Is my furniture making me sick?
May 3, 2011 10:14 AM Subscribe
Until recently, I have been a healthy, active, young male. Since several months ago I have started losing my appetite, especially at breakfast. I can barely eat a banana for breakfast. I wake up to nausea almost every day. Sometimes I throw up even if I haven't eaten anything. Could I be allergic to my new furniture? Are my symptoms even possible allergic reactions?
posted by fenster_blick to Health & Fitness (20 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm still a young male, but I'm not so healthy any more. I know YANAD - I did see a doctor last week and he advised me to spend a few days at a friend's place, which I plan to do once I can find the time. The doctor thought I might have open paint cans or other escaping fumes from the garage below my bedroom.
While thinking about his suggestion, I realized that around the time my health deteriorated I had ordered a new desk and bookcases for my bedroom (from West Elm and IKEA). Coincidence? Looking at both companies' websites, I wouldn't think formaldehyde emissions to be an issue. The furniture was bought recently in California, so I would assume it adheres to the necessary environmental standards.
I have some elevated stress (work, strained relationships), but nothing that is beyond what I've experienced in the past.
Has this ever happened to anyone? Is this possible or am I crazy? The nausea usually fades a few hours after waking up. I do get plenty of rest, too (usually 8 hours a night).