How is my house making me, my girlfriend, and my dogs sick?
October 2, 2008 7:46 AM Subscribe
We've seen doctors, home inspectors, alternative medicine practitioners and we've got nothing.
posted by baltimoretim to health & fitness (76 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
This is a 1924 freestanding house in Baltimore is occupied by a 30something couple and two dogs. When we're at home for extended periods, each of us, including the animals, get sick. We have been trying to solve this problem for two years. We did not make any major modifications to the house around the time our illnesses began.
When we're away from home-- especially when the humans are traveling and the dogs are at the kennel or a neighbor's home), the symptoms lessen and at times go away (this relief happens on both business and pleasure travel).
You're not my doctor. You're not my home inspector. We have not been afraid to consult professionals liberally. All together, we've seen GPs, allergists, neurologists, cardiologists, rheumatologists, acupuncturists, physical therapists, and, of course, veterinarians. No one has an explanation.
My symptoms include headache, lightheadedness, and backache.
The girlfriend has headache and muscle twitching in her arms and legs.
Dog #1 has very noticeably swollen lymph nodes.
Dog #2 has a consistently runny nose. Like, every day, all the time runny nose, always the same nostril.
We've had the home inspected by three different companies, each doing air sampling and mold testing. The house comes up clean for mold (not 0 levels, but no levels or species that our various home inspectors considered significant). We have had the home tested for carbon monoxide levels and natural gas leaks. Also clean.
Does anybody in the hive mind have suggestions about what we might be facing, or what expert we might need to contact next? Any help at all is greatly appreciated.