1%  Morgellon’s (5 respondents)

1%  Heart block (3 respondents)

 

 

Additional Mentions

Anhedonia

Collagen issues

Connective tissue issues

Endometriosis

Feel demon possessed

Flaccid upper neck

Food aversions

Heightened sense of smell

High B12 levels

High sex drive

Inflamed eyelids

Itchy bleeding sores

Lung collapse

Lungs feel full

Mitral valve prolapse

Outer third of eyebrows missing

Periodontal disease

Problematic periods

Purple/green swollen veins

Socially withdrawn

Swollen lymph nodes

Taste metals

 

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