- CASE FILE
POTS/CFS illness with difficult breathing following exposure to hydrazine by inhalation. Also have developed psoriasis, alopecia, arthritis.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I was a very healthy, hard working, and intelligent member of the biotech community before becoming ill. I had worked at a chemistry lab for 4 years. One day I was handling a chemical called hydrazine for a few hours and after experiencing mild symptoms for a few days I suddenly became very ill (right in the middle of my day). I had chest pain, sweating, paleness in the face, difficulty breathing, exhaustion, dizziness to name a few and collapsed in the ER. Had to quit my job after months of pushing myself led to deterioration. After a little over a year I developed alopecia areata, psoriasis gutate, arthritis, costochondritis, and eye fatigue. My difficulty breathing seems to be a root problem and particularly unusual. I would describe it as feeling "too tired to breathe". All pulmonary function tests are normal. Exhaling is normal but inhaling is difficult and very uncomfortable. Most of my testing is normal (have had pretty extensive testing) with exception of a few research level tests like high superoxide dismutase levels in an oxidative stress test and positive for antibodies with the celltrend antibody testing. Occassionally taking B6 and choline will help me, but repeatedly taking it will make me worse. Negative for mast cell, EDS, lyme, and the likes.