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Hi, Many thanks for your post. Although many will be unhappy to hear that you overcame MCS using *gasp* – chemicals/drugs – the current research evidence on MCS does fit with your experience and explanation. It is pretty certain now that MCS is predominantly neurological. At least the resulting symptoms are. It is the result of hypersensitivity of parts of the brain (mainly located in the limbic system) to chemical exposures. Minute amounts trigger neurons to fire when they should not. Researchers have actually noted similarities between MCS and conditions read more… such as epilepsy which are caused by hyperactivity of brain circuits. Any medication or other substance that works on brain chemistry and decreases the hypersensitivity and hyperactivity of brain cells when exposed to chemical triggers should, in theory, result in the resolution of symptoms.

I also suffered severely from MCS and had to constantly wear a carbon filter mask etc. I attribute my recovery to taking DHEA, an adrenal hormone which among other things reduces the stress response and triggers GABA neurons in the brain. GABA is the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. BY increasing GABA function we have an explanation for how DHEA could also treat MCS – by inhibiting the firing of neurons in response to chemical exposure. My question is do you have to take the antipsychotic medication on an ongoing basis? I found that taking DHEA my MCS cleared up rapidly after years of strict chemical avoidance and the MCS didn’t come back after discontinuing DHEA therapy. Of course we can’t discount the possibility that our strict avoidance of chemicals also had a positive effect and our pharmacological treatments were just the final piece in the puzzle. Yes, I believe MCS is neurological so it makes sense that psychoactive drugs and hormones would be helpful but I also believe there is an underlying reason the brain became hypersensitive in the first place so we need to look at gut health, liver function, nutritional deficiencies, adrenal function, sources of chemical exposure etc. MCS is a complex illness that needs to be tackled from multiple angles for lasting recovery. Great to hear you have also recovered and thanks again for posting here. If you want to write more extensively about yor MCS experience please feel free to write a blog entry – just click the ‘My Blog’ link in the User Menu on the left when you are logged in Post edited by: Maff, at: 2009/11/03 16:36

Hi Judi, Have you found that using air purifiers is essential to keeping your symptoms under control? I only ask because back when I suffered from severe MCS I found, like yourself, that I reacted to them. Also, to be totally honest, even the ones I didn’t react to did not provide any noticeable benefit to me i.e. they did not reduce the number of reactions I had or the symptom severity. I got much greater relief from diligently removing sources (and possible sources) of chemical exposure from my home and relying on read more… a carbon filter mask to protect me from unavoidable exposures e.g. visiting family/friends and the chemicals that come with them! I realise it’s unlikely a carbon filter mask is likely to be problematic to you but the direct alternative would be a respirator such as the 3M 6000 series that many people suffering severe MCS find to be a life saver. With regards to reducing sources of chemicals in your home it might be helpful to buy a DIY chemical testing kit online. See this forum thread for more info: Hope you find a solution that works for you soon. Take care.